New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | June 9

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Kristen Howerton, Douglas BoinDominique Crenn, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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THOROUGHLY WHIPPED by TILLIE COLE

5 - Feelgood laugh out loud - Stars!!!!!

“Harry, since we met, we have been meteorites crashing together, knocking each other off course. I can’t imagine two more unlikely people trying to strike up a friendship. “

What can we say about this book? Hmmm…we know! We bloody LOVED it! If you want to escape, swoon and laugh your tits off, then READ this BOOK! It’s that simple. Escape into a rom-com that’s hilariously funny and every bit the 5 star read! What a fantastic read!

In these trying time, we really do need some light relief, something to make us forget everything around us, and Thoroughly Whipped gave us all that! A sizzling sexy, seductively steamy, wickedly funny and swoony heartfelt romance with an enemies to lovers and opposite attracts themes that spoke to every single part of us! Oh gosh, we ate up every morsel of this story!

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Must-Read Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books | June 2020

Must-Read Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books | June 2020

There’s no need to search high and low for new fantasy and sci-fi novels because we’ve created a list of some of our favorite new releases! Don’t miss these amazing books from Jocelyn Fox, E.F. Skarda, C.M. Carney, Matthew Mather, Karsten Knight, and Marko Kloos. Enjoy your new must-read fantasy and sci-fi books!


A Curse of Blood and Sea

by Jocelyn Fox

Release Date: May 31, 2020

The 7th book in The Fae War Chronicles by bestselling author Jocelyn Fox…”Awesome book! Definitely the storyline I’ve been waiting for. If you are a fan of sea-going adventures, this is the read for you!” In the world of the Fae, the Seafarers, Merrow, Sidhe, wolf-warriors, and not-quite mortals who fight alongside them have a new enemy beyond the horizon of the Known Seas. As the Wolves of the North choose their first battle-partners since the war, and the Seafarers set sail, a deadly curse is set loose.

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The Mortal God

by E.F. Skarda

Release Date: May 1, 2020

The first volume in The Infinity Chronicles by author E.F. Skarda… “You are not a hero. You are a soldier. What you do… it’s not noble, It’s your duty.” Commander Kyle Griffin lived by these words. He played the part for 25 years and was a good soldier. He was the ultimate soldier. Kyle is a mutant born of royal blood. Gifted with a cosmic power known as the Celestial Spark, he was everything the Dominion Army wanted. He and his team had the war all but won… until they met an adversary that he couldn’t defeat.

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The Quintessence: Crucible (Book 1 – Awakened)

by C.M. Carney

Release Date: April 30, 2020

The first book in a new Epic Cultivation LitRPG Saga by author C.M. Carney… On the world of Crucible, humanity’s spiritual artists train to fight in a war of universal proportions. Among them, Aryc Tal Venn has the potential to be one of the gods. But after he accidentally unleashes heretical powers during his Challenge, he has to flee or otherwise face the wrath of Inquisition. Aryc and his sister start a quest to uncover the truth of his existence but soon uncovers a terrible secret.

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CyberSpace

by Matthew Mather

Release Date: May 26, 2020

The third book in the CyberStorm series by bestselling author Matthew Mather… After many years apart, Mike Mitchell has reunited with old friends on a fishing trip in New Orleans. Suddenly, worldwide GPS signal goes out. Communications go down and cell phones stop working. Within hours, almost all international borders are closed and the conflict starts to spread. This is only the beginning.

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This Eternity of Masks and Shadows

by Karsten Knight

Release Date: June 2, 2020

A mythology-inspired mystery that is perfect for fans of American Gods or Watchmen… The gods walk among us. Some of them lurk in shadows or masquerade as mortals; others embrace their celebrity status to launch new careers in Hollywood or Capitol Hill… And one of them just murdered Cairn Delacroix’s mother.

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Ballistic

by Marko Kloos

Release Date: May 26, 2020

The second book in The Palladium Wars by Marko Kloos… After aligning with the wrong side in a reckless war, Aden Jansen must adopt a new identity to keep his past hidden. He has integrated himself aboard a merchant ship known as Zephyr, which smuggles critical goods through space. But danger is imminent.

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Books To Read If You Like S.L. Scott

Books To Read If You Like S.L. Scott

S.L. Scott is a New York Times Bestselling Author of contemporary romance books. Some of her popular recent releases include We Were Once, Dare, and the Playboy in Paradise series. If you’re in the mood for some sexy new release romance novels, don’t miss these books to read if you like S.L. Scott. Enjoy!


