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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Blog Tour- STEADFAST by Claudia Gray and a Giveaway!


I am so excited to have Claudia Gray here she's an amazing writer and the Batman to my Robin (inside joke lol) I have a sweet post on the magic used in the SPELLCASTER series! I loved this book  and am dying to get my hands on book 3! Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a copy of the book!

Haven't heard of STEADFAST? Check it out!


STEADFAST
Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen
The second book in the dazzling Spellcaster series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray is perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.

Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine saved Captive's Sound from the dark sorceress Elizabeth . . . or so they thought. But despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia's magic is magnified but her training is still incomplete. And a darker magic has begun to call Nadia. . . .

With her Steadfast, Mateo, and her best friend, Verlaine, Nadia must fight the black magic that tempts her and stop the One Beneath before he comes to claim what is his.

Now on to the  post!

The system of magic in the SPELLCASTER trilogy doesn’t come from medieval witchcraft lore, the modern practice of Wicca, or any other real-life source. To me it felt important to create something from scratch, so the spells, the ingredients, all of it – complete fiction.

(Though I always joke – if you try one of the spells and it works, please let me know.)

Witchcraft in the SPELLCASTER world is only practiced by women; apparently one very, very angry sorceress back in the day cast a curse that would keep men from possessing magic. (Though there are some interesting wrinkles in that curse, as Nadia finds out in the first book.) The Craft is kept secret from all men, and from all outsiders. The ability to wield magic tends to run in certain bloodlines, so a young witch is most often taught by her mother, grandmother, an aunt, someone like that. They do this clandestinely, so much so that a student witch may have no contact with a larger coven until she reaches her full powers.

Different witches have different levels of potential; however, any witch can strengthen her spells if she’s able to find a Steadfast. A Steadfast is a person who – while not a witch herself – makes a witch’s magical power greater just by being nearby. There’s a specific spell to cast that makes someone a Steadfast, but you can’t pick just anyone. The bond between a witch and her Steadfast is intense and enduring. To some extent they will be connected their whole lives.

How do the spells work? You need two things: One, a mineral or material to “ground” the spell. That can be as rare as a gemstone or as simple as quartz; different materials ground different kinds of spells. The trickier part of the spells: the ingredients. Each spell is made up of memories – moments personal to each witch that fulfill the criteria for a spell. For instance, a spell might ask for “a final farewell,” “sorrow at midnight,” and “rushing water.” The witch would think of memories that fit those categories, and call them up in her mind as vividly as possible (When I broke up with my boyfriend just before we moved – when I found out Grandpa died late that night – when I went whitewater rafting) while she touched the grounding element. As much as possible, she should try to almost relive the moment. That’s when the spell is cast.

Memories allow witches to determine how strong or weak a spell will be – more emotionally powerful memories will strengthen the spell. Of course, this also means that the older a witch becomes, the more memories she has – so she has more to choose from and can cast spells with more finesse and often more strength. This is bad news for Nadia, because her enemy in the SPELLCASTER series has cast spells to extend her life and is now about 400 years old, give or take? But Nadia goes through some intense experiences in this series, so she’s making new memories. Powerful ones. And everything she goes through has the power to become a weapon she can use.



Thanks Batman! That was awesome!!



About Claudia:

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)
I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodReads or (of course) my own home page.

If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and GoodReads.



Giveaway Details:
3 signed STEADFASTs, with swag bookmarks. International



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Tour Schedule

Week One:
2/24/2014- FiktshunGuest Post   
 2/25/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post          
2/26/2014- Fantasy Book AddictInterview
2/27/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsCharacter interview with Verlaine
2/28/2014- Jenna Does BooksAuthor interview

Week Two:
3/3/2014- Mundie MomsReview and an excerpt
3/4/2014- ParajunkeeInterview
3/5/2014- BookaliciousGuest Post         
3/6/2014- Tales of a Ravenous ReaderGuest Post
3/7/2014- YA SisterhoodGuest Post      https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/images/cleardot.gif


26 comments:

  1. What an excellent review. Can't wait to read more :). Thank you.

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  2. I love the cover for this one!

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  3. Congrats to Claudia on another amazing book, can't wait to grab a copy. Love the cover!
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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  4. I am seriously intrigued that the system of magic comes from something Claudia created herself and not something already there. I can't even imagine all of the work that would go into that!! I also feel I should let my shallow side show and mention just how much I love the both of the covers in this series so far and I imagine it will be the same for the next book :) Thank you for the post and the chance to win!

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  5. Amazing cover! Cant wait to read this one!!

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  6. This looks amazing!! Can't wait to get to it!!

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  7. Thanks for the info! The book sounds great!!

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  8. (This is Darith L)

    I'd love to win! Witchraft books are awesome!

