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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

February 9th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 7 Comments »

Alison GoodmanToday we have an exciting interview and giveaway about the Lady Helen books by Alison Goodman! The Dark Days Pact is the second book in the Lady Helen series and was released on January 31, 2017 from Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin. This is a series that we really love here at Dark Faerie Tales! Bridget absolutely loved The Dark Days Club, click here to read her gushing review! Please welcome author Alison Goodman here today to talk about her newest release and more! Then don’t forget to enter the giveaway and the end of the post.

Enter for a chance to win either one (1) grand prize set of Lady Helen books, including a paperback of The Dark Days Club and a hardcover of The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (ARV: $28.98), or to be one of five (5) second prize winners to receive paperback copies of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (ARV: $10.99).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on January 23, 2017 and 12:00 AM on February 13, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about February 14, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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The Dark Days Pact Blog Tour

Dark Faerie Tales: Alison – thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today! To start things off, will you tell us a little bit about the Lady Helen series and where you got the inspiration to write it?

Alison: Thank you for the invitation! I grew up reading Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer novels and I adored everything about the Regency era. In particular I loved the clash of polite society, where civility reigned supreme, and the earthier emotions of lust and desire. The Lady Helen series came out of that love of Austen and Heyer, but also a love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Although Lady Helen doesn’t do battle with vampires, she does come up against a demonic force and she is a warrior like Buffy. However, she is not a modern girl dumped in a drawing room; she is a woman of her time and must deal with her society’s extremely constricted view of womanhood.

The series starts with Book 1, The Dark Days Club. Helen is about to make her debut into London society and realizes she has some extra abilities that don’t really befit a young Regency lady. Then she meets the mysterious Lord Carlston who seems to know a great deal about her and her new talents, and has a rather dubious past. Book 2, The Dark Days Pact, takes the action to the Regency seaside resort of Brighton. The trilogy is set in 1812 England and features real historical events as well as some historical figures such as the “mad, bad and dangerous” Lord Byron and his lover Lady Caroline Lamb, The Prince Regent and Beau Brummell.

DFT: Lady Helen is such a wonderful heroine that I completely adored. She is witty, outspoken, kind, and very entertaining. Out of all her amazing qualities, which one do you think is her best?

Alison: I’m glad that you picked up on her kindness because I think that is probably her best quality, and one that, personally, I think is a core attribute of a decent human being! Coming a close second is Helen’s rationality – she thinks things through logically and comes up with clever solutions. She is also curious, adaptable and, most of the time, honest with herself.

DFT: I am seriously madly in love with Lord Carlston. He’s brave, selfless, kind, stubborn, handsome, dashing, and just all around dreamy in my opinion. Is he based off of anyone in real life or is he just a figment of your imagination?

Alison: Good question. I think Lord Carlston is a mix of my imagination, plus the heroes in the stories that I have enjoyed over my lifetime, and the qualities of some people that I know (or have known). A few of the influences you may recognize are Mr Darcy, Ponyboy, Lord Avon from Georgette Heyer’s These Old Shades, another Avon from an old BBC SF show called Blake’s Seven, a spy character called Callan from a TV show of the same name, my wonderful husband, and a couple of my former boyfriends from way back. The precise alchemical recipe to create Lord Carlston is all of the above plus every book I’ve ever read plus every movie and TV show I’ve ever seen, plus the needs of the story, all combined with the hope that what I find dreamy chimes in with what my readers find dreamy too. Simple! ::hahahahaha::

DFT: The relationship between Lord Carlston and Lady Helen is seriously so swoon worthy. I loved the slow burn romance and the wonderful chemistry they have. If you can without spoiling anything, can you tell us what was your favorite Lady Helen/Lord Carlston moment to write?

Alison: I don’t want to say too much, but there is a moment in The Dark Days Club that my editor told me was the hottest she had ever edited! Oh, all right…it’s a kiss, and I loved writing it because it has so much longing and waiting and desire behind it.

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DFT: I completely adore the friendship between Darby and Helen. Having a loyal friend you can trust is not easy to find. What was it about Darby that allowed Helen to be so open and honest with her?