At First Sight

by Katy Regnery

Release Date: June 1, 2020

A modern retelling of the classic fairytale Aladdin by New York Times Bestselling Author Katy Regnery… I fell in love with her the moment I first saw her. I know it sounds corny or superficial, but I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I know what I know and love at first sight is possible… because I’ve lived it. This is the story of a street rat named Ian Ladd and her Serence Highness Valentina Yasmina De’Medici.

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Echoes In The Mist

by Rifi Strawn

Release Date: May 18, 2020

Stanley Howard is a city girl that risks losing a multi-million-dollar inheritance if she fails to fulfill her deceased aunt’s last wish. She is forced to live in a Zambian wildlife sanctuary but has a fear of exotic animals. She can handle the dreamy eyes and tough jobs the handsome lodge manager doles out, but she can’t reconcile the memories of the stern guardian who’d raised her to the meek old woman he idolizes. Should she reveal the truth or let the soft-spoken Elephant Whisperer tame her too?

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Ms. Bitch

by Tricia O’Malley

Release Date: June 2, 2020

The latest release from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Tricia O’Malley… From the outside, Tess Campbell seemingly has it all. She is happily married, has a successful career as a novelist, and has an exciting cross-country move coming up. She has always played by the rules and it seemed like life was good. But it turns out life is a bitch… and suddenly Tess is as well.

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The New Normal

by Tracy Brogan

Release Date: June 2, 2020

The new novel from Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Tracy Brogan… After her divorce, Carli Lancaster has worked hard to keep life as normal as possible for her daughters. Now she has an opportunity for a fresh start as a cohost of a local morning show. She is also greeted with the arrival of a handsome new neighbor, one that has more in common with Carli that just a property line.

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Saint & Sinner

by Georgia Le Carre

Release Date: May 29, 2020

I have always felt incomplete. It’s probably the two years I lost after my fall but I sure it is more than that. I feel like I am missing something important. The older I get, the worse the niggling feeling gets. My friends think I need to get over myself, go to a bar, and sleep with a hot stranger. But my soul won’t let me. So, I waited… and one day the mysterious Caleb Wolff walked into my life.

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Catch Me When I Fall

by A.L. Jackson

Release Date: May 28, 2020

The latest romance from New York Times Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson… Emily’s life has always been wrapped up in touring with her country-rock band Carolina George. She never expected to spend a passionate night with a handsome, tattooed stranger. It was never meant to follow her into the light of day…

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Interview with Rifi Strawn, Author of Echoes in the Mist

What can you tell us about your new release, Echoes in the Mist?

My fourth novel, Echoes in the Mist, is a romantic suspense story that takes place in the exotic African savannah. A California diva and a South African wildlife conservationist, fall for each other during the safari rides and boat cruises of the Zambezi River. They spend three months together at his family-owned lodge in Zambia, where the thunder of Victoria Falls, brilliant rainbows, and the trumpets of the elephants reign. During her obligatory trip to spread her aunt’s ashes in the river, she learns to acclimate into his wild world and appreciate the animals that had terrified her at first. This unexpected relationship forms a deep bond to overcome the obstacles in their way. I’ve used my personal experiences from a safari trip to Africa to enrich this story with details. There’s never a dull moment. I’ve combined my love for animals and unknown adventures in this story.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I never dreamed of being an author. It just happened. I grew up entertaining my younger brothers with my wild adventure stories, minus the romance. As an adult, their childish wonder for what happens next stayed with me. I now create romantic adventures that bring two unlikely people together in a dangerous situation. They must overcome the obstacles in their way to live happily ever after. I never know what happens next, which is kind of exciting. One scene at a time, the story dictates itself.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Bridget Jones Diaries by Helen Felding
Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Call of the Wild by Jack London
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I’d probably invite Jeremy Wade of River Monsters on TV. In each episode, he travels around the world in murky rivers and lures giant catfish or other dangerous fish twice his size. I’d ask him how he overcomes his fears to keep pursuing his passion despite the danger and loneliness.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There are no limits to your imagination. Writing allows me to create inspiring love stories in exotic places and share them with others.

What is a typical day like for you?

I start my day with a hot cup of coffee and gaze at the garden. Sometimes the feuding blue jays, squirrels, and glistening dew on the blooming flowers trigger the next scene. I have to write every day or my day isn’t complete.

What scene in Echoes in the Mist was your favorite to write?

I loved writing about the baby elephants and the hero and heroine’s interaction with them. My curiosities about animal behavior led to detailed research, which I hope will educate the readers too.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Dream. Believe. Claim. Without dreams, there is no hope or direction. Some wise person said, success is a series of failures and valuable lessons. I’m off to a good start.

