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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Avenger’s Heat by Katie Reus

January 27th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 23 Comments »

Katie ReusPlease welcome author Katie Reus here today for an exclusive excerpt from her new novel Avenger’s Heat! Katie’s new novel is the fourth in the paranormal romance Moon Shifter series and it will be released on February 4, 2014 from Signet/Penguin.

Tour Wide Giveaway includes a print copy of Avenger’s Heat per the total number of tour stops (11). (Open to US residents only; prizes sent via publisher), and one Grand Prize: $25 electronic gift card to Amazon.com or B&N.com! This giveaway is provided by Signet/Penguin.

About Katie:

Katie Reus is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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

Want to read more from Katie Reus?

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“What’s up?” Angelo asked, his voice gravelly with sleep.

“Just wanted to let you know we found another body. Erin and I are headed out now. One of us will call you later with details.” Technically they didn’t owe a call to either of them, but Angelo was his packmate and Noah respected that. He knew Erin did too, even if she was here on assignment from the Council.

Noah still wasn’t sure why Angelo was here at all. Brianna had helped out their pack very recently with information gathering and she’d killed one of the bastards who’d targeted and hurt his pack. When her leaders learned about what was going on here, they’d wanted her to check things out too. As a member of the Fianna, legendary fae warriors, Brianna might be slight and almost ethereal looking, but she could hold her own against anyone. He’d heard from Erin how she’d killed a member of the Antiparanormal League by harnessing some kind of lightninglike energy with her hands. Angelo had practically insisted to Connor that he be allowed to come with Brianna, which surprised Noah since the blond female didn’t seem to even like him.

When her head popped out from behind the doorway Angelo was standing in, Noah’s eyebrows raised. Okay, maybe she did like him. She ducked under the arm Angelo had braced against the frame. “What body? Do you know who it is? How was she killed?”

Noah shook his head. “I have no details right now other than a body was discovered.” Well, he knew the name of the deceased but it wasn’t his place to tell either of them.

Angelo wrapped an arm around Brianna’s shoulders, pulling her close. He murmured something in her ear so low even Noah couldn’t hear with his extrasensory hearing.

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Brianna stiffened under his hold, seeming uncomfortable with it, and slightly nudged him with her elbow. Whispering, she said, “Just because you’re showing me what sexual pleasure is all about does not mean you control me.”

Noah choked on air and tried to cover it with a cough, but Angelo glared at him. It was obvious Brianna had meant for her comment to be private, but she didn’t have the extrasensory abilities they had and she likely hadn’t realized just how loud a whisper was to him.

Making a hasty exit, he hurried toward the front of the house, knowing Erin would be waiting for him. Sure enough her cherry red Challenger idled in the driveway. Instead of heading to the passenger side, he tapped on her window.

Rolling it down, she raised an eyebrow at him. “You’re not driving.”

“I know where we’re going. It’s in the swamp.” She might have excellent night vision, but driving in the swamp was a pain in the ass even in the daytime. Alligators didn’t care about roads and often took naps in the middle of them.

She shrugged. “You can be my navigator.”

“Erin—”

I’m driving. You drove practically the whole way here.”

“Because you needed to research.”

“Exactly. I don’t need your help anymore. We’ll get a rental if you want to drive so bad, but you are not driving this.” She looked away from him now, her hands on the wheel at ten and two, ready to leave.

Despite the reality of what they were on their way to see, a ghost of a smile tugged at the corner of his lips. She was so stubborn. Knowing it was a useless argument, he got in on the passenger side of the car.

“So, you get any sleep?” he asked as she steered away from the house.

Swallowing hard, she gave him a haunted look. It was just for an instant, then her eyes were guarded again as she shook her head. “No, I . . . had a dream about the day you found me.”

Holy shit. Erin never talked about that day. Ever. And she rarely showed any weakness. By admitting she’d had a dream—or more likely nightmare—about that dark day, she was basically doing that. “I’m sorry, Erin.” He didn’t know what else to say and felt like a jackass with the meaningless apology.

