Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Co. virtual book tour for Rita A. Rubin’s Young Adult Fantasy novel Lady Night! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character of the book, Derek Draco!
You can find our interview below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, and links to purchase a copy of Lady Night for yourself! 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!
Lady Night by Rita A. Rubin
Series: Chronicles of the Guardians #2
Intended Age Group: Young Adult
Published: January 11, 2022
Publisher: Self Published
Derek Draco is finally learning to put the past behind him and enjoy life with his friends and as a Guardian. But when news of a string of recent murders reaches them, Derek finds himself having to return to the place he had hoped to never set foot in again—Windfell. The town where his parents died.
Meanwhile, Jared, the Prince of Aloseria and Derek’s best friend, finds himself helping to uncover a sinister plot brewing in the shadows. It soon becomes clear that not only could the fate of their world be under threat, but that dark plans may lie in wait for his friend.
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Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello, I’m Derek Draco. I’m a rookie Guardian, meaning I can Change into a dragon and it’s my duty to uphold the peace in Aloseria. I live in the city of Ember with my adoptive father, Darus Flynn, who’s also a Guardian, and our dog and cat.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
Oh, this one’s easy. I’d want to have my ring on me. Because then I could Change into my dragon form and fly off the deserted island.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Very little. I’m not a morning person and I like being able to stay in bed for as long as possible. Although I don’t like the idea of Darus pouring a bucket of water on me, so I suppose that’s what gets me out of bed.
What’s your favorite animal?
What do you think about Jared and Arabelle?
Jared was the first friend I made when I came to Ember when I was only nine, and he’s stayed my closest friend ever since. Even though he’s a prince, he doesn’t always come across as totally reliable, but really that’s not true at all. He’s someone I can always depend on for anything.
And then there’s Arabelle, she’s Jared’s cousin and I’d say she’s just as loyal and dependable as he is. She’s also clever, strong, and funny. Her eyes are also a really beautiful shade of . . . [Derek cuts off abruptly as his face turns red].
What do you do to relax?
I read or I nap. Sometimes I even train because that’s relaxing to me.
What is your favorite food?
Chocolate pudding. Or anything with chocolate.
What is your favorite season?
Winter. I hate being hot.
How would you define happiness?
The time that I got to spend with my parents in our cottage in the Valley before they died were the happiest moments of my life. When I think of those days, I think that’s what happiness is.
If you could change one thing about Aloseria, what would it be?
As a half-Elf, I think I would change the enmity that still exists between humans and the Wood Elves, even though the war’s been over for years now.
What do you hate?
I hate the man who murdered my parents. And I hate people who think they can take advantage of others.
What do you think your best quality is?
Um, I’m not really sure? I’m honest, I suppose. I’ll just go with that.
About the Author
Australian born, Rita was raised on the farms outside of Melbourne and grew up surrounded by wide open spaces, tractors and lettuce aplenty.
For as long as she can remember, Rita has always loved to make up stories. Her first literary work was an Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfiction when she was 11. Now Rita spends a lot of her writing time working on her YA fantasy series, Chronicles of the Guardians.
Apart from writing and reading, Rita’s interests include drawing, video games and pop culture. She is also the proud owner of a fat house cat named Bella, a spoilt dog named Sadie and Angel the goldfish.
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