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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA by Joanna Ruth Meyer / Blog Tour: Author Interview #BeneathTheHauntingSea

Happy release day to Joanna Ruth Meyer's debut, Beneath the Haunting Sea! I'm thrilled to have Joanna on the blog today to celebrate the release of her YA fantasy. It was my pleasure to work with her and help her reveal this stunning cover a few months ago. Check it out here and read an except from her book. Today's stop features an interview with Joanna as well as some fun facts to get to know her more. First, about the book.


By: Joanna Ruth Meyer
Published by: Page Street 
Released on: January 9th, 2018 - TODAY!
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Can't you hear it, Talia?
Can't you hear the waves singing?

Sixteen-year-old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world. But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.

It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen-Dahr, that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision of her future, and a relic that holds the power of an ancient Star. On these shores, the eerie melody of the sea is stronger than ever, revealing long-forgotten tales of the Goddess Rahn. The more dark truths that Talia unravels about the gods' history--and her own--the more the waves call to her, and it may be her destiny to answer.


If you could include one of your favorite fictional characters (books, tv, movies etc), into your book, who would you choose and why?
Eugenides from the Queen’s Thief series because he’s sneaky and brilliant and I think him and Wen would be BFFs. Talia probably wouldn’t appreciate his sarcasm!

Do you have a favorite line from the book you can share with us?
My favorite line has been with me from the very first draft:

“To Love is to be broken. That is the very definition of the word.”

Which character surprised you the most in terms of how they changed from rough draft to final edits?
Talia definitely had the biggest character makeover—she morphed from an overly-melodramatic girl who cried on every single page (no joke!!), to a fiercely determined young woman who has the courage to change her mind, and isn’t afraid to stand up to fate. Talia’s transformation was one of the most difficult revision challenges—it was difficult to continue to see things through her eyes when her personality kept changing!

Which character would you have been friends in high school?
Definitely Wen and Ayah—musicians and book nerds have to stick together!!

What books are currently on your nightstand?
ARCs! I just finished an ARC of Nothing But Sky, by Amy Trueblood (it was fantastic!) and I’m in the middle of an ARC of Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (it’s super epic!). 


-Music and writing both play major roles in Joanna’s life.
-Joanna started learning to play the violin at age six and the piano at age nine. She also plays a a bit of mandolin and guitar.
-Joanna started writing stories when she was seven.
-When Joanna was sixteen, she published her own kids’ writing magazine Kids, Ink.
-Beneath the Haunting Sea was first drafted during NaNoWriMo 2006.
-Joanna teaches piano lessons.
-Her grand piano is named Prince Imrahil.
-Joanna’s screen name, Gamwyn, is a mashup of Éowyn and Sam Gamgee, her two fave Lord of the Rings characters.
-Joanna’s favorite composer is Chopin.
-Her favorite color is green.


Joanna Ruth Meyer is a writer of Young Adult fantasy. She lives with her dear husband and son in Arizona, where it never rains (or at least not often enough for her!). When she's not writing, she can be found teaching piano lessons, drinking copious amounts of tea, reading thick books, and dreaming of winter.


December 19: Mother Daughter Book Club
December 20: YA Books Central
December 21: Fantasy Book Critic 
December 22: Brittany’s Book Rambles
December 27: SFFWorld
December 28: Short & Sweet Reviews
December 29: SciFiChick
January 2: The Cover Contessa
January 9: Mundie Moms
January 11Fantasy Book Cafe
January 18YA Interrobang 

OUT TODAY! 1/9/18 New YA Releases

Happy Book Birthday to today's new YA releases! Check out the books that are out on bookstore shelves TODAY!

Which books are you looking forward to reading?