“Don’t be,” she said quietly, the words almost a sigh. “You were there, right before I woke up. Your face is never clear in my dreams, but your presence is. I’m . . . glad you’re here for this case, Noah.” It sounded as if it almost pained her to admit that.

But he’d needed to hear the words. Needed to know she actually did want him in her life. Because he sure as hell needed her.

Additional Blog Tour Stops Can Be Found HERE!

Additional Events with Katie:

Facebook Event: February 4; 9am – 4pm CST

Twitter Party: February 5; 7 – 8pm EST

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Tour Wide Giveaway includes a print copy of Avenger’s Heat per the total number of tour stops (11), and one Grand Prize: $25 electronic gift card to Amazon.com or B&N.com!

Avenger's Heat by Katie Reus

Available February 4, 2014 from Signet/Penguin

About this Book:

To truly have her, he must free her from her dark secret….

Enforcer Erin Flynn has dedicated her life to protecting her kind. But keeping her heart safe from Noah Campbell, the smoking-hot shifter who saved her life last year, is more difficult. The deadly beauty would love to sink into his arms and become his mate, but she knows she can’t—he must never know about her dark past.

When Erin is sent to investigate the disappearances of pregnant shifters in New Orleans, Erin and Noah find themselves involved in a mystery more sinister than anyone expected. And as Erin delves further into the crimes, chilling information about her own past is revealed. The people who wanted her dead in the first place are trying to finish the job, and Noah wants nothing more than to shield her from harm. But can Erin truly trust Noah and let him see the wounded beast she’s hidden for so long?

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Dark Days of Winter Interview: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

January 23rd, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 1 Comment »

Sophie JordanDark Days of Winter have come to Dark Faerie Tales! Please welcome Sophie Jordan with her new release Uninvited. It is the first book in her young adult science fiction Uninvited series. Today we have an interview with Sophie about her new book. Stay tuned on Friday for the exclusive book trailer reveal for Uninvited! If you haven’t already checked out our review for Uninvited, please click here to find out our thoughts on this book.

About Sophie:

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

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

Want to read more from Sophie Jordan?

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DD_BloggerGraphic_Uninvited_024Dark Faerie Tales: To start things off would you like to tell us about Uninvited and what inspired you to write it?

Sophie Jordan: One day I was watching some kids play during my toddler’s gymnastics class. This one little boy was always so aggressive. Every week he hurt other kids in the class … and the question popped in my head: “Huh, wonder if that kid is going to be a serial killer? Is this where it begins….”

I was only being half serious with myself, but just like that. Bam! In a blink, the idea for UNINVITED appeared in my head.

I’ve always been fascinated with the nature/nurture argument. Are people born evil or do they become evil? This book explores that.

DFT: In the beginning of the story Davy seems to have the perfect life, but once she finds out she has the kill gene it all falls apart, forcing her to adapt to her new life as an outsider. Was it hard to change her character so drastically throughout the story?

Sophie: That was the hardest part of the story actually. Taking Davy from such an idyllic life and ripping it all away. Coming up with terrible scenarios and then writing how she would react … how these events would affect her and change her. It required a lot of thought … and a lot of rewriting. I’ve never reworked/revised a book so much in my life.

DFT: Sean is the strong and silent type of bad boy, and for the most part we don’t get a lot of his background story. What is your favorite quality about him? Will you reveal more of his background in the next book?

Sophie: Sean is a product of the culture of HTS. He’s known that he’s a carrier almost all his life. He’s more equipped to deal with the stigma than someone like Davy who is just marked positive for HTS. It’s all he has ever known. He’s quiet and strong as a result of that – and I think this is what I admire about him the most. He’s also a realist and he believes in himself … believes that he determines his identity. He doesn’t dwell on the past or his background. Some of which will be revealed, but … well … you’ll have to find out in book 2 … ;)

DFT: In Uninvited you cover some pretty serious issues, like being ostracized or bullied for being different. How hard was it to implement something that kids deal with in everyday life today, in a realistic way?

