Apocalypse Imminent: Veronica Rossi

According to the Mayan calendar one of two things are going to happen this year. Either the world will end fiery, or a new brave age will begin. As I have always been one that leans towards the dramatics, I am putting my money on a fiery death. I think we should have fun until we all burn like the fires of Pompeii. Intro Apocalypse Imminent: A 12 month celebration with today’s hottest dystopia/post apocalyptic authors. These transmedia interviews/stories will appear here on the website the first day of every month. I hope you enjoy them.

March- Veronica Rossi

VERONICA ROSSI was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up, she lived in several countries and cities around the world, finally settling in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. When not writing or painting, she chases after her boys, who make her laugh every day, and who teach her about love that’s a million gazillion times bigger than the ocean. UNDER THE NEVER SKY is her first novel.

Foreign rights have sold in over twenty-five territories to date and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.

Visit Veronica on her Website, or Twitter, or buy her book now from Hicklebee’s

Apocalyptic Fun – Veronica answers as Perry from Under the Never Sky:

Pam: What was your apocalypse, and how did those who survived rebuild?

Veronica: It’s called the Unity, and it happened about three hundred years ago, when Aether corroded the atmosphere and everything changed. We’re not like Dwellers. On the outside, where I live, you survive by make good decisions and by luck.

Pam: Now that you are on the mend, what is responsible for taking the most lives? What is the biggest hardship?

Veronica: It’s always Aether. Our biggest problem is growing food, because we never know when our farmland will go up during an Aether storm.

Pam: What do people do for fun?

Veronica: Same thing you do, I think. We have parties. Music. Friends. I like to hunt. If I’m with Roar—he’s my best friend–it doesn’t matter what we do. (shrugs) It’s always fun.

Pam: Who is in power?

Veronica: (smiles) Depends who you ask. Out here, we live in tribes. Each has it’s own leader, called a Blood Lord. Inside the Pods, the Dwellers have their own leaders.

Pam: Are there oppositions to the new system.

Veronica: It’s all opposition. Every tribe—every person—is just trying to stay safe and fed. It’s…. it’s survival.

Pam: Do you have a plan to further your cause?

Veronica: Definitely. I’m going to get my tribe to safety. To a place where there’s no Aether.

Pam: Do you remember the world before the apocalypse?

Veronica: It was a long time before I was around, but I’ve seen pictures in books and heard stories. And we have things that were made then. Like this. (pats knee) This came from a car, I think. Maybe from a seat. It’s tough and flexible and keeps your knees from wearing thin. We find stuff like this or buy it from traders.

Pam: What is the most coveted resource, why is it rare?

Veronica: Tough one. I was going to say food, but I’ll say people instead. Both are rare.

Pam: How do you want your society to end up?

Veronica: Safe. Fed. Under clear blue skies.

Author’s Note: Hi, Pam! Thanks for hosting Perry on your blog! I wanted to give fans a little heads-up. I have a surprise coming in a couple of weeks for anyone who wants to see Perry and Aria. That’s all I can say for now, but stay tuned!

So Veronica has a surprise (I’m dying to know!) and I have a giveaway. Read the article and leave a comment and you are automagically entered to win.

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Review: Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn

From Goodreads: With an exotic setting in the foothills of the Himalayas and the introduction of an arch-villain, Dark Road to Darjeeling promises to be the most exciting Lady Julia novel yet.

For Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane, the honeymoon has ended…but the adventure is just beginning.

After eight idyllic months in the Mediterranean, Lady Julia Grey and her detective husband are ready to put their investigative talents to work once more. At the urging of Julia’s eccentric family, they hurry to India to aid an old friend, the newly-widowed Jane Cavendish. Living on the Cavendish tea plantation with the remnants of her husband’s family, Jane is consumed with the impending birth of her child—and with discovering the truth about her husband’s death. Was he murdered for his estate? And if he was, could Jane and her unborn child be next?

Amid the lush foothills of the Himalayas, dark deeds are buried and malicious thoughts flourish. The Brisbanes uncover secrets and scandal, illicit affairs and twisted legacies. In this remote and exotic place, exploration is perilous and discovery, deadly. The danger is palpable and, if they are not careful, Julia and Nicholas will not live to celebrate their first anniversary.

Oh how I love this series. Dark Road to Darjeeling is number four and I am hoping this series continues on for many more. Deanna Raybourn is a master of her genre and time period. As mysteries are a genre I tend to avoid, Lady Julia Grey and her acquaintances keep me entertained through-out the course of the novel.

While I recommend beginning at the first of this series, Raybourn’s thoughtful recaps can catch the reader up to this point in the series. However you will miss many small nuances of the March family if you choose to skip ahead.

I am forever spending the novel trying to figure out the culprit and rarely am I ever one-hundred percent correct in my private guessing game I play with myself while reading from a Lady Julia Grey Mystery. Raybourn has a great sense of action and Julia is such a strong persona that she exudes her empowerment from the pages.

Taking Julia and Brisbane out of England and into new and exciting territories was absolutely the best part of this novel. Raybourn was able to keep true to the characters and the general story lines while providing the reader with a glimpse into far and away places that weren’t available in the previous novels.

I will never be able to thank the employees at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond Virgina for turning me onto this series.

If you have read the previous works in the series then you will not be disappointed in Dark Road to Darjeeling. If you like romance, mystery, and Victorian Era fiction you should pick up Deanna Raybourn’s titles immediately.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book from a publicist for review.

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