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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

November 20th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 144 Comments »

Maggie StiefvaterHere at Dark Faerie Tales, we are huge fans of Maggie Stiefvater. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is an amazing book that we loved and obsessed over. Make sure to read the accompanying review post to see what Michelle has to say about that. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is available now!

One lucky reader will receive The Raven Boys,  The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck. A huge thank you to Scholastic for the giveaway! This giveaway is only open to US addresses only.

About Maggie:

Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and byBookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers WeeklySchool Library JournalThe Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.”Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.

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

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If you have been following The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour, you will have seen some amazing interpretations of the Major Arcana 22-card tarot deck that Maggie Stiefvater has designed for this campaign. Each tour stop has featured one tarot card from the deck. Not only do readers get an insight between the relationship of the Tarot card to the books in The Raven Cycle series, but one winner will win a copy of one of the Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot decks!

The tarot is a divination system that uses a deck of cards to gain insight. Most decks are comprised of 78 cards divided into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, with each card being symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth. The Major Arcana are known as the “trump cards” because they impart messages of greater weight and significance than the Minor Arcana.

Maggie Stiefvater Tarot Cards

To see each of the 22 tarot cards that has been featured on the tour, visit the This Is Teen’s Pinterest page for the tour, with a copy of the artwork and a link to each tour stop.

Dark Faerie Tales is please to present to you The Sun Card.

The Sun Tarot

The Sun is card number 19, and represents positivity and success. From reading The Raven Cycle books, we understand that interpreting a tarot card is based on what the original intention of a question is. We can look at the many connections that connect The Sun to The Raven Cycle series. Tarot reading is about learning a combination of knowledge and intuition, based on the symbolism of The Sun tarot card as well as the information we have from The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and now, Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Let’s hold a reading of The Sun to interpret the meaning, as related to the past, the present, and the future. And while our interpretation could mean one thing, the tarot could tell an entirely different story for you.

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Past:

While The Sun tarot means fun, warmth, success and positivity, it is also an image of optimism and fulfilment . The Raven Boys is the introduction of such positivity. There was a commonality to search for Glendower. While Gansey drove the original thought, it quickly became something positive for everyone else. Glendower held a goal, with the hopes of achieving success. If we look at success in the other term of the word, we would then have to look at Gansey. Gansey, in particular is epitome of success. He seeks out, and he achieves.

“You’re as bad as Gansey,” Adam said, but he didn’t sound as if he thought that was very bad at all. “He doesn’t need anything but to know it’s real.”

In The Dream Thieves, success comes to the best of them. Whether the original instance was a positive or negative one, each single person had a version of success. They are one step closer to Glendower, and in reality, to the end. It was a little more difficult to interpret The Sun with The Dream Thieves. The book, overall, had a darker theme, and that may have clouded success and positivity, at least for us.

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Present:

In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, success was sought after, and success was taken. Without spoiling too much, there was much to categorize as success. An argument won, an item retrieved, or even an impossible task achieved. Stiefvater wrote Blue Lily, Lily Blue as an in-between book. And while many people may have not thought there would be much success written out, we felt there were many. Most of these successful instances were achieved closer to the end of the story, so we won’t spoil it for anyone. But just know, that they are there, and they were written really well.

Future:

As for the future, there can only be one outcome – positivity AND success. But the road to success won’t be easy. From reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the reader will discover many things that will prove that statement true. There will be sacrifices and eye-opening moments, but in the end, we feel that there will be success. For Glendower, for The Raven Boys, and even for Blue.

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One lucky reader will receive The Raven BoysThe Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck!
(US addresses only)

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Blue Lily Lily Blue

Available October 21, 2014 from Scholastic Press

About this Book:

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

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Blog Tour: Month9Books Birthday featuring Jackie Morse Kessler

October 31st, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 4 Comments »

Jackie Morse KesslerHappy Halloween from Dark Faerie Tales!! Halloween is also the 2nd Birthday for Month9Books and we are celebrating today with an awesome giveaway and a Halloween themed guest post from Jackie Morse Kessler. Jackie’s novel To Bear An Iron Key is a young adult fantasy novel. This novel is available for purchase now.

