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    THE KEEP OF AGES Blog Tour: Fantasy Movie Cast Guest Post + #Giveaway

    Welcome to Day #2 of the Keep of Ages Blog Tour!

    To celebrate the release of The Keep of Ages (Vault of Dreamers #3) by Caragh M. O’brien (8/29/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Caragh and 10 chances to win a complete set of The Vault of Dreamers Trilogy!

    I am super excited to share Caragh M. O’Brien’s Movie Fancast post. I love the author’s actor selections for her characters, especially her choices for Rosie and Dubbs. And of course, now I will forever picture Dean Sandy Berg as Ryan Gosling. Because how could I not?

    I am a huge fan of this series and am both happy and sad to see it end. Thrilled because I finally have answers to those lingering questions I had after reading THE RULE OF MIRRORS and a bit melancholy because Rosie’s story has come to an end  and I have to say goodbye.

    If you’d like to know what I thought about this final book in the series, stop by next week for my review. But for now, scroll down for Caragh M. O’Brien‘s awesome Movie Fantasy Cast and for a chance to win a complete set of the series.


    Be sure to follow the tour for additional chances to win and for some awesome posts from the author!


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    Title: THE KEEP OF AGES (The Vault of Dreamers #3)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: August 29, 2017
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    In the fast-paced, high-stakes conclusion to Caragh M. O’Brien’s Vault of Dreamers trilogy, Rosie travels to a derelict theme park to shut down dream mining once and for all.

    Driven by fear when Dean Berg kidnaps her family, Rosie Sinclair strikes out across the country to rescue them. When an elusive trail leads her to Grisly Valley, the contaminated ruin of a horror theme park, Rosie has to consider that Berg may once again be manipulating her every move to make her fearful, priming her for a final, lethal dream mining procedure. As Rosie struggles to outmaneuver Berg, she unearths the ultimate vault of dreamers and the hint of a consciousness more powerful and dangerous than any she’s imagined before. Faced with unspeakable suffering and otherworldly beauty, Rosie must discover how to trust her mind, her friends, and reality itself.

    Propulsive and deeply speculative, The Keep of Ages concludes the Vault of Dreamers trilogy with stirring possibilities for what it means to be alive.


    The Guest Post

    Fantasy Movie Cast

    It would amaze and delight me if the Vault of Dreamers series were turned into a film or a mini series on Netflix or HBO.  As it turns out, I have a film agent to pitch my work to producers, so while seeing Rosie’s story on the screen is a long shot, it isn’t strictly impossible.

    If I could select a fantasy cast, I’d give Millie Bobby Brown (from Stranger Things) a couple more years to grow up, plus a mess of wavy dark hair, and then I’d choose her for Rosie Sinclair. Millie Bobby has an intensity about her that would mesh well with the fragile, splintering quality of Rosie’s mind, and she has a vulnerable, genuine quality that matches Rosie, too. When she smiles, she’s completely disarming. The only snag is that Rosie has a gap between her front teeth, and Millie Bobby doesn’t.

    For Linus Pitts, Timothée Chalamet would evoke a good combination of streetwise and confident. I can’t tell if Timothée’s eyes are the caramel brown shade of Linus’s, but his hair color is right, and he has a distinctive jawline that suits Linus. I could picture him in the garb of a kitchen worker being drawn into the limelight by Rosie, and transforming for a high status job later in the series. The only catch is, we’d need to be sure he has a faint Welsh accent left over from childhood like Linus does.

    Dante Brown would be an ideal actor to play Burnham Fister, who has a complex relationship with Rosie and needs to be played with depth and heart, especially once he suffers. Dante comes off as serious, smart, direct, and determined like Burnham. I can picture him wearing his grandfather’s watch when he tacitly claims his heritage, and I can see him refusing to back down when he’s in danger.

    Picking the right actor for Dean Sandy Berg is tough, because the person has to look like the trustworthy head of a school before millions of Forge Show viewers, but he must also contain a twisted heart. I’m going with Ryan Gosling because he can easily pull of Berg’s charm in front of the cameras, but he can also convince us he’s a puppet master who enjoys his evil game.

    Dubbs Sinclair, Rosie’s kid sister, is a blonde little girl who is alternately ethereal and down to earth, riding her bike along the boxcars they call home, all skinny limbs and sunlight. In the final book, The Keep of Ages, which is due out this August, Dubbs has a larger roll and her bravery is tested. She could be played by Alyvia Alyn Lind who has a warm, sweet smile one minute and a cheeky grin the next.

