I have an amazing guest post from Author Catherine Doyle to share for my stop on the VENDETTA Dark Valentine’s Blog Tour in which she talks about creating the criminal underworld in VENDETTA. It will make wish you had the book to read right this minute. Fortunately its release date is not too far away – it releases on the 24th – so the wait won’t be too long.
If you like your stories dark, danger-filled and romantic, then this is definitely a series to check out.
The tour runs through VENDETTA’s release day and if you’d like to follow along, check out the schedule at the bottom of this post or by clicking the banner above. You can also follow along on social media via the #bloodforblood hashtag.
There is also an amazing giveaway going on for US residents. Scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win.
But first, here’s some information about the book…
Title & Series: VENDETTA (Blood for Blood #1)
Author: Catherine Doyle
Release date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Chicken House
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Think Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather. Oh yeah. #bloodforblood #Vendetta
Blood Will Spill, Hearts Will Break: With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.
For Sophie, it starts as just another slow, hot summer in Cedar Hill. Then a new family moves into the long-abandoned mansion across the street: the Falcone family, with its five mysterious brothers. Unable to resist bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling for him–and into his world. But just as the dark secrets of the Falcones begin to come to light, the skeletons of her own family, the Gracewells, rise to the surface, too. And soon Sophie is torn between the desires of two warring dynasties: the one she was born into and the one she’s now in love with. But she’ll have to choose between passion and honor. And when she does, blood will spill and hearts will break. Because in this twisted underworld, loyalty can mean the difference between life and death.
Even Victoria Scott said this about it: “Fan-freaking-tastic…I honestly can’t say enough good things about it! I would read anything Cat Doyle writes after flying through Vendetta!!”
When I first had the idea for Vendetta it was a simple one. I was trying to fall asleep when an image popped into my head. It was of five boys doused in shadow, standing side-by-side in front of an old, crumbling house. I knew who I wanted them to be, and the kind of story I wanted to write. I wanted to explore the criminal underworld. I wanted to drop them in a land of blood feuds and revenge, and just for good measure, I wanted to throw in an unassuming teenage girl with bucket-loads of sass and sarcasm too. Almost straight away, I had my characters; now I needed my underworld.
My mother is from Chicago, and she used to take me home to visit it when I was growing up. I have always had a great fondness for the city, and being a long-time enthusiast of crime movies and documentaries, I knew something of its history with organized crime too. The Chicago Outfit is a syndicate that dates back to the 1910s and began a period of crime marked by illegal distribution of banned substances as well as gang wars and family rivalries. The city was also famously home to Al Capone, one of the most notorious American mafia figures in history, and someone who has maintained a high level of popularity in fiction and on the big screen thanks to movies like The Untouchables. I did my research – I watched countless movies (not such a chore, if I’m honest) and documentaries. I read articles on the history of Chicago, of the mob, of the hierarchies in organized crime families, and finally, finally, I was sure about my setting: Chicago. I just had to build Sophie’s insular world, which was, unbeknownst to her, sitting right smack in the middle of an underworld.
Vendetta takes place in Cedar Hill, a sleepy town perched on the edge of Chicago, where long hot summers seem to stretch into eternity, and there is nothing for the local teenagers to do. Yet everything is not quite what it seems. As the story unfolds it becomes clear that just beneath the surface of Cedar Hill, there is another crueler world in flux. Mysterious people are arriving, old grudges are rising to the surface, and that means the careful façade of Sophie’s stagnant little town is starting to crumble.
The boys are the first clue that something dark is coming to Cedar Hill, or perhaps that it was always there, bubbling beneath the surface, hiding in plain sight. They arrive in the middle of the night, and when they emerge, they are nebulous, with inky black hair and dark eyes. We see hints of the criminal underworld in Luca, Valentino, Dominico, Giorgino and Nicoli, in their background, in how they speak to one another, in what they wear and carry with them everyday. They hail from a very different place – they have the kind of bloodline that stretches far beyond somewhere as ordinary as Sophie’s little town and she knows that. They’re after something.
Other clues crop up as Sophie spends more time in the company of the brothers. Cars with blacked out windows, dramatic artwork and a suspect family crest hints at their sinister upbringing, while misplaced weapons, bruised hands, explosive arguments and uncovered newspaper articles reveal the danger about where they come from.
