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BLOG TOUR – Silent Kingdom

The SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS column on Mondays and Wednesdays is a place at Shannon Muir’s author website showcasing books from a variety of fiction genres, with an emphasis on interviews and guest posts from other authors. One thing Shannon firmly believes in for readers not only to learn about new books available, but about those who craft the tales behind them. As its name implies, SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS weekly column features writers from all genres of fiction who want their potential audience to get to know them, and their works, better.

Today, we look at SILENT KINGDOM.

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Silent Kingdom
Silent Kingdom Book 1
by Rachel L. Schade
Genre: YA Fantasy
Some fates can’t be escaped
Chosen by truth. Marked for death.
Halia must choose to save her kingdom, or let it fall.
Misroth’s king has died, and the entire kingdom is in mourning–or so it seems.
After her father is crowned regent in his brother’s stead, Princess
Halia discovers a terrible truth that could end her life. But when
she flees to live in hiding, she discovers that the Royal Guard are
not all she has to fear. Dark creatures stalk her, reports of
oppression and war reach her ears, and her burden to protect her
kingdom–at any cost–will not be silenced.
Lovers of fantasy adventures such as Throne of Glass, An
Ember in the Ashes
, and The Remnant Chronicles won’t
want to miss this exciting new series. Filled with heart-pounding
action and thrilling courage, supernatural powers and nightmarish
monsters, readers have trouble putting this book down. Start your
adventure today!
Forsaken Kingdom
Silent Kingdom Book 2
An empty throne. A ruined kingdom.
Is she their deliverance or their downfall?
Halia’s fight for her kingdom is only beginning. With Misroth’s rightful king
in danger, Halia is forced to trust her enemy and embark on a
dangerous journey into Toryn to find her cousin. But Toryn is in
ruins, its people plagued by terrors and fighting for survival. As
death stalks them all, Halia must face the darkness in her past and
her deepest fears, until at last she is faced with one terrible
question: How much is she willing to lose?
Lovers of fantasy adventures such as Throne
of Glass
, An Ember in the Ashes, and The Remnant Chronicles won’t
want to miss this exciting new series. Filled with heart-pounding
action and thrilling courage, supernatural powers and nightmarish
monsters, readers have trouble putting this book down.

Guest Post by the Author

My Writing Process 

Once upon a time, I used to be a huge pantster. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, it refers to a writer who doesn’t plan or outline—they literally begin a novel with the vaguest plot idea or two and then write by the seat of their pants.

The spontaneous part of my personality loves how adventurous this can be. Sometimes it feels like the book is writing itself, and you as the author can find yourself as surprised by your plot’s twists and turns as your readers. However, it can also be a very time-consuming and messy way to write. Halfway through, I would realize I wanted to change huge plot points or my character arcs and that meant most of what I’d written needed to be scrapped. I would get stuck in a cycle of rewriting.

Over time, I began to adapt my writing process. Now, I am a happy blend of a plotter and pantser—a plantser. (OK, OK, I know these terms sound pretty silly. But they are what they are.) I try to plan out most of the big plot details of a book before I begin writing so I at least have half an idea of where it is headed. It keeps me flexible to new inspiration that can change my plot direction a bit as I go, and helps everything feel “fresh” and exciting as I write—I still have the potential of surprising myself as I go—but it adds more direction and purpose to my project.

As for how I write, I occasionally write while listening to music (mostly instrumental), but most of the time I prefer silence. Instead, I prefer to listen to music during brainstorming sessions because I find it inspiring. I’ve also found that I write best in chronological order (since I leave some elements of the plot up in the air), so everything can develop naturally in my mind. And, despite how adamantly some writers preach against it, I do some light self-editing as I draft. It’s almost a compulsion. And hey, it works out all right for me!

Author Bio

Rachel L. Schade was born on the first day of summer in a small town in
Michigan, only to end up in another small town in Ohio. She attended
The Ohio State University to learn how to write obnoxiously long
papers, cite people who use big words, and discuss her passion:
books. She has a great love for the color blue, sunshine, chocolate,
and not folding her laundry. Currently she lives with her husband and
surrounds herself with coffee and books on a regular basis.

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  1. Thanks for sharing, Shannon!

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