Breaker is here!

Breaker, the final installment of the Ondine Quartet, is now available in both digital and print (Amazon)!

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War. Prophecy. Freedom.

She fought for herself.
She fought for friendship and love.
Now, Kendra Irisavie fights for the survival of her world.

War rages on, leaving no one untouched. Destruction rips through elemental communities and terror flourishes in its wake. Suspicion soars, order fractures, and loyalties crumble despite Kendra’s desperate attempts to protect everyone she holds dear.

When an organized Aquidae army launches a series of merciless assaults, Kendra and her friends set out to end the bloodshed once and for all. With the fate of elementals hanging in balance, the Shadow and sondaleur hunt each other down in a brutal match of cunning and will.

Kendra has trained for this her entire life. But in a ravaged world where trust is scarce and no life is sacred, she soon realizes her battle may be against an invincible enemy and that her darkest days lie ahead.

Twists and turns shape her harrowing odyssey, leading to a stunning climax that challenges everything she believes in.

Torn between destiny and autonomy, Kendra must finally decide whether the cost of freedom is too high.

Heartbreaking decisions, turbulent alliances, and shattering revelations collide in Breaker, the explosive conclusion to the Ondine Quartet.

E-Book: Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo

Paperback: Amazon | Other retailers coming soon

WHAT EARLY REVIEWERS ARE SAYING

“10 out of 5…Yes, it was that good!” – Jennifer, Book Worm Coalition

“Breaker was everything I had wanted it to be, and a bunch of other things I didn’t know I wanted, or needed. It was the perfect combination of somberness and hopefulness. There wasn’t a single second of this that I would change, even the parts that broke me. They all added up to something so incredible.” –Tricia, Book Worm Coalition

“I can tell you that it is one long, amazing thrill ride, filled with trials and tribulations, and all you have is your friends.” – Lindsay, Goodreads review

“I have no words. Emma Raveling is an INCREDIBLE writer and all I can say is this final installment went above and beyond all expectations. My only regret is the end of an AMAZING series. LOVED IT!” –Jen, Goodreads review

“10 stars. Absolutely perfect ending to an incredible series.” – Melanie, Book Passion for Life

“Breaker is everything I hoped and needed it to be. Emma Raveling has written the stunning, fierce, and surprising conclusion that both readers and her characters deserve. I cannot thank her enough for giving this magical series to the world!!” – Aeicha, Word Spelunking


A FEW NOTES…

Breaker Support Group

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I’ve started a Breaker Support Group on Facebook. It’s a fun place for readers to vent/talk/get support during/after reading Breaker! Anyone can join, but be warned there are spoilers. 🙂 You can ask questions and chat with me there.

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Post-Breaker Short Story

Those of you who pre-ordered and signed up to receive the post-Breaker short story will be receiving it via e-mail over this weekend. If you signed up for it but do not receive it by Monday, February 2 (US time), please e-mail my assistant, Aeicha, and she’ll help you out.


RELEASE WEEK CELEBRATIONS

Several exciting events are happening over the next week!

Facebook Release Day Party: January 28

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The Facebook Release Day Party is happening today (January 28) from 11AM – 9PM EST. The following awesome authors will also be participating:

  • Susan Kay Quinn
  • J.L. Bryan
  • Daniel Coleman
  • S.M. Boyce
  • Michelle Warren
  • Kiki Hamilton
  • Ciye Cho

I’ll be hanging out all day hosting the festivities and giving away a ton of prizes including gift cards and books!

Please join us over at the party on Facebook and celebrate the end of the Ondine Quartet with me!

Signed Breaker paperback giveaways

These giveaways will take place on:

  • Friday (January 30)
  • Monday (February 2)
  • Wednesday (February 4)

I’ll randomly choose a winner from people who leave honest reviews for Breaker on Amazon.

If you do leave a review, please check my Twitter and Facebook pages on those days – I’ll announce a winner at 5PM EST and will use the name associated with your review.

Now, on to the good stuff – the release week giveaway on this blog! 🙂

GIVEAWAY

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The prizes for this release week giveaway are:

  • Signed paperback of Breaker.
  • A mug featuring all the covers of the Ondine Quartet series + signed swag
  • A custom sondaleur keychain + custom Tristan quote button
  • $25 Amazon gift card

Giveaway is open international and ends February 5. Winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond before forfeiting the prize. I am not responsible for lost or damaged mail.

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Breaker ARC Sign-ups

Breaker_ARC_OpenHello, awesome readers! Aeicha, assistant extraordinaire here to announce some very good news…Breaker ARC sign-ups are now OPEN!! I know y’all are so excited to finally read Breaker (trust me, you are gonna love it!), and now you have the chance to read it before everyone else.

