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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Paperback Release Day Blitz- THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead & A Giveaway!

I am so excited that THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead paperback releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Richelle Mead, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book from Penguin Teen! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Author: Richelle Mead
Pub. Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead.

"Brilliant and original, Mead’s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end."
—School Library Journal

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him. 

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else's property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

About Richelle:

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

Giveaway Details:
Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (ARV: $10.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 28, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 5, 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 April 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Release Day Celebration- SUMMONER RISING by Melanie McFarlane With An Excerpt & Giveaway!

I am so excited that SUMMONER RISING by Melanie McFarlane releases today and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Malanie McFarlane, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a DVD of THE CRAFT, US Only courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Author: Melanie McFarlane
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300

Excerpt from, The Book of Summoning:
Law One: A summoner is responsible for all creatures it lets through from the netherworld.

Dacie Cantar wishes someone had explained the Laws of Summoning to her before she watched a shadowy creature crawl out of a painting at the local arcade. At least it explains the strange things she's witnessed since moving in with her great-aunt, after her mother’s untimely death. But who wants to be followed by shadows the rest of their life? Add that to being stalked by a strange boy at school, who just might be her Tovaros (aka soulmate), it’s about all Dacie can handle in her new life.

As she nears her seventeenth birthday, will she be ready for her new responsibilities, or will the shadows that stalked her mother until her death, finally consume Dacie, too? And then there’s Law Two…

When we pull up at the front of the house, everything is dark. Katya must be out. I stay quiet as I close the door and walk onto the front porch.

“Don’t be mad,” Tryan says grabbing my hand and pulling me back against his chest. He looks down into my face. “Demons aren’t trustworthy,” he says. “Just remember that.”

I relax my body against his and Tryan leans down and kisses me. His lips are soft and gentle, and I melt against him. The stress of this last month melts away.

A shiver runs through my body and Tryan mistakes it for a chill. “Let’s go inside,” he says, pulling my hand toward the door.

As Tryan grabs the handle, the door creaks open. It’s not locked? He looks back at me with a frown creased across his brow. I push past him into the house.

“Katya?” I call out into the darkness. Nothing. Lights flicker into the kitchen through the open patio doors on the other side of the house.

“Come on,” Tryan says pulling me outside with a finger to his lips. “This way.”

We slowly creep around the side of the house, following the flickering lights to the back yard. Between the tall fence and the wooden siding of the house, we’re sitting ducks. We slow down as we reach the back corner and Tryan grabs my hand.

“Let me go first,” he says. “Please. Trust me.”

I nod and hold back as Tryan passes in front of me. He peers around the corner, then holds up a hand for me to stop as he disappears into the backyard.

I shuffle around the corner, but Tryan is nowhere to be seen. Lights are hanging along the fence to the back of the property, flickering on and off.

“Tryan?” I whisper. No answer. I look back. Where is he?

 “Tryan?” I call out a little louder this time.

About Melanie: 

Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her YA debut There Once Were Stars, and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a DVD of THE CRAFT, US Only.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Blog Tour- ZENN DIAGRAM by Wendy Brant An Interview & Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for ZENN DIAGRAM by Wendy Brant! I have an interview with Wendy to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Haven't heard of ZENN DIAGRAM? Check it out!

Author: Wendy Brant
Pub. Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Pages: 328
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues.

Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart.

Now on to the interview!

Hi Wendy! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books! ZENN DIAGRAM was absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait 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 ZENN DIAGRAM and the characters? 

ZENN DIAGRAM is the story of Eva Walker, a math nerd with the gift/curse of being able to sense people’s struggles through touch. Knowing everyone’s burdens is a bit much to take, so she has isolated herself from others, physically and emotionally. Until she meets hard-working, artistic Zenn Bennett, who she presumes, based on touching his jacket, has a lot going on. Despite her tendency to keep her distance, Zenn is irresistible and they grow closer until a secret threatens to tear them apart.

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? 

At this point it’s a standalone, though I suppose that could change if there were massive interest in a sequel (hint hint)! Until then, I’m working on two different projects: the dystopian story that I actually wrote before ZENN DIAGRAM, and a new contemporary about a tech-savvy blogger and a tech-challenged farm boy who get stranded together during an ice storm, and how the experience changes both of them.

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

Actually, not all that much, though Charlotte is modelled physically after my daughter (tall, thin, short hair, beautiful). My daughter even had a “Chillin’ with my Gnomies” T-shirt when she was younger. But my daughter plays the bass, not the cello.

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

My favorite is probably Eva, because when you write in first person, that is the character you get to know and understand the most. My least favorite was probably Josh? I didn’t want him to be a total stereotypical jock, and I struggled a bit with how to develop his character to make him ultimately likable and believable.

What is your favorite passage/scene in ZENN DIAGRAM? 

Oh, gosh hmmmmm I guess my favorite scene to write was the manicure scene. I enjoy flirty banter, and the quiet intimacy of that scene always gives me butterflies.

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

I had to research ALL of the math stuff. I was ok at math in school, but I never even took Calculus and I don’t remember ANYthing.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend? 

Probably Peeta from THE HUNGER GAMES. He was loyal, sweet, self-deprecating and, while he was madly in love with Katniss, he wasn’t not too stalker-y or intense. While a lot of women like that Christian Grey/Edward Cullen style of romance, I find it a bit of a turn off.

What inspired you to write YA? 

When my daughter started wanting to read YA (in late elementary school), I realized I should probably screen the books for her a bit (you know for sexy times and swear words). One of the books I screened (and ultimately let her read because I loved it so much) was THE HUNGER GAMES That book got me thinking about writing YA, because I loved that you can tackle such complicated subjects and actually have an impact on the kids who read it. Grown ups aren’t as malleable. Ironically, my editor (Kate Egan) was the editor for THE HUNGER GAMES series! So that was amazing. I was totally star struck.

Lightening Round Questions

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

I just finished THE HATE U GIVE (like the rest of the world!), which was amazing. The next book on my list is AFTERMATH by Clara Kenzie. Clara and I met at a YA author panel and her book sounds intriguing.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in? 

I’ve taken multiple quizzes and I’ve been sorted into either Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. I feel like I could go either way I value intelligence and wit, but also dedication, patience, and fair play. I know for sure I would not be Slytherin or Gryffindor. I am not particularly brave or cunning.

Twitter or Facebook? 

I’m old school and still like Facebook, but Twitter (and Instagram for that matter) are growing on me.

Favorite Superhero? 

Elastigirl! She captures exactly what it means to be a mom bending over backwards, stretching, literally being the parachute for your kids at times. (I don’t really know my superheroes very well. Shame on me.)

Favorite TV show? 

Oh, gosh! I’ve had many over the years. Right now it would have to be This Is Us. Breaks me wide open every week. But the show I was perhaps the most obsessed with for several years was The Office. I was a serious Jim-and-Pam shipper. Also, I’ll watch a How I Met Your Mother rerun any day.

Sweet or Salty? 

Sweet all the way. I may or may not (but definitely do) have a serious sugar addiction.

Any Phobias? 

I never thought I was afraid of heights but I can barely watch videos of people walking on top of sky scrapers. And I have a small phobia of spiders. OH! And these weird camel crickets (we call them jumpy bugs) that sometimes appear in our dungeon basement.

Song you can’t get enough of right now? 

Just because I can’t help myself lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of NPR and not nearly enough music. But one song that I will listen to any time it’s on is “Mess is Mine” by Vance Joy. And I’m a pretty dedicated Mumford & Sons fan.

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to? 

I miss movies! I hardly ever see them anymore! It’s not a fall movie, but I’m looking forward to seeing Before I Fall. The book haunted me for days after I finished it. And I want to see Beauty and the Beast, of course!

Thanks so much Wendy for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read ZENN DIAGRAM!

Thank you for hosting me!!! Such a fun interview!


About Wendy:
So my name alone should give you a clue that I graduated from high school when bangs were big and clothes were baggy. I went to Northwestern University and majored in journalism even though I had no desire to be a journalist. I've been married to a great guy for a whole drinking-aged person's life. I've got two amazing and yet very different (and very tall) teenage kids. I like crappy food, pinning inspirational quotes on Pinterest, have a tendency to start paragraphs with "anyway", and I wish I were funnier. I would love to be one of those really, REALLY funny bloggers (like Insane in the Mom-Brain) that makes you pee yourself a little bit. I am only moderately funny. I admit that. It's one of my great sadnesses in life.

