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Emma Raveling – Guest Post & Giveaway

We’re excited to have YA Paranormal author Emma Raveling here with us at SVR today to celebrate the release of the first book in the Ondine Quartet – Whirl.  She’s written up a fun guest blog of her interviewing the main character in Whirl, Kendra! So read on to learn a bit more about this book that definitely caught my attention and there’s a giveaway at the end of the post too! Let’s all give Emma a warm welcome. 🙂

Book Blurb: 

“Seventeen-year-old Kendra Irisavie is an ondine, a water elemental caught in the middle of an ancient war with the Aquidae, immortal dark demons who will stop at nothing to destroy the fragile balance of the Elemental world.

Fierce and independent, Kendra has always played by her own rules. Gifted with the powerful magic of Virtue and trained to be a deadly fighter, she has spent her life breaking hearts and getting into trouble.

When her life explodes one violent night in a northern California city, a dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past. Alone and with no one to trust, she must now navigate through a dangerous new world, face the temptations of a forbidden romance, and remain true to her duty and destiny.

All while the Aquidae continue to hunt her down, in the hopes of eliminating her forever…

An edgy urban fantasy/paranormal romance, Whirl is recommended for older teens and mature readers due to strong language and mild sexual situations.”

Welcome to SVR Emma!


 Hi everyone. First, I want to thank Judi for having me on her blog. Today I’ll be interviewing Kendra, the main character of Whirl and the entire
Ondine Quartet series.

Emma: Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions, Kendra.

Kendra: Sure.

Emma: Tell us a little about yourself.

Kendra: Not much to tell. I’m a seventeen-year-old Ondine living in

Emma: And what exactly is an ondine?

Kendra: An Ondine is a water elemental. Unlike our dessondine ancestors
(creepy immortal creatures that live underwater *shudders*), we’re
mortal because of our part-human blood and we live on land.

Emma: What’s the best part of being an ondine?

Kendra: Probably my Virtue, which is the magic of Empath. I have to admit,
it’s very useful.

Emma: Really? What do you use it for?

Kendra: Things like playing poker at a club or figuring out how guys think.
And, of course, knowing what a teacher is feeling makes it easy to come up with
creative ways of getting out of class.

Emma: You use other people’s emotions to gain information?

Kendra: *shrugs* Sure. I mean it’s the cornerstone of my tactical
training with my mom. Gather as much intel as you can so you have every single
option available to you. How can you plan effectively if you don’t have enough

Emma: Don’t you mean scheme rather than plan? After all, you do get a
certain look on your face when…

Kendra: *rolls eyes* I do not have a look.

Emma: Um, actually in the book there were several moments where…

Kendra: Yeah, well. Just because you’re the writer doesn’t mean you know
everything about me.

Emma: I see. You’re very confident.

Kendra: *gives dangerous smile*

Emma: You also seem rather private. Do you allow others to get close to you?

Kendra: *long pause* Emotions are only useful for gathering
information. Having friends or forming relationships and attachments
creates…unnecessary complications. My mother taught me that.

Emma: Your mother, Naida Irisavie, trained you your entire life. Anything you
can share with us about that?

Kendra: She raised me to be a fighter. Being Rogue, we live among humans
outside of ondine communities. Those nasty Aquidae demons are crawling
everywhere – gotta be ready for an attack at any moment.

Emma: Besides pursuing your martial arts training, what kind of things do
you enjoy doing?

Kendra: I love prowling the city at night. It’s a whole other feeling, you
know? It feels like…I’m free. Alone and going to clubs – I really enjoy dancing
and working off restless energy with the guys I meet there.

Emma: Doesn’t your mother object to you running around alone at night? I
mean, with all the Aquidae out there…

Kendra: What she doesn’t know won’t hurt her.

Emma: So you sneak around at night…

Kendra: *glares*

Emma: Oh, excuse me. I meant, wow. You are a shadowy warrior, a ninja
who stealthily makes the night her own.

Ninja Kendra

 Kendra: *sniffs* That’s better.

Emma: And now for the random portion – please answer as quickly as you can:

Favorite clothing accessory: My dagger, given to me by my mother on my thirteenth birthday.

