“Behind the mirror lies your otherself…
There is one True World, and then there are the four Mirror Worlds: Fire, Water, Air, and Stone.
Audrey and Dorotea are “ otherselves”—twin copies of each other who live on different Mirror Worlds.
On Air, Audrey has the ability to communicate with wind spirits. As war looms, she’s torn between loyalty to her country and her feelings for a roguish phantom who may be a dangerous spy.
Blackouts and earthquakes threaten the few remaining humans on Stone, who have been forced to live underground. To save her injured sister, Dorotea breaks taboo and releases an imprisoned gargoyle. Brooding, sensitive Jasper makes her wonder if gargoyles are truly traitors, as she’s always been told.
Unbeknownst to them, they both face the same enemy—an evil sorceress bent on shattering all the Mirror Worlds.”
I actually haven’t read Book #1 yet! I know, I fell down on the job. But I just bought the book when it was on sale! I couldn’t resist.
Through Fire & Sea
Mirror mirror, hear my call…
In the Fire world, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm’s most powerful lords. She’s hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods that either bless a civilization or destroy it. But then Leah discovers she’s a Caller, gifted with the unique—and dangerous—ability to “call” her Otherselves in mirror worlds. And her father will do anything to use her powers for his own purposes.
In the Water world, Holly nearly drowns when she sees—and interacts with—Leah, a mirror image of herself. She’s rescued by Ryan, a boy from school with a secret he’d die to protect. Little do they know, his Otherself is the son of a powerful volcano god at war in the Fire world…and he’s about to fall.
As Leah and Holly’s lives intersect, the Fire and Water worlds descend into darkness. The only way to protect the mirror worlds is to break every rule they’ve ever known. If they don’t, the evil seeping through the mirrors will destroy everything—and everyone—they love…
Amid Wind & Stone
Amid Wind and Stone is the second book in the series, and it’s the topic of the tour, as it was just released!Click to expand and read an excerpt
The lights went out, plunging the cave into absolute darkness.
Dorotea froze on her hands and knees in the tunnel. Behind her, Marta wailed. Dorotea reached back and found her little sister’s hand. “It’s all right. The lights will come back in a moment.” Despite her reassuring words, worry wormed its way into her stomach. It wasn’t unusual for one or two of the light squares embedded in the walls to burn out and stay black for a few weeks before being replaced, but every light in the whole tunnel had winked out at the same instant as if it were False Night instead of an hour short of noon.
Instinct prodded at her. Something’s wrong.
Marta squeezed her hand with six-year-old strength. “I’m scared! Make the lights come back.”
As if being eleven years older conferred magic powers. “The Elect will fix it. All we have to do is wait.”
“I’m so scared,” Marta whined.
“Crawl up closer to me,” Dorotea said. “The tunnel’s wide enough here.”
Marta squirmed up. Dorotea lay on her side and cuddled her sister’s small body. The contact comforted Dorotea, too. Marta’s presence meant Dorotea couldn’t panic.
Her eyes remained open, uselessly straining to see in the utter darkness. She’d never experienced anything like it. During False Night, each cavern had a few lights that remained on so people could find their way to the privy. This darkness was blacker than the inside of a coal seam.
Maybe only the tunnel’s lights had gone out. Maybe there was still light in the main caverns.
“I’m scared of the dark,” Marta whimpered again. “What if the gargoyles get us?”
Dorotea’s heart jumped into her throat at the thought of hands reaching up through solid stone, but she made her voice calm. “Don’t be silly. All the gargoyles are safely locked up in the Cavern of Traitors.”
“But what if they tunneled through the floor?”
“They can’t,” Dorotea said shortly. “They’re frozen in place. Why are you scared of gargoyles? You’ve never even seen one. They were imprisoned before you were born.” They didn’t kill your father, like they did mine. Marta’s father, Martin, was annoyingly alive.
Dorotea had been younger than Marta when the gargoyles rebelled. She barely remembered them except for fuzzy images of her father’s gargoyle: a very tall, silent man made of gray stone with a craggy, rough-hewn face.