Slowly, like a snake uncoiling, the criminal underworld emerges. By the time Sophie is surrounded by the darkness, it’s too late. Masks come off and she is faced with members of an old and feared Sicilian underworld. A senior member of the hierarchy informs her that Nic, her love interest, has been her Hades, and now that she has fallen into his underworld, she will find it difficult to escape. High stakes, powerful weapons and warehouse warfare ensues as she desperately tries to claw her way back to her old life. If she can, that is. Because in the criminal underworld, the way is dark, but there is no going back.
Catherine Doyle lives in the west of Ireland. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and a master’s degree in English from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Vendetta is her first novel.
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Feb. 14th – Two Chicks on Books – Author Interview
Feb. 15th – Fiktshun – Guest Post
Feb. 16th – Novel Novice – Review
Feb. 17th – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post
Feb. 18th – Fangirlish – Excerpt
Feb. 19th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Favorite Quotes
Feb. 20th – Lost In Ever After – Author Interview
Feb. 21st – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Review
Feb. 22nd – Page Turners Blog – Review
Feb. 23rd – YA on My Mind – Guest Post
Feb. 24th – Mundie Moms – Review
I am so excited to be participating in the I Have a COMPULSION for Magic Blog Tour hosted by Mundie Moms Blog Tours.
I cannot wait for COMPULSION to be released later this month so that I can meet Barrie and Eight. And although Andye of Reading Teen claims Eight for herself, I’m not giving up any claim. Not without having had the chance to meet him.
This tour kicked off yesterday and continues all the way up to COMPULSION’s release on the 28th. So be sure to follow along – the schedule can be found at the bottom of this post or on its very own tour page, which you can find by clicking the banner (or the link) above.
This tour is filled with all sorts of awesome excerpts from COMPULSION, guest posts from a number of amazing authors, and a super fab giveaway – none of which you’ll want to miss.
Especially my post today which follows below…
We’re kicking off something special on the Compulsion for Magic tour with a guest-author feature! On different stops of the tour, we’re going to ask authors to weigh in and talk about what kinds of Compulsion-style magical gifts they (or their characters) would like to have and definitely wouldn’t want to have.
Simon Pulse, the publisher of Compulsion has suggested the book is a little like Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder, by which they mean it’s like an atmospheric Southern Gothic romance with paranormal elements meets a mystery solved by a main character with an ability to find lost things.
We want to hear from you!
For a chance to win the HUGE tour mega prize of books and the $100 gift card, tell us about the magical gift you’d like to have, but remember—as it is on Compulsion’s Watson Island—magic is often a curse as well as a gift. Don’t forget to think about what it would really be like!
Want to get a head start on your answer?
We also asked Kami Garcia, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beautiful Creatures novels, Unbreakable and Unmarked in The Legion series, and the new Dangerous Creatures series, what kind of magical gift she would like to have.
Here’s Kami’s answer…
“I would love to be able to bend metal like Magneto. Imagine the possibilities… Secretly, I just want to be Magneto.”
And here’s what Kimberly Derting had to say…
If you could have any “everyday” magical gift, like finding lost things or knowing what people want, what gift would you want and why?
I like the finding-lost-things one, mostly since I come from a family of people who lose everything! But I think if I could have any power, other than a Midas turn-everything-into-chocolate touch, it would definitely be to know where my kids are at all times. And I’m not talking about the “Where’s my iPhone” stalker-mom magical app (although I do love that!). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to know what they’re always doing, since two of my kids are 21 and 27, but I love the idea of looking into my crystal ball and knowing that they’re safe.
On the other hand, maybe the Midas-chocolate thing after all! ☺
What everyday magic would your characters wish they had and why?
I can sort of imagine Violet (from THE BODY FINDER) wishing she could turn off the whole finding dead bodies thing, and instead picking something fun like walking through walls, flying, or being invisible. All of those are way less disturbing than being drawn to the dead.
Eight, Barrie’s love interest in Compulsion, has inherited his family’s gift of knowing what people want and feeling compelled to give it to them. What’s one gift you’re glad you don’t have? Or your characters would be glad they didn’t have?
