Blog Tour: Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson


Welcome to today’s stop on the THE HEART OF BETRAYAL blog tour! We’re happy to share with you today a special guest post with gorgeous photography selected by Mary E. Pearson herself. In addition, Macmillan is offering a giveaway for a copy of  the book! We cannot stress to you enough how much you need this fantasy series in your life…

Blog Tour: Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. PearsonThe Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Published by Macmillan on July 7, 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.


Mary has shared some of the Geographic Inspirations Behind the World of The Remnant Chronicles. I can tell you one thing, I’m now inspired to take a vacation or two in the near future…


Ruins fascinate me. They give us a glimpse of another world where people went about their daily lives, eating, sleeping, crying, laughing, and doing all the things we do every day. Most of their personal stories are forever lost to us and history. And how many of their great architectural achievements have already been reclaimed by the earth? When I traveled through Europe I loved seeing how ruin and renewal blend together. In Montalcino, Italy I stayed at an inn that dated back to the 13th century, but it also had all the modern conveniences—along with the ghosts of yesterday. Literally. Yes, the innkeepers told us human remains were closed up between the walls. Ruins have so many secrets which is what adds to their mystery.

Natural overgrowth in ruins This castle ruin provides the inspiration for locations within The Heart of Betrayal Chernobyl is yet another inpiration for the ruined towns in The Heart of Betrayal

Images of Chernobyl fascinated me too—which is more of a modern ruin. The Chernobyl disaster happened only 28 years ago, but forest is already swallowing up the abandoned cities. Two hundred years from now, will it look like much of a city at all?

Beach towns

On a California coastal road trip I came across some beautiful little bays that helped inspire Terravin. One was a crystal blue bay in Big Sur—complete with waterfall—that you have to hike to get to.  Another was a sleepy little seaside town, Avila Beach, which is tucked away down a pretty winding road. Not too big, not too tiny. Just perfect for Terravin. I “decorated” Terravin with some vivid images of the tiny island of Burano, Italy that I had visited some years back. It’s a beautiful little island with fishing boats lining its docks and bright colorful homes dotting the landscape. Someone on the island told me they originally painted their houses bright colors so fishermen would know which house was theirs as they headed back home.

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Natural Wonders

Lia spends some time traveling through the Cam Lanteux (Forbidden Territories) and lots of natural landscapes helped inspire that, including Moab and Bryce Canyon in Utah, places that naturally inspire wonder.

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They are many more geographic locations from around the world that helped inspire me as I wrote the world of The Remnant Chronicles. For a peek of more of those images, you can visit my Pinterest page.


About Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Remnant Chronicles, The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei and Scribbler of Dreams. She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

Mary loves to read and to work in the garden. It's a great place to think about stories she's working on. Mary is one of the few people she knows who likes to weed. She also enjoys long walks, snow skiing, cooking, family get-togethers and traveling to new places.

Thanks to Macmillan, one lucky winner will receive
a hardcover copy of The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson!
Open to US and Canada only. Void where prohibited.

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  1. Lia says:

    It feels like I just read the last book! I was soo worried July 2015 wouldn’t come after I read this right after it came out.

  2. Kaitlyn A. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, but I have heard some wonderful things about it!

  3. Susan T. says:

    I’m super excited for this book to finally come out! I love this post about all the cool places too. Chernobyl has always fascinated me too but I don’t think I’d want to visit!

  4. Brittany T says:

    I need this pretty in my life so badly. I want to binge read both books since i have been warned about cliffs! Thanks for the awesome giveaway ladies
    <3 Britt

  5. Carina Olsen says:

    Ah, this guest post is oh so gorgeous 😀 Thank you so much for sharing about it Jenna. <3 You are awesome. I'm not reading this book, but oh, it is so gorgeous 🙂 Love the cover.

  6. Deanna says:

    I read the first one not long after it was released and I loved it so now I can’t wait to get my hands on this one and read it. 🙂

  7. digne says:

    How did I miss this post on the tour!!!? I just love this series. It’s been almost 2 months since I read tHoB but I still can’t get over it.

    So nice to get a little view inside Pearson’s head in this post.

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