AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Emily Fortney + Giveaway
Hello friends! We are happy to present the talented, Emily Fortney, and help promote her series Camilla Crim Series. I honestly can't wait until I get my hands on this series and read it. It sounds amazing and my favorite kind of fantasy ;)
Without further ado, please meet Emily:
Hi Global Bibliophile readers! Shout out to the women that run this blog for allowing me to take over their website today. I know what you’re thinking right now: who dis? My name is Emily and I’m the author of the Camilla Crim books, a young adult fantasy series.
Today I’m releasing book #3 in that series called The Dark Ruler. It is literally bursting forth and cracking out of its shell as you’re reading this. Enough hatching metaphors… let me introduce you to my main character, Camilla.
How shall I describe Camilla? She’s stubborn and talks without thinking, but she’s also fiery and passionate. In The Dark Ruler, she’s on a mission to kill the Supreme Ruler, Quinten Warwick, and free the people of Elmyra from slavery. Buuuuut a slew of mysteries lies between the walls of the capital city where the Supreme Ruler resides that Camilla isn’t prepared for.
Things are a little more complicated than that straightforward goal. Because Camilla has a mother with suspect intentions. After abandoning Camilla when she was just a toddler, Portia weasels her way back into Camilla’s world and has taken to meddling with her life. Although a very powerful witch, Portia is intent on drawing little ol’ Camilla to her side. The problem is, Camilla doesn’t know why her mother is suddenly interested in her, and frankly, she doesn’t care. She wants nothing to do with her mother.
For those of you who’ve never read any of the books in this series, let’s back up. Before Camilla had mommy problems and found herself taking on the role of a Supreme Ruler assassin, she worked at the national farm, being treated as little more than a slave. Camilla even bears the brand of Quinten Warwick on her arm. She’s a peasant, a nothing.
Everything changes when she finds out that her brother is being hunted down for a murder she knows he didn’t commit, or at least she’s pretty sure… All of that plays out in the first book in the series, called The Sacrifice of One. (Stick around until the end of this post for a special offer on this book!)
First, I’d like to draw the veil and take you behind the scenes of The Dark Ruler and the process I took to write this book. Like all of you, last year was different for me. Here in America, COVID struck in early March. Literally, the week that everything shut down was the same week that I left my 9-5 job of nearly 10 years to write part-time. Leaving my job was pre-planned and had nothing to do with COVID. Odd, I know... It was a weird time of transition for me.
The point is, I wrote The Dark Ruler during the pandemic. The lack of social gatherings really cut down on my commitments and I was able to spend a lot of time at my laptop clicking away. For me, this book is a positive part of 2020. It helped me survive it in a way and I’m not sure I could have written it as quickly as I did without quarantine.
As an author, I often get asked what inspired me to write my books. That question is hard to answer. A million things have inspired me. So usually I just say something self-deprecating and change the subject…
In the case of The Dark Ruler, I had been thinking over this plot for years. The skeleton of this installment was in my head even while I was writing the earlier Camilla books. But I will let you in on one major inspiration. It’s a little bit of a spoiler, so let’s keep it hush-hush.
In 2019 I married my best friend. The development of our relationship and our actual wedding event inspired certain parts of The Dark Ruler. There is, of course, a romance element to the Camilla books, and much of that storyline in this book is inspired by my own experiences of falling in love. I’ll stop before I get too gushy on you!
The Dark Ruler releases TODAY! Make sure you go grab your copy. New to the series? You can read book #1, The Sacrifice of One, for FREE by CLICKING HERE and signing up on my email newsletter. If you love The Sacrifice of One, there are 3 more books in the series you can binge on!
One more thing. As a special gift to Global Bibliophile readers, if you sign up for my email newsletter, not only will you get a FREE eBook copy of The Sacrifice of One, but I will send a bookish sticker pack to the first 50 people that sign up😊Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know that you signed up and came from the Global Bibliophile blog. Put your address in the email, and I’ll mail you a sticker pack! Sign up HERE
It’s been a blast to chat with you all today. Thanks again to Global Bibliophiles for letting me post and tell you about my new release. You can read the full blurb of The Dark Ruler below and connect with me on all the social media.
The Dark Ruler by Emily Fortney
Author: Emily Fortney
Published: January 27th, 2021
Genre: YA Fantasy
A wicked man sits on the throne in Elmyra’s capital city, and Camilla is determined to end his reign by any means necessary. Blinded by her determination, Camilla will abandon her life in Bear Gap and join forces with Reed, a man she doesn’t know as well as she thought. Their plan? To kill The Supreme Ruler of Elmyra.
The plot to assassinate Quinten Warwick will lead them through treacherous terrain and down the infamous Thief Road to the capital city of LilyAye. Once there, they must join with the LilyAye rebels and find a way to put an end to the country’s dark ruler.
The Dark Ruler is A Young Adult, Fantasy novel with a defiant heroine, and an oppressive reign so strong that takes two uprisings to tear down.
If you like Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass, Kristen Cashore’s Graceling, or Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, then you’ll fall in love with Camilla.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily has come a long way from building forts in the woods behind her childhood home. She’s the author of The Sacrifice of One, the first book in a thrilling, young adult fantasy series.
Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, Emily currently resides with her husband and shelter cat, and is vigilant about keeping her house well stocked with dark chocolate.