There are some awesome giveaways to celebrate Month9Books Birthday Bash! One lucky winner will receive a new Kindle with Touchscreen loaded with all Month9Books titles! (US only) One lucky winner will receive 5 Month9Book titles in paperback! (US only) Two lucky winner’s will receive eBook copies of 5 Month9Books titles! (International)

About Jackie:

Jackie is the author of the acclaimed YA series Riders of the Apocalypse, published by Harcourt/Graphia. The first two books in the quartet, HUNGER and RAGE, are YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers; in addition, HUNGER has been nominated for several awards and RAGE is an International Reading Association YA Choice. RAGE, LOSS and BREATH are Junior Library Guild selections.

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

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Welcome to Month9Books Birthday Bash! We’re so excited you’re all stopping by!

This is going to be an awesome event with many tour stops featuring our authors! The full schedule is below and make sure to stick around for the EPIC Giveaway taking place!

Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!

“Month9Books is turning 2 this year and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.

–Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books”

While all of the posts are from our authors that have books out already we also want to look forward to some of the 2015 titles we can’t wait to share with you!

Here’s a slide show of some our 2015 books!

We have a ton of sequels coming as well as new books from awesome debut authors and we’re so excited to share them all with you! We have something for everyine from every genre from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to Paranormal and Horror!

Meet the Authors and amazing host Blogs!
All posts will be live on October 31st!

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Halloween Dress Up
by Jackie Morse Kessler

Halloween, oh Halloween. You’d think a writer would love Halloween, but it’s actually stressful for me. I never know what to dress up as. We have friends who do costume parties, so going as an author just doesn’t work. They actually want, you know, costumes. And so, creativity! Who would I dress up as for Halloween?

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to go as The Doctor and River Song. These days, there are more Doctor Who costume options. But back then? Not so much. We tried four different costume shops, to no avail.

Finally, we went to a store that specialized in costumes for local theater troupes. My husband found a pinstriped suit, a tan overcoat, and a wig that kinda sorta worked. He already had the right sneakers and the sonic screwdriver.

Me, I rented a set of Army fatigues, bought trick handcuffs, and found a curly wig that was the absolute wrong color (platinum blond). Also bought colored hairspray to turn the wig a more brassy color.

Dr Who

(Yeah, I know, technically, Loving Husband should have gone as Eleven, not Ten, but we both prefer David Tennant’s run over Matt Smith’s. And we made it work because of wibbly wobbly timey wimey. So there.)

No one at the party knew who we were supposed to be. :)

Last year, I was a vampirate.

Vampirate

You don’t even want to know how long it took me to brush out that wig.

This year, my husband and I agreed to go as Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. (Cheap wig and all!) Had to add the gloves because of my Raynaud’s. But they’re unraveling, so I thought they were appropriate. :)

Jack and Sally

Maybe I should start thinking about next year’s costume. Hmm. Who to be?

Who are you dressing up as for Halloween?

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This giveaway is provided by Month9Books!

One lucky winner will receive a new Kindle with Touchscreen loaded with all Month9Books titles! (US only)
One lucky winner will receive 5 Month9Book titles in paperback! (US only)
Two lucky winner’s will receive eBook copies of 5 Month9Books titles! (International)

To Bear An Iron Key

Available May 6, 2014 from Month9Books

About this Book:

This richly-imagined universe from an acclaimed fixture of YA storytelling introduces a the young witch Bromwyn, a strong heroine who wields great power. Five years ago, Bromwyn refused a gift from the powerful fairy king. Tonight, on Midsummer, that decision comes back to haunt her. When her best friend Rusty picks the wrong pocket, he and Bromwyn are all that stand between their village and the rampaging fairies who have pushed through the World Door. If they cannot outwit the fairy king and queen before the World Door closes at sunrise, the friends will lose everything–their village, Bromwyn’s magic, and Rusty’s life.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

October 30th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 19 Comments »

Claudia GrayPlease welcome author Claudia Gray here today! A Thousand Pieces of You is Claudia’s newest young adult science fiction novel! The first book in the Firebird series will be released on November 4, 2014 from HarperTeen. Bridget was able to sit down with Paul from ATPOY and get some sneak peek answers about the novel and his relationship with Marguerite. Please read below for this excellent interview. Want to know our thoughts on this novel? Read Bridget’s review here.

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU Prize Pack consists of a scarf with a quote from the book, a scented candle from one of the multiverses, and a signed book. This giveaway is International!

About Claudia:

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodreads or (of course) my own home page.

