Tuesday, November 14, 2023

VBT - The Order of the Banshee by Robyn Singer

It's a tour and there are prizes to be won. This week I'm featuring The Order of the Banshee by Robyn Singer. There's even an interview! Keep reading because I mentioned prizes. What's up for grabs? Robyn Singer will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. How cool is that? Want more chances to win? Then follow the tour. You can do that here: https://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2023/09/vbt-order-of-banshee-by-robyn-singer.html

The Order of the Banshee
by Robyn Singer

It’s been five years since Yael and Molina reunited. Yael is one of the richest and most infamous thieves in the universe and a member of the Order of the Banshee. She is rising through the ranks of the elite organization with her wife and her ride-or-die best friends, Aarif and P’Ken, at her side, and she’s even running her own school for thieves. Molina, former captain in the universe’s premiere peacekeeping organization, the Sunrisers, is happily married to Yael and tells herself that’s enough.

Their seemingly perfect lives are interrupted when they receive news of the death of Molina’s father. When Molina returns home for his funeral, she reunites with her former friend and now enemy: Kaybell, the emperor of the Cykebian Empire. Kaybell, eager to mend the relationship, informs Molina that her father was murdered and offers to help Molina find those responsible and bring them to justice.

While Molina and Kaybell hunt the people responsible for her father’s death, Yael is hunted by an invincible assassin – one with a terrible secret. These two seemingly unrelated events are more connected than Yael or Molina could possibly imagine.

Now for an Excerpt:

Yael was never peaceful in her sleep. Sometimes it was adorable, as she’d blurt out lines from her ridiculous dreams and punch and kick the air. Other times it was annoying as Hell, as she’d sleepwalk, go to the fridge, and stuff food in my mouth. And usually it was weird food she and Aarif liked that I wouldn’t normally touch. But sometimes, it wasn’t adorable or annoying. Sometimes it was scary.

“Ahh!” Yael shrieked, shaking her knees. “Ahhh!”

“Yael, baby, wake up,” I said, getting on top of her and resting my hands on her face. “Wake up!”

Yael’s eyes jolted open and she tried to throw me off her. That had happened a few times before, but I’d learned how to grab onto her so I stayed in place. As Yael panted, she wrapped her arms around my waist and squeezed me like one of the stuffed animals she’d had as a kid.

“It’s okay,” I whispered. “It’s okay. You’re home. You aren’t back there.”

Yael’s warm breath continued to blow against my ear. “It hurts. It shouldn’t, but it does. Every other week…I’m on the Noriker. And every time I close my eyes, I see that bitch.” Yael roared, slamming her fists down on the bed, shaking the entire room. “I could have killed her. Instead, she’s the fucking emperor.”

Now for An Interview: 

1. Describe yourself in three words. 
Ambitious. Creative. Compassionate. 

2. Cast your book. Tell us who would play the main characters in a movie and why. 
For the series’ main protagonist, master thief Yael Pavnick, I would cast Emmy Rossum. Like Yael, Rossum is Jewish, and she looks a great deal like how I imagine her, they’re both women in their 30s, and Rossum’s performance in Shameless is fantastic. Ideally, I would find a Jewish actress who shares Yael’s Autism and ADHD, but that’s easier said than done. For the secondary protagonist, former soldier, and Yael’s wife, Molina Langstone, I would cast Anya Taylor-Joy. She’d be playing a character notably older than her, but I believe she could pull it off, and perfectly capture the raw struggle Molina goes through in The Order of the Banshee. 

3. What’s your favorite love scene from a movie? 
My favorite love scene in a movie comes from But I’m a Cheerleader! I’m sapphic and proud, just like the leads of The Order of the Banshee, and But I’m a Cheerleader! is one of the ultimate lesbian classics. The final scene in which Megan and Graham kiss as they drive away from their old, restrictive lives forever is simply beautiful. 

4. What’s your wildest fantasy? 
I’d like to be a successful businesswoman one day. Realistically, I understand this probably tops out potential-wise at an annual six-figure salary. But in my wildest fantasies, I’m the richest and most powerful trans woman in the world, able to do so much good for my community. 

5. If you were to lose one of your senses, which would you rather lose and why? 
Scent. I can barely smell as is ha ha. 

6. What is the naughtiest thing you did as a kid? 
Leaving toys out for my brother to trip on. He never learned. 

Quickies: Boxers or Briefs? Panties 
Top or Bottom? Top 
Pajamas or nude? Pajamas 
Hairy chests or smooth? Smooth 
Alpha or Beta? Alpha

About the Author: 
Robyn Singer is a lifelong New Yorker, and since she was a kid playing with her action figures, all she’s wanted to do is tell stories. She went to SUNY Purchase to get a degree in Playwriting & Screenwriting with a minor in Film and has produced several comic books, but she’s always had her eye on becoming a published novelist.

As an Autistic, bisexual trans woman, diversity and inclusion in stories are vitally important to her, and she seeks to represent as many groups as possible in her work. While she wants to show characters of marginalized groups experiencing joy, she also draws inspiration from real-world problems which bother her.

The Sunrisers (Cinnabar Moth Publishing, November 2022) is her debut novel. Order of the Banshee is book in the The Ricochet Trilogy. Robyn was the author in residence for quester 1 of 20222 for Cinnabar Moth Literary Collections. She writes novels and short stories of all genres and for all ages, and she continues to produce comic books. Her ongoing series, Final Gamble, began publication by Band of Bards in 2022.

See her ramble about her passions on Twitter https://twitter.com/emmalsinger

Follow her Instagram https://www.instagram.com/emmalsinger/

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today - it's appreciated.

Marcy Meyer said...

The excerpt sounds great.

Sherry said...

The book details sound really interesting.

marisela zuniga said...

what inspired this book