Author Chat with Lani Forbes (The Jade Bones), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US/Can Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Lani Forbes author of
The Jade Bones.
Read on for more about Lani and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Lani Forbes!
LANI FORBES is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug-smuggling surfer, which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest, where she stubbornly wears flip-flops no matter how cold it gets. She teaches middle school math and science and proudly calls herself a nerd and a Gryffindor. She is also an award-winning member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Meet The Jade Bones!
Four young people risk their lives to save the world from a looming apocalypse, in this captivating sequel to The Seventh Sun.
Cast into the underworld after an act of shattering betrayal, Mayana and Ahkin must overcome unimaginable odds if they are to return home and reclaim the throne of the Chicome. A
river of blood and demons disguised as children are only two of the challenges standing in their way. Fortunately, they are not unequipped. Mayana’s royal blood controls the power of water, and Prince Ahkin wields the power of the sun itself. Ometeotl, the Mother goddess, provides them with other gifts—and an ominous warning that one of them may not survive. But can the goddess be trusted?
Back in the lands above, Mayana’s best friend Yemania has survived the empress selection ritual—but her next challenge may be more than she can bear. The new empress of the Chicome Empire demands she become High Healer. Yemania has no interest in serving in the palace; she wants to use her healing ability to help the common people. More than that, her heart is
no longer her own. She has met an enchanting stranger—Ochix, one of the feared Miquitz people who are ancient enemies of the Chicome.
As Mayana and Ahkin move ever closer to confronting the lords of the dead, Yemania and Ochix must hide their forbidden romance or face the wrath of both their empires. Meanwhile, the new empress has made a dangerous alliance that might destroy everything they hold dear.
Based on the legends and history of the Maya and Aztec peoples, The Jade Bones is a compelling and romantic adventure that builds to a heart-stopping climax.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I’ve always been fascinated by ancient civilizations, and ancient Mesoamerican civilizations in particular. My stepfather lived in Mexico for many years and would always share stories with my sisters and I growing up. When my parents decided to move back to Mexico, I knew I wanted to write a story based on ancient Aztec and Maya mythology. Originally the events of book two were planned to take place at the end of book one, but I had so many ideas I knew that this part of the story needed its own book!
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character in book two is probably Yemania. I love the growth arc she has in this story, learning that her self-worth doesn’t come from others but from within herself. I also love that she gets her own romantic adventure with a handsome death prince!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The idea for the second book came first and then the title came pretty quickly from the events that happen in the story. I did play around with several other titles, but The Jade Bones fit the best. One of my favorite ideas I had for the title of book two will be the title of book three instead!
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I am particularly proud of the scene where Ahkin and Mayana have to travel through a layer known as “the place where bodies hang like banners”. The scene ended up being so creepy and tense that I was really proud of how it turned out! A good scene should be able to illicit intense emotions in the reader and those scenes that do are always the ones I am most proud of.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Story is an essential component of the human experience. We learn through stories and we process life through stories because the human brain thinks in metaphors. I am continually amazed at the power stories hold and how we can use them to change and improve our lives. I think the most important thing I’ve learned as a writer is how precious that gift is. I think it is important for writers to put a bit of their souls into their stories because that is where the power of story comes from. I am a firm believer in “no tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.”
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love this cover so much because I love the jade skull necklace. It plays an important role in the book but it also has such haunting eyes that I can’t look away!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2020?
I think one of my favorites was Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I loved the world and characters she created, but especially the humor that she infused into the story. I love fantasy novels as a genre, but if you can incorporate all my favorite aspects of a good fantasy AND make me laugh, you are a winner for sure.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’ve actually already finished book 3 in “The Age of the Seventh Sun” series and am finishing up a stand-alone western-based fantasy that I’m really excited about. I have several other ideas percolating in the back of my head that I can’t wait to play around with too.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I think I actually like the revising part the most. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I stress out during the drafting phase about getting everything just the way I want it. I know there are writers that can write really messy first drafts, but I just can’t let myself do it. It might take me a little longer to write a book as a result, but usually the first draft ends up being pretty close to the final draft. What I love about the revising page is polishing the story up to make it shine even brighter than I thought it could. I get giddy and excited when things start falling together in beautiful ways that I never even planned originally.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I am deeply passionate about trauma victims and those who suffer from PTSD. Having dealt with trauma and PTSD myself, my heart bleeds for those who need help and cannot find it. It is one of the reasons I went back to school last year to finish my M.A. in Clinical Counseling become a certified trauma counselor. I am a firm believer that if you ever escape the flames of hell yourself, you should reach back a hand to those still consumed by the fire. Because of my family’s past experiences and the fact that my parents manage a drug treatment facility in Mexico, I have a particular heart for families affected by the beast of addiction.
A Place To Hang The Moon
By: Lani Forbes
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: February 16th, 2021
Five winners will each win a paperback of The Seventh Sun, a hardcover of The Jade Bones, and a bookmark! ~ (US/Can Only)
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The cover is stunning. Even if I wasn't already familiar with the Author, just the cover alone is enough to make me pick up the book to find out more.
I am already a fan of the author and I love the synopsis for this second book in the series. Love it!!!