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Monday, January 4, 2021

Blog Tour- POWER DIVIDED by @sbehr_author With An Interview & #Giveaway! @RockstarBkTours


 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the POWER DIVIDED by S. Behr Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: POWER DIVIDED (The Evolutionaries, #1)

Author: S. Behr

Pub. Date: November 11, 2019

Publisher: S. Behr

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 376

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, KindleB&N, Kobo

A runaway princess with elemental powers stumbles upon a thousands-year-old archive of ancient tech that will forever change her utopian kingdom.

The citizens of Amera are blessed with a range of extraordinary powers ¬– from telepathy and healing to growing plants and breathing under water. As descendants of genetically modified humans desperate to survive an ice age, Amerans have built a peaceful, prosperous kingdom uniting nine realms, each with their own king and queen.

Violet is a princess of Neyr, the third of the nine realms of Amera, living in the transformed ruins of ancient New York City, high up in the reborn Chrysler building. Born into Neyr’s talented ruling family, she struggles to show evidence of any special power herself. Raised by one of the most powerful healers in Ameran history, Violet wants more than anything to pass her Criterion, a test all citizens must take to prove they are worthy and to find their place in society. But when her powers explode to catastrophic effect in front of her entire court, she runs from the unthinkable damage and misery she has caused.

In her desperate escape, Violet stumbles upon an incredible archive of ancient knowledge and awakens Hailey, an artificial intelligence relic who reveals hidden truths that could be the key to her return home.

But when the sanctuary of the Amera is threatened by humans, old enemies of Amera who live in violent colonies beyond Amera’s borders, Violet must master her burgeoning powers and find a way to protect her idyllic kingdom from the outside world.

A thrilling, action-packed blend of Young Adult fantasy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. Perfect for fans of the Lunar Chronicles and Shatter Me series.

"This first volume in the Evolutionaries series skillfully balances intriguing worldbuilding, whose details are slowly revealed, with well-paced action sequences. It also ably handles Violet's character development along the way, while also offering a diverse, lovable supporting cast whose members become the protagonist's close friends and allies. The novel effectively addresses themes of cooperation and isolationism, as well as autonomy, consent, and moving on with one's life after learning of long-held secrets." excerpt from Kirkus Review about Power Divided.

 

Book Trailer:


Interview:

Hey S.! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! POWER DIVIDED sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

Hi! Thank you for having me! I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful site, I have been a fan for a while! I find it a little fan girl moment for me.

Awwww thank you!!!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the POWER DIVIDED and the characters?

So Power Divided, hmm, I am always a little unsure what to say, mostly because I hope I wrote it in a way that would be exciting, and I never know if knowing too much gives anything away. I can however say, that it’s a story set in the future, after a long ice age, that humans survived by means of creating super humans, to live along with humans like us to help in ways that if the need arose they may be better suited to survive and keep the colonies built for refuge alive.

The story however takes place long after the ice age and the Earth has warmed. The society that the MC Violet lives in is a Union of nine realms that are made of the enhanced humans, that resulted after a war hundreds of years earlier causing the humans without “abilities” to leave what remains of we call North America.

So it follows her journey, through a series of events and is a coming of age story. There are Kings and Queens, and Violet is a Princess, but not in the traditional sense that we would think of them today.

 

What are you working on now?

Currently, I am working on the follow up to Power Divided, the second in the Evolutionaries series called Lost cities. It expands the world, and I hope that next year allows me to do the follow up to that, still untitled, but I have plans for the universe Violet lives in, to continue in two other series.

 

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

I think that there is always a bit of you in anything you write. I laugh when my husband brings things to my attention that I didn’t even realize when I published, it took a few rereads when I was gearing up to begin the follow up to see that there was deeper layers in the characters that fit so many things in my life I didn’t even mean to put in at the time. So yes, I think there are definitely things in there that fit my real life.

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

I think your MC is always a biggie to most authors, and for me it was a very specific reason that I mention in the acknowledgements, but I loved writing Hailey, she is very dear to me for so many reasons. She is named after our first dog and while that may seem strange Hailey has always been credited with being the best marriage counselor, she did not like fighting between her parents, so we had to learn to disagree at a whisper, and if that wasn’t good enough she would stand between us and bark so loud you couldn’t remember what your argument was about in the first place, haha. The day I realized I could make her name work for what I wanted I was over the moon and it felt like it was meant to be.

What is your favorite passages/scenes in POWER DIVIDED?

Gosh that’s a tough one, I have three specific ones, that I do love, but I know if I talked about them they would definitely be spoilers, but they would be something that if I had not chosen to go indie, and a publisher wanted to cut, I would have gone on my own to keep them. I wasn’t sure if anyone would find them as meaningful as I did, but to my surprise, I have gotten lots of messages that have regarded them as parts they really enjoyed so in the end I am happy that I didn’t shy away from the fear of either making the book too long, and cut things that I thought was needed to fill the story out in the way I wanted to.

