Topaz Reign, the latest novel by Teresa Richards and sequel to Emerald Bound, is out! To celebrate, here’s a guest post by the author to give insight into her characters, and perhaps even do some foreshadowing into book 3… Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for some awesome prizes! a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Today I’m sitting down with my characters from Topaz Reign for a little round table discussion. With me are Maggie, Garon, and Lindy, whom you all know and love from Emerald Bound. Joining them are Trevin and Thumbelina, new faces from the groups’ most recent adventure.
Me: So, Maggie, here we are again. Round two of your adventure.
Maggie: Yeah, why did you have to do that? Garon and I were perfectly happy with the way our summer was going until you showed up and threw things out of whack.
Me: Um, I didn’t throw things out of whack. That was Oliver, thank you very much. And you got some pretty amazing news as a result of the whack-throwing so it’s not like it was all bad.
Maggie: *bites her lower lip, but can’t hide the smile stretching across her face* Well, that’s true. I am glad about that.
Me: Okay, so let’s talk about the new adventure. Thumbelina, why does it take you so long to enter the picture?
Thumbelina: It doesn’t take me all that long, really, you just don’t recognize me at first. Keeping my true identity a secret is what’s gotten me this far.
Me: But don’t you feel the tiniest bit of remorse? Deceiving people like that?
Thumbelina: No. I did what I had to do and I would do it again. If being alive for so long has taught me anything, it’s not to trust strangers.
Me: Speaking of strangers … Lindy, what made you trust Trevin?
Lindy: *ducks head, but not before I see her blushing* Well, it helped that he was the son of my most trusted bodyguard. *darts a glance at Trevin and he grins* And when he offered to teach me how to swordfight, that just sealed the deal, you know?
Me: That’s right. Your brother refused to help you, didn’t he? And that’s when Trevin stepped up.
Garon: Hey, to be fair, I didn’t think I’d be sticking around long enough to teach her anything. *darts a longing glance at Maggie, who holds his gaze*
Lindy: Trevin was the first man to treat me as his equal. Before I became Queen, I was just a silly girl to them. And after, despite the fact that most men treated me with the respect due a queen, they also treated me like some fragile thing. I’m not fragile. I can do hard things, and I can make difficult decisions. And it’s nice having someone around who supports that. It makes me even stronger. *reaches over and grabs Trevin’s hand*
Maggie: Learning to swordfight was one of my favorite things about this adventure. Unfortunately, it’s not a skill I can use much back at home.
Me: No, I imagine not.
Maggie: But I found this cool group in DC that teaches sword fighting to people who need it for entertainment purposes. Like traveling Renaissance fairs and actors involved in medieval plays and movies. I’ve been volunteering there a couple times a month and I think if I get good enough they might give me a job.
Me: That’s amazing! I’m so glad you found a way to use your skills back at home.
Maggie: Me, too. It’s really fun.
Me: *turning to the group* Let’s talk for a minute about the altered gemstones. First we had an Emerald, now a Topaz and a Pearl. Seriously guys, are there any more gemstones I need to be aware of? And where did Oliver get all of them anyway? Did he have a hidden cache of pirate treasure or something?
Garon: He found the Emerald while traveling during his days as a medicine man.
Thumbelina: And the Topaz was brought to him by the witch, who probably stole it from some traveling nobleman.
Me: And the Pearl?
Thumbelina: He spent a lot of time by the sea. Out of all the stones he used, the Pearl was by far the easiest to come by.
Me: So did he have others?
Thumbelina: Pearls, you mean? Sure. He collected them.
Me: *raising an eyebrow*
Thumbelina: But he did not alter them.
Trevin: *leaning forward in his chair* Are you sure? If he did, it would be helpful to know now before another crisis arises.
Thumbelina: I’m sure. One hundred percent sure. There are no more altered stones.
Me: *eyeing Thumbelina* We don’t really get to say good-bye to you at the end of this adventure—you kind of sneak off during the night.
Thumbelina: I left early in the morning. Not at night.
Thumbelina: I had to find my husband, you know that. Make sure he was okay.
Me: And did you? Is he okay?
Thumbelina: I found him, yes.
Me: Well, good. So what’s he like? We didn’t learn anything about him at all during your latest adventure with the Topaz.
Thumbelina: It’s hard to describe someone you love so much in a way that does them justice, you know? I’d rather have you meet him and see for yourself.
Me: Really? We can meet him? Did he come in with you today?
Thumbelina: No, he’s not here. But I’ll introduce you to him soon.
Garon: I’ve met him. You’ll like him.
Me: That would be amazing.
Thumbelina: I think he’d like to meet you, too.
Me: I’m going to hold you to that.
Me: Well, guys, that’s all we have time for today. Thanks so much for sitting down with me. I hope to see you all again soon.
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