I am so very excited to be hosting today’s stop on the DECEPTION Blog Tour because not only is this tour amazing, this story is amazing, the characters are amazing and the author is amazing. As if that wasn’t enough to be excited about, for my stop today I have an interview with Logan McEntire that couldn’t be more perfect.
DECEPTION releases today!
Which means that everyone will get the chance to find out just what happens next with Logan and Rachel. They’ll get to discover whether the Commander makes an appearance. And they’ll get to find out whether or not there is in fact a saboteur.
This sequel is every bit as awesome as the first book in the series, maybe even a little bit more so given the fact that… well, I really shouldn’t say what “that” is as it is just a bit spoiler-y. But it is.
DECEPTION is an absolutely captivating read from start to finish. It’s one of those books you will not want to put down. And after what happens at the beginning, there’s no way you’ll be able to put it down. I couldn’t. Not that I tried, of course.
Anyway… if you haven’t yet had the chance to read the description for DECEPTION, you’ll definitely want to take a peek at it below. But only if you’re read the first book in the series, DEFIANCE, whose description I’ve included a little farther down in this post.
And while there is an awesome giveaway as part of this tour, my favorite part is the interview. Because Logan was incredibly forthcoming about who he is, what he thinks of Rachel and what he’d be willing to do for her. So I hope it’s your favorite part of today’s stop, too.
The full tour schedule is at the bottom of this post, but you can visit Mundie Moms Blog Tours site for more details by clicking the banner above.
As I’ve rambled on for too long already – and I could probably ramble quite a bit more about just what happened in DECEPTION (yes, I’m dying to discuss this with someone) – I should wrap up this intro and let you get to the book details, author details, giveaway details and the interview with the utterly perfect Logan McEntire.
So without further ado….
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.
But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.
Hi Logan, thank you for taking the time to stop by the blog to answer a few questions. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know you in DEFIANCE and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you and Rachel in DECEPTION. With the way things ended, I’m a bit anxious.
Q. For those readers who haven’t yet had the chance to meet you, as I have, how would you describe yourself in 15 words or less?
Logical. Inventor. Fighter. Planner. Afraid of failing. Driven. Outcast. Rachel’s.
Q. Things were not easy for you growing up, given what the Commander did. What was it like to be taken in by Jared Adams as his apprentice and to be made a part of his family when you had none of your own?
It was a bright spot of love and acceptance that made me all the more determined to make something of myself. I won’t ever forget what Jared and Oliver did for me. I don’t know if I would have survived without them. Because of them, I know how to read, how to use my mind for something other than trying to figure out where my next meal is coming from, and I know how to be part of a family.
Q. Jared’s daughter Rachel isn’t like any of the other girls in Baalboden. What was she like when you first met her? And how would you say she’s changed since then?
She was a whirlwind of fierce kindness with a staunch dedication to seeing justice happen for wrongs inflicted, even if she had to dispense that justice herself. The first time I saw her, I was foraging for food in an alley behind Oliver’s tent in Lower Market. Some boys were circling me, shoving me down, taking my food from me, and trying to get me to start a fight so they could complain to the guards and get me banned from Lower Market. Those boys were at least three years older than Rachel, and twice her size, but she came out of Oliver’s tent at a dead run and threw herself at them, fists flying. They never stood a chance. From that point on, she’d earned my undying loyalty and friendship, even though as she grew older, that friendship became more and more complicated.
She’s still the warrior who loves and fights with equal fierceness, but some of her confidence is gone. She’s weary and sad, even though she still refuses to back down from a fight if she thinks it’s the right thing to do.
Q. There were a couple years after Rachel’s declaration of her feelings that you two weren’t friends. What was it like for you losing her as a friend? Did you try to fix things or was every scenario that played out in your head a “worst case”?
It was awful. I had no idea how to fix it. If our friendship had been a piece of tech or a math problem, I could’ve solved it quickly. A little bit of logic and some tinkering, and the whole thing would be patched up in no time. I kept thinking of things to say, things to do, that would smooth it out and give me back my best friend, but every time I opened my mouth, it all came out wrong. Or it sounded cold–all logic and reasoning–when Rachel needed warmth. It was two solid years of worst case scenario played out every time we were in the same room.
Q. What is your favorite memory of Jared? Of Oliver? Of Rachel?
Jared: The moment when he sat me down in Oliver’s tent, four years after Oliver took me in, and offered to train me to be a courier. I knew he didn’t make the offer lightly. It meant I’d earned his respect, and that was something none of the other boys, with all of their education and money and traditional families, had been able to do.
Oliver: The day he put a slab of freshly baked bread in front of me and then rested his hand on my head and said “Eat up, son,” and I knew he meant “I love you.”
