Today I have Emma Raveling on the blog! Emma is the author of the Ondine Quartet, a Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy series. Emma is also allowing me to hold a giveaway for e-copies of her WHOLE series and a sign swag pack! You don’t want to miss out on that!
Hi Emma, welcome to In Libris Veritas! Let’s start off by getting to know your books, could you describe the series in one sentence?
Hi Michelle! First of all, thank you for having me over today 🙂
If I were to describe the Ondine Quartet in one sentence, it’d be this:
A journey of fantasy, magic, action, and romance as a fiercely independent teenager faces the difficult reality of her destiny in the world of water elementals.
It sounds soooo good! Was Breaker easier or harder to write since it is the last book in the series?
Harder. That actually surprised me. Until I started writing it, I thought it’d be easier. After all, I’d known the ending for this series since before I began work on book one. There’s no other book beyond it so it’s a straight-forward matter of resolving everything. I’ve also written about these characters and this world over the course of almost four years. I know their voices, their backstories, their conflicts really well.
But what I hadn’t counted on was the actual process of getting to that end. So far, I’ve had to write several difficult scenes that have been both mentally demanding and emotionally grueling. Creating a satisfying conclusion to a series means arriving at a well-earned, hard-fought ending.
No matter how much I thought I knew my characters and this story, there was more left to be uncovered. It has certainly been an unexpected and challenging process so far.
I bet it was difficult to try and pull everything to a close, but it’ll all be worth it!
If you could control an element which would you choose?
It’s a toss-up for me between earth and water. Having the kind of power that can overturn and manipulate solid ground would be fascinating. Controlling and harnessing the power of the ocean would also be an intriguing prospect.
I’d love to control fire, it’s so wild and dangerous and having that sort of control over it would be amazing!
What are some of your favorite reads (other than your own books)?
This list is constantly changing, depending upon what’s going on in my life. At this moment, though, I’d have to say:
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Harry Potter series (this never gets taken off my favorites list) 🙂
Harry Potter is a constant for me too! Great List!
Are you working on anything else right now that you can share with us?
I’m currently working on Lost Blood, which is the first book in my new young adult series, Chancer. Set in a dark world of monsters and magic, it’s an urban fantasy / supernatural series with romantic elements featuring two very different protagonists.
I’m also working on Hidden Current, the prequel novella to Steel Magic, my new urban fantasy series for adults.
I hope to have both out in 2015 once the Ondine Quartet is complete.
Awesome! Lost Blood definitely sounds like something I would love and I’m definitely going to check out Steel Magic now! Thank you so much for joining me today Emma!
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About Emma Raveling
Emma Raveling writes a wide variety of fiction for teens and adults. She is the author of the young adult urban / contemporary fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet, and Lost Blood, the first installment of the forthcoming young adult urban fantasy series, Chancer. She’s also working on the first book in her new Steel Magic series for adults.
An avid traveler hopelessly addicted to diet coke and coffee, she currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and German shepherd.
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Check out her new release Breaker!
Book 4 – Ondine Quartet
War. Prophecy. Freedom.
She fought for herself.
She fought for friendship and love.
Now, Kendra Irisavie fights for the survival of her world.
War rages on, leaving no one untouched. Destruction rips through elemental communities and terror flourishes in its wake. Suspicion soars, order fractures, and loyalties crumble despite Kendra’s desperate attempts to protect everyone she holds dear.
When an organized Aquidae army launches a series of merciless assaults, Kendra and her friends set out to end the bloodshed once and for all. With the fate of elementals hanging in balance, the Shadow and sondaleur hunt each other down in a brutal match of cunning and will.
Kendra has trained for this her entire life. But in a ravaged world where trust is scarce and no life is sacred, she soon realizes her battle may be against an invincible enemy and that her darkest days lie ahead.
Twists and turns shape her harrowing odyssey, leading to a stunning climax that challenges everything she believes in.
Torn between destiny and autonomy, Kendra must finally decide whether the cost of freedom is too high.
Heartbreaking decisions, turbulent alliances, and shattering revelations collide in Breaker, the explosive conclusion to the Ondine Quartet.
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Whirl – Book 1 in Ondine Quartet
Outspoken and independent, Kendra Irisavie has always played by her own rules.
She’s an ondine, a water elemental gifted with the powerful magic of Empath Virtue and trained to be a fighter. Pursued by Aquidae demons, she and her mother remain Rogue, hiding among humans to avoid becoming casualties in an ancient war.
Everything changes when violence erupts on Kendra’s seventeenth birthday. A dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past and stirring unexpected feelings in her fiercely guarded heart.
But as Kendra uncovers the truth about her heritage and future, she realizes just how deep the lies and deception run.
Now, in the face of unthinkable odds, she will need all her wits, skills, and magic to fulfill an extraordinary prophecy.
The first in a sweeping urban fantasy series, Whirl is the beginning of a young woman’s exhilarating journey for survival, love, and hope as she fights for her place in a world where she doesn’t belong.
– e-copies of the Ondine Quartet series
-Signed swag pack