December 11, 2012

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes Release Party! (Interview/Giveaway)

It's finally here! Today FALLING KINGDOMS hits bookstores!!

As most of you know, I am completely obsessed with FALLING KINGDOMS and have  been ranting and ranting on and on about it! You can read my review here --- DEE'S REVIEW

Today, author Morgan Rhodes, celebrates her release virtually, and right here on Good Choice Reading! 

We have an amazing interview to share with everyone, plus an out of this world giveaway! A giveaway that not only US readers can enter, but international as well. More details at the bottom of this post. 

Huge thank you to Morgan Rhodes taking the time to answer our questions and celebrating her release with us today! 




Hi Morgan!

Welcome to GoodChoiceReading!

Thanks so much! Happy to be here!

Today your book, Falling Kingdoms, is out in stores! How do you feel?

Amazing! I’m so thrilled to have this book out on the shelves and available on e-readers. I hope readers really enjoy it!

I don’t know if you know this, but I actually got the chance to read Falling Kingdoms back in July and for months I’ve been ranting on and on about how amazing it is. I could not wait for my review to go live on GoodChoiceReading. Tell me, how hard was it to create the world you pull readers into?

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Creating the world and magic of Falling Kingdoms has been an adventure…one that still evolves with each day that passes as I uncover new information about the characters and the mysteries of Mytica. It’s definitely a juggling act to make sure everything is laid out in a way that readers can get into…with so many characters and such a rich and diverse world to play in, I need to make sure that all my subplots line up just right. I’m creating a “bible” of characters and terms, places, descriptions, and other miscellaneous items for myself, so I can keep track of everything going forward into the next books of the series.

Falling Kingdoms is written in four points of view. Did you find yourself confusing characters? Was it hard or easy for you to do?

I had never written in so many points of view before, so I was a little intimidated by the prospect in the beginning. However, once I got into it, I found that it flowed just fine – each character was different from the next and they all had their own agendas and ways of speaking and thinking. I never got them confused. I thought it was very important to have these different points of view to really create a bigger feel and a larger playing field for the series rather than following just one or two characters.

Out of all your characters, who do you feel is most like you? Why?

Out of all the characters in Falling Kingdoms, I’m probably the most like Princess Cleo. I’m a bit of a brat who likes things my way and I get really confused when I can’t have what I want! ;-) However, I like to think that I’m a good person who wants the best for my friends and family – just like Cleo does. Also, I enjoy sparkly tiaras. :-)

Which character was your favorite to write?

Each character has something about them that made me look forward to their scenes… but I haven’t kept it secret so far that Prince Magnus is my most favorite to write. He really comes alive for me on the page in ways that surprise even me!

How many books can we expect in this series?

At the moment, Falling Kingdoms is set to be a four book series and I can’t wait to see where the story leads me next.

Can you share a small teaser with us?

Sure! Here’s a snippet from chapter one… an incident at a market that sets the tone and conflict for the entire book:

“I could kill you for saying such a thing about my sister.” Aron gave him a thin smile. “Try it.” Cleo finally cast a look over her shoulder at a frustrated-looking Theon, whom she’d basically commanded not to intervene. It was clear to her now that she had no control over this situation. All she wanted to do was go back to the ship and leave all this unpleasantness far behind. But it was too late for that now. Powered by the insult toward his sister, Tomas flew at Aron with fists clenched. Mira gasped and put her hands over her eyes. There was no doubt Tomas would easily win a fight between the two and beat the thinner Aron into a bloody pulp. But Aron had a weapon—his fashionable jeweled dagger he wore at his hip.
 It was now in his grip.
 Tomas didn’t see the knife. When he drew closer and grabbed hold of Aron’s shirt, Aron thrust his blade into Tomas’s throat. The boy’s hands shot up to his neck as the blood began to gush, his eyes wide with shock and pain. A moment later, he fell to his knees and then fully hit the ground. His hands clawed at his throat, the dagger still deeply embedded there. Blood swiftly formed a crimson puddle around the boy’s head. It had all happened so fast. Cleo clamped her hand against her mouth to keep from screaming. Another did scream—Felicia let out a piercing wail of horror that turned Cleo’s blood ice cold. And suddenly the rest of the market collectively took notice of what had happened. Shouts sliced through the market. There was a sudden rush of bodies all around her, pushing and shoving. She shrieked. Theon clamped his arm around Cleo’s waist and roughly yanked her backward. Jonas had started for her and Aron, grief and fury etched onto his face. Theon pushed Mira in front of him and pulled Cleo under his arm, Aron close behind. They fled the market while Jonas’s enraged words pursued them. “You’re dead! I’ll kill you for this! Both of you!”
 “He deserved it,” Aron growled. “He was going to try to kill me. I was defending myself.” “Keep going, your lordship,” grunted Theon, sounding disgusted. They pushed their way through the crowd, making their stumbling way onto the road back to the ship.
 Tomas would never live to see his sister get married. Felicia would never see her brother again—instead she’d witnessed his murder on her wedding day. The wine Cleo had drunk churned and soured in her stomach. She yanked away from Theon’s grip and threw up onto the path.
 She could have had Theon stop this before it got so far out of control. But she hadn’t. No pursuers seemed to be following them, and after a while it became clear that the Paelsians were letting them leave. They slowed to a fast stride. Cleo kept her head down, holding on to Mira for support. The foursome walked through the dusty landscape in absolute silence.
 Cleo thought she’d never get the image of the boy’s pain-filled eyes out of her mind.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I cannot wait for others to read Falling Kingdoms so I can talk spoilers with them!

Thanks so much, Damaris and GoodChoiceReading! You rock! :-)

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About FALLING KINGDOMS


In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power--brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:
Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished--and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past--and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...
The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

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You can find Morgan Rhodes...





Morgan put together a giveaway you do not want to miss out on! What's up for grab? Check this out!

Winner (US addresses only) can pick from:
--Kindle Fire HD, 16GB (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008GGCAVM/ref=fs_ta)

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--Kobo Vox, 8GB (http://www.kobobooks.com/kobovox)

--
$200 eGiftCard to the online book retailer of their choice

--Non-US winner will receive a $200 eGiftCard to the online book retailer of their choice.

How awesome!!!! How do you enter? Follow the Rafflecopter below! :) 





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97 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book.... and this giveaway is AWESOME so thank you!!!!!

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  2. I'm so excited for this book! I'm gonna have to buy it ASAP. And I can't wait to meet Prince Magnus, seeing as he was Morgan's favourite to write XD

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  3. Thanks for the great interview and all the info that was provided about Falling Kingdoms--Can't wait to read it!!

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  4. Been excited for this book ever since I saw that amazing cover months ago! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  5. This sounds amazing :) I haven't read nearly enough high fantasy lately, and this looks like the perfect thing to fill that craving.

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  6. I'm so excited to read this! I hope it reaches the bookstores in my country. Fantasy is one my favorite genres and I really wish that more YA fantasies would be written.

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  7. So excited to read this book...and a great, in depth interview with the author and her vision of the series!

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  8. thank you a lot for this interview i would be very happy to read this so thank you also a lot for having an international option for giveaway

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  9. ^^ it's on my wishlit so i would be happy to get it ( or my brother too he loves fantasy a lot)

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  10. Sounds amazing! I need to start reading more fantasy as I really enjoy it!

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  11. I'm very excited for this release and I can't wait to get my copy! Thanks for the interview!

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  12. This book is in my wishlist, I hope read this soon, I really love the fantasy (^__^)

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  13. Mytica sounds like such an awesome place! Four POVs is a lot but I can see why it would be necessary with such a big world with the different kingdoms. I can see how a bible would be needed to keep all the details straight. I'm excited to meet Magnus and Chloe! I think I would be most like the princess too. Who doesn't love tiaras and getting their way! LOL Thanks for the interview and epic giveaway!!!!!!!!!

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  14. It's awesome to learn more about what authors think about their characters. And Cleo sounds like a likable, relatable character:)

    Thank you:)

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  15. I can't wait to read Falling Kingdoms. For the past few months I've grown to love fantasy genre.

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  16. Thanks so much for the great giveaway! I got to read this book and really love it.