I started writing fiction when I was 10, but tried to be practical with the whole journalism thing. Didn't take. Shortly after college, the fiction-writing desire reared its non-practical head and I've been writing ever since.

Anyway, I'm probably just like you. We'd probably be friends if we met in real life. (Well, let's be honest. It's likely that only my friends are actually reading this blog, so we probably ARE friends in real life.) But whether we are friends in real life, or just virtual friends through cyberspace, I hope you will enjoy your time here.

Check out my debut YA novel, ZENN DIAGRAM (KCP Loft 4/4/17), available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Target!

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a hardcover of ZENN DIAGRAM, US Only

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
3/27/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
3/28/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
3/29/2017- BookHounds YAGuest Post
3/30/2017- Just CommonlyReview
3/31/2017- Happily Ever ChapterExcerpt

Week Two:
4/3/2017- Eli to the nthReview
4/4/2017- Literary Dust- Interview
4/5/2017- Book BriefsReview
4/6/2017- Pretty Deadly ReviewsGuest Post
4/7/2017- Savings in SecondsReview

Monday, March 20, 2017

Blog Tour- SHADOW RUN by Adrianne Strickland and Michael Miller An Interview

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on blog tour for SHADOW RUN by Adrianne Strickland and Michael Miller! I LOVED this sci-fi book so freaking much and am dying to read the next one! I have an interview with Adrianne and Michael  to share with you today! 

Haven't heard of SHADOW RUN? Check it out!

Author: AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller 
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks
"Firefly" meets DUNE in this action-packed sci-fi adventure about a close-knit, found family of a crew navigating a galaxy of political intrigue and resource-driven power games.

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique. 

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary. 

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive. 

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power—and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew. 

“Readers will want to join Qole's crew.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The world-building is excellent, with a convincingly unique source of cosmic energy that has the potential for extraordinary power. The writing is accomplished; the plot, though familiar, has good twists; and the pace is appropriately fast.”—School & Library Journal

Now on to the interview!

Hi AdriAnne and Michael! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books! SHADOW RUN was freaking awesome and am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about SHADOW RUN and the characters?

SHADOW RUN is about Qole, a seventeen year old starship captain who harvests a dangerous energy source called Shadow. Over the generations, her family has developed an affinity for the substance that Qole has inherited to the extrememeaning she can manipulate Shadow to grant her greater speed and strength, or to even blow things up. But this power comes at a cost.

The story is also about Nev, who’s just gotten hired onto Qole’s ship as a cargo loader though hes also a prince in disguise who thinks her Shadow affinity is the key to changing the galaxy. Unfortunately, the other royal families think so too. They want to get to her first, and they’re more interested in dissecting Qole than in keeping her alive. To protect Qole, Nev’s mission to manipulate her soon becomes one to save her in their death-defying race across the stars.

What about book 2? Is there a title yet?

YES. But we’re keeping it a secret, muahaha! Right now, you can call it: “Copyedits, AAAUUUGH!”

If you had to evacuate earth on a spaceship right now what is the one thing that you MUST take with you?

AdriAnne: My pug, Odin, if this “thing” can be alive. If not, I’d take my e-reader for maximum bookage.

Michael: Wow. Questions like this always make me panic. Why am I evacuating? Is it getting destroyed? I should try to preserve something of earth! Bring a grab bag of seeds, a la Mad Max? Or am I escaping an evil cabal bent on my destruction, never to return? In that case, I’m going to bring an iPod full of music. I hope they have USB chargers in space.

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

AdriAnne: Qole was definitely inspired by several amazing female boat captains I’ve had the honor to get to know while fishing in Bristol Bay.

Michael: I don’t know any people in real life.

AdriAnne: *sighs*

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

AdriAnne: Other than Qole, of course, Basra was my favorite character to write, because, well, it’s Basra. And maybe I have a soft spot because I’m genderfluid. My least favorite, hmmm. I wasn’t as excited to write many of the royals other than Nev or Solara, because they were kind of stodgy. Good thing they were mostly in Michael’s chapters.

Michael: I CANNOT PICK FROM AMONGST THE CHILDREN. Telu. I mean, they are all awesome. Writing Basra on his home planet was supremely satisfying, and Qole and Nev are our main peeps, you know? But Telu is a hacker, and while I’m no hacker, we would both be nerding it up in the corner, no doubt. I don’t have a least favorite.

