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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Interview with S. Usher Evans, author of The Madion War Trilogy

Hey guys, I am happy to welcome S. Usher Evans to Brittany's Book Rambles to share our interview with all of you! She is the author of many books, but today, I'm specifically highlighting The Madion War Trilogy ^_^ The sequel was just released a couple of weeks ago!

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.
Connect with S. Usher: Website | Twitter | FB | Pinterest | Goodreads | Instagram

What is your writing process like? Do you outline?

S. Usher: After writing almost ten books, I’ve come to accept that my process changes with each book. Generally though, I know the beginning and the end of the story I want to tell. Sometimes, like with my space opera series Razia, I know exactly what I want to write and it’s already plotted out in my head. Others, like with the final Madion War Trilogy book, I have this big question mark for how I’m going to get to Point B. These kind of books always give me a bit more anxiety, because I always question if I’ll ever think of something (spoiler, I usually do)

Which authors and books have influenced you the most?

S. Usher: J.K. Rowling without a doubt. I read Harry Potter once a month from ages 13 (that was when Prisoner of Azkaban came out) to 20 (when the 6th book came out). But more than just the books, I wrote a ton of Harry Potter fan fiction, which allowed me to get feedback on my style and craft early on, and helped me become the writer I am today. Some of those same readers from Harry Potter are still my friends and beta readers today.

What are you favorite and least favorite scenes to write?

S. Usher: I love dialogue, especially when two people are rapid-fire conversing, because that’s usually how I hear it in my head. I hate writing sex scenes, and I hate doing line edits on sex scenes more because it’s like a grammarian is standing in the corner, telling me I’m sexing wrong.

What is the scariest thing you have ever done for fun?

S. Usher: I am a giant chicken, so I rarely do anything scary. But probably the bravest thing I do on occasion is go skiing, and then sit in the middle of the sound where a shark could eat me.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

S. Usher: I ate a bunch of snails when I was in Sevilla in college. They were amazingly delicious.

What is one material possession you can’t live without?

S. Usher: Tied for first place is my laptop and my wifi. Well, I guess I could live without wifi, but I couldn’t live without the ability to write my stories down.

Who was your first OTP?

S. Usher: Harry and Hermione. Hermione deserved so much better than Ron.

What fictional character (could be from a book, movie, or TV show), not from your own books, do you most identify with and why?

S. Usher: I have to actually go with Hermione again. She arrived in my life when I was in middle school, and I was the bossy know-it-all with no friends. But she had friends, so I was like “Hey, maybe there’s hope for me.”

But Liz Lemon from 30 Rock speaks to me on a spiritual level.

Brittany: Thank you, S. Usher, for visiting my blog today! I hope you guys check out all of her books but especially The Madion War Trilogy! All the book info is below ^__^

Publisher: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
Pub Date: April 26th, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country's independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian's medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo's survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.

The Chasm (The Madion War #2) by S. Usher Evans
Publisher: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
Pub Date: July 12th, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
They survived The Island, but can they cross The Chasm?

Four months after Prince Galian was discovered alive on a remote island, he's adjusting slowly to life at the hospital under the Kylaen media's glare. His promises to Theo remain unfulfilled as fear of his father keeps him from taking concrete action. And the more he learns about the machinations in Kylae, the less sure he is that it's possible to make a difference.

Across the great Madion Sea, Major Theo Kallistrate struggles to navigate the tricky political waters of Rave's presidential staff. To make positive change for her people, she must remain relevant and interesting to the Raven media and to the president. When he asks her to deliver a speech on her supposed two-month imprisonment at Mael, she's not sure she can stomach the lies.

The Chasm is S. Usher Evans' breathtaking, fast-paced follow-up to The Island, which readers say is "not to be missed."

The Union (The Madion War #3) by S. Usher Evans
Publisher: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
Pub Date: February 14th, 2016
Buy it: Barnes & Noble
Fifty years of war have led up to this.

Prince Galian spends his days ministering to the sick in Kylae, but his nights strategizing how to change hearts and minds of his people. With the death camp closed, the country is becoming more volatile, and even King Grieg may not be able to maintain control over the warring factions.

Across the Great Madion Sea, Theo Kallistrate seeks an audience with the Raven rebels, rumored to be brewing insurrection against President Bayard. But they don't trust her, and progress has been achingly slow. When the war takes a major turn, Theo and Galian find themselves front and center in a political firestorm that could end with their union…or their funeral.

The Union is the final book in the Madion War Trilogy, which readers have called, "fast-paced," "compelling," and "not to be missed."


  1. Lovely promo post sweetie :D Thank you for sharing about these books. <3 Not for me, but I did like the interview :)