Tameri Etherton Interviews the Hero and Heroine of the Song of the Swords Series

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This is my second adventure on Get Lost in a Story and I’m thrilled to be back! I hope you don’t mind if a few characters from the Song of the Swords fantasy series crash the party. They promised to be good, but that’s always subjective with these two. ~Tameri

Tameri: For those that don’t know you, Taryn and Rhoane, can you tell us a little about yourselves?

Taryn: Well, I was raised on Earth without any knowledge of my true home world of Aelinae. When my guardian Brandt took me through the portal, I thought I’d lost my mind. But then I met Rhoane, and the others. I found out I had a family (some of whom are trying to kill me), and I learned I had this crazy power..

Tameri: We’ll get back to that power in a minute, but first, Rhoane, can you tell us a bit about you?

Rhoane: I am Eleri. Is there more you need to know?

Taryn: Tell them something interesting, like your favorite food.

Rhoane: Why do they wish to know my favorite food? Would they like to dine with us?

Taryn: Probably, but they aren’t actually here, so they can’t. It’s just a way for them to get to know you.

Rhoane: Then I shall tell them I enjoy pizza.

Taryn: I made him pizza once and now he asks for it all the time. Do you have any idea how long it takes to make pizza when you don’t have electricity? All day! But dang, it’s worth it. Now I really want pizza. Thanks a lot, Rhoane.

Rhoane: You are most welcome.

Tameri: Taryn, you don’t always get along with your family, but there has to be something cool about finding out you have siblings.

Taryn: Ha! Now that’s an understatement. I love my younger sisters. They’re intelligent, beautiful young ladies. And funny. They both have this sense of humor that I think most people don’t get. I wish I could hang out with them more, but there never seems to be enough time.

Tameri: Because you’re off saving the world, right?

Taryn: If only it were that easy. More like, I’m trying to not get myself killed.

Rhoane: There are many who wish Taryn harm. She makes it difficult to protect her.

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Tameri: She’s a mixed bag of trouble, isn’t she?

Rhoane: That is putting it mildly.

Tameri: Let’s lighten this up a bit. If the two of you had a day to do anything you wanted, what would you do?

Furious blushes creep across both their faces. I fan myself from the heat coming off them.

Tameri: Uh, never mind, *cough, cough*. New question. Cowboy hat, baseball cap, or tiara?

Taryn: Tiara. Since coming to Aelinae, I’ve garnered quite a collection.

Rhoane: What is a cowboy hat? What is baseball?

Taryn: Baby steps, Rhoane. You just learned about skiing and hockey.

Rhoane: And ice skating with metal blades.

Taryn: Yeah, and proper ice skating.

Tameri: What are you reading right now?

Rhoane: Prophecies.

Tameri: Beer, wine, or whisky?

Rhoane: Spiced grhom. It is delicious, have you tried any? (Hot Chocolate spiced with chiles)

Tameri: I have. Although, what we have here is nowhere near as good as yours.

Jillian:  I'd just like to chime in here––grhom is a version of our hot chocolate spiced with chiles.

Yum! When I lived in New Mexico it was a holiday season favorite!

Taryn: I’m partial to grhom, but love me a shot of dreem every now and then. It’s like whisky, but smoother.

Tameri: What’s your favorite word?

Taryn: Hope.

Rhoane: Honor.

Tameri: Least favorite word?

Rhoane: Betrayal.

Taryn: Hate.

Tameri: Favorite curse word?

Taryn: Can I say the F-word here?

Rhoane: Rykoto’s balls

Tameri: What’s something we might find surprising about you?

Rhoane: I am fascinated by showers. I tried Taryn’s in Paderau and want one in every palace across Aelinae.

Taryn: *giggling* I told you! Showers are awesome. Um, let’s see… I’m afraid of heights and I’m not real keen on boats, either.

Tameri: You’re afraid of heights? How does that work when you’re a darathi vorsi?

Taryn: I don’t think about it. I let the dragon take over and trust I won’t fall from the sky. Which, by the way, isn’t as easy a you’d think.

Tameri: A super hero afraid of heights. That’s brilliant.

Taryn: I’m NOT a super hero. Just a girl with enhanced power.

Tameri: Right. What was I thinking? What’s the coolest thing about having all that power?

Taryn: It’s really not as great as you think. Yes, I can fly and create something of nothing, but ShantiMari can also destroy just as easily. I try not to use it if I can. I prefer the strength of my sword.

Tameri: Anything else you want us to know?

Rhoane: Do not get comfortable. Everything that has happened so far, it is only going to get more, shall we say, interesting.

Tameri: Ohh, intriguing! Thanks again for coming today, Taryn and Rhoane. I hope the readers had fun getting to know you a little better.


It’s hard to save a world when your family is out to kill you…

Taryn banished the phantom, but someone, or something, is invading her thoughts. To escape the torture and bring balance to Aelinae, Taryn must do the one thing she fears most—unlock her Dark powers.

Rhoane swore an oath to protect Taryn, forsaking all others to keep her from harm, yet her independent spirit and lack of trust almost cost her life. Now, he’ll do what it takes to save the woman he loves from the Blackness growing inside her.

But there’s evil in this world, and it’s just as desperate for them to fail.

This is the second book in the Song of the Swords epic fantasy series about honor, family, and love—of what it takes to become someone you never thought you’d be and to find the strength to face your inner demons.

Get to Know the Author of the Song of Swords mSeries: 

Rocker of sparkly tiaras, friend of dragons, and lover of all things sexy, Tameri Etherton leaves a trail of glitter in her wake as she creates and conquers new worlds and the villains who inhabit them. When not masquerading as a mom and writer, rumor has it she travels to far off places, drinking tea and finding inspiration for her kickass heroines—and the rogues who steal their hearts—with her own Prince Charming by her side.


