Thursday, 16 May 2013

Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop

Hey guys, I'm participating in another giveaway hop with an awesome prize again! In this giveaway hop, I'm going to go with the Love In Bloom theme and so I will be giving away one Young Adult or Adult book of the winner's choice that contains Romance! Hopefully lots of Romance? But if there's only a bit that's fine too, just as long as there is romance somewhere in there ;) If the book of choice is Adult, then I just want to ask you to keep it clean romance. But if it's Young Adult, then the choice if all yours. This giveaway is open internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to you. Just enter the rafflecopter. Good luck!

Here are some suggestions of what you might choose:

Pushing the Limits
Clockwork Princess
The Iron King
Such a Rush
The Fault in Our Stars
The Elite

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck Book Blast

This is a book blast for Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck in celebration for a new paperback edition release of Tiger's Quest (Tiger Saga #2). Tiger's Quest is an amazing sequel to the best-selling YA fantasy Tiger's Curse. I've read this whole Saga (currently containing 4 books) and absolutely loved every word of it. It's my favourite YA series.

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest–this time with Ren’s dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger’s Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER’S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.
 Winner of a Parent’s Choice Award!
You can purchase Tiger’s Quest at the following Retailers:

About the author:

Colleen Houck’s New York Times bestselling Tiger’s Curse series has received national praise with the fourth book, Tiger’s Destiny, debuting September 2012. Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
About Colleen:Website  

Giveaway Time!

The giveaway is international and this is what amazing price you can win: 

1 Winner will receive a Tiger’s Curse Series Box Set by Colleen Houck.
2 Winners will receive a Signed Paperback Copy of Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck.

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

Maid of Secrets Blog Tour: Author interview + Giveaway

Hello everyone and welcome to my stop of the Maid of Secrets Blog Tour! If you don't already know what this book is about, scroll down and see my previous Waiting On Wednesday post which has all the info about the book itself. Thanks to Simon &Schuster for the ARC copy and thanks to Sel at Bookcase to Heaven for organising the tour. Today author of the book Jennifer McGowan is going to drop in and do an awesome interview with me here at my blog. Keep reading to find out what witty comments Jenn has for my questions and also remember to enter the tour-wide giveaway at the end!

Author Bio via Goodreads:
Jennifer McGowan writes Young Adult romance full of swash and buckle. Her first novel, MAID OF SECRETS, debuts in Spring, 2013 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Age: Royal Secret
Came From: A small town in northern Ohio
Became a Maid of Honor: After bringing her tale of spygirls to the noble city, and winning the favor of the great house of Simon (& Schuster).
Special Skill: Matrix-like reflexes, superior strength, fabulous wit… okay, ah – we’ll get back to you on that.

So hi Jenn! Welcome to my blog and thanks for agreeing to take on my many questions :D

Angela, hello! Thank you so much for having me today at Framed In Words. I can’t believe Maid of Secrets’ debut is almost here!

Thanks, Jenn! We’ve got a lot of questions for you today, so let’s jump right in. How did you come up with the idea to write Maid of Secrets?

I’ve always loved the Elizabethan time period, and in fact the very first romance I ever wrote was set in Queen Elizabeth’s era—I just never submitted it, because it wasn’t quite ready for prime time. A few years ago, I was looking for a fresh new idea to get me motivated to write, and I started thinking about Queen Bess again. I began researching, stumbled across an interesting account of how the Queen’s advisors couldn’t figure out how the Queen seemed to know things she shouldn’t… and the idea of a spying corps of Maids of Honor was born!

Do any of the characters in Maid of Secrets resemble/reflect you in anyway? If so, how?

I think I have a little bit of Meg (the thief and heroine of Maid of Secrets) in me – her quirky sense of humor in particular. I also admit to having a similar interest in the Mysteries of the Universe that Sophia has. I wish I had Meg’s power of recall, Beatrice’s ability of persuasion, Anna’s genius and Jane’s ability with a blade… but you can’t have everything!

What is your favourite time of day to write and why?

Early morning, without doubt! I am very much a morning person. I know it’s going to be a good day when I get up and get to my Work in Progress before the sun even comes up.

I envy those writers who can write into the wee hours of the night… if I were to try that, I’d end up with sentences that read “And she looked up as the mirror began talking to her and said shfweezlllitzubaaaaa…”

If there’s one place in the world you could choose to live, where would it be and why?