A few notes to remember…

  • Sign-ups are open to both bloggers as well as readers who leave reviews on retail sites (Amazon, B&N, iBookstore, etc.).
  • Because this is the highly anticipated series finale, ARCs will be extremely limited due to piracy concerns and not everyone who signs up will be guaranteed a copy.
  • The purpose of ARCs is to generate advance reviews for a book’s release and are reserved for those willing to post a short review. If you do sign-up we ask that you be willing to read and post your review in a timely manner. If you are unable to do so, please refrain from requesting a copy.

    Due to the limited number of ARCs, we’d like to give opportunities to those who are able to read/review in a timely manner.

If you are chosen, you will be notified by e-mail on January 19th and will receive the ARC on January 22nd.

Please fill out the form below to request an ARC.

Join me on Tsu!

An update on where to find me online:

Facebook implemented changes at the beginning of this year that has made it harder to reach the majority of fans who’ve liked my page.

A very small percentage of you are currently able to see my updates in your news feeds and Facebook decides what posts to show you.

Like other authors, I’m here because so many of my readers are here and I want to provide you with an easy way to interact and get news/info.

But that’s getting harder to do and I can’t guarantee you’ll see my updates in your news feeds in any kind of timely/useful manner.

Tsu is a new site that seems like a hybrid of Facebook and Twitter. I just joined and have begun trying things out.

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The site won’t randomly decide which posts to show my followers. So if you want to give it a shot, I’d love it if you could follow me there! I’m still figuring things out, but hopefully we can have a bit of fun while doing so.

The best way to never miss out on important announcements is by signing up for my newsletter. You’ll get exclusive extras (bonus scenes) and announcements before everyone else.

You can also still find me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

I love hearing from you guys so please feel free to say hi wherever you like. 🙂

**Don’t forget to enter this week’s Breaker teaser giveaway! A signed paperback, goodies, and Amazon gift card is up for grabs. Open int and ends January 12**

Breaker Release Update

14742127750_e27d66eafe_mI know you all have been eagerly awaiting Breaker’s release on December 29 (I have too!), but because of an unforeseen glitch with its publication, Breaker’s release date has been pushed back until January 28, 2015. I sincerely apologize for this delay, but there is just no way around it.

I know waiting can be hard, but luckily we only have to wait a few weeks. However, because of the new release date, a few other dates need to be updated:

    • The prologue will still post on December 22

 

    • Sign-ups for Breaker ARCs will now go up on January 14 and the ARCs will sent to chosen readers on January 22

 

  • And to make the wait a little easier, longer Breaker teasers will be posted on the blog every Tuesday, starting Dec. 30 (these teasers will be mostly spoiler free, but there may be a  few spoilery things  from time to time)

For those who have been awesome enough to pre-order Breaker, don’t worry! Your pre-orders won’t be affected and Breaker will now be delivered to you on January 28.  And remember, if you pre-order, you’ll also receive a bonus post-Breaker short story during release week. This short story will not be available anywhere for at least six months after Breaker’s release! You can still pre-order Breaker at the following:

Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo

 

Ondine Quartet Read-A-Long: Crest (Book 3)

OQReadALong Welcome to the Ondine Quartet Read-A-Long! Aeicha (assistant extraordinaire to those who haven’t met me yet!) here to guide you along during the event.

This is the perfect chance for you to re-discover the Ondine Quartet, read tidbits about each book from Emma Raveling, and engage and discuss with other readers.

Plus, you have the chance to win a really cool prize just for participating (see below for giveaway info)!

This is the final day of this awesome read-a-long and we are discussing Crest, the third book in the Ondine Quartet…

 

8709053478_666591a5a1_mIllusion. Power. Identity.
Tensions are reaching a fever pitch everywhere Kendra Irisavie turns.

Darkness settles over elementals as a new threat stirs suspicions of a betrayal from within. Details of recent events spread through Haverleau, prompting doubts over Irisavie leadership. The mysterious Selkie Kingdom finally opens its doors, but the gesture only fans the flames of division. And despite the perils involved, Kendra finds it difficult to ignore the demands of her heart.

As the body count rises, pressure also grows to shift the tides of war. The sondaleur is on the hunt, but tracking the Aquidae leader is the greatest challenge she’s ever faced. With the Shadow playing a deadly game of obsession and horror, Kendra’s best chance to win is to unravel a tangled web of deception spanning back to the origins of the elemental world.

Nothing is what it seems and the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her pursuit for answers becomes.

