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Monday, September 11, 2017

IN HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE by Elizabeth Silver & Jenny Urban Blog Tour

Hi and welcome to our blog tour for In His Majesty’s Service! We’re Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban and we’re so excited to share the next few days with you. Join us as we talk about our writing process, our book, and how we’ve managed not to kill each other after a decade and a half of friendship. And don’t forget to enter for one of two prizes: a swag pack including a t-shirt, a bag, and a $5 Riptide gift card among other goodies; and an all new Kindle Fire 7!

About In His Majesty’s Service

Everyone in the Drion Collective knows that finding your match—the one person in existence with the same soul mark as yours—is the best thing that could ever happen. But the last thing Lord Anders Hawthorne is thinking about when he boards a ship to Drion for the king’s funeral is finding his soul mate.

Captain Zachary O’Connell has the perfect life—his ship, the stars, and no emotional entanglements. When heat sparks between him and Lord Hawthorne, Zach gleefully dives into a no-strings arrangement. He doesn't expect it to last beyond arrival at Drion, any more than he expects trouble along the way.

Trouble quickly finds them, however, and it soon becomes clear that Lord Hawthorne is not only not who he says he is, but also that he's the target of a deadly plot. With danger all around them, Zach and Anders must work together to save the Collective. Meanwhile, Zach must come to grips with losing everything he always thought he wanted, to have the one thing he never dreamed he needed.

World Building
By Elizabeth Silver

I'm a details person.
That will come as no shock to anybody who knows me, of course. What would also not be a surprise to anyone who knows me, is this: I absolutely, positively, one hundred percent adore plotting. Not to mention world building.

When Jenny and I were first planning In His Majesty's Service, part of my giddiness came from knowing that I would finally let my little Plotter heart run free. Religion, politics, classes; it all had to come into play when we were outlining the book. And even if it didn't make it directly into the book, we still had to know it was there. Even figuring how media, fashion, and medicine work in this universe had an impact on how our characters thought, behaved, interacted.

At first, I was intimidated by the sheer magnitude of keep that many details in order. I had charts and OneNote notebooks and a dozen Post-Its all over my workspace. As the designated Plot Girl of our dynamic duo, I felt obligated to make sure everything was as perfect as I could make it. And you know what? It drove me nuts.

I know it sounds excessively anal-retentive, but it helped a lot. By knowing the world we were working in, Jenny and I could better decide how our characters would develop along with the story. Think about it this way: by developing the world so thoroughly behind the scenes, I knew that while Anders might be able to sleep around, and have a grand time doing so, it would be absolutely expected of him to settle down as soon as he finds his match. And where would the rest of the book be without that?

Not nearly as much fun, that’s where.

Instead, we’ve created a world I still get lost in every time I open the book, full of a hundred tiny details I’m dying to explore more and more until I convince Jenny that we really do need at least one sequel. If only because this is our personal sandbox and I never, ever want to leave.

About Elizabeth Silver

Elizabeth Silver is a writer, a tarot reader, a Level Two Cat Lady, and an internet junkie. Her day job is terribly dull, her hobbies oddly specific and quirky, and her husband the most patient person a writer could ask for.

A New Jersey native, Liz is a proud nerd and an awkward human being. She likes to think it makes her endearing. When not writing, Liz can be found collecting tarot cards, chasing Pokemon, fighting her way out of YouTube spirals, and/or performing online searches that will probably land her on a government list somewhere someday.

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About Jenny Urban

Jenny Urban lives not too far from Las Vegas—but not too close—with two cats named after fictional wizards. She has been writing with coauthor Elizabeth Silver for nearly fifteen years, with their first book published in 2010.

When not writing or at the evil day job, she loves to sing, play the piano, read, and watch monster-hunting brothers on TV.

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To celebrate the release of In His Majesty’s Service, one lucky winner will receive a Kindle Fire 7, and a second lucky winner will win a swag pack including a bag, a t-shirt, a $5 Riptide gift card and a collection of paper goodies!

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Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 16, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents


  1. Thank you for the post!
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  2. I'll be checking this one out!
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  3. Thanks for the chance 😀

  4. Congratulations for the book release and thank you for the awesome giveaway chance. Good luck with the rest of the tour :)


  5. Sounds like a very good book. Congratulations on your new release.
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  6. Thanks for the post, and congrats, Liz & Jenny. I like how you get into the world building. It is indeed so important to how you write the characters. That's why I like reading about history and cultural issues b/c it provides so much context for understanding people.. - Purple Reader,
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  7. Thanks for the post, and congrats, Liz & Jenny. I love that this is gay sci-fi, It allows one to build a world and insert characters and social issues that can make it exciting and meaningful at the same time. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  8. Thanks for the post on world building & plotting. I like learning about authors' processes.
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  9. Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the guest post! Looking forward to checking out this book! Thanks - allyswanson at hotmail dot com.