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Saturday, July 22, 2017

VIAL THINGS By Leah Cliffird New Cover Reveal!


VIAL THINGS (Resurrectionist #1) by Leah Clifford has a new cover! Check it out!
You can grab a copy for $2.99 on Kindle, or if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, it’s FREE!

Just want to try it? Read the first chapter HERE






SYNOPSIS


When the resurrectionists of Fissure's Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their bloodor, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.

Raised by her aunt after her parents' deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She's trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.

But as Allie and Ploy's feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she'll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.

Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world
a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Blog Tour: BURIED HEART by Kate Elliott An Interview & Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for BURIED HEART by Kate Elliott! I freaking love this series! And this ending was beautifully written and so bittersweet but I loved it!

I have an interview with Kate to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!


Haven't heard of BURIED HEART? Check it out!



Title: BURIED HEART (Court of Fives #3)
Author: Kate Elliott
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Pages: 448
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks | TBD
The explosive finale to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's captivating, New York Times bestselling young adult series

In this third book in the epic Court of Fives series, Jessamy is the crux of a revolution forged by the Commoner class hoping to overthrow their longtime Patron overlords. But enemies from foreign lands have attacked the kingdom, and Jes must find a way to unite the Commoners and Patrons to defend their home and all the people she loves. Will her status as a prominent champion athlete be enough to bring together those who have despised one another since long before her birth? Will she be able to keep her family out of the clutches of the evil Lord Gargaron? And will her relationship with Prince Kalliarkos remain strong when they find themselves on opposite sides of a war? Find all the answers in this beautifully written and exciting conclusion to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's debut New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy! 


Now on to the interview!


Kate Elliott Interview Two Chicks Interview 7/21/2017

Hi Kate! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! I love your COURT OF FIVES series and can’t wait to read BURIED HEART!
I am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

Thank you for having me! I’m excited to be back--I’ve now done a blog tour post for you for each of the three novels of the trilogy! I really appreciate your support.

For the readers: can you give us a little recap about the series so far and the characters? And what we can expect in BURIED HEART?

From Kirkus Reviews, for Court of Fives: “After the death of the highly placed aristocrat whose patronage ensured their safety, Jessamy’s mixed-race family [Patron father, Commoner mother, and four sisters] is targeted by political enemies; spared thanks to her skill at the game of Fives, she must find a way to save them.”

Beyond this paragraph lie spoilers, so read on at your own risk:

Jes has to make a difficult choice at the end of Court of Fives that involves the young man (and adversary) she cares for, Prince Kalliarkos.

In Poisoned Blade, Jes is running for the Fives stable owned by Kalliarko’s scheming uncle, Gargaron. She has to keep winning in order to save her family from discovery. Events propel her and her younger sister Amaya into a cross country journey in the retinue of Lord Gargaron; the two girls are searching for their missing sister Bettany, but when they find her things don’t go as planned. Meanwhile, after generations of oppression, the conquered people of Efea are threatening to rise up, and Jes’s parents Esladas and Kiya (whom she both loves) are already on opposite sides.
In Buried Heart, foreign invaders threaten an already unstable political situation in Efea. Jes will be caught between both of her heritages--Patron and Commoner--while her greatest enemy, Gargaron, will stop at nothing to defeat her.

So now that the series is over what are you working on now?

Later this year I have a novelette set in the Spiritwalker universe (Cold Magic) coming out in THE BOOK OF SWORDS, edited by Gardner Dozois. It’s called “I Am a Handsome Man,” Said Apollo Crow.  It will be published this October 2017, and I should note that the anthology includes an original Game of Thrones short story by George R. R. Martin as well as stories by fourteen other wonderful writers like Ken Liu, Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch, and many more.

I am also working on the second volume of the Black Wolves trilogy, an epic fantasy. I’m about a third done with that at the moment. In addition I’ve been developing a new project on the space opera sub genre that I’m quite excited about: fast paced, operatic, and bold.

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

No. I don’t normally base characters on real people. But I do use characteristics of people I know when I’m trying to make characters in my stories behave more realistically and dramatically.