Sophie: Sadly, being punished for being different is nothing new. It has happened all throughout history and it’s still happening today. Nor is it exclusive to teens. It’s a theme everyone can identify with on some level and at all ages. The hardest part was writing characters doing/thinking ugly things (my protagonist included) and being less than perfect … and telling myself that’s necessary because it’s authentic… it’s truth.

DFT: If it’s possible without spoiling anything, what was your favorite scene to write?

Sophie: My fav scene is a spoiler, so that’s tough. Here’s a hint: it’s when Pollock comes to take her from the Cage … it’s the event follows.

My second fav might be … hm, maybe the night Davy calls Sean for a ride and he comes to pick her up.

DFT: What famous person do you picture when you think of Davy? Sean?

Since, I envisioned Sean strong, muscular and blond, I channeled Chris Hemsworth. My job is rough, I know! ;)

Davy was more vague … I don’t usually see a specific person in my mind for my heroines.

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DFT: I wouldn’t say that the ending was a cliffhanger, but it left me eagerly awaiting the sequel. Can you give us any hints as to what is going to happen in the next installment of the series?

Sophie: You will be HUGELY surprised. My best hint that I can give is that you will basically meet a whole new cast of characters. There’s a new character that is every bit as significant to the book as Sean, Gil or Sabine in UNINVITED.

DFT: What can you tell us about other projects you are working on?

Sophie: I’m working on my new adult series right now, the Ivy Chronicles … but I may have a secret projects in the works. Can’t share anything about it yet, except that it is YA.

Quick Fire Questions: (Which do you prefer?)

DFT: Soul mates, triangles, or Star-crossed lovers?

Sophie: Soul mates

DFT: Bad boy, preppy boy, or nerdy boy?

Sophie: Bad boy

DFT: Kick butt heroine, damsel in distress, or a smarty pants?

Sophie: Smarty pants

DFT: E-reader, Hardcover, or Paperback?

Sophie: Dead-tie: e-ereader and paperback

DFT: Writing paranormal, contemporary, or dystopian?

Sophie: I’ve never written a dystopian, so hm … at the moment, contemporary.

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Want to read the first five chapters of Uninvited by Sophie Jordan? This week the blogs below are featuring a new chapter every day!

Chapter 1

1/20: Mundie Moms 

Chapter 2

1/21: Jenuine Cupcakes

Chapter 3

1/22: Good Choice Reading 

Chapter 4

1/23: Once Upon A Twilight 

Chapter 5

1/24: A Good Addiction

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 Uninvited

Available January 28, 2014 from HarperTeen

About this Book:

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers

January 16th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 10 Comments »

Lisa DesrochersThe final novel in the A Little Too Far series has almost arrived and to mark the occasion we have a great giveaway with lots of new adult books! A Little Too Hot will complete the trilogy by Lisa Desrochers and will be released on January 21, 2014 from William Morrow. Want to know our thoughts on the first book in this series, A Little Too Far? Read Bridget’s review here. The review for A Little Too Hot will be posted below this giveaway.

One lucky reader will win an A LITTLE TOO HOT blurb pack: Real, Mine, and Remy signed by Katy Evans; Rule, Jet, and Rome signed by Jay Crownover; and Foreplay signed by Sophie Jordan plus signed swag! This giveaway is provided by Lisa Desrochers.

About Lisa:

LISA DESROCHERS is the USA Today bestselling author of the A Little Too Far series, courtesy of HarperCollins, and the young adult Personal Demons trilogy from Macmillan. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula.

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

Want to read more from Lisa Desrochers?

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One lucky reader will win an A LITTLE TOO HOT blurb pack: RealMine, and Remy signed by Katy Evans; RuleJet, and Rome signed by Jay Crownover; and Foreplay signed by Sophie Jordan plus signed swag!