The gargoyles couldn’t have caused the blackout. Could they? Surely not, but anxiety still twisted inside her, keying her nerves to a higher pitch. She shivered in the clammy embrace of the stone tunnels. The rough trousers and tunic she’d donned for weeding were better suited for crawling than her usual robes, but the material was also thinner.
Something’s wrong. Something more than a Tech malfunction.
One last teaser excerpt before the interview!
I’m hosting an interview stop for this tour! Here’s the interview:
How did you come up with/decide on your character’s names? Especially the more unusual ones? I’ve only read two books with main characters named Jasper! (Both were awesome by the way ;)
Jasper is a gargoyle so I wanted a name that was both a recognizable boy’s name and an actual stone. Dorotea (a Slavic version of Dorothy) was much harder to settle on. She was almost named Greta. For Audrey’s name, I wanted something that sounded slightly oldfashioned to go with the Victorianish steampunk theme.
I love elemental stuff! It’s an unbeatable opportunity to unleash nature and blend human emotion with the raw power of nature. First, Are you a fan of Avatar?! (I’m sorry, I had to ask, for fangirl purposes.) Second, when did it hit you that you wanted to write something involving the elements?
I’m a fan of Avatar, too. We got Legend of Korra for Christmas, but haven’t started it yet. I came to Avatar rather late and by that point had already written the first Otherselves book. It’s been a number of years since I wrote book one and longer since I came up with the original idea. To be honest, I don’t remember at what point I decided that my Mirror Worlds should each be associated with a different element. I know I read and loved Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff and Beldan’s Fire by Midori Snyder, which both have elemental magic.
Gargoyles. Omg. I haven’t read the book yet, but the otherselves series is immensely promising to me. It seems original and sincere. I like that you mixed in their traditional image of stillness. I very much imagine that ‘brooding and sensitive’ would be how I’d describe a human gargoyle. What made you think of involving gargoyles?
All the heroes in the Otherselves series are descended from a sorceress and an elemental. So sorceress + Fire elemental = dragon, sorceress + Water elemental = merman, sorceress + Stone elemental = gargoyle. Air World was the hardest to come up with: sorceress + Air elemental = phantom (not a ghost, but an invisible boy who can fly)
Speaking of brooding boys….. What’s your favorite kiss scene? (I won’t make you pick just one ;) movies, television, books, have at it.
Oh, man, toughie. Maybe the scene in Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the skating rink where she kisses Angel while he’s still wearing his vamp face and he’s like, you shouldn’t have to look at me when I’m like this, and she’s like I don’t care, it’s you. *Melt.* (It’s possible I have a small Beauty & the Beast obsession.)
Speaking of things we favor and love, what’s your favorite food? (I know, odd question. I can’t help it, I love food…) I already know you are a Coke Zero diehard.
Drink: Coke Zero
Main dish: spaghetti and meatballs
Dessert: triple layer chocolate cake
I love the Otherselves book covers. I’ve always favored tropical gradients of orange/green/blue, but the cover of Amid Wind & Stone is gorgeous too! I love the vivid warm text over the cold colors of the cover. It reminds me a bit of The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain. Did you have any input for the covers?
Not really. I filled out a form with a few suggestions, but the art department went in a totally different direction. (Probably for the best! LOL) I love both my covers. They’re gorgeous.
Do you have a seemingly random memory that’s been with you forever? One that seems silly out of context? I love hearing stories like that.
Sorry, nothing is coming to mind.
How about a really strangeunbelievable fact about yourself?! I love hearing those too. No such thing as an ordinary person.
Hmmm. I think 20 Celsius is a normal nobigdeal winter temperature. Growing up in a small town in northern Alberta, there was usually at least one weeklong cold snap of 40 weather every year. I looked forward to it because it meant the school would be cancelled!
Alright, Last question, give us the title for a book you’re dying to read.
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs. It comes out the day after Amid Wind & Stone and I plan to treat myself.
Thanks for hosting me!
No problem Nicole!
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