Let the Wind Rise Blog Tour: Author Interview

Posted April 22, 2016 by Stacey in Author Interviews, Blog, Blog Tours, Giveaways / 2 Comments

We are excited to be today’s stop on the Let the Wind Rise Blog Tour! We have a tour provided interview with author Shannon Messenger and your chance to win one of three sets of The Sky Fall Series.


Let the Wind Rise
By: Shannon Messenger
Published by: Simon Pulse
Releasing on: April 26th, 2016
Series: Sky Fall Book #3
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Vane Weston is ready for battle. Against Raiden’s army. Against the slowly corrupting Gale Force. Even against his own peaceful nature as a Westerly. He’ll do whatever it takes, including storming Raiden’s icy fortress with the three people he trusts the least. Anything to bring Audra home safely.

But Audra won’t wait for someone to rescue her. She has Gus—the guardian she was captured with. And she has a strange “guide” left behind by the one prisoner who managed to escape Raiden. The wind is also rising to her side, rallying against their common enemy. When the forces align, Audra makes her play—but Raiden is ready.

Freedom has never held such an impossible price, and both groups know the sacrifices will be great. But Vane and Audra started this fight together. They’ll end it the same way.


“The conclusion to this very original fantasy trilogy is stronger than the first two installments, with nonstop action and believable teenage sarcasm, which takes the edge off the brutal reality of Audra and Vane’s highly emotional romance and quest. A good match for fans of Claudia Gray’s Firebird series.” ~ RT Book Reviews

Find out more about THE SKY FALL series, Let The Sky Fall (book #1) and Let The Storm Break (book #2), here.

Tour Provided Interview with Shannon Messenger

What’s one word you’d use to describe Vane, Audra, and Raiden, each in Let The Wind Rise?
For Vane I’d say “determined,” since he has some huge responsibilities in this book. For Audra, I’d have to go with “desperate,” since she’s in a pretty rough spot when the story picks up. And for Raiden, I’d say “unraveling,” which—for me—is the point when a villain becomes the most terrifying, because they’re so much harder to predict and nothing to lose.

Aside from the main characters, is there a secondary character who’s surprised you in terms of the role they’ve played through out the series?
Definitely Solana (Vane’s betrothed fiancée). I knew she had to be in the story at some point. And I knew that I definitely did not want to write a love triangle, (meaning I didn’t want to write Vane acting like, “I don’t know who I love!”) But I also didn’t want to have the sum total of Solana’s role to be “the one Vane didn’t want.” She deserved her own place in the final battles, since she was every bit as tied into the fight as Vane and Audra were. I just wasn’t sure what that role would be until I dug deep and spent some time with her character and realized the many ways she fit in.

What’s one of your favorite lines from Let The Wind Rise?
My favorite line is one of the last lines of the book—but that would be a major spoiler. So I’ll go with this one, from Audra, because it hints at an element of book three that I love (the fact that the wind itself starts to become almost like another character):

The wind is stirring. Rustling through the cracks all around us—each draft whispering the same words I feel deep in my core. It’s time.

Fans who don’t know, you have a middle series (with more books coming out YAY!!). Do you have more YA books in the works?
Yes and no. I have a half written project (well, “half” might be overstating it a bit, actually) that I adore and hope someday I’ll be able to see it on shelves. I’m just not entirely sure when that will be because I have a pretty full writing calendar through late 2017 for middle grade things (including some secret news I’m not allowed to share yet), so there may be a bit of a delay before I can get there. But I love YA so much, I definitely hope to make my way back there. I just need a time turner or a TARDIS or something.

You’re hitting the road soon for a book tour! What states are you heading to?
I am—and I’m super excited because I get to go to some of my favorite cities and do events with some of my favorite authors! I’ll be in Tempe, AZ (with Suzanne Young), Montclair, CA (with Debra Driza), San Diego, CA (with Amy Tintera, Debra Driza, and Roshani Chokshi), Austin, TX (with Chris Howard) and Houston, TX (with Amy Tintera and Chris Howard). I also get to go to the Sounthern Kentucky Book Festival at the end of April. So lots of fun in store. And if you’d like details on any of those events, you can find them HERE.


Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned–among other things–that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She’s the bestselling author of the middle grade series, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, and the SKY FALL series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at shannonmessenger.com.

Find Shannon:  WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr

Shannon’s Going On Tour! Catch Shannon on the road! Find out what cities she’s coming to for her LET THE WIND RISE book tour, here.


Thank you to Simon Pulse, we have 3 sets of THE SKY FALL series to giveaway! To enter, please fill out the form below. This is open to residents of the US only. This is NOT a PTB Hosted giveaway, please follow all the rules and regulations listed on the widget.

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4/25 – Novel Novice, Guest Post
4/26 – Mundie Moms, Author Interview


Don’t forget! Pre-Order LET THE WIND RISE by 4/25/16, you can enter to win! Check out Shannon’s pre-order giveaway here!

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2 responses to “Let the Wind Rise Blog Tour: Author Interview

  1. danielle hammelef

    I love Vane! I miss him too–it’s been too long since I read these books. This series is so good. Shannon writes so well. I admire her very much.

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