April 29, 2016

Blog Tour: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane – Interview and Giveaway



Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

presented by Month9Books!

We are so, so excited to have Melanie on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

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Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?

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There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books




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

I am very excited to be here. Thank you for having me! Go #Dome1618!


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

A girl begins to question everything after seeing a boy outside of her home, a dome covered city protected from radiation on the outside.


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

When I got the idea for There Once Were Stars, I had just finished an episode of The Walking Dead. The season had ended and I was thinking about how much I loved that the series was character based, rather than fully focused on the zombies or virus. I started thinking of the last series I read, Divergent (I didn’t start reading until after Allegiant released), and how much I enjoyed its unique take on dystopian. My two favorite things … zombies and dystopian … and then my mind exploded with this image of Nat—a girl in a dystopian world—who watches the stars glitter along the glass of her dome covered city … and the rest is history.


Tell us about the main character(s).

Nat (Natalia) Greyes is the orphaned child of the Greyes scientists, who died while trying to find an area to colonize on the outside of Dome 1618. Since their death, nine years ago, the Expedition program was shut down. Nat still remembers the day the Order members came to their apartment building to tell her grandparents about her parents’ death. That day she ran away, and hid in the Outer Forest, where she found a clearing she returned to often to seek solace from her domineering Grandmother and the ever-increasing rules of Dome 1618. Now, nine years later on her eighteenth birthday, while sitting in the clearing she sees a boy on the outside of the dome just before he’s captured and brought inside. Now Nat wants answers…is it safe outside, and if so, what has the Order been hiding?


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

Yes I do – but it’s a romantic quote! I can’t help it, I’m a sucker. “In that moment everything dissipates—the fear, the pressures; it’s just us, like it was always meant to be.”


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

Action scenes – I had to actually teach myself how to make these more interesting. When I wrote my first draft it felt like I was constantly repeating myself. Thankfully there are tons of action books out there to help you think of ways to describe “my heartbeat thunders in my ears” in more ways than one.


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

I am getting ready to edit Summoner Rising, a YA urban fantasy novel I have coming out with Month9Books in early 2017. You can check it out on Goodreads, here:


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 for having me! It was wonderful to participate. Please reach out to me with any questions through my social media links in my bio.


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