If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Website | Twitter |Tumblr | Pinterest | Goodreads | Wattpad

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DFT: I’m so excited you agreed to join us today to answer a few questions. To be honest I am a pretty big fan so I can’t wait to get to know a little bit more about you! To start things off will you go ahead and introduce yourself and tell us three unique things about you?

Paul Leonidovich Markov: … you’re a fan of physicists? That is highly atypical, but I’m pleased you take an interest in Dr. Kovalenka’s research.

My name is Paul Leonidovich Markov. Very few traits are truly “unique,” and I possess none of them, but I can share some aspects that are distinctive, if that will work? If so: Although I’m only 19, I’m already pursuing my doctorate in physics. I go rock climbing on weekends, seriously enough that some fellow climbers have suggested I “go pro.” (Flattering, even if it is bewildering that people are able to earn a living doing something so solitary.) And I was born in the United States, but to parents who had immigrated from Russia so recently that they spoke only their native language at home. So Russian was my first language.

DFT: With the firebird you are able to travel into many parallel worlds that all contain you in one way or another. What was it like to see all the different versions of yourself? Which dimension was your favorite?

Paul: I found the experience of inhabiting other selves – fascinating, though at times intimidating. Some of my other selves were skilled in ways I’m not; others had flaws I may well share.

My favorite dimension in terms of general interest was what we have come to call the “Oceanverse,” where I was able to pilot a submarine and see a vastly transformed earth. In terms of emotional attachment, however, my favorite world was the “Russiaverse.”

DFT: What made you decide to become a physicist? What is the best thing about your job?

Paul: The sciences always fascinated me, and for me theoretical physics is the most challenging and invigorating – the exploration of the fundamental reality of the universe. The best thing about my job – I’ll say two things. One is the ability to ask the biggest questions possible and throw myself into the search for answers. Two is finding mentors like Dr. Kovalenka and Dr. Caine.

DFT: So we don’t spoil anything I’m just going to state that your relationship with Marguerite Caine is very complicated :-) ! What do you think is her best quality? What is her best physical trait?

Paul: “Complicated,” yes. Marguerite’s best quality is her original perspective; she looks at the world differently than anyone else I’ve ever known, and finds insight and beauty where I least expect it.

Marguerite has large dark eyes, which I find beautiful.

DFT: My favorite moments between you and Marguerite is either your time spent in Russia or the time you cooked Thanksgiving dinner together.  If you can without spoiling anything would you tell us what is your favorite moment with her?

Paul: Cooking together was fun. Russia was … intense. My favorite moment came in what we call the Triadverse, at the train stop by the San Francisco airport. It was the first time I’d ever spoken to her where I felt like I said the right thing.

DFT: You and Theo were like brothers. You were both assistants to the Caine’s and helped to develop the Firebird, but besides that you couldn’t be more opposites. Theo is outgoing, charming, and flirtatious. You are reserved, shy, and on the quiet side (which I loved by the way :-) )! Even with all the differences you had you two were still very close, how did you develop such a strong friendship?

Paul: On one of the first days Theo and I worked together, I pointed out an error in one of his equations. At the time he took it very badly. However, the next day, he said he’d feel safer if I were on his side.

Theo deserves the credit for our friendship, from that moment on. I’ve never spent much time with people my own age, and I know it makes me – awkward, and strange sometimes. Theo says he’s cool enough for both of us. His ego is made bearable by his kindness toward others, including me.

DFT: While we know very little about your family life growing up it didn’t seem like it was the best experience, and you currently have very little to no contact with your family.  I know that Henry and Sophia Caine were your bosses but they also basically adopted you.  What is your fondest memory with them?

Paul: One detail I must point out – Sophia and Henry have not yet married, so she remains Dr. Kovalenka. (They insist they intend to get around having a wedding eventually; despite their brilliance, they easily become distracted.)

My fondest memory of Henry and Sophia is probably my 19th birthday. Sophia made me a cake. It had been a long time since anyone made me a birthday cake.

DFT: I personally can’t wait to get to know you better in the next book in the series.  Is there any way you can give us a few hints on what we can expect to see from you in the future?

Paul: You’ll learn what Henry and Sophia said when Marguerite talked to them about me, after our return from the journeys in ATPOY. I still can’t decide whether their reaction was funny or horrifying. Both, maybe.