Rachel: Well, if you’d asked me this question a month ago, I would’ve said the time that I finally, after three years of trying, beat her at sparring practice, but now I have to say it’s our first kiss.
Q. What is your favorite invention? And why?
The little bombs I hid inside the lining of my cloak because it helped me get away from the Commander and get to Rachel when she needed me.
Q. Would you say you’re an optimist, a pessimist or a realist?
A realist. There’s no benefit to either optimism or pessimism. There are only plans, back-up plans, and more back-up plans.
Q. You and Rachel complement each other really well. You’re both smart. You’re both brave. You’re both loyal. But she’s a bit more reckless where you’re much more of a strategist. She acts first, thinks second, where you typically think first and then act. What do you think the benefits are of working together to defeat the Commander and keep the citizens of Baalboden safe? What would you say are the drawbacks?
The benefits are that Rachel has a warrior’s instincts, and no plan is complete without taking those into account. She knows when it’s time to stop planning and start acting. I know when it’s time to pull back and put more thought into something. As long as we keep that balance, we both bring something necessary to the table and that’s to our advantage. The drawbacks are when we disagree on how to find that balance. When I take too long to plan, or she rushes into something, and we fail to make the most of our partnership.
Q. If you could change one decision you made when it comes to Rachel, what would that be, and why?
I would’ve agreed to go over the Wall with her when she first asked because if I had, so much damage could’ve been avoided.
Q. If you were asked to describe Rachel to someone who hasn’t met her, how would you describe her? And does that description accurately convey just how you feel about her?
She’s fierce, loyal, outspoken, and feels things deeply. I don’t think words ever do her justice. How can they? She’s so much more than that, but I don’t know how to describe it. She’s the strength that pushes me when I don’t feel like I can face another day. She’s the one who knows how to make me laugh and mean it. She’s the one who keeps me up late at night worrying and wondering and hoping. She consumes me, and it’s wonderful and terrifying and it’s still more than that, because Rachel isn’t a girl you can neatly sum up with a few well chosen words.
Q. You seem to be a bit wary about Quinn, the boy Rachel met in the Wasteland. Is that only because of the way Quinn looks at her? Or is there a reason you don’t seem to trust him?
I’m not sure what to make of the way he looks at her, but I trust Rachel so that isn’t the main worry. I’m concerned because I don’t know his past, and there’s something he’s keeping hidden. Sometimes I think I catch a glimpse of something that reminds me of a feral, cornered animal. He has a right to his secrets, but if he’s going to stay with us, I need to know that he’s safe.
Q. While I don’t want to spoil anything that happened in DEFIANCE, a lot of things happened to you both that not only will leave a permanent mark, but have repercussions for the events in DECEPTION. If you could, without giving too much away, list the best and worst case scenarios for what might be expected in the coming days, weeks, months.
Best Case Scenario: We get those who are following us to safety before we’re hunted by those who want what we’ve got.
Worst Case Scenario: We never make it out of the Wasteland because of highwaymen or the Cursed One or those who hunt us.
Q. I know this answer already, but for the sake of those who haven’t yet met you (and because I just want to hear you say it again) I just have to ask – if you had to sacrifice yourself for Rachel, would you do it and why?
I’d sacrifice myself for her in a heartbeat. She’s my family, and that’s what you do for those you love.
About C.J. Redwine
C. J. Redwine lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her four beautiful kids, an amazing husband, two fairly crazy cats, and a dog. She has books in every corner of her house, an impressive Harry Potter memorabilia collection, and a bunch of really cool friends she doesn’t get to see nearly as much as she’d like to. She is also the author of Defiance.
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.
When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
There are a few awesome prizes for this tour – (US/Canada)
A SIGNED copy of either DEFIANCE or DECEPTION – winner’s choice – to ONE winner.
A set of bookmarks to TWO runner’s up.
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
Aug. 23 – Carina’s Books – Interview with Rachel
Aug. 23 – Curling Up With A Good Book – Excerpt
Aug. 26 – Two Chicks on Books – Playlist
Aug. 27 – The YA Sisterhood – Review
Aug. 27 – Fiktshun – Interview with Logan
Aug. 28 – Reading Teen – Top 10s List
Aug. 28 – Fangirlish – Review
Aug. 29 – Ex Libris – Author Interview
Aug. 29 – Mundie Moms – Spotlight
Aug. 30 – Page Turners Blog – Review
Aug. 30 – Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf – Excerpt
Aug. 31 – Peace, Love, Teen Fiction – Excerpt
More information about the DECEPTION Blog Tour can be found on the Mundie Moms Blog Tour website by clicking the banner a the top of the post or HERE.