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Friday, August 4, 2017

Blog Tour: REUNITED by Colleen Houck An Interview & Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for REUNITED by Colleen Houck! I freaking love this series and this finale was the perfect ending!

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


Haven't heard of REUNITED? Check it out!


Title: REUNITED 
Author: Colleen Houck
Pub. Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 446
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana’s farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories.

But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must now harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all.

With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become.

Reunited is the heart-pounding conclusion to the Reawakened series. 

It is time for Lily to find her sunset.


Now on to the interview!

Hi Colleen! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! REUNITED 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!

For the readers: can you give us a little recap of the REAWAKENED series and the characters?

The Reawakened series has the number three as a theme. This was based off of the pyramids and the triangle, so we have three girls, three princes, and three villains, plus assorted gods and goddesses.

Lily is my main character. She’s a New Yorker who got swept up in an Egyptian, mummy filled adventure when she stumbled across newly awakened Amon, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They fight an evil necromancer in Reawakened, with the help of an archeologist named Doctor Hassan. We also meet two more mummies in this book, they are Amon’s brothers from other mothers, Asten and Ahmose. Together their job is to align the sun the moon and the stars and they each embody and carry the power of one of those celestial bodies.

In Recreated, Lily meets several of the Egyptian gods, learns the origins of the cosmos, and travels to the Netherworld to rescue Amon from the clutches of the Devourer, an evil queen of the dead who eats hearts. Not only do we get to know Isis, Nephthys, Anubis, Amun-Ra, and Ma’at, but we meet two more characters, Tia, a feisty lioness, and Ashleigh, a fairy trapped in the Netherworld. With the help of other creatures they meet along the way, they manage to rescue Amon, but things don’t exactly return to normal for Lily, and that’s where we begin book three, Reunited.

I know this isn’t your first series finale but how was it writing this finale was it different from your other series? And what are you working on now?

Reunited actually was my first finale (I just finished Tiger’s Dream this February). This one was easier since the series was smaller. There were a lot of loose ends to tie up in the tiger series. Right now I’m working on a book set to release in the fall of 2018. I can’t say much about it at this time since we haven’t announced it yet but this will be my first book with a blond hero.

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

I use the names of my ancestors as well as my nieces and nephews. My fairy, Ashleigh, is named after my newest niece, Ashley. They complain when they can’t all be fairies or mermaids or vampires. In the Reawakened series, Nana, Lily’s grandmother, is based on my great grandmother. The farm animals are even named after my maternal grandmother’s farm animals. Nana’s twin brothers Melvin and Marvin are based on my identical twin uncles, Norman and Delman. My grandfather and brother are named Melvin, too.

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

I love Tia. Getting into the head of a lioness was so cool. There is a goddess in Reunited that I had a more difficult time with. Thankfully, she doesn’t spend a great deal of time on the page. She’s a bit inhuman, literally, so it’s harder to identify with her.

What is your favorite passage/scene in REUNITED?

Hands down, the spider. You’ll have to wait till you meet her. She’s pretty cool.

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

In this one, I spent some time researching African mythology. There is plenty of Egyptian to pull from but I wanted something different that wouldn’t be as easily recognized. My spider came from that.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

I really like Rhett Butler, but he’s a bit old school, so for YA it has to be Edward Cullen.

What inspired you to write YA?

Speaking of which, Stephenie Meyer was the one who inspired me to write. When I read about how a stay-at-home mom just got up and wrote a book, I realized it didn’t matter how old you are. If you have a desire to write, then you should.

Lightening Round Questions

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

I am very active on Goodreads. Right now I’m reading everything by Kiersten White since she’s my featured author of the month. I really want to pick up Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. Labyrinth was one of my favorite movies when I was young and, in fact, one of the scenes in my book was based on a scene in the film. Can’t wait to read about the Goblin King.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Probably Hufflepuff but I’d rather be Ravenclaw.

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter

Favorite Superhero?

Superman

Favorite TV show?

The Big Bang Theory

Sweet or Salty?

Sweet

Any Phobias?

Eyes. I hate when people touch their eyes.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Nothing new. I can always rock out to classic Michael Jackson.

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Next one is Thor.


Thanks so much Colleen for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read REUNITED!





About Colleen:
New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.


Giveaway Details:


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



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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
7/31/2017- YA Books Central- Interview
8/1/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
8/2/2017- YA and WineGuest Post
8/3/2017- a GREAT readReview
8/4/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
8/7/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader-Review
8/8/2017- Ohana ReadsGuest Post
8/9/2017- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
8/10/2017- The Cover Contessa- Interview
8/11/2017- Riddle's ReviewsReview

Go back to where it all began! Grab the first books in the series and the companion novel!


3 comments:

  1. Hello! I'm such a fan of Colleen's books, and I cannot WAIT to read Reunited on the 8th!! Much love for this series and the Tiger Saga <3

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  2. I would absolutely love to read this series.

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  3. I haven't read you before but this sounds like a fun read. Love your quick answers. I'm dying for Thor too ;).

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