Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Geography of You & Me by Jennifer E. Smith, Transatlantic Blog Tour

Hello & welcome today's exciting stop in the Transatlantic blog tour for The Geography of You & Me. Like the characters in The Geography of You and Me whom send post cards and emails from across the Atlantic Ocean, we're sharing our reviews! I am so thrilled to have Amanda from One More Page  on Mundie Moms today to share her review of Jennifer E Smith's newest release. You can read my review over on her blog today, here.


Published by: Little Brown / Poppy
Released on: 4/15/14
Source: arc from publisher to review
Purchase the Book From: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It’s fitting, then, that they meet in the middle — stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they — despite the odds — find a way to reunite?
I’m a hopeless romantic at heart and if you are too, you will love this book. Like Jen E Smith’s previous books (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happy Looks Like), this novel takes a chance encounter between a boy and girl and weaves it into a wonderful love story.


Owen and Lucy live in the same building in New York and on a hot September night they find themselves trapped in a lift when the power goes out across the state. As they wait to be freed they begin to talk and as they realise the power isn’t coming back any time soon, they keep each other company in the strange and magical world that is New York City without its bright lights.


I love the premise that a random event can spark a chance encounter that sets off a chain of events and a connection with another person – soooo romantic! (Although I wasn’t quite so keen on the getting stuck in a lift bit which made me feel claustrophobic just reading about it!) Owen and Lucy’s lives soon go their separate ways and I was surprised how dramatically separate their futures were set to be as they both left New York. I found myself wondering how on earth they could ever end up together being physically so far apart.


But Ms Smith is a clever author and a supreme creator of twists of fate and I loved the way the story played out (through a breathtaking list of cities, states and countries) and that I couldn’t predict what would happen next. The postcards that Lucy and Owen use to stay in touch added another magical touch to the story and reminded me how special it is to receive a written note.


Lucy and Owen are both great characters. Lucy’s love of books endeared her to me straight away and I loved the way the bookish aspect of her character came through in the book and how she sought out stories that were apt reading in the places she visited. Owen fulfilled my requirements for more blonde haired, green eyed leads in the books I read and I thought his relationship with his Dad was lovely.


Both  Lucy and Owen are dealing with family issues that I thought were beautifully written and sensitively handled. Development of both characters’ relationships with their parents was a key theme in the book as Lucy and Owen deal with parental absence in differing forms and Jen E Smith explores the notion of what family and home really mean. As someone who has moved many times over the years, this story really struck a chord with me and backed up my belief that home really is where the heart is.


I’m a firm believer in fate, serendipity and true love and Jennifer’s books are amongst my favourite reads of recent years because they embrace and celebrate all of these things. I think The Geography of You and Me is her best yet - guaranteed to leave you with a warm heart and a smile on your face 


As I travelled with Lucy and Owen I wanted to pack my bags and visit some of the wonderful places described. That’s not possible for me at the moment so instead I’m sending this little review off to travel the world in my place. I can’t wait to see where it ends up!

5/5

Thank you Amanda for being on Mundie Moms today! Be sure to check out more of Amanda's reviews on her blog HERE. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Be sure to check out the other US & UK tour stops! Follow the tour via Twitter using #YouAndMe!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UK Shadowhunters: Get Your Tickets to Cassie's 5/24/14 Event!

Hi Shadowhunters! Check it out! Walker Books just tweeted that tickets for Cassie's 5/24 event are going fast! Be sure to go HERE to get your tickets before they're gone!


Don't miss your chance to meet Cassie! 

#TMITuesday: Our First Look at Izzy & Alec Inside Artwork for City Of Heavenly Fire

Shadowhunters, as many of you probably already know, each Tuesday when Cassie's makes her post, she always links back to this site HERE. This link takes fans to Shadowhunters.com, which promotes you to share the link via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. In doing so, you unlock the week's #TMITuesday secret. Like this week's is a sneak peak of the artwork of Alec and Izzy from the inside of City of Heavenly Fire.


The inside of the City of Heavenly Fire jacket will feature new character art from Cliff Nielsen, the talented artist behind the covers of all the Shadowhunter Chronicles books. This #TMITuesday, we're psyched to share Alec and Isabelle with you!

Here's a close up of Alec and Izzy, along with the quotes:

 


Check out Cassie's #TMITuesday post featuring Jace & Jem here. 

Just in case you missed last week's reveal, Cassie revealed 3 secrets for City of Heavenly Fire. 




THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace, Cover Reveal

Hello & welcome to today's exciting cover reveal for debut author Becky Wallace! Her book, THE STORYSPINNER, published by Simon & Schuster, will be hitting shelves in March of 2015. I'm so thrilled to feature her cover here today on Mundie Moms. Check out the cover below!


I'm totally digging this cover. Girl with bow & arrow, sold! The synopsis is what had me adding this book to my 2015 TBR list. 

About the Book

By: Becky Wallace
Published by: Simon & Schuster
To Be Released on: March 2015

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer's life can get tricky.

All Johanna Von Arlo wants to do is become a Storyspinner.  But her options are so limited that she is forced to work for the aggravating and handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva.  While in his employ, Johanna is exposed to a dangerous game of thrones, a game where she will discover that the magically inclined Keepers from her stories might be real after all.
The Keepers are searching for an heir to a great power and the key to saving their land.  They aren't alone in their hunt.  Girls matching the heir's description are turning up dead all over the kingdom.  Girls who look exactly like Johanna.

About the Author 

In second grade, Becky Wallace had to sit in the corner because she refused to write anything besides princess stories and fairy tales (and because she talked too much). Her time in isolation gave her plenty of opportunities to dream up the fantasy worlds she's been dabbling with ever since. She was lucky enough to find her own, real-life prince charming. They have four munchkins and live in a happy little town outside Houston, Texas.

You can find Becky Wallace and information about THE STORYSPINNER on:

#TMITuesday #3: Jace & Jem

Happy #TMITuesday Shadowhunters!


Here's the newest TMI Tuesday post from Cassie:

#TMITuesday Jace and Jem. Another in Cassandra Jean’s set of postcards of scenes fromCity of Heavenly Fire. 


It’s #TMI Tuesday and I’m also sharing a sneak peek at all-new Cliff Nielsen character art that will appear on the inside of the first edition of City of Heavenly Fire jacket. 

Find out how you can get exclusive access to it here: www.shadowhunters.com/TMITuesday 
And see if you can guess which characters they are from these quotes from #COHF:  
1) “Everyone gets the time they get together, and no more. Maybe we’re not so different that way.” 2) “I should warn you we’ll be making out in the dark. Big, sloppy make-outage.”

Oh to be able to read Jem's mind at this moment.....

Monday, April 21, 2014

REMNANTS by Lisa T. Bergren, Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway


Hello & welcome to today's REMNANTS blog tour stop! I'm so thrilled to share a snippet of a dramatic scene from Lisa's newest release. First, here's a little bit about the book. 


Andriana is a Remnant, one of the gifted teens born on the seventh day during the seventy-seventh Harvest after the Great War, and destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.


After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley home is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants' cause. And as the Remnants attempt to battle the demonic forces, other enemies close in. Dangers intensify, but so do Dri's feelings for Ronan--the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings, or risk compromising everything.

Buy the book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books A Million 


A Favorite Dramatic Scene from REMNANTS

Mr. Olin left the room, and I stole glances at the fine fixtures around the plates. Gleaming silver candelabras, one between every four place settings. The four crystal goblets, in various sizes, above each plate. A thick, soft napkin that I couldn’t resist running my finger across—I’d never touched such fine fabric! Above, on the walls that climbed high, high above, were pictures—vast oil paintings of foreign landscapes and people in odd costume, next to golden-edged mirrors. I forced my attention back to my task. It wouldn’t do to have Mr. Olin return and see I’d gotten distracted.

I’d set fourteen plates, carefully measuring from the lip of the table and then placing them as instructed, when I heard a woman singing outside the window.
I looked left and right, and saw both doorways were empty. No, stay on task, Dri.

I went and took three more plates from the stack and placed them as I’d been told. But the woman’s voice—so high, so clear, so haunting—filled the streets and filtered up to the dining hall and through the slightly opened windows. The doorways remained empty as I returned for three more plates; no one else apparently was about. I took up more plates and was turning when I heard her voice, in haunting measure, each syllable floating up to me …


Mundane Monday #208: TMI Flower Project

Happy Mundane Monday Shadowhunters!



This weekend Cassie shared these lovely pictures of Valentine (not that he can be lovely), Jocelyn and Clary. Here's what she had to say about them:

Aren’t these gorgeous? Cassandra Jean and I got talking about the language of flowers and how every flower has a meaning. She’s started drawing each character with flowers I’ve picked to represent them — here’s Clary with violets, Jocelyn with day lilies, and Sebastian with monkshood.

I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of flower represents Magnus.

My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris / Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye; Release Day Blitz


Today is release day for two amazing Entangled Teen titles and we are excited to share them all with you.  There's a little something for everyone this month so read on to find out more about them.

