August 17, 2021

Blog Tour: Roots of Ruin by Amber Mitchell – Interview and Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to our stop during the blog tour for

Roots of Ruin (Garden of Thorns #3)
by Amber Mitchell

presented by Entangled Teen!

We have Amber 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.

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

I’m excited to be here and to talk about the final book in the Garden of Thorns trilogy. I can’t believe the story is finally ending it. It’s very bittersweet.

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

With the love her emperor and his army backing her, Rose sets out to liberate her kingdom and finally get revenge for a lifetime of betrayal.

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

Normally, I’ll get ideas from all sorts of places. For this one though, it started with a voice of a girl begging to be freed. I wrote the first few pages before I even knew what was going on about a lonely girl inside a cage who was called a “flower” and knew I had to keep writing her story. It just got bigger from there.

Tell us about the main character(s).

The thing I love about Rose is that while she is driven and determined, she has gone through so much pain and betrayal that she is incredibly flawed. In this book, I liked that she got to make mistakes and continue to try to push through them. Though she’s a rather serious character, she’s an incredibly loyal friend.

The hero, Rayce, is a genuinely sweet and responsible guy. He’s got a streak of roguish humor to him but he is ultimately trying to do what is right for Rose and his people. I love a good bad boy, but I really wanted to portray a kind and thoughtful guy in this series and show they can be just as fun!

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

There is a part in this book that I’ve been waiting to write forever, but I can’t share it because it’s a huge spoiler. So instead, I’ll share a less spoiler-y line that comes from a sweet moment between my two main characters. Things have transpired in the last book that had terrible consequences for Rose and Rayce and now they are unable to touch. Considering how head over heels they are for each other, that is causing a lot of issues. I really love this line where Rose is internalizing that struggle.

“Living beside him and not being able to touch him is a curse. Better than not being around him at all, but it still feels hollow. Like loving a ghost.”

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

There were quite a few. Every scene felt like a tiny goodbye to these characters that have been with me for ten years. A lot of them are very spoilerish. I guess, I’ll say the ending because as I typed out dialogue for the characters, I knew it was going to be the last thing they would ever say on the page and that felt so strange. With the last two books, I knew I was coming back to those characters and their world and with this one, I was profoundly aware that I wouldn’t be.

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

Currently, I am working on two project simultaneously. I can’t say too much about them but one is a YA historical horror retelling of Peter Pan that re-imagines Wendy as a young nurse and Hook as a notorious serial killer. The other is an adult romance with a plus size heroine who just wants to make the world sparkle.

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!!

Thank you so much for having me. It’s been a pleasure!

They did the impossible, but their problems are far from over…

After freeing the Delmarion empire, Rose and Rayce must go to Varsha, the desert home Rose fled when she was a child—the country she’s meant to rule.

Rayce is the new emperor of Delmar, Varsha’s longtime enemy, but that won’t stop him from assisting the girl he loves. Armed with the brute force of Rayce’s military, Rose sets out to free her people from the oppressive rule of the usurper king who killed her father.

But even if they win, how can she be queen to her homeland and in love with the man ruling its bitter enemy? With her loyalties split between heart and crown, Rose must find a way to do the impossible again…unite two kingdoms at war, or sacrifice half of herself to save the other.

Roots of Ruin (Garden of Thorns #3)
by Amber Mitchell
Publication Date: August 16, 2021
Publisher: Entangled Teen | | | | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

Amber Mitchell was born and raised in a small town in Florida. After briefly escaping small town life by attending the University of South Florida where she earned her degree in Creative Writing, she decided to ditch traffic jams and move back to her hometown. There she writes Young Adult novels, usually with a bit of magic in them, rolls D20s with her friends on Thursday nights and enjoys hanging out with her husband and four cats. Her other job involves crafting cardstock in to 3D art and has allowed her to travel all over the US vending at comic conventions which has only increased her love for fantasy and fandoms. She is represented by Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literature

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  1. Elena

    Sounds like a good read.

  2. GabyN

    I’m new to this author but it’s cool to know more about her and her books, which sound really good.

  3. Sherry

    Sounds like a very good book.

  4. Jeanna Massman

    I like the covers. The colors really caught my eye!

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