Quick Fire Questions:

(What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read each of the following)

Marguerite? Her sitting at her easel.

Russia? My mother saying everything was better there.

Firebird? How to explain it when I defend my dissertation later this year.

Painting? Marguerite mixing colors and frowning at her canvas.

Home? Henry and Sophia sitting at the rainbow table.

Fate? Mathematics.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

10/27/2014- The Midnight Garden Guest Post

10/28/2014- Tales of the Ravenous Reader Interview

10/29/2014- BookHounds YA Review

10/30/2014- Dark Faerie Tales Interview w/ Paul

10/31/2014- Reading YA Rocks – Review

Week Two:

11/3/2014- Parajunkee Interview

11/4/2014- Two Chicks on Books Guest Post

11/5/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads Guest Post

11/6/2014- Me, My Shelf and I Review

11/7/2014- Page Turners Blog Guest Post

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One lucky reader will win A Thousand Pieces of You Prize Pack consisting of a scarf with a quote from the book, a scented candle from one of the multiverses, and a signed book!
(International)

A Thousand Pieces

Available November 4, 2014 from HarperTeen

About this Book:

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Light Her Fire by Samanthe Beck

October 22nd, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off

Samanthe BeckDark Faerie Tales is excited to have author Samanthe Beck here today for her new novel, Light Her Fire. It is the second novel in the Private Pleasures series. Light Her Fire is a very steamy novel about two people finding each other and participating in some risque business, some of which is on public display. (My review will be coming soon.) This novel was released on October 20, 2014 from Entangled: Brazen.

One lucky winner will get a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card, a rare print copy of Private Practice, and a Skull Bracelet! This giveaway is courtesy of Samanthe Beck! This giveaway is also open internationally!

About Samanthe:

Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their elementary-aged turbo-son. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.

When not clinging to sanity by her fingernails or dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-afters, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.

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

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I don’t know about the rest of the men in Bluelick, but you took care of me in half a lap.

She laughed and then looked back at the fire station to see if she could spot him anywhere. Nope. Still grinning, she typed, You dirty pervert. Get your head out of your pants.

He texted back immediately. Wasn’t my head in my pants. It was something a bit more…handy.

The thought of him, watching her and…ahem…handling himself, sent her head straight into her pants. Don’t you have an engine to buff?

The engine is buffed. I buffed it for the better part of 3 minutes, thanks to you prancercizing in that outfit.

Red tank top over a jog bra and red running shorts? This is a perfectly ordinary running outfit.

Her incoming text signal dinged immediately. From the Nike “Cock Tease” collection. I sat here in all kinds of agony watching your tits bounce while you jogged around the square, remembering how it felt to be lodged between them. I’m not even going to tell you what the sight of your ass in those running shorts does to me. It’s begging to be spanked. I counted 5 laps. You do the math.

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She tripped over her own foot, caught her balance, and looked around again. Still no sign of him, but she felt the heat of his gaze as profoundly as a touch. Her skin tingled. Her system hummed. She fought off a naughty urge to run five more laps. Not that she could. This time she’d know he was watching—which brought a whole new meaning to the term “runner’s high.”

The firehouse stood to her right, in all its historic redbrick glory. She boldly faced the building, put her hand on her hip, and sent the structure a defiant stare. When that didn’t produce any response, she typed, I feel so objectified. Is that all you see when you look at me? Tits and ass? Fine with her. High time someone did.

He sent a new picture over—of her staring at the firehouse. I notice every goddamn thing. Look at your long, toned legs. I might actually get bruised when they’re wrapped around my waist and you’re losing control. I’m also thinking, just for once, you be the firefighter and I’ll be the citizen in distress.

It took a lot not to laugh out loud, but she didn’t want to stand there laughing to herself in the town square like a crazy lady. Keeping her eyes on the screen, she typed, Is this before or after the spanking?

My shift ends at midnight. I’ll be on your doorstep at 12:05 and then you’ll find out.

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Light Her Fire Cover

Available October 20, 2014 by Entangled: Brazen

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He’ll show this good girl the thrill of being bad…

Good girl Melody Merritt is ready to be bad. Fresh out of an unsatisfying ten-year engagement to the town golden boy, she’s determined to make up for lost time. And who better to burn her sterling reputation to the ground than Bluelick’s sinfully sexy new fire chief whose wicked gaze promises complete and utter domination? Yes, please.

