Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blogtour: The Druid Next Door by E.J. Russell

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The Druid Next Door 

Fae Out Of Water #2 


Professor Bryce MacLeod has devoted his entire life to environmentalism. But how effective can he be in saving the planet when he can’t even get his surly neighbor to separate his recycling?

Former Queen’s Enforcer Mal Kendrick doesn’t think his life could get any worse: he’s been exiled from Faerie with a cursed and useless right hand. When he’s not dodging random fae assassins in the Outer World, he’s going toe-to-toe with his tree-hugging neighbor. And when he discovers that the tree hugger is really a druid, he’s certain the gods have it in for him—after all, there’s always a catch with druids. Then he’s magically shackled to the man and expected to instruct him in Supernatural 101.

All right, now things couldn’t possibly get worse.

Until a mysterious stranger offers a drunken Mal the chance to gain back all he’s lost—for a price. After Mal accepts, he discovers the real catch: an ancient secret that will change his and Bryce’s life forever.

Ah, what the hells. Odds are they won’t survive the week anyway.

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About the Fae Out of Water Series

Once upon a time, there were three brothers, nobles of the Seelie Court of Faerie, who set out to seek their fortunes. The eldest—

Scratch that. Rrrrrewind.

Nowadays, when tales are told in 140 character bursts on tiny LED screens, rather than spun out by the glow of a midnight campfire, even Faerie’s elite have to get with the program.

The Kendrick brothers have traded longbow for briefcase, battle steed for Harley, and enchanted harp for electric guitar. But while they’re finding their feet in the modern world, instead of finding their fortunes, they stumble straight into love.


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Cup of the Day

I’m not the kind of writer who has a playlist for her WIPs, mainly because I can’t write while listening to music. In fact, I haven’t listened to a music radio station since I started writing nearly seven years ago. My learning style is auditory—I learn by listening—so if I hear any words, my brain is derailed while I process them. (This is the reason I was a really lousy secretary back in the day—I couldn’t listen to what was happening in a meeting and record the minutes at the same time.)

However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t use other methods to get myself in the mood for the writing tasks ahead of me on any particular day. Instead of music, however, I set the theme with my tea mug.

For the Fae Out of Water series, for instance, since I was writing about three brothers who are Welsh fae, I liked to start my day with a dragon—the dragon from the flag of Wales.

CH got this cup for me years ago when I was working on another story (not a romance) based on Welsh mythology. On days when I needed to whip the Kendrick brothers into shape—when I was writing one of the first drafts, for instance, or wrestling with a particular knotty developmental edit—I brought out the dragon and let him roar.

Other writers have methods of getting themselves revved up to write sex scenes. I have this mug, from Taylor and Ng. There were a whole series of these mugs available at about the same time—penguins, bears, elephants, giraffes, even crocodiles—but CH got me the bunnies, so that’s what I roll with.

When edits are giving me trouble—or when I’ve hit some kind of blockage—I need to let my characters and plot know who’s boss. That’s when I break out the big guns.

Then, once I’ve sent the latest draft off to my editor, I need to reboot my brain, because at the moment I hit “send”, it seems to go completely blank. For those days, I need company of a similarly wiped-out friend.

How about you? Do you have any favorite objects or icons that help you make it through your day?

About the author:

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

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To celebrate the release of all three books in the Fae Out of Water series, one lucky winner across all three tours will receive a GRAND PRIZE of a $50 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Druid Next Door tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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  1. Congrats on the new release! I'm excited about this new book.

  2. Thank you for the post. Those are quite some interesting cups.
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  3. Thanks so much for hosting me today! Thank you, commenters for touring with me!

  4. Ahh that's so cool. I tend to buy a lot of mugs even though I'm not much of a coffee or tea drinker, but I've got to say I think you own some of the coolest ones I've ever seen. It's great that they help you focus on your writing; I definitely need something like this. Great post!

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  5. I keep a Super Grover jack-in-the-box on my desk...


  6. I love your collection of mugs! Mostly I listen to audiobooks to get me through the work day & hope that the unruly masses are keeping it down to a dull roar, otherwise I can't hear the narrators reading to me over their obnoxiousness.
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  7. Congrats, E.J., and thanks for the mug. I'm like you about the words in lyrics interrupting my thoughts, so I listen to instrumental, usually jazz or classical. This sounds like a great series and good luck with the release. - Purple Reader,
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