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Interview with Betta Ferrendelli, Author of On the Border

What can you tell us about your new release, On the Border?

On the Border is the fifth book in my award-winning mystery series featuring reporter Samantha Church. This time Sam works with a cub reporter to uncover a money laundering scheme involving undocumented workers.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I watched the movie Fried Green Tomatoes years and years ago and loved it. I read the book, but in this case, I thought the movie was better than the book. The story touched me deeply and having written all my life and professionally for many years, I decided I wanted to write books to tell my own stories that I hope would resonate with people as much as Fried Green Tomatoes has for me.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Honestly, I don’t have a favorite, but the two I like the most and have meant the most to me include The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and The Prophet by Kahil Gibran, which was given to me by my eighth grade teacher when I graduated from high school. I also love the last four or five paragraphs of A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Kahil Gibran would be my guest, and my question would be, “What is your first memory of life?”

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Having finished, ha, ha! Actually the process, writing, thinking, rewriting, editing and watching as it all unfolds into a good (I hope!) story. I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I see the manuscript pages piling up.

What is a typical day like for you?

I do work full time as a writer for a healthcare magazine. For now, like the rest of the planet, I am working from home. A good chunk of my day is spent writing and being on the phone or in Zoom meetings for work. There’s lots of traveling involved with the magazine when there isn’t a pandemic. We were in Nashville in February and Chicago in early March. I also work out with a personal trainer two times a week, along with working out in my home gym. I play lots of golf, which works well with social distancing. Now that I have finished writing the latest book, the nice thing about the little free/down time that I do have is that I can enjoy it. When I am “novelling” as my sister used to call it, I use every free moment to work on the book.

What scene in On the Border was your favorite to write?

There were many, but my favorite scene comes when Sam goes her daughter’s softball game and has to retrieve a softball that was hit over the fence. She’s not the ace athlete her daughter, April, is. She has a little trouble throwing the ball back to the team and some of April’s teammates make fun of her.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“The answer is always no unless you ask.”

Betta Ferrendelli is the author of the new book On the Border.

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Interview with E.F. Skarda, Author of The Mortal God

What can you tell us about your new release, The Mortal God?

This book is what I would consider Adventure Science Fiction. It really has a cinematic tone to it, along with some comic book undertones. I started writing this story when I was 13 years old and was really into superheroes at the time. Essentially, the story follows a supersoldier named Kyle Griffin and his team through a series of events that finds them questioning their allegiances, along with their very beliefs in the society around them. Kyle’s decisions bring them into conflict with the government’s divine ruler, Lord Aeron, who also happens to be Kyle’s grandfather. In a thematic sense, it’s a story about choices, principles, and emotions, and how those can drive what our reality becomes.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Honestly, I’ve always loved writing. For the longest time I just did it for myself. If there was a situation in my life that I didn’t feel was fair, I could write about it and see it turn out however I wanted. That made me feel powerful. I just think that there’s real freedom in being creative, and I want that be a permanent part of my life.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Number one is Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. Revolutionized the way that I viewed science fiction. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman is in that realm as well. I’m also a big fan of the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown, as well as the Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I would want to talk to Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the two authors that go by the pen name James SA Corey, also known as the men that created The Expanse series. I think that their world building is so complete and immersive, I would love to get in their heads on how they envision their scenes, and how they develop their plot lines. It would be so illuminating.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I mentioned before, it’s the freedom. The freedom to create anything you want and see it play out in your mind. We all have things that we wish we could do, or wish we would have done, but writing makes that all possible. I think it’s the closest humanity will ever get to true divinity.

What is a typical day like for you?

Well, let’s see…I usually wake up around 6 am, work out for an hour or two, then pack up my eight-year-old son and drag him with me to my office for several hours. I’m a physical therapist by trade, so I see patients most weekdays, though that’s been a bit different with the pandemic issues lately, as I’ve been playing the role of school teacher as well. After work, I come home and we make dinner, and after my son goes to bed, I get the chance to sit down and write. I’ll generally do that for two or three hours before going to bed and starting all over again.

What scene in The Mortal God was your favorite to write?

