Lisa T Bergren’s Remnants Launch Tour ~ Stop #6: Meet Ronan (with giveaway)

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Lisa Bergren’s books and I go WAY back, yep, like the ’90s way back 😉 I have read, and actually own every fiction title Lisa has published so I can say with some authority that she keeps getting better and better! Lisa’s foray into YA novels has been fantastic with the addicting River of Time series and now a dystopian adventure, beginning with REMNANTS: Season of Wonder. I’ve had the privilege to read an early copy of REMNANTS and you are in for a real treat ~ it’s fabulous! I’ll be raving in a review soon!

 

THE SYNOPSIS

THEIR ARRIVAL WAS FORETOLD FOR YEARS….

Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.

After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants battle the demonic forces, still other enemies close in. Dangers intensity, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must fine a way to master her feelings. Or risk compromising everything…

 

MEET RONAN OF THE VALLEY

I have the pleasure of introducing you to a character all female readers will be keen to meet ~ Ronan of the Valley, a Knight of the Last Order. Ronan was even willing to answer a few questions for you all!

REL:  So, Ronan, I know guys aren’t big on this question but who do your friends say you look like?

*peers at me as if uncomfortable, then shrugs*

RONAN:  I look a lot like my dad. I have his straight dark hair and green eyes. My mom says it’s like looking into the past, looking at me.

(Cameras are scarce in Ronan’s world but Lisa assures me Taylor Kitsch is a great likeness (in appearance!) for Ronan ~ who am I to complain?!)

Do you ever feel you’re only appreciated for your muscles?!

*laughs under breath*

Yeah, well, maybe. I think everyone’s glad the Maker made me in the form he did. Helps me do my job better.

You’re a Knight of the Last Order ~ sounds heroic and gallant! How do you see it?

I see it as just part of who I am. Who I was born to be. It’s good for a man to know who he was meant to be, who he is in the Maker’s eyes, whether knight or taylor_kitschfarmer.

You’re bonded to Andriana, your Remnant.  Andriana told me this about your first meeting at age twelve, “He took my hand in both of his and stared into my eyes, and I’d learned the full meaning of the term bonded.” Can you recall what you felt at the time?

*stares out window for a moment*

She said that? Yeah, it was exactly like that. It’s almost as if she’s part of me. As if we became one in that moment. But we’ve never talked about it.

*shakes head*

As close as we are, there are some things we avoid discussing. It could get us into trouble, dwelling on it too much.

Your sole purpose in life is to protect Andriana ~ how has that shaped the man you have become?

I think it’s made me stronger, more selfless in a way. Many men are out to protect themselves first. To claim what’s theirs. In becoming Andriana’s knight, it’s as if I can think of nothing but her and her welfare first. It makes a man rise above himself to take on a higher call. I appreciate that honor.

When you’re stressed or agitated, what ways do you find to cope?

I like to spar with Vidar or Bellona. Working up a good sweat while practicing swordsmanship is a good thing.

Andriana is an empath ~ how do you feel about her ability to read your innermost thoughts and emotions?

I loathe it. She knows too much. It makes me feel vulnerable, as if she’s cheating somehow, being able to know me and my thoughts or feelings so well when I cannot know the same in her. I’d give my right arm to read her in the same way.

The world you love in is a shadow of what it once was ~ how has deprivation impacted you the most? Good, and not so good?

We have always had what we needed in the Valley. Food, shelter, family, community, faith. As we travel and I see those with access to more, I only can detect further degradation, a skewing of the soul that makes me hurt, within. Does that make sense?

Yes, I believe so. If you could bestow three blessings on someone else, what would you choose, and upon whom?

My parents—protection from those who have sworn to destroy all those who follow the Way. Our trainer—a new call, now that Dri and I are on our own. He’s put so much into us, I worry he’ll be a bit lost. And for Andriana—protection and yet freedom to be all she was made to be. And love. She deserves to know love. Once we see our mission through…

When you look at Andriana, what do you see?

Beauty. Strength. Generosity. She sees the world with her heart, which gives her grace for all. Which also makes her vulnerable…

And to give us a little insight into your world, Ronan, a quick quiz!

Canned sardines or canned peaches?

Sardines. You have to opt for the protein.Like Sardines in a Can October 12, 2002

Pencil or typewriter with ink?

