Lesson #1 from this book: never underestimate a florist.
The book is Rune’s Folly (Tower of Shells Book 1)by Garen Glazier, an Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult.
By day, Tansy McCoy is a florist making charmed bouquets for the citizens of Junonia, capital of the Kingdom of Terranmar. By night, she’s an assassin and the keeper of the Dangerous Garden where deadly blooms grow. Together with the town tailor, butcher, baker, and metalsmith (just don’t call her a candlestick maker), she is part of the Guild, a secret group of spell-wielding thieves and mercenaries. Their task: consolidate all that remains of the realm’s fading magic under the ruthless King Zeno’s control.
Impetuous loner Tansy chafes under her Guild demands. She longs to quit her town and trade and head for the hills. Unfortunately, King Zeno has other plans. He wants to marry off his daughter to Terranmar’s famously reclusive wizard, Rune Hallows, and he’s willing to have the Guild kidnap him to make it happen. Fail to deliver the wizard and the consequences will be swift and deadly.
Reluctant but determined, Tansy sets out on the long journey to faraway Wentletrap and Rune’s desolate tower by the sea. To get there she must cross a swamp full of sinister surprises, battle a werewolf, and outrace a bloodthirsty band of revenants, while she wrestles with her own magical powers that seem to be expanding in unpredictable ways.
But reaching Rune’s tower is only the beginning. When Tansy learns the real reason behind the king’s contest, she’ll need to decide whether to give in to the growing forces of magic ready to reclaim Terranmar or embrace her newfound powers to save the kingdom.
Chatting with the Author
I have always called Seattle home and find the perpetual gloom to be a wonderful writing ally. I like coffee shops, bookstores, dancing in my living room and singing in my car. The opening scene of Up makes me cry. Three Amigos makes me laugh. Fashion magazines, croissants, and long, long baths are my guilty pleasures. They might occur separately or together. I prefer boxing classes to yoga, and I get some of my best ideas when I’m running. I loved school and spent more time than one really should getting a business degree in marketing and a master’s in art history. In an ideal world I’d go to bed at 2am and wake up at 10am. I’ve never been an early bird, and I feel strongly that alarm clocks kill dreams.
As she likes singing in her car, I asked Garen to tell us something about her relationship with music. Here’s what she told me.
Music plays a big role in my writing life. No matter where I sit down to write, my desk, the couch, the café down the street, I have my headphones on. It helps me focus and gets me in the right headspace for whatever project I’m currently working on. I typically choose something I’m very familiar with so I don’t get distracted by the lyrics or the beat. For RUNE’S FOLLY I listened to a lot of dreamy and dramatic piano music which suited the vibe of the story well.
RUNE’S FOLLY Writing Soundtrack:
Out of the Darkness, Michele McLaughlin. Solo piano. Light and airy at times, dark and rich at others. Perfection always.
A Celtic Dream, Michele McLaughlin. More solo piano that hits all the right notes.
Zaba, Glass Animals. Sexy beats. A little like chocolate syrup for your ears.
Shatter Me, Lindsey Stirling. Rocking violin with pop elements that just soars.
Hozier, by Hozier (obvs). Growly vocals and gritty sound underscored by all the feels.
But music’s not limited to my writing time. I also love to blast the tunes when I’m in the car. I’m sure I look ridiculous to the other drivers on the road, and if I’m not driving alone my fellow passengers are obligated to put up with my less than stellar vocals. But I always encourage them to join in. Duets (or if the whole family’s on the road, quartets) are always more fun.
Here are my top ten driving songs in no particular order:
HandClap, Fitz and The Tantrums
Sunflower, Post Malone & Swae Lee
Beautiful (feat. Camila Cabello), Bazzi
Natural, Imagine Dragons
Youngblood, 5 Seconds of Summer
High Hopes, Panic at the Disco
I Like It, Cardi B
Done for Me (feat. Kehlani), Charlie Puth
This is Me, Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble
Zombie, Bad Wolves
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Giveaway:Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
- 2x signed copies of Rune’s Folly