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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Blog Tour: MAD MAGIC by Nicole Conway An Interview & Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for MAD MAGIC by Nicole Conway! I loved this book and I adore Nicole so I'm super excited to be on this tour!

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

Haven't heard of MAD MAGIC? Check it out!

Author: Nicole Conway
Pub. Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Pages: 300
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD
Mad Magic is a beautifully dark and rich Young Adult fantasy from Nicole Conway, bestselling author of the Dragonrider Chronicles.

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse... she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.

Now on to the interview!

Hey Nicole!! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! MAD MAGIC was freaking AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about MAD MAGIC and the characters?

MAD MAGIC was a blast to work on. I fell in love with all of the characters so quicklyespecially Eldrick, who I originally intended to be a villain. Turns out he had a mind of his own! When I first started developing the story, I wanted to reinvent the world of faeries and magic in a way that I hadn’t seen before, but still harkened back to the traditional lore and stories we all know. The end result was a wild and suspenseful ride not even I had anticipated!

So do we have a title for book 2 yet?

I have titles for the next 2, actually! VICIOUS VOWS is volume 2 and WICKED WAYS is volume 3! Both will bring in familiar faces while adding in new baddies and allies and of course, more familiar faces from folklore reimagined for the Mad Magic world!

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

I like to take bits and pieces from people I know and combined them into one character, but MAD MAGIC was different in that for the first time one of the characters took on a lot of personality and physical traits from someone I knew. Eldrick was based on a young professor I had in college. He taught Shakespeare and was, just like Eldrick, a sharp dresser with a very refined demeanor. He also had perfect glossy black hair. All the female students were wild about him, which I don’t think he realized. Hah!

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

Tough one! I loved Zeph and Eldrick both especially when they had scenes together. They feed off of one another like siblings bickering in the backseat on a family road trip. Their banter kept me grinning and chuckling the whole way through. My least favorite was probably Lumi, but only because she is a challenge. She’s extremely complex, and I guess I should get used to her because we will see much more of her in the future!

What is your favorite passage/scene in MAD MAGIC?

I think the battle at the wedding venue is my favorite. I love writing big battle scenes, magical explosions, and action and emotions ran hot during that whole scene. It was fun!

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

I looked a lot into folklore from Irish, Scottish, and old world English origins. I also researched Mongolian beliefs and spiritual rituals, as well as looking into a lot of the Japanese stories. Since the theory behind Mad Magic is that fae are everywhere, and different cultures simply named them something different all over the world, it was interesting to look for parallels and similarities.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

Oh that’s a tough one. Well, I’m a sucker for elves (thanks to a childhood obsession with Lord of the Rings). So for those of you who’ve read my Dragonrider books, I’d marry Kiran in a heartbeat. I love the strong, silent, mysterious types. Eldrick has a touch of that, too, and I share his love for coffee but Im not sure hed approve of my lack of fashion sense.

What inspired you to write YA?

YA happened sort of by accident. Previously, I’ve written more in the middle grade spectrum. But as my storylines grow and add in more adult elements, namely romance and battles, I’ve bled over into YA. To me, it’s all just stories, so I have a hard time determining which age group a book belongs to. I let my agent advise me in that department!

Lightening Round Questions

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

Just finished Origin by Dan Brown and moving onto Artemis by Andy Weir. I don’t actually read much YA Im always afraid of cross-contamination. I cant accidentally copy what Ive never read!

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?


Twitter or Facebook?


Favorite Superhero?


Favorite TV show?

Stranger Things

Sweet or Salty?


Any Phobias?

I’m not a fan of heights.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

I’m an oldies person, which pains me to say cause I remember these songs being brand new, but I love listening to the 90’s and early 2000s hits.

2018 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Oh man, 2018 is going to be my year! The Incredibles 2, Pacific Rim 2, Basically all the new Marvel movies, Mission Impossible 6, The Crimes of Grindelwald, need I go on??

Thanks so much Nicole for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read MAD MAGIC!

About Nicole:

My name is Ashley "Nicole" Conway. I'm originally from North Alabama and attended Auburn University where I earned a BA in English with a concentration in Classics & Mythology. I'm happily married and have one son, Ethan.  I also have a cat, Mr. Darcy, and a dog named Phoebe.

Writing has been a passion of mine since childhood, and to be able to do it as a full-time career is something I take as a great blessing and honor. My heart is in children's literature, specifically middle-grade and young adult fantasy. I'm best known for my MG/YA fantasy series THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, which is published by Month9Books. The second series, THE DRAGONRIDER LEGACY, just launched this fall!

My other works in include MAD MAGIC (2017), THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (2017), SCALES (tbd), and SHATTERBEAST (tbd).

I am represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel.

Look for my books on Amazon.com and at your local Barnes & Noble Bookstores!

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.

1 winner will win a finished copy of MAD MAGIC, US Only.
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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
1/1/2018- BookHounds YAInterview
1/1/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderReview

1/2/2018- Wandering Bark BooksExcerpt
1/2/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview

1/3/2018- Lost in Ever AfterInterview
1/3/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

1/4/2018- Book BriefsReview
1/4/2018- Ikram Reads A Lot- Review

1/5/2018-  Books and Ladders- Review
1/5/2018- Rambling ReviewsReview

1/6/2018- Just CommonlyReview

Week Two:
1/8/2018- Once Upon a TwilightExcerpt
1/8/2018- Step Into A Book WorldReview

1/9/2018- Blushing BibliophileReview
1/9/2018- Book-Keeping- Review

1/10/2018- Novel NoviceGuest Post
1/10/2018- Pervy Ladies BooksReview

1/11/2018- My Crea Bookish KingdomReview
1/11/2018- The Book Recluse ReviewReview

1/12/2018- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt
1/12/2018- AbooktropolisReview


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