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Monday, February 20, 2017

Blog Tour- STATION FOSAAN by Dee Garretson An Interview & Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for STATION FOSAAN by Dee Garreston! I have an interview with Dee to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!


Haven't heard of STATION FOSAAN? Check it out!

Title: STATION FOSAAN
Author: Dee Garretson
Pub. Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300

Scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain. 


Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the remaining reclusive Fosaanians, native to the planet. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen is about to do both of those things. 


During an unsanctioned exploration of the planet, Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit. But before he can convince her to show him around, scientists are taken captive, leaving Quinn and the other young Earthers at the mercy of space raiders. 


Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of Earthers stuck on Fosaan and at home. 


STATION FOSAAN is THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND meets STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN. 


Now on to the interview!


Two Chicks on Books 2/20/2017

Hi Dee! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books! STATION FOSAAN was absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! And am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

For the Readers: can you tell us a little bit about STATION FOSAAN and the characters?

STATION FOSAAN is a little bit like a Romeo and Juliet story set far in the future when people originally from Earth have spread out over the galaxy. Cultures have developed which are often very different from what still exists on Earth. Quinn, the main character, who grew up on Earth, finds himself on Fosaan, a planet where the people there want nothing to do with Earthers. Mira is a Fosaanian girl and a descendent of the ruling family, and though she is intrigued by Quinn, had far bigger problems to worry about

So since this is a series do you have a title for book 2 yet?

Yes! The working title is THE REYET TRAP

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

My early books had some characters based on real people but I no longer do that because it bogs me down too much. I don’t want unnecessary bits of a real person’s personality intruding on the character.  I do use individual traits and mannerisms of real people but I put them on characters who are so different, I don’t think the actual people would be able to recognize what I’ve done.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

My favorite character to write was actually Quinn’s parrot, Mags. A friend of mine used to have an African Gray parrot and that bird was remarkable. I researched details about parrot intelligence to try to determine what the bird would understand and what it could say. I may have given Mags a bird genius level of intelligence, but I don’t think it’s beyond the level of possibility that she would be so smart.

My least favorite was the main antagonist Ansun, who is Mira’s uncle. He was the least favorite only because I find writing bad guys a challenge. I don’t want them to be cardboard villains, but on the other hand, I want them to be bad enough that readers will feel a real malevolence emanating off the page.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

I’m interested in science and technology but I only have a layperson’s knowledge of most of those areas, so I did some research in robotics to come up with the robots that have advanced artificial intelligence in the story. Since I studied International Relations in college which included some classes in anthropology and history, I was able to draw on that knowledge for the world-building of the cultures and the political systems. I wanted the Fosaanians to have a unique culture, unlike ones that exist on Earth. I tried to put together something that would go with their history, and something I could go into more detail about in the later books.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

I like a challenge, so it’s always been Mr. Darcy. Cool exterior, smoldering interior. Gets me every time.

What inspired you to write YA?

The early versions of STATION FOSAAN were actually intended to be middle grade, but I found that the natural voice for the story turned out to be older. When I start something new, I come up with plot and a character, and then it’s a matter of deciding the best way to tell the story. I like writing YA because I like writing characters who have hope for the future, no matter what situation they are in at the moment.

Lightening Round Questions

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Definitely Ravenclaw!

Twitter or Facebook?

Both. Facebook for real-life friends, Twitter for book people

Favorite Superhero

Dr. Strange but mainly because of Benedict Cumberbatch.

Favorite TV show

The Big Bang Theory. I know many people in real life who could be characters on that show.

Sweet or salty.

Sweet.

Any phobias?

Giant squid. *shudder*

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You

2017 Movie you are most looking forward to?

I’m a huge Star Wars fan so it has to The Last Jedi.


Thanks so much Dee for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read STATION FOSAAN!




About Dee:
Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.










Giveaway Details:

(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.


(20) winners will receive a Fosaanian-inspired bracelet or key chain (winner’s choice), US Only.
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Tour Schedule:


Week One:
2/13/2017- S.E. MuirExcerpt
2/13/2017- Book Review BeccaSpotlight

2/14/2017- Bibliobibuli YA- Interview

2/15/2017- LILbooKlovers- Interview

2/16/2017- Lisa's Loves(Books of Course)Guest Post
2/16/2017- Omg Books and More BooksReview

2/17/2017- So Few BooksInterview
2/17/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt

Week Two:
2/20/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
2/20/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview

2/21/2017- Susan Heim on WritingExcerpt
2/21/2017- Book-KeepingReview

2/22/2017- Wishful Endings- Interview
2/22/2017-Hidden Worlds Books- Guest Post

2/23/2017- Always & Forever FangirlingExcerpt
2/23/2017- the Blacksheep ReaderReview


2/24/2017- I am not a bookworm!Review

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blog Tour- THE WISH GRANTER by C.J. Redwine Pinterest Board & A Giveaway!


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for THE WISH GRANTER by C.J. Redwine! I loved the second book in the Ravenspire Series! C.J.'s shared her pinterest boards with us today! And make sure to enter the awesome giveaway for a chance to win the book!!


