Interview and Review: The Tragedy of Knowledge by Rachael Wade

Today I am featuring Rachael Wade whose final book in her Resistance Trilogy, The Tragedy of Knowledge.  I have read all of her Resistance Trilogy and her book Preservation.  She is a great indie author and I would wholeheartedly recommend anything she writes.  Be sure to enter her awesome giveaway after my review.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I really enjoyed The Tragedy of Knowledge and was sad that this was the last book in the series.

Thanks for having me, Jackie! I’m so glad you enjoyed the end of the series. 🙂

Since this is your last book in the trilogy was it hard coming up with an ending and saying goodbye?

Oddly, no. I knew how I wanted the series to end very early on, before I wrote book 2, so when it came time to write it, I felt ready. The characters were ready. Yet there is always a bittersweet feeling leaving that world behind and saying goodbye to the characters. I really love them like real people, so it was tough. There’s always the chance I might resurrect them in the future though…

I love Gav and Cam.  What made you decide to keep this to just a trilogy and not a series?  I think you could have definitely made these books into a series. 

When I originally came up with the concept for the trilogy, I felt like the main battle, the main plot, could be covered in three books. By the third book, I felt it was enough. However, when I finished the epilogue for the 3rd book, I realized I had an idea to continue the story, so in answer to your question: I think it could continue on as a series as well. 😉 I can’t say much about it yet, though.

Is there a chance we might see a spin-off with any of the other characters?

Yes. There’s a good chance many of the characters will return in a new series that follows the Resistance Trilogy. That won’t happen for quite a while, though. I’ve been super busy with my other series projects, but I’m looking forward to seeing where it all goes. 🙂

Since it’s just us…do you have a favorite and/or least favorite character of yours?

Oh, that’s tough. I love them all, even the villains—especially the villains. Right now, I’d say my favorite character is Jackson, the lead in my upcoming romance, Love and Relativity. He was just so much fun to write. I really adore him. My least favorite would be Gérard. Everything about him boils my blood. He’s so selfish and arrogant.

How did you come up with the world of Amaranth and the ability to become and unbecome a frozen soul? 

The concept for the realm entry through the bayou portal and all that came to me while I was visiting the places in the book. I had the opportunity to visit Southern Louisiana before I wrote the series. Then I started to wonder who would go there and why? Why would these ex-vampires be held captive in this realm? Once I played around with those questions, the rest of the concept for vampires-turned-human again sort of evolved from there, and it eventually became the whole focus of the plot.

Who do you envision playing your characters if there was an ever a movie made of your series? 

Oh, that’s tough, too. I’ve picked a few actors and models that I think have certain qualities that would work for the characters. You can see my photo picks here.  In particular, I think Emma Stone would be absolutely perfect for Audrey.

Can you give us a hint on what you’re working on next?

Right now I’m working on Reservation, a sequel to my contemporary romance, Preservation, which is told from Ryan’s POV. I’m also working on The Keepers Trilogy, a new sci-fi romance series.

Do you have any authors you read that have inspired your writing? 

Oh, tons. Cormac McCarthy and Sylvia Plath are two big influences. And contemporary writers like Veronica Roth, E.L. James, and Jennifer Armentrout.

Ok…now I am gonna ask you just a couple of fun/silly questions.  Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Celebrity tabloid magazines. It’s awful. I hate buying them because they’re all crap and they only contribute to the media storm that invades these celebrities’ lives, which I really hate. I don’t think just because you’re famous that people should feel entitled to “own” you and expose your private life to the whole world. That makes no sense to me. And yet if I see one of my favorite actors on the cover of one, I have to buy it. *hangs head in shame*

Can you share with me three things that not many people know about you?

Hhhmm, well before I decided to write for a living, I worked as a public speaker for Sea World in the education and conservation department. I was originally planning on working with animals. Sometimes I’m afraid of heights, and I still listen to 90s pop.

Do you have any must-read books that no matter how many times you read them they never get old?

Yes! I can read Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux books over and over, as well as the Fifty Shades Trilogy. They always make me laugh, swoon, and keep me on the edge of my seat.

