Award-Winning author of The Lotus Effect and the Rise Of The Ardent Series. Bridget Ladd never quite grew up. She's most likely to be caught carrying a pocketful of souvenir rocks and shells (to the washer's dismay) and gets excited over trivial things like colorful ponies and raiding tombs alongside her long-time favorite video game pal, Lara Croft. The smell of freshly turned dirt and the sea air are her favorites, and she isn't above doing twirling spins barefoot in the grass on a beautiful day in her yard.
- Her books are her shields and she will admit to having her head in the clouds more times than she probably should . . . but she doesn't let any of this bother her too much, remembering her favorite quote by Le Guin, and knowing that the creative adult is indeed the child who survived.
- Book title: The Lotus Effect (Book 1), Ardent Ascension (Book 2), Dash and Cinder (short-story)
- Genre: Young-Adult, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Romance
- Synopsis: An improbable partnership. An unforgettable love.
Lily Emerson, daughter of the Head of Council and Mistress of Science, has lived a privileged life. It's Lily's 18th nameday, the day she is to follow in her mother's footsteps, becoming the next Mistress of Science--the most powerful woman in all of City Prosper. The Architect and designer of Prosper's future.
During the night of her Coronation, the corruption of the Council spreads before her . . . opening her eyes to the cruelty that resides in the Council, even within her own parents. Lily realizes now the title of Mistress only comes with superficial power, and to truly save the citizens--she has to fight.
Fight in the Barrage--the mechanical gladiatorial tournament in which one chosen pair of volunteers from each Sector fights, armor-clad and as a team, utilizing unique weapon specialties: the Gatling gun, the Cestus, Klaives, Crescent Knives, mechanically engineered beasts--in the hope to win the right to change the Law. A law that has remained unchanged since its creation almost eighty years ago.
The tournament that Xander, Engineering Blacksmith and Lily's partner, believes she has no business being in.
But Lily's different. And she sets out to prove just that.
If you're a fan of adventure, fighting for survival, unlikely female heroines, and romance--then grab your copy today!
- Publish date: July 18th 2013
It's a real delight to catch up with the beautiful and talented Bridgett Ladd today. Welcome Bridget.
Instead, she throws her title away in a rash moment, turns her back on everything she’d ever known, and steps out into the unknown. (The often dangerous territory her citizens must live in.) To make matters worse, she volunteers herself into a battle which is held every thirteen years to earn the opportunity to change the Law. An opportunity she knows is likely to kill her, but she’s willing to take the risk to prove her worth to the people of her city.
That’s when she meets the mysterious Xander. Together, with his help and valuable training, they take on the government and fight to take back their city.
The Lotus Effect is packed full of action, adventure, and romance!
- What other writing have you done?
Other than my two novels in the Rise Of The Ardent series, I just recently published a short story entitled, Dash and Cinder. It’s a Cinderella retelling. A Cinderella retelling with an Indian, Steampunk, Sci-fi, romancy, twist!
- Which scene from your book do you like best and why?
Action scenes. I enjoy writing them and from what I’ve been told from reviewers, they can be a BIT dicey. As in, brutal. Not gory or anything like that, just edge of your seat, rollercoaster of a ride sort of action. Fight scenes, near death rescues. The type of action that makes you cringe a little if you were to imagine yourself in the main character’s shoes. (But then again, Xander is present during a good majority of those scenes with Lily, soooo imagining yourself in her shoes wouldn’t be so bad. ;) *Omigosh, that’s sad, I’m crushin’ on my own characters!*
- Which is your favourite character and why?
I strive to make all my characters believable so readers can connect with them on a personal level and feel empathetic towards their struggles. I also imagine up entire backstories for side characters too! With that said, I have lots of favorites. But of course, I have to mention Lily (the story is seen through her eyes) and Xander (her partner). Someone once told me Xander was their new ‘Book Boyfriend’. (I’m okay with this. J) I’ve noticed he’s a favorite of many of my readers. Xander’s character traits took a little more molding on my part than Lily’s did when I was first developing them, but now, he comes so naturally to me. It’s almost as if Lily and Xander are demanding I write their story and I have no other choice than to type feverously away. *Nope, that doesn’t sound crazy at all...!*
Critical Mass – Prophesy Of Divine Judgment
Soul Arbor: (This one might be a Spoiler! Just a warning! It’s awesome though.)
C21 FX – Blood Red Roses
And for my recently published short story, Dash and Cinder: (The YouTube image matches the story perfectly too!)
Future World Music – The Ascent
- What are you working on now?
Book #3, Soul Arbor. Writing has been going swimmingly. There’s more action, more romance, more sheer craziness all around.
- Who would you choose to read your audiobook?
There’s already an audiobook for The Lotus Effect. *Yippie!* It’s narrated by the talented Elizabeth Klett and is currently available on Audible, (Free with a trial membership!), ITunes, and Amazon. J
- What is your favourite quote?
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still find it to be a beautiful place.”
(That’s a little sneak peek from Soul Arbor’s first few introductory pages. I love this quote; it’s beautiful and I find it to be a perfect mantelpiece to the story to follow.)
Thanks for taking a look at this interview and my work. If you do ever feel inclined to read The Lotus Effect, please let me know what you think. If anything, I hope you fall headlong into Lily and Xander’s world and I hope it brings you all kinds of joy.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Bridget. You’ve been absolutely charming.
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