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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Author Interview and Giveaway)

I’m super excited today to welcome new author Karen McManus to the blog as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2017 blog event. Her debut young adult mystery novel, One of Us is Lying is a thrilling and addicting read. That’s why I am thrilled to have the opportunity to ask the mastermind behind the wonderful book a few questions about writing, influences, and of course the book itself, One of Us is Lying, so I hope you guys enjoy the interview.

Following the interview with Karen is her author bio along with places where to find her online. Then there’s also the book description and where to buy copies of One Of Us is Lying. And if you’d like the to win a hardcover copy of the US edition of the book just enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post for a chance to win. Open to everyone where book depository ships.

Interview with Karen McManus

One of Us if Lying is your first published novel. Tell us a bit about the pathway you took to get it in print.

I was one of those kids who told everyone I was going to be an author when I grew up. But the older I got, the harder I found it to finish a book. When I graduated high school I started the college-career-family trajectory and mostly forgot about writing.

I got the urge to try again a couple of years ago, and for the first time in ages I actually finished a book. It wasn’t particularly good, but it reminded me how much I loved to write, and it got me plugged into the online writing community. I queried that book to resounding crickets, then shelved it and wrote a second. That book got more agent interest, but things were moving slowly. In fall 2015 I got the idea for One of Us is Lying, and I drafted and revised it by the end of that year. Once I started querying it things happened quickly, and I had a book deal a couple of months later.

So my writing career transformed within a year, but it took three books to get there.

Why did you decide to write mystery, rather than another type of book? And why YA?

When I started writing again, it was partly because I was inspired by reading the Hunger Games trilogy. The voice and the energy of that series really drew me in, and I decided to try my hand at YA. It was a natural fit so I’ve kept with it. As for mystery, it’s more like the genre chose me when I got the book idea. Neither of the other books I’d written had any mystery elements.

Have other mystery writers influenced you and, if so, how have they influenced you?

I read a lot of Agatha Christie as a kid, and that was a definite influence—both generally, with elements like the locked-room vibe, and specifically, because the notion of a crime where everyone has a motive was partly inspired by “Murder on the Orient Express.”

One of Us is Lying is written in multiple perspectives, giving readers a much-appreciated peek of each characters. What kind of preparation did you go putting yourself in the mindset of different characters? Which of them is easier to write and why? Do you have a favorite?

I had a playlist for each character, and I used that to switch headspaces. I also did very in-depth character worksheets and I’d occasionally go over those to see if there were any aspects I hadn’t fully fleshed out yet.

I don’t have a favorite (it would be like picking a favorite child!) but Nate was by far the easiest to write. His voice was always very clear to me, and his scenes flowed quickly with almost no need for revision.

One of Us is Lying is an intricate novel with all its mystery and lies. How much of a challenge was it to write the book? How did you figure out all the details for the plot or when to insert the big reveal?

I’d never used an outline before One of Us Is Lying, but the plot was complicated enough that I knew I had to. I had a spreadsheet that listed out the major plot points that needed to happen, along with key character development moments, and clues/hints that had to be dropped. But there was still a lot of room for improvisation, which for me is the fun part of writing.

Are you working on any project right now? What we should expect from you in the near future?

I’m working on my second book for Delacorte Press, which is another standalone YA in the suspense/thriller vein. It’s scheduled to be published in 2018.

Thanks so much Karen!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. Her debut young adult novel, ONE OF US IS LYING, will be released from Delacorte Press/Random House in May 2017 and published internationally in 18 territories. Karen’s work is represented by Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio. To learn more visit http://www.karenmcmanus.com, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: One of Us is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Random House
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audio

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

“An addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller with so many twists and turns you’ll be wondering until the very end: Who really killed Simon?”—Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters

“This fast-paced blend of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and classic John Hughes will leave readers racing to the finish as the try to unravel the mystery on their own.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A smart, twisted, and unpredictable YA mystery that will have readers guessing until the very end.”—SLJ

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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson (Author Interview and Giveaway)

Happy Friday!

I’m super thrilled to have debut author Lisa Thompson here on the blog today to answer few questions about her middle-grade contemporary novel, The Goldfish Boy. This special book not only offers intriguing mystery but also a wonderful character that will stay to readers for a long time. Matthew Corbin is a special kid not because he suffers a mental health condition called OCD but because he is very brave and he has a big heart.

