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May 25, 2020

Blog Tour: Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney – Interview and Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Heir of Lies (Black Dawn #1) by Mallory McCartney!

We have Mallory on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world.”


Emory Fae has only known one thing—life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents’ footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends—Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.


An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the one thing that matters the most—the truth.


Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?


But, Adair’s decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.


Heir of Lies is the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series.

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thanks so much for having me!  My name is Mallory McCartney and I am the author of the epic fantasy Black Dawn Series. I’m here today to talk about the first book in the series Heir of Lies.

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

 “An empire unmade. The rise of a queen.”

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

The Black Dawn Series has been my labor of love (lol). The first draft of this book I rewrote in 2012 when my husband and I were talking about books and different authors we love. The characters wouldn’t leave me alone and writing is my passion. Matt pushed me to rework the story and for my readers who have been with my for the whole journey the edition called “Black Dawn” was born. Heir of Lies is my reworking the entire story once more in 2019, blending the prequel with the first book. I wanted the reader to have the backstory of Adair Stratton specifically of how he became the villain, and his fall into the role of the Mad King.

Tell us about the main character(s).

In Heir of Lies, the story is told from multiple POV’s. Emory Fae is the main female lead, daughter to Nei and Roque who started the Academy, a school for those who are gifted with abilities. Emory has the ability upon skin to skin contact to steal or absorb other people’s abilities, which is called being a leech. Her best friends are Adair Stratton, his father Cesan Stratton also help build the Academy. Adair has the ability to possess others. Brokk Foster who is shapeshifter and Memphis Carter who is a telekinetic.

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

I love morally grey villians- and I love writing them even more. Writing Adair as a young teen and how he developed into the Mad King broke my heart but writing it I loved it! Here is a taste of one of my favourite scenes.

“Vicious claws grabbed at him. Within the forest, luminous eyes blinked from behind the tree trunks and brambles, Adair caught glimpses of huge serpentine bodies and hairless skin.  The monsters snapped their teeth, jumping from their hiding spots, wanting to capture him. To tear, to rip, to consume him.  Running harder, his chest burning, his breath coming out in wheezes. He was running blindly into the night, his arms hitting the trees, fresh blood running down them. There was only him, Marquis disappearing on a distant memory. He was alone. “Adair.” Shuddering to a stop, he grabbed his temples, shutting his eyes quickly, not wanting to see them. Willing them away. “Adair, you are almost home.” Tears streamed down his face at the cool touch, and he was frozen. Cool fingers tipped his chin, and his eyes opened. Their pale arms, their elongated limbs. Their empty sockets, their pinned back smiles. Their long black hair blended into the night as they circled around him, murmuring in hushed tones.  “Who are you?” Adair asked. The one closest to him tilted its head, weighing the question. “We are like you. Trapped in a world, in a place you don’t belong. A place that is dying. I have seen your heart, Adair. I have seen your dreams and your fears.” Again, she placed a hand over his heart, his wild beat thrumming as she breathed down his neck.  Too close, too close, Adair thought wildly.  “And they are mine.” The surroundings around them melted away, the screams fading to a pulse in the back of his mind. All he could take in, all he could make out, was her. There was the cackle of flames, and Adair blinked.  Flames roared all around them, uncontrolled and devouring everything they touched. He couldn’t feel the heat or their burn as they licked his skin. The creature giggled before him whispering, “See? They won’t hurt you, can’t hurt you. This darkness, this endless destruction, is what you crave. In all its beauty, and in all its might.” “No.” She curled her thin fingers into his collar bone, her voice echoing in his consciousness. “It’s time you accept the darkness in you. Stop. Fighting. Us.” And with that, she pushed him back, surprisingly strong. Stumbling, he fell into the roaring endless fire, the flames crackling hungrily. He couldn’t tell where the fire began and ended within him; the bronze hues turned inky black.  “ADAIR!” The black flames, turning his heart to ash.  “Mate, come on!” The flashes of a world remade. The fear. But also, the greatness. It was all him.  “Do not die on me!! STRATTON!” And him, sitting on a throne of bones.”

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

I love this question- I have noticed that this has changed for me a lot as I grow in my writing career and work on the Black Dawn Series. Heir of Lies touches on a lot of different POVS, which is my preferred writing style. In this first half of the book I had a really hard time writing Emory’s POV, but in the second half of the book that wasn’t the case. I think I had a hard time finding her voice in the first half, she is younger, and a lot of what happens focuses on Adair and his story.

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

I’m really excited to say I have a lot on the go at the moment! Right now, my first editor is working on Kingdom of Broken Iron, which is the third book in the Black Dawn Series. It is expected to release winter of 2020. I’m also working on The Cursed Throne, which is the fourth book in the Black Dawn Series as well as the first book in my adult fantasy series which is called Carved from Shadows. If you have questions about my upcoming projects you can always follow and reach me through my website www.authormallorymccartney.com

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thanks for having me!! 😊Until next time!!

Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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1 Comment

  1. Mary Preston
    5/25/2020

    A great interview and I love maps.

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