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Monday, July 3, 2017

Blog Tour- NOW I RISE by Kiersten White An Interview & Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for NOW I RISE by Kiersten White! I freaking loved this amazing series!

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

Haven't heard of NOW I RISE? Check it out!

Author: Kiersten White
Pub. Date: Jume 27, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 496
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDAudible,  Goodreads
Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost. 

Now on to the interview!

Hi Kiersten! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! NOW I RISE was absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! And am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

Thank you so much! I’m so happy to be back.

For the readers: can you tell us a little recap of AND I DARKEN and what we can expect in NOW I RISE?

And I Darken followed the travails of the Dracul siblings, Lada and Radu. Traded by their father for leverage, they were raised as political prisoners in the Ottoman courts. Radu, kind and thoughtful and desperate for love, surprisingly flourished. Lada, vicious and ruthlessly ambitious, struggled against the restrictions of both their captivity and her gender. But they both found a lifeline in Mehmed, the brilliant third son of the sultan. When Mehmed was thrust onto the throne, Lada and Radu used their separate skills to help him evade assassins and solidify power. They both also developed feelings deeper than friendship for him. At the end of book one, they are faced with a choice: Remain under the protection of Mehmed and help him, or go on to the throne of their long-lost home. Radu chose to stay. Lada chose to leave. Book two will trace their separate journeys as Lada realizes having power is not as simple as claiming it, and Radu’s loyalty to his faith and his friend are pushed to their limits when he goes behind the walls of Constantinople as spy and saboteur during the greatest siege of their time.

So do you have a title for book 3 yet?

Yes! It’s brilliant! I can’t tell you! I’m so sorry! I have also seen the cover, and, as much as I absolutely adore books one and two, it’s my favorite.

I know you took a trip to Romania for research did you come across any 
particularly interesting lore from the area?

There was one church we visited in the countryside that was seven or eight hundred years old. Carved on one wall was the face of God. And on the other, the Green Man, an old pagan deity. I loved that they were totally cool putting them both in a Christian churchcovering all their bases! The Green Man lore is really fascinating to look into, and hopefully Ill write a book one day where I can explore this duality and melding of beliefs.

It was also amazing to visit Vlad Dracul’s historical sites. We didn’t do it on purpose, but we ended up at every significant one, and getting a real sense for where he walked ended up being invaluable a few years later when I started And I Darken!

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

It’s a tie between Nazira, Radu’s sort-of wife, and Nicolae, Lada’s comic relief and semi-conscience. They both functioned in the role of loving their respective friends but also being honest with them. My least favorite character to write was Matthias Corvinus. Not because he is awful, but because he has such a fascinating and rich history himself, and I had to cut almost all of it to fit him into my fictional tale. I still feel bad about ithe deserves his own trilogy!

What is your favorite passage/scene in NOW I RISE?

When [spoiler] finally makes it through [spoiler] and takes [spoiler spoiler spoiler], and the sense of triumph and relief, but also how much is left to come that [spoiler spoiler spoiler SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER]. That, or the scene where Nicolae admits he sold Lada to an old man in the mountains in exchange for a goat.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

Cricket Bell from LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins. (I’m totally an Isla, but I love Cricket best.)

What inspired you to write YA?

It was the age range I had the most fun reading, and therefore the one I wanted to tell stories in.

Lightning Round Questions

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

I am dying to read so many things! I’ve been under deadline and thus not reading. But Laini Taylor, Nic Stone, and Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are all taunting me from my TBR pile.

Team DC or Team Marvel?

Marvel generally, but Wonder Woman always.

Team Iron Man, Team Cap, Team Thor, Team Black Widow, or another Marvel 


Favorite Place to travel?


Favorite TV show?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Peaky Blinders, and Brooklyn 99. (And and andI like TV a LOT.)

Sweet or Salty?

I’m a massive sugar fiend.

Any Phobias?

Mold and raw meat.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Hozier’s entire album.

Summer/Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Atomic Blonde looks amazing!

Thanks so much Kiersten for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read NOW I RISE!

About Kiersten:

Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, the Mind Games series, Illusions of Fate, The Chaos of Stars, In the Shadows with artist Jim Di Bartolo, and the upcoming historical reimagining, And I Darken. She has one tall husband and three small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal. Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.

Giveaway Details:

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of NOW I RISE, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
6/19/2017- BookfeverExcerpt
6/20/2017- Lisa Loves LiteratureReview
6/21/2017- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview
6/22/2017- FiktshunReview
6/23/2017- Carina's BooksReview

Week Two:
6/26/2017- Dazzled by BooksReview
6/27/2017- Books and ThingsReview
6/28/2017- Rattle the StarsReview
6/29/2017- YABCReview
6/30/2017- Once Upon A TwilightReview

Week Three:
7/3/2017-Two Chicks on BooksInterview
7/4/2017- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
7/5/2017- Fiction FareReview
7/6/2017- YA and WineReview
7/7/2017- Little Red's ReviewsReview

Make sure to grab book 1!


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