What is your ultimate dream as a writer?

I guess to see something I’ve written on TV or in a film someday. I don’t care whether it’s a small indie film or a made-for-TV series. It doesn’t have to be huge or anything, although that would be nice, too haha. I just love visual storytelling and I’m a huge movie buff, so seeing something I’ve written translated on screen like that would be a dream come true.

Finally, if you could meet a fictional character from either your books or another author’s books who would it be and why?

That’s a great question! I’d love to meet Tobias (Four) from Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. I have a major book boyfriend crush on him. If I could meet anyone from my books, I’d like to meet Camille. She’s pretty special to me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I’m definitely going to miss the world of Amaranth but am looking forward to what you have coming up next.  I’m especially looking forward to the sequel to Preservation. 

Book Blurb:

The Battle Comes Home.

After arranging a hopeful but risky alliance during their visit to the Amaranthian realm, Camille, Gavin, and the resistance don’t have much time to recover from their failed mission. Forced to create a new strategy to achieve their goal, they embark on a different mission—one that possibly holds the missing key to their quest for victory, and their deadliest one yet.

As they attempt round two to restore peace and freedom for their kind, they must rely on help from the living, the bayous, and beyond to decipher allies from enemies, good magic from bad, and whether the source claiming to lead the way to their destiny can be trusted. Racing against the clock to solve the mystery of their fate, they find the battle has come right to their doorstep, and this time, everyone must pay a price.

Review:

The Tragedy of Knowledge is the third book in Rachael Wade’s Resistance trilogy.  This book picks up right where The Gates left off.  Cam is now a frozen soul.  They have lost some friends in the resistance and they must keep going to find a way to free the frozen souls and Amaranthians.  Cam, Gavin, Audrey, Gabe, Josh and others must find the way to defeat Gerard.  Against what seems to be insurmountable odds and new betrayals will the resistance win out?

I loved this book just like the other two.  The characters continue to evolve and develop.  The love between Cam and Gavin continues to put the pages to flame.  Rachael Wade does an incredible job taking us from Louisiana and back to Amaranth.  The different take on vampires or frozen souls is unique and really makes this trilogy an intriguing read.  It is unique and truly entertaining.  Between the characters, the scenery and the emotions that not just The Tragedy of Knowledge and the rest of the trilogy.  The Tragedy of Knowledge will have you crying, laughing and being really pissed.  I would recommend this series and any of Rachael Wade’s other books.

I’d like to thank Rachael Wade for stopping by today.  If you’d like to know more about the Resistance trilogy and The Tragedy of Knowledge you can check them out at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

Rachael Wade is the Amazon #1 bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the contemporary romance, Preservation. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to conserve wildlife and help fight animal cruelty. Also visit her at Lights ON Outreach, her environmental and humanitarian advocacy blog.

Giveaway: 

Just leave a comment about what fictional character you’d like to meet in real life.  You will be entered to winUp for grabs: 1 e-book copy set of  ALL 3 books in the trilogy, including Amaranth (Book 1), The Gates (Book 2), and The Tragedy of Knowledge (Book 3) in the e-format of the winner’s choice (MOBI, EPUB, or PDF)

Update: Winner, Book Signing, Competition and More

Happy Sunday evening everyone!  Today is just gonna kinda be a hodge podge kind of post.  There are a lot of little things that have been happening in my world that don’t really need individual posts.

First, I want to thank everyone who stopped by in the recent days to support the authors I was hosting.  Thank you, also, to Lynne Silver and Rachael Wade for stopping by and sharing their awesome books.  With Lynne’s book came a contest and our lucky winner was Alethea.  Congratulations!  You will be contacted very shortly.  Keep your eyes peeled I will be having more contests and giveaways in the upcoming weeks.  I also have a lot of fantastic authors and books I will be reviewing, promoting, interviewing and guest posting.  For exact dates be sure you check out my Upcoming Events page.

Second, this week I had an awesome chance to go to a Deborah Harkness book signing.  Sadly, this is the first signing I’ve ever been to.  It was fantastic.  She read from her new book and did a Q&A.  It was quite a thrill for me especially since I’ve read both her books and have done an author profile on her.  Here are just a couple of pics from the signing.

