I’ve been a huge fan of C.J. Redwine since her amazing debut, Defiance. I’m so excited to have her on the blog to share her Bookish Firsts in celebration of her new series, The Shadow Queen!
With author C.J. Redwine
What is the first book you ever read/remember reading?
The Pickle Street series, which is a series of children’s books with a different animal protagonist for each letter of the alphabet. Though maybe my mom read that to me? The first series I remember reading independently was the Nancy Drew series.
What is the first book you wrote (can be published or unpublished)?
A monstrously long romantic suspense called Dying To Remember. It was 140k words. About 10k of those were good.
What is the first book character you loved? Anne of Green Gables!
What is the first book you recommend to anyone you meet? The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen
What is the first book you will pack on your upcoming holiday? The new Katie McGarry book!
What is the first book you would save if your house was burning? My Bible
What was your first signed book? Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Who is the first author you ever met? Rachel Hawkins
About The Shadow Queen
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.
In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic of his own—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman—and bring her Lorelai’s heart.
But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.
About C.J. Redwine
CJ Redwine is an author of speculative fiction and a creative writing teacher. She lives in Nashville with her family. Follow her on Twitter @cjredwine or check out her website at cjredwine.com