I am so excited to be part of The Winner’s Crime blog tour today! If you want to visit every stop, check out the tour schedule here. I absolutely adore this series so far and I hope those of you who are reading it are as well. Today, Marie was gracious enough to stop by and answer a few questions I had for her. But first, a little bit about the book.
Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.(Summary from GoodReads)
The setting in The Winner’s Curse reminded me a little bit of Ancient Rome. If you could pick an ancient empire or society to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I am trying really hard to think of an ancient society where life wasn’t subpar for women. I fail. And I don’t want to be a man in any of these ancient worlds either. Although not ancient, and not exactly a nurturing environment for women either, I wouldn’t mind living a life of leisure in Jane Austen’s England, at least how it’s depicted in her books.
Maybe I just want to live in Jane Austen’s books.
Your characters play a game called Bite & Sting. What game inspired it? Do you have a favorite board game?
The game is a hybrid of poker and mahjong, I suppose. As for a favorite board game, I loved The Settlers of Catan. I also like playing dominos and poker, because that’s what my family plays. I love chess but don’t get much of a chance to play it. I’m also not very good at it. Good enough to beat my husband, though.
In The Winner’s Crime, Kestrel is engaged. What is your favorite fictional wedding from film or television?
I will chose two: Clair and Jamie’s wedding from Outlander, and Marie and Jess’s from When Harry Met Sally.
For the first, yes, of course, the whole episode is sexy and romantic and tender, and I love all of that, but I also admire the structure of the episode, and the way what we see of the wedding is broken into parts and revealed to us after the fact of it. I’m reminded of Battlestar Galactica’s episode “Unfinished Business” (my favorite, maybe, of the series, though not at all about a wedding! It features boxing)—and that’s no coincidence, since BSG and Outlander both belong to Ron Moore.
I love Marie and Jess’s wedding because of what happens between Harry and Sally at it. I love their fight. It’s funny (to us) and vulnerable (to them). I’ve seen the movie a million times, but recently read the script for the first time, and it’s just so good.
You have a magical pot that will make you endless quantities of whatever food you desire (I’m thinking of Strega Nona here). What food does your pot make?
A hearty bread called “pain des amis” from a Parisian bakery called Du Pain et des Idées. I die just thinking about it.
Thanks for having me!
Thank you Marie for stopping by!
My review of this book will be up in just a few days. Until then, I’m giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Check out the rules and fill out the Rafflecopter if you’re interested.
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*Giveaway will close on March 16th at 11:59 p.m.