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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Blog Tour- THE SHADOW WATCH Series by S.A. Klopfenstein With An Interview & Giveaway!

I am happy to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for THE SHADOW WATCH Series by S.A. Klopfenstein! I have an excerpt to share with you today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!

About The Books:

Title: THE SHADOW WATCH (The Shadow Watch #1)
Author: S.A. Klopfenstein
Pub. Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Guardian Grey Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 420
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N

For centuries, the Oshan Empire has ruled the New World with terror and blood. The Watchers have been eradicated, and their sorcery is but a whispered myth. But the heart of magic beats on, and as it surges back to life, three young people will determine the fate of the world

Tori Burodai, a strong-willed slave girl. Her magic could ignite a revolution, but only if she resists the ruler who wants to use her powers to restore the empire to its former glory.

Darien Redvar, the idealistic soldier she loves. His rage leads him down a dark path to power that could turn him against the one person he cares for.

Kale Andovier, a lordling rebel with a torturous past. His quest for a weapon of dark sorcery will thrust him into a twisted game of power that could change the world forever.

Will the return of magic transform the New World, or bring it to ruin?

Title: THE RAGE OF SAINTS (The Shadow Watch series Book #2)
Author: S.A. Klopfenstein
Pub. Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Guardian Grey Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 507
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

The thrilling second installment in the Shadow Watch series! 

The Shadow Watch has been undone. Their captain lies in the dungeons of the White Citadel, and the Gallows Girl has disappeared. Most of the surviving Watchers have joined the chancellor's new magical army, the Sky Guard, led by Darien Redvar, but the Gallows Boy is shaken from the return of the monsters of the Old World, and he must soon choose, once and for all, where his loyalties lie.

Tori and Mischa trek to the Great White North with an Alyut shaman, who believes Tori is the one who will bring Restoration to his people. A resistance is growing in the North, but Tori may not be the god the people are looking for, and the price of revolution may cost Tori her heart as well as her life.

Meanwhile, another threat grows in strength. Old World monsters are rising up across the New World, and no one knows how they've returned. As nations ready themselves for a magical war, their return threatens to change everything.

New alliances are set in place, new friendships are forged, new loves kindled. But no one is safe, for there can be no war without betrayal.

Don't miss this the latest installment in the epic fantasy series readers are comparing to Mistborn and Throne of Glass!

Now on to the interview 

Hey S.A.!! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books Im glad you could stop by for a chat! THE SHADOW WATCH SERIES sounds AWESOME and I cant wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the THE SHADOW WATCH SERIES and the characters?
The Shadow Watch series is about the return of magic and monsters to a world that has eradicated those things in order to create a better society after an ancient magical war that left the world in shambles. Magic is forbidden, so when Tori, the main character, reveals magic in a defiant act against her ruler, it shakes up the order of things.
The story centers around Tori and her best friend, Darien, who end up on opposing sides of a magical war. It is full of complex characters who often must face extremely difficult choices, and these often have disastrous consequences for the other characters. There’s action, love, monsters, political intrigue, and lots of twists and turns.
If you like the Throne of Glass series or Leigh Bardguo’s Grishaverse, I think you will enjoy these books.

How many more books are planned for the series?
Two books down, and I am planning on four total.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?
No, not really. I’m sure all of them were influenced by people I know in some small way, but I never have a specific person in mind when I create a character.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?
I loved writing Kale’s perspective in Book One. Tori’s perspective, ironically, was more difficult. I had to try harder to get inside her head and so it was more work. But in Book Two, her perspective was a lot easier, although I probably enjoyed Darien’s perspective the most in that book.

What is your favorite passages/scenes in THE SHADOW WATCH SERIES?
My favorite scenes are probably when Tori and Darien clash. You never know what’s going to happen when those two collide. Also, any scene with the chancellor is pretty exciting!

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?
I researched quite a bit about battle formations and strategies (particularly when muskets came into the world), some nautical terminology, types of swords and armor, and ancient methods for impalement (gruesome, I know!). I also studied real and fictional maps in order to inform the world I was creating.

Who is your ultimate book villain?
I love people who are not quite good or bad, like Jaime Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire, who started out as a villain and became one of my favorite characters by the end of the third book. I also love villains who have a seductive quality, like the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy or Mrs. Coulter from The Golden Compass.

What inspired you to write YA?
I really love YA stories. I think because it’s such an interesting and complicated period of life. I felt a lot of angst in my teenage years, but I also look back on them fondly. You’re figuring out what you actually think and believe, and how you fit into the world. You still have hopes and dreams, and you feel everything passionately. Too many adults have forgotten what it’s like to dream, and to feel, and to question things. And I think that is the true power of YA stories.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that youre dying to read?
I am re-reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix right now, and it is still so good!

Next on the list is Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. I absolutely LOVE his Stormlight Archive.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?
I am basically a dead tie between Slytherin and Gryffindor, haha!

Twitter or Facebook?

Favorite Superhero?

Favorite TV show?

Sweet or Salty?
Totally depends on the day

Any Phobias?
I am pretty irrationally paranoid about forgetting to lock doors, whether my house or car. I’ll triple check sometimes, haha!

Song you cant get enough of right now?
The Silence by Manchester Orchestra

2019 Movie youre most looking forward to?
Avengers Endgame; but if we’re counting TV shows, then the final season of Game of Thrones would come before that.

Thanks so much S.A. for answering my questions! I cant wait for everyone to read THE SHADOW WATCH SERIES!

About S.A.:

S.A. Klopfenstein grew up on a steady dose of Tolkien and Star Wars. As a child, he wrote his first story about a sleepwalking killer who was executed by lethal injection.

He lives in the American West with his wife and their dog, Iorek Byrnison. He can be found exploring the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, or daring the halls of the middle school where he teaches Language Arts.

Giveaway Details:

1 lucky winner will win a finished copy of THE SHADOW WATCH & THE RAGE OF SAINTS, US Only.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/18/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt
3/18/2019- Literary GoldSpotlight

3/19/2019- Kelly P's BlogExcerpt
3/19/2019- TMBA Corbett Tries to WriteInterview

3/20/2019- Life With No PlotReview
3/20/2019- The Hermit LibrarianGuest Post

3/21/2019- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview
3/21/2019- Graced with BooksInterview

3/22/2019- Lauren is ReadingReview
3/22/2019- Defining WaysGuest Post

Week Two:
3/25/2019- Sincerely Karen JoExcerpt
3/25/2019- BookHounds YAGuest Post

3/26/2019- Colorimetry Guest Post
3/26/2019- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

3/27/2019- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt
3/27/2019- Jaime's WorldExcerpt

3/28/2019- D. Books and ReviewsReview

3/29/2019- AbooktropolisReview
3/29/2019- Lisa Loves LiteratureExcerpt

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