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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway #11 - Within Ash and Stardust by Chani Lynn Feener




Within Ash and Stardust
Chani Lynn Feener
(The Xenith Trilogy #3)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 16th, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Having gone from kidnapped faux princess to the legitimate heir to an intergalactic throne, an impulsive, sarcastic teen must take charge of her own destiny in this epic YA novel.
On Earth, Delaney is a normal teenager who recently graduated high school with a fantastic best friend and a loving boyfriend.
But Delaney isn’t on Earth. She’s on Xenith, a war-torn planet half a galaxy away. Originally mistaken for an alien princess, Delaney has gone from kidnapped imposter to the recognized heir to an alien throne. Oh, and she’s engaged to the prince of an enemy nation whose ruthless father is on the warpath.
Torn between two planets, two fates, and two loves, Delaney is finally ready to choose her own destiny in Within Ash and Stardust, the stunning conclusion to Chani Lynn Feener’s Xenith Trilogy.


Author Bio:
Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade story time. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont, and graduated in 2012. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is also the author of teen paranormal series, the Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.

-What inspired you to write this book?
Writing this book was sort of an accident. I love watching Sci-Fi TV shows and movies, but I don’t read many Sci-Fi books myself. I’ve read a few, of course, but it’s not my main go-to genre, so I never thought I’d end up writing a Sci-Fi book, or that it’d be my first traditionally published work. My parents are both big fans of the TV show, Ancient Aliens, and I happened to walk in on my mom watching an episode one night. I’d seen it before, but for some reason, I started wondering what would happen if the people who run the show actually encountered an alien face to face. Originally, the idea was simply a book about a girl who lives in a world where everyone already knows aliens exist, but she has no personal interest in them. Then she gets caught up in their world somehow and is forced to acknowledge them, and speed learns everything she could have already known if she’d only paid attention. That’s where Mariana, Delaney’s best friend and roommate came in. At first, Mariana, Delaney, and Ruckus were the only three characters I knew about. When I start a book I like to just sit down and write whatever comes to mind; I’m not big on overly planning ahead of time. It wasn’t until they were on the ship heading to Xenith that Trystan’s existence was even mentioned, and from there the whole concept of the story snowballed. I try to read books written about the topic I’m writing about at the time, so I ended up reading more Sci-Fi novels while I wrote this, which was fun. Doing that helped keep me in the right mindset and kept me inspired as I wrote. I couldn’t even tell you what episode of Ancient Aliens I was watching in the beginning, but it’s funny how random things can suddenly spark inspiration that turns into three full-length novels! 

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