Corrupting the prim and proper Little Miss Bluelick is the most action Josh Bradley’s seen since he transferred from Cincinnati to fast-track his career. He won’t let anything or anyone—not even the delectable Melody Merritt—trap him in this Kentucky-fried Mayberry, but when their searing chemistry yields an unexpected result, he realizes he’s started a blaze that’s completely beyond his control…

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

October 14th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 10 Comments »

Sara RaaschEveryone please welcome author Sara Raasch here today! Her debut novel, Snow Like Ashes, has been released today from Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen! Snow Like Ashes is the first in a young adult fantasy trilogy. Bridget & Kaitlin have both read this novel and loved it! Please look forward to Kaitlin’s review of Snow Like Ashes. Please read Bridget’s interview with Theron (from Snow Like Ashes) below!

A huge thanks to Sara for today’s giveaway! Four lucky winners will receive Snow Like Ashes swag packs, two post cards, two bookmarks, SLA buttons, and a bag of instant snow.

About Sara:

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, comes out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

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DFT: Can you start by introducing yourself and telling us a little bit about yourself? So that those of us who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you can get acquainted with you a little bit better.

Theron: Of course! You may call me Theron, but my formal name is Prince Theron Haskar. I am the heir of Cordell, a Rhythm Kingdom. (If you aren’t familiar with that term, a Rhythm Kingdom is a kingdom that cycles through all four seasons as opposed to the four Season Kingdoms that only have one each.) I am eighteen years old, an only child, and I foster a rather prolific love for art, in all forms. This love stems from my mother’s side of the family—she was from Ventralli, another Rhythm Kingdom, known for their propensity for art and creativity. If you were to step into my rooms right now, for instance, you’d see nothing but stacks of paintings and piles of books. My father feels this obsession is terribly inappropriate, but I can’t help myself!

DFT: You have a passion for art and poetry which your father doesn’t really approve of. How did you get so interested in something that in your father’s eyes is very un-princely.

Theron: Well, obviously I hide this obsession well ;)

As I mentioned above, my obsession with art stemmed entirely from my mother. Though she was the queen of Cordell, she was still, at her heart, a Ventrallan, and as such nurtured a love for creativity in me. So much of my childhood was spent in her sitting room, sketching or writing or making fantastic messes with paint. She never criticized anything I created, no matter how horrific or disastrous—she would just smile and hold my creations like each one was a masterpiece.

Her ability to be delighted by everything, to find beauty and hope in even the dimmest, ugliest of things, is something I hope she instilled in me. As such, I try to hold onto her memory in any way I can, but especially through allowing myself to embrace my Ventrallan heritage, even if my duty is to someday be the king of Cordell. I believe we can be more than what we were born to, and I plan to carry this belief into my future.

DFT: I know that being a king isn’t exactly what you want to do with your life but you don’t really have a choice. Is there anything about running a kingdom that you do love? What is the thing you hate most about it?

Theron: If I were presented with a choice—no, being king would not be something I would pick. But since it is to be my future, I try to make the best of it, and fit my life and personality into the position. I know I may not have made it sound so, but I do love Cordell. Many of the things I create are of this land—paintings of our lavender fields, with their downy knolls of vivacious purple; sketches of military bases along Cordell’s coast, the jagged towers camouflaged against the sea-beaten stones of the cliffs.

This is another area in which I try to embody my mother. It may not be what I want, but I will still find beauty in it.

DFT: When you met Mather for the first time what was your original opinion of him? Now that you know him a little bit better has your opinion changed in anyway?

Theron: I first met the Winter king when he arrived in Cordell after fleeing a Spring attack. My father was the one who dealt with him, and the time was so peppered with Winterian arrivals that I did not get a chance to do more than observe him from afar. He seemed quiet and hard, and I could tell war had been a drastic influence in his life. I truly did not think anything more of him until my father explained the Winter king’s purpose in Cordell.

It was at that moment that my opinion of him became…let’s just say, sullied. He was so young to be leading his kingdom—even younger than myself—and his reason for seeking out Cordell was one that seemed attune to an older, more heartless man, and…well. I risk sliding into distasteful talk, so I will say only that I cannot pretend to know what it is like to be ousted from one’s kingdom and forced to live the life he endured. His reasons are his own.

