FRAGILE CHAOS Author Interview and Giveaway!

FRAGILE CHAOS.jpgI’m so thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour today for Fragile Chaos and to have the author Amber R. Duell here to talk about this stunning debut novel!


About the Book

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Title: FRAGILE CHAOS

Author: Amber R. Duell

Pub. Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Radiant Crown Publishing, LLC

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 300

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooks, Indiebound,  Goodreads

A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION.

AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE.

BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH.

“Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

“I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.”

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

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Q&A with Amber Duell!

I am absolutely in love with the concept behind this book and the idea of gods/goddesses being more than mere myth or legend. Are the gods and goddesses featured in Fragile Chaos based on any from actual religions or myths?

Nope! I did a little research on ancient gods/goddesses when the idea first came to me, but I quickly realized I was going to make my own.  If there are any similarities, it wasn’t intentional.

Do you have any recommendations for YA readers looking to read more books that featured gods and goddesses?

I’ve steered clear of them lately to make sure Fragile Chaos wasn’t accidentally influenced so my recs are a few years old—I love the Abandon trilogy by Meg Cabot and the Goddess Test trilogy by Aimee Carter.

It seems from the description that there may be a star-crossed lovers trope featured in this book. That is definitely one of my favorite tropes in literature. What do you think it is about a star-crossed lovers story that draws readers in?

I think it draws people in because it shows love overcoming all. Relationships are hard, but when all the odds are stacked against a couple—their families, distance, some magical curse—it seems impossible. Yet they still fight for each other because their love is something no one can take away.

Cassia sounds like such a fascinating character, strong in so many different ways. What is your process for developing your characters like?

I don’t sit down and purposely develop them which I know sounds weird. When I think of a character, they generally come with a few traits. (Cassia’s were that she was strong-willed and resilient.) I start writing with a vague outline based on who I think they are, but the story changes as I spend more time with them. For example, I learned early on that Cassia still has a bit of hope under her all her toughness. The story truly becomes theirs during the first round of revisions because that’s when I finally understand them.

If you could enter the world of Kisk for just one day, what would you do while you were there?

Sightsee! It’s a beautiful island with amazing beaches, markets, and food.


About the Author

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Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany, Maine, and Mississippi as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.

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Enter the Giveaway!

1 winner will receive a FRAGILE CHAOS map postcard, bookmark, printed Fate dice, and a Theo/Cassia poster, US Only.

1 winner will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card

1 winner will receive an eBook of FRAGILE CHAOS in their preferred format.

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Follow the Blog Tour!

Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out all the other amazing blog posts below!

Week One:

7/3/2017- YA and Wine– Interview

7/4/2017- Twinning for Books– Review

7/5/2017- Literary Meanderings – Guest Post

7/6/2017- YA Book Madness– Review

7/7/2017- YABC – Interview

Week Two:

7/10/2017- Quite The Novel Idea– Review

7/11/2017- Margie’s Must Reads– Guest Post

7/12/2017- Wishful Endings– Review

7/13/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

7/14/2017- Rachel’s Book Reviews– Review


Will you be reading Fragile Chaos when it hits bookshelves later this month? What are some of your favorite YA novels that feature fictional gods/goddesses?


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14 thoughts on “FRAGILE CHAOS Author Interview and Giveaway!

  1. Beware Of The Reader says:

    It seems a really good book Kirsty! Plus the cover is gorgeous. I love star crossed lover stories too 😉

  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Oh this one sounds awesome! I love mythology and always find it super interesting when it gets mixed in with modern eras. I can already see a lovely relationship blossoming between those two, as well 🙂 I’m a sucker for a good star-crossed lovers story hahaha
    Amber is amazing! Such a great Q&A ^^

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I’m such a sucker for the star-crossed lovers trope! Everyone gets sick of so many different tropes, but it seems that this is one that no one ever tires of. I know I don’t! I find that fascinating! Totally agree! Amber is so, so nice! Thanks, Sophie! 😀

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It is such a gorgeous cover, isn’t it?! YA really has the best covers out there in my opinion. 🙂

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