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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour- TALON by Julie Kagawa and a Giveaway!

Hey y'all I'm thrilled to be a host on the TALON blog tour! I adore Julie Kagawa and when I was asked to participate I was honored and said heck yeah! I have an interview with the Main Character, Ember for you today so check it out and get to know her better before you read the book. Oh and make sure to stick around and enter the giveaway! 

Haven't heard of TALON? Check it out!

Title: TALON
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pub. Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, audio
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Now on to the interview!

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Sure!  My name is Ember Hill, I have a twin brother named Dante, I like surfing, action movies, volleyball, junk food, and fire.  And flying.  I guess I should also mention that I'm a dragon.  But I'm not really supposed to tell anyone that, so you didn't hear it from me.

2. What's your favorite thing about being a dragon?

Flying, definitely flying.  Nothing else really compares.  Surfing is the closest I can come right now, but if I could be myself without fear, I'd go flying every day.

3. Why do you spend so much time in human form?

It's for our protection.  We have to hide our true forms from the Order of St. George, who are crazy genocidal dragonslayers and who would murder us till we died from it.  Also, if a twenty foot dragon walked into a gas station looking for munchies, there would probably be a panic.

4.  Who is your best friend?

My brother, Dante.  He can be a little...uptight, and doesn't like breaking the rules.  But growing up, it was always us against the world, and I know he'll always be on my side.  Even if he thinks I act crazy sometimes.

5. What are you looking forward to this summer, now that you'll be living among humans?

Just...well, everything, really.  Waking up when I want to.  Not having to be in Human Training classes all the time.  Meeting other people my age.  Finally having some fun.  Yeah, sounds about perfect to me.

Thanks Ember for stopping by!

About Julie:

Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy.

Find Julie Online:

“Catch the Dragon Contest”: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, a dragon will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the dragon, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the tour stop!!!

Where could the dragon appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranormal Blog, so go now and catch yourself a dragon! Will you find it? And will you be able to keep it?

“Catch the Dragon” - Question: 

Which of Julie's swoon worthy male characters would you most like to meet in real life?

Giveaway Info:
Each tour stop is offering up a finished copy of TALON!

Five lucky grand prize winners will receive one of Julie’s amazing dragon figurines as well as some fun signed swag. To enter for the grand prize, you MUST follow the tour each day, find and catch the dragon, and answer the daily question.

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

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Check out the Tour Schedule for more awesome posts!

Thursday, October 2nd – Harlequin Blog

Monday, October 6th – Jessica at Step into Fiction
Wednesday, October 8th – Katie’s Book Blog
Friday, October 10th – Page Turners

Monday, October 13th – Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, October 15th – Mundie Moms
Friday, October 17th – Fiktshun

Monday, October 20th – Two Chicks on Books
Wednesday, October 22nd – YA Interrobang

Friday, October 24th – Supernatural Snark


  1. I love dragons so much! My favorite dragon series that I've read is the Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul! You should check it out!

  2. Mary DeBorde
    Absolutely excited! :D Thank you & Julie for this wonderful blog tour <3

  3. My favourite male character of Julie Kagawa's has been Puck so far. I would choose Puck over Ash any day. :P

  4. Question answer: I'd love to meet Dante!

  5. I can't wait for Talon's release! I've already asked my library to carry it and they're ordering it! Happy Dancing! I love Julie's books!

  6. Cannot wait to read this!! Julie Kagawa never lets me down.

  7. I'd definitely be interested in meeting Tristan in real life! Can't wait for Talon!!

  8. this looks and sounds awesome!!! thank you so much for sharing!

  9. I don't know who I would pick, since it would probably change after reading Talon so I pick Dante, because I would really like to meet a dragon :)

  10. I want to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Since I haven't read it yet I can't be certain but it looks like Garret.

  12. I am very excited for Talon. I haven't read any of her books yet but I love dragons so this one is top of my list!

  13. Talon looks fantastic! I can not wait to read this new world she has created!

  14. I can't wait to read this!! Thank you for this giveaway!

  15. The character I would like to meet is Ash from the Iron Fey series. I haven't read Talon so I'm not familiar with any of the characters.

  16. I can't wait until this comes out! I need this book!

  17. I just adore Julie's books!! Cannot wait to read another.

  18. Ahh I can't wait for talon!! The cover is gorgeous with the background texture of the scales and the regal gold lettering. I loved Julie's Iron fey series, so I'm sure I will love talon too!

  19. Thank you so much!! I am very excited for Talon <3

  20. I'm so excited about this series! I can't wait

  21. I'm so excited to read this! I loved your other series and I really want to read this like now!!!

  22. Julie Kagawa's books and me go like this *crosses fingers* I need this NOW!


  23. I love Kagawa's work! XD
    Mary G Loki

  24. I would love to meet Garret! He sounds like my type of guy! haha thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

  25. (Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

    I'm very excited for Talon. Thanks for the chance to win!

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