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

Jes has been my favorite character to write. I have loved writing about a girl who is competitive and confident, and yet who is also flawed and makes mistakes because she thinks she knows more than she does and because she is determined to win.

I don’t really have a character who was my least favorite to write. The characters I would like least in real life -- the villains -- are in a weird way pretty enjoyable to write because I can go no holds barred with them.

What is your favorite passage/scene in BURIED HEART?

I honestly have a number of scenes in Buried Heart that I really like. Because it’s the third book in the trilogy it means that many large and small plot threads got to be exploded and/or fulfilled in this volume. Some of them were painful to write and others were really really satisfying to write. There is a passage that surprised me most because it wasn’t planned in advance -- in other words, the idea for it popped into my head as I was writing a scene and needed a certain . . . something to make the scene more gripping and awful. It’s a scene with a barrel. You’ll know it when you get there. (Jaime OMG I know the scene! I killed me)

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

Mr Darcy from Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. His emotional journey is appealing and also feels real: His essential nature doesn’t change as much as he learns some humility and endeavors to understand himself better in order to be worthy of Elizabeth. He also does good deeds without asking for credit. And of course, he owns a beautiful house.

What inspired you to write YA?

Wanting to place a girl front and center in an epic fantasy tale of action, adventure, revolution, and family drama. I’ve written girls and women as main characters in adult sff too, but YA as a genre is so enthusiastic toward heroines and I wanted to write a story where the MC’s centrality in the story would never be questioned or seen as odd.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

DREAD NATION by Justina Ireland (April 2018).  Post Civil War zombies. A fantastic cover. I’m really enjoying this novel (and I don’t like zombies!), and I hope you read it when it comes out.

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Thor: Ragnarok. I’m not sure how good it’s going to be, but Cate Blanchett looks so great in the trailer. For 2018, Black Panther.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Gryffinclaw

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter

Favorite Superhero?

Magneto

Favorite TV show?

Classic: Firefly
Current: Harlots

Sweet or Salty?

Sweet

Any Phobias?

giant centipedes

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

This Is What You Came For (Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna).

I think of this as Jes’s theme song for BURIED HEART.

https://youtu.be/kOkQ4T5WO9E




Thanks so much Kate for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read BURIED HEART!









About Kate:
Kate Elliott has been writing stories since she was nine years old, which has led her to believe that writing, like breathing, keeps her alive. As a child in rural Oregon, she made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, and YA, including recent works Black Wolves, Court of Fives, and Cold Magic.

It should come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight. When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures amid dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling. With the three children out of the house, they now spoil the schnauzer.


Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of BURIED HEART, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Tour Schedule:

Week One:
7/17/2017- YA Books Central- Interview
7/18/2017- The Eater of Books!Review
7/19/2017- Novel NoviceGuest Post
7/20/2017- Just CommonlyReview
7/21/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
7/24/2017- My Thoughts LiterallyReview
7/25/2017- Sarcasm & LemonsReview
7/26/2017- Stephanie PlotkinReview
7/27/2017- PaperTrailYAExcerpt
7/28/2017- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview

Grab the first two books in the series and the novellas!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blog Tour: THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell A Deleted Scene & A Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell! I freaking love this book!!!

I have a deleted scene to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!


Haven't heard of THE LAST MAGICIAN? Check it out!



Title: THE LAST MAGICIAN
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Pages: 512
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover & eBook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks
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.




Now on to the deleted scene!


Note to the reader: I wrote this scene in an early draft and it was one of the darlings I had to kill. Still, I love it, and I love just how badass Esta is here, and in the rest of the book.

