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6 June 2012

Destiny's Fall Blog Tour, and Giveaway with Marie Blodeau

It's my pleasure to welcome Marie Bilodeau to my Blog today, as part of her virtual Blog Tour for her novel, 'Destiny's Fall'. (Details of her contest are at the end of this post, but read what she has to say first, it's fascinating.)

I asked Marie how she goes about her research and world building.Here's what she has to say:

I tend to get obsessed with one topic and research it madly for fun. With Destiny’s Blood, the first book in the Destiny series, nebulae played an important role, or at least to my mind they did. A nebula even surrounded the homeworld of my heroine, Layela Delamores.  She was about to dive into it (while aboard her ship), and I was curious as to what nebulae were, what they were composed of, how they were created… I found the questions fascinating, and read many, many books on astronomy. I raided my library and local bookstores.  I went to online forums and Googled lots of images.  I became a walking encyclopedia of nebulae!

And then I found out that the story didn’t actually need a world-eating nebula (who knew?)  The story benefitted from a nebula-like shield structure, but suddenly my entire research seemed a little exuberant, at best.  And now I’ve probably forgotten most of the little factoids I’d hoarded so lovingly for months.


By front loading my research, meaning by doing my research before I finish my book (usually while I write it), I run the risk of changing directions during the course of the novel and not being able to even use my discovered tidbits of coolness. I don’t mind at all.  To force the story into a certain direction to justify the research instead of to amplify the story is downright criminal. 


The research is never wasted. It expands my immediately accessibly brain database of cool stuff, and it provides unsuspecting facts for future stories.  For example, during my nebulae foray, I also read a lot about how stars are born, and how they die. That incidental research gave me founding ideas for the worlds and plotlines of the second and third books of the series.


Research can be inspirational, and you can discover your world through it.

Thanks Marie - and I certainly agree with what you say about research being inspirational!


Destiny’s Fall
by Marie Bilodeau

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BLURB:

A broken tradition. A hunted child. A rebellion that threatens to topple the very fabric of the universe. 

When Layela Delamores gives birth to her first child, the ether immediately rejects what should be its only heir. A wave of destruction sweeps the ether races and sparks Solaria’s ire and rebellion on Mirial. A new heir rises to take the throne of Mirial, one who wields tainted ether.

Unable to access the flow of ether, Layela is left with little choice but to flee Mirial, seeking answers that may no longer exist, prepared to sacrifice everything to free herself and her daughter from the clutches of the First Star.

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Excerpt 

Elsa sent soothing waves to the earth. The saplings, still so small and tiny, responded in turn. Be still, she comforted them. They grew still and quiet, and she hoped they would avoid detection.

She reached out to the plants surrounding the gardens—the elm tree to the right, the great oak to the left. The bluebells lining the ground, mixed in with buttercups. The Lacile flowers which glowed gently, hiding now from the sun. The grass all around them, the wildflowers peeking through between the blades, the roses and their thorns, the poofy orange plants whose names she could never recall, and the bushes that held tiny leaves and pink flowers when spring was fresh and new.

She called out to all of them in the sunlight, to take care of the gardens, to protect the sproutlings of the Berganda in these uncertain times, while their mothers fought for peace on Mirial. Wave after wave of hope and need left her and filled the plants. With her all-too-human eyes, she imagined the plants standing a bit taller, but she knew it was only her imagination; they gently swayed in the wind around her.

Her own mother had been able to communicate with the plants and bend their will to hers. Or seal them to her with friendship, she wasn’t certain. Her own mother would have stood by Layela and fought, even giving up her life for her and the Berganda. Elsa hid her forming plans deep in her heart.

She had never known her mother, but she intended to live up to her legacy.

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AUTHOR BIO

Marie Bilodeau is an Ottawa-based science-fiction and fantasy author. Her space fantasy novel, Destiny’s Blood, was a finalist in the Aurora Awards and won the Bronze Medal for Science-Fiction in the Foreword Book Awards. She is also the author of the Heirs of a Broken Land, a fantasy trilogy described as “fresh and exciting” by Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo award-winning author of WAKE. Her short stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including the recent When the Hero Comes Home, edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy.  
Marie is also a professional storyteller who’s told adaptations of fairy tales and myths, as well as original stories, in venues across Canada. More at http://www.mariebilodeau.com/.
 

*** CONTEST***

Marie will give away a signed eBook copy of Destiny's Blood (the first book in the series) to one randomly drawn commenter at every stop, and an autographed set of Destiny's Blood and Destiny's Fall in print (US and Canada only) or eBook (International) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. She'll also give an autographed set of books to the host with the most comments (excluding hers and the host's).


Follow Marie's Tour HERE and leave a comment on each to improve your chances!