Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blog Tour: #Giveaway The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brokenbrough ~ Q & A

Tour Schedule

Week One:
4/20/2015- Alice MarvelsInterview
4/21/2015- Books, Bones & BuffyReview
4/22/2015- A Glass Of WineGuest Post
4/23/2015- Jump Into BooksReview
4/24/2015- IceyBooksInterview

Week Two:
4/27/2015- Fiction FreakReview
4/28/2015- NerdophilesGuest Post
4/29/2015- The Starry-Eyed RevueReview
4/30/2015- Seeing Double In NeverlandInterview
5/1/2015- Winterhaven BooksReview

About the Book

Author: Martha Brockenbrough
Pub. Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now . . . Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured — a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Death is a love story you will never forget. 

Q & A with Martha Brockenbrough

1. How did the concept of The Game of Love and Death come about?
Slowly! I had a vague idea of writing a book about love and death and WHAT IT ALL MEANS. Turns out those are rather large and fraught concepts. But I had a lot of things that inspired me: music and its power for expressing the heart’s truths; certain works of art that took my breath away when I was a teen and still do; a true story about two children who fell in love when they were seven and eight and stayed in love despite horrible things that happened. I also had this notion of a narrator, Love, who was a tad bitter and jaded. And then Death walked onto the scene and yanked the bitterness right out of Love’s hands, and this was really when the book came to life: when these two larger-than-life characters showed me what they really thought of humans. In many ways, Love and Death are reinventions of the Greek Gods I so enjoyed reading when I was younger. They’re like people, but they’re immortal. They’re powerful but flawed. Neither is all good or all evil.
As I considered these characters, I thought it would be fresher if Love was a man and Death was a woman. Likewise, Henry, my human protagonist, wants nothing more than to love and be loved, while Flora, his counterpart, for good reason is skeptical of the entanglement. In my experience, men value and desire love as much as women do, and I hope this book balances the narrative just a bit.

2. What is the most interesting interview you have every conducted?
I used to be a reporter, so I’ve done a lot of interesting interviews. Some were with interesting people, like Slash, the guitarist for Guns N Roses. Our interview took place in the morning and he was smoking, drinking, and chewing gum at the same time. We talked about, among other things, his favorite dinosaur (the diplodocus). I also interviewed the Jonas Brothers in their private jet, and while two out of three of them were very sweet and accommodating, the jet was my favorite part. One of my favorite interviews ever, though, was with Jennings Bryant, a college professor in Alabama. I can’t even remember what our interview was about, because we soon got to talking about life and stories, and he became someone I was glad to know. Years later, it turns out he was the favorite professor of one of my writing pals, Alan Silberberg. What started as a coincidence then made cosmic sense: our paths were meant to cross.

3. What is the best advice you have been given as a writer?
I’ve received so much good advice, but probably the bit I return to is to cultivate a habit of completion. Finish that draft. It might be terrible, but it’s a start. You can turn a crummy draft of a novel into something good, but a blank page will always ever only be that.

4. What success in your many successes is the one you are most proud of?
I can’t really take credit for my two daughters. The credit for who they are is all theirs. But there’s nothing in the world that fills me with more pride than watching them grow and become the people they’re meant to be. That I have managed to do this myself—become an author with many books on the shelves even while raising children—does fill me with pride. It’s no good to sacrifice your dreams for other people; that’s too much for anyone to ask. But to cheer each other along as we go? That’s pretty great, and what my kids and I do for each other.

5. What is the most important thing you hope readers take from reading THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH?
I hope they find their own meaning in the book. I had certain ideas as I wrote, but readers get to bring their own experiences and questions, and it’s one of the best things in the world when that dialogue between writer and reader builds something personal and enduring. This book means a lot to me; it’s in many ways my love letter to the world and the people I’ve had the privilege of knowing and observing. I hope readers take away a bit of that great affection and close the book feeling they’ve lived some extra lives in all their bittersweet beauty.

About Martha:
Martha Brockenbrough (rhymes with broken toe) is the author of two books for adults and five books for young readers.

She's the founder of National Grammar Day (every March 4), and she's written game questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. The former editor of, Martha has interviewed lots of celebrities, including the Jonas Brothers and Slash (his favorite dinosaur is the diplodocus). Her work has been published in a variety of places, including The New York Times. She also wrote an educational humor column for the online encyclopedia Encarta for nine years.