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Available January 21, 2014 from William Morrow Impulse/HarperCollins

About this Book:

From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers comes the third book in her sizzling new adult series.

If you play with fire …

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming. Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

“Every page is deliciously breathtaking, wickedly sexy and sensational. A LITTLE TOO HOT is wonderfully unique and a LOT HOT! I am a HUGE Lisa Desrochers fan.”
– KATY EVANS, New York Times bestselling author of REAL

“Lisa is brilliant at creating sizzling sexual tension and impossible circumstances that make the reader hold their breath all the way to happy ever after. Sam and Harrison are more than A Little Too Hot, they are scorching!”
– JAY CROWNOVER, New York Times bestselling author of RULE

“Lisa Desrochers’ best yet! A LITTLE TOO HOT is hotter than hot with all the emotional punch to back it up!”
– SOPHIE JORDAN, New York Times bestselling author

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Gilded Hearts by Christine d’Abo

January 13th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 15 Comments »

Christine d'AboPlease join us in welcoming author Christine d’Abo here today to Dark Faerie Tales! The first book in her new Shadow Guild steampunk romance seriesGilded Hearts, recently hit shelves on January 7th from Forever Yours/Hachette. You can read an excerpt from the book here

One lucky reader will win a digital copy of Gilded Hearts by Christine d’Abo! This giveaway is provided by Hachette Book Group.

About Christine:

Christine d’Abo is hooked on romance. As a novelist and short story writer with over thirty publications, including the immensely popular Long Shots series, the imagination is always flowing. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs. Look for the first book in her exciting new steampunk romance series, coming soon from Forever Yours.

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

Want to read more from Christine d’Abo?

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Top 5 List Topic: Steampunk Gadgets or Must Have Outfits in Your Closet or Top 5 Sexy Items

I’ve been collecting a number of steampunk items since I first got interested in the genre. For me, the gadgets are the coolest part of being submersed in the world. Here are just a few of the items I’ve collected.

1. Goggles. I think this is the natural first item a lot of people get. They are the classic “hey this is steampunk” thing that people identify with.

2. Medals and badges. I’ve picked up a number of these as time has gone on. I find it helps build my character, builds my backstory and gives me a physical reminder of what my character has gone through.

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3. Costume. I have a pair of knee high brown suede boots, tweed pants and vest, along with an inventor’s hat. As soon as I slip into this, I feel more the part. Next on my list is a proper corset to put on under the vest.

4. I have a mini magnifying glass and a compass that I’ve recently added to my collection. They are brushed metal and have that worn look to them.

5. Gear Jewelry. I have gears, robots, sea creatures…I love them all. It’s an easy way to keep the steampunk with me, even when I can’t go all out.

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One lucky reader will win a digital copy of Gilded Hearts by Christine d’Abo

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Available January 7, 2014 from Forever Yours/Hachette

About this Book:

Samuel Hawkins, Sergeant in the King’s Sentry, has been called in to investigate a murder case. As he awaits the Archivists to arrive—the team who will use a special device to extract the memories of the dead man to help find clues to his murder—he never expects to come face to face with the woman he’d left behind when he’d fled the Archives five years earlier.

Piper Smith has grown from the girl Samuel remembered into a strong woman and full-fledged archivist. Shadowed by her mentor, Master Ryerson, Piper will be performing her first extraction. When she sees Samuel, she must push aside her childhood crush, else risk her standing within the Guild.

As the two begin working together to find the killer, Samuel and Piper explore their intense attraction to each other. But “Jack the Ripper” proves to be harder to catch than the two originally thought. What’s worse, they discover he may very well work for the Archives. Now, Samuel and Piper must battle internal and external threats as they try to foil a plot against the Crown and stop Jack the Ripper from taking his next victim.