    I would fill out other rolls with Skai Jackson for dancing, snobby Paige; Kiernan Shipka for theatrical Janice; Devon Gearhart for Henrik with his chinstrap beard; and Ellie Kemper for Ma, Rosie’s loving but misguided mother. It would also be cool to cast my actress/cartoonist niece, Becca Hart, as one of the Forge teachers, since she was the real life inspiration for Janice.

    About Caragh M. O’Brien


    Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS series, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. Her young adult science fiction has been honored by the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, the Amelia Bloomer Award, the Junior Library Guild, and numerous state reading lists. A former high school English teacher, she now writes young adult novels full time from her home in rural Connecticut.


    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (The Vault of Dreamers #1)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

    From Caragh M. O’Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.


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    Title & Series: THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: February 16, 2016
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

    The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students’ dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie’s dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie’s consciousness woke up in that body–a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.

    Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, The Rule of Mirrors will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.


    The Giveaway

    As a tour participant, I have for giveaway…

    • ONE (1) set of the complete Vault of Dreamers trilogy (Vault of Dreamers, Rule of Mirrors, and Keep of Ages) – US ONLY

    Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on August 29th. There will be ONE winner. Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email. Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Prize will be sent directly from the publicity agency.

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    The Tour Schedule

    Guest Post + Instagram Reveal: COLDMAKER by Daniel A. Cohen

    I am thrilled to welcome Daniel Cohen to the blog to say a few words about his upcoming novel COLDMAKER and the super fun Instagram account he created for it.

    COLDMAKER will be releasing on November 2nd in the UK and is currently available to pre-order at Amazon’s UK site.

    I definitely plan to get my hands on a copy as description has me totally intrigued. I am not a fan of the heat and so I am hopeful that Spout can somehow keep cool, evade the Nobles, and invent something that will make him a hero.

    If you’d like to know a little bit more about the book, the author, and the #bookstagram account, keep scrolling. And following Daniel Cohen’s post you can check out a couple of the most recent meme-ish posts which include links to the account and to follow.

    And if you are in the UK and want to pre-order a copy in print or in eBook, the links are included beneath the book’s description.


    Title: COLDMAKER
    Author: Daniel Cohen
    Release date: November 2, 2017
    Publisher: HarperVoyager
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook


    A warmly-written crossover fantasy adventure from Daniel A. Cohen.

    When the rivers boil and the air is too hot to breathe deeply, only one commodity is valued above all others: Cold.

    Those that hold Cold, hold power.

    Spout is not one of those lucky few. Born a Jadan – a slave – he is forced to stand on a baking hot street for hours, waiting to do the bidding of the Nobles who control the city.

    But Spout has a secret. When the sun goes down, he tinkers into the night. Using his extraordinary talent, Spout turns worthless junk into incredible inventions.

    If found, Spout will pay the ultimate price, but as the rulers of the sun-drenched city tighten their death-grip on all Jadankind, Spout’s gift might be the only hope for him and his people of ever being free.


    A Few Words from Daniel Cohen…

    I’m a huge fan of the meme as a medium (memedium?) of expression. They’re quick, concise, and in the right (write?) hands can be gut-wrenchingly hilarious. I appreciate how anyone can make a meme for the simple cost of imagination, and often memes can have a complexity of layers that don’t work in any other art from. Or they can just be effectively simple and dumb.

    Either way, I usually get a chuckle whenever I cruise through Instagram.

    Coldmaker took me five grueling years to write, edit, and get ready for publication. It was often a battle I thought I couldn’t win, let alone get through. It was a lonely pursuit, and at many points it felt like I only had meme, myself and I to rely on. Yet here were are on the other side, and now that the book is in the publishing pipeline, I figured I might have a little fun and blow off some steam (meme-steam?) by making some memes of my own.

    Hope you enjoy my new Bookstagram!


    The Latest #Bookstagrams

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    About Daniel A. Cohen

    Having spent most of his life trapped in the frozen tundra of upstate New York, Daniel Cohen decided to dream himself somewhere new. It was from this quest for heat that the scorching world of COLDMAKER was born.

    In addition to his writing career, Daniel is a semi-professional saxophonist in Austin, Texas, spending his days in front of the page and his nights in front of crowds. Sometimes the crowds cheer, and Daniel often wishes the page would do the same.



    THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS Blog Tour: Guest Post by Emily Barr + Giveaway

    I am super excited to be a part of THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS Blog Tour and to welcome Emily Barr to the blog with a guest post in which she shares the one memory she’d want if it were to be her only memory. (It sounds like an incredible memory to have. I can totally see why she would want to keep that memory forever.)