There’s a scene where Kyle’s team, led by his second in command, Captain Jackson Hilton, is left to seek refuge with a group that they once considered their enemies. Needless to say, it doesn’t go over well, and the team is taken hostage. It wasn’t initially a part of the book, but as I was editing it I could see the exposition happening so clearly…it probably took me only forty-five minutes to write the entire chapter. It was the fastest I’ve ever seen my fingers move across the keyboard. I wish all inspiration could be that definitive.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I tend to gravitate toward a “no days off” philosophy when it comes to writing and self-improvement. I always want to go to bed better than I woke up. Whether that means I’m a little stronger, a little smarter, or a little more humble…as long as I made progress that’s enough. The same goes for writing. If my current project is a little closer to being complete, then the day was a success.

E.F. Skarda is the author of the new book The Mortal God.

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Interview with Tricia O’Malley, Author of Ms. Bitch

What can you tell us about your new release, Ms. Bitch?

This book is inspired by my true story. The story takes us through an emotional rollercoaster of a divorce to learning to stand on your own and giving love another chance. And what better way to start over than to go scuba-diving in Mexico? Sure, falling for the handsome scuba instructor is a bit of a cliché but I lived it. Readers will find my novel empowering and honest. I hope once they are finished they will scream from the rooftops: “I am in charge of finding my happily-ever-after.”

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I started writing after my dog was stolen and I was able to recover him safely. Something about that experience propelled me to write the story, and I haven’t stopped writing since. I think being a writer has always called to me, but I never gave it a chance until I had an inciting incident that pushed me into the career I was meant to be in all along.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

That’s a terribly difficult and unfair question to ask anyone who loves reading as much as I do! I read around two or three books a week. One of my favorite books that I finally read this year is The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. I read it in my hammock by the water. My first favorite books from my youth that resonated deeply with me is a book is called: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. I just wrote a blog on the books that helped me most when dealing with divorce or any tough times, each one on this list is very special to me. https://www.triciaomalley.com/blog/

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Grace O’Malley, the infamous Irish pirate queen, which I’ve based my Mystic Cove series off of. While she is a real historical figure, her history is so unique for her time (well, even now!) I’d likely ask her where she found the strength to give birth at sea and lead her ship into battle a mere hours later. Can you imagine?!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

A common piece of advice given to authors is to “write what you know.” I agree with that, to a point, as I also think you need to write what you know and in genres you love. But your voice, your experiences, and stories you’ve gathered along the way will all weave into your work. I have visited all the locations in my books to really make sure I can transport my readers there, even the fictional Siren Island is based on the Caribbean Island where I live. Writing allows me to travel, work from anywhere, and bring my readers along with me for the ride.

What is a typical day like for you?

I can describe my perfect day. It was something that I wrote out for myself years ago when I started writing. I needed to have a goal that I was working toward that wasn’t strictly a financial one. I wrote down that my perfect day was going to be: Get up and go scuba-diving, grab an iced coffee, write in the afternoons. While somewhat simplistic, this is the goal that I’ve worked toward for years now and am happy to report that I have those happy days regularly now.

What scene in Ms. Bitch was your favorite to write?

I’m inspired by travel and the majority of my books are placed in dreamy locales. I love to take my readers to beautiful locations and let them dip their toes in the waters of Siren Island or explore the Emerald Isle while finding out about the secrets of the Mystic Cove. With that in mind my favorite scene in Ms. Bitch is where I am scuba diving with the bull sharks in Mexico. I love sharks and regularly donate to those that dedicate their lives to protect them like The Sea Shepard. I lived this particular scene in Ms. Bitch, and every time I read those words, I am transported back to the beauty and awesomeness of spending time one hundred feet underwater with those stunning sharks.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

There’s no such thing as failure – it’s all a learning experience. Another would simply to be “take risks.” Ultimately, you never regret taking a chance on your dreams.

Tricia O’Malley is the author of the new book Ms. Bitch.

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Interview with C.C. Scharon, Author of Blood Never Washes Out

What can you tell us about your new release, Blood Never Washes Out?

Blood Never Washes Out is a thrill ride with DEA Agent Jake Castillo as a secret kept for decades is revealed, layer by layer, challenging everything Jake thought he knew about his life.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I don’t think anyone in particular inspired me to become an author. I just always loved stories and I’ve been writing them for as long as I can remember. My husband sent me on the path of doing it professionally when I complained about wanting to write a book. He told me to stop talking about it and get to work.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Top five is hard to pick, but here are some good ones from a variety of genres. These kept me turning the page, which is my biggest criterion. Outlander, The Da Vinci Code, Shanna, Gone with the Wind, Tell No One

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Harlan Coben. I’d like to ask him how long it took him to get his magical ability to tell fantastic stories in such an interesting way.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

What I love most about writing is the author’s God-like ability over everything that happens. What characters do, what dangers they face, who lives, and who dies. Your story is the only place in the world you can control fate of everyone.

