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Friday, March 31, 2017

Blog Tour- SUMMONER RISING by Melanie McFarlane An Interview & Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for SUMMONER RISING by Melanie McFarlane! I have an interview with Melanie to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!


Haven't heard of SUMMONER RISING? Check it out!

Title: SUMMONER RISING
Author: Melanie McFarlane
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
Excerpt from, The Book of Summoning: 
Law One: A summoner is responsible for all creatures it lets through from the netherworld. 

Dacie Cantar wishes someone had explained the Laws of Summoning to her before she watched a shadowy creature crawl out of a painting at the local arcade. At least it explains the strange things she's witnessed since moving in with her great-aunt, after her mother’s untimely death. But who wants to be followed by shadows the rest of their life? Add that to being stalked by a strange boy at school, who just might be her Tovaros (aka soulmate), it’s about all Dacie can handle in her new life. 


As she nears her seventeenth birthday, will she be ready for her new responsibilities, or will the shadows that stalked her mother until her death, finally consume Dacie, too? And then there’s Law Two…

Now on to the interview!

Hey Melanie! 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! SUMMONER RISING was absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you give us a little info about SUMMONER RISING and the characters?

Summoner Rising is Mortal Instruments meets Final Fantasy. It’s about a soulmate who makes a girl immortal. It’s about an epic family-line of demon summoners and the dark fate bestowed upon them to help maintain the balance of good and evil in the world. And above all, it’s about a very sassy girl named Dacie who’s never belonged.

So this is your second series how different writing this one compared to THERE ONCE WERE STARS? And what are you working on now?

Summoner Rising was completely different from There Once Were Stars. I wanted the main characters to be opposite. Where Nat is naïve and innocent, Dacie is jaded and bitter. Where Nat is sweet and doesn’t want trouble, Dacie is stubborn and goes looking for trouble. But both are strong female leads in their own right. And this is what I wanted to doshow how two different characters can overcome their shortcomings to succeed.

Next I’ve got to finish up some sequels, but I’m super excited about two contemporary YA novels I’m finishing up (mystery & historical). It’s fun to jump genres. I definitely have a ton of dystopian and paranormal ones waiting in the wings too!

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

Always. I did write a bit of my husband in Tryan. And Constantine is very much a mix of my father and father-in-law.

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

I really liked the imp, even though he’s a bit of a shit (can I swear?). You’ll see him again and again throughout the series. Originally I was thinking something like a house-elf from HP when I wrote about him, but mine’s much more heinous!

What is your favorite passage/scene in SUMMONER RISING?

I love the scene when Dacie turns Wendigobut even better is the scene where she meets Eli. Oh and then theres Diavol. Seriously, I just cant pick one. Too many story leads in book one for the rest of the series!

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

I had to read up on tea leaves, which I found a ton of information from a new contact-turned-friend, sharastar99 from Instagram. She is seriously the go-to on any paranormal research. And then there was my demon research. I have a mini-library of demon-related books and for a while I started feeling uncomfortable having them around. I buried them to the bottom of a pile every time I finished looking information up. It was touch and go there!

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

Wellhmmm. This is hardultimate? I ABSOLUTELY LOVED Midnight from Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. Sweet, but uncertain, Midnight means well and is humble but still a little vengeful to those who do wrong. I don’t know, it just makes him all degrees of right.

What inspired you to write YA?

I don’t know that there could be a better age to write forYA is where independence, curiosity, and finding oneself all collide into one beautiful mess.

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 Of the Trees by EM Fitch and LOVED IT! But for my most anticipated 2017 read I can’t wait for The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Gryffindor hands downIve already been sorted ;)

Twitter or Facebook?

Facebookugh Twitter is like troll-central

Favorite Superhero?

Wolverine I had a paper doll of him when I was a kid J

Favorite TV show?

Girls

Sweet or Salty?

Salty

Any Phobias?

Nada

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

I’m crazy and still listen to Nirvana all the timecrazy awesome that is!

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Before I Fall because OMG Lauren Oliver *fangirling!*

Thanks so much Melanie for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read SUMMONER RISING! Big hugs!!!!






About Melanie: (Insert Author Photo)
Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her YA debut There Once Were Stars, and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising.


She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.


Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a DVD of THE CRAFT, US Only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway



Tour Schedule:


Week 1:
3/27/2017- Never Too Many To ReadGuest Post
3/27/2017- Realm of the Sapphired dragonReview

3/28/2017- Book Review BeccaReview
3/28/2017- Bibliobibuli YAInterview

3/29/2017- StephanieCassidyBlogReview
3/29/2017- LILbooKloversInterview

3/30/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview
3/30/2017- trishajennreadsExcerpt
Week 2:
3/31/2017- Wishful EndingsReview
3/31/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

4/3/2017- Omg Books and More BooksReview
4/3/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt

4/4/2017- Under the Book CoverReview
4/4/2017- So Few BooksInterview

4/5/2017- BooksbooksmurderReview



4/7/2017- YA and WineReview

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Blog Tour- BLOOD ROSE REBELLION by Rosalyn Eves An Interview & Giveaway!


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


Haven't heard of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION? Check it out!

Title: BLOOD ROSE REBELLION
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook audiobook
The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.



Now on to the interview!


Hey Rosalyn! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m so happy you could stop by for a chat! BLOOD ROSE REBELLION was freaking AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!
Thank you!!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about BLOOD ROSE REBELLION and the characters?

BLOOD ROSE REBELLION is the story of Anna Arden, a well-born English girl on the fringes of a society that reveres magic, and she has none. After she ruins her sister’s debut ball by breaking her spells, Anna is sent to Hungary with her grandmother, where she meets her cousins, Noémi and Mátyás (an aspiring revolutionary), as well as a Romani boy, Gábor, who might know more about Anna’s failure to use magic than Anna herself does. As she struggles to find her place in this new world, she’s drawn into political intrigue leading up to the Hungarian revolution against Austria and discovers that much of what she understood about her world was a lie.

So do we have a title for book 2 yet?

I do, but I’m not sure I can share it yet!

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

I think a little bit of my husband finds its way into all of my favorite male characters: Mátyás has some of his off-beat sense of humor; Gábor has some of his steadiness and his scientific mind. Noémi, as a friend who speaks her mind to Anna, has a lot of one of my good friends growing up in her.

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

Mátyás is my favorite character to write, simply because he refuses to take things seriously. My least favorite character is probably Anna’s mother, because she’s cold and socially-driven and I find it hard to relate to her.

What is your favorite passage/scene in BLOOD ROSE REBELLION?

My favorite scene is a spoiler, so I won’t include it here! But there is one scene between Anna and Gábor that I love, where she has the opportunity to comfort him. So often, we see male heroes comforting women, but we rarely see the reverseI think it takes both strength and trust to open yourself to another person that way.

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

Oh, all kinds! I read lots of Hungarian history books, academic articles on the politics of the 1848 revolution (one of my favorites talks about how the actual revolution was one in part on the dance floor, at patriotic balls). I read Hungarian folktales and books on world mythology. I read several books on Romani culture and history, as well as articles that focused more specifically on Romanies in Hungary and surrounding Eastern European countries. And because most of the history books I read favored broad approaches rather than details of contemporary life, I also read several nineteenth-century Hungarian novels in translation, as well as a couple of travel narratives written by nineteenth-century British visitors to Hungary, which helped me envision the kinds of details that Anna would notice. I can’t claim that the book is perfect (I took some liberties with the alternate world), but I thinkhope?that all the details led to a richer world.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

It’s funny, because in books I find myself drawn to the kind of angsty heroes that I would never like in real life! I also like a man with a sense of humor. Nikolai in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse is pretty near perfect, imho. I also love Maggie Stiefvater’s Gansey.

What inspired you to write YA?

I’ve always read a lot of YA, even as an adult, and I think what I love about it is the sense of possibility in those stories. There’s something magical about having your whole life ahead of you, even when the present reality is hard. I also love how passionate young adults areI know how much books meant to me at that age, and the thought of inspiring someone else as I was inspired is pretty humbling. (And sometimes scary, to be honest).

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 currently reading Angie Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE. It’s amazing. The characters are so well-done, the story is so compulsive and important. CARAVAL is on my TBR pile and I can’t wait to get to it, though I might have to wait until I’m through edits because otherwise I think my own writing might suffer by comparison!

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

I finally took the official sorting Hat quiz a week or two ago and got Slytherin. I think I’m actually a Slytherin/Ravenclaw mix.

Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook

Favorite Superhero?

Wolverine is the first one that pops into my head (might just be Hugh Jackman, though!). I’m also impressed by Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan.

Favorite TV show?

This changes frequently, but right now I really love the BBC’s SHERLOCK.

Sweet or Salty?

Sweet

Any Phobias?

Darkness, wild animals

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Pretty much anything on the Hamilton soundtrack.

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Right now I’m looking forward to the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST rebootBelle has always been my favorite of the Disney princesses, and I’m a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings in any shape.


Thanks so much Rosalyn for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read BLOOD ROSE REBELLION!



About Rosalyn:
Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.
She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works.
Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary.

