Authors Are Rockstars Tour: Michelle Zink Guest Post + Giveaways


I have been a huge fan of author Michelle Zink since before I became a blogger so I am unbelievably stoked to be able to host her here on the blog for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour today.

And I feel so incredibly lucky to be the recipient of the awesome guest post she wrote for this tour which introduces her character Claire from her upcoming novel THIS WICKED GAME and tells of the first time she witnessed her mother practicing voodoo.

I have been anxiously awaiting this upcoming book’s release for quite some time, but after having read the last paragraph of the post I am now officially dying to read it. And I think, when you read it, it will make you just as eager to read it too.

Of course we’ll have to wait for its release in November… well, except for the winner of the giveaway, who will get the chance to read it much earlier than that. I am already officially jealous!

Once again Michelle Zink has written a story that sounds absolutely intriguing, one that offers something a little bit different to its readers with its setting and its premise. And with its eye-catching cover – yes I noticed the skull in the scrollwork – and its very appealing title, I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favorite books by this author.

In addition to the amazing guest post and some information about THIS WICKED GAME, I’ve also included just a little bit of info about the author and places where she can be found online. I also just had to include one or two details about her other young adult tiles.

And at the bottom of this post there are a couple giveaways. The author is giving away an ARC of THIS WICKED GAME along with a paperback copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. And I’ve added in a giveaway for a book of the winner’s choice of one of Michelle Zink’s books to two winners.

So be sure to check that all out below. But before all that, after this rather long introductory ramble, I thought I’d mention one or two reasons why I think Michelle Zink is a rockstar.


Michelle Zink is a Rockstar because…

Her stories are gorgeous and haunting and unique and memorable.

Her writing is absolutely, stunningly beautiful.

With each and every book she transports me into a world unlike any other I’ve visited before.

With each world she creates I never want to leave.

She made me a fan from the very first lines of the very first story I read.

Perhaps because it seems so appropriate, I don’t notice the rain. It falls in sheets, a blanket of silvery thread rushing to the hard almost-winter ground. Still, I stand without moving at the side of the coffin.


And she continues to keep me captivated with each and every story.

Dimitri leans down, placing his lips very near my ear.

“What do you think?”

It takes my breath away. I find I cannot do it justice with words, and so I simply smile in answer.

He reaches to touch my hair, and even now it seems his eyes darken with something like desire. I am surprised when his hand comes away with the ivory comb Father gave me long ago.

(Passage from GUARDIAN OF THE GATE.)

“I had a nightmare.”

His face softens, and he lowers himself to the ground, stretching his body out beside mine and taking me into his arms until my head is pressed to his chest.

“Tell me,” he says. “Tell me your nightmares.”

The silence between us is a weight on my heart, and I am reminded of another instance, another time when I was urged to speak of my fears. Of the things growing wild and dark in the fortress of my consciousness.

(Passage from CIRCLE OF FIRE.)

Michelle Zink amazes me with stories that are intelligent, rich and full of depth, stories that are also exciting, surprising and riveting. So, yes, she is definitely a rockstar author to me.


About the Author

Michelle Zink

About Michelle Zink

Michelle Zink lives in New York with her four children. Prophecy of the Sisters was her first novel, and was chosen as one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels of 2009 and as one of the Chicago Public Library’s Best Books for Young Readers. It has also been listed on the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age and the Lone Star Reading List.



The Guest Post

In THIS WICKED GAME (November 2013), my main character, Claire, makes passing reference to the first time she saw her mother practicing voodoo. Claire is seventeen in THIS WICKED GAME, but that first encounter with her mother’s practice left a lasting impression, one that only adds to the alienation  Claire feels from the family business. In this guest post, I’ve recreated that moment for Fiktshun readers. I hope you enjoy it!



The first time I saw my mother practicing voodoo I was seven.

Sleepy-eyed from a late afternoon nap, I checked the parlor first. That’s where my mother usually was, sipping sweet tea and writing the endless stream of correspondence addressed to Guild members, customers, and anyone else who was due a “proper letter.”

But she wasn’t there, and I searched the kitchen and then the whole first floor before I finally gave up and climbed the stairs.

I called her name softly. My mother hated hearing her name shouted throughout the house. “Claire,” she would say, “I won’t speak to you until you address me politely. And by that I mean from a distance that doesn’t require you to shout like a banshee.”

I made my way down the long hall, the old wood floors accented with exotic carpets, past the doors to my bedroom, two bathrooms, and the guest rooms, finally stopping outside my parent’s room. The fact that the door was closed was unusual. Looking back, I think my mother must have practiced her rituals while I was asleep. Not to protect me. To her, voodoo was — and is — as natural as breathing. I think she just wanted to be alone. Wanted to pray and speak to the loas the way she used to, back when she was just a poor girl from the bayou, before she married my father, inheriting all the expectations of the Guild and the weighty Laveau name.

I don’t know what made me open the door. Good manners prohibited opening a closed door without knocking, and like most Southern girls, good manners had been drilled into me from infancy. Still, I turned the heavy bronze knob, and the door swung silently open.

She was there, dressed in the white tunic that was standard ritual garb (we sold them in the store), a purple shawl draped over her shoulders. She looked different. Younger. Her hair, black as midnight, fell in loose curls around her shoulders. Her eyes were closed, her lips moving in whispered prayer, the words strange and foreign, spoken in French. My gaze slid to the altar in front of her, taking it all in. The bible at its center. The purple candles flickering in front of a photograph of our family. The white sage and caraway seeds. The scent of patchouli heavy in the air.

