Spotlight & Author Interview: A Crown Forged By Victory’s Consequence + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the A CROWN FORGED BY VICTORY’S CONSEQUENCE by Marlayna James & Aaryanna Abbott Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


The Blackened Tablet Series, #1

Author: Marlayna James & Aaryanna Abbott

Pub. Date: January 3, 2023

Publisher: Friends with Pens Author Group

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 438

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD,


The Blackened Tablet Series is an epic fantasy quest story with corrupt politics, wondrous magic, and illicit encounters in a supernatural world where no one is safe.

Three hundred years ago, the sacred tablet granted by their god, Jezabet, turned black, and eight kingdoms broke free, plummeting into the bottomless sea. There was no warning, and no one knows why.

Now, a strange illness plagues Aldersward. Crowned Prince Aedyn’s sisters, Achelle and Annora, his father, and countrymen are desperate and grief-stricken. All hope is lost…

Until someone dreams, and Aedyn leaves behind his mistress and his betrothed to cure their nation. He enlists his friends; a brazen playboy, a gentle strongman, and an ancient mentor. Together, they set out on a perilous journey-few believe they will survive.

This isn’t a fairy tale-s3x becomes currency, murder is ordinary, and love doesn’t conquer all.

Everyone loves a hero-good triumphs evil. But few dare to question how victory ripples into consequences. Explore this exciting concept in the Blackened Tablet Series.

 Serious Truths

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? Why?

Marlayna: I only write under pen names. I see how Erika’s life has changed with fame, and I don’t want it. I also suffer from a disfiguring skin condition and am embarrassed, so I don’t use any true images of myself.


If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Marlayna: Keep writing. Don’t give up. I always wanted to be a writer but was told I couldn’t be, and so I gave up. I wish I hadn’t.


What’s your favourite under-appreciated novel?

Marlayna: The Pride of Hannah Wade by Janet Dailey. It’s an amazing read which was ahead of its time. 


How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Marlayna: Yikes. A dozen half-finished. A single unpublished. Unwritten—too many. The Blackened Tablet Series By Aaryanna Abbott will be 9 or 10 books (2nd book is written). Annora has a short story playtime Restless Bean Series with over 200 titles already chosen. Achelle has 2 books which are half-written. I have the second book in the Sugarverse Series completed but not published.


What does literary success look like to you?

Marlayna: A readership of a few thousand who enjoy and discuss my work.


What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Marlayna: I think it is determining their reactions. Sometimes, I will bounce a scene off of a male friend or family member, and their reaction is much different from what I have written. I will go back and rewrite it.


What did you edit out of A Crown Forged By Victory’s Consequence?

Marlayna: When I finished the first draught, it was 187K words. Published, it is 157K words. I edited a ton of extra words which weren’t needed. As far as scenes, I removed a few scenes between Aedyn and Achelle. They didn’t add to the story. My orphanage—is what I call my deleted scene doc, is where I put my killed darlings. I’m fortunate enough that I hold no harboured feelings for my words—this can be a struggle for some writers—and so I easily delete the fluff.


How do you select the names of your characters?

Marlayna: First I find images which fit my imagination, then I open it next to a baby name website and read until something sticks.


Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Marlayna: I do. I love them all. I want to thank every reader with a comment, but this is discouraged in the writers’ community, so I don’t. BUT I really want to!!


About Marlayna James:

Marlayna lives in Canada where she writes romance, erotica, women’s fiction, and fantasy. She loves video games, TV, reading, and writing.

About Aaryanna Abbott:

This is another of my pen names. For every pen name, I use a different part of who I am. I imagine this is how she looks.

What’s this part of me like?

I was a daddy’s girl. The very epitome of spoilt.

I love to be wild and crazy—experience everything the world has to offer. I’m adventurous and my carefree disposition is contagious.

I’m loyal to a fault and don’t care what expectations or labels society has bestowed upon me. I believe one’s truth is more valuable than anyone’s perception.

This part of me writes for escapism—to be free of my mundane day to day and live in a magical world almost as real to me as earth. Except in my imaginary world, I control all things and it pleases me to no end.

Do you know how happy you would be living there?

Find all of Marlayna James & Aaryanna Abbott’s Links HERE-

Giveaway Details:

5 winners will receive an eBook of A CROWN FORGED BY VICTORY’S CONSEQUENCE, International.

Ends January 10th, midnight EST.

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