Following the interview with Lisa is her author bio along with places where to find her online. Then there’s also the book description and where to buy copies of The Goldfish Boy. And if you are in the United States or Canada and you’d like to win a signed hardcover copy of the book just enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post for a chance to win.

Here’s my interview with Lisa. Enjoy reading!

Interview with Lisa Thompson

First off, congrats on The Goldfish Boy. Can you tell us a bit about your journey in writing and publishing the book? What were the timescales involved between the first draft and the novel being accepted for publication?

Thank you! There was a lot of stopping, starting, rewriting the whole thing… giving up with the whole thing… starting all over again etc. I guess the actual writing of the first, main draft took about 12 months. Once I’d found the right agent it only took a fews weeks before I got a book deal. By far the greatest challenges for me were self-doubt. I thought I’d never get published so I put off trying… for years!! But shock news – you definitely won’t get published if you haven’t written a book!

There seems to be a growing trend to write about mental illness in fiction lately. Why do you think it has become an important theme in this genre of literature? And why did you decide to talk about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in particular?

I didn’t intentionally set out to write about mental health. The first bud of an idea was about a boy who was restricted to the ‘safety’ of his bedroom who witnesses something from his window. Around the same time I saw a documentary on TV about OCD and I was stunned at how debilitating it could be. I then found out a friend suffered with the condition and I met with a psychotherapist who is an expert in that field. I’ve been so pleased that The Goldfish Boy has been received so well by OCD sufferers, but I’m also glad it has subtly educated some readers who knew nothing about it.

Matthew is very effecting narrator. I just love the kid. Sometimes I wish I can do something for him. How did you get inside Matthew’s head to show the reader the mental turmoil he was experiencing? Is he a representation of someone you personally know or a byproduct of your imagination?

What a great question! I love him too! He’s completely from my imagination but I’m pretty sure there is a lot of me in there as well (although I don’t have OCD). We have the same sense of humour and I used lots of small memories from my childhood throughout the book – being sick in bed, my dad using a wallpaper steamer, the observations of a scorching, hot summers day etc. I think using your own memories but in a character’s point of view can be a good way to get inside their heads a little.

What kind of research you’ve done for the story and characters to be more authentic? Any surprises you encounter during digging?

As well as talking to friends with OCD and the psychotherapist, I read books and followed public forums on OCD websites for an insight in living with the condition. As for surprises, I really didn’t realise the many different ways OCD can manifest itself (from a fear of germs/obsessive cleanliness, to superstitions, intrusive thoughts, checking and ordering).

What message do you hope to send your readers who recognize themselves in the character of Matthew?

I’d hope that Matthew’s bravery in taking those first small steps to recovery would encourage someone in a similar position to do the same. You can tell that Matthew is scared and that he knows that recovery is not going to be easy, but he makes a start. Starting is the important bit. And the first place to start is by talking to someone.

What’s next for you after Goldfish Boy? Do you think you’ll stick with this type of genre or branch out into something else? Any future project we should look forward to?

I’m currently editing book 2 which is out next year. It’s another standalone novel which is rooted in contemporary fiction, but there is an element of fantasy about it. I’m really excited to see it on the shelves!

Thanks so much Lisa!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Thompson worked as a radio broadcast assistant, first for the BBC and then for an independent production company, making plays and comedy programs. During this time she got to make tea for a lot of famous people. She lives in the countryside in England with her family. The Goldfish Boy is her first novel.

 

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Book Details:

Title: The Goldfish Boy
Author: Lisa Thompson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn’t been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning. He refuses to leave his bedroom. To pass the time, he observes his neighbors from his bedroom window, making mundane notes about their habits as they bustle about the cul-de-sac.

When a toddler staying next door goes missing, it becomes apparent that Matthew was the last person to see him alive. Suddenly, Matthew finds himself at the center of a high-stakes mystery, and every one of his neighbors is a suspect. Matthew is the key to figuring out what happened and potentially saving a child’s life… but is he able to do so if it means exposing his own secrets, and stepping out from the safety of his home?