I think at one point or another everyone sort of wishes they could read minds. That is, until you really think about all the weird/creepy/probably even insulting things you’d be overhearing inside other people’s heads. I’m not sure I want to know every teeny-tiny thing my husband, my kids, or even my neighbors think about me. Or anyone else for that matter.
Barrie is tied to her family’s plantation, Watson’s Landing, in a magical way, and the whole landscape becomes magical for her. What’s the one place in your book that you wish you could bring to life?
My place would be the ice castle in THE ESSENCE, book #2 in The Pledge trilogy. It’s this old fortress built into an island covered almost entirely in ice and snow, and for some reason (which is strange, since I’m always freezing!), it’s the one place in my novels I’d like to see in real life. (I guess I need to write some books that are set in the Bahamas!)
If you were going to a Halloween party and you had to dress as a character from a Southern Gothic or a Gothic romance, what would your costume look like?
I would go full Scarlett O’Hara, but only because I’ve always wanted to wear a hoop skirt 😉
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You have to love Kimberley! A Midas touch for chocolate? Count me in!
Now your turn! Tell us about your magic.
If you’ve already done that elsewhere on the tour or just want to do something different for extra entry points, show us your magical or Southern gothic costume! How would you do Scarlet O’Hara? Or would you do Lily from The Raven Boys? Violet from Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca? Or how would you show an “everyday magic” as a Halloween costume?
Post a comment with the URL to your photo and we’ll share it. Use tag #CompulsionMagic.
COMPULSION (Heirs of Watson Island, Book 1)
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” — Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU and the Evernight and Spellcaster series
“Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!” — Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil Trilogy from HarperTeen
Signed copies are available for pre-order from One More Page Books. You can also pre-order with the special “I have a Compulsion for reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins. And be sure to check out the Pre-Order Incentives at CompulsionToRead.com.
Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She’s the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all this YA Series.
From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.
Do you have a Compulsion for Reading? Then you don’t want to miss what Martina Boone is giving away!
5 lucky winners will each win the following…
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I am totally stoked to be able to be a part of the DON’T LOOK BACK Blog Tour hosted by Mundie Moms Blog Tours. I love anything and everything Jennifer L. Armentrout writes and she kills every genre she tackles. DON’T LOOK BACK is her first YA mystery/suspense and it is awesome.
Whether you solve the puzzle early or are surprised by the outcome at the end, the story will keep you hooked from the very first moment you meet Sam. She is easy to connect with, sympathize with, and like, and you’ll be rooting for her as she tries to piece together what happened to her and her friend Cassie.
While I don’t want to give away too much about what happens, I’m thrilled to be able to share an excerpt from early in the story of a scene with Sam and her brother Scott just shortly after she’s returned that reveals a lot about who Sam was prior to her memory loss and who her best friend and boyfriend are.
All I can say is that I’m glad we get to meet the Sam we do. I’m not sure how much I’d like the other Sam.
Anyway… this very awesome tour includes a giveaway for fifteen copies of DON’T LOOK BACK – one copy for each stop on the tour – and excerpt reveals at all the stops. So be sure to check out each stop on tour for more peeks inside DON’T LOOK BACK, which releases on Tuesday, and a few reviews.
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: April 15, 2014
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
Pushing the picture under the bed with my toes, I ran clammy hands down my hips.
“What…what do you mean?”
He sauntered into the room, stopping a few feet in front me. We were the same height.
“Where have you really been, Sam?”
“I don’t know.”
“You don’t?” He laughed, and the skin crinkled around his eyes. “Come on. What did you and Cassie get yourselves into this time?”
“Cassie’s missing,” I mumbled, glancing down at the floor. She hadn’t really looked like the girl the deputy had shown me. I bent down, grabbing the picture from underneath the bed.
“This is Cassie, right?”
He frowned as he glanced at the picture. “Yeah, that’s Cassie.”
I quickly placed the picture on the bedside table. “I don’t know where she is.”
“I have theories.”
Interest piqued, I rocked back on my heels. “You do?”
Scott flopped on my bed and stretched out lazily. “Shit, you probably killed her and stashed her body somewhere.” He laughed. “That’s my main theory.”
Blood drained out of my face, and I gasped.
The smile on his face faded as he watched me. “Sam, dude, I was kidding.”