Alison: In terms of the historical period, it would be fairly unusual for Helen to be quite so friendly with Darby, but The Dark Days Club’s 1812 England has an added danger that brings them closer together. I have tried to keep their friendship within the realms of what might be feasible between a lady of Helen’s high rank and her maid, so the relationship is definitely not equal, but it’s as equal as I imagined both Helen and Darby would be comfortable expressing considering their different social classes (there was very limited social mobility in the Regency). I think Helen appreciates Darby’s cleverness and honesty, her forthright personality, and her sense of right and wrong. Darby is also curious and extremely loyal, and does not give up easily.

DFT: In the book there are a few different types of demons that the Reclaimers have to fight. Can you tell us about a few of the more prominent/dangerous demons and what some of their abilities are?

Alison: The demons are called Deceivers, and are energy creatures. A Deceiver lives hidden within a human body that it has claimed by destroying the soul of the person inside. They live for centuries, are extremely difficult to locate, and feed on human energies using obscene tentacles to harvest their meal. There are too many of them to wipe out and so a Pact has been made between humans and Deceivers so that they can exist together without causing mass hysteria amongst the general human population. There are at least five types of Deceivers who are attracted to various kinds of human energy: the Pavor which thrive on anguish and pain, the Curors which follow bloodlust and battle, the Hedons which seek out creative energy, and the Luxures that feed on sexual energy. The final type is called a Grand Deceiver, considered to be the most dangerous. When a Grand Deceiver rises, it brings destruction and the threat of annihilation.

DFT: This series is such an amazing story, but I imagine it probably wasn’t the easiest story to write. What would you say was the most difficult part when it came to writing The Dark Days Club / The Dark Days Pact?

Alison: I would say creating the historically accurate setting is difficult, but having said that, it is also my joy. I love all the research and finding a way to weave the interesting facts about the time into the story narrative. Another challenge is creating a consistent and original magic system.

DFT: There is still one more book to come in this incredible series, so I am curious if you would be willing to give us any hints as to what we can expect from the third book?

Alison: I can’t say much because it would be spoiler-city. However I can say that the third book is set in Bath in winter during the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Expect snow, full-on action, gorgeous winter clothes and a very big Twelfth Night ball!

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Week One:

1/23 – A Page With a View – Like/Try/Why

1/24 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader – Interview

1/25 – Twinning for Books – Review + Mood Board

1/26 – My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post

1/27 – In Wonderland – Review

Week Two:

1/30 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File

1/31 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Interview

2/1 – Xpresso Reads – Playlist

2/2 – The YA Book Traveler – They Did What?!

2/3 – Icey Books – Guest Post

Week Three:

2/6 – YA Book Central – Excerpt

2/7 – Fiction Fare – Guest Post

2/8 – Forever Young Adult – Coming-Out Ball Mishaps

2/9 – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

2/10 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Reasons to Read

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This contest is provided by Penguin Books!

Enter for a chance to win either one (1) grand prize set of Lady Helen books, including a paperback of The Dark Days Club and a hardcover of The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (ARV: $28.98), or to be one of five (5) second prize winners to receive paperback copies of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (ARV: $10.99)

The Dark Days Pact

Available January 31, 2017 from  Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin

About this Book:

Summer, 1812.

After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, banished from her family and training as a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club. She must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers and prepare to face their master, the elusive Grand Deceiver.

As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle.  Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection.

When Mr. Pike, the hard bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, he has a secret mission for Helen: find the journal left by a mad rogue Reclaimer, before it falls into the hands of the Deceivers. Coerced by Pike, Helen has no choice but to do as ordered, knowing that the search for the journal may bring about Lord Carlston’s annihilation.

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Blog Tour: To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

February 8th, 2017 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 1 Comment »

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I am so excited to be taking part in the To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough blog tour! This is a suspenseful YA thriller that I really enjoyed! I was lucky enough to get to interview Sheryl about this fun story and you can check out her responses below.  I also had a chance to read and review the book and you can check out my full review here! To Catch a Killer will be released February 7, 2017 from Tor Teen!

About Sheryl:

SHERYL SCARBOROUGH is an award-winning writer for children’s television. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, lives in Washington state, and has always had an obsession with forensics. When she was twelve, her home was the target of a Peeping Tom. Sheryl diligently photographed his footprints and collected the candy wrappers he left behind. Unfortunately, he was never caught. But the desire to use evidence to solve a great mystery was sparked inside Scarborough all the same. To Catch a Killer is her debut.

