Today, we’re hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson (an author with whom I almost share a name, since my married name is Sara G. Larson) – the first book in a new duology inspired by Swan Lake. First, we have a guest post from Sara – then keep reading to learn more about the book and enter for your chance to win a copy.
Last summer, I was walking to Disneyland from the hotel with my three children (by myself) when I heard the notification for an email on my phone. I glanced at it briefly, not expecting anything. It was an email from my editor, and based on the subject, I stopped on the spot to open it up. With my heart in my throat I quickly scanned the note from her. She had sent me the cover for DARK BREAKS THE DAWN—and based on the effulgent praise she included about it, I was almost afraid to open the attachment. What if I didn’t like it when she clearly loved it so much??
I took a deep breath and clicked. To this day, I am not even sure how to put into words the astonishment and joy I felt when I saw that cover. Was there jumping and whooping involved? Yes, yes there was. Did my kids think I’d lost it? Yes, yes they did. Let’s just say that many strangers walked past a random woman on the sidewalk outside of Disneyland in tears, staring at her phone with a crazy grin plastered to her face, that day.
The details were just so perfect, the colors were stunning, Scholastic went above and beyond anything I could have dreamed for this book. I tried to call my husband but he was in a work meeting and didn’t answer, so I called Kathryn Purdie instead. I had to share my excitement with someone! I texted her the image while we were on the phone. When she reacted about the same way I did, then I really started crying. I don’t think it is relevant to the story to mention that I was pregnant at the time, but I suppose that could have been a factor in all the tears. However, I really think it was just the amazing cover.
On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.
But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.
In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.
In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake — a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure.
SARA B. LARSON is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy Defy trilogy: Defy, Ignite, and Endure. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their children. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the loss of nap time) and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting of her sugar addiction.
- 5/22/2017- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Interview
- 5/23/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review
- 5/24/2017- Novel Novice– Guest Post
- 5/25/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Review
- 5/26/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview
- 5/29/2017- Fiktshun– Review
- 5/30/2017- A Backwards Story– Guest Post
- 5/31/2017- Mundie Moms– Review
- 6/1/2017- Fiction Fare– Interview
- 6/2/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Review