Saturday, August 6, 2011


Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, #1) (Volume 1)
Author Melanie Card
Released August 2, 2011
Twenty-year-old Ward de'Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is. But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she's been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her. However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive...

Author Melanie Card
Today, I have with me author Melanie Card. Her new book, WARD AGAINST DEATH released August 2. I'm giving away an EBOOK copy to all who entry today. Click on FORM to enter. I recently had the opportunity to read the book and ask Melanie some questions about the story, writing process and what she can't live without! See what she has to say:

Readers and reviewers look for a variety of elements when choosing and rating books.  As a reader and author, what do you think makes a good story?
Thanks so much for inviting me to share with your readers today! For me I love getting swept away on a great adventure with interesting characters. It’s the interesting characters that are the most important to me. When I get engrossed in a story I feel bad when things aren’t going well for the characters and I cheer them on as they struggle to succeed.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Ward is my favorite character in my book. I love that even when things get difficult (and they get pretty difficult for him) he never gives up. He’s always trying to do the right thing and help people, regardless of the danger he puts himself in.

Do you have any writing rituals (quirks)?  If so, why or why not?
At the moment my ritual is to make a coffee and then get as far away from the internet and write. I could get sucked into research (or chatting on line) and I’d never get anything done. This way I can devote a good couple of hours to writing fresh pages. 

If you could interview any fictional character whom would it be and what might you ask?
Hamlet. I don’t want to ask him something I want to give him a good shake. I know his tragic flaw is indecision, but he drives me crazy every time I read (or perform) the play.  

If you could choose any time (era, year, century ect.) and place to live when and where would you pick.  Why?
I’m pretty happy where I am (although Spain always looks fabulous when January rolls around and I’m knee deep in snow). If I couldn’t live in my here and now I’d like a non-post apocalyptic future please. Something Star Trek-esk would be lovely. Historical time periods seem cool (I’m particularly fond the Renaissance), however certain things that tend to not be mentioned in books and movies (for good reason) are the lack of hygiene and medical care during that time and I’m not sure I could handle that. 

Tell us 5 things you absolutely can’t live without.
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, coffee.

What's next for you?  Tell us about upcoming stories currently in the works!  Or at least give us a little hint....:) 
Coming up next for me is the second book in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series. The adventures of Ward and Celia continue with more undead creatures and evil necromancers.

I'd like to thank Melanie for stopping by and sharing with us today.  Also, thank you to Danielle from Entangled Publishing for connecting bloggers and authors, providing great info.,graphics and communication. Much appreciation and I look forward to coordinating with Entangled Publishing on future book releases. 

If you'd like to connect with Melanie Card, follow, or find out more about her upcoming projects and books click on any of the links below.

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  1. I need to get as far away from the internet to write as well! Alas, they are both on the same computer. AHHHH! Need to work on that!

  2. Chocolate and Coffee - I'm with you there! I also live in Spain - but I'm often knee deep in snow in January (I am in the mountains though). Your book looks great it's definitely on my TBR list!

  3. WARD AGAINST DEATH sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Don't forget chocolate IN coffee!

  5. Mmmmm. Chocolate IN coffee. Good suggestion, Sarah.

  6. I think I can live on chocolate and coffee. I'm a total addict too :)

  7. I filled out the form and said yes to GFC follower but I have checked GFC today and didn't get any update. I wonder if I clicked to sign up but it didn't work? I have this problem sometimes. I'll try again. Following the tour around!