Her first novel, BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, first in a YA historical fantasy trilogy, debuts Spring 2017 from Knopf/Random House.



Giveaway Details:


3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Tour Schedule:


Week One:
3/20/2017- BookHounds YAInterview
3/21/2017- YA Book MadnessReview
3/22/2017- Page Turners BlogGuest Post
3/23/2017- FiktshunReview
3/24/2017- NovelKnightReview

Week Two:
3/27/2017- Once Upon a TwilightInterview
3/28/2017- YABCInterview
3/29/2017- Emily Reads EverythingReview
3/30/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
3/31/2017- Book BriefsReview

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dying To Read (199)- A STRANGE HYMN by Laura Thalassa


Hey y’all thanks for stopping by to see my Dying to Read post and of course as always I have to give credit to the lovely Jill over at Breaking the Spine for the Waiting on Wednesday Meme! 

I fell in love with book 1 in this series! Wendy Higgins recommended it to me and I'm so glad she did but now I'm dying to get my hands on book 2!!! BTW this is a New Adult Urban Fantasy Series so for those of you that have been looking for non contemporary New Adult check it out!



Title: A STRANGE HYMN (The Bargainer #2)
Author: Laura Thalassa
Release Date: Fall 2017
Publisher: Laura Thalassa
Pages: ?
Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads 
Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it. 
So what do you think? Will you be adding this to your pile? What are you dying to read this week?


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Paperback Release Day Blitz- THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead & A Giveaway!



I am so excited that THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead paperback releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Richelle Mead, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book from Penguin Teen! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About The Book:

Title: THE GLITTERING COURT
Author: Richelle Mead
Pub. Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead.

"Brilliant and original, Mead’s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end."
—School Library Journal

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him. 

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else's property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

About Richelle:

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.



Giveaway Details:
Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (ARV: $10.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 28, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 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 April 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.


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Release Day Celebration- SUMMONER RISING by Melanie McFarlane With An Excerpt & Giveaway!



I am so excited that SUMMONER RISING by Melanie McFarlane releases today and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Malanie McFarlane, be sure to check out all the details below.


This blitz also includes a giveaway for a DVD of THE CRAFT, US Only courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



About The Book:

Title: SUMMONER RISING
Author: Melanie McFarlane
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300

Excerpt from, The Book of Summoning:
Law One: A summoner is responsible for all creatures it lets through from the netherworld.

Dacie Cantar wishes someone had explained the Laws of Summoning to her before she watched a shadowy creature crawl out of a painting at the local arcade. At least it explains the strange things she's witnessed since moving in with her great-aunt, after her mother’s untimely death. But who wants to be followed by shadows the rest of their life? Add that to being stalked by a strange boy at school, who just might be her Tovaros (aka soulmate), it’s about all Dacie can handle in her new life.

As she nears her seventeenth birthday, will she be ready for her new responsibilities, or will the shadows that stalked her mother until her death, finally consume Dacie, too? And then there’s Law Two…

Excerpt:
When we pull up at the front of the house, everything is dark. Katya must be out. I stay quiet as I close the door and walk onto the front porch.

“Don’t be mad,” Tryan says grabbing my hand and pulling me back against his chest. He looks down into my face. “Demons aren’t trustworthy,” he says. “Just remember that.”

I relax my body against his and Tryan leans down and kisses me. His lips are soft and gentle, and I melt against him. The stress of this last month melts away.

A shiver runs through my body and Tryan mistakes it for a chill. “Let’s go inside,” he says, pulling my hand toward the door.

As Tryan grabs the handle, the door creaks open. It’s not locked? He looks back at me with a frown creased across his brow. I push past him into the house.

“Katya?” I call out into the darkness. Nothing. Lights flicker into the kitchen through the open patio doors on the other side of the house.

“Come on,” Tryan says pulling me outside with a finger to his lips. “This way.”

We slowly creep around the side of the house, following the flickering lights to the back yard. Between the tall fence and the wooden siding of the house, we’re sitting ducks. We slow down as we reach the back corner and Tryan grabs my hand.

“Let me go first,” he says. “Please. Trust me.”

I nod and hold back as Tryan passes in front of me. He peers around the corner, then holds up a hand for me to stop as he disappears into the backyard.

I shuffle around the corner, but Tryan is nowhere to be seen. Lights are hanging along the fence to the back of the property, flickering on and off.

“Tryan?” I whisper. No answer. I look back. Where is he?

 “Tryan?” I call out a little louder this time.

About Melanie: 


Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her YA debut There Once Were Stars, and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising.


She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.


Giveaway Details:


1 winner will receive a DVD of THE CRAFT, US Only.

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