All the digital books are on sale for just $.99 for a limited time so be sure to pick up your copy today before they go back to full price!



About the Book
Title: My Not So Super Sweet Life
Author: Rachel Harris
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: April 21, 2014
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.
As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.
Well, and the stalkerazzi.

Find Rachel Online

Follow the blog tour HERE(Starts 4/21)




About the Book
Title: Fragile Line
Author: Brooklyn Skye
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: April 21, 2014
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N

It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.


Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.
Find Brooklyn Online:
Website | Twitter | Facebook

Follow the blog tour HERE (Starts 4/21)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter


Wishing all of our followers who celebrate, a wonderful and Happy Easter! 
We hope each of you has a lovely Easter Sunday. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love Pre-Order Campaign with Ken Baker



Hi All! Happy Saturday & welcome to the next stop in the How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love Pre-Order Campaign. When you pre-order a copy of Ken Baker's upcoming release, you'll be entered to win a personal Skype session or a phone call with Ken himself! That's not all, there's an iPod shuffle, signed books and more to enter to win!  *see below under Giveaway*.  Fans have until 11:59 pm (PST) on April 22 to enter to win! When you pre-order, be sure to email Ken your final order at kbakerpreorder@gmail.com. *You can forward an email, take a screenshot of the order page, attach a picture or pdf of the order. And you can order from anyone -- online, your local bookstore, your local chain store, or any retailer who sells books. The winning entry will be chosen from Rafflecopter. HELP SPREAD the word via #HowIGotSKinny

About The Book

“Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty.” To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big “F” word—”fat.” Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her “momager” signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family’s financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

Pre-Order from: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

About the Author

Ken Baker is the E! News/E! Online Senior Correspondent and Breaking News Editor, an acclaimed author, producer, public speaker and former pro hockey player.

Ken reports breaking news, conducts celebrity interviews, delivers investigative reports and hosts a range of news segments for E! News, E! Online, E! International, E! News specials and the network’s live events.

Ken has published six books. His newest work is a novel due out in April 2014 titled “How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love,” a story about an obese teen who is pressured by her family to go on a reality show to lose weight and, in so doing, learns the real meaning of freedom.

His debut novel, “Fangirl” (Running Press, 2012), told the story of a pop star who falls in love with a fan amid a sensational tabloid drama. Ken is adapting “Fangirl” into a movie in collaboration with Converge Media.

Ken is currently at work on a series of Hollywood-themed thrillers set for release in 2015.

Website   

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The Giveaway:
Check out what you can enter to win! 

  • A Personal 20 minutes Skype session OR phone call with Ken. 
  • 3 Copies of Fangirl and How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love
  • Lots of Swag 
  • Winner will receive an iPod Shuffle 
  • Win a chance for you and a guest to spend a day with Ken at work in Hollywood.

To enter, please fill out the form below. *Open internationally* Must be 13 yrs or older to enter
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Follow The Tour
 April 12th Saturday: Jean Book Nerd 
April 13th Sunday: Me, My Shelf and I 
April 14th Monday: Fictitious Delicious 
April 15th Tuesday: Fiktshun 
April 16th Wednesday: Once Upon a Twilight 
April 17th Thursday: Book Nerd Canada 
April 18th Friday: Jenna Does Books 
April 19th Saturday: Mundie MomsTTC Books and More 
April 20th Sunday: Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace 
April 21st Monday: Chapter by Chapter


Cassandra Clare: About Will & Jem

Oh Will and Jem! I think it's safe to say that these two are our favorite Cassie Clare characters, along with Magnus. Here's what Cassie recently said about Will and Jem. 

