Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Tours virtual book tour for Lilian Horn’s Fantasy novel Perils of Sea and Sky! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character of the book, Captain Rosanne Drackenheart!
You can find our interview below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, links to purchase a copy of Perils of Sea and Sky for yourself, and a chance to win a copy in our giveaway! Also, be sure to take a look at the schedule here or at the top of the post and follow along to see the stops from our other awesome hosts!
Perils of Sea and Sky by Lilian Horn
Series: Tales from the Red Queen #1
Intended Age Group: Adult
Published: September 20, 2022
Publisher: Rising Action Publishing Co.
In the early 1700s, the discovery of anti-gravity technology led to the development of the aeroship trade. But there is one area into which no sky captain dares to venture, and that is the Grey Veil: an inhospitable fog threatening the lives and sanity of all who enter. With the Veil under a strict travel-ban, most level-headed pilots circumvent this treacherous place. Captain Rosanne Drackenheart, on the other hand, makes a pretty penny conducting her smuggling operation through the very edge of the mysterious fog.
When she is blackmailed into searching for a lost warship, she is forced to venture into the untraversed bowels of the Veil. Rosanne must protect her crew from mystical creatures, defend against pirates gunning for her ship, and save herself from the creature known as the Forest Devil.
Featuring Scandinavian myths and steampunk elements, Perils of Sea and Sky is a thrilling high fantasy adventure.
Sky Pirates • Treasure Planet with Monsters • Never Trust a Lawyer
Universal Link: https://mybook.to/Perils-of-sea-and-sky
Publisher Direct: https://www.risingactionpublishingco.com/perils-of-sea-and-sky
Audiobook to be released October 25th: https://www.audible.com/pd/Perils-of-Sea-and-Sky-Audiobook/B0BBJV63SH
What music do you listen to?
Nothing beats a good shanty in the galley. Besides that I’m not much of a music person. Lugging around an entire orchestra aboard a trade-ship would put a dent in my economy.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
My hat, my whisky, and my ship.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
A functioning ship would make the stranded part real easy to be rid of. If not I’ll always settle for a good knife.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Internal conflict among the crew. It corrupts the workspace and people make mistakes when they’re not focused. Mistakes when sailing the skies could be fatal.
What do you do in your free time?
I have free time? In those rare moments that I do, I enjoy a bath with a good whisky. Maybe I’ll peruse the aeroship salvage yard for anything useful. Salvage-shopping, so to speak.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Sleeping is a waste of time if it wasn’t useful. I’ve never been one to twiddle my thumbs and dawdle, which is motivation enough for me.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Stay out of the Grey Veil and you’ll live to see another day.
What do you carry in your bag?
A good knife, a sleeping rug, and a spare shirt.
What’s your favorite animal?
That would be cats. Stubborn creatures that can fend for themselves and they take care of the pests in the cargo hold.
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
Mr Blackwood is ill-conceived for aeroship travel, which makes it all the more entertaining when he tries to be brave and show us he’s not made of lyefish. He’s shrewd, annoying, but also amusing. Despite his methods of hiring me he honors his words. A rare trait indeed.
Do you have favorite saying?
A favourite saying among marine and aero-travel is “beyond the clouds the sky is always blue” and that is true for as long as the sun shines. It means that no matter the weather, or the situation, once you’re through it there’s hope for a better day.
What is your favorite holiday?
Any holiday that involves delicious food that isn’t ship biscuits and cured fish.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
I hear Ovrack is nice time of the year. Not too hot or humid, thick forests and jagged mountains. You grow accustomed to the dramatics of Noval when you’ve sailed it for fifteen years. Ovrack seems like a nice upgrade. Less pirates too.
What do you do to relax?
I take a chair to the quarterdeck, lean it against the railing and watch my lieutenant pilot the ship.
What is your favorite food?
Entrecote with vegetables and bernaise. What can I say? I am a woman of simple tastes.
What is your favorite season?
Summer. The season is warm and the skies are less frigid. Less chance of icing on the sails.
How would you define happiness?
A finished trade, a good payout, and a day spent not worrying about anything.
What are you passionate about?
I love to sail. I always have. Get me behind the wheel and I’m like a newly wed wife after saying “I do”.
How do you feel about your government?
That dysfunctional puppet controlled by the crown? Let’s just say they don’t have the people’s best interest in mind and they don’t care much beyond the jingles of their pockets. That’s all I’ll say about that.
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
I take it back, I do have more to say about the govermental rulings of the colonies. I hope the monarchy burns and the colonies regain their sovereignity, but the shipping lanes remain the same, and free trade for all.
What’s your biggest secret?
It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you, now would it?
What do you hate?
Pirates, paperwork, and lawyers.
What’s your biggest fear?
I’ll never tell.
What do you think your best quality is?
That’s a tough one. I’m not one to talk about my “best qualities”, but if anything, I am persistent. If something needs to be done I get it done. Simple as that.
How would you describe the world you live in?
Hostile with a lot of shitty traits and beautiful scenery. Aero-trade is a booming business for the crown, uniting colonies with a plethora of foreign goods and people. Never before has the world seem so small yet so vast as when we took to the skies. But there’s a dark side to this world, a scar, or rather a fog, one so vast and hostile you should never enter it, or you will be forever lost. Of course most of the rumors about that accursed place is just that. Rumors. It makes sailing a bitch, but it’s what we’ve always known.
About the Author
Norwegian born and resident Lilian Horn brings life to Scandinavian folklore through her debut Perils of Sea and Sky. With a degree as a biomedical laboratory scientist, hobby painter and game enthusiast, she lives in the arctic city of Tromsø with her introverted and demanding cat. Her second novel, Journey of the Lost and Damned is a sequel to Perils of Sea and Sky and will be released in May 2024.
Author Website: https://lilianhorn.com/
Publisher Website: https://www.risingactionpublishingco.com/
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