The ginger-haired Mooch gave a sharp nod of his chin, directing Esta to follow him toward the back of the saloon, where a dark, scarred wooden door led up a narrow flight of steps. “Ladies first,” he said with a bow that felt to Esta more like a taunt than actual courtesy.
Esta narrowed her eyes at the boy, but without a reason to refuse, she started to mount the narrow steps. They were poorly made, with their risers all slightly different sizes and the treads made from warped or knotted wood. She hadn’t even reached the first landing when she felt the boy close behind her. Too close. But she ignored it, continuing on as though she hadn’t noticed anything inappropriate in the way his hand brushed against the edges of her skirts.
When they made it to the landing, a narrow strip of stairway that turned sharply to climb higher into the building, he made his move, and Esta found herself pinned face-first to the corner, the boy’s stale breath hot against her neck. His body pressed into her back.
“You’re a pretty one, ain’t you?” he said, his breath smelling of ale and onions as he laughed at her. “Fine clothes like yours don’t usually show up at Dolph’s door. Not unless they’ve done something to deserve it,” he said, his mouth close to her neck.
She stayed still, calm. “I have no idea what you’re talking about,” she said, not letting her voice waver.
“Of course you don’t.”” He leaned into her again. “They never do. You’re a good girl, ain’t you? You wouldn’t never do nothin’ wrong would you? But you had to do something. Good girls don’t end up begging Dolph Saunders to keep them.”
“I didn’t beg.”
“I s’pose you’re right,” he said, mock surprise lighting his voice. “But we can change that easy enough.” He pressed himself into her.
She didn’t move her head even an inch back. She’d bite the nose off his face before she gave him the satisfaction of knowing he’d affected her. “Please, Mooch she started to say.
“Please, is it?” he leaned more of his weight against her, his leg pressing between hers so he could get even closer. “I like the sound of that, I do. Say it again, proper like: Please, Morris he taunted her, his breath heavy with too much ale and the sickly-sweet scent of teeth on the verge of rot. Thats my name, you know. Only my friends call me Mooch. You want to be my friend, beautiful?”
Esta cursed inwardly as she felt his hand pulling her back into his chest, climbing higher up her torso, like he was trying to find something beneath her corset worth groping.
She really shouldn’t she was so close. It would be idiotic to sacrifice the progress she’d made with Dolph Sunders for some stupid boy who thought anything in a skirt was his for the taking. But then his hand closed over her breast, and she reacted the way she’d been trained to. She grabbed him by the wrist, and before he could even laugh again at her attempt to stop him, she pulled his forearm down and back, twisting it around, leveraging his own weight against him, until she had him turned, pinned against the wall. His face contorted in pain as she pressed his arm into an unnatural angle.
“Let’s be clear, Mooch,” she said, bringing her face close to his cheek. She was about his height, and he wasn’t as broad as some of the other boys had been. It was easy enough to use her size to keep him in place once she had him at a disadvantage. “I’m not an easy mark. I’m not here for you to look at or touch or even think about.” She twisted his wrist harder, felt the bones beneath her grip grind and start to pop as he whimpered and cursed her. “I’ll forgive your lack of manners this once, since you don’t seem smart enough to know any better. I won’t break your wrist. This time. But if you so much as look sideways at me again, I can’t promise I’ll be so nice.”
She let him go, and he turned viciouslyrubbing at his sore wrist. “You bloody bitch,” he snarled, cornering her again. “You think you can get away with putting your claws on me?”
“I think I just did,” she said calmly.
His face hadn’t quite regained its color, despite his rage. She wasn’t worried, though. His hand wouldn’t be good for much until the blood started flowing in it again. But Esta understood Mooch and his like. If she didn’t draw a line in the sand now, under her own terms, he’d keep wasting her time. 
As though to prove she was right about him, Mooch started to take a step toward her. Before he could, Esta slipped through time, around and behind him. She tapped him on the shoulder, and when he turned, his eyes wide with confusion and fury, she smiled sweetly. Then she grabbed him between the legs, twisted and pulled, hard. Just like Dakari had taught her.
It worked like a charm. Mooch’s breath seemed to stop in his lungs as he made a surprised, incoherent gurgling sound and then dropped to his knees on the floor. He writhed there for a moment, moaning incoherently as he tried to breathe through the pain of her attack. Esta watched for a second, not at all impressed at how easy he’d been. Then stepped closer to him and crouched down to give a couple of sharp slaps on the cheek.

