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Friday, July 21, 2017

Blog Tour: BURIED HEART by Kate Elliott An Interview & Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for BURIED HEART by Kate Elliott! I freaking love this series! And this ending was beautifully written and so bittersweet but I loved it!

I have an interview with Kate to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Haven't heard of BURIED HEART? Check it out!

Title: BURIED HEART (Court of Fives #3)
Author: Kate Elliott
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Pages: 448
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks | TBD
The explosive finale to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's captivating, New York Times bestselling young adult series

In this third book in the epic Court of Fives series, Jessamy is the crux of a revolution forged by the Commoner class hoping to overthrow their longtime Patron overlords. But enemies from foreign lands have attacked the kingdom, and Jes must find a way to unite the Commoners and Patrons to defend their home and all the people she loves. Will her status as a prominent champion athlete be enough to bring together those who have despised one another since long before her birth? Will she be able to keep her family out of the clutches of the evil Lord Gargaron? And will her relationship with Prince Kalliarkos remain strong when they find themselves on opposite sides of a war? Find all the answers in this beautifully written and exciting conclusion to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's debut New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy! 

Now on to the interview!

Kate Elliott Interview Two Chicks Interview 7/21/2017

Hi Kate! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! I love your COURT OF FIVES series and can’t wait to read BURIED HEART!
I am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

Thank you for having me! I’m excited to be back--I’ve now done a blog tour post for you for each of the three novels of the trilogy! I really appreciate your support.

For the readers: can you give us a little recap about the series so far and the characters? And what we can expect in BURIED HEART?

From Kirkus Reviews, for Court of Fives: “After the death of the highly placed aristocrat whose patronage ensured their safety, Jessamy’s mixed-race family [Patron father, Commoner mother, and four sisters] is targeted by political enemies; spared thanks to her skill at the game of Fives, she must find a way to save them.”

Beyond this paragraph lie spoilers, so read on at your own risk:

Jes has to make a difficult choice at the end of Court of Fives that involves the young man (and adversary) she cares for, Prince Kalliarkos.

In Poisoned Blade, Jes is running for the Fives stable owned by Kalliarko’s scheming uncle, Gargaron. She has to keep winning in order to save her family from discovery. Events propel her and her younger sister Amaya into a cross country journey in the retinue of Lord Gargaron; the two girls are searching for their missing sister Bettany, but when they find her things don’t go as planned. Meanwhile, after generations of oppression, the conquered people of Efea are threatening to rise up, and Jes’s parents Esladas and Kiya (whom she both loves) are already on opposite sides.
In Buried Heart, foreign invaders threaten an already unstable political situation in Efea. Jes will be caught between both of her heritages--Patron and Commoner--while her greatest enemy, Gargaron, will stop at nothing to defeat her.

So now that the series is over what are you working on now?

Later this year I have a novelette set in the Spiritwalker universe (Cold Magic) coming out in THE BOOK OF SWORDS, edited by Gardner Dozois. It’s called “I Am a Handsome Man,” Said Apollo Crow.  It will be published this October 2017, and I should note that the anthology includes an original Game of Thrones short story by George R. R. Martin as well as stories by fourteen other wonderful writers like Ken Liu, Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch, and many more.

I am also working on the second volume of the Black Wolves trilogy, an epic fantasy. I’m about a third done with that at the moment. In addition I’ve been developing a new project on the space opera sub genre that I’m quite excited about: fast paced, operatic, and bold.

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

No. I don’t normally base characters on real people. But I do use characteristics of people I know when I’m trying to make characters in my stories behave more realistically and dramatically.

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

Jes has been my favorite character to write. I have loved writing about a girl who is competitive and confident, and yet who is also flawed and makes mistakes because she thinks she knows more than she does and because she is determined to win.

I don’t really have a character who was my least favorite to write. The characters I would like least in real life -- the villains -- are in a weird way pretty enjoyable to write because I can go no holds barred with them.

What is your favorite passage/scene in BURIED HEART?

I honestly have a number of scenes in Buried Heart that I really like. Because it’s the third book in the trilogy it means that many large and small plot threads got to be exploded and/or fulfilled in this volume. Some of them were painful to write and others were really really satisfying to write. There is a passage that surprised me most because it wasn’t planned in advance -- in other words, the idea for it popped into my head as I was writing a scene and needed a certain . . . something to make the scene more gripping and awful. It’s a scene with a barrel. You’ll know it when you get there. (Jaime OMG I know the scene! I killed me)

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

Mr Darcy from Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. His emotional journey is appealing and also feels real: His essential nature doesn’t change as much as he learns some humility and endeavors to understand himself better in order to be worthy of Elizabeth. He also does good deeds without asking for credit. And of course, he owns a beautiful house.

What inspired you to write YA?

Wanting to place a girl front and center in an epic fantasy tale of action, adventure, revolution, and family drama. I’ve written girls and women as main characters in adult sff too, but YA as a genre is so enthusiastic toward heroines and I wanted to write a story where the MC’s centrality in the story would never be questioned or seen as odd.

Lightning Round Questions

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

DREAD NATION by Justina Ireland (April 2018).  Post Civil War zombies. A fantastic cover. I’m really enjoying this novel (and I don’t like zombies!), and I hope you read it when it comes out.

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Thor: Ragnarok. I’m not sure how good it’s going to be, but Cate Blanchett looks so great in the trailer. For 2018, Black Panther.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?


Twitter or Facebook?


Favorite Superhero?


Favorite TV show?

Classic: Firefly
Current: Harlots

Sweet or Salty?


Any Phobias?

giant centipedes

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

This Is What You Came For (Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna).

I think of this as Jes’s theme song for BURIED HEART.


Thanks so much Kate for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read BURIED HEART!

About Kate:
Kate Elliott has been writing stories since she was nine years old, which has led her to believe that writing, like breathing, keeps her alive. As a child in rural Oregon, she made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, and YA, including recent works Black Wolves, Court of Fives, and Cold Magic.

It should come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight. When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures amid dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling. With the three children out of the house, they now spoil the schnauzer.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of BURIED HEART, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
7/17/2017- YA Books Central- Interview
7/18/2017- The Eater of Books!Review
7/19/2017- Novel NoviceGuest Post
7/20/2017- Just CommonlyReview
7/21/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
7/24/2017- My Thoughts LiterallyReview
7/25/2017- Sarcasm & LemonsReview
7/26/2017- Stephanie PlotkinReview
7/27/2017- PaperTrailYAExcerpt
7/28/2017- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview

Grab the first two books in the series and the novellas!


  1. I love this series so much! Thanks for the chance!

  2. Sounds like a MUST READ series. Thanks for the post!

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