What is your favorite passage/scene in SHADOW RUN?

We share these. 

Non-spoilery answer: When we first describe the ruins of the portals that once connected this galaxy to all the rest. It made the world finally feel as big as it is. 

Slightly-spoilery: When Qole is in Dracorva, feeling out of sorts. There’s just nothing like making your character a fish out of water to get some really great reactions.

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

AdriAnne: I mostly looked at loads of pictures, whether real-world architecture and period clothes, or sci-fi landscapes and ships. It was Michael’s job to delve into the tech-stuff more, so:

Michael: I did research into faster-than-light travel, ship gravity systems, stock markets, and so on. A huge portion of it never actually made it into the book, but it’s there, I swear! My favorite bit was to discover that magnets can be “programmed” to be attracted to one another, which comes into a play at a critical juncture. I’m sure I took wild liberties with it, but the base concept is true!

How was it writing SHADOW RUN together?

AdriAnne: It was so much fun, to be honest. I thought there would be more disagreement than there was, but instead, I marveled at how nice it was to have a partner -in-crime. So often writing is a solo venture, but we got to celebrate milestones, share complaints, and work through roadblocks by brainstorming together. It was a totally different experience from writing alone.

Michael: Super fun, for me. AdriAnne and I saw eye to eye on tone, major plot points, and character development. We would correct one another’s chapters as we traded off, but it was largely in the form of suggestions that, at least for me, always obviously made the chapter better. We did have a few disagreements, but we went into this knowing that some things we would cede to the other person. Most of the disagreements actually ended up resulting in a better book; the entire ending changed pretty dramatically because of one, and I love it.

Lightening Round Questions

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

AdriAnne: I am reading everything. Stephanie Garber’s CARAVAL, James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series, Kevin Hearn’s Iron Druid series, Richard Kadrey’s Another Coop Heist series. I really want to read V.E. Schwab’s A CONJURING OF LIGHT, which I have waiting for me like a present. Spoil it and die.

Michael: Callie Bates’s THE WAKING LAND. 

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

AdriAnne: Slytherclaw, if it existed, but in the end I’m probably more Slytherin than 

Michael: I refuse to be sorted!

AdriAnne: *whispers* He’s totally a Hufflepuff.

What inspired you to write YA?

AdriAnne: I like the very in-the-moment voice, and the flexibility of the category.

Michael: Many of my favorite books are YA.

Twitter or Facebook?

AdriAnne: Twitter, for shizzle. Facebook is boring.

Michael: Facebook. I’m a writer. 140 characters is wrong.

Favorite Superhero?

AdriAnne: The entire crew of Guardians of the Galaxy. I can’t pick one. Maybe Groot. No, Gamora. No!

Michael: Nightwing.

Favorite TV show?

AdriAnne: Battlestar Galactica, the remake, but only because Michael will say Firefly and we shouldn’t just repeat each other.

Michael: Firefly.

Sweet or Salty?

AdriAnne: Is tangy an option?

Michael: Salty. Keeps me preserved.

Any Phobias?

AdriAnne: Trypophobia, for real. Even thinking about it makes my scalp crawl. (I was going to post a link for this for the people who don't know what it is but ewwww no! If you want to know do a google search lol-Jaime)

Michael: Work.

AdriAnne: *whispers* He’s actually a workaholic

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

AdriAnne: I’m addicted to The Black Keys, all songs, right now.

Michael: Bad Romance is still stuck in my head, and seems to be in no danger of ever leaving.

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

AdriAnne: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, obviously.

Michael: Because Adri said Guardians of the Galaxy 2, I say Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets!

Thanks so much AdriAnne and Michael for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read SHADOW RUN and I can’t wait for book 2!

About Adrianne &Michael:
ADRIANNE STRICKLAND and MICHAEL MILLER met in their hometown of Palmer, Alaska, where they agreed on 99% of book taste and thus decided to write together. Adri spends her summers as a commercial fisherwoman in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the rest of the year writing. Michael grew up off the grid in a homestead in Alaska and now works in IT and tech. This is their first book together. Visit them on Twitter, AdriAnne at @AdriAnneMS and Michael at @begemotike

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