Lexi: When you're in the mood for a crafty, sword-wielding heroine, you know which author you pick up: Jennifer Estep! And she's got a new release, TEAR DOWN THE THRONE!! *takes a sip of wine*
Now that your excited screaming is done, let's chat with the author—welcome to the blog, Jennifer!
JE: Hello! Thanks so much for featuring me on your site. I appreciate it!
Lexi: We’re very excited to have you here to talk about book two in your Gargoyle Queen series—Tear Down the Throne! And of course, that means we get to talk about the crown princess, Gemma. We met this pampered princess in book one, but quickly learned she utilized her spoiled façade to spy. And in this book she’s got to deal with all of the ruling families, and their bickering, at once. How does Gemma keep from going insane?
JE: Gemma is a crown princess, so she has been embroiled in court and royal politics her entire life. But even with that background, it’s not easy for her to stay calm and focused when her kingdom, people, and gargoyles are being threatened. Basically, Gemma is determined to spy on her enemies and do whatever it takes to stop a dangerous plot against her kingdom.
Lexi: This series is an excellent example of enemies to lovers. Gemma doesn’t want to be attracted to her enemy prince, Leonidas, but circumstances once again throw them into working together. Not a bad dinner companion, if you ask us! Leo is incredibly complex, shares some background similarities as Gemma, and is hell bent on breaking down the wall around her heart! ~swoon~ Do you have a favorite Leo scene you can share?
JE: Thanks so much! Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite storylines, and I was so excited to dive into Gemma and Leo’s relationship in Tear Down the Throne.
I love all the scenes were Gemma and Leo are snarking and bantering back and forth, but one of my favorite scenes in Tear Down the Throne is when Leo gives Gemma an unexpected, but thoughtful gift that speaks to her heart and proves how well he really knows her.
Lexi: Aside from Leo, there’s also the gargoyles to get excited over! They’re good at relieving tension and bringing the aww factor, but there’s also Leo’s feathered friend! Which magical animal would you pick as your writing buddy?
JE: I would have to pick Grimley, Gemma’s beloved gargoyle. He would definitely encourage me to take some much-needed breaks from writing to get snacks and enjoy a nap … or two or three. LOL.
Lexi: We’re hoping you have all the writing buddies you want because we’re ready for book three!! What is the most exciting thing you’re looking forward to in writing Conquer the Kingdom?
JE: I turned in Conquer the Kingdom earlier this year, so the book is slowly winding its way through the production process. Conquer the Kingdom is the third and final book my Gargoyle Queen trilogy, and I really loved writing the action/fight scenes and tying all the plots and character arcs together at the end of the book.
Lexi: Cheers to Tear Down the Throne’s release and a second cheers for Conquer the Kingdom’s anticipation! Thank you so much for stopping by today, Jennifer! And thank you for writing such a wonderful world we can escape into!
JE: Thank you so much for all the nice words about my books. I appreciate them. Happy reading, everyone!