Dear Cassie,
Thanks again for your response to my question about Tessa! I originally wrote this the day after Heronstairs day, but with CoHF and TBC, I know you’ve been super busy! 
I have a question regarding two big players in the Shadowhunter ‘verse: Will and Jem. Yesterday a lot of people were posting about them due to the date (November 10th) and it got me thinking.
How are we as readers meant to interpret their relationship? After CP2, you posted about the relationships between  Tessa, Will, and Jem and said “At no point do Will and Jem discuss their need for a chaperon, lest they give in to irresistible temptation and sully the senses out of each other.”
Online, however, there is a lot of discussion about it in terms of a relationship including romantic love. They are talked about as the third love story of TID, the third side of the triangle. 
Platonic friendship is wonderful and I think their relationship is great no matter what, but I also think there is something inherently different though about how something “could be canon. the evidence is there” with a queer vs hetero relationship. (Harry and Hermione are probably the biggest example I can think of this, with huge numbers of people viewing it as friendship and a very large number seeing romantic love. Their relationship is meant to be seen as friendship, more like family. They even spell it out in the last book!) It’s more of a representation issue. If Harry and Hermione don’t have those feelings, there are still plenty of other straight couples in HP.
So, as Will and Jem, are your creations, what are your thoughts on all of this? Are readers meant to understand that Jem and Will are bi of some sort (romantic and or sexual)? Is it part of the goals of writing about a not typically portrayed love triangle? Are the love interests of the protagonist queer? How would you define their relationship? 
-K
P.S. I really enjoy all of your posts regarding representation in fiction, as someone who isn’t straight.
 Hi! Thank you first for your kind words about my posts.
When you’re dealing with representation, and reader interpretation, you’re always dealing with tricky business. I incredibly appreciate the imagination of my readers. I also know my word is not the last word on what happens in my books: no book follows every moment in the lives of its characters. What happens in the liminal spaces — the time before Jem and Will met Tessa for instance — very much belongs to the reader.
I feel uncomfortable telling readers what they’re “meant to understand.” I want them to feel like their reads are valid. There are readings I disagree with (like that Will and Jem would have been better off if they’d never met Tessa, that Tessa doesn’t really love Will/doesn’t really love Jem, etc) but that doesn’t mean they’re not meaningful for the readers who interpret the story that way.
Jem and Will have an incredibly intense relationship. They also live in a time/place where friendships and relationships between men were romanticized, and were spoken of in incredibly romantic and flowery language. I think they often speak to and about each other in a way modern readers interpret as romantic because it sounds romantic. The Victorian Romantic Friendship Reader describes the era as a time when “when men could openly express an unashamed, unselfconscious, all-consuming love for members of their own sex.” Tennyson, as far as we know (okay, there’s some debate) was straight, but wrote a long elegy on the death of his friend Arthur Hallam in which he calls him “all I love,” “him I loved, and love / For ever,” and “my lost desire.” (The poem is “In Memoriam”, which shows up a lot, not coincidentally, in Clockwork Princess.)
Will and Jem definitely have a romantic friendship, and I do think the love triangle is a true triangle in the sense that Jem and Tessa love each other, Will and Tessa love each other, and Will and Jem love each other. Is their love canonically a sexual love? Here is where this is is a tricky issue because these are two distinct moral goods at play here.
 It’s very important to me that I not be given credit for representation that is not explicit in my books. I believe we are at a time when books can show characters who are not heterosexual, and those books can be published (though of course there are still many obstacles for diverse books and pressure on creators not to create diverse works, which makes it even more clear that we have a responsibility to do so.) Therefore queer coding, or later saying “Of course So-and-So was an LGBTQ character, or of course there are LGBTQ characters in my work but we never heard about them in the work and they never had any relationships and nothing would clue you in on their identity…” is not sufficient. There aregay couples in the Shadowhunters ‘verse where their sexuality is explicit on the page: there is no question with Magnus and Woolsey that they are bi and gay; there is no question in TMI about Alec and Magnus, or Aline and Helen, or any question in the Bane Chronicles that Magnus is bisexual and in relationships with men and women. That’s part of why I, along with Maureen and Sarah, wanted to write the Bane Chronicles so much—to have Magnus front and center. He deserves to be, and LGBTQ readers deserve such a protagonist. But I also think they deserve better than queer coding and hints at sexuality that isn’t hetero — that stuff should be on the page, and if it isn’t — if it’s your “headcanon” as a writer — then that’s great, but that isn’t per se representation.
 That said, I strongly believe readers should have the freedom to interpret works as they will, without a creator looking over their shoulders: There are liminal spaces in my books which are designed for readers’ imaginations to fill in. No two readers ever read quite the same book. I don’t want to take away any possible interpretations from readers: it would feel like robbing them of enjoyment I believe they should have and depriving my work of some layers. The author’s dead, and to an extent I want to be considered dead—as long as nobody comes and pops me off this mortal coil when I’m eating a yoghurt so they can enjoy my books more. I don’t ever want to get in the way of my readers enjoying my work the way they want to. 
So I hope you understand when I say: I can’t entirely answer that question. Do I mind Heronstairs? Not at all. I am totally 100% behind those who ship it. (Ship and let ship, I say.) Do I think Heronstairs makes total sense within the framework of the narrative of Infernal Devices? Yes, it does. Nothing contradicts it. Do I think Will and Jem are bisexualrepresentation? No, and I shouldn’t get any credit for them being so. Does that mean they’re not bi? No. Does that mean they are bi? No. It means you get to decide now. 
(Hopefully we can all agree they are adorable?) *referring to the picture above.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa, Blog Tour: Author Interview & Giveaway



Welcome to today's tour stop for THE FOREVER SONG blog tour, celebrating the release of Julie Kagawa's The Forever Song. I'm so thrilled to have Julie on the blog today to talk about her newest release. First, here's a little bit about THE FOREVER SONG.