    If you haven’t yet read THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS and met Flora and discovered what impact her one new memory has had on her life and followed her on her adventure, you will definitely want to. This is an amazing story with an incredibly brave and interesting and likable heroine who suffers from an affliction that would cause most people to give up.

    It is full of surprises, and secrets, and twists and turns, and polar bears and puffins and a missing earless cat. It is sad and hopeful and charming and delightful. And is a read unlike any other.

    This tour includes a giveaway for five copies of the book. So if you have a U.S. address and would like the chance to win a copy, enter in the Rafflecopter. And if you’d like to learn more about the book and author, their information is below.

    To follow the tour to read reviews, author Q&As, guest posts, check out mood boards and other fun posts, the schedule with direct links to all the stops is at the end of the post.


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    Author: Emily Barr
    Release date: May 2, 2017
    Publisher: Philomel Books
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. She lives under the careful watch of her parents, in a town she is familiar with, among people who are equally familiar with her story. She has not been able to recall any part of her past since she was ten, when the tumor that was removed from her brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this singular memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake and their shared kiss are responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step in reclaiming her life.

    With little more than the tattoo “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is, how old, where she lives, and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to the land of the midnight sun–Svalbard, Norway. There she is determined to find Drake, and to explore the romantic possibilities and hopeful future that their reunion promises her. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

    Rich with psychological twists, powerful moments of hope, despair, and confusion, and a landscape very much a character unto itself, FLORA BANKS is an emotionally compelling and immersive read that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the depths of the human heart, and the power of the human mind.


    The Trailer

    The Guest Post

    One Memory You Would (Or Wouldn’t) Want to be Your Only Memory

    by Emily Barr

    The one memory I would choose to keep for ever would be a day from earlier this year.

    In January, my partner Craig and I visited Svalbard in winter (which is the very thing Flora Banks is constantly told not to do). When I was researching the book I went there in May, when it was broad daylight all day and all night, and I was extremely curious to see it at the opposite end of the year, when it never gets light but when the sky sometimes lights up with the Aurora Borealis, and when the temperatures are extraordinarily cold.

    We weren’t there for long, and hoped we might be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights: on the bus from the airport we signed up for a text service from the driver, a man who is a bit of Svalbard legend. He has a long beard and is an expert on the Northern Lights and everything else Svalbard related.

    We were excited to get a text one evening saying the Aurora was expected soon and a bus trip was going to be heading out to see it. We drank a coffee and went to the appointed meeting place; and so it was that we ended up, part of a group of tourists, standing at the top of a very steep hill, looking at the green-tinged sky and waiting. It was minus 20 degrees celsius (-4F) and the snow was deep. We waited and waited but nothing happened and it was intensely, incredibly cold. It turns out that cellphones switch themselves off at that temperature. It turns out that my feet do, too.

    Eventually we all got back on the coach, feeling sad but resigned. As we drove away, somebody from the bus shouted ‘Look at the sky!’

    We pulled over and the heavens exploded into green flames. The driver left us at the roadside (theoretically at the mercy of polar bears) while he went down the hairpin road to turn the bus around. We all went back up to the top of the mountain, and watched as the Northern Lights tore across the sky. It was like nothing else I’ve ever seen; as close as you can get, perhaps, to being on another planet. I never want to forget it.

    About Emily Barr

    Emily Barr ( began her career as a journalist at the Guardian before realizing that she was drawn more toward books. After taking a year to go backpacking for a column assignment, she returned home with the idea for her first book, the New York Times bestseller Backpack, and never looked back. She has since written 11 additional books for adults. The One Memory of Flora Banks is her young adult debut. Emily lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children. You can follow her on Twitter @emily_barr.


    The Giveaway
    • Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (ARV: $17.99 each).

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 1, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 22, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about May 24, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

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    THE TRAITOR’S KISS Blog Tour: ‘Favorite & Most Challenge Scenes’ Guest Post by Erin Beaty

    I am thrilled to be today’s stop on THE TRAITOR’S KISS Blog Tour. Erin Beaty’s book made it to the top of my TBR pile the moment I saw its amazing cover. And when I started reading it, I instantly fell in love.

    THE TRAITOR’S KISS releases on May 9th, so there’s plenty of time to pre-order a copy from your favorite online bookseller and receive it on release day. But until then, if you’d like to know more about the book and get a sneak peek at a deleted scene, be sure to follow the tour – each stop will be sharing a secret message and all will be revealed at the end of the tour. (You can find this stop’s secret message at the bottom of this post.)