Deborah Harkness answering Q & A

Me and Deborah Harkness

Third, I am planning a Big Baddies Competition.  I am going to take the baddest villains in the books that I’ve read and your suggestions and pit them against each other.  You guys will cast your vote to see who will win.  I’m not quite sure when I am going to start the competition, but I need your suggestions please.  Leave a comment below with who you think is bad.  I need all the villains I can get!

Finally, I just want to thank all of my new followers.  I hope you will enjoy the blog and if you have any suggestions or want me to write about any particular topic I am definitely up for ideas.  I have a brand new facebook page so please like it to keep up with all the giveaways, competitions and contests that not only I highlight but others I am supporting.  A big thanks again for all my followers!

Music, Rachael Wade and a Review

Today I have the great pleasure of hosting a guest blog by Rachael Wade in promotion of her newest release Preservation.  Rachael discusses the influences of different music on her writing of Preservation.

The Music Behind the Story: Preservation by Rachael Wade

I always say that music and writing are synonymous for me. I can’t have one without the other. Whether I’m listening to music before or during my writing time or simply drawing inspiration from songs I recall listening to as a kid, music and lyrics are direct hotwires to my stories and always influence them in some way.

The Band xx

In Preservation, my latest contemporary romance, music makes its way directly onto the pages of the story. Kate and Ryan meet at Easy Street Records (Queen Anne) in Seattle to watch the band The xx play, and Kate regularly turns to music to de-stress and reflect on what’s going on in her life. Whether subtly or overtly mentioned, music plays a huge role in Kate and Ryan’s story.

Music also naturally worked its way into the story because in real life, I’m an avid music buff. One of my favorite pastimes is going to concerts, and I

Easy Street Records

especially love discovering new indie artists. I prefer to go to smaller venues for shows and tend to listen to a lot of stuff that most people haven’t heard of. There are so many artists out there that are a thousand times better than those playing on mainstream radio. I love a lot of mainstream music, don’t get me wrong. But I’d choose to listen to my favorite small-name artists over the mainstream stuff any day.

I listened to the following songs while writing Preservation and would recommend them to anyone. As you can tell, they’re all pretty commercial, but they are some of my all-time favorites and were perfect for Kate and Ryan’s story. I’d love to hear about your favorite artists—mainstream or not! Who should I listen to? I’m always open for recommendations. I just might use them for inspiration for the next novel. 🙂

  • Crystalised – The xx

    Florence and the Machine

  • Shake it Out – Florence and the Machine
  • Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
  • I Might Be Wrong – Radiohead
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  • Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos
  • Black – Pearl Jam
  • Remain Nameless – Florence and the Machine
  • Strangeness and Charm – Florence and the Machine
  • Creep – Radiohead
  • How’s it Going to Be – Third Eye Blind

Review: Preservation by Rachael Wade

This is the second book I am reviewing of Rachael Wade’s in as many weeks.  Each time I read her I get more and more impressed.  Preservation is a contemporary romance between two people who have rough pasts they must get past to be together.

We first meet Kate Parker soaking wet and being made a spectacle of by Ryan Campbell in his classroom because she is late for class.  Ryan asks her to stay after class to discuss her punctuality.  They get off to a very rough and edgy start.  Ryan is a playboy and Kate is a workaholic with issues with people doing things for her.  After a couple of coincidental meetings they realize they are drawn to each other.  This is destined to be a complicated relationship with him still being her teacher.  The complications continue as ex-girlfriends, mistresses and flings pop out of Ryan’s past forcing Kate to question whether they should be together or not.  Ryan and Kate’s relationship is a roller coaster of will they or won’t they stay together.  Just when you think its over it begins again anew.  They have an epic love story full of trials and tribulations.

I loved this book.  It was a quick read and drew me in to the point I didn’t want to put the book down.  I started and finished it in one day.  Ryan and Kate’s romance is wonderful.  Her best friends Dean and Carter are fantastic brother-like best friends who don’t think anyone is good for Kate.  The love that develops is excellently portrayed.  The emotions and back story of each character are well laid out and you can empathize with what they are going through.