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Dark Faerie Tales: First of all, thank you so much for stopping by and answering a few questions for us today! Can you start off by introducing yourself and telling us a little bit about To Catch a Killer and where you got the inspiration to write if?

Sheryl: Hi. My name’s Sheryl Scarborough and I’m the author of To Catch a Killer. This is the story of sixteen-year-old, Erin Blake whose mother was brutally murdered when she was just two years-old. Creepy as it may seem, the killer left baby Erin in the house, alive. It was three days before the murder was discovered and she was rescued. Erin’s mother never told anyone the identity of her father, so she grew up within a storm of questions about her life. The book begins 14 years later, as Erin decides it’s time to find some answers. She wants to know three things: 1. Who killed her mother? 2. The identity of her father. And, 3. She desperately needs to know that her father—someone she shares DNA with—was not responsible for wrecking her life.

As for inspiration, I have always loved mystery and detective stories, the combination of forensic science and a high school biology class just seemed to offer so many possibilities I couldn’t resist trying to find my way through a story that used it

DFT: Erin is a smart, interesting and resourceful young women and I just adored her.  I love that she took the tragedies of her past and turned it into something useful. She has many wonderful characteristics, but which one do you think is her best?

Sheryl: Well, as an imaginary human, Erin has experienced great loss, consequently the people in her life are very important to her. She will easily put her life on the line to protect or spare anyone of them. But, as a writer, I love working with Erin’s geek-girl addiction to science and forensics. It’s so much fun to write. Erin’s emotional side and her scientific side collide at times, but they are a sort of yin and yang to her complex personality.

DFT: Journey Michaels is a suspect in the murder of Miss P and he also happens to be the boy Erin has been crushing on for years! I pretty much fell head over heels for Journey right away and I can easily see why Erin liked him so much! When creating his character did you pull inspiration from a real person or is he just a figment of your imagination? 

Sheryl: The wounded soulfulness that is the essence of Journey came from my imagination by thinking about what kind of boy Erin would be drawn to. But I do know young men who have experienced a deep loss and even though they are guys and keep their emotions neatly walled-up, it still shows. It creeps out in vulnerable moments. I tried to capture some of that vulnerability while creating the character of Journey.

DFT: If you can without spoiling anything, will you tell us what was your favorite scene to write in To Catch a Killer

Sheryl: I have a lot of favorite scenes, but I think the one that really stands out the most for me is when Erin meets her forensic hero. Even though he’s her uncle, she never met him because he lives in Virginia and works for the FBI. But she’s patterned her entire forensic knowledge and investigation after him as a result of reading his books. So, that moment when he shows up and does something really impressive, he turns out to be the bigger-than-life character she always believed he was.

DFT: I was lucky enough to get an early copy of To Catch a Killer and it came with a cool fingerprinting kit. In the promotional material it mentioned that at a very young age you use to create your own fingerprinting kits out of household products! Could you tell us what you used and if you were ever successful in recovering any good fingerprints? 

Sheryl: What I did when I was young was collect evidence left behind by a peeping Tom that plagued our house. He always let us know that he was there before he would run away. We would call the police and they would come out to investigate but they never caught him. The next day, I would go out and measure the footprints and gather candy wrappers and things he left behind. Then I would be on the lookout for someone wearing certain shoes and munching on those particular candy bars. I never came up with a viable suspect, either. But that didn’t stop me from trying.

DFT: I believe that To Catch a Killer is a standalone novel (correct me if I’m wrong), but what can you tell us about other projects you are working on?

Sheryl: Actually, there is a sequel to To Catch a Killer and maybe more if there’s enough love shown to these characters in book one and two. The sequel answers one main question left open in book one and opens a few new questions, as well. But, until there is an order for more, I’m working on a Zombie Queen destiny story and a contemporary middle grade with a Valkyrie. Can you tell that I love strong female characters?

Quick Fire Questions: (Which do you prefer?)

Reading: Mystery, Fantasy, or Romance? Mystery is my fav.

Bad boy, preppy boy, or nerdy boy? Always love the bad boys. Sigh!

Kick butt heroine, damsel in distress, or a smarty pants? Smarty pants who isn’t afraid to kick butt.

E-reader, Hardcover, or Paperback? E-reader. This way I have all my favorite books with me at ALL times.

Book, TV Show, or Movie? Always. Always. ALWAYS the book!

