Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan ~ Interview

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
6/5/2017- The Cover Contessa- Interview
6/5/2017- BookloveReview

6/6/2017- Don't Judge, ReadExcerpt
6/6/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview

6/7/2017- Novel Novice - Guest Post
6/7/2017- Read. Eat. Love.Review

6/8/2017- Fiction FareSpotlight
6/8/2017- Take Me Away To A Great ReadReview

6/9/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
6/9/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland- Interview

Week Two:
6/12/2017- Wandering Bark BooksGuest Post
6/12/2017- A Dream Within A DreamReview

6/13/2017-  Tales of the Ravenous ReaderExcerpt
6/13/2017- Smada's Book SmackReview

6/14/2017- Crystal's Chaotic ConfessionsSpotlight
6/14/2017- Page Turners BlogReview

6/15/2017- Wishful EndingsInterview
6/15/2017- Bibliobibuli YAReview

6/16/2017- Book BriefsReview
6/16/2017- BookHounds yaReview

Author: Catharine Egan
Pub. Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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Fans of The Rose Society, Graceling, and Six of Crows will thrill to the masterful world-building and fiercely flawed heroine in this heart-pounding follow-up to Julia Vanishes, book two in the Witch's Child trilogy.

Adventure, murder, romance, intrigue, and betrayal with a 16-year-old heroine that is both fierce and flawed at the same time.

Julia and a mismatched band of revolutionaries, scholars, and thieves have crossed the world searching for a witch. But for all the miles traveled, they are no closer to finding Ko Dan. No closer to undoing the terrible spell he cast that bound an ancient magic to the life of a small child. Casimir wants that magic will happily kill Theo to extract it and every moment they hunt for Ko Dan, Casimir's assassins are hunting them.

Julia can deal with danger. The thing that truly scares her lies within. Her strange ability to vanish to a place just out of sight has grown: she can now disappear so completely that it's like stepping into another world. It’s a fiery, hellish world, filled with creatures who seem to recognize her and count her as one of their own.

So . . . is Julia a girl with a monster lurking inside her? Or a monster wearing the disguise of a girl?

If she can use her monstrous power to save Theo, does it matter?

In this riveting second book in the Witch s Child trilogy, Catherine Egan goes deep within the heart of a fierce, defiant girl trying to discover not just who but what she truly is.

Praise for Julia Vanishes: 

Egan’s debut novel sparkles. A beautifully rendered world and exquisite sense of timing ensure a page-turning experience. Publishers Weekly, starred review

Readers will find themselves immediately immersed in the narrative and invested in the fate of Julia, who is both feisty and flawed. Booklist, starred review

Julia’s a wonderful, fully realized heroine. . . . For those readers waiting for the sequel to Marie Lu’s The Rose Society, a well-realized page-turner in the same vein. Kirkus

Haven’t started the series? Make sure to grab the Paperback of JULIA VANISHES!


1) did you have to do any research for Julia Defiant?
The book is set in Yongguo, a made-up country with elements of Qing dynasty China. I wasn’t trying to link it to China in very precise ways, but even so, I ended up doing a lot of reading about things like the layout of traditional courtyard houses and fashion.
2) What is your favorite read so far in 2017?
For short fiction: Karen Russell’s VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE. For great sprawling brilliant novel: Min Jin Lee’s PACHINKO. I haven’t read a lot of YA this year, but I have a TBR pile full of treasures I’m dying to get to and am madly excited for some upcoming releases – especially Kiersten White’s AND I RISE and Cindy Pon’s WANT.
3) What was your favorite scene to write in Julia Defiant and why?
The closing scene, mostly because it had been fixed in my mind for so long. Getting to that point - the payoff - was hugely satisfying.
4) What is your next project going to be? (If you can not say too much what genre will it be)
The third book in The Witch’s Child trilogy will be out in 2018! After that – I’m working on a few different things right now, including a high-fantasy revenge story about a girl determined to kill the warlord-turned-emperor who destroyed her family, a spooky historical fantasy set in the Shetlands about the friendship between the teenaged children of rivals in an obsessive hunt for a magical shape-shifter, and a sci-fi story about a spy and a collaborator in a mysterious wartime factory where something is being extracted from young women and weaponized.
5) In Julia Defiant who was your favorite character to write?
Pia – the creepy super-powered woman contracted to Casimir and hunting Julia & co. The Julia-Pia bond became more important with each book. I can’t get enough of her.
6) What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
The desire to read the third book!
7) Who's writing most inspires you?
I guess that’s a little different from “who are your favorite authors?” I’m not sure how to answer - inspiration is so mysterious. But YA fantasy & spec fiction writers that I admire hugely? Lena Coakley, Zen Cho, Kiersten White, Alaya Dawn Johnson and Rachel Hartman would all be at the top of that list.
8) What inspired you to write Julia Defiant?
Again - inspiration is a hard thing to track. I conceived of the Julia books while my children were very small and my life felt very confined. I wanted to write something that was pure adventure, and I wanted a character who was brave and exuberant and free, all the things I felt I’d lost as an anxious new mother living on a grad student stipend. In the end, I think I was writing about fear and loss, my worst nightmares spilling onto the page in spite of my intentions. (Fun, right? I think and hope it is also fun!)
9) What TV show is a must for you to watch? (for example I can not miss Once Upon a Time)
Right now? The Americans. Stunning spy drama about the Cold War but really about trust, marriage & family, disillusionment, and the psychological toll of lies & violence.
10) What was the hardest character to write in Julia Defiant?
Bianka. Although it wasn’t so much that the character herself was hard. I had to think a lot about the friendship developing between her and Julia, though. A friendship between those two should be impossible, given what Julia did in JULIA VANISHES, and yet both of them instinctively trust each other. It was a delicate balance – writing the anger and mistrust Bianka would inevitably feel, and Julia’s guilt, but making room for the beginnings of the friendship pulling at them.

About Catherine:

My superpowers: high-kicking, list-making, simultaneously holding two opposing opinions
My weaknesses: fear of flying, over-thinking and then making bad decisions, excessive list-making
My allies: my made-for-walking-in black boots, Mick, the English Language
My enemies: decaf, low blood sugar, the passage of time
My mission: the coexistence of ambivalence and joy.

photograph by Isabel Chenoweth

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of JULIA VANISHES & JULIA DEFIANT, US Only.

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