The Forever Song
Released: April 15th, 2014 by Harlequin Teen

Series: Blood Eden book #3 (final book)
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Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?
With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.
MONSTER.
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the path is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal.
The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost— the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
My Interview With Julie Kagawa


Hi Julie! Welcome back to Mundie Moms!! You know I have to ask, if BinBons was playing a character in your book, who would he play? *snickers* You know I can't not ask something that's BinBons related.


Lol, ah Binbons.  Er, Ben Barnes.  Well, he's my perfect Ash, as you know, but if he wanted to go a little dark, I think he'd make a pretty good Jackal, too.  What'dya think?


I love the title of your book. Can you tell us a little bit about the process for choosing a book title? Was it easy to come up with The Forever Song or was it a title that came to you after you finished writing the book?


After The Immortal Rules, we (the publishing house and I) knew we wanted to continue using titles with immortal or eternal in them.  The Eternity Cure came to me pretty easily, but I at first through the third book should be called The Forever Requiem.  But my publisher said the title was too long, and didn't have the flow of the other two, so we changed it to The Forever Song instead.


Allie has dealt with a lot in this series, especially in The Eternity Cure, and now in this book. What is something you've come to admire about Allie?


She never backs down from a fight, even if she's vastly outmatched.  And she stubbornly holds on to her humanity, even when it would be easier to let go and become a monster.


Which character has been the most fun for you to write/get to know?


Oh, that's easy.  Jackal has been a huge surprise and a lot of fun, both to write and to see reader's reactions to his snarkery.  (I'm making that a word.)   

You are the queen of ripping our hearts out. WHY do you torture us? Oh wait, sorry that wasn't my real question. lol How do you get yourself through writing the more emotional and challenging scenes?

I love writing dramatic scenes.  The harder and more painful, the better.  I love emotional writing, and if I can make readers feel the character's pain, I know I've done my job well.

Let's talk about the cover. I really like the cover for The Forever Song. Did you have a hand in the cover design? What was your initial reaction when you saw the finished cover?

I have very little say in the cover choices, but I do love the cover for The Forever Song.  I love the infinity sign made of birds, and the purple background, like a new day is rising. It's simple but perfect, and reflects the story well.

What's one of your favorite lines / quotes from The Forever Song?

Well, my very favorite would be a huge spoiler, so I'll go with a classic Jackal being Jackal.

"Hey, old man," Jackal called in a mocking voice, "you forgot to say 'if you kids don't stop I'm going to turn this car right around and then no one will go to Eden.'"

Can you tell us what you're working on next?

My next series is called the Talon Saga (book 1 is simply Talon), and it's about modern day dragons and their war with the Order of St. George.  


Find The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure


The Immortal Rules (Book 1):  Goodreads  | Amazon

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city.
By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
The Eternity Cure (Book 2) Goodreads | Amazon

How do you face the end of eternity?
In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood.
She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever - and possibly end human and vampire existence.

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About Julie Kagawa


Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time. 
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy.
Find Julie via: website |  blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

The Giveaway



Each tour stop is offering up the winner’s choice of either THE IMMORTAL RULES, THE ETERNITY CURE or THE FOREVER SONG- whichever book of the series you might be missing!


There are also 2 grand prizes:
  • 1 winner will get a complete set of Julie Kagawa’s books, including The Iron Fey Saga and The Blood of Eden Saga!
  • 1 winner will get a $100 gift card from either iTunes, Amazon or Barnes & Noble!
Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada and ends May 2nd!

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Tour Schedule 

Monday, April 7th - Harlequin Paranormal Romance Blog
Tuesday, April 8th - fiktshun
Wednesday, April 9th - The Page Turners
Thursday, April 10st - Books and Things
Friday, April 11th - Ticket To Anywhere

Monday, April 14th - Two Chicks on Books
Tuesday, April 15th - Parajunkee
Wednesday, April 16th - Refracted Light Reviews
Thursday, April 17st - Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, April 18th - Mundie Moms

Monday, April 21th - A Book Obsession
Tuesday, April 22nd - The Book Cellar
Wednesday, April 23th - Supernatural Snark
Thursday, April 24st - The Busy Bibliophile
Friday, April 25th  - Tyngas Reviews