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Monday, May 8, 2017

Blog Tour- FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh An Interview & A Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh ! I freaking loved this book maybe even more than her Wrath & The Dawn Series probably because I'm kinda obsesses with Feudal Japan and all things Samurai! If you love historical fantasy I suggest you get this book now!

I have an interview with Renée to share with you today check it out!

And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Haven't heard of FLAME IN THE MIST? Check it out!

Author: Renée Ahdieh
Pub. Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Find it: AmazonB&N, iBooks, TBD, Audible,  Goodreads
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.

Now on to the interview!

Hey Renée! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! It’s been a while since you’ve been here I’m so happy you could stop by for a chat! FLAME IN THE MIST was absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you give us a little info on FLAME IN THE MIST and the characters?

Absolutely! FITM is the story of Mariko, a girl who barely escapes an assassination attempt and then decides to infiltrate a clan of ninja and disguise herself as a boy in order to figure out who tried to kill her. Of course, once she’s there, she learns from the leader of this band of ninja that not is all as it seems.

So do we have a title for book 2 yet?

We do! I can’t quite share it yet, but it’s so in keeping with the spirit of the series.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

The main character, Mariko, was inspired by Hermione Granger and my brilliant younger sister.

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

I loved writing Mariko. I’d say my least favorite was probably the emperor.

What is your favorite passage/scene in FLAME IN THE MIST?

I think it’s probably the one that takes place at a tea house. There are lots of sensory details and a fight scene that erupts, so it was a lot of fun to write.

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

I read a lot of philosophy on the time period, especially when it came to bushido. I have East Asian heritage, and I always knew I wanted to write a book based in an East Asian culture.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

I have a special place in my heart for Jalal because he was inspired by my husband.

What inspired you to write YA?

YA books are the books I’ve always read and been passionate about. FITM is essentially the book I wished I had as a teenager.

Lightening Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

I’m reading Marie Lu’s WARCROSS, and it is amazing!

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Slytherin. Multiple times!

Twitter or Facebook?


Favorite Superhero?

Storm or Tony Stark

Favorite TV show?

Game of Thrones

Sweet or Salty?


Any Phobias?


Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble”

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Wonder Woman

Thanks so much Renée for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read FLAME IN THE MIST! Big hugs!!!!

Thank YOU so much <3 o:p="">

About Renée:
Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

Giveaway Details:

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (ARV: $17.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 8, 2017 and 12:00 AM on June 5, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 10, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Pre-Order Contest!!!

Win a trip to meet Renee Ahdieh! Upload your proof of preorder to be entered to win a trip for two to meet Renée Ahdieh at the ultimate celebration of books in NYC, Book Con 2017. All who enter will receive an exclusive button pack. Click on the image to be taken to the contest link.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
May 8  Two Chicks on Books  Author Q&A
May 9  The Eater of Books!  Mood Board
May 10  Book Hounds YA  Guest Post
May 11  YA Book Central  Excerpt
May 12  A Page With A View  Review + Photos

Week Two:
May 15  The Young Folks  Guest Post
May 16  Once Upon a Twilight  Author Q&A
May 17  The Fandom  Guest Post
May 18  Alexa Loves Books  Bookish Style File
May 19  Fiction Fare  Review

Week Three:
May 22  Brittany’s Book Rambles  Review
May 23  ButterMyBooks  Review + Photos
May 24  Mundie Moms  Author Q&A
May 25  A Perfection Called Books  Review
May 26  Novel Novice  Flame Pinsperation

Week Four:
May 29  Twirling Pages  Review + Photos
May 30  Tales of the Ravenous Reader  Guest Post
May 31  Oh the Book Feels  Review
June 1  Dark Faerie Tales  Author Q&A
June 2  The Book’s Buzz  Japanese Lesson


  1. Sounds like a neat story (weird coincidence, but I just started The Wrath and the Dawn so Renee is stil new to me). I'll check back to check out the interview. Thanks for hosting! :)

  2. Oh no! Hopefully you get the interview asap! I loved this book and can't wait for book two. So excited for my preorder to arrive! And those preorder buttons - Penguin is keeping those a secret, it seems. :D

    Lovely post, Jaime! Have a fantastic week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. I'm so excited for Flame in the Mist! Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the post.

  4. My favorite books are about the daughters of prominent samurai(s?)! Thank you for the contest!

  5. I've read The Wrath and the Dawn and enjoy this author's style and voice. I can't wait to read this one.

  6. I LOVE Renee Ahdieh's books! Can't wait to read Flame in The Mist.

  7. Renee is a new author to me... I'd like to change that! Thanks for the contest!

  8. Flame in the Mist looks like a totally exciting read. Thanks for the post!

  9. I am so excited to read Flame in the Mist

  10. Flame in the Mist looks amazing!


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