The Rules of Ever After by Killian B. Brewer Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have the incredible Killian B. Brewer stopping by with the tour for his debut release The Rules of Ever After. We gentle interviewed Killian so you can get to know him a little, we have a fantastic excerpt and a brilliant giveaway, so enjoy the post guys and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~

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The Rules of Ever After

by

Killian B. Brewer

The rules of royal life have governed the kingdoms of Clarameer for thousands of years, but Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel know that these rules don’t provide for the happily ever after they seek.

A fateful, sleepless night brings the two young men together and sends them on a quest out into the kingdoms. On their travels, they encounter meddlesome fairies, an ambitious stepmother, disgruntled princesses and vengeful kings as they learn about life, love, friendship and family.  Most of all, the two young men must learn how to write their own rules of ever after.

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Excerpt

Hi Killian, I’m Pixie and I’d just like to thank you for stopping by today. I’m just gonna ask a couple of questions and I’ll be very gentle 🙂

Thanks for hosting me!

What is for you the perfect book hero?

I really need a flawed hero. Nothing will get boring faster than a character who is a little too perfect or for whom things go too well. Of course, I have a thing for angst, so I love it when a writer puts a character through the ringer and lets him or her come out on top. I really like it when a hero has a good backstory that is revealed through the course of the book too.

When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively? 

I am admittedly a neat freak. I love structure and planning so my stories tend to be pretty well plotted out in advance. That doesn’t mean I will ignore new possibilities that arise during writing, but I tend to have a better time of things if I know where I am starting and where I want to end. But like a good vacation, I don’t mind the occasional side trip.

What inspired you to write The Rules of Ever After?

In college, I was working on a paper on the tales of the Brothers Grimm. I kept coming across stories with a princess locked away in a tower and a prince climbing up to rescue her. One day I thought, “What if he climbed the tower and found another prince instead.” Rules grew out of taking traditional fairytale plots and putting unexpected characters or more importantly, unexpectedly LGBTQ characters in them. I really wanted to write the type of tale that LGBTQ people have been left out of.

How excited are you to see your debut novel released?

There are not words to describe it. I have been writing since I was a teenager, but I don’t think I ever thought publishing a book would be more than a dream. It is especially exciting for me because this is a story that I have had in mind for years and it involves LGBTQ characters. I think we need more diversity in characters that are available for readers. Everyone wants to see themselves in a story and people can learn so much from reading about others.

If you could be any fantasy or fairy-tale creature what would it be?

I love the pixies, or piskies, of Celtic myth. They are mischievous little scamps who like to dance all night long. I like the idea of being a little creature that hides things from people, pulls harmless pranks and then spends the night giggling and dancing.

If you could be a super hero what power would you want?

I have always thought teleportation would be so cool. Imagine being to able to visit anyplace in the world with just a snap of your fingers. I love to travel and it would make things so much easier and cheaper than hopping on an airplane. As write it would be handy too. Need to know what a lake in Sweden looks like? Forget google. Just snap your fingers and look in person.

Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do.

I can tap dance a little. My college required physical education classes as part of the core curriculum and I am not the most athletic guy on earth. I discovered that ballroom dance and tap dance were options so I jumped right on those. Gene Kelly is one of my idols, so it also made me feel like I was paying a little homage to him too. I don’t remember a lot of it now, but I can still shuffle off to buffalo like a champ!

If you could time travel would you visit the past or the future?

I would rather visit the past. I like the future to be a surprise. I am huge Broadway theater buff, and I regret that there are so many shows I can never see because they closed ages ago. How cool would it be to hop in a time machine and get to see opening night of Oklahoma! on Broadway with the original cast?

Bird or reptile?

Depends. For dinner? Bird. For a pet? Bird. Behind thick glass at the zoo? Reptile. I don’t really care for snakes!

Harry Potter or Twilight?

The magical elements of Harry potter definitely appeal to me more than the supernatural elements of Twilight. Also, I think the romances in Harry Potter are actually healthier!

Slow and gentle or up against the wall?

You’re talking about eating an ice cream cone right? You have to go slow and gentle or you get one of those brain freeze headaches. It’s always good to take your time and enjoy it.

Thank you for answering our questions today Killian and much luck with The Rules of Ever After!

Thanks for the questions!

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Excerpt

“Phillip, don’t believe all those stories your scribe told you. Magic is not defeated by waiting for someone to come rescue you from it. You have to fight it.” Daniel paused and took a breath before reaching out to take Phillip’s hand again. “I sat around for two years waiting for someone to come along and fix my problems. No one came, and nothing changed. Then I realized that maybe the person I was waiting for was me. So I went out to find my own answers.”

“I’m not you. I don’t even know where to begin.” Phillip sat back on the edge of the bed.

“You begin the way everyone does,” Daniel explained, “one foot in front of the other.”

“I’ve barely been out of this castle. I don’t know what’s out there.”

“Well, you’re in luck. You know someone who does.”

“What? Who?” Phillip cocked his head and stared at Daniel in confusion.

“Me!” Daniel winked and pointed to his chest. “I know what’s out there. I’ve been wandering all over the kingdoms for months now. I’ve studied the maps and the histories. I know how to fight and how to survive.” Daniel stood up. “I’ll come with you,” he continued. “I’ll help you find her, and we’ll bring her down together. We will fix this.”

Daniel could almost see the wheels turn in Phillip’s head as he considered Daniel’s offer. He looked over at his father, then back down at his feet before glancing up to Daniel with a look of tentative hope. “Why would you do that?”

Daniel pondered the question for a moment, unsure of the answer himself. The pain in Phillip’s face touched Daniel’s heart and made him want to bring back the mischievous, laughing man he had met just two nights before. This was not his problem, and he had his own concerns to deal with, but looking at Phillip’s terrified face, he knew he wanted to help. He knew he had to.

“I’m not being completely selfless. I’m still going to be looking for my own answers. But I can help you look, too.” Daniel held his hand out to Phillip. “Come with me. Let’s go get you some food and make a plan.”

“You’re just saying this to get me to eat.”

“No. As I said, I feel responsible. If I hadn’t gotten in that bed—”

“But you did.” Phillip mumbled before turning to look at Daniel with his eyes wide. “And you passed the test. I thought for sure you were the answer—”

“The test? I still don’t understand about this test.”

“Yes. You were the first to spend the night in the bed and be kept awake by the pea under the mattresses. Okay, maybe some of the others could have passed if I hadn’t—”

“Phillip? You think a pea kept me awake?” Daniel stepped back and knitted his brows; he had clearly missed some element of that awful night’s events. Though he was glad to see some sign of activity from Phillip, Daniel was thoroughly confused. “Why was there a pea under—”

“Yes. You passed the test. Maybe it is a sign!” Phillip stood and turned to Daniel; excitement spread across his face. “Maybe you are here to help me.”

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About Killian

Killian B. Brewer grew up in a family where the best way to be heard was to tell a good story, therefore he developed an early love of storytelling, puns and wordplay.  He began writing poetry and short fiction at 15 and continued in college where he earned a BA in English. He does not use this degree in his job in the banking industry.

He currently lives in Georgia with his partner of ten years and their dog. Growing up in the South gave him a funny accent and a love of grits. The Rules of Ever After is his first novel. 

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3 thoughts on “The Rules of Ever After by Killian B. Brewer Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway!

  1. *waves* hi Killian… I have been eyeing this book since it first came out on the Interlude website… can’t wait to read it!!!

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