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  • Signed hardback of The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

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  • Ends July 28th, 2017
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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak (Author Interview and Giveaway)

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today I’m joined on the blog by new author Carlie Sorosiak for a short interview about her debut contemporary novel, If Birds Fly Back. This fun novel introduced adorable characters, Linny and the nerdy boy Sebastian. As well as offers unique reading experience by adding snippets, quotations and excerpts from Sebastian’s favourite physics book.

Following the interview with Carlie is her author bio along with places where to find her online. Then there’s also the book description and where to buy copies of If Birds Fly Back. And if you are in the United States and you’d like the chance to win a hardcover copy of the book and bookmark, enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post for a chance to win.

Here’s my interview with Carlie. Enjoy reading!

Interview with Carlie Sorosiak

Congratulations on your debut novel, If Birds Fly Back! My first question is about the extra clippings you add in the story. There are journal excerpts, screenplay excerpts and even quotations from a physics book in If Birds Fly Back. Had you always planned to write the book with those? Is there anything you wanted to accomplish by adding them?

Thank you so much! And actually, no—I hadn’t always planned to write a book that included those excerpts. They didn’t exist in earlier drafts of If Birds Fly Back, and funnily enough, weren’t included until the first round of edits with my publishers! The goal was to give the reader a better sense of the way Linny and Sebastian’s minds work, and I also had a lot of fun writing them.

If Birds Fly Back is written in dual perspectives of both male and female protagonists, giving readers a much-appreciated peek into both narratives. What was your approach to each character? Which was easier to write, Linny or Sebastian? Why?

Linny came first, way before Sebastian. I originally envisioned the story from completely her point of view, but as the narrative progressed, I fell more and more in love with Sebastian’s personality. Linny was much more quietly pensive, while Sebastian thought of everything in Technicolor. In a way, Linny is much more like me, so she was quite natural to write; but overall, I think Sebastian was easier: I wrote his sections so quickly. He seemed to have a mind of his own!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing If Birds Fly Back?

I learned so much about astrophysics while writing my book, and I loved that! The research greatly expanded my understanding of the universe, and my place within it. I was most surprised to learn about the idea of the fourth dimension—and I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it!

Do you have any advice for writers hoping to get their books published?

Take advice from people you trust, and everyone else’s advice with a bucket of salt. Trusted beta readers are crucial!

If one of your characters could turn the tables on you and write a story based on your teenage years, what would the title of that book be? What would be the first line?

That’s such a difficult question—mostly because it takes me months to come up with a good title! It would probably be called Egghead, and the first line might read: “Sometimes being smart really sucks.”

Are you working on any project right now? What can we expect from you in the near future?

Yes! I just finished line edits for my second YA standalone novel, out in summer 2018. You can expect: more love, more family, and a little bit of magic.

Thanks so much Carlie!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carlie Sorosiak grew up in North Carolina and holds two master’s degrees: one in English from Oxford University and another in creative writing and publishing from City University London. Her life goals include traveling to all seven continents and fostering many polydactyl cats. She currently splits her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, hoping to gain an accent like Madonna’s. Visit her online at www.carliesorosiak.com.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: If Birds Fly
Author: Carlie Sorosiak
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

A sparkling debut about love, family, and the mysteries of the universe.

Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye.

Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.

They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.

With humor and heart, debut author Carlie Sorosiak weaves a story of finding people who leave and loving those who stay, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Emery Lord.

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    • Hardcover copy of If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak
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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (Playlist + Giveaway)

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I’m thrilled to welcome new author Emily Bain Murphy to the blog as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2017 event. Emily will be sharing a playlist that she made for her debut novel The Disappearances, which releases tomorrow, July 4th. I am really excited to read this one. The book is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. Not only because it combine mystery and fantasy which two of my favourite genre but also because of the many good things that I’ve been reading about it online. I have placed an advance order for this one from our local book store, so I can only hope that my copy is ready for pick up when I get back in Manila in few days!

Following the playlist are some information about the author, Emily Bain Murphy along with places where to find her online, as well as the book‘s description and where to get copies of The Disappearances. So don’t forget to get your copies once it hit shelves tomorrow. Or you may also take a chance on the giveaway below. Emily’s publisher, HMH Books for Young Readers is giving away three copies of The Disappearances, which means more chance of winning! So if you are in the US or Canada and you’d like the chance to win just enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post. But before that here’s The Disappearances playlist from Emily.

Happy listening!

The Disappearances Playlist

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts home.