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  9. My name is Florence and I live in Illinois, Chicago. I lack words to express my gratitude to Dr. Tom for the successful spell casting that he did for me and my boyfriend. I wouldn't even know how to thank Dr. Tom for giving me the second chance to love and live again because I thought that I was finished. These are the type of things that money can't buy and people can't describe.

    Great one your work is amazing from the very first step to the results. Being there for me whenever I needed you and giving me advice along the way until your promise was fulfilled. It’s just a miracle that I found you and God pointed me in your direction. More people should know of your work and how wonderful it works and has worked for me.

    Thank you for everything and I have referred a couple of friends to you. Sincerely, you too could reach Dr. Tom on his private mail: dr.tomlovetemple@gmail.com

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  10. I like the cover art for this book!

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  11. The book sounds amazing :) Can't wait to read it

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  12. Steadfast sounds amazing and I love the cover!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. I love the sounds of this series, also love the covers! :) thank you so mauch for the chance for a copy!

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  14. That is one of the most beautiful covers I've seen :)

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  15. Love, love, love the concept of the magic here Claudia! Can't wait to read this! ♥

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  16. This is definitely one of the prettiest covers ever. I can't stop staring at it!

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  17. I loved the first book! Can't wait to read the second!

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  18. My name is jenifer and i live in uk, my life is back after 10years of breakup, my husband left me with two kids, i felt like taking my life...thaks to a spell caster called DR.AGBAZARA which i met online as i was browsing through the internet, searching for a real spell caster that can solve my problems, i came across series of testimonies, about how DR.AGBAZARA brought their ex-lover back to them, some even testified that he restore womb, but the that interest me most is the testimony of a man by name Harry testified how DOCTOR AGBAZARA brought his ex-lover back in 48hours, so i decided to give DR.AGBAZARA a try via email, i contacted him and explain my problems to him, in just 2days my husband came back to me and we resolved our differences. If you arelooking for real and genuine spell caster try DR.AGBAZARA TEMPLE today to solve your problems.Here is his contact, (agbazara@gmail.com) OR him on: (+2348104102662).

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  19. Dr.Agbazara Your spell worked and brought my husband back to me. You gave me support when I was feeling hopeless.
    I feel truly blessed to have found your email address. I sincerely hope others will take that leap of faith and let you help them as you have helped me.for those of you who want to contact him reach him on his email address: (agbazara@gmail.com) OR call (+2348104102662) you will never regret contacting him… He is capable of restoring your relationship and marriage problems like he did for me.

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  20. Hello i am Mark Rebecca am from United Kingdom I am so happy to let the whole word know how this powerful spell caster saved my marriage. Everything was going down the drain as my husband can not stop cheating on me with other women. It became used to always heating on me. I tried to make him stop, but I couldn't help the situation, the more I tried, the harder it becomes. At times we will fight and go apart for some months and we will come back again just because of our kids. One day a friend told me about this spell caster who helped her too, his name is Dr. ONIHA, she said he uses white magic spells to solve spiritual problems. I decided to give it a try, I contacted him and he told me it will take just 2 to 3 days and I will see great changes in my husband. He actually cast a spell, believe me after 2 to 3 days of the spell, my husband was confessing different names of woman he has slept with. He begged for forgiveness and never to try it again. From that day till now, my mind is at rest. My husband dislike every other women on earth except me. And am so happy to have him for myself alone. The spell caster’s contact is: onihaspiritualtemple@yahoo.com

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  21. GREAT FATHER



    HOW DR.ORIOMON HELP ME BRING BACK MY EX HUSBAND BACK TO ME


    hello to the every one on this forum ; am here to share my experience with dr oriomon about what he just did for me last week , for helping to reunited with my ex lover Mavis who broke up with me after 2 years of relationship because of his families did not like our relationship . but after Dr oriomon of oriomonspiritualtemple@gmail.com has done his wonderful work for me i was so shock when i saw Mavis calls on phone asking me to come back to him that him is ready to stay with me and beg his families to love our relationship and he actually did so and with a support from DR ORIOMON his parents that never wanted to see both of us promise to sponsor our wedding by December as we are planing now . so with this great work done for me by DR oriomon i promise not to stop telling others about his good work in my life , so if any one also need his help here i will advice you contact him to via (oriomonspiritualtemple@gmail.com) bye