    For my stop today, Erin Beaty shares her favorite and most challenging scenes to write – and why. So if you’d like to know what scenes the author “agonized over” and “edited” quite a bit, check out the guest post below.

    And if you’d like to know more about the book and author, their details follow, along with places to find them online.

    The tour schedule will be updated with direct links to each of the stops as they happen, so just click the links to check out the posts and gather the secret messages.


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    Title & Series: THE TRAITOR’S KISS (Traitor’s Trilogy #1)
    Author: Erin Beaty
    Release date: May 9, 2017
    Publisher: Imprint
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    An obstinate girl who will not be married.
    A soldier desperate to prove himself.
    A kingdom on the brink of war.

    With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a proper lady—which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for a suitable marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls—and on the soldiers escorting them.

    As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust—and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

    With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, Erin Beaty’s The Traitor’s Kiss is full of intrigue, espionage, and lies.


    The Guest Post

    Favorite & Most Challenging Scenes to Write (and Why)

    by Erin Beaty

    Aside from the first chapter of the book, which was rewritten probably twenty times but ended up almost exactly as it was first drafted, I think it’s fair to say I agonized over and edited the romantic scenes more than any other. It was almost like giving readers a window into my most intimate thoughts.

    Scratch that. It IS a window into my deepest emotions. Talk about vulnerable.

    I’d read enough cheesy kissing scenes to develop a fear of making readers cringe. Every time I passed those chapters to beta readers, I begged them to be brutally honest. I got some good advice, but not nearly as much as I wanted (the best feedback came from my mom, which was somewhat disturbing). The self-consciousness dialed up to 11 when my husband read those parts. I mean, I’m basically imagining getting it on with some random guy. Would he think it was based on him? Would he think it wasn’t based on him?

    This is not the kind of angst one expects to feel after more than fifteen years of marriage.

    For better or for worse, however, they’re done. Now I await the greater judgment of readers at large.

    But there’s one scene in the book that has a special place in my heart, because it was a huge turning point in the development of the story and my development as a writer. I used to think it was a bit odd when authors complained that their characters did things they didn’t expect. After all, these are the people we writers create specifically to do the things we want them to do.

    Enter Chapter 5.

    (Actually, in the final book I think it’s Chapter 4. Edits, yo.)

    Anyway, I went into this conversation between Sage and the matchmaker, thinking our tragic main character would be rebuffed and tossed out, but then somehow she would solve a problem for the matchmaker and the woman would very reluctantly hire her. Basically Sage would trade one “evil stepmother” for another, but at least she’d get out of the house.

    So they danced around each other in conversation for a bit, the matchmaker pushing Sage’s buttons just as she had the last time they’d met. Both Sage and I began to realize that she was – to put it nicely – a brat, and she didn’t really have it in her to lose her temper again like I needed her to. She was at her lowest low, with no real hope of fixing the mess she’d made. I just couldn’t get a rise out of her.

    And the matchmaker laughed.

    Not cackled like a witch. She chuckled like an all-knowing grandmother. It isn’t always pleasant when we see ourselves clearly, is it?

    She then proceeded to tell Sage that she had pretty much staged the entire confrontation of the day before, setting her up to fail – which I had sort of planned – but there was none of the bitterness and meanness I’d expected. And then she said she’d wanted to hire Sage as an apprentice from the beginning.

    Wait, what are you doing, lady? You’re not supposed to want this!

    Then she dropped a bomb that rocked Sage (and me) to the core. No spoilers, but you’ll know it when you see it.

    Suddenly, I loved this woman. She was shrewd and clever and kind. She wasn’t a caricature; she had depth, and that depth opened a whole new realm of possibilities. The story became richer, as did all the other characters who appeared along the way.

    Now I kind of enjoy letting my characters surprise me and take scenes in their own direction. They really are their own people.

    Don’t tell them I said that, though. Can’t have them getting too many wild ideas.

    About Erin Beaty

    Erin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can’t drive a tractor, but she won’t eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in rocket science and somehow always ended up writing her study group’s lab reports. After serving in the fleet as a weapons officer and a leadership instructor, she resigned to pursue her side hobby of populating the Church of Rome. It still amazes her when other people want to hear the stories that come out of her head.

    She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.