What is a typical day like for you?

I like to write in the morning, so I put in a couple of hours almost every day. If I’m in the middle of a big project, that sometimes grows into an all-day affair. The rest of the time, I’m doing whatever suits my mood with family and friends.

What scene in Blood Never Washes Out was your favorite to write?

Definitely the scene at the end where all the pieces come together with a few extra twists. After all, I wrote the whole book to get to it.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Enjoy every moment.

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Interview with Jocelyn Fox, Author of A Curse of Blood and Sea

What can you tell us about your new release, A Curse of Blood and Sea?

A Curse of Blood and Sea is an epic fantasy set in the world of the Fae War Chronicles, though readers don’t necessarily have to read the previous books in the series. (There’s even a short story in the form of a history lesson in the front of the Kindle edition that summarizes the story so far.) As the Fae world enters a new golden age after a brutal war, the Seelie Court, Unseelie Court and the wolf-warriors of the Northern lands set their sights on rebuilding, but a new threat rises across the sea on the island of Haven, where Seafarers dock their ships crafted of dragon bones. A shopkeeper’s assistant, a slave turned healer, and a Merrow raised as a Seafarer race against time to solve the deadly curse before it decimates the entire Fae world, and they each have to answer the question: how much would you sacrifice to save not only those you love, but strangers a world away?

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I started writing my own stories when I was seven years old, after I read The Chronicles of Narnia. Storytelling enthralled me, and the more books I read, the more I wanted to write.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I’m going to count J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy as one, because that’s certainly a classic for any fantasy reader. Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series is another favorite, as well as Garth Nix’s Sabriel. I also really admire the world building in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. I read a lot of really dark fantasy when I was a kid, looking back on it, and I also borrowed all my dad’s Stephen King novels and gave myself nightmares.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I would want to interview Stephen King. The way he talks about writing has always resonated really deeply with me. I’d ask him how he moves between the worlds he’s built, because I’ve been working for years within one fantasy world—technically two, I suppose, since my books take place in both the Fae and mortal worlds. And I’d also ask if he has any advice for learning new genres. He’s such a versatile writer and I’ve always admired the breadth of his work.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love experiencing the story with my characters. I get lost in the adventure and I’m just as surprised as the reader sometimes when a character dies or a new plot wrinkle introduces itself. Writing is my escape hatch from reality.

What is a typical day like for you?

It really depends on the status of my current project. There’s momentum that builds throughout a draft, so I’ll write more hours in a day if I’m hurtling toward the finish. I’ll usually get up, drink my coffee and read for about half an hour, then listen to a podcast while I cook breakfast. I’ve been really into true crime podcasts lately, and I also enjoy long-form interviews like NPR’s Fresh Air. I’ll write for a three or four hour block in the morning or in the early afternoon, and sometimes for a few more hours after dinner. When I need a break from writing, I’ll go for a run, paddle board on the lake near my house, do some yoga, or another physical activity that gets me out of my own head. It’s really a gift to have so much time to work on writing now, because for the first eight years after I started this series I was in the Navy and carving out time to write sometimes came at the expense of sleep and my social life. That time crunch taught me how to be very productive in a short span, and that skill still serves me really well.

What scene in A Curse of Blood and Sea was your favorite to write?

I really enjoyed writing the triumphant first appearance of a new dragon ship in the port of Haven, which happens near the end of the novel. It’s the first new dragon ship in centuries, and the Seafarers who form the nucleus of its crew were exiled from their last ship for saving each other from a kraken—their story starts in The Dragon Ship. Mal, Hex and Jem were the first Seafarers to set foot on Seelie land in centuries and convinced the Sidhe queens to help them build their ship from the bones of a dragon that had been killed during the war. Their journey was a quest to prove everyone who’d doubted them wrong, but all three of them also grew up in a lot of ways during the hardships they endured together. It felt like the homecoming of a Navy ship after a long deployment, and the story of the exiled Seafarers came full circle.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I love the Thoreau quote, “I want to live deep and suck the marrow from life.” In addition to Thoreau’s ideas of living fully, my personal ethos was definitely shaped by my time in the military in two different ways: first, my teammates’ lives were on the line if I didn’t do my job well and accomplish the objective; and second, I realized that my own life is a wild and precious gift. So I view discomfort and even pain as a privilege, because often that means I’m moving in the direction of my goals, working through challenges, and growing in the pursuit of living deeply.

Jocelyn Fox is the author of the new book A Curse of Blood and Sea.

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