But in discovering the Winter king’s purpose for coming to Cordell, I saw him in a light all too similar to the one my father carries about him—wielding power with little regard for those he uses. I admit, it has left a taint on my opinion of the king of Winter.

DFT: Meira is a feisty girl and very different from anyone else you have ever courted before. Did you find her intimidating when you were first getting to know her?

Theron: Intimidating would be an understatement! Fascinating, vibrant, stubborn, and much more. She reminds me of my mother, if I had to be honest.

DFT: Your relationship with Meira was a little unconventional and forced at first but as you got to know her your feelings for her grew.  When was the first moment you felt that you could actually fall for her?

Theron: Ah, what a prying question! I do not believe Meira would take kindly to me discussing the private workings of my relationship with her—particularly when the subject of said question is quite apt at wielding a chakram.

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DFT: Your relationship with your father is a bit strained to put it lightly. Was it always that way or was there ever a time when you actually got along?

Theron: My relationship with my father has always been…tense, we shall say. Even from a child, I always took after my mother, and spent far more time with her in her pursuits. This did not bother my father when I was small, but as I aged, he expected me to “grow out of it” and begin acting more Cordellan, less Ventrallan. This divide caused a rather permanent rift between us, one I’m not sure we will ever be able to bridge. But we make due with what commonalities we share—particularly our love for Cordell and our desire to see it flourish.

DFT: For pretty much your entire life the Winterian’s have been held captive by Spring. Did you ever consider trying to help them once you became king?

Theron: I had heard of Winter’s plight as a child, but my first true experience with their war came through Autumn. My aunt—my father’s sister—married the Autumnian king some time ago, thereby forcing a Cordellan alliance (the marriage was not sanctioned by my father, much to his chagrin). My father eventually came around and sent aid to Autumn, for once Spring had conquered Winter, it turned its attention to the next Season Kingdom beyond.

So it was through this arrangement that I began to see the cruelty of Spring. It is an evil I fear perhaps more than my father does, and if it is still a threat when I am king, I do intend to attack it more directly.

DFT: Personally I loved getting to know you in Snow Like Ashes but I can’t wait to see where your story goes next. Can you give us any hints on what we can expect to see from you in the next book?

Theron: Why, thank you! I am pleased I entertained you. As for the next book, I’m told we can expect to learn more of why I am the way I am—things stemming from what I mentioned above, regarding my mother and her past.

Quick Fire Questions:

DFT: Weapon of Choice?

Theron: If I tell you and not Meira, I fear repercussions may descend upon me.

DFT: Favorite work of Art?

Theron: There is a tapestry my mother commissioned long, long ago, of her, my father, and myself against a backdrop of all things Cordell—the sea to one side, lavender fields to another, golden maple trees in the back. My family stands in the center, smiling, the three of us united before Cordell. The tapestry hangs in my room now, and it is something I will cherish always. A representation of a time, much too long ago, when we were all safe and happy.

DFT: Favorite moment with Meira?

Theron: By far, showing her the portraits and books in my chambers, particularly the painting of winter. Her reaction to that piece was…wondrous.

DFT: Favorite time of the day?

Theron: Evening, when the sun shoots through the tall windows in the palace’s library and turns the entire room golden-orange. If the room is empty and I stand in the center, it feels as close I imagine one can get to true and complete peace.

DFT: The most recent defining moment in your life?

Theron: The largest moment that immediately comes to mind is my mother’s death. I was eight when it happened, but it quite thoroughly shocked me, and still affects how I react to events to this day, as I believe I’ve explained well enough. Moments like those truly define not only who we are, but who we will be in the future—they are constantly evolving, no matter their brevity, like tides eternally warping a shore.

Snow Like Ashes Blog Tour Schedule

Week One:

10/6/2014- BookishInterview

10/7/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Review

10/8/2014- Bewitched BookwormsGuest Post

10/9/2014- Fictitious DeliciousReview

10/10/2014- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview

Week Two:

10/13/2014- Fiction FreakReview

10/14/2014- Dark Faerie TalesInterview

10/15/2014- FiktshunGuest Post

10/16/2014- IceyBooksReview

10/17/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

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This contest is provided by Sara Raasch!

4 lucky readers will receive Snow Like Ashes swag packs, two post cards, two bookmarks, SLA buttons, and a bag of instant snow!

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SnowLikeAshes

Available October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen

About this Book:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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