When the unthinkable happens, Kendra must decide if survival is worth the sacrifice.

Conflicting loyalties, fierce passions, and irrevocable choices ignite in the electrifying third installment of the Ondine Quartet.

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EMMA’S NOTE

As its title implies, Crest was a book in which many elements of the series came to a head. Based on the groundwork established in Whirl and Billow, the story ties together the threads introduced in the first two books and sets the stage for the finale.

Everything Kendra needs to face the Shadow comes to the forefront: her rise to political power, the issue of the Armicant and weapons design, the establishment of ondine combat training, and the assembling of allies.

In Whirl and Billow, Kendra’s journey was very much directed inward. Although she had to deal with the new environments of Lumiere Academy, Haverleau, and Lyondale, her life is still very contained. Much like any seventeen year old, high school and her hometown loom large for Kendra. They are her entire world.

In Crest, we see Kendra fully step into adulthood. In doing so, her world naturally expands and her journey begins to direct outward. Within the context of new settings, including New York and the Selkie Kingdom, she unearths a deeper understanding about the realities of the elemental world and the war through her interactions with other characters.

Through Renee and Catrin Bessette, Kendra not only sees a reflection of herself and how high the stakes are for her and Tristan, but also the way in which ondines remain caged. Despite their magic and political power, they are still bound by something they cannot control and as such, their lives are not fully their own.

Kendra sees the powerlessness and frustration of demillirs through the personal turmoils of Jeeves and Julian, through the disappearance of Gabe, and the broken, abusive relationship of Dylan and his father, Marquis Rosamund. Fatherhood is also examined through Jeeves, Ancelin, Marquis Rosamund, and of course, Kendra’s interactions with her own father in her dreams.

She witnesses the selkies struggle to face a possible future without war and what happens when a king stubbornly equates change to weakness.

With Lucas and Daniel, Kendra begins to understand the extraordinarily fragile position of humans and the true depth of their sacrifice in helping elementals. And through Helene and Dax, she observes the cost of war on youth and how loss robs them of a fundamental sense of security.

I’d known since my initial planning of the series that a good chunk of Crest would take place in the Selkie Kingdom and I had great fun writing it. But because I needed to bring together so many disparate elements, Crest was probably the most technically difficult book I’ve ever written.

There were also aesthetic considerations I wanted to explore. A lot of that can be seen through the mirroring and reflection motifs as well as the thematic layering employed throughout the story. The plot is one such example of. Like a nesting doll, the story was essentially a mystery contained within a mystery.

At the end of Crest, Kendra is set to embark on her final showdown with the Shadow. Breaker will pick up where book three left off. 🙂

FIRST THOUGHTS

Aeicha here again! As I’ve re-read these books, I’ve been comparing my initial thoughts, after my first read through, with my thoughts on each book now. The following first thoughts come directly from my review of Crest after I read it for the very first time!

The complex and rich history of the Ondines and Selkies and their enemies is explored and laid out even further and deeper in book three, and the social/cultural/political structures of this world continue to enthrall and fascinate.

When I first read Crest, I was so excited that a big chunk of the story takes place in the Selkie Kingdom, as this beautifully dangerous place is just so captivating. I’m still in complete awe of the Selkie Kingdom, but during my re-read, I paid less attention to its spellbinding physical beauty and more attention to how this Selkie world is run and how it is both alike and different from the ondine communities. I also focused a great deal more on the histories of the Shadow, Jourdain, and the Armicant explored in Crest, as they had such depth to the story and shed so much light on the bloody war being fought. And one aspect of the ondine world explored in Crest, that I don’t remember spending too much time thinking about during my first read, but that occupied my thoughts greatly during my re-read, is Renee choosing not to go through with a binding ceremony and being called back to the sea. There is something just so devastatingly heartbreaking, yet immensely powerful about her choice and how it affects Kendra.

Kendra especially has had so much thrown at her- being the sondaleur and the future Governor, being responsible for stopping the Shadow, and facing devastating losses

There are many deaths and losses (Marcella, Ewan, Sian, Renee, the Fredriksens, and more) in Crest *sobs* and, while they made me very sad during my first read, they affected me greatly during my re-read. I suppose after re-reading the series, I’ve come to care even more for these incredible characters and their deaths are hitting so much harder *sobs even louder*. Unlike my first read through, during my re-read I found myself all snotty crying over Ewan’s death at like midnight! Plus, I’ve come to understand just how much these deaths affect Kendra and the choices she makes.