    Erin Beaty is represented by Valerie Noble. Her young adult fantasy adventure, THE TRAITOR’S KISS, the first in a trilogy called The Traitor’s Circle, will be released May 9th, 2017


    The Tour Schedule

    The Secret Message

    “Age 16? Possibly youngest in group”


    THE LAST MAGICIAN Scavenger Hunt: Character Profile + #Giveaway

    Welcome to Week Two of THE LAST MAGICIAN Scavenger Hunt Tour.

    For this second week of the hunt I have a Character Profile of Jianyu Lee to share. And while I haven’t “met” him yet, after reading his profile he’s definitely someone I can’t wait to get to know in the book.

    Be sure to note the NUMBER for the Scavenger Hunt.

    And be sure to stop by next Monday for an excerpt and another Scavenger Hunt clue.

    If you missed last week’s post with other details, you can find it HERE.

    And if you’ve entered the giveaway, don’t forget to visit the other stops and collect the hunt clues for additional chances to win.

    Lisa Maxwell’s THE LAST MAGICIAN releases this July. It sounds amazing. So if you’re like me and can’t wait for its release, be sure to follow along to learn more about the book and its characters.


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    Author: Lisa Maxwell
    Release date: July 18, 2017
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook


    From Unhooked author Lisa Maxwell comes a captivating new world filled with magic and deception, about a girl who must travel back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future.

    Stop the Magician.
    Steal the book.
    Save the future.

    In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

    Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

    But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


    Character Profile: Jianyu Lee


    Jianyu Lee


    I have not been in this country for very long, but it did not take more than a few months to realize that I never should never have come to this city. I was smuggled through Canada on a journey paid for by Tom Lee, the mayor of Chinatown. But no one warned me about the Brink. No one warned me that Tom Lee’s organization, the On Leong Tong, was more than a benevolent society. But I had no interest in being his weapon against those who could not defend themselves. This city is not kind to outsiders, but Dolph Saunders offered me a place with his crew. I am not sure that I can trust him. I am not sure I can trust anyone, but what are my choices? I might have become one of The Devil’s Own, but I remain watchful and wear a face the world does not question as I wait and hope for something more.


    The heat of well-peppered dishes. The sunlight at daybreak. The sense of invincibility I have when I pull light around myself and walk like a ghost, unseen, in the city streets.


    Living under a name that is not my own.


    My affinity is for light, and my magic calls to that which illuminates this world. I can bend the light around myself and disappear.


    Patience. The right opportunity will present itself.

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    About Lisa Maxwell

    Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, and Unhooked. Next up is THE LAST MAGICIAN (July 2017). When she’s not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.


    The Giveaway

    There is a hunt-wide giveaway for…

    • Two (2) winners will receive a signed/personalized ARC of THE LAST MAGICIAN – US only

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    The Hunt Bloggers

    BLACKSOULS Blog Tour: Guest Posts by Nicole Castroman + Giveaway

    I am so unbelievably excited to be kicking off the blog tour for BLACKSOULS by Nicole Castroman. It has been one of my most anticipated reads for 2017 – and it was even better than I could have hoped for. And, no, it’s not because I am a sailor and love any and all stories involving sailing ships. Or because I have always loved stories about pirates. Or because this cover is so awesome.

    It’s because the book is more than amazing. And if you’d like to know why, stop back tomorrow for my off-the-menu 6-star review.

    But for my stop on the tour I have five mini guest posts to share about this incredible sequel, its characters, and its fabulous author.

    There is also a tour-wide giveaway for a signed copy of BLACKSOULS. So if you’re in the US and you’d like the chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter.

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    THE LAST MAGICIAN Scavenger Hunt: ‘How Powerful Are You’ Quiz + #Giveaway

    Welcome to Week One of THE LAST MAGICIAN Scavenger Hunt Tour.

    For this first week of the hunt I have a QUIZ to share to see how powerfully your affinity will manifest. (And, yes, of course I took the quiz before this post went live. But, no, I won’t tell you what boxes I checked so that my result would reveal a powerful affinity.)

    I am on Team Thief for this hunt. So be sure to stop by next Monday and the Monday after that for a character profile and an excerpt – both posts will have key information needed for the Scavenger Hunt.

    And be sure to stop by and visit the other Hunt Bloggers to learn more about Team Spy, Team Mastermind, and Team Assassin.

    There is also an awesome giveaway on the tour. So just scroll down to the Rafflecopter for details and to enter for a chance to win.

    Lisa Maxwell’s THE LAST MAGICIAN releases this July. It sounds amazing. So if you’re like me and can’t wait for its release, be sure to follow along to learn more about the book and its characters.

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