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  17. Love the cover and super excited to read this! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  18. Great interview! I can't wait to read Falling Kingdoms. It sounds amazing!

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  19. I`m also very excited about this book since I love the particular genre. And there will be 4 books in the series, that`s just amazeballs! :)
    And thanks for the generous gift for the INT readers, I really appreciate that!

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  20. Wow, this sounds awesome and now I'm excited to read it! Thanks for the possibility to win too.

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  21. this looks like a great book! I love the cover!

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  22. This book sounds awesome! And four points of view?? Wow! I'm definitely excited to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. This series sounds amazing! I am going to go buy it! Chele

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  24. Wow this series sounds amazing! I can't wait to go buy Book 1!

    Chele

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  25. I love Michelle Rowen and her Immortality Bites series and I can't wait to read this release under her Morgan Rhodes pen name! I love the cover! What a great interview and an equally awesome giveaway!

    Congratulations on the release!!
    Julie K
    kornhsl@yahoo.com

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  26. I LOVE that this new series has started....I have read all of M.R.'s other books (yes, I KNOW who she is) and I love her style and imagination!!!

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  27. Great Interview! I am SO excited to read this book! It feels like I've been waiting for it forever

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  28. added it to my wish list and hope to download it on payday!!

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  29. I am so excited to read this book, I've been waiting for it to come out since the summer!

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  30. Morgan! I can not wait to read this. and also share it with my boys. :) Hope all is well!

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  31. I've have this on my to-pick-up list! Can't wait! :)

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  32. Thanks for the aweseomg giveaway. This book sounds really good. Tore923@aol.com

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  33. I'm really excited to read this book!! The reviews have been really good so far!

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  34. Big Michelle Rowen fan--Love YA fantasy---Definitely a win-win situation! Read the tease and now I can't wait to go get the book! Wish I had an e-reader so I could just jump right in!

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  35. I have so enjoyed Michelle Rowens books, now I'm really looking forward to her new alter ego books!! Got my first one today!! Am I a young adult? Maybe at 65 I'm not, but I don't believe in limiting yourself on books...

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  36. 4 books in the series and the first had so much good reviews. This is the series to watch out for. I better go get this one then!

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  37. After all the reviews I've read I'm dying to read this book! I can't wait!!

    Xo
    Jaime

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  38. I've been reading the teasers from the Falling Kingdoms Blog Tour and love them all. Thanks for sharing another teaser and for the awesome giveaway. I can't wait to read Falling Kingdoms! :D

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  39. This looks so good! Going on my wishlist right now.

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  40. I'm so stoked to have this in my hands! Wonderful interview :) Thanks for the teaser and giveaway!

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  41. I've been so excited to see this one on the shelves- YAY! I love the cover, and the story concept intrigues me. :D

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  42. Thanks for the awesome post and congrats to Morgan on the new release! I've been reading such great buzz about this book and I'm dying to read it :)

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  43. I remember when Michelle first posted the cover I loved it! It seemed to take forever for the release date to get here:)

    My daughter is going to love this, as am I.

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  44. I've been looking forward to the release of Falling Kingdoms, I know I'm going to enjoy this series.

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  45. very informative, i officially will pick this book up soon!

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  46. I love the cover of this book and i've been wanting to read this for awhile!

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  47. This series sounds amazing! It seems interesting that she wrote the book in four POVs.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. I remember when Michelle posted this cover and I loved it immediately! My daughter and I are going to love the story, and I'm glad it's finally released:)

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  49. A huge congratulations on this all new release!! It sounds so awesome and I've been on pins and needles to read it since I first found out about this awesome book on Amazon. I loved the interview and excerpt. It just makes me all the more aware that I desperately need to read this book.

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  50. I don't know if I could admit that I could be a brat if things didn't go my way.

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  51. Main reason I love the sound of this book is b/c of the four point of views! Now I'm excited to learn about these characters mentioned: Cleo and Magnus.

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  52. Awesome giveaway!! My email is kellee926@hotmail.com

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  53. I just wanted to say that I love fantasy and books with pretty covers, so I can't wait to read Falling Kingdoms!