I would like to live in coastal Spain, actually. My dream is to be able to live for six or so months at a time in one place—renting out a small bungalow or apartment with a cool view or an interesting story—and then move on to a new place with new vistas to explore. I’ve done the whole “house with a picket fence” thing… now I would like to start traveling a bit more lightly through the world!

What would be your weapon of choice and why?

A dagger of any stripe. Including throwing daggers. Like my spy girl Jane, I appreciate the fact that daggers are silent, good for close combat, and efficient. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt for me to know my way around a gun, but for sheer versatility, I’d take a sharp blade.

Wow, I sure wouldn't want to be at the wrong end of that blade! *Stepping away slowly* So, what is your favourite snack in between working hard on your books?

I’m a huge fan of almonds – I will snack on them throughout the day. And if there is dark chocolate in the house well… it probably won’t be for long. Seriously, though, writing is such a sedentary, solitary pursuit, I really have to be careful to remember to MOVE each day. It is far too easy to get caught up in the work and forget to be healthy!

What do you think is important for a Young Adult novel?

I think it has to be written for TEENS—and not just for adults who want to read YA fiction. I think teens are at a unique point in their lives… the whole world is pure potential for them, and they seem to have an invincible spirit no matter how challenging their lives have been up to that point. I think YA fiction needs to honor that spirit, and provide stories that help teens stretch themselves to reach that potential.

If you could live in any ONE story, which one would it be?

Aigh!! What a great question!! I’ll go with the first idea that springs to mind: the world of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series (paranormal romance series—not YA—about kick-butt vampires)… as long as I had lots of money and a super-cool skill.  I mean, I’d need to be a central figure in order for that to work. I think that probably holds true for most stories. Even If I’m going to live in Jane Austen’s Regency England… I’d need to have money and prestige (or the ability to get it) for that to be cool!

Haha, I know favourites are hard to pick, but if one character can come to life from any book, who would you choose and why? (what book is he/she from?)

Another great question! My immediate answer is not very useful, as it’s the character Armaeus from a book I’m writing now – he’s the incarnation of the Tarot’s Magician. But as to a fictional character from someone else’s book… I’d have to say Aragorn from Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings. And as to why – he is a prince and a warrior in a time when civility is in ruins, yet he still manages to choose his enemies nobly and stay true to his ideals. We need more of that in our world today, I think.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learnt from writing this series?

How strong Elizabeth had to be to achieve all that she did as Queen. Like her or hate her, she was one woman who decided what she wanted and then went after her dream with every ounce of her soul. She had the world stacked against her, and she still ended up on top, no matter the cost to her personally. Even in something so slight as being able to trust her closest advisors… Elizabeth knew she could only do so up to a point. The person she had to trust most was—herself.

A message for all of us, even today! J

Thank you for such an awesome list of questions, Angela!!

No problem Jenn. Thank you for the entertaining answers and for visiting my blog. Good luck with future writings and I'm sure the readers will love your books. Ta ta for now but I hope to have you back maybe sometime. :) 

Alrighty, did you like the interview? If you do, go to Bookcase to Heaven or Jenn's blog to follow the rest of the tour. Remember to enter the giveaway below! 

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Maid of Secrets

Today I'm doing a Waiting On Wednesday post on the book Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan. I was lucky enough to receive an e-ACR of it from Simon & Schuster Books and I really enjoyed it. The official blog tour has kicked off today at author Jennifer McGowan's blog, and tomorrow I will have the honour of being the second stop with a fun-filled, witty and entertaining author interview with Jenn. Don't forget there will be a tour-wide giveaway that you don't want to miss. Be sure to stop by again tomorrow and join in with the fun! 

Here are the information below for this book, not long until it comes out  and everyone can read it too. 

Maids of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

Blurb via Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Meg Fellowes is a wry, resourceful thief forced to join an elite group of female spies in Queen Elizabeth’s Court. There she must solve a murder, save the Crown, and resist the one thing that will become her greatest freedom–and her deadliest peril. 

For Meg and her fellow spies are not alone in their pursuit of the murderer who stalks Windsor Castle.

A young, mysterious Spanish courtier, Count Rafe de Martine, appears at every turn in the dark and scandal-filled corridors of the Queen’s summer palace. And though secrets and danger are Meg’s stock-in-trade, she’s never bargained on falling in love…

Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers