Hello and welcome to my blog tour stop for
HERE SKIES SURROUND US by Melanie McFarlane!
Today I have an interview for you guys where you can learn more about the author and the book. Plus there is a giveaway for an echo dot that is international, so keep scrolling for that! But first, let's learn more about the book...
HERE SKIES SURROUND USAuthor: Melanie McFarlane
Series: Dome 1618 #2
Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Nat leaves her home, Dome 168, just as they begin to colonize on the outside. She travels with Evan to his home, Dome 569, to deliver a replica of the immune serum and allow Evan to report back to his mother, Caroline. But when they arrive, members of the “New Order” take them into custody and Nat and Evan are separated, once again.
Thankfully she is reunited with her uncle, Alec, who takes Nat under his protection. But Nat has a lot to learn about Evan’s home, a progressive dome that colonized on the outside over a decade ago. There are many rules in Dome 569 put in place by Caroline; some that come with sharp and sometimes deadly consequences when broken. Here, Nat learns of the struggles that can come with change, and how tearing down the old ways doesn’t always make things better overall. In the process, she uncovers truths that could tear down the kingdom Caroline has sacrificed to protect, and in turn puts Nat at risk.
Will Nat be able to protect Evan from the lies, or will he succumb to them for the sake of his family, just as his mother did many years before? As Nat uncovers the secrets of Dome 569, will she be willing to give up her morals and values to pay the price for freedom, or die fighting for what she believes in?
THERE ONCE WERE STARS
Series: Dome 1618 #1
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?
Describe HERE SKIES SURROUND US in ten words or less.Melanie McFarlane: Girl goes home with boy and meets his sadistic mother.
What is different about writing sequels as opposed to first novels?Melanie McFarlane: There’s so much to remember with a sequel. You need to carry on the overall story arc, while developing your characters even deeper, and keep the conflict alive. Nat changes a lot in book 2 – she still carries her innocence from book 1 – but watches it break apart in chunks as the book progresses.
What was the hardest scene for you to write in the novel?Melanie McFarlane: There is just this tragic scene where a stage full of children are being brought before a court for crimes they committed. I have to say that I definitely had tears while writing that scene. It’s an extreme way to show just how far our greed and entitlement for what we perceive as freedom can take us. But I can’t tell you anything else, or I’ll spoil the moment!
What do you hope readers take away from HERE SKIES SURROUND US?Melanie McFarlane: Nat was so determined at the end of THERE ONCE WERE STARS that freedom was the answer to all of their troubles. But the grass isn’t always as green as we expect it to be on the other side – and when Nat goes to Evan’s dome she sees just how twisted people can become when they try to protect that freedom that they desparately sought to obtain. Ethical decisions are cast aside, and it’s the innocent who pay. In book 2 I think Nat still holds some of that naivity and innocence that held her back at the beginning of book 1. But the one thing that keeps her strong is that she doesn’t hold a sense of entitlement over anyone. She doesn’t think her freedom should come at the cost of others. She’s just there to do what’s right – which are her last words in the story.
Have you learned anything in the process of writing that you wished you'd known when you first started?Melanie McFarlane: Patience. I always talk about this, but it’s so important. I wish I had been more patient with the process. Enjoy the process. Savour every moment. Everything is a learning process when it comes to writing – and you should never stop learning.
She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.
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