It’s finally time for our The Bones of Ruin blog tour, and we’re so excited to be kicking it off! We have an exciting author interview with Sarah Raughley, and we also have a giveaway listed below our tour schedule.
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The Bones of Ruin
by Sarah Raughley
Published by Simon Pulse
Releasing on September 7th, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION—Historical, Fantasy
As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…
She cannot die.
Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she is. But that mission gets more complicated when she meets the dark and alluring Adam Temple, a member of a mysterious order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam seems to know much more about her than he lets on, and he shares with her a terrifying revelation: the world is ending, and the Committee will decide who lives…and who doesn’t.
To help them choose a leader for the upcoming apocalypse, the Committee is holding the Tournament of Freaks, a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. Adam wants Iris to be his champion, and in return he promises her the one thing she wants most: the truth about who she really is.
If Iris wants to learn about her shadowy past, she has no choice but to fight. But the further she gets in the grisly tournament, the more she begins to remember—and the more she wonders if the truth is something best left forgotten.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and The Bones of Ruin?
Hey, I’m Sarah Raughley, author of the Effigies Series and The Bones of Ruin, both YA fantasy trilogies. The Bones of Ruin is about an African tightrope dancer who gets embroiled in a fight-to-the-death in a supernatural Tournament of Freaks in Victorian London. Lots of action, romance and mystery!
If you were to have a famous TikTok account, which character would you choose to help you run it?
I think Max, the cheeky, cheerful street urchin turned underground street fighter. He’s a lot of fun and I think he’d know how to keep people entertained. It’s what he does.
Do you have a specific process for writing your books?
Lots of outlining, but still space for flexibility. I also try to leave myself lots of time for writing, but these days I think just finding any time is important. Being organized and having schedules are great. Still, as long as you get the words down that’s what matters.
Was there a specific part of the book you had an easier time writing than the others?
I always have an easy time writing action. It’s so visual and I’ve been really influenced by visual media so it comes naturally to me, especially when you already know the stakes and the players involved.
Was there a specific food or drink you had to have with you while you worked on The Bones of Ruin?
I barely eat when I write. I just write lol. It’s hard if I’m distracted, that’s why it’s hard for me to listen to music or have food around. I’d eat first, like breakfast, lunch, dinner that kind of thing and make sure I’m oiled up (kidding) and watered before plunking myself down in front of my laptop. But during writing, as long as I have my bottle of water and a box of tissues next to me in case my nose gets runny, I’m good to go!
Is there a reoccurring theme that can be found in The Bones of Ruin?
I think there are a few. And I really encourage readers to think about it and analyze on their own. But I did do a lot of thinking about colonialism and imperialism at the height of the Victorian era and how it affects racialized people. I would love to hear what others think about that after reading.
Is there anything you’re currently working on, and if so, can you give us any hints or details?
Right now I’m working on the rest of the Bones of Ruin trilogy! But eventually, I’d love to expand into other genres and markets. I have tons of ideas in my head just waiting to spring forth!
Lastly, what do you hope readers will learn/take away from The Bones of Ruin after reading?
The Bones of Ruin is a slow burn book that takes its time really setting the pieces in place. While there’s lots of action and adventure, there’s also time spent getting readers acquainted with the time, the period, and what life would have been like for someone like Iris at that time. I hope readers can immerse themselves in the world and come away thinking about that period from a slightly different angle. But most of all I hope people just have fun and are curious to see how Iris’s adventures continue!
Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to SF/F TV to Japanese Role Playing Games, but she will swear up and down that she was inspired by ~Jane Austin~ at book signings. On top of being a YA Writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because the sight of blood makes her queasy (which crossed Medical School off the list).
She is represented by The Bradford Literary Agency.
Up for grabs will be TWO (1) finished copies of The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley. This giveaway will be open to U.S. residents only and will run from August 29th to September 13th at 11:59 PM CST. Two winners will be chosen. To enter, click the link below!