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Monday, May 9, 2016

Blog Tour- QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes A Guest Post & Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on blog tour for QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes! I have a guest post with Colleen (she answered a few pf my topics so I'll post them all) to share with you today! And make sure to enter the awesome giveaway for a finished copy of the book! 

Haven't heard of QUEEN OF HEARTS? Check it out!

Author: Colleen Oakes
Pub. Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Amazon | Barnes& Noble | iBooks | Goodreads
As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath. 

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Now on to the post!

5 Favorite Scenes from Queen of Hearts And Why

-      Dinah and Wardley in the stables, surrounded by the pink snow. It’s just so romantic and cozy feeling. I love their relationship.

-      The Black Towers. It’s a mysterious place with a wicked past and a strong commitment to being as creepy and claustrophobic as possible and a joy to write.

-      Any scene with Morte. Morte is a representation of Dinah herself and so it’s fun to play with the symbolism.

-      Dinah and Vittiore having tea.  Two women who have both been terrorized by the same man, set up as enemies, finally getting face to face time. They are of the same family and yet utter strangers. Vittiore is the polar opposite of Dinah in so many ways, and so that’s really fun to explore.

-      My favorite, favorite scenes in the book are between Dinah and Charles, the Mad Hatter. Their relationship is so special.

Why Wonderland?  I have always loved the world of Wonderland in all its whimsical glory. It was a place that has a dark undercurrent and that really needed to be explored. It’s also chock full of wonder. ;)

And Why from the Queen of Hearts POV?  Every villain deserves their own story, I feel, especially female villains who are often shoved into convenient boxes for a male hero. I knew there was so much more to her story. I wanted to see exactly how a princess becomes a villain, especially one best known for her uncontrollable rage.

About Colleen:
Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Elly in Bloom Series, The Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016) and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling and totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on another YA fantasy series and a stand-alone YA novel.

You can visit her webpage at: www.colleenoakes.net

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of QUEEN OF HEARTS, US Only.

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  1. Gosh I am so excited to read this book ahdfkljklanfdljdj I CANNOT FREAKING WAIT!

  2. I love fractured retellings of Wonderland! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Pink snow!! Why doesn't that really exist? I love villain povs.

  4. I love retellings and the synopsis promises so much fun to read!

  5. Def need to read this!!!
    Samantha D

  6. I adore retellings. This is the one that I have been waiting for!!! Cannot wait!!!

  7. I've seen a preview of the first few chapters, and it seems amazing!

  8. I want to read this SO BADLY omg

  9. I'm kind of excited for this book. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland is one of my favorite classic books. Plus, I enjoy retellings.


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