Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Sorceress and the Squid Blog Tour


Hello everyone! today I'm taking part in The Sorceress and the Squid Blog Tour. I know, you might be wondering what is "The Sorceress and the Squid"?

tsatsfront.jpg.pngIn the magical land of Perth, divisions between the Old Kingdom and the New have waged for centuries. The humans have long harbored a mistrust of the spell-casting Fae and vice versa. In the midst of this conflict, Estrella the Sorceress lays waste to the Training Academy for Human Warriors, making an enemy in the soldier, Jalen. During their standoff, Jalen is turned into a squid and Estrella, unable to restore him to his original form, takes pity on him and travels west across the Sea to bring him to the Wizard in hope he can be saved. But is there more to the unrest in Perth than meets the eye?

Here is a little more about the Author Emily Mundell.

P1130191.jpgEmily Mundell is a 19 year old author, artist, horsewoman and lover of the wonders of the wide world. She hails from the Great White North of Canada and has spent her life growing up in the heart of rural Alberta in a close-knit farming community - though she has often entertained fantasies of inhabiting the Shire.

Writing is her true passion – though horses and art take a close second. With fantasy as her primary genre, Emily has been writing stories since the tender age of eight when she finished her first “book.” She is currently working to complete her Creative Writing Certificate through the University of Calgary. An avid bookworm, true country-mouse, and unconventional tree-climber, Emily can usually be found on a horse, working on one of her half-dozen projects, chasing a loose cow, or being swept off her feet by the man she calls her own personal “hobbit.”
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 So before the official launch of the book I had a chance to interview Emily. Her responses will be in Blue

Hello Emily. Thanks for sparing me a few moments of your time. So I wanted to ask, as I'm sure my readers may be wondering, What inspired you to write "The Sorceress and the Squid"?
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Marrok!  It’s a bit of a funny story… XD It all started waaayyy back in September of 2014. I was in the midst of a deep, serious discussion with my-then-boyfriend-now-fiance, Jonathan, about his secret identity as a ninja squid who had trained an army of ninja squidlings in world domination. Of course we were just being ridiculous, but the seed of the story I have today was planted in my mind. Later, after we had started actually dating, it was decided that I was the sorceress who had turned him into a squid and the rest is history. 

Wow how fun! I think idea brought about in that way are some of the funniest! So, what was your favorite part in writing this novel?
 Probably my favorite part was just how relaxed the process was. It was meant to be a little on the silly side, not really a serious work of fiction at all. To be honest I would never have imagined it being my first publication! But I really enjoyed that I could just let it grow and change and breathe without feeling stressed about it. It’s been one of my favorite books to write as it was such a smooth process comparatively. 

That's great! relaxed is definitely a good way to write, it's better then being stress right? Is this novel for the YA audience?
 Yes! I think that while the book can certainly appeal to a younger audience (10+), that I aimed for a teen readership while writing. Though the book’s premise is a little ridiculous and it is written in the form of a classic fairytale, there are some darker elements and twists that make it more of a read for older kids. I think it can be enjoyed by all ages though, by anyone who likes fantasy/fairytales.
That's cool! It nice to have those nice fantasy/fairytales that can have a ridiculous premise. I mean we don't always have to be so serious. Okay for those of my readers who may be wondering about how much magic is in "The Sorceress and the Squid" what would you say?
  There is quite a bit of magic in TSatS. There are both good and bad guys who use magic throughout the book. The magical qualities are a natural force of the kingdom and is only a tool - neither good nor bad of itself. Honorable characters use it honorably and evil characters use it evilly to achieve their own ends. I believe this is a reflection of the use of weapons or the internet or alcohol in our own society, all these things can be used very very poorly, but they are not inherently bad in and of themselves. It’s how we choose to use them. That’s the basic vein of the magic in The Sorceress and the Squid.  

Very interesting! I look forward to seeing how that plays out. Okay so this is a question I'm dying to ask as a Wolverine fan. Growing up in Canada what is your favorite stop? and favorite season?
  Unique question! Well, Canada is very beautiful and very large - I have hardly seen any of it in my nineteen years! I love the Rocky Mountains, Banff and Canmore and Jasper are really cool towns. There is a beautiful little hotel in a place called Three Valley Gap on the way through from Alberta to BC and I think it is so cool. It’s actually the inspiration for a setting in one of my other stories! My experience with the mountains has definitely fed into my writing, particularly with TSatS.
My favorite season? Hmm, well, I do enjoy them all for different reasons, however our winters are six months long and after Christmas and New Year’s have passed I am less keen about it. I like spring for all the anticipation of summer and baby animals, but I also hate it because we have a ton of work to do on the farm and everything turns to a mudhole with the melting snow. I also like fall, but again with the workload increasing. My favorite season has always been summer, you can get out and do so much more and that is the only season where I don’t have to be in a tractor or working with cows (much). All the best things happen in summer around here, so I would definitely call it my favorite. :)
Wow that sounds so fun! by they way I just want to say how much I like the cover of TSatS! it just looks so cool and fun while still having that real art look to it! Thanks again Emily for coming on. Oh and to everyone who is read don't forget to check out The Sorceress and the Squid for your self. Just follow any of the links below.
And like always, Stay True to the King!
 (images and gif's used are not my own and nor do I clam them as such. Credit goes to their rightful owners/creators)



  1. Thank you for having me, Marrok! This looks fantastic!

    1. Thanks! it was a ton of fun! Thanks for letting me take part in this awesome tour!

  2. I love that tale behind the tale. The idea of a ninja squid holds so much story potential!

    1. Hahah yeah I found to be quite funny/interesting as well!

  3. Great post, Marrok! I really like your questions! I had been wondering if they were going to be like the same as mine, but they weren't. Only the first one was the same. :)

    1. Thanks Karyssa! I guess when I'm done here I'll head over to your blog to see what kind of questions you asked :D

  4. Very nice! Great post and questions too :D

    1. Hello Lisa! thanks for stopping by today, I hope you find your time on this blog to be enjoyable!


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