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Friday, December 16, 2011

Blog Tour & Interview: Feyland

We're so excited to be a part of the Feyland Blog Tour today! Feyland is an amazing fantasy by author Anthea Sharp. Here's a little about it. When you're done with the blurb, keep reading! The author was kind enough to answer some questions for me. She's amazing! (It just so happens that she loves one of the same authors I do!) Then, below that, you'll find my review of Feyland.

270 pages
Published December 16, 2011


Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and fifteen-year-old Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.


Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.


Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.

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Thanks, Becky, for having me at The Crooked Word! I’m excited to meet new readers and help spread the words about my just-released YA urban fantasy Feyland: The Dark Realm.

* You could have chosen any type of game to cross into the real world. What made you choose Feyland?

I’ve always been interested in fantasy-type computer games. As a kid I played Zork with my brother (I know, I just dated myself…). More recently, I’ve been a fan of World of Warcraft. I began thinking about how it feels to be immersed in a game, and the parallels between virtual reality and tales of the world of faerie—the loss of time-sense, the feeling of being transported into a magical world and somehow transformed. One day the idea took hold: What if a computer game was actually a portal to the Realm of Faerie? I started writing, and I knew I wanted a game that blurred the boundaries of the fantastical. In my mind, Kart-racing or first-person-shooter didn’t fit the profile.

* Do you prefer to outline extensively, or are you a more organic writer?

I’m what they call a ‘pantser’ – a seat-of-the-pants writer. When I start writing, I have a general picture of the plotline in my head, but only in a very broad sense. I know where the main highs and lows will be, but no clear idea of how I’ll get there. It always works out, though. I love letting the story unfold and tell itself to me while I write. It always surprises me!

* What was your favorite book as a child, and what do you enjoy reading now?

I was given the complete set of Andrew Lang Fairy Books when I was 7 years old. Those were very formative to my reading tastes, and I read them until the bindings were completely falling apart. I’m a huge fan of Robin McKinley, too—The Blue Sword is one of my favorite books, ever. Now, I still read plenty of fantasy, and a bit of historical romance, too. (In fact, I’ve published two romance novels in collaboration with my co-author husband… but that’s a whole different story.)

* Have you always wanted to be an author?

Who wouldn’t want to? Books have always been very important in my life, and the people who created them seemed like amazing, mystical beings in some sense. Of course, I know better now. Writing can be gritty, painful, hard work—but there are still those utterly dreamy moments. As you know, being a writer yourself.

* If you could choose any book to step into, what would it be? Why?

Alice in Wonderland. I’ve always wanted to go down the rabbit hole with Alice. Talk about some wild adventures!

Thanks again for having me as a guest. I’d love to answer any questions people have, so have at it in the comments!

Also, to help celebrate the release of Feyland, the e-book version is on special sale for just .99 cents through December 17th only. (On December 18, the book will revert to its normal e-book price of $3.99.)

Happy Reading!

You can find more about Anthea and Feyland: The Dark Realm at ~
Interested in her historical romances?

Buy a copy at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Smashwords, or Barnes & Noble (not live yet…)

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Wow. This book is incredible. Seriously, buy it now.

I loved the whole premise of the book. A computer game that starts to cross into reality? Um, yes, please! The game, Feyland, is fantastic, and a little too real.

Jennet is such a fun character, and I'm claiming her as my friend. A little self-centered at first (aren't we all?) she learns what true friendship is, and how much it's worth risking.

Tam. What can I say about Tam? He's had a hard life. He knows what it means to put others before himself, because that's' what he's always done. In the game of Feyland he's a knight. It's appropriate. That's all I'll say.

This is one of those books I'll read over and over again. The ending leaves things open for a sequel. I hope we get it!

5+/5 stars

1 comment:

  1. Another Great Interview on what sounds like a Great Story, Anthea! I love fantastical stories!