Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Blog Tour & Interview: The Dragons of Nova (The Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova

I'm so excited to share the Blog Tour for The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova with you guys today! The tour is hosted by Chapter by Chapter, and you can find the full tour schedule here. This book is seriously awesome, a definitive must read! I was lucky enough to get to interview Elise for this tour, so keep reading for the interview and more information about the book!

Title: The Dragons of Nova
Author: Elise Kova
My rating: 5 hearts
Genre: Fantasy, Romance (with YA crossover appeal)
Pub. date: July 11th 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press
SynopsisCvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall. (synopsis from Goodreads)

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Interview with Elise Kova
The Dragons in the Loom Saga are very different from what you usually imagine them. What inspired them? 
One thing I love about dragons is how their portrayal changes from story to story. You have some stories where people transform into dragons, giant fire-breathing creatures to more serpent-like monsters. The word "Dragon" is used as a title, not representing a creature at all... Really, there's a lot of possibility there. I knew I wanted to take something that people thought they knew and re-imagine it, and dragons seemed to fit well.

The characters in The Dragons of Nova are all very different from each other. What's been the hardest part of writing from each of their perspectives? 
Making sure that every character's voice stays unique. Whenever I switch points of view, I have to make sure I'm fully writing from that character's perspective and all that comes with that. Sometimes this means there's information that one character will have but another won't. Other times, it's as deceptively complex as making sure they arrive at a decision using the logic paths that would be unique to them. 

Do you think writing your second series has been easier or harder than the first so far? Why/why not? 
I would say easier, purely because I know the writing and editing process much better now. That being said, I think Loom has been more demanding on me as a writer because I wanted to "up my game" in how I approached storytelling. 

What's your favourite thing about being an author? 
Getting to do what I love. Every job has its ups and downs and hardships, but if you love what you're doing, it's all worth it. Plus, getting to do it in my pajamas isn't so bad either. 

Your first series, Air Awakens, was only from Vhalla's perspective, while the Loom Saga has several. Which has been the hardest to write? 
I actually think writing from one character's point of view is harder because you can only tell the story through their eyes. In Air Awakens, a lot of what's presented as "truth" is only Vhalla's truth, the world as she sees it, not the greater universal truth (which, of course, I know as the author). I think this can be exciting, as it can make twists and turns less obvious, but it can also make things seem like they come out of left field. 

What type of scenes are your favourite to write; action scenes or romantic scenes? 
Entirely depends on my mood! Some days I am DOWN for a romantic scene and ready to write it... Other days, I can't seem to build romantic tension to save my life. I think action scenes are easier for me to write, but when I write a romantic scene well, I think I'm personally more pleased with the outcome than an equally good action scene.
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master's in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media.

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