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  54. I am really looking forward to this read. I love books that I can hand over to my kids and see them get just as much enjoyment out of reading as I did. Thank you! ;)

    Becky Richied
    classy_mommie@yahoo.com
    @classy_mommie

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  55. Great interview, Im excited to read this and have my copy on the way :)

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  56. This is amazing! I'm reading it now and I have never been so totally in love with a fantasy novel.

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  57. Congrats on the new release! Looking forward to another great series! Thank you.

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  58. Congrats on the new release! Looking forward to another great series! Thank you.

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  59. Congrats on the new release. Looking forward to another great series. Thank you!

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  60. Great interview! This has been added to my reading list :)

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  61. I cant actually do all the things I read about my Sci-Fi/Fantasy books, but I can live vicariously through the amazing books I read. Falling Kindoms seems like a great book to do that with!

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  62. Great interview! It's in my to read list on goodreads!

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  63. shes a fan of richelle mead. she must be awesome

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  64. i plan on spreading the word on the book!

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  65. I look forward to reading this book/series and have it on my christmas list!

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  66. Great interview, added the book to my reading list. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!!

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  67. Great post! I love reading author interviews and that excerpt was awesome! I seriously can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  68. I'm really looking forward to reading Falling Kingdoms and the series. It sounds like it will have so many of the things that I enjoy about high fantasy. I have a feeling that this is going to quickly make it to my fav series list.

    Thanks for taking the time to share with us and for the generous giveaway.

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  69. Great interview! I always like to get a peek inside an author's head. I can't wait to read Falling Kingdoms! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  70. Great Interview!
    I would love to read this book. :D

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  71. Having the different points of view can give you the full picture.

    I enjoyed the interview thank you.

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  72. I am so excited to read Falling Kingdoms! It sounds like a complex world filled with incredible characters. I am so happy to hear that it will be a 4 book series! woo hoo!

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  73. I am so excited to read Falling Kingdoms! It sounds like a complex world filled with incredible characters. I am so happy to hear that it will be a 4 book series! woo hoo!

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  74. I was dying to read Falling Kingdoms before, but after that snippet I must read it NOW! Thanks for the amazing interview and giveaway!

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  75. This book has definitely been added to my reading list :)

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  76. Definitely will be added to my reading list

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  77. Definitely will be added to my reading list :)

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  78. G8t interview, ladies! I'm SO stoked for Falling Kingdoms. For the longest time, this book has been screaming at me. I love high fantasy and stories shot from multiple POVs, court intrigue and political unrest, battle, and, of course, romance. After reading the six chapter sampler, I immediately wanted to know more. I predict epicness! C:

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  79. Fun interview! Excited for Falling Kingdoms! I love reading fantasy!

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  80. I can't wait to read this book!!! the cover and the plot looks so amazing!

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  81. many points of view can be a bit confusing, but they give a whole new vibe to the story. :) I'm looking forward to reading this book!

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  82. This book is on my Christmas list! I've read great reviews of this book and some people compare it to A Game of Thrones (one of my favorite series), but for YA readers!

    Would love to win this!

    Thanks!
    Leanne

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  83. I love that she takes her world-building seriously. All too often, authors just kind of slap a world together, full of paradoxes and inconsistencies. It's refreshing to hear that she is actively working to keep it all straight and making it easy for readers to understand.

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  84. Great interview? Thank you for the generous giveaway!

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  85. Great interview! Thanks for sharing! I love hearing about how books come about and what else interests the authors. Now you have me all excited to read about this Prince character and the magical world that was built by Morgan.

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  86. liked the interview, 4 points of view, don't think I could keep track - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  87. Love, love, LOVE the excerpt. I love the cover, and I very much love the (bratty!) Morgan Rhodes. I am betting, though, that she is much much nicer than she could ever be bratty!

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  88. I have been hearing great things about this book and now that I know it's going to be a 4 book series, I can't wait to pick it hopefully after Christmas with some giftcards! :)

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  89. bratty Morgan Rhodes....awesome.....

    Falling Kingdom is definitely at the top of my wishlist now

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  90. Love this cover and I loved the interview.

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  91. Is it any coincidence that there are four points of view and four books planned for the series? Thank you for the interview and the snippet from chapter one. I hadn't heard about the book yet, but now I'm interested.

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