I caught snippets of her prayer, words that had been used in ritual spell casting in the store, the prayers passed along to customers in need of love, protection, guidance, healing. Spoken like gossip over the bins of incense and gris-gris bags, the words hadn’t scared me then. Our customers were everyday people. They asked my parent’s opinion, purchased ingredients and were on their way. They could have been buying a carton of milk or a canister of chicory coffee from the market.

But this was different. I was suddenly, unaccountably afraid. When I remembered the moment years later, I would wonder if it was because it was so unfamiliar. I was used to seeing my mother in command. Giving advice that usually felt more like an order than a suggestion. Here she seemed fragile, vulnerable. At the mercy of the loas and their desire to do her bidding — or not.

That’s what I told myself. That there was nothing to be afraid of. That in its modern incarnation, voodoo was nothing more than holistic medicine with a dash of prayer. A bunch of natural remedies using herbs and roots that probably only worked because the people who bought them were already believers in voodoo. Placebo effect and all that.

And for a long time I believed it. Until that summer with Xander, Sasha, and the other firstborns. Until Maximilian and Eugenia and poor Elisabeta.

After that, I knew I’d been lying to myself. Watching my mother from the doorway, I hadn’t been afraid because she seemed unfamiliar. I was afraid because even then, I felt the power that coursed through our veins, as alive and hungry as any beast.


This Wicked Game

This Wicked Game


Publisher: Dial
Release Date: November 14, 2013
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

The voodoo business.

Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

She doesn’t believe.

Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

Including her own.

As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.



A Temptation of Angels

Temptation of Angels


Publisher: Dial
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.



Prophecy of the Sisters



Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters–one good, one evil.

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, they find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents’ deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.




Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she’ll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister’s role in the prophecy, and that’s not the only thing she wants: There’s also Lia’s boyfriend James.

Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn’t know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.




Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 3, 2011
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

With time dwindling but her will to end the Prophecy stronger than ever, Lia sets out on a journey to find the remaining keys, locate the missing pages of the Prophecy, and convince her sister Alice to help–or risk her life trying. Lia has her beloved Dimitri by her side, but Alice has James, the man who once loved her sister–and maybe still does. James doesn’t know the truth about either sister, or the prophecy that divides them. And Alice intends to keep it that way.

There are some secrets sisters aren’t meant to share. Because when they do, it destroys them. This stunning conclusion to Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy will make saying good-bye bittersweet for readers.



The Novellas



Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Format: eBook

Before Prophecy of the Sisters, before Alice and Lia became pawns in the curse that turned sister against sister, the burden of the prophecy belonged to their mother, Adelaide. This is her story.

Adelaide Milthorpe is losing her grip on sanity. She is a Gate-a human portal to the Otherworlds, destined to bring forth Samael, the most powerful demon of all time, and his Lost Souls. Prowling the halls of Birchwood Manor, Adelaide is haunted by the whispers of the otherworldly Souls, who seek to use her for entry into the real world, where they would wreak havoc and rule beside their leader, Samael, in chaos. Their pleas plague her, torture her, tempt her. Samael calls to her, his promise of peace in the Otherworlds increasingly difficult to resist. And the stakes are high, for if Adelaide gives in to his urgings, her two daughters will inherit the same curse, forcing them to make the same impossible choice as they, too, are cast in the roles of Guardian and Gate.

In this novella that delves further into the Prophecy, Adelaide’s struggle to reconcile her two worlds as she descends into madness will captivate fans of the Prophecy of the Sisters series and new readers alike.




Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Format: eBook

After the tragic events of Prophecy of the Sisters, Lia Milthorpe fled New York, leaving her twin behind. While Lia was in London, preparing for the battle ahead, Alice spent months isolated in Birchwood, her story of solitude untold. Until now.

Alice Milthorpe is alone. Now that her sister Lia has left Birchwood, her brother dead, her family gone, there is no one to keep Alice from the Dark Room. She spends entire days and nights there, willing her spirit to travel to the Otherworlds where the Souls welcome her, where the demon Samael gives her the companionship she so desperately desires.

Yet she does not belong in the Otherworlds. Whether she likes it or not, she belongs in the physical world, tethered to a role in the prophecy she does not want and a world she is not truly a part of. But when a chance encounter with James, her sister’s abandoned fiancé, sparks a fragile friendship, Alice begins to think that she is not as alone as she thought – and that maybe there is a reason to anchor herself to the physical world after all.




Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Format: eBook

The third of three haunting novella spin-offs to Prophecy of the Sisters to be published as e-books.

The Gate to the mortal world is finally closed. Lia Milthorpe has settled with her husband on Altus, the land that bridges the gap between the Otherworlds and the physical one.

Samael’s banishment has brought prosperity to the land, and no one is happier than Una Whelan. For the first time in centuries, those who live on the island–including Una and her suitor, Fenris–can do so in peace. Or so they thought.

This novella reveals what happens to Lia, Dimitri, and Altus after Circle of Fire, the final book in the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy. If you thought there was a happy ending, think again.




What’s Up for Grabs

Giveaway #1: An ARC of THIS WICKED GAME + a paperback copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS to ONE winner – US ONLY

Giveaway #2: Winner’s choice of one of author Michelle Zink’s books (or a pre-order of THIS WICKED GAME) to TWO winners – International


The Deets

– You must be 13 or older to enter

– Giveaway #1 will have ONE winner (US only)

– Giveaway #2 will have TWO winners (International)

– ALL giveaways end on August 31st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

– ALL winners will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter

– Giveaway #1 prizes will be sent directly from the author

– Giveaway #2 books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository

– Giveaway #2 books can be in either hardcover, paperback or eBook formats

For each giveaway there is a mandatory “Leave a Comment” entry. All other entries are optional. The tweet entry is a daily option.

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