     Taryn shook her head and flexed her fingers, testing her flailing energy.
     “I want what everyone wants from you. Your power.”
     A blur of silver studded with sapphires plunged deep into her midsection, ripping skin and muscle. Taryn staggered to her feet, jerking the blade free. The pain drained what little strength she had left, but she kept moving forward, away from Marissa. Her sister sat on the sofa, laughing and calling taunts to her as she stumbled, disoriented.
     Rhoane, help me.
     Blood seeped from the wound, over her hand, to drip onto the thick carpets.
     Her boots thudded on tile and she lunged for the door, her vision narrowing as she fumbled with the doorknob, her hands slick.
     Baehlon. Faelara.
     Finally, she managed to grasp it enough to yank open. Marissa’s laughter burrowed like a worm into her mind; confusion muddled her thoughts. Why, Marissa? But no answer came to her.
     Brandt, I need you. Please.
     She stumbled into the empty hallway, blinking at her surroundings.
     Sabina. Please hurry.
     The light from the wall sconces hurt her eyes and she turned away from the glare. Her rooms were at the far end of the palace, away from Marissa. She focused on setting one foot in front of the other, making slow progress. Stars teased the outer edges of her sight.
     The sound of footsteps approaching spurred Taryn to move faster. Marissa was coming to finish what she’d started. She had to get away from her sister.
     The last of her strength gave way and she collapsed, a discordant ringing in her ears the final thing she heard.

Question for Commenters: 

If you had a dragon of your very own, what would you name him/her? Commenters who leave their contact info will be included in the raffle for a print or ebook version of THE STONES OF KALDAAR, book one of Tameri Etherton's fabulous new fantasy series.

Contact Tameri:  Twitter: @TameriEtherton  Facebook: TameriEthertonAuthor
Website: A Cup of Tea and Sorcery


  1. I do like dragons. As to a name I'd probably go for something obvious like "Magic Fire".


  2. I think I would pick something silly like Smokey.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  3. Hi, Tameri and welcome to Get Lost in a Story. I so admire an author who can create like you have. Congratulations on your work.

    1. Thank you, Vicki! I love the fantasy genre, it allows me to let my imagination run wild.

  4. Thank you so much for hosting me, Jillian!

    Love the dragon names so far. Magic Fire and Smokey are brilliant names. My sweet dragon companion, Lady Dazzleton, was named by readers on my website. She's very pink and sparkly, so the name is fitting.

    Looking forward to the rest of the dragon names (hint: some of them might appear in future books!).

  5. Thanks for doing the interview! I love dragons, and I probably would name mine HotShot lol

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  6. Yay! I love character interviews.

    1. Yay! I love that you love character interviews. I had so much fun chatting with Taryn and Rhoane, I might have to do it again.

  7. Fun interview. I thought you made the characters' personalities shine through!

  8. Great to have you back again, Tameri. I'm not sure anyone can actually have a dragon of their very own. They are scary, temperamental creatures at best. I might try something like BOO-YAH. :)

    1. They are extremely temperamental! I would love, love, love a smallish dragon that could sit on my shoulder. We'd get into so much mischief!

      BOO-YAH! That makes me giggle. Love it.

  9. What a cute interview! I definately identify with the pizza problem. Lady Dazzleton is an excellent name for a dragon. I would probably go with something more obvious like Scales or Wingers. My TBR pile just got a little bigger. Thanks Tameri.

    1. Thank you, Peggy! I'm glad you like the interview. :) Wingers! That's a fun name. All these puns on dragon names are giving me a huge smile. I love it.

  10. What a cute interview! I definately identify with the pizza problem. Lady Dazzleton is an excellent name for a dragon. I would probably go with something more obvious like Scales or Wingers. My TBR pile just got a little bigger. Thanks Tameri.

  11. Welcome to GLIAS ! The series sounds great.

    1. Thank you, Angi! It's been great fun to write.

  12. Fun interview. Not sure

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    1. Not sure? I'll bet you have a hidden name tucked away somewhere, but that's okay. You don't have to share your dragon name. :)

      Thanks for commenting!

  13. Tameri - Love the interview as I did both books. Looking forward to the next book of the series as I'm sure Thoanne & Taryn are also.

    1. Hey CD! Thank you so much.

      Rhoane's excited to have his own novella coming out soon and they're both excited for book three. They're a bit peeved with me right now for taking too long! Have a fabulous day. ;)

  14. I'm here! I'm a day late, but I'm here! If I had a dragon, I'd name him Kitty, so I could call, "Here, Kitty, Kitty," and have a dragon show up. But you know I'd rather have a Pegasus because, well, horses. I think I'd name him Kite. I loved-loved-LOVED the Stones of Kaldaar (Dale's reading it now), and I can't wait to dig into the new one!

    1. Only you, my dear friend, only you! Here Kitty, Kitty! So funny. I think a pegasus would be fun, too. Safer, I think as well. No sneezing fireballs!

      So glad you liked book one (I can't believe Dale is reading it, so cool!). Hope you enjoy book two as much. I need to finish up book three soon! Hmm… I think maybe I'll have to see if Aelinae has flying horses. If so, I'll name one Kite just for you. <3

  15. That was cute. But, Rykoto's balls, now I want a shower and a pizza.

    Thanks Tameri!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Haha! Thanks, Patricia! A shower and a pizza sounds awesome. ;)

  16. Thank you so much everyone who commented! I had so much fun reading your dragon names.

    Congratulations to Mary Preston! Random.org chose you as the winner of either a print copy or ebook of The Stones of Kaldaar!

    I'll email you in a minute, but wanted to give a shout out to everyone who played along. <3