March 31, 2014

Blog Tour: The Shadow Prince by Stacey O'Neale & #Giveaway

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

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1. Why did you decide to write a series about elementals?

I was researching faeries when I kept coming across the word elemental. I googled the name and happened to stumble upon the sixteenth century works of an alchemist named Paracelsus. He identified the four types of elementals, even giving them names. My brain started spinning with ideas, and eventually, the characters came to life.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about Rowan?

Rowan is the heir to the fire court throne. He is a powerful elemental who's spent most of his life away from the court. He's got tons of family drama, but also good friends who help him through it. At times he can be a bit arrogant as most princes are, but he's also thoughtful and loyal to the people he loves.

3. Can you tell us a little bit about Marcus?

Marcus is Rowan's best friend, and a lot of times, his voice of reason. He's a shape-shifting fire elemental called a Gabriel Hound. Basically, he shifts into a huge panther. His kind are quite feral and vicious, but Marcus is also half mortal which makes him less animal.

4. What was the hardest scene to write in THE SHADOW PRINCE?

It's hard to answer this without giving anything away. I will say there's a scene where a character is forced (literally) to do something horrible to someone they love. It has a deep impact on both characters in different ways. Because I love both of them so much, it was really hard to go through it with them.

5. Why did you decide to give the novella away for FREE?

Because I'm a new author, I thought I would get more readers to give it a chance if it were free. I hope they fall in love with Rowan the way I have and want to know more about his role in the series. I also thought it would be fun to introduce Kalin (my series heroine) through his eyes.

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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at


  1. I would choose to control fire: fire is damaging, can wreak havoc, it can render itself out of control very easily and needs to be controlled.

  2. I think I would control water, it can destroy fire and it seems like a purifying element

  3. Living in Texas, wind seems to be the most destructive.

  4. I honestly find it fascinating how time has evolved from Library cards to search for (that's what I had to use before there was internet). Now we can just automatically search google or bing and voila, we have what we want. Awesome article.

    Like Stacey, I think I would prefer water over fire or wind. Though all three can do damage and good. Water makes the plants and trees grow, puts out fire, but I think also helps with the wind? Wind destroys homes and what not (as does water), fire destroys everything. I would rather be water and help more than damage more. Even though they all have equal negatives and positives.

  5. I'd choose water, in part because my state is experiencing severe drought at this time and our farmers could certainly use some rain. This element is required for human life, despite its capability for destruction (flooding and so forth).

  6. I would choose air mainly because I would like to fly.


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