Haven't heard of THE WISH GRANTER? Check it out!

Title: THE WISH GRANTER
Author: C.J. Readwine
Pub. Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
An epic fantasy inspired by the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen.


The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of SĂșndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence that he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother...and her soul. 

Now on to the post!


THE WISH GRANTER Pinterest Board


Pinterest is one of the most effective tools for me before I actually start putting words down on paper. I spend several months worldbuilding, and as I figure out things like agriculture, customs, architecture, clothing, and food, I hunt through Google images to find pictures that come close to what’s in my head. You can find my entire Wish Granter Pinterest board here https://www.pinterest.com/cjredwine/the-wish-granter/ but I’ll share a few of my favorites with you.



(Link to the original post as you can buy this print on Etsy: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/19914423332705354/)

Of course this image spoke to me! This is the foundational philosophy for most systems of magic in fantasy novels, but it’s also very specific to Mr. Gold on Once Upon a Time. In THE WISH GRANTER, Alistair Teague is the Rumpelstiltskin character, and he is a Faustian villain who trades wishes for favors, influence, and souls.


This looks like a walkway in the Sundraille palace, which is wide and open to the elements so that it can catch the sea breezes.


This is how I imagine the city of Kosim Thalas. I based the architecture off of pictures of Greece.

Terrifying shape-shifters from the fae isle of Llorenyae.


Ari loves to bake, and loves to eat delicious food. Chocolate cake is one of her specialties.


 Sebastian! <3 span="">


Ari!


Beware signing a contract with the Wish Granter. He’ll grant you the deepest wish of your heart, but in ten years, he’ll return for your soul. 



Teague! 





About C.J.: (Insert Author Photo)
C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and Sherlock. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at www.cjredwine.com Where you can find C.J.:













Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed paperback of THE SHADOW QUEEN and a signed Hardback of THE WISH GRANTER, US Only.



Tour Schedule:


Week One:
2/6/2017- Zach's YA ReviewsGuest Post
2/7/2017- FiktshunReview
2/8/2017- Novel NoviceGuest Post
2/9/2017- BookCrushinReview
2/10/2017- Ya and WineGuest Post

Week Two:
2/13/2017- A Backwards StoryReview
2/14/2017- YA Books CentralGuest Post
2/15/2017- Mundie MomsReview
2/16/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
2/17/2017- The Best Books Ever Review 

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Release Launch- UNREST by Wendy Higgins An Exclusive Excerpt

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Today we have the release day launch for UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.   Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.   In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

Get your copy today:

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Remy put her head on my shoulder and I got a small but distinct whiff of chocolate. “I might have to lick you, Rem,” I blurted. Both Tater and Rylen turned to us, nearly cracking heads in the process. “She smells like chocolate,” I explained. Tater shook his head and faced forward again. Ry gave me one last bemused look before turning back too. “Hey,” Remy whispered. She raised her free hand to my face, and to my shock, there was half of the tiny candy pinched between her finger and thumb. “I saved half for you.” My heart lurched with emotion. “Are you serious?” She nodded and her chin quivered as she raised the M&M to my mouth and fed it to me. She licked her fingers off while I savored the tiny morsel. My eyes watered as I crunched down and Remy said, “Good, right?” A second later we were hugging and crying all over again. “We have to save our water,” I choked. She sniffled and let go of me to wipe her face. “No more crying.”

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About Wendy Higgins:

WendyHiggins4Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue. Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.  

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dying To Read (194)- THE DARK INTERCEPT by Julia Keller


Hey y’all thanks for stopping by to see my Dying to Read post and of course as always I have to give credit to the lovely Jill over at Breaking the Spine for the Waiting on Wednesday Meme! 

I don't know how I keep missing cover reveals but this one is gorgeous and I can't wait to read it!!!


Title: THE DARK INTERCEPT
Author: Julia Keller 
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.
So what do you think? Will you be adding this to your pile? What are you dying to read this week?


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour- THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston An Interview & Giveaway!


Hey everyone! Happy Valentine's Day! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston! I am a huge fan of Lesley's books and THE VALIANT was no exception! It was a fantastic re-imagining of the gladiators and I can't wait for book 2!  I have an interview with Lesleyto share with you today! And make sure to enter the awesome giveaway for a chance to win the book!!


Haven't heard of THE VALIANT? Check it out!

Title: THE VALIANT
Author: Lesley Livingston
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 372
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Amazon, Audible,  B&N, iBooksGoodreads
Lost to history, the story of the female gladiator has never been told. Until now.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed while defending their home from the armies of Julius Caesar.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn her place in her father's war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured by ruthless brigands who sell her to an elite training school for female gladiators owned by none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon s family might be her only hope of survival. 
Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, deadly fights in and out of the arena, and perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier and her sworn enemy.

Now on to the interview!


Hey Lesley Happy Valentines Day!! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books it’s been a while since we’ve had a chat! THE VALIANT was freaking AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! And am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

Happy Valiant-tines Day to you, too! Thanks for having me!

