Friday, January 19, 2018

ALLEGIANCE by Sarah Addison-Fox // Blog Tour & Guest Post

HELLO, MY DRAGON FRIENDS!!!! Today, I'm thrilled to be sharing my tour stop for Twitter and Goodreads friend, Sarah Addison-Fox's, novels, Disowned and Dissemble!


Book I of the Allegiance Series

Two countries, two choices, one life.

When Kyraenean slave Celeste risks her life to reach the free nation of Etraea, a country filled with technology and wealth, she unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will change her life forever.

After escaping her new owner, Celeste awakens in the home of an Etraean soldier, sworn to protect the fragile peace.

For Corporal Mick Haynes, life is simple. Follow the rules, do your job and work your way up the ranks. Getting shot and finding a wanted slave at his family's farm wasn't part of the plan.

When a Kyraenean bounty hunter locates Celeste, Mick's loyalty will be stretched to the limit.

With war on the horizon, Celeste faces two impossible choices. Both securing her freedom, but both at a cost she could never have imagined.

Will Etraea provide the freedom she's longed for or shackle her to an entirely new master?


Book II of the Allegiance Series

Once you're in, you're in for life.

Plunged into the heart of the country she fled, with one chance to unlock her past, Celeste must employ every skill to protect the unsuspecting family she's grown to love.

With her future, and that of the Haynes family, dependent on her success, a newly trained Celeste is sent undercover to the capital city of Kyraenea.

Celeste's new handler Torrance Kyle has plans that don't involve doing his job or playing by the rules. Can she trust Torrance with her life, or is he hiding as many secrets as she is?

Will a disillusioned Mick risk everything to find Celeste, or settle for guarding the home front in Etraea?

Can Celeste find the truth in a world built on deceit, or will her mission lead her straight to the place she fears the most?


"If you like non-magical fantasy with a strong dash of romance about a girl who fights against incredible odds to find freedom and her place in the world, then this is for you!"
~ Amazon reviewer

"If I could give ten stars, I would. This book was difficult to put down and when I finished it I really didn't know what to do with myself. I felt as though a part of me was missing and wandered around in a daze for days! How refreshing to read a book without being offended in any way. This author has a God-given talent and I wish her the very best!"
~ Amazon reviewer


Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed, clean, fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and a husband who, after twenty-seven years, can still make her blush. When she's not working on both her YA fantasy series she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.


My writing process is pretty simple. When my son takes a nap in the morning, I grab my laptop, line up a can of coke, chocolate and put on some epic music.

I usually begin by reading over the last scene I wrote. Revising, and making changes, but I try not to dally too long on that. Maybe half-an-hour maximum. Then I try to get out as many words as I can before the thing (my son) needs to get up.

Sometimes I don’t get to write as long as I'd like to, "the thing" and life sometimes intercede, but I always make a commitment to write one-thousand words per day. My usual writing spot is in the dining room, on the couch, with only my dog for company. I'm a shocker for starting to write then losing myself in the story. Quite often I'll check the clock to find it's waaay past lunchtime and I haven't gotten dressed or cleaned my teeth!

My gorgeous daughter is most obliging and is usually doing her school work while I write (we homeschool), and since my husband works crazy shifts, and is mostly gone during the mornings, it works really well for our family.

I do get more writing time in the evenings when my husband works, but I have to put a limit on that because if I write too late, my brain gets wired and I don't sleep! No fun when "the thing" wakes at 6AM, and you didn't get to sleep until 2AM thinking about plot bunnies!

I don't spend too much time researching. That's something I do on my phone when I'm away from my laptop. If I do get stuck on something while writing, I’m fairly disciplined about looking something up if I need it and hopping off the internet. It's so easy to fall down rabbit holes and get lost looking at swords, parkour, forges, etc. All good fun, but all suck away the limited amount of time in the day I have.

If the words aren't flowing freely, my default is dialogue. A scene can always be fixed later. Descriptions can be added later. But it's the dialogue that moves a scene to where I need it to go. I call it bare bones writing. It still counts towards the word count even though the writing is minimal, and it’s much easier to flesh a scene out afterwards.

My writing day typically looks like this:

9.30 am: Drink first can of coke. (Caffeine takes approx. 30 mins to jump start my system)

10-11AM: "The thing" goes to bed. Clear the area of all remaining family members. Daughter to room. Husband to gym (if he's home).

11-1PM: Revise for thirty minutes, write till get to one-thousand words, taking breaks to check "the thing" is okay, while drinking another can of coke and trying not to consume all the chocolate.

7PM: Revise for thirty minutes. Write as much as possible. Leave self a note on what needs to happen in the scene. Yesterday when I finished writing I left this note to myself: steel capped boots, broken ribs. It's enough to make me remember where I was heading with my train of thought, and really helpful if I was interrupted before I could wind up a scene.

I don't always leave myself notes, and I don't always follow them. I am a die-hard "panster", so every when I do have something in mind, I often change it as I let the characters lead me.

I'm pretty regimented with my system. But it's a good formula that must work since I've finished eight first drafts this way.

It's really just revise, write, repeat.

Simple. Just like me.


Thank you so much for sharing your writing process with us, Sarah! And thanks to Livy Lynn for coordinating and organizing this tour! 💜

And Dragons, don't Disowned and Dissemble look amazing? They're high near the top of my TBR, and I've heard nothing but praise for them! I do believe that someday, they'll be sitting on many a bookshelf, right alongside Jaye L. Knight's The Ilyon Chronicles and Tricia Mingerink's The Blades of Acktar. 😉

Have you read any books in the Allegiance series, yet?



  1. Thank you so much dear one. Big cuddles coming atcha from New Zealand 😘

  2. I loved Disowned and I'm so stoked for Dissemble!


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