I would whole-heartedly recommend this book and all of Rachael Wade’s work.  For more about Rachael Wade and Preservation you can go to her following pages or visit Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any book seller.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRachaelWade

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/RachaelWade

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4831558.Rachael_Wade

Web page: www.RachaelWade.com

I would like to thank Rachael Wade for posting today and Bewitching Book tours for letting me host one of the stops.

Review and Promo: The Gates by Rachael Wade

The Gates by Rachael Wade was a surprisingly good read.  This is the second installment in her Resistance Trilogy.  The first book, which I recommend reading first, is Amaranth.

The Gates begins with Gavin and Camille prepared to elope after leaving Arianna with the devastating news about Joel.  It is Camille who is insisting but Gavin is reluctant because of the upcoming uprising they are planning.  They soon decide that it is unwise to marry right now when they are unsure of the success of the elaborate plan to get rid of Samira and free those in Amaranth including their friends.  Gavin and Camille return to France to Arianna’s apartment and find a group of fellow resisters who are ready to plan the attack on Samira.  It is at this gathering that Camille first meets Scarlet.  Scarlet, she soon learns, is a former lover of Gavin’s.  Immediately Camille doesn’t have a good feeling regarding her, but that is pushed aside due to the importance of the mission ahead of them.  This one-act has incredible implications for the rest of the mission.  One act no matter how small effects the outcome of the rebellion and forces it to look at different aspects never thought of before now.

Rachael Wade does an outstanding job continuing the story of the resistance and the love story of Gavin and Camille.  I was quite impressed with how smooth the writing was and how many surprises that were packed into this book.  This book was short in comparison to others that I read, but it didn’t lack any of the punch.  I can’t wait for the third and final book, The Tragedy of Knowledge.  I definitely recommend this book, but would suggest reading Amaranth first.  You won’t regret picking up this excellent summer read.

Since I am lucky enough to be a stop on Rachael Wade’s blog tour I am privileged to offer up two excerpts.  I hope you enjoy.

This first excerpt is right before a small group of resisters go back to Amaranth.  This is one of more important scenes in the book.

The twelve vampires all joined together in a circle, waiting for Gavin’s direction, flashlights in hand, game faces on. Scarlet leaned back toward the magic oak, draped her arms across the rugged branch that held the key to our entry, sultry and comfortable in tight-fitting pants and a revealing halter top. Hussy.Must have read the wrong dress code. We weren’t headed for Studio 54, for crying out loud.

“As discussed, it’s imperative to keep your mojo bag on you, as close to your skin as possible, at all times. Keep it out of sight, under your clothes, and be sure to feed it with the oils I gave you intermittently, or the spells will wear out and we can’t have that.” Gavin spoke loud and authoritative. It was a tone I wasn’t used to hearing him take: one full of power, possession, and most of all, determination. He was such a leader. It was … hot. I smiled to myself, mesmerized as I watched him speak, dagger in hand, dressed in black jeans and a faded gray shirt, tousled brown hair as perfect as ever.

As I admired him, I noticed Scarlet staring intently, too, her eyes catching mine. There was a glint in them, an unspoken challenge that made me furious. Her coy smile made me even more agitated. Where was my jealousy coming from? It was so strong, so urgent, getting harder to contain by the second. Gavin had already assured me she was nothing to worry about. But something about her seared my skin, sank into my bones and settled there, leaving me on edge. I looked away, focusing again on Gavin’s pep talk.

“We’ve had an advantage, an extra defense against humans, against those who practice hoodoo—the ability to be unaffected by their magic. And yet, we can use their magic among our own kind. Their magic isn’t limited to Samira and Gérard’s use, although they love for us to think that. An original conjurer, a good friend of ours, has gone out of her way to help create these protection spells for us. They are just as strong as Samira’s magic, and will keep us safe when we approach her. They’ll also give us copious amounts of energy to thrive.”

