Monday, January 13, 2014

Magic Academy by Jillian Keep with Interview


1)      First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

Despite the penname, we’re actually a writing duo. Long time partners and co-authors, we live on a cold, icy rock in the North Atlantic. It’s there we shelter from the wind and snow by writing about fantastical tales of heart warming and tumultuous romance. It’s just the family of two authors, loving each other and our craft for well over a decade.

2)      How long have you been writing?

We’ve both been writing since we were little kids! Though we began writing together shortly after we first met online, long aeons ago. We did some fanfiction work in our early days together, but our true love has always been creating our own fantasy or scifi worlds together.

3)      Do you have a favorite place to write?

We have a lovely dual-desk setup where we do the bulk of our writing. Though for those times when we’re away, or the icy wrath of the heavens knocks out our power, we have a laptop and tablet-with-keyboard.

4)      Why did you decide to write Magic Academy?

We wanted to get back to our roots of writing long, involved romance, between very complicated characters in turmoil. All the ideas for how to do that just sort of came together. The corrupting demon, the ambitious young woman from humble origins, the characters were there and as we talked about it the plot just continued to grow and entangle until we knew we had to write it all down!

5)      Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

Varuj. The suave and cunning demon. He’s a beautiful man with an agenda only he’s aware of. He’s charming and smooth with the main character Firia, helping her along her ambitious path. Power radiates from him and only he knows its true extent.

6)      How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

Varuj again! He’s a devil-horned monster! A devious trickster with some dark ends in mind, and all the character’s around him have no idea as to the extent to which he’s pulling the strings. He’s manipulative and silver-tongued, forceful and mean. If we ran into such a person in real life we’d be sickened with him!

7)      Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

We do and we do! We’re a two person team, and that’s two sets of eyes to go over and edit our work. But once that’s done we also send it off to a professional editor before returning to us for final review.

8)      What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Exercise, read, watch movies and game. We’re big lovers of tabletop and video games! Though we don’t have much time for it anymore, we always loved playing co-operatively and achieving virtual greatness together as a team. With our hectic schedule these days, and our push to remain healthy with good, hearty home made meals and lots of exercise, there’s not much time for that stuff.

9)      Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

We’ve always been big readers,  since we were very, very young. We enjoy reading the work of fantasy writers like Lisa Smedman, Elaine Cunningham and Barb and J.C. Hendee.

10)   What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, and then answer it.

This ones a hard one because this is a project we’ve mostly kept underwraps! So we haven’t had a lot of questions on it other than from the advanced reviewers who all asked the same one - when is the second coming out?

So one question I can think of that no one has asked (yet) is “Can we cut you a movie deal?” To which the answer is “let us think upon it, and we will get back to you.”

Title: Magic Academy
Author: Jillian Keep
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Dec 13 2013
Editions/Formats it will be Available In: eBook


Out of a young woman’s ambition comes a love triangle that could destroy more than her heart.
Firia has always wanted to be a witch, but even though she’s a natural in magic, there’s a problem: She’s human.
Considered by the elven elite to be inferior, Firia needs an edge to be accepted into the Magic Academy. Out of sheer desperation, she summons the demon Varuj, a terrifyingly gorgeous spirit who helps her win the entrance competition. But at what price?
As the commanding demon does everything he can to penetrate every aspect of her innocent life, Firia still finds herself drawn to her study partner, Mae’lin. Not only is the sweet elf completely different from the powerful Varuj, but their relationship is forbidden.
How is she supposed to choose between the demon she owes her life to and the innocent elf who makes her a better person?

This thrilling coming of age new adult romance is from fantasy romance author, Jillian Keep.
Jillian Keep is the softer and more romantic side of J.E. & M. Keep. They love to combine fantasy, scifi, horror, romance and mystery into exciting and titillating novels.
They are long term, loving partners in a very happy relationship and because of this; they love to torture their characters. Dark romance touches all of their stories in one way or another; from elicit trysts to forbidden love.

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My Review:  January 2014   ~ Review Copies ~

Magic AcademyMagic Academy by Jillian Keep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I would like to thank the author Jillian Keep for giving me this book for an honest review. I loved reading this book, the world building was amazing. The characters are well developed and you can find yourself rooting for the bad guy. What to do, what to do, the story is fun and I am looking forward to reading more, I am not sure, but I do hope the authors are writing a series because I am left wanting more. :)

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