She loves books, Japanese-style karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by HMH Books for Young Readers and Pushkin Press in July 2017.

Murphy currently lives in St. Louis with her husband and two young children and is at work on her second novel. For more information, please visit http://www.emilybainmurphy.com.

 

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Book Details:

Title: The Disappearances
Author: Emily Bain Murphy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 04, 2017
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio

“Thick with mystery, buried secrets, and magic, nothing is safe in The Disappearances. Be careful, or you might lose yourself in this strange and wondrous world, where stars go missing, reflections don’t exist, and the question, how much would you sacrifice for love? is given entirely new meaning. I adored this book!” – Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

 

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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman (Playlist + Giveaway)

We are on the second month of Celebrating Debutantes 2017 event. Thank you everyone for joining us.

Today I’m thrilled to have new author Laura Silverman on the blog as part of the event. Laura will be sharing a playlist that she made for her debut contemporary novel Girl Out of Water.

Following the playlist are some information about the author, Laura Silverman along with places where to find her online, as well as the book‘s description and where to get copies of Girl Out of Water.

Also, there’s a giveaway at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a copy of the book. Just enter the rafflecopter form below.

Here’s Laura with Girl Out of Water Playlist. Happy listening!

Girl Out of Water Playlist

Happy listening!

01. Surfin’ USA by The Beach Boys
02. Dancing in the Moonlight by King Harvest
03. America by Simon & Garfunkel
04. Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
05. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
06. Fare Thee Well by Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford
07. Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix
08. Sugar Magnolia by Grateful Dead
09. California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas
10. Homeward Bound by Simon & Garfunkel
11. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
12. Something’s Got a Hold on Me by Etta James
13. Box of Rain by Grateful Dead
14. Train Song by Phish
15. I’ve Been Everything by Johnny Cash
16. With Arms Outstretched by Rilo Kiley
17. Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks
18. Wouldn’t It Be Nice by The Beach Boys

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura received her MFA in writing for children from the New School. She loves books, dogs, and bubble baths—okay, and quite a few people too. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. You can say hello on Twitter at @LJSilverman1

Wendy lives in ​West Dundee, the best neighborhood in America (as crowned by Good Morning America in 2010) with her husband​, two kids, and ​a couple of guinea pigs​.
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Book Details:

Title: Girl Out Of Water
Author: Laura Silverman
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: May 02, 2017
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback, eBook, Audio

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.

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  • Ends July 22nd, 2017
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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (Playlist + Giveaway)

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Rosalyn Eves to the blog as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2017 event. Rosalyn will be sharing a playlist that she made for her debut fantasy novel Blood Rose Rebellion. This first installment to a new fantasy series is rich in history and magic that will transport readers to 19th century Hungary. With political intrigue, rebellion, magic and romance, fantasy readers will surely enjoy Blood Rose Rebellion.

Following the playlist are some information about the author, Rosalyn Eves along with places where to find her online, as well as the book‘s description and where to get copies of Blood Rose Rebellion. So don’t forget to order a copy of the book. Or you may also take a chance on the giveaway below. Rosalyn is giving away one copy of Blood Rose Rebellion, bookmark and signed bookplate. Open to everyone as long as book depository ships to your location. Just enter the rafflecopter form for a chance to win.

Here’s Rosalyn with Blood Rose Rebellion Playlist. Happy listening!

Blood Rose Rebellion Playlist

The playlist is a little eclectic, but I was looking for songs that captured the kind of haunting tone I was aiming for in much of the book. I think of “I of the Monster” as a kind of theme song for Anna. Other songs, like Koncz Zsuzsa’s “Ha én rósza volnék” represent more classical Hungarian folktunes, like the ones Anna would have encountered in Hungary for the first time. Others, like “Brave” and “Uprising” are simply good fight songs. 🙂

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle. BLOOD ROSE REBELLION is her first novel.

Wendy lives in ​West Dundee, the best neighborhood in America (as crowned by Good Morning America in 2010) with her husband​, two kids, and ​a couple of guinea pigs​.
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Book Details:

Title: Blood Rose Rebellion
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audio

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

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  • Copy of Blood Rose Rebellion
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  • Signed bookplate

The Rules:

  • Open International where Book Depository ships
  • There will be one (1) lucky winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends July 20th, 2017
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

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