“Oh.” Sweet relief shot through me, and I sat on the edge of the bed, staring at my chipped nails. In an instant, everything turned gray and white. The only color was red—vibrant, garish red under my fingernails. Soft whimpers—someone was crying.
Scott grabbed my arm. “Hey, you okay?”
I blinked, and the vision, the sounds faded away. Shoving my hands under my legs, I nodded. “Yeah, I’m okay.”
He sat up, staring at me. “Holy shit, you’re not faking it.”
“The whole amnesia thing—because I was betting money you were off partying somewhere, got trashed for days, and couldn’t come home until you sobered up.”
Damn. “Did I do that often?”
Scott barked out a laugh. “Yeah…this is weird. You’re definitely not faking.”
Now I felt even more confused. “How can you tell?”
“Well, for starters, you haven’t kicked me out of your room or threatened to ruin my life yet.”
“I’d do that?”
He stared at me, his eyes wide. “Yeah, and sometimes you’d even hit me. Once, I hit you back, and, well, that didn’t go over well. Dad got pissed. Mom was mortified.”
My brows pinched. “We…hit each other?”
Shaking his head, Scott leaned back. “Man, this is bizarre.”
No doubt. I pulled my hands out from under my legs and sighed. “Back to the whole killing-Cassie-and-hiding-her-body thing. Why did you say that?”
“I was kidding. You two have been best friends foreva.” He smirked. “Actually, you guys were more like frenemies in the last couple of years. There was some kind of unspoken rivalry going on between you two. It started when you made homecoming queen during sophomore year and she made court. At least that’s what you tell everyone, but I’m thinking it started when you two were freshmen and you started dating Del the Dick.”
“Del the Dick?” I tucked a strand of hair back. “That’s my boyfriend.”
“That’s your whole world.”
Not liking the sound of that, I made a face. “I don’t remember…him, either.”
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
Thanks to Disney Hyperion, each site on tour has 1 copy of DON’T LOOK BACK to give away – US only.
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April 1 – The YA Sisterhood – Excerpt #1 + Giveaway
April 2 – Jenuine Cupcakes – Excerpt #2 + Giveaway
April 3 – Stuck in Books – Excerpt #3 + Giveaway
April 4 – Good Choice Reading – Excerpt #4 + Giveaway
April 5 – The Irish Banana – Excerpt #5 + Giveaway
April 6 – Me, My Shelf & I – Excerpt #6 + Giveaway
April 7 – K-Books – Excerpt #7 + Giveaway
April 8 – Deity Island – Excerpt #8 + Giveaway
April 9 – Read All the Books – Excerpt #9 + Giveaway
April 10 – A Book Lovers’ Review – Excerpt #10 + Giveaway
April 11 – Vilma’s Book Blog – Excerpt #11 + Giveaway
April 12 – Shortie Says – Excerpt #12 + Giveaway
April 13 – Fiktshun – Excerpt #13 + Giveaway
April 14 – Mundie Moms – Excerpt #14 + Giveaway
April 15 – Reading Teen – Excerpt #15 + Giveaway
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I am so excited to be a part of the FORGIVING LIES & FOREPLAY Blog Tour hosted by Mundie Moms Blog Tours and to help spread the word about these awesome New Adult books releasing on October 29th and November 5th. I’ve been anxiously awaiting their release and I’m thrilled that the wait for both books won’t be too much longer.
As part of the tour I get to share a short – but totally hot – teaser from author Molly McAdams from FORGIVING LIES and a guest post by FOREPLAY author Sophie Jordan in which she reveals “One Thing My Character(s) Have Taught Me.”
If you haven’t yet heard about one – or both – of these books, the books’ descriptions and places to find them around the web are below. Also included is some information about each book’s author and places where you can find and follow them online.
And because I couldn’t resist, I added in a giveaway for a copy of both books to one winner. That follows just a bit further down in the post.
At the bottom of the post are this week’s tour stops and a link to Mundie Moms tour page for the full tour schedule.
A tour-wide giveaway has been added. Check out the additional Rafflecopter form below for details.
First up is…
Logan “Kash” Ryan has spent the last three and a half years working undercover in Tampa Bay, Florida. When a case sends him and his partner to Austin, Texas to follow the trail of a serial killer, their sole focus needs to be on finding the guy before he can find another victim. The last thing Kash needs is the distraction of his beautiful new neighbor, but there’s something about her guarded nature and feisty attitude that makes it impossible to stay away from her.