Chocolate or vanilla: Neither. Not big on the sweet stuff.

Red, pink, black, blue, or purple: Sky blue

Most important value to you: Strength

Your worst nightmare: Being caged or locked up

Your greatest desire: To take out as many Aquidae as I can.

Emma: Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Kendra: Anytime.



Thanks so much Emma & Kendra! 🙂

Giveaway Details:

Emma Raveling has been gracious enough to supply a digital copy of her ebook Whirl to one of my readers! Contest is open to Everyone. I believe that Emma will be popping in to respond to comments or questions as she’s able, so feel free to ask her questions as well.

Question: We all know that Vampires, Weres, Demons & Angels have been some of the most popular paranormal characters out there and an Ondine is a relatively unknown supernatural being. What other supernatural or paranormal beings would you like to see more of in either books, TV or movies that aren’t one of the more popular ones? 

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

I’m going to streamline this, so for each follow on twitter, facebook, goodreads or subscription to my blog, you can add an extra entry but be sure to let me know in your comment along with your username at each of them.

If you tweet about this contest, put up on facebook or post about it in your blog, for each link you provide, you get an extra entry.

  • Contest is open to Everyone and will run through October 5thth until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on October 6th.
  • Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won, but please post it like wilmaflinstone(at)boomshakalaka(dot)com so you don’t get any spam. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

Please leave your links in one comment if possible. And yes I know I should get that Rafflecopter everyone’s using, lol.  Thanks!


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  1. Hi, Emma

    Welcome to the Blog. Do you have any plans to make this book in a series? I can’t wait to read your book. It sounds really great. torivicious

    Comment by Victoria Zumbrum | September 21, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hi torivicious – Thank you! I’m very happy to be here. Yes, Whirl is actually the first book in the Ondine Quartet series. As the name implies, there will be a total of four books in the series. I’m currently working very hard on the second book, Billow, and hope to have it out by the end of the year.

    Comment by Emma | September 21, 2011 | Reply

  3. […] Life / Ondine Quartet Series Skip to comments (0) ↓   Today I’m guest posting over at Sidhe Vicious. It’s a really fun post in which I interview Kendra, the main character of Whirl. Judi has been a […]

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  4. I’d like to see more gargoyles.

    Comment by SandyG265 | September 21, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hi Emma, great interview! Kendra sounds like a fascinating character and I love seeing an original new paranormal element in fiction. I’d personally like to see more characters that are tied to nature such as elves and elementals like your Ondines. I always love elvish type characters when I am lucky enough to find them in books. Thanks for the chance to win a digital copy of Swirl!
    Donna @ The Happy Booker

    Comment by Donna | September 21, 2011 | Reply

  6. Great interview Emma (& Kendra of course)! 🙂 I was going to say exactly the same thing as Donna LOL! I love well written stories about elves, pixies, faeries, and elementals. I also enjoy reading about Banshees and things associated with Irish lore. I am unfamiliar with Ondines and look forward to grabbing a copy of Whirl!

    M.D. Christie

    Comment by M.d. Christie | September 21, 2011 | Reply

  7. @sandyG265 – Gargoyles are definitely interesting! I’ve been meaning to read some UF books recently that feature gargoyles – I heard CE Murphy’s The Negotiator series is supposed to be a good one. And I know there are a few others that do use gargoyles, though as you mentioned, there aren’t that many.

    @Donna, @MD Christie – I’m glad to hear that elementals appeal to you! I also love writing about elementals because of that connection to nature/the earth. There is a particular kind of sensuality and seductiveness to elementals – something about connecting who we are as humans/supernatural creatures/races/society to a primal and essential element of life.

    @MD Christe – I understand the enjoyment of reading about supernatural creatures (like Banshees) when they’re tied to a particular culture or mythology (like Irish lore). I think when we read a book about the paranormal and certain elements of the plot are connected to a culture or mythology, it just makes the story that much stronger. Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series is an excellent example of this. Each book is influenced by a particular myth or culture. In the Ondine Quartet series, my story is tied and certainly influenced in many ways by French culture/mythology.

    Comment by Emma | September 22, 2011 | Reply

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