When he opened his eyes to glare at her, she made her voice as pleasant as her smile. “I trust we understand each other now. Tell your friends, would you?” She gave him a less-than-friendly pat on the cheek.





About Lisa:
Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, Unhooked, & The Last Magician (Simon Pulse, Spring 2017). When she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.













Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy THE LAST MAGICIAN & swag, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Tour Schedule:

Week One:
7/10/2017- YA and WineInterview
7/11/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
7/12/2017- Novel NoviceGuest Post
7/13/2017- What the Cat ReadReview
7/14/2017- Stories & SweetiesExcerpt

Week Two:
7/17/2017- NovelKnightReview
7/18/2017- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
7/19/2017- Forever 17 BooksReview
7/20/2017- Wishful EndingsInterview
7/21/2017- Ohana ReadsReview

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blog Tour: VANGUARD by Ann Aguirre An Interview & Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for VANGUARD by Ann Aguirre! I freaking love this series!!!

I have an interview with Ann to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!


Haven't heard of VANGUARD? Check it out!


Title: VANGUARD (Razorland #4)
Author: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Pages: 368
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Audible
The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship's doctor, she can't wait. It's past time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.

Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn't allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.



Now on to the interview!


Ann Aguirre Interview Two Chicks Interview 7/17/2017

Hey Ann!! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat it’s been a while! VANGUARD was freaking AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the events leading up to VANGUARD and the characters? Will we see Deuce and Fade or is this story all Tegan’s?

The book takes place about ten months after the closing events of Horde, though certainly before the fairy-tale style epilogue. Tegan has been studying with Dr. Wilson, and then a pivotal event occurs, freeing her to pursue a grand adventure of her own. This is definitely Tegan’s story, but there are a few scenes with Deuce and Fade, and yes, you do get to find out whether their first child is a boy or a girl and what the baby’s name is!

It’s been 4 years since HORDE! Why did you decide to re-visit the Razorland series after a fairly long break?
I got so much reader correspondence asking what happened to Tegan and whether she eventually ended up with James Morrow, that I jokingly said, "If there's enough interest, I'll write a companion novel!" To be honest, I intended to leave that open and up to reader imaginations, but then my editor asked if I would actually do that, because it seemed there was sufficient demand for a companion story. After some reflection, I decided I would be happy to tell Tegan's story. And then I did. :)

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

Definitely not. While I do pull dialogue from the way real people talk, my characters live only my head.

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

My favorite is Szarok by far. My least favorite POV was James Morrow, but that’s just because he’s up against Tegan and Szarok.

What is your favorite passage/scene in VAGUARD?

I love the scene where Tegan and Szarok are stranded on the island and she teaches him to kiss.

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

A lot of ‘stranded on a non-desert island’ type stuff. I had to figure out what resources they would plausibly have in a skerry located up near Newfoundland.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

Varen from Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

What inspired you to write YA?

My kids. They were asking me when they were around thirteen and fifteen, “When are you going to write something we can read?” and the Razorland trilogy was born. I discovered I really liked writing for teens and just kept going.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
False Hearts by Laura Lam
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Have been sorted every time, on every test, including official Pottermore, twice, as HUFFLEPUFF

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter

Favorite Superhero?

Groot

Favorite TV show?

The Master’s Sun

Sweet or Salty?

Both

Any Phobias?

Heights
Falling
Clowns
Insects
Porcelain-faced dolls
Large crowds
Small spaces
Dead things

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Spirits by the Strumbellas

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and it was SO FUN. Baby Groot forever.

Thanks so much Ann for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read VANGUARD!





About Ann:
Ann Aguirre is a USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.


Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of VANGUARD, US Only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway




Tour Schedule:

Week One:
7/17/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
7/18/2017- YA Books CentralReview
7/19/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Guest Post
7/20/2017- Fiction FareReview
7/21/2017- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview

Week Two:
7/24/2017- Reese's ReviewsReview
7/25/2017- Novel NoviceGuest Post
7/26/2017- Perspective of a WriterReview
7/27/2017- YA and Wine- Interview
7/28/2017- A Gingerly ReviewReview

Grab the first 3 books!



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