I love both guys and they are each complete, layered characters on their own, but I’ve so enjoyed their interaction with Kendra since book one. I won’t spoil anything for ya, but I will say that in Crest Kendra is finally honest with herself and with the guys, and where her heart truly lies is revealed…

Romantically speaking, things, that I’m sure most of us have been waiting for, finally happen in Crest (hello cave scene!). I remember during my initial reading of Crest, just knowing that things between Kendra and Tristan were finally going to happen, so I think I paid less attention to the interaction between Kendra and Julian, both in NYC and in the Selkie Kingdom. But during my re-read, I paid more attention to the heartbreaking, profound, and revealing things finally said and realized by these two. Kendra is finally completely honest with both herself and the guys, and I think this helps make her romantic choices that more meaningful.

FAVORITE SCENES AND QUOTES

Favorite scenes:

    • the scene where Renee goes back to the sea and loses who she was: I mentioned above how this scene has stayed with me long after my re-read, and for good reason. It’s just such a breathtakingly painful, yet powerful moment and choice.

 

    • THE CAVE SCENE!!: Yeah, did ya really think this wouldn’t be one of my faves??

 

  • the last scene between Kendra and Tristan in the Selkie Kingdom: While the cave scene is hella hot, this scene, when they are finally honest with each other, is just so beautiful and makes my heart burst!

Favorite quotes:

    • ”It’s not a love triangle.” Helene hopped off the swing, camera once again focused on me. “A love triangle means someone’s caught between two choices. Seems like she already made her choice.” -Helene

 

    • After Eric, I thought this was all there was. A future of war and death. A life defined by duty and obligation. And then I met you.” He paused. “ You were a revelation.” -Tristan

 

  • I would’ve ravaged cities, cut through mountains, and torched the heavens to save him. He would’ve scoured the oceans, slashed through ten thousand Aquidae, and gone to the ends of the earth to find me. Always. -Kendra

LET’S DISCUSS

    • What were your first thoughts the first time you read Crest? How have those thoughts changed?

 

    • What’s your fave scene and quote in Crest?

 

    • Which do you prefer: the Selkie Kingdom or Haverleau?

 

  • Whose death or loss hit you the hardest in Crest?

 

For further discussion, download a detailed list of discussion questions for Crest>>

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Ondine Quartet Read-A-Long: Companion Works

OQReadALong Welcome to the Ondine Quartet Read-A-Long! Aeicha (assistant extraordinaire to those who haven’t met me yet!) here to guide you along during the event.

This is the perfect chance for you to re-discover the Ondine Quartet, read tidbits about each book from Emma Raveling, and engage and discuss with other readers.

Plus, you have the chance to win a really cool prize just for participating (see below for giveaway info)!

Today, we are exploring the OQ Companion Works: Ondine, Chevalier, and Warrior Prince.

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**This collection is meant to be read after Billow (book 2)**

Emma Raveling’s short stories – Ondine, Chevalier, and Warrior Prince – featuring characters from the Ondine Quartet series are collected in print for the first time.

ONDINE, the series prequel, sheds light on Kendra Irisavie’s Rogue life in Los Angeles a month before the start of Whirl.

CHEVALIER, told from Julian LeVeq’s point of view, follows his complicated partnership with Kendra in New York City.

WARRIOR PRINCE delves into the mind of the mysterious Tristan Belicoux and features a collection of scenes from Whirl (Book 1) and Billow (Book 2) in his point of view.

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EMMA’S NOTE

I had so much fun writing these shorts! Ondine, Chevalier, and Warrior Prince were each intended to be character portraits, vignettes providing a different glimpse of key figures in the series.

Ondine explores something we never really get a chance to see in any of the main books – Kendra’s life with her mother while Rogue. So much of Kendra’s internal journey throughout the series is connected to the difficult, tumultuous relationship she had with Naida and her struggle to come to terms with what she’s been taught and who she’d like to be. This prequel gave me the opportunity to delve a bit deeper into our heroine’s past and the kind of trouble she often found herself in within the human world.

In Chevalier, New York City provides the perfect setting for Julian and Kendra’s adventures. The fast-paced, urban landscape suits Julian’s complex and very often contradictory personality (he describes himself in Chevalier as “a paradox”). He goes through women like glamour costumes, but his heart lies with one person. He’s intuitive and jumps headlong into risky situations, but has the patience and discipline to train Kendra. He’s a total smartass, but also surprisingly poignant…a poetry lover and bloody fighter all in one.

Julian hides behind a mask (both with his Projection magic and sardonic humor). But beneath his slick demeanor and fatalistic romanticism, lies a certain fragile vulnerability. Rejected by his family, an outsider within his own society, an anomaly because of his magic, he’s spent his life searching for a reason, a purpose, and hasn’t quite found his way yet.