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Blog Tour: Defy by Sara B. Larson

January 1st, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 11 Comments »

Sara B. LarsonDark Faerie Tales wants to wish everyone a wonderful Happy New Year! To celebrate the new year we have an amazing interview and giveaway! Please welcome author Sara B. Larson. Her debut young adult novel Defy will be released in a few days on January 7, 2014 from Scholastic Press. Want to know our thoughts on Defy? Read Bridget’s review here. Bridget was able to interview Defy’s Alexa Hollen. For more please read the interview below.

The contest is provided by Rockstar Book Tours! Five lucky readers will win a copy of Defy! This contest is U.S. only. Three audio book downloads of Defy will also be given away! This contest is open to U.S./Canada only.

About Sara:

Sara loves writing, reading, and dessert–but the order varies by the day. She wrote her first book in second grade about a woman who had a premature baby, complete with a “to scale” drawing of the baby’s size–while her mom was pregnant. To say she was a bit precocious is putting it lightly. Now that she’s an adult, she writes books for teens that have magic and romance and kick-butt girls (and very few premature babies). She lives in Utah with her husband, two young sons and baby girl. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims that she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish. she is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary and her YA debut DEFY is coming January ’14 from Scholastic!

You can visit Sara around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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I am so excited to be a part of the Defy blog tour. I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book and it quickly became one of my most anticipated release’s for 2014. It is a high fantasy with a beautiful world, fantastic characters, and sweet romance. To read my full 5 star raving review click here. For our stop on the tour I had the privilege of interviewing Alexa, the wonderful heroine in Defy. I absolutely adore her and was so excited when I found out that I was going to be able to find out a few more things about her. So without further ado I give you Alexa Hollen:

DFT: Since most people have not had the pleasure of meeting you why don’t you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself and what you think are your best attributes?

Alexa Hollen: I am seventeen years old, and a member of Prince Damian’s elite personal guard in the jungle kingdom of Antion. Papa taught me how to swordfight and how to shoot a bow and arrow when I was very young. At first, he thought it was just for fun—an amusing diversion—that I wanted to learn how to fight alongside my twin brother. But he soon realized I was deadly serious about practicing and training. In fact, I’d stay out for hours after Marcel, my twin brother, had quit. I guess  one of my best attributes is how determined I am, my “stubbornness” as some would call it. It saved me from a horrific fate when our parents were killed and Marcel and I were left orphans. And I have a feeling it will continue to serve me well for all of the challenges that are still ahead of me. It’s getting harder and harder to keep up the pretense of being a boy the older I get.

(DFT: I loved your stubbornness as well. I can see how it could come in handy in your situation.)

DFT: For the last three years you have been disguised as a boy and been a member of the king’s military. What had been the best perk about pretending to be a boy all these years?

Alexa Hollen: How did you find out? Does anyone else know? I’ll only answer your questions if you promise not to tell anyone the truth about me.

The biggest benefit to not being discovered yet (except, apparently, by you) is having avoided being entrapped in the king’s breeding house, where other orphan girls are forced to go. But second to that, is that once I spar with someone and they realize my skill, they never question my ability to fight again. I imagine if they’d known I was a girl they wouldn’t have respected me, despite my skill. In fact, they probably wouldn’t have let me spar at all.

(DFT: I promise my lips are sealed!)

DFT: What is the thing you miss most about being a girl?

Alexa Hollen: I miss my hair. I know that makes me sound incredibly vain, but it was my one beautiful feature. I had thick, long hair, and I mourned its loss for a long time. I had a very hard time getting used to my short hair, even though it made me look almost identical to Marcel which helped ensure everyone believed I was a boy, too.

(DFT: I don’t think you are vain at all, every girl deserves to feel beautiful, and believe when I say that you are a beautiful girl even without your long hair.)

DFT: What has been your most uncomfortable/embarrassing moment in the time that you have been pretending to be a boy?

Alexa Hollen: There have been plenty of uncomfortable moments over the last three years, but some of the most embarrassing times are probably when the other men on the guard try to egg me on and get me engage in flirtations with the servant girls like they often do. For obvious reasons, I always refuse. But their teasing can be very embarrassing sometimes.