    CLARA BENJAMIN _ CANADA



    DR.ORIOMON THE GREAT MAN OF ALL SPELL CASTER

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  22. At last my happiness has been restored by a Man named Dr ABULU ,, my name’s are miss KIRSTEN I want every one on this site or forum to join me thank this DR ABULU for what he just did for me and my kids. my story goes like this I was married to my husband for 5 years we were living happily together for this years and not until he traveled to Italy for a business trip where he met this prostitute who be witched he to hate me and the kids and love her only so when my husband came back from the trip he said he does not want to see me and my kids again so he drove us out of the house and he was now going to Italy for to see that other woman. so I and my kids were now so frustrated and I was just staying with my mum and I was not be treating good because my mama got married to another man when my after my daddy death so the man she got married to was not treating I and my kids well so I was so confuse and I was searching for a way to get my husband back to me and my kids so one day as I was browsing on my computer I saw a testimony about this MAN DR ABULU of abuluspiritualtemple@gmail.com shared on the internet by a lady and it impress me too so I also think of give it a try at first a was scared by when I think of what me and my kids are passing through so I contact him and he told me to stay calm for just two days that my husband shall be restored to me and to my best surprise I received a call from my husband on the second day asking after the kids and I called Dr Abulu and he said your problems are solved my child so this was how I get my family back after a long stress of brake up by an evil lady so with all this help from DR ABULU of abuluspiritualtemple@gmail.com I want you all on this forum to join me to say a huge thanks to DR ABULU and I will also advice for any one in such or similar problems or any kind of problems should also contact him for help.

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  23. I want to let the world know about Doctor Zazaz the Great spell caster that brought back my husband to me when i thought all hope was lost. Doctor Zazaz used his powerful spell to put a smile on my face by bringing back my man with his spell, at first i thought i was dreaming when my husband came back to me on his knees begging me to forgive him and accept him back and ever since then he loves me more than i ever expected so i made a vow to my self the i will let the World know about Doctor Zazaz because he is a God on earth. Do you have problems in your relationship ? have your partner broke up with you and you still love and want him back ? Do you have problem with your finance ? or do you need help of any kind then contact Doctor Zazaz today for i give you 100% guarantee that he will help you just as he helped me. Doctor Zazaz email is: indiaspellcaster@hotmail.com

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  24. GREAT FATHER



    HOW DR.ORIOMON HELP ME BRING BACK MY EX HUSBAND BACK TO ME


    hello to the every one on this forum ; am here to share my experience with dr oriomon about what he just did for me last week , for helping to reunited with my ex lover Mavis who broke up with me after 2 years of relationship because of his families did not like our relationship . but after Dr oriomon of oriomonspiritualtemple@gmail.com has done his wonderful work for me i was so shock when i saw Mavis calls on phone asking me to come back to him that him is ready to stay with me and beg his families to love our relationship and he actually did so and with a support from DR ORIOMON his parents that never wanted to see both of us promise to sponsor our wedding by December as we are planing now . so with this great work done for me by DR oriomon i promise not to stop telling others about his good work in my life , so if any one also need his help here i will advice you contact him to via (oriomonspiritualtemple@gmail.com) bye

    CLARA BENJAMIN _ CANADA



    DR.ORIOMON THE GREAT MAN OF ALL SPELL CASTER

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  25. Oh my God, I'm so glad to tell everyone the real thing that happen to me...My name is EMILIANO BABARAH. If i refuse to share this testimony it means i am selfish to my self and to people i love so much whom might have similar problems, March 16th about something 7:23pm after taken our dinner my husband got crazy started calling a lady name Melisa I love you, i was so mad and started crying like a baby...then my husband left home for the idiot called Melisa, and never return back home then i believed when he uthen nderstand his self he will surly come back to apology, but instead he left me So i complained to my friend she told me she was having such problems in her marriage until she was introduce to DR ORIOMON who specializes in bringing back broken homes and broken marriages DR ORIOMON cast a spell for me in May 4th surprisingly my husband came home May 6th apologizing that i should forgive him that it will never happen again, i was so glad and gave the thanks to DR ORIOMON who save my marriage, if you are having similar problem you can contact him and His email address is (oriomonspiritualtemple@yahoo.com) you can still save your marriage if u really love your husband.

    Thanks EMILIANO BABARAH_USA

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  26. Am so happy to testify about a great spell caster that helped me when all hope was lost for me to unite with my fiance that i love so much. Am from Illinois and my name is Catherine Wilson, I had a fairy tale kinda love story and everyone around me call me the lucky one for having such a sweet love life but even the best love story can still go sour, before things went south I tried my best to make things work with everything that I can think of but thing still keeps going south. breakup is a bitch and dealing with life was difficult and everyone see you like an object of pity. I desperately had to do something and that was when i was introduced to this spiritual home, I was told once that if you need it bad enough you will go for it. i came across many spell casters but they promised and nothing came up but an African friend who was my neighbor introduced me to Dr Ogunlade and i emailed him with his email : ogunladetemple@gmail.com and he replied me so kindly and help me get back my lovely relationship that was already gone for 4 months. At first his instructions sounded barbaric but I followed them and inexplicable results happened within 72hrs, Am so happy and all thanks to the GREAT DR. Ogunlade that helped me with his white love powers. If you have any kind of problem email him now for help with

    his email :ogunladetemple@gmail.com

    His web site address is http://ogunladespiritualhome.webs.com/

    Phone number: +2348158143200

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