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Available February 7, 2017 from Tor Teen

About this Book:

Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father’s identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother’s best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother’s killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she’s secretly doing on her own.

Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she’s close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it’s too late.

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Blog Tour: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

February 2nd, 2017 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 2 Comments »

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Welcome to the blog tour for S. Jae-Jones debut novel Wintersong! This novel is about a young woman’s journey to discover her true self amidst the dark, disconcerting setting of a goblin world. Fans of the movie Labyrinth may love the little easter eggs throughout the book. I know I did! I had hoped to have a review to post today but unfortunately I’ve been sick and my poor dog also had to have major surgery so I haven’t had a chance to type it out yet. Check back for my review soon. In the meantime, check out the first 47 pages of the novel here. You can also check out the Wintersong glossary below as this novel deals heavily in the German language and music.

Jae-Jones, S_NO CREDITAbout S.:

S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and erstwhile editrix. When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina, as well as many other places on the internet, including Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.

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Wintersong

Available February 7, 2017 from Thomas Dunne/Macmillan

About this Book:

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

January 31st, 2017 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 2 Comments »

natalie-c-andersonNatalie C. Anderson is here today at Dark Faerie Tales to talk to us about her debut novel City of Saints & Thieves. This novel is set in Kenya with the main character trying to solve the mystery of who killed her mother, except for the fact that she knows exactly who did it and she wants to destroy him. This novel portrays the horrors of war in Africa. I was really shocked with the twists and turns that this novel took. At the end of this post, enter for your chance to win a copy of this fantastic novel. City of Saints & Thieves was released on January 24, 2017 from Penguin books!

Enter for a chance to win one of five (5) finished copies of City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie Anderson (ARV: $18.99).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on January 16, 2017 and 11:59 PM on February 3, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about February 8, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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City of Saints and Thieves Blog Tour

Dark Faerie Tales: To start things off, will you tell us a little about City of Saints and Thieves and where you got the inspiration to write it? 

Natalie: City of Saints and Thieves is a murder mystery set in a fictional city in Kenya. It started out as a bit of a Robin Hood story, if Robin Hood was an African refugee girl. I was based in Nairobi for several years, and traveled for work around the continent doing thousands of interviews with refugees who were being considered for resettlement to the U.S. The stories I heard were just so intense. I knew I wanted to weave the refugee background into the story, but I didn’t want it to be so in-your-face. The stories are haunting and I think you have to tread carefully in telling them in a non-sensationalized way. Hence, it starts out with the current day, years after Tina and her mother fled Congo, but inevitably winds it’s way back to the events that so hugely shaped Tina’s life.

DFT: I love, love, love that the book is set in Kenya, but it is definitely a unique setting for a YA book. What made you pick that particular country as your setting?

Natalie: I started writing the book when I was on a work trip back to Kenya after a few years of being away. Just stepping off the plane was such a jolt to my senses! Everything seemed so full of life – from the jungle-like gardens to the bustling streets to the packed markets. I wanted to set a street-savvy girl in a place like that where she’d really have to hustle to stay afloat. And I wanted Sangui City to feel both exotic and accessible. For anyone who knows the area, I like to think of it as having the coastal beauty and culture of Mombasa with the verve and edge of Nairobi.

DFT: Tina has had a very difficult life full of many trials but that has made her who she is. Out of all her amazing qualities, which one would you say is her best?

Natalie: Ooo, that’s tough! I think she would say that her best skills are as a cat burglar – those are the ones she’s worked so hard to hone. But I think underneath her tough exterior, and even though she makes her living in a morally questionable way, I’d say her best quality is that at her core she wants to make things right in her complex world. She lives by “rules,” that give her a sense of control. Every bad thing that happens leads to a rule, so she won’t make the same mistake twice. She’s super strict on herself. She desperately wants to know the truth about what happened to her mother, and set it right. She feels a huge sense of responsibility to make sure her sister is safe. But all of this rigidity, of course means that when she breaks, she breaks hard. Can’t say anymore without spoilers!

DFT: Out of your entire cast of characters, who do you personally relate to the most and why? 

Natalie: Ha! I think I’m probably the most like Michael. He’s a little naïve, a little love-struck, torn in his loyalty to competing interests (his family vs. Tina). And at the end of the day, he probably wants everyone to just get along and play nice. Of course, that would make for a boring story, wouldn’t it? Sorry, Michael.

