Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blog Tour- The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell and a Giveaway!!!!

Hey y’all welcome to my stop on The Cadet of Tildor blog tour hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews Tours! I’m really excited to be a part of this tour because I absolutely loved this book! I’s another amazing High Fantasy story and I can’t wait to read the next one!!!!

I have an awesome post with Alex today it’s about her editing process and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!


What were some major changes you made?

In the original version of CADET, the beginning of which you may have read in the final round of Amazon's 2010 competition (under the title SERVICE OF THE CROWN), the story was split equally between my two main characters: Savoy narrated half the book, and Renee narrated half.  In order to keep the novel in the Young Adult category, Renee took over the greater portion of the narration. 

So, what happened to Savoy's scenes?

Some got cut and some others got retold through Renee's eyes.  Basically, if Renee and Savoy are both in a scene, Renee got first dibs on narration.

Can you tell us something you cut?  How did it affect the book?

Don't worry - it didn't affect the story.  It just affected the way the story was told.  For example, at one point, Renee discovers an important event from Savoy's past.  In the original draft, I wrote the event as a story-within-a-story, told from Savoy's viewpoint.  In the final version, the mini story is gone, though the event is still there, still effects Savoy the same way, and is still something Renee discovers.

Do we get to see the outtakes?

Hehe. Maybe.  I am considering putting some up on my site because these events really "happened" - they just happened off-stage in the final book.  

PLEASE DO ALEX!!!! I'd love to read those outtakes!!!!!


Author Name:  Alex Lidell  

Release date: Jan 10, 2013

Genre: Fantasy

Age Group: Young Adult

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Tamora Pierce meets George R. R. Martin in this smart, political, medieval fantasy-thriller.

There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown's inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.

Check out the awesome trailer!!!!

About The Author:

Alex Lidell is a YA fantasy writer and author of ABNA Finalist THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). 
Although English is Alex’s primary language, it wasn’t her first.  Coming from Russia, Alex learned english in elementary school and fell in love with reading when the school librarian put Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA into her hands.  Years later, in college, it was another book that re-united Alex with russian, which she had shunned in adolescence. The Three Musketeers.*  Alex thanks both books, and the writers who created them.
Beyond writing, Alex is also a photographer, a horseback rider, and a paramedic.  The latter two go hand in hand more often than one would like.  She is trying to self-teach herself and her horse to sword-fight.
Alex would love to see THE CADET OF TILDOR in the classroom and is working on developing teacher guides for the novel.  She enjoys “e-meeting” both students and educators.

The Giveaway hosted by Alex Lidell:

$20 Amazon Gift Card, PLUS a copy of THE CADET OF TILDOR with swag – US
$20 Book Depository Gift Card – International

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

And check out the rest of the tour stops!


  1. Great interview!! I would also love to see the outtakes too. I a about half done with this book now and am really enjoying it.

  2. I love hearing how authors have to edit their original draft. Nice post!


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