Thursday, September 29, 2016

FFBC Tours: Welcome to the club, Nemesis by Anna Banks

Nemesis (Nemesis #1)
by Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 4th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Supernatural, Fiction
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The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

Hello Anna! We are super excited to have you in our FFBC tours.

I’m super excited to be here. Thank you so much for having me! 

Favorite Book?

Favorite TV show?

Bates Motel OR When Calls the Heart OR Walking Dead OR Game of Thrones

Favorite movie?

Me Before You at the moment. I cried like the little baby I am.

Your Favorite Song?

The Promise by When in Rome (It’s so romantic and plus I’m an 80s freak!)

Favorite Food?

Southern Fried Chicken and sweet tea! 

Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.

Green Gables

Tara from Gone With the Wind

Pemberley (as long as Mr. Darcy still lived there)

Who is your perfect fictional boyfriend?

Warner from the Shatter Me series

Favorite Quote?

Women are like tea bags—you never know how strong they are until they get in hot water. –Eleanor Roosevelt


Start every day as if it were on purpose. –Hitch 

What do you find yourself “Fangirling” over?

The new Star Trek stamps at the post office. Jack from When Calls the Heart. Zac Effron. Zac Effron. Zac Effron. Hook from OUAT.

If you could meet one author, dead or alive, who would it be?

Jane Austen

Something to say to our Book Addicts?

I would ask them a question: What is your favorite book about enemies-turned-lovers? 

Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about Nemesis and the world in it?

Nemesis is about a princess on the run who escapes into the territory of her nemesis—the newly crowned Falcon King of Theoria—and accidentally falls for him as they battle a Quiet Plague and while she tries to prevent war with her home kingdom without giving away her many secrets. It’s based on ancient Egypt and their constant struggle with the Hittites. Think of Theoria with ancient Egypt. For those of you who are fans of The Syrena Legacy series, I didn’t completely leave mermaids out of the picture—only they’re not what you’re expecting this time around!

What can you tell us about Princess Sepora and Tarik and their personalities? And what about their relationship?

Sepora has been sheltered for most of her life, and when she escapes to Theoria she lacks a certain fear that most people would have if put in the same situation, even though she thinks herself a coward. She’s very anti-violent but an exceptional liar, as Tarik a Lingot who can discern the truth from a lie, will find out. 

Tarik is a humble ruler with a good heart and good intentions, but makes room for a smart mouthed palace servant who tells lies intermingled with the truth every time she speaks. He’s drawn to her, and she to him, but can their growing affection outweigh the lies she carries and the duties he must uphold? 

How did you come up with the story? Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing?

I found a lot of inspiration in the story of King Tut, the boy king. I watched a ton of documentaries about what his rule would have been like, how much pressure he faced, and what his life must have been like. Of course, I added my own perspective on the matter, and gave Tut a love interest other than his own sister, and created abilities in humans that the Egyptians could only dream about. J

Tell us your favorite quote from Nemesis.

“It is impossible to make you stay, yet impossible to let you go. Why is that, Sepora?”

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?

Tarik has a younger brother, Sethos, and I loved to write anything with him in it. He’s young and carefree and quite the manwhore, and I adore him dearly. 

If you had to pick one song to be the Theme Song for Nemesis – Which one would you pick? 

The artist Chase Holfelder did a remake of Everyt Breath You Take by The Police. You can find that song here. It’s fan-freaking-tastic. 

Imagine that we get to see your book on the big screen (how awesome would that be?). Who would you pick to play your characters?

For Sepora, it would have to be someone curvy. She’s not a skinny heroine by any means, and I’d want the actress to stay in line with this. And I’d probably pick an unknown for her.

I always envisioned the actor Avan Jogia who coincidentally played King Tut in the movie Tut, which I just found out! 

Is there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read Nemesis (specific music, snacks…)? 

Yes! Preorder Nemesis and get an Egyptian bath bomb. Take a hot bath, with Every Breath You Take by Chase Holfelder playing in the background, and enjoy the book! 

What’s next for you? 

You want to know something amazing? I have nothing on my plate right now. It’s a crazy sense of freedom, and I can’t wait to see what inspires me next. :) Maybe your readers could leave some ideas in the comments??

Thank you so much for everything, Anna!

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NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012), OF TRITON (2013), OF NEPTUNE (2014).

Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency.

I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can’t walk in high heels, but I’m very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.

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