Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes ~ Guest Post

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Tour Schedule

12/5: Steph in Wonderland (Book Look)
12/5: Young Adult Hollywood (Book Playlist)
12/6: Live to Read (Review)
12/6: Adventures of a Book Junkie (Reasons to Read Falling Kingdoms)
12/7: Take Me Away to a Great Read (Falling Kingdoms Mood Board)
12/7: Fiction Adventure (Character Fancast)
12/8: A Page with a View (Favorite Fictional Princes)
12/8: Star Crossed (Review)
12/9: Seeing Double in Neverland (Guest Post)
12/9: Bibliophile Gathering (The Series So Far)

12/12: Once Upon a Twilight (Quotes + Review)
12/13: Dark Faerie Tales (Excerpt)
12/13: Mundie Moms (Review)
12/14: The Book Nut (Reasons to Read Falling Kingdoms)
12/15: Scifi Chick (Spotlight)
12/15: Tales of the Ravenous Reader (Guest Post)
12/16: Two Chicks on Books (Q&A)

I was so excited to dive back in to the world of Falling Kingdoms. Each book gets better and better with more twists and turns. Every characters journey I embraced and devoured. This is another home run and of course Magnus is still my BBF for life. 

23367261.jpgCrystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes 
(Falling Kingdoms #5) Published by: Razorbill 
Release Date: December 13, 2016 
Source: Hardcover provided by publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars


An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic. MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he's no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption. LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise. JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey. AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she'll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge. And what kind of darkness will descend--and who will be safe--after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?

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Top 5 Worldbuilding Tips from Morgan Rhodes

If you’re a fantasy writer, aspiring fantasy writer, or just think it would be cool to write a fantasy book someday, I’ve got some worldbuilding tips that might be useful for you….

  1. FANTASTICAL WORDS: I think it’s best to lightly sprinkle in words you’ve made up rather than use them everywhere you can to give a real “fantasy” feel to your story. Keep in mind, your reader is from the planet earth, which planet earth language, so calling a tree a “fashameeta,” or something, is really not necessary unless that particular fashameeta is super integral to the plot.
  2. POLITICS and EVERYDAY LIFE: No matter how little you care about such mundane things in the real world, in a fantasy world they’re pretty important to make it feel real. Which means: who rules the land? A president, king, or emperor? Who creates the laws? Who enforces them? How are criminals treated: imprisoned or executed? Who determines this and is corruption possible? How are taxes paid? How do you show the divide between rich and poor? What kind of money do they use and how do they acquire this money? This goes double for things we take for granted: what’s the plumbing like? How do the characters get clean water? Food? Clothing? Birth control? Medical attention? These worldbuilding elements don’t necessarily need to be spelled out in the book itself, but it’s probably a very good idea for you, as the writer, to know this information and jot it down somewhere.
  3. ENTERTAINMENT: What do your characters do for fun? You should decide if there are books…and if there are books, does that mean there are libraries? Bookshops? Printing presses? If technology isn’t advanced enough for printing presses, you’re looking at scribes who would hand letter every book, which is time consuming and costly, so lowly peasants likely wouldn’t own a large library…does this mean the peasants are illiterate? Do your characters go to plays? Listen to/write poetry? Do they play musical instruments? How are these instruments different from what we have in our world?
  4. COURTING and ROMANCE: How do your characters hook up? Are they bold and say what they mean, or do they hold true to a strict code of prudish morals, including attendants and chaperones? Is a dowry necessary for girls to be married off to a respectable gentleman? Is this a world of arranged marriages for political gain or do people marry for love? Perhaps there’s another reason they’d get married? What are marriage ceremonies like in your world? Do couples ever elope? Why would they choose to do this?
  5. MAGIC: Magic sometimes feels like the easiest part to add to a fantasy, but this is actually just the opposite. More than anything, magic needs to have rules. For example, the Falling Kingdoms series has elemental magic (which I named elementia), and if a witch possesses only air magic, she would not be able to heal a wound (earth magic).  Someone can’t simply fly because it would be cool for the scene. And if you’re going to raise someone from the dead, or kill someone with a thought (as a main character can do in my Spirits & Thieves trilogy) this dangerous magic needs to be established up front. And of course, magic should have consequences. If you can easily pull a rabbit from a hat and that’s all there is to it…where’s the conflict? The interest? The dread and excitement? Because those are the things that make a book a page turner.
Of course, theses are only a few guidelines and your mileage may vary. But if you are worried  that worldbuilding is too difficult and overwhelming to tackle… It’s not. It’s fun, actually! I highly suggest you jump right in and start brainstorming your fantasy novel. The world is waiting to experience your imagination!

Morgan RhodesMorgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess -- the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.

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Enter for a chance to win a set of the Falling Kingdom books by Morgan Rhodes, which includes paperback editions of Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring, Gathering Darkness and Frozen Tides and a hardcover edition of Crystal Storm (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $63.00).
In addition, four (4) Runner-up Winners will each receive a paperback edition of Falling Kingdoms ($11.00 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:01 AM (EST) on December 5, 2016 and 11:59 PM (EST) on December 16, 2016. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about December 19, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.


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