Is this a standalone or a series? And if it’s a series do you have a title for book 2 yet? And if it’s a standalone what are you working on next?

Funny you should ask! We just announced the sequel not very long ago and I’m SUPER EXCITED about it!! The book is called THE DEFIANT. So. Thats that Im working on right now.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

My characters tend to show up all on their own, without me really basing them on people I know personally (as a general rule). Of course, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra were real historical figures but I missed the chance for pub nights with them by a couple of thousand years That being said, I know some pretty butt-kicking women who do stunt work in film/tv/theatre and there may have been a bit of influence coming from that quarter (or, in their case, quarter-staff).

I know you usually do the reading for your audiobooks, will you be doing this one as well?

Actually, for a change, I get to hear someone else read my work and I’m very excited about it! Because the voice artist my publisher chose is the FANTASTIC Fiona Hardingham, who has done audiobook narration for amazing books like An Ember in the Ashes, And I Darken, and The Scorpio Races. Can’t wait to listen!

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

That’s mean. Like asking me to pick a favorite cat! (And I’d pay for that in my sleep. I just know it.) I love writing all my characters: Fallon, Elka, Cai, Nyx but, I must say, I had a lot of fun writing the historical characters (Julius Caesar and Cleopatra). As for least fave, I don’t really have one. I like writing the bad guys just as much as the good guys. Sometimes maybe more! ;-)

What is your favorite passage/scene in THE VALIANT?

Again with the favorite cat-type question! They will have their revenge, y’know. Honestly, I like different scenes for different reasons I like the sisterhood scenes, I like the fight scenes, I like the rivalry scenes, I like the romance scenes, I like the horrifying scenes you get the picture. I’ll just say this: There’s a scene that takes place at night. I like that one a lot.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

I grew up reading a lot of history and fiction set in the ancient world so I went into this story with a lot of general and a fair degree of specific knowledge. But then my search engine history started filling up with a whole bunch of queries like “distance from Calais (ancient Caletum) to Marseille (ancient Massilia) overland by ox cart” and “ancient Roman flea treatments” Y’know, practical knowledge of the time that I don’t really know off the top of my head. I also did an awful lot of research into the day-to-day lives of gladiators. And the politics and the religions and the daily life of Rome. Most of that, I would start searching online and always always that would end up sending me to reference books. I *heart* my bookshelves/library/bookstores!

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

King Arthur. Final answer. To hell with that Lancelot guy.

What inspired you to write YA?

I like stories of discoveries and firsts. I love the age-range of the characters that sees them on the cusp of really discovering themselves and the world around them and I love taking that journey with them. Also? Best readership ever.

Lightening Round Questions

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Ooh! I did an online quiz-thingy: I was sorted into Griffindoofus. My cat Hawkeye got Flufflepuff. My other cat Butters is a Blitherin!

Twitter or Facebook?

Hail Twits!

Favorite Superhero?

Woverine, claws down!

Favorite TV show?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes, still.

Sweet or Salty?

Salty. With a side of salt.

Any Phobias?

Fear, itself.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Probably one I just made up. About my cats. And it’s now driving me nuts. Oh god make it stop

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Wonder Woman. Also, Logan (see above).

Thanks so much Lesley for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read THE VALIANT!


Thank you!! Always a pleasure to chat with the Two Chicks! 


About Lesley:





Lesley Livingston is the author of Once Every Never, winner of the inaugural Copper Cylinder Award and shortlisted for the CLA Young Adult Book Award and the BC Stellar Book Award. She is also the author of the Wondrous Strange and Starling trilogies. She lives in Toronto.











Giveaway Details:


Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (ARV: $17.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on February 13, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 13, 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 March 15, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.




Tour Schedule:


Week One
2/13  Tales of the Ravenous Reader  Gladiator Makeup
2/14  Two Chicks on Books  Author Interview
2/15  Alexa Loves Books  Weapon Spotlight: Bow & Arrow
2/16  Novel Novice  Review
2/17  Arctic Books  Review + Book Look

Week Two
2/20  Brittany’s Book Rambles  Author Guest Post
2/21  What Sarah Read  Review + Mood Board
2/22  Mundie Moms  Weapon Spotlight: Shield
2/23  ButterMyBooks  Author Interview
2/24  Fiction Fare  Weapon Spotlight: Dimachaerus

Week Three
2/27  Oh the Book Feels  Author Interview
2/28  Seeing Double in Neverland  Weapon Spotlight: Gladius
3/1  No More Grumpy Bookseller  Review
3/2  The YA Book Traveler  Weapon Spotlight: Trident & Net
3/3  My Friends Are Fiction  Author Guest Post

Week Four
3/6  The Reading Nook Reviews  Weapon Spotlight: Spear
3/7  A Page with a View  Like/Try/Why
3/8  The Young Folks  Author Guest Post
3/9  Icey Books  Quote Candy + Review
3/10  Book Addict’s Guide  Bookish Scents
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