My thoughts trailed to Vivienne and her haint blue shop behind the pizzeria, her cautious eyes and generous heart. She really wanted to help us, even though she wasn’t sure what it would mean for her people, and even though the frozen souls had disrespected her magic, her faith, for all of these years. I smiled at the thought, thankful for the sweet, wise old woman.

Gavin began meandering around the inside of the circle, locking vision with each vampire. “Samira has no idea we have a conjurer’s help, and no idea we’ve acquired this amount of energy. Even if she doesn’t reveal it, she’ll be surprised that our magic is able to withstand her own. Stand strong, and stand tall. Do not falter, because the time is coming, and her kingdom will fall. Remember to be on guard within the villages. We don’t know for certain the conditions we face. We must gain the peoples’ trust, even as we show Samira that she can trust us to restore her order. Our obedience is the only thing that will keep her unaware until the rest of the resistance arrives to help us.”

“What if we don’t make it past the moat?” one of the twelve stammered, shaking in obvious fear.

Gavin stopped in the middle of the circle and turned to him. “The moat? We will make it through the gates.”

The nervous vampire reluctantly shook his head, taking a deep breath.

“Of this, I am certain.” Gavin gave the vampire a firm nod, then shouted, “To strong will and sweet freedom!” He waved his hands to encourage his people. Everyone took the cue, shouting in unison, repeating his words, chanting them. He stormed toward me, eyes blazing, his fiery gaze taking me by surprise. It made me melt, witnessing him take such control, but then I  shivered as I felt the bayou’s temperature begin to drop, calling us toward the portal, tempting us to pull the branch and unlock the gateway.

“You’re really ready for this, aren’t you?” I asked him as he grabbed his bag.

“This is going to work. I know it. My parents will finally have peace.” He reached up and ran his fingers over his mother’s locket around my neck, then gave me a breathtaking smile and pulled me into his embrace, kissed me hard and desperately.

The group’s energy buzzed, everyone chattering and pumping one another up. When Gavin let go of me, I surveyed the bayou and swallowed, realizing this was it. I’d somehow managed to entangle myself in the beginning of a vampire war. I was no longer that book-nerd loner girl from Louisiana, no longer the damaged girl from Seattle who once put up with so much abuse from men.

I was now Gavin’s support, love and future, and he was mine. Better yet, he encouraged my personal dreams despite his all-consuming lifestyle. He didn’t want me to give myself up, even though I was lost in all of his madness. My new path was suddenly tangible beneath my feet, although I couldn’t quite see it brick for brick yet. Hope bloomed in me, and the same energy that now possessed Gavin filled me too. I was ready for this, ready to do anything for this man, for these people, for our friends. Purpose panged my stomach and I was overwhelmed with the need for justice.

“Scarlet,” Gavin called to her while taking my hand. She raised her eyebrows and smiled at him, slowly, lasciviously, keeping her eyes on his as she snapped the oak’s branch. My green envy flared at the sight.

The gorgeous violet light over the bayou began to illuminate the murky water, lighting up our surroundings more and more, the wind dancing around us with fury. The water churned, and it was time.

This second excerpt is one of my favorite parts of the book.  Gavin and Camille have some alone time and get to use it to their own devises.

He clutched me in his arms and his fiery gaze danced across my body. “Can we talk about it after?”

“What? Gav, we need to talk about it now. What are we going to do—? And after what exactly?”

“After I taste you.” He dipped his mouth down to mine, letting his tongue slip between my lips. The panic I felt passed through me and a soft moan replaced the tension. I melted in his arms and slipped my hands around his neck, pressed my body harder to his, pulling down on his cloak to peel it over his shoulders.

He spun me around and pushed me up against the door, leaning his weight against my back to pin me to it with his hips. Angling my chin to the side so he could see my mouth, his other hand clasped the side of my waist and his breath flickered hot in my hair. “You don’t know how good you taste,” he breathed, finding my elbow and gently rubbing his thumb across my thick bandage. “This feeling okay? I’ll be gentle with it, I promise.”

Mhhmm. It’s better.” I welcomed his soft strokes over the crease of my elbow and swiveled my head farther back, to bring my lips closer to his.

