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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Blog Tour & Guest Post : Lucan by Susan Kearney

Lucan by Susan Kearney

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Description from Hatchette :

Healer and high priestess of her people, Lady Cael is fated to life without a mate. But a mysterious explorer named Lucan Rourke doesn't know her secrets, and his touch makes her crave a future that her extraordinary birthright has forbidden her. . .

Lucan has just one mission on Pendragon: to find the mythical Holy Grail, Earth's only hope for survival. His powerful attraction to Cael is a distraction he can't afford, unless he convinces her to join forces with him. Yet working so closely together only heightens their passion . . . even when the terrifying truth of Cael's heritage threatens to shatter Lucan's every belief-and the galaxy itself.

About the Author & Guest Post

Kearney is known for her sexy Rystani warrior books, The Challenge, The Dare, The Ultimatum and The Quest, a series of paranormal romances set in the future. In September 2009 Kearney begins the Pendragon Legacy series with LUCAN, a futuristic romance. She follows up with RION in December and JORDAN in March 2010.

Kearney, a native of New Jersey, writes full time and has sold books to the industries' top publishing houses — Grand Central, Tor, Simon & Schuster, Harlequin, Berkley, Leisure, Red Sage and Kensington. As an award winning author, Kearney earned a Business Degree from the University of Michigan. Kearney's knowledge and experience spans throughout the romance genre, and her fifty plus books include contemporary, romantic suspense, historical, futuristic, science fiction and paranormal novels. She resides in a suburb of Tampa—with her husband, kids and Boston terrier. Currently she's plotting her way through her 54th work of fiction. You can reach her through her web site at E-mail Susan.

Process of Writing a Fantasy Novel by Susan Kearney

Please bear in mind that I don’t think of myself as a writer but a story teller. And my process for creating a story always seems to start with a “What if.” For example, when I read the headline in my newspaper, Male Fertility Down 30% Worldwide, I started playing What if? What if the sterility rate went to hundred percent?

What if humanity was about to die?

But what could save us? Now I’ve always had a thing for legends. So I thought what if we could find the Holy Grail? According to legend, King Arthur left the Holy Grail in Avalon before he died. But legends tell us that Avalon receded into the mists and no archeologist has ever found Avalon or the Grail.

What if we couldn’t find Avalon because it wasn’t on Earth? That would mean my archeologist Lucan would have to find a star map in Arthur’s ancient castle in Cadbury, then take a spaceship to the Planet Pendragon to search for the Holy Grail.

Now since Pendragon means Master of Dragons, I figured we needed a dragon on Pendragon.

That’s kind of how my mind works; one clue leads to another. However, common things in my daily life also stimulate the fantasy in my books.

I’ll give you another example. While on vacation in the Far East, I took lots of pictures of dragons. I’ve included a few that I hope will make it into this blog. Because Dragons are found in many cultures across our world, it shouldn’t seem that far-fetched to find them on another planet. Right?

Okay, so now I have built a world from playing What If. But now I need my love story. Conflict is good. Without it life is boring. So why not have my hero and heroine both going after the Grail. But while they’re competitors, they have a common enemy—just to complicate their lives. And what if they fall in love? Only one of them can have the Grail. And then what if my hero can either save Earth or the woman he loves?

So my process to write a story is to play What if? I don’t censor my thoughts. I don’t say -–oh that’s too strange—I leave that to reviewers. :)

In the end, The Pendragon Legacy trilogy, LUCAN, RION, and JORDAN are unique and so are my characters. But the stories are about how my characters react to all the problems I throw at them. What if she saves his life? What if he finds the Grail, but must trade it to save her?
All right. You get the idea. It would be even better if you get the book.

You can see a cool video and read an
excerpt at

Make sure to visit all the other stops on this tour!

Just Another New Blog - September 9th, Giveaway
Book Soulmates - September 9th, Review/Giveaway/Q&A
Starting Fresh - September 9th, Review/Guest Post
Falling Off The Shelf - September 10th, Review/Giveaway/Guest Post
Maria's Space - September 10th, Review/Giveaway
Seductive Musings - Q&A
A Journey of Books - September 11th, Review/Giveaway/Q&A
My Guilty Pleasures - September 12th, Review
Yankee Romance Reviewers - September 14th, Review/Giveaway/Q&A
Found Not Lost - September 14th, Review/Giveaway
Book Wormy Girl - September 15th, Giveaway
Libby's Library News - September 16th, Guest Post/Giveaway
Bookin' With Bingo - September 17th, Review/Giveaway/Q&A
My Book Addiction and More - September 17th, Review/Giveaway/Q&A
Cheryl's Book Nook - September 17th, Review/Giveaway
Carol's Notebook - September 18th, Review/Giveaway/Guest Post
Books and Needlepoint - September 18th, Review/Giveaway
Drey's Library - September 19th, Review/Guest Post
Anna's Book Blog - September 20th, Review/Giveaway
Bibliophiles R' Us - September 2oth, Review/Givaway
Patricia's Vampire Notes - September 21st, Giveaway
A Park Avenue Princess - September 21st, Giveaway
Book Nerd Extraordinaire - September 22st, Giveaway/Guest Post
Readaholic - Review/Giveway/Q&A