OUR DARK STARS Blog Tour
Title: OUR DARK STARS
Author: Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade
Pub. Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC
Formats: Paperback, eBook
While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.
Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.
One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.
Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.
Hi! I’m an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Moonbeam Children’s Award bronze finalist, SHADOW FALL. I live in the charming state of Oklahoma with my crew: one husband, two little people, four mischievous dogs, and one poor cat. You can usually find me hiding out in my office from said crew, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for my characters to live in.
In between the chaos—What’s for dinner? Stop pinching your sister! Homework! Dishes!— and my writing, I make time for various projects. An admitted paintaholic, I’ve painted, sprayed or transformed nearly every piece of my house at least once. I even painted my husband’s beloved fabric chair. Oops!
I thrive on creation: starting from an idea, a blank canvas, or perhaps an outdated room, and using my imagination to create something new and emotionally engaging that’s all my own. But stories have always been my first love. Weaving together complex worlds full of flawed, conflicted characters allows me to express myself in a way I could never do otherwise.
I started creating stories during the sweltering Oklahoma summers spent laboring in my father’s wheat fields. Alone and bored, I dreamed up wild fables of vampires (the Anne Rice kind), cave men, and love-torn ghosts. By college my tales had grown more persistent, and I started to actually write them down.
Now, fiction is my life, and I look forward to sharing my characters and their stories with all of you.
I’m happily married to the love of my life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. We live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day I wake up to find myself stuck in traffic trying to get there.
The horrid commute gives me plenty of time to zone out and think about my characters in full, brilliant details (I’m a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give me a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to me on the fifty mile trek into town (I pick up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe me).
I’ve been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of my oh-so-large life. When I’m not working, commuting, or chasing after my three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find me outside talking to my chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training my amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).
I hope you love my stories (or just like them a little; that would be okay, too). And I hope that one day you find your passion, because there’s nothing in life better than doing what you love while surrounded by people you love.
- What is on your nightstand?
Currently, I’m reading An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, Feversong by Karen Marie Moning, and I’m about to start To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. I tend to read at least three books at a time!
- What author would you totally fan?
I’m actually a huge George R. R. Martin fan. His ability to weave together complex, fully-realized worlds is beyond amazing, and I aspire to someday have a smidgen of his talent!
- What makes you cringe?
In the writing world or in general? Old sponges, old toothbrushes, and bug guts make me cringe in the real world, but in literature it’s bad metaphors and too-perfect characters! I like my metaphors beautiful and my characters messy.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Total pantser here! I try super hard to plot and then blow everything by changing things last minute, so now I just throw together a macro plot knowing it will change dramatically as I write. I feel like stories are more organic and thrilling that way.
- Is there a word you love to use?
Have you been talking to my editor? Erm . . . according to her, I overuse glittery/sparkling.
Well, I just happen to have four rescue dogs, so I have tons of pictures! I don’t have a picture of all of them together, but here are Forge, Beeker, and Eddie. Beeker wears a donut around his neck because it keeps him from slipping through our wrought iron fence and escaping!
1 winner will receive a $30 Amazon GC and a hardcover copy of Cinder, US Only.