DFT: I imagine that to write a book like this it took a great deal of research on your part to make it accurate. But I’m curious while performing your research, what was the craziest piece of information you came across? 

Natalie: Definitely! Like I mentioned before, I’ve interviewed thousands of refugees – not just from Congo, but from all over Africa, and the stories I could tell would make your hair turn white. People entrusted me with those stories for very specific reasons, so I don’t disclose personal stories, but use the general details to fill in over-arching narratives. Maybe the craziest part – the most gut-punching part – is that in the process of helping people access resettlement, I discovered that the US has some seriously messed up rules and restrictions in place that prevent some of the most deserving refugees to access. For example, if you provide “material support” to terrorist organizations you’re barred from entry. Sounds like a good law, right? Until you find out that “material support” can include unwillingly “giving” your body as a sex-slave to a group of militia. Or maybe you were forcibly recruited at 9 years old to be a child soldier. You’re made to carry a gun, participate in violence. You were just a kid, and you were forced, but it doesn’t matter. You’re barred from resettlement. Or, on the other hand, maybe your government is terrible and corrupt and you sympathize with freedom fighters. If you so much as give a fighter a drink of water, boom, you’re barred. There are a lot of good people working to fix these laws, but I do worry that with this new administration, it could get even worse.

DFT: We all know that the editing process can be rather vigorous and at times scenes have to be cut whether you want them to be or not. If you can, without spoiling anything, share one of your favorite deleted scenes?

Natalie: Okay, well, after that rather dark digression, let’s talk about make-overs! I love a good Cinderella make-over scene, and I had a really fun one where Tina has to go to a fancy party with the Greyhills, and Boyboy decides to take her grooming into his own hands. He comes to the Greyhill’s mansion, strip-mines Michael’s sister’s closet, puts her in a gorgeous dress and does Tina’s hair, nails, the works. Sigh! It was so fun!

DFT: City of Saints and Thieves is your debut novel, can you tell us what your reaction was when you found out you were going to be a published author?

Natalie: Um, I stuck to the normal routine of running in circles and screaming my head off. A little crying, some dancing. Isn’t that what everyone does?

DFT: Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that City of Saints and Thieves is a standalone novel, so can you tell us anything about your current project you are working on?

Natalie: It is stand-alone, but boy I hate giving up these characters! Right now I’m working on a story that is set in the same world – Sangui City — but the MC is a refugee boy from Somalia who has to become a spy in order to save his family. Readers will probably find it a bit darker than City, but it’s a story I just can’t shake. One of those ideas that gets stuck in your head and demands to be written. And who knows, maybe there will one day be a story that overlaps both sets of characters! But nothing is in the works… yet.

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Enter for a chance to win one of five (5) finished copies of City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie Anderson!

City of Saints and Thieves

Available January 24, 2017 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin

About this Book:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

January 27th, 2017 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 4 Comments »

mariaWelcome to the start of the blog tour for Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder. I am a HUGE fan of the Study Series and being able to interview one of my all time favorite heroines is amazing. Dawn Study is the 6th novel in the series and it will be releasing on January 31, 2017! If you haven’t started reading this epic high fantasy you really should start now. You can check out my review for Poison Study here and my review for the rest of the series should be posting soon!

Down below you will get to see my interview with Yalena and there is also a fantastic giveaway for 10 finished copies of Dawn Study! There will be both U.S. and International winners!

About Maria:

Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria’s research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address: moc.redynsvairamnull@airam.

You can visit Maria around the web here: Website | Blog | Facebook

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Interview with Yalena

Dark Faerie Tales: Hi Yelena! Thank you so much for agreeing to meet with us today. To start things off will you introduce yourself so those of us who haven’t read your story yet will get a taste of your story?

Yelena: Thank you for inviting me! Ha! “A taste of your story” is very clever since you know that I started out by working for the Commander of Ixia as his food taster. It was either that or the noose, so I figured tasting foods for poisons might let me live long enough to figure a way out of my situation. Then my life became even more complicated when I found out I had magic—a crime in Ixia, and I started falling in love with Valek, the Commander’s security chief. I managed to discover a way to not be killed and was exiled to Sitia to learn how to use my magic. Of course things weren’t all roses and sunshine in Sitia and I had to deal with a magical serial killer, a Master Magician who hated me, a long lost brother who also hated me, and a very…quirky family that lived in the trees.  All the while, Valek and I stayed together and we’re still dealing with various problems, including the Commander’s recent decision to invade Sitia, which we’re hoping to stop, but, to tell you the truth, it isn’t looking good for us.

