Excited to be hosting Tricia Mingerink on my blog today in honor of her newest release, Deny [THE BLADES OF ACKTAR #2]! Read my review of Deny HERE, and Dare [THE BLADES OF ACKTAR #1] HERE. (And don't forget, the Facebook Party celebrating Deny's release is today! *grins*)
About the Book
Promoted to the top rank among King Respen’s assassins, First Blade Leith Torren hides his involvement with the Resistance. How many lies will it take to protect his secret?
Renna Faythe has done nothing but survive for the past four years, but now Leith’s courage inspires her to try to be something more. If only she could figure out what that duty might be.
When the unthinkable happens, faith waivers. Friendships tear. What else will they be forced to deny?
But this time, Leith faces his greatest fear.
He can’t save everyone.
About the Author
Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.
Interview with Tricia
Hi Tricia! Delighted to have you on my blog, celebrating your second book, Deny’s, release! :)
So … what made you decide to write fantasy? Is it your favorite genre to read?
Tricia: Yes, it is my favorite genre. :) So it really wasn’t much of a choice.
What are some of the best books you’ve read this year?
Tricia: How many words do I have for this blog post? I’ve been working through a lot of Christian speculative and young adult fiction this year and it would take a long time to list them. I read The King’s Scrolls and Half Blood by Jaye L. Knight. A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes. Leaving Nelson, My Summer Storm, and Chasing Secrets by Kim Moss. Of the Coldblooded by Angie Brashear. All the TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOOD series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. And, of course, A Dream Not Imagined by you. ;)
Aw, thanks for including A Dream Not Imagined! ^_^ The King's Scrolls, A Time to Speak, Of the Coldblooded, and Anne Elisabeth's books have definitely been some of my favorites likewise! :)
Tricia: I discovered Christian speculative fiction last year. So, yeah. Everything by Jill Williamson. Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, Of the Persecuted by Angie Brashear, Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams, and A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes. And so many others!
Ooh, Jill Williamson! I recently read her BlOOD OF KINGS trilogy! Fantastic! And just all those you mentioned! *huggles them*
One of your favorite books of all time? :D
Tricia: The Chronicles of Narnia. Sorry, that’s not really one book, but it’s one series. :)
That works! :D I love Narnia too!
How long will THE BLADES OFACKTAR series be?
Tricia: I’m currently planning 4 books. The draft of book 3 is already written, and I’m about a third of the way through book 4. I have ideas for a few possible short stories and maybe a novella or two, but no more full length novels.
Yay! Can't wait to read the two coming after Deny! Eep! So exciting! ^_^
Do you have plans for more books after that?
Tricia: Ha, ha! I have so many ideas, I can’t decide what one I want to write after I finish THE BLADES OF ACKTAR. I have ideas for everything from steampunk to dystopian to fairy tale retellings set in a fantasy country based off the geography of the Appalachian Mountains.
So many possibilities! I'm the same way ... not knowing which idea to choose and run with! I, personally, would be happy to read anything you write, regardless of the genre! :D
What’s an ingredient that your favorite reads share?
Tricia: Lots of action. I’ll admit, when I listened to Pride & Prejudice (I couldn’t get through reading it. Too boring that way) I kept holding my breath waiting for someone to get kidnapped or shot or something. I may have cheered when Lydia ran off because something finally happened.
Haha. I generally like a lot of action and adventure too. Though I sometimes am in the mood to sit down and watch the newest version of Pride and Prejudice! :)
Dystopian or Sci-fi?
Tricia: Right now, dystopian. But I have a couple of sci-fi books waiting on my kindle that might change my mind about that.
I generally like dystopian better, but there is some epic sci-fi novels out there! (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer).
Historical or Contemporary?
Tricia: Historical. I don’t like too many contemporary books.
Same here! Once in awhile I find one that I really enjoy.
“Fluffy” or deep reads?
Tricia: Both. I like my books to be a mix of sweet and action packed and deep. Sometimes I’ll read an all fluffy book and sometimes an all deep book, but my favorites are usually a good mix.
We must share the same taste in books. :D
What do you hope your readers come away with after read (Dare and) Deny?
Tricia: Courage is possible through God even if you’re weak and fearful. God’s strength isn’t for the strong, but for the weak.
Beautiful! And so true! <3
Thanks so much for chatting with me, Tricia! Can’t wait to read more of your amazing stories!