Writing Warrior Prince was an interesting experience. Tristan is a person of few words. Over the years, he’s built a tremendous reserve of control. He prefers to observe, consider, and think before acting and his internal thoughts / monologues are so much stronger than what he says aloud.

Like other characters in this series, he is concealed behind his own self-constructed mask (in his case, one of duty), and his personal journey often mirrors that of our heroine’s. In many ways, he is just as constrained, as bound by his role/mission, his past, his inheritance, and parental and societal expectations as Kendra is. And within each other, they find something that they can hold on to. She is to Tristan what he is to her: beauty amidst horror, an unexpected hope found within the death and devastation of war.

 

FIRST THOUGHTS

Aeicha here again! As I’ve re-read these books, I’ve been comparing my initial thoughts, after my first read through, with my thoughts on each book now. The following first thoughts come directly from my reviews of the Companion Works after I read it for the very first time!

Ondine

I loved getting to meet a younger Kendra and seeing the life she and her mother lived while on the run from the elemental community.

The first time I read Ondine, I just loved getting such a thoughtful look at the life Kendra had with her mother and seeing why she is the way she is throughout the Ondine Quartet. During my first read through, Kendra’s adventures (and hottie hotness!) with Rui really stole my attention. But, during my re-read, I focused a great deal more on Kendra’s relationship with her mother, while trying to better understand Naida. Naida isn’t always an easy character to like, as she makes some very unlikable choices. Yet, this go round, I found myself sympathizing with her more and really understanding why she HAD to make the choices she did.

Chevalier

I love Julian’s POV in this novella and how we get to know him even better because of it. Julian has such a genuine and authentic charm, that I can’t help but love him.

Even when Julian is being a jerk-face, he is still such a fun character and my fondness for him hasn’t changed. I had so much fun reading this novella during my first read through. We get to see even more of Julian’s fun, savvy, yet thoughtful side. Yet, after re-reading Chevalier, I do see him a bit differently. During this read through, I paid a lot more attention to his inner dialogue and the way he sees and wants Kendra. His feelings for her are a lot more genuine and complex and, sadly, quite a bit selfish, than he lets on. And I think my re-read of Chevalier really confirmed my status as Team Kendra/Tristan…sorry Julian 🙁

Warrior Prince

Even though many of the scenes are ones I’ve read before from Kendra’s POV, they felt brand new in this novella, as they add so much complexity and so many layers to the story.

Warrior Prince was and still is my favorite OQ companion work! When I first read it, I just loved getting to see Kendra through Tristan’s eyes and exploring the depth and complexity of their relationship, from friends to something so much more. During my re-read, I tried to focus less on seeing Kendra through his eyes, and more on simply seeing Tristan. Like with Chevalier, Warrior Prince provides some wonderful inner dialogue and self-exploration. And knowing now what’s to come in Crest, particularly between Kendra and Tristan, makes the scenes in the selkie kingdom, where Tristan makes a difficult choice, that much more meaningful.

FAVORITE SCENES AND QUOTES

Favorite scenes:

Ondine

the scene where Kendra and Naida fight and Naida tells her that her father would be disappointed in Kendra: This is such a heartbreaking, yet powerful scene. And the power comes, not so much from what Kendra and Naida say, but from all the things they don’t say, but desperately want to.

Chevalier

the scene between Julian and Kendra in the subway station: I just love the fun easy banter between these two in this scene. Amongst all that war and heartache, it’s nice to see such a silly, warm moment in Kendra’s life.

Warrior Prince

the scene between Tristan and his little brother Dax: through his interactions with his little brother, we really get to see a glimpse into who Tristan used to be before Eric’s death.


Favorite quotes:

Ondine

”Sometimes what we need is good for us, Sometimes it’s not. But we all got something we’re addicted to, girl.” -Rui

Chevalier

Passing street lights rhythmically cast her face in light and shadow. Her clothes were ripped in several places and stained with sweat and blood. Unkempt hair flew around her face in a tangled mess and an ugly purple bruised marred her cheekbone. She was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen. -Julian

Warrior Prince

It was only the two of us. At the cove. At the club. Wherever we were together.Tristan

LET’S DISCUSS

-What were your initial thoughts when reading the OQ Companion Works for the first time? How have those thoughts changed?

-What are some of your fave scenes and quotes in the OQ Companion Works?

-Which OQ Companion book is your favorite and why?

-We meet several new characters throughout the OQ Companion Works, some we see again in Crest and some we do not…which new character would you love to learn more about?

 

For further discussion, download a detailed list of discussion questions for Whirl >>

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