(DFT: Yeah, I can see how that would be very awkward.)

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DFT: You are quite the lucky lady to have two gorgeous men vying after your heart. What is the one thing you like best about Rylan and Damian?

Alexa Hollen: They are very, very different, that’s for sure. Rylan is so loyal—strong (and one of the only guards who has come close to beating me in a sparring match) but still gentle in his own way. He’s always been a good friend to both me and Marcel. Damian, on the other hand, is so much more confusing. I couldn’t stand him for a long time, but the more I get to know him, the more I realize how alike we truly are. I’m realizing that he isn’t exactly what he seems, and that I’m not the only one who’s had to pretend to be something I wasn’t in order to survive

(DFT: I really don’t envy you having to decide between these two wonderful men, I don’t know if I could do it personally.)

DFT: You, Rylan, and Damian were kidnapped and dragged through the treacherous jungle together. What was your biggest fear while on your journey?

Alexa Hollen: Well, besides having my secret discovered by anyone else? It’s pretty tricky to hide something like that as a captive in the jungle. Luckily I did have some help. Other than that, I am just plain scared of the jungle. I hate the huge snakes that hide there, and I’m always afraid one will try to make me its dinner if I’m not paying attention.

(DFT: I’m not really a fan of snakes either, or anything slimy and poisonous.)

DFT: The last few years have been full of hardships, but also lots of rewarding times as well. What has been your biggest regret and what was your happiest moment?

Alexa Hollen: My biggest regret currently is not doing more to try and save my parents. Papa made us promise to hide, and we kept our promises, and they both died because of it.

My happiest moments are when I’m sparring—that’s when I feel like myself. Holding that sword and doing what I know best, brings me a strange sort of peace…a feeling of control in a very desperate situation. That and when I’m alone with Marcel in our room and I can let the façade drop, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Those are my happiest moments.

Quick Fire Questions: (Which do you prefer?)

Weapon of choice? A sword.

Being a boy or girl? I don’t even know what it would be like to be myself anymore. It’s hard having to hide my identity, and I’d much rather be able to quit hiding but still keep my position. Unfortunately, that’s not possible. And honestly, I’m not even sure I’d know how to act like a girl anymore even if I could.

Regular solider or elite guard? Elite guard. I’ve worked hard to get to this position, and I’m grateful for the respect it garners.

Rylan or Damian? Nice try. You’ll just have to wait to find out.

DFT: I know that the secrets in your life are important to you, so I wanted to thank you for visiting the blog and being willing to share some of them with us!

Alexa Hollen: You’re welcome—just please, don’t tell anyone else, all right?

(DFT: Don’t worry, I promise me and my readers know how to keep a secret.)

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Defy Blog Tour Schedule

Week One:

12/30/2013- A Book and a Latte -  Interview

12/30/2013- Book Nerd Canada - Review

12/31/2013- Primrose Musings - Review

12/31/2013- Fictitious Delicious - Guest Post

1/1/2014- Jessabella Reads - Review

1/1/2014- Dark Faerie Tales - Interview

1/2/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book - Review

1/2/2014- IceyBooks - Guest Post

1/3/2014- The Demon Librarian - Review

1/3/2014- Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Interview

Week Two:

1/6/2014- She Dreams in Fiction - Review

1/6/2014- Two Chicks on Books - Guest Post

1/7/2014- Bookish - Interview

1/7/2014- Hannah Reads Books - Review

1/8/2014- Fiktshun - Guest Post

1/8/2014- Crossroad Reviews - Review

1/9/2014- Fiction Freak - Interview

1/9/2014- In the Best Worlds - Review

1/10/2014- Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance - Review

1/10/2014- The Cover Contessa- Guest Post

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contest

This contest is provided by Rockstar Book Tours!

Five lucky readers will win a copy of Defy! (U.S. only)

Three audio book downloads of Defy will also be given away! This contest is open to U.S./Canada only.

Defy

Available January 7, 2014 from Scholastic

About the Book:

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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