DFT: You have some very unique and special magical abilities at your disposal and you have been able to do some amazing things in your life. I’m curious what is your favorite thing about your magic and if you could have any other magical power what would it be?

Yelena: Well, I had those magical abilities and I’m hoping to get them back sooner rather than later as they would come in handy as we’re trying to stop a war. When I had my magic, I really loved helping others either by healing them or guiding their souls to find peace in the sky. I also loved communicating with my horse Kiki! I really miss “talking” to her and would love to hear her again – even if it’s just some cryptic horse advice. If I get my magic back, I swear I’ll never complain about her advice ever again!

DFT: A year ago I had the opportunity to interview your heart mate Valek and I thought it would be fun to ask you some of the same questions I asked him! I know you two have been together a long time now, but when was the first moment you found yourself falling in love with Valek?

Yelena: That’s a hard one to pin down. I started out being terrified of the man, but as we worked together, I realized he wasn’t as scary as he likes you to believe. And then when Dilana made that comment about Valek being sweet on me, I had to acknowledge that I had a crush on him. After I drank a little too much brandy for the Commander’s meeting, I finally relaxed enough to admit I had deeper feelings for him. I thought he wasn’t interested, but then we spent a few nights in a dungeon together and he confessed his love. Yeah, I know not the most romantic of places, but I did think I was going to die and we wouldn’t get another chance.

DFT: Valek and you have a very interesting story and you have now been together for many years. We as the readers have been with you for much of your journey together and we all have our favorite Valek/Yelena moments, but what is your favorite memory with Valek?

Yelena: Well, this is a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read the books, so if that’s you skip to the next question before you read anymore!  My favorite memory is when he asked me to marry him! He showed me the true depth of his feelings for me and how I was more important than the Commander. Again not the most conventional of proposals, but I’ve learned our lives will never fit the norm and we have to seize those moments when they come because we might not get another chance.

DFT: Valek is an amazing man and there are so many things I love about him! What is your favorite physical attribute of his and what do you think is his best quality?

Yelena: His best quality is his loyalty and how he will do anything, including risking his own life, to protect the people he loves.  My favorite physical attribute is his sapphire-blue eyes! The intense way he gazes at me as if nobody else in the world exists, just sets my heart on fire. And the rest of me too!

DFT: You have come a long way since you were a poison taster and I know you have learned much throughout your journey. If you could share one piece of advice to all of us what would it be?

Yelena: Don’t give up!  Don’t give up hope and don’t give up your efforts to overcome your problems. There is always a solution and it’s just a matter of using persistence and determination to find that solution.

DFT: I am so sad to know that your story has come to an end but I’m curious if you know what Maria is currently working on or what she has in store for us next?

Yelena: I believe Maria is working on a science fiction story for young adults. She’s waiting to hear back from publishers about when and if it might be available. There’s also another fantasy series she has sketched out and hopes to write as well.

Quick Fire Questions:

Favorite Weapon? My bo staff.

Favorite food?  Sweet cakes.

Favorite book? I’ve no idea! I haven’t had much time to read and all the books I’ve read tend to deal with espionage, spying, fighting, and reading body language!

Favorite season? The cold season! Having grown up in Ixia, Sitia is too hot for me most of the year. Besides, cuddling with Valek under a warm blanket in front of a roaring fire is one of my favorite things to do!

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/23/2017-a GREAT read– Interview

1/24/2017- Books for Thought– Review

1/25/2017- YABC– Guest Post

1/26/2017- Mundie Moms– Review

1/27/2017- Dark Faerie Tales– Interview

 

Week Two:

1/30/2017- Kindle and Me– Review

1/31/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

2/1/2017- Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne– Review

2/2/2017- Moonlight Gleam Reviews– Interview

2/3/2017- The Bibliophile Chronicles– Review

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This giveaway is provided by Maria V Snyder & Rockstar Book Tours!

Six lucky winners will receive a finished copy of Dawn Study, US Only.

Four lucky winners will receive a finished copy of Dawn Study, International.

Dawn Study

Available January 31, 2017 by MIRA Ink

About this Book:

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person’s resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.”

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