Rachel Masters has shielded herself from getting hurt again. But when her new neighbor almost takes her door off with his motorcycle, everything changes. He’s arrogant, gorgeous, tattooed and pierced. Everything she knows she should stay away from. Despite the warnings her initial impression has raised, she quickly falls for him and the way he works at breaking down all her walls. But he’s hiding something, and after everything that has happened in Rachel’s life lately, a guy is the last thing she needs.
From the moment Rachel and Kash meet, they stress the friendship-only rule and continue to push their feelings for each other aside. But as their friendship advances, lines start blurring, and soon their reasons for keeping the other at a distance are forgotten.
Will Kash be able to maintain focus on the investigation while keeping Rachel safe from his real life – or will it all fall apart right in front of him, and will she run when she finds out everything he has been hiding?
Series: Forgiving Lies #1
Release date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Formats: Paperback, eBook
The second book in the Forgiving Lies series, DECEIVING LIES, is slated for release on March 4, 2014.
“So, you’re saying . . .” I rolled off the couch and took the few steps toward her. If she wanted me to sound like I was from Texas, then I was about to sound like I was from motherfucking Texas. “. . . if I had a drawl, you’d believe me?” Her breath hitched when I leaned over her body and put my hands on the couch on either side of her head. Our faces were just inches apart and I swear I almost groaned when she quickly licked her lips.
Leaning in so my lips brushed her ear, I spoke soft and low. And yeah, with a fucking drawl. “Just say the word, darlin’. I’ll talk however you want me to.”
And if you’d like to check out a few other excerpts and teasers, you can find them on the author’s website, HERE.
Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughter. Some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach…which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes.
When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm…or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.
Next up is…
Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs.
Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom-take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.
Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep-with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…
Series: The Ivy Chronicles #1
Release date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook
The second book in The Ivy Chronicles, TEASE, is slated for release on May 27, 2014.
Every book I write is different. Every character I write is different, with different challenges, different life stories – or rather, back-stories. But one thing that you can find in common in each and every character, in every book I’ve ever written, is the message of hope.
Whether it’s Reece or Pepper in Foreplay or a protagonist in one of my young adult novels or a heroine or hero in my historical romance novels … I’ve learned one thing from all these characters. Hope.
As a writer, I wince at the hell I put my characters through. It’s not always easy, but that’s what writers do. That’s what’s required for a book to have the necessary conflict – and sadly, that is so often life. Conflict. Struggle. Hardship.
In the past I’ve written some tough baggage for my characters. Characters that were abused to various degrees in childhood – like Pepper and Reece in Foreplay. Characters that are paranormal creatures hunted to all corners of the earth – like Jacinda in Firelight. Characters that were “murdered” on their wedding night like Annalise in How To Lose A Bride In One Night. Any one of these traumas could have killed a person’s spirit and made him or her unable to continue through life in any normal fashion.
However, my characters find the courage to love again. To give and receive love after overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. Each time I write a romance novel I’m writing about hope. I believe in love and happily ever after a little more each time I write a character that turns her back on fear and embraces love. That’s what I learn. That’s what I take away. Romance novels teach hope. That love and happiness are possible … that anyone can achieve it if they want it badly enough. If they fight for it.
Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.
A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature – teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.
In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller’s List.
A paperback copy of FORGIVING LIES by Molly McAdams and a paperback copy of FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan – ONE Winner
There are no requirements other than to leave a comment about what you like about both books on tour. But there are a few extra entry opportunities for adding the books to Goodreads and following the authors on Twitter.
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GRAND PRIZE: A copy of FORGIVING LIES by Molly McAdams & a copy of FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan to ONE winner
PRIZES: A copy of FORGIVING LIES to one winner; A copy of FOREPLAY to one winner
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Oct. 21st – The Story Siren – FOREPLAY Review
Oct. 22nd – Fiktshun – Sophie Jordan Guest Post, FORGIVING LIES Excerpt
Oct. 23rd – Mundie Moms Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – FORGIVING LIES Review
Oct. 24th – Once Upon a Twilight – FOREPLAY Review
Oct. 25th – Fangirlish – Molly McAdams Interview
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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.