She lives in Seattle with her family. Her favorite kind of food is Indian, although Thai runs a close second. Besides writing, she likes board games, playing music with the family band, travel to places far and near, drinking lots of coffee, and working out really hard at the gym.

5 winners will receive a finished copy of THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH! US Only.

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Tawney Thursday: Interview with author Jodi Meadows

Today I'm excited to be interviewing author Jodi Meadows!

I just loved her book The Orphan Queen, especially one certain character. This character is mysterious, handsome and heroic. His name is Black Knife. Who is Black Knife?

Character examination of Black Knife!

Black Knife is a vigilante who goes around the city fighting illegal magic. He leaps from buildings and is an excellent sword fighter. Spiderman eat your heart out! He wants to help his people and find justice in those who break the laws. Marks of a black knife are put up from people asking for help or left behind from people thanking him. He has this connection with our main character Wilhelmina that is smoldering! Now let's get to the interview with author Jodi Meadows!

1. You have so many interesting characters in The Orphan Queen from Wilhelmina to Black Knife. Who is your favorite?

Jodi: Oh I think it would be unwise for me to choose a favorite, but of course I'm partial to Wilhelmina, since it is her story, after all.

2. I just love Black Knife! So mysterious and just hot. How did you come up with his character? Is he based on a real person? ;-) 

Jodi: BK is not based on a real person. Sorry! Like all my characters, he just appeared in my brain, fully formed. There's still a getting-to-know-you process, of course. I didn't realize he would be quite so . . . optimistic. But I'm glad he is.

Nuts! I do picture him as something like The Arrow!

3. Magic is a big part of your book, especially the wraith. It was such a unique concept. Was it hard to world build?

Jodi: The magic part of the worldbuilding wasn't that difficult, really. Naming things -- yes. But I knew right from the start that I wanted the Laws of Thermodynamics to play a part: energy cannot be created or destroyed, only changed. And the same goes for magic, in this world. So, the question was, what does magic change into? 

4. Back to Black Knife! That kiss! It had to be my favorite kiss in a book....maybe all time. The silky kiss between him and Wilhelmina was smexy hot! Did you have any idea you were going to do that? I immediately thought of the spiderman kiss in the movie where Mary Jane kisses him, pulling the mask down. This was way better!

Jodi: Oh I'd been looking forward to writing that kiss as soon as I knew about it. And I knew about it pretty soon. 

5. Can you tell us anything in the next book or novellas where our Black Knife will be?

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Jodi: I can't say anything about THE MIRROR KING yet! It's way too soon. But, uh, it has made various friends and publishing people question the strength of our relationships. 

As for the novellas, the first one will be out really soon! Think of them as a short, serialized novel . . . about Black Knife's origin. 

Thank you Jodi for joining us today! I look forward to what's in store next for our favorite Black Knife!

About the book: 

OrphanQueen HC C
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.
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Until next Thursday!
Love Tawney

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Dragon's Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas @EntangledTeen

I am so excited for the release of Dragon's Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas. YAY it is finally here!

Never judge a dragon

by her human cover...

Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the ├╝ber-hot Bulisani Mathe.

Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.

Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.

Read the first chapter and get more info at Entangled Teen's homepage! Follow along with the blog tour for excerpts, reviews, and an awesome giveaway!

About the Author

Sarah is a 30-something YA author who currently lives in Orlando, FL. She believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too.

She's a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library. She also blogs at YAtopia.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Release Day Blitz: #Giveaway An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I am so excited that AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Sabaa herself!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Sabaa Tahir, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some of those awesome sword letter openers we’ve seen around courtesy of Sabaa, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

A letter from Sabaa Tahir.

Dear Readers,

Today, my “baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,


Author: Sabaa Tahir
Pub. Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 464
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Check out the book trailer!

About Sabaa:
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. US Only.

3 winners will receive a hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and a Sword Letter Opener! US Only.

Ends on May 9th at Midnight EST!

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Release Day Blitz: #Giveaway Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen @EntangledTeen

Life Unaware
Release Date: 04/28/15
Entangled Teen

Book Summary:
Regan Flay has been talking about you. 

Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother's "plan" for high school success―cheerleading, student council, the Honor Society—until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation, and insult she's ever said have been printed out and taped to all the lockers in school. 

Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah. 
The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend's hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan's going through, but whatnobody knows is that Regan isn't really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she's barely holding it together under her mom's pressure. But the consequences of Regan's fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched... 

Especially Regan Flay.

About the Author

Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines.

It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations.

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