Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Guest Post! Mistress of The Wind - Michelle Diener

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Mistress of the Wind 300Mistress of the Wind
by Michelle Diener
New Adult/Sci-Fi Fantasy
Paperback, 342 pages
Expected publication: December 19th 2013

Bjorn needs to find a very special woman . . . 

The fate of his people, and his own life, depends on it. But when he does find her, she is nothing like he imagined, and may just harbor more secrets than he does himself.

Astrid has never taken well to commands. No matter who issues them . . . 

She's clashed her whole life with her father, and now her lover, the mysterious man who comes to her bedroom in darkness and disappears to guard his mountain by day as a bear, is finding it out the hard way. And when he's taken by his enemies, no one is prepared for Astrid's response. 

It is never wise to anger the mistress of the wind . . . 

A captivating and magical adult retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

Praise for Mistress of the Wind:
“Diener’s adaptation retains the familiar elements of the original, echoing both the structure and spirit of the classic, but true to form, she puts her own spin both the plot and the narrative, crafting an intricately alluring tale of self-sacrifice, steadfast devotion and enduring love.“ Flashlight Commentary
“The story is fast-paced and never boring, the world a beauty and Michelle’s writing so wonderfully detailed that I felt I was with Bjorn and Astrid on their journey.“ Book Bird Reviews
Author Michelle Diener takes this re-telling to another level. She doesn’t restrict herself to an East of the Sun, West of the moon retelling. Instead we are also given parts reminiscent of Psyche’s quest. Which just allowed for a much more richer story.  Paperback Wonderland

Songs that inspired me while writing Mistress of the Wind
By Michelle Diener

Some stories come to me really visually, and Mistress of the Wind was definitely one of those. I felt like I was watching a movie of it in my mind while I wrote, and every good movie needs a soundtrack :)

I don't know how well Crowded House is known outside of Australia and New Zealand, but sometimes it felt to me as if their songs had been written especially for Mistress of the Wind. There is a harmony to their music and a depth to their lyrics which resonated with me while I was writing the book.

I don't write with music playing, I find it distracting, but I most definitely would go for my morning walk and listen to music that suited the mood of the story, and think about what I was going to write next. I find it interesting how music can so affect our moods and our tempo and pace.

So, for those who are interested, here are the three main songs I found inspiring by Crowded House:

Weather With You – Crowded House

Four Seasons in One Day – Crowded House

She Goes On – Crowded House

And then this U2 song really sparked something in me, as well. It fits the story so well:

She Moves in Mysterious Ways – U2

Do you find yourself purposely looking for music of a specific tone or tempo to suit your mood or for doing a specific task?

Image of Michelle DienerMichelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King's Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.

Michelle's other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor's Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor's Conspiracy).

Michelle's first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, is set for a December 23, 2013, release.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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10 copies of Mistress of the Wind, Kindle or print, winner's choice.

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  1. Thanks for being on the tour, Ashtrie!

    1. Happy taking part of it :)
      Have a great year ahead!

  2. Happy New Year, everyone. And thank you for having me, Ashtrie.