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Friday, April 14, 2017

Blog Tour- BLACKSOULS by Nicole Castroman An Interview & Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for BLACKSOULS by Nicole Castroman!! I freaking LOVED this book! I have an interview with Nicole to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Haven't heard of BLACKSOULS? Check it out!

Author: Nicole Castroman
Pub. Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

Now on to the interview!

Hi Nicole! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! I freaking LOVED BLACKHEARTS & BALCKSOULS and I know my readers will as well, and am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

Thanks so much for having me!!!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit of a recap of BLACKHEARTS and the characters and what we can expect in BLACKSOULS?

Of course! BLACKHEARTS is the story of how Anne and Teach meet. Anne is a maid in the Drummond household. She's the daughter of an English merchant and a cook. Edward "Teach" Drummond has just returned home from a year at sea and he meets Anne while she's working in his father's house. And their lives are forever changed. :)

While BLACKHEARTS was entirely landlocked, BLACKSOULS is a lot more swashbuckling and takes place in the West Indies. Anne and Teach have definitely left "high society" behind when they arrive in the pirate port of Nassau.

I know we discussed this last year when S&S hadn’t acquired the sequel but is there a possibility of a book 3? I needs more Teach and Anne!

I certainly hope so!

So we finally get to meet some pirates! Woot! Are any of them real pirates or did you make them up to fit the story?

All of the pirates in BLACKSOULS are fictional. Definitely figments of my imagination. And they were so fun to write!

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

I love all of my characters, but I'm partial to Anne. And now Reva. :) My least favorite are the villains in this one. I didn't even try to make them redeemable. They're just evil.

What is your favorite passage/scene in BLACKSOULS?

I still love when Anne and Teach have screen time together. Those will always be my favorites.

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

I read the works of Frederick Douglass and his experiences as a slave, which I think should be required reading in all high schools. Too much of our nation's history is whitewashed. I wanted to be as truthful and respectful of Anne's narrative as I could be. I also read SUGAR IN THE BLOOD by Andrea Stuart. She's the descendant of a plantation owner and a slave and this book details the harsh realities of Caribbean slavery and sugar production.

What inspired you to write YA?

Why not write YA? :) Young adults are often more open-minded than adults when it comes to storytelling. 

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 Kasie West's BY YOUR SIDE, which I adored.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?


Twitter or Facebook?

Instagram ;)

Favorite Superhero?

Oh, good one. I'm going to have to go with Captain America. I was an extra in Captain America: Civil War (not a short answer, but it's the truth)

Favorite TV show?

Project Runway

Sweet or Salty?


Any Phobias?


Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Upcoming Movie you’re most looking forward to?

The next Star Wars movie

Thanks so much Nicole for answering my questions!  

About Nicole:
Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her. 

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of BLACKSOULS, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
4/10/2017- FiktshunGuest Post
4/11/2017- a GREAT readReview
4/12/2017- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview
4/13/2017- The Cover ContessaReview
4/14/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
4/17/2017- YA Book MadnessReview
4/18/2017- Good Choice ReadingGuest Post
4/19/2017-Mundie Moms-  Review
4/20/2017- YA Books CentralInterview
4/21/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland-Review 

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1 comment:

  1. Such a great interview. I loved this book! I REALLY hope there's a book 3 also!


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