He leaned in and looked at my lips with wonder before he kissed them hungrily again, his hands gliding down the sides of my hips to clutch my rear. “I can’t promise the same for this delicious backside, though.”

“No safety pin today,” I whispered against his jaw.

He snatched up my skirt, tore it straight down the middle and gathered it near my waist. “Won’t be needing it.”

“Gavin! What’ll I wear home?”

“Cloak.” His voice roughened and he ripped harder, tossing the material to the ground. I felt his smile when he kissed my neck, and shivers ran down my back at the sound of his low growl.

“I made that! I don’t have many of those, you know.”

“Cam,” he snaked one hand around my stomach and made his way north, slipping one hand into my corset top to grope my chest. “You won’t be thinking about it when I’m inside you.” His hips shifted off my back and he separated my legs with his knee, his breathing ragged against my shoulder. “Now forget the damn dress.” Keeping my head pressed to the side of the door, I could see him pull at his shirt collar to loosen it, which instantly made my knees shake and my pulse thump with desire. Unsure if I’d be able to hold myself up as he had his way with me from behind, I knew the image of him there would be my undoing. There was nothing sexier than seeing this normally shy, composed man morph into a voracious creature with such insatiable, starved need in his rich, chocolate eyes. And the sleeves rolled to his elbows … that wasn’t helping.

I snuck a glance at his forearms. Nope, not helping at all.

He ran his fingers down my back and licked his lips, the sensations of his fingertips over my spine making my head spin. Before I had time to muster my strength, I heard his zipper and felt him jerk my slip aside. He slid into me and leaned close again, his jaw slack at the side of my face. I palmed the door with my good hand and reached back to latch onto the side of his hip with the other, his name spilling from my lips as he drove into me.

“I adore you, do you know that?” he murmured against my ear, his panting feeding my fervor and sending my desire into an irrepressible frenzy. “I’m yours always, baby.”

I gripped the door harder for support and dug my nails into his hip to return the passion, closing my eyes when his cries seeped into my ear. They were too much. “Gavin, please …” He thrust harder, a desperate urgency in each sharp charge, stirring my release, coaxing it into a ferocious delirium, spinning it out of control. He lifted a hand and trailed fingers over my lips, tilting and crushing his mouth on mine to silence my whimpering.

“Not yet,” he sighed against my lips and wrenched my hair back, forcing me to arch against his chest, tightening his grip on my waist before running his other hand down my front to cup it between my thighs. “Ask me again.”

“Please,” my voice hummed, barely audible as he skimmed his nose over my neck, his fingers kneading in front while he buried himself in me.

“Please, what. Tell me.”

“Please, Gavin. Let me go.”

I felt him slow and readjust his stance, then slide in deeper and pick up speed, pushing me farther and farther into luscious oblivion from behind, his fingers continuing to torture in front. “Mmm. I love hearing that.”

His forehead grazed my cheek and his sweat stuck to my skin, a sweet, heady aroma that sent my knees quaking. I cried out, feeling myself quicken, his strangled moan causing my body to cave against the door as I found my release.

“Cam … damn it.…” He pulled his hand from my thighs and braced the door next to my face, his palm spreading over the dark, battered wood, his fingers close enough for me to taste. My eyes fluttered and found his, their scorching warm glow penetrating me with crazed longing. His breath hissed and he reached his climax, hauling his fingertips through my hair and over my scalp as he stilled, my name escaping his lips one last time.

I let myself slump against his shoulder while he rested his forehead on the door, one arm drawn close around my waist to hold me upright.

“Love, making it out of this place alive is the least of my worries. If you keep making me crazy like that, you’ll be the death of me.” He snickered against my neck, his lips kissing my wet skin.

“Well,” I panted, “if you ravage me like that again, there’s a very good chance you’ll take me with you.”

As you can tell this is one awesome book.  You should definitely pick it up!  For more information about Rachael Wade and her books you can go to the following links:

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Web pagewww.RachaelWade.com

Finally a big Thank You to Bewitching Book Tours for allowing me to host one of their tour dates.

 

 

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