Pencil.

Socks or gloves?

Socks. A blistered heel can hobble a knight.

Bucket or stream?

Stream.

Mudhorse or motorbike?

Mudhorse. Petrol is in short supply.

Goats’ or cows’ milk?

Goats’. What’s a cow?

Sword or pistol?

Sword. You never run out of bullets.

Thanks Ronan ~ stay safe!

 

Remnants: Season of Wonder is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or at your local bookstore. Email Lisa that you ordered or purchased Remnants: Season of Wonder IN APRIL and she’ll mail you a signed bookplate! (Lisa@bergrencreativegroup.com)

LAUNCH TOUR CLUE #6: I SPENT

Collect all 26 clues, gathered from each of the Launch Tour stops this month, and you could win a Kindle Fire HDX ($229 USD). Open internationally.  At the end of the month, just go to LisaBergren.com and enter the completed clue stream in the Rafflecopter (available after April 30, 2014).

Comment below, noting your favorite dystopian (so far), or one you intend to read, and you could win a copy of REMNANTS, hot off the press!

 

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73 Responses to Lisa T Bergren’s Remnants Launch Tour ~ Stop #6: Meet Ronan (with giveaway)

  1. You own every one of my fiction titles? Wow, I’m so honored. xoxo

    • Lisa T. Bergren » I do, Lisa! And proudly 😉 I have original copies of your Full Circle series ~ gotta “love” those covers 😉

  2. Sounds like a lovely book. I must confess that Ronan sounds like a great guy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Ah yes, I haven´t met my absolute favorite dystopian yet :) But I like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

  4. I’ve read a sneak peek, and this is one of my most anticipated reads this year. I gobbled up Lisa’s River of Time series, and have developed a liking for dystopian YA stories lately. I’ve read The Hunger Games and the Divergent series.

    I have a copy of Remnants coming so no need to enter me in the drawing.

  5. Have read nearly all of Lisa’s books.. enjoyed the river of time series. Looking forward to reading this new series.

  6. Debra Kay Neiman

    I loved the Divergent series and the Hunger Games series – LATELY. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  7. I have just heard about this series! I am excited about it! I just found this post through Ms. Bergren’s FB page. Is this giveaway opportunity open to internationals?? And… I really like Hunger games, but haven’t seen or read others yet… Though, are you familiar with Mirriam Neal’s book Monster? It has some dystopian feel to it. I liked that, too.

  8. I really enjoyed Captives by Jill Williamson. Thank you! Looking forward to reading this one.

  9. Sarah Elizabeth

    So far, my favorite dystopia series is the Razorland Trilogy! But I’m so excited for Remnants! Love Lisa Bergen :)

  10. sarah garretson

    This sounds awesome! It may just hold me over for Deluge! My favorite dystopian..i’m stuck between hunger games and Divergent… haha. Love your work!

  11. This book series sounds great. Wll have to purchase it. I loved the River of Times series!

  12. Love this interview…. Favorite dystopian? I must admit that I’m fairly new to the genre so I guess I’d say Divergent. But very much looking forward to Remnants! Thank you!

  13. I don’t think I could pick a favorite dystopian since I’ve loved all the ones I’ve read (The Hunger Games series, Divergent, Insurgent, Anomaly, Luminary, Captives, and Outcasts) but some I’m looking forward to reading are: Allegiant, Revolutionary, Rebels, The Maze Runner, and Matched!

    • Abbi Hart » So, you are a devoted dystopian reader then, Abbi!! What draws you in so much, do you think?

      • I love the insane amount of imagination that goes into them! Not only do they have to create a basically new world but they have to make with ties back to now which I think would be rather hard. I love how they make you think as well!

  14. I have enjoyed Anomaly and in the process of reading Luminary..both by Krista McGee. Would love to win Remnant!

  15. What an awesome idea for an interview! :) My favorite dystopian is The Maze Runner. But I couldn’t put down the River of Time series, so I’m sure Remnants will be right up there with it!

  16. I must confess I have never really wanted to read dytospian fiction. Well that is until Lisa T. Bergren wrote this book! :) So I’m looking forward to reading this one and the next ones in the series!

    I read Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck; I thought that was very interesting!

  17. Divergent (book 1)

  18. I can’t wait to dive in! I love The Giver, Hunger Games and Krista McGee’s series :)

  19. My favorites so far are The Safelands books by Jill Williamson

  20. My favorite is the Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano.

  21. Lady DragonKeeper

    Jill Williamson’s Safe Lands trilogy is getting really good right now. I’ve also enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy. =)

  22. I tend to like the first book in a series the best: Divergent, Hunger Games, Matched, Shadow and Bone, & Pure. I think the complete series I liked the best though was the Legend series (Legend, Prodigy, Champion) by Marie Lu. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. I haven’t read anything by Lisa Bergren but I look forward to reading Remnant. The blogs help get an inside look at the author and the book. Thanks

  24. My favorite dystopian novel would be 1984. I read it in high school and it has been one of my all time favorite books since.

  25. I have loved most dystopian novels I’ve read so far, including Krista McGee’s Anomaly series. I’m really looking forward to reading Remnant!

  26. I read hunger games but now will read this – way to go Lisa!

  27. This guy sounds amazing! Can’t wait to read Remnants, which will be my first dystopian. :-)

  28. I’m a huge fan of Lisa’s River of a Time series and have read some of her other books, which have been great, S well. I am so ready for Deluge to come out. I’m probably a minority in saying I’m not too into dystopian reads even though they seem to be the latest trend. I definitely am going to read Remnants because I love Lisa’s work and Ronan definitely has peaked my interest. I love character interviews and you always do a great job. Congratulations to Lisa on her new release and wish her continued success. Sending her prayers to help her get through her tough times. :). Thank you for the giveaway!

  29. Hunger Games and waiting to read Divergent. Best wishes Lisa!

  30. I have not actually read a dystopian book that I know of but I am looking forward to reading Remnants: Season of Wonder and the others in the Remnants series by Lisa Bergren. I have read almost all of Lisa Bergren’s books that I could get a hold of; my favorites being those in the River of Time series.

  31. Great Excerpt! Can’t wait to read!

  32. I’ve read Author Tara Brown’s Born Trilogy and I enjoy that very much.

  33. Shannon Bereza

    One of my favorite dystopian series that I read was the Hunger Games. I don’t love the movies as much as the books. I’m glad I read the entire series before the movies started coming out. I am looking forward to reading Lisa’s new series. I have loved other books she has written so I am assuming I will love this series just as much.

  34. Haven’t read any; not sure if I want to

  35. I still need to read The Maze Runner.

  36. Great Contest!

  37. Oh Ronan…sigh! Such a handsome hunk!

  38. Debra Kay Neiman

    I just finished Pines and Wayward by Blake Crouch. Love this genre and audio books ROCK! crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  39. Remnant is the book I intend to read. Curious on this genre.

  40. I meant to add Especially if I won it :)!

  41. I read The Hunger Games, which I loved. The Hunger Games lead me to Divergent which I loved even more. I am not a fan of the ending of either book, but that does not keep me from rereading them (maybe one day my books will changed their minds and end differently hehe).

  42. It’s always so hard to pick a favorite. I’m reliving the Hunger Games because of the movies, so that might be my current top pick.

  43. I loved Hunger games and am currently finishing Divergent

  44. I absolutely loved the Hunger Games series! Catching Fire was my favorite, but the first book was a close second.

  45. I loved the Maze Runner Series!

  46. I loved this book! :)

  47. I loved this book! Thanks for the review! :)

  48. Everyone loves a noble hero.

  49. Remnants will be my first one.

  50. I have not read any dystopians, so this would be a first. martha(at)lclink(dot)com

  51. It was very nice meeting you Ronan! I look forward to getting my own copy of your story.
    Mrs.Bergren-very well done! Ronan is an interesting and yet likable character.

  52. REMNANTS WONDER WEEKEND LOVE THESE BOOKS AMAZING AUTHOR

  53. REMNANTS WONDER WEEKEND LOVE THESE BOOKS AMAZING AUTHOR AMZING LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR BOOKS

  54. Remnants Wonder(ful) Weekend! This book was great, and I enjoyed the books…. sigh… Ronan. :)

  55. Loved this book

  56. Lisa has become my favorite author to date. Loved River of Time, eagerly awaiting Remnants book 2, and almost finished with book 1 of her Grand Tour series!

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