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

Oh soooo much! I had to research a lot of scientific things, I wanted there to be an air of authenticity to the story. When I read something like Lord of the Rings or say even game of thrones, one of the things I love is how diverse and far reaching the universe is. That it makes it feel like it’s history, that it could be real, and I wanted to be able to create a universe that felt that way. So I did lots of map charting, and really had to do research on so many things, geologically, environmentally, and things that would make what I was writing possible if you were given two hundred years and unlimited resources to save humanity. What would we do with that? That was the foundation of how I came to the functions and of the way the characters are and the world they live in.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Gosh, I probably have to say it’s Ash from Iron fey, by Julie Kagawa. I don’t think there has ever been a character written so well, and when I read the Iron Knight, my first thought was this is a person I want my nieces, and nephews to strive to find in their life partners.

What inspired you to write yalit?

I love the innocence of the genre. I know that not all YA is happy go lucky of course, everyone’s life is unique, so their stories even similar ones will be unique. But I do like the aspect of not being constrained by grown up rules so to speak, I feel it has a broader sense of adventure, especially in fantasy. I am older of course, and I have had other careers, namely photography specializing in weddings. After 18 years of that, I think I have proven I am a lover of love, and to my surprise so many of my couples were childhood sweethearts. Which really taught me a lot, and to my joy out of 350 plus weddings I have had less than 15 divorces and have had the chance to even photograph children looking through books that I designed from the wedding me and my husband shot. It is almost a full circle of what I set out to do.

That feeling, was something that I wanted to catch in a bottle so to speak or words in a book I guess would be more appropriate.

Being surrounded by all the different kinds of love that occur during the process of a wedding, it’s more than just two people. It’s the way their families love, their friends, and I even see it be more than what the bride and groom expected. Watching families come together, while a new one begins, is like watching a miracle take place, and I am lucky enough to capture it, and tell their story. So while I started telling stories with pictures, I eventually felt a need and want to express it in words.

So to me in YA literature, there tends to be the innocence of first loves, and coming of age, that even if life didn’t unfold the way we want, as you get older, reminiscing to times when things were simpler or just more pure is something that I feel is a fleeting thing that happens to everyone, and most of the time when we are younger we are so busy trying to be older that we miss out on that special time. That’s what attracts me to the genre, and being a fan, having read so many series, it was something that just felt naturally appealing. And hopefully one day, I my way, I will be able to send a message to the younger generations to enjoy what you have and what you do one day at a time.

There is no other time in your life like that period when you go from being a child learning to become an adult.

 

Lightning Round Questions

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

Right now, I am reading Power Divided haha, continuity! Haha…

I have so many on my TBR, luckily I am a fast reader, there are the usuals of course, I also have a lot of author friends, so I am dying to read their books as well, I feature them a lot on my twitter accounts and IG.

Instagram, Twitter or Facebook?

Favorite? Instagram, I’m a photographer, I love pictures, and books and they have a healthy mix of both!

Favorite Superhero?

Thor and wonder woman

Favorite TV show?

Forged in Fire, and Curse of Oak Island

Sweet or Salty?

A perfect mix of both

Any Phobias?

Yes, some are so debilitating I don’t speak or say the word.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

At this exact moment, Wasted time by Skid Row, and Midnight Express by Nuno Bettencourt

Winter 2021 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

 I am a big Tom Cruise fan, so definitely Mission Impossible, Maverick, and I do love the MCU, and Sherlock holmes.

Thanks so much S. for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read POWER DIVIDED!

Thank you for having me again, and I am so excited for this opportunity! I wish everyone a safe and healthy 2021 and beyond!

  

About S. Behr: 

S. Behr is a true child of the world, born halfway around the globe she now resides in Texas with her husband and their family, and fur babies. Almost two decades as a professional photographer, featured in dozens of print features, covers, books for her work, she used her love of wedding photography and used into her career as an Author. Stephanie is a huge fan of Julie Kagawa, Marissa Meyer, Tahereh Mafi to name a few!

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will win a finished copy of POWER DIVIDED & swag packs that include magnets,& tote bags, US Only.


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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/4/2021

Two Chicks on Books

Interview

1/5/2021

Rockstar Book Tours

Excerpt

1/6/2021

Living in a Bookworld

Excerpt

1/7/2021

JaimeRockstarBookTours

Instagram Post

1/8/2021

BookHounds

Interview


Week Two:

1/11/2021

YA Books Central

Guest Post

1/12/2021

She Just Loves Books

Review

1/13/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

1/14/2021

Jaime's World

Excerpt

1/15/2021

thecaffeinated.reader

Review


Week Three:

1/18/2021

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

1/19/2021

Day Leitao

Guest Post

1/20/2021

Pop Reads Reviews

Excerpt

1/21/2021

Bookbriefs

Review

1/22/2021

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review


Week Four:

1/25/2021

Jotted by Jena

Review

1/26/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review

1/27/2021

Adrienne Woods Books and Reviews

Excerpt

1/28/2021

Three gals and plenty of books

Excerpt

1/29/2021

Books A-Brewin'

Excerpt


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