Publisher: Philomel Books

Blog Tour: The Turncoat’s Gambit [Book Look & Giveaway]

Posted November 14, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Book Looks, Giveaway / 2 Comments

Blog Tour: The Turncoat's Gambit [Book Look & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: The Turncoat’s Gambit [Book Look & Giveaway]The Turncoat's Gambit by Andrea Cremer
Series: The Inventor's Secret #3
Published by Philomel Books on November 15th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Steampunk, Sci-Fi
Pages: 352
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What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? And now lived in constant fear and oppression? From the bestselling author of Nightshade, this is the action-packed final chapter of The Inventor's Secret trilogy
Charlotte has spent her whole life fighting the British Empire, following in the footsteps of her parents and their group of rebels. But when her reunion with her mother laid bare horrible truths about the rebellion, Charlotte knew she had to escape. Now she is on the run, with no idea who the enemy is--or which of her compatriots is truly on her side.
In this action-packed conclusion to the Inventor's Secret trilogy, full of swashbuckling pirates and young ladies who can hold their own against them, Charlotte will need to fight for her life and for her beliefs -- whatever they might be.  Praise for The Conjurer's Riddle:
"This is classic steampunk [with] exotic and picturesque locales, lots of interesting machinery, and the adrenaline rush of following the adventures of an honest and fearless heroine. A suitably swashbuckling sequel."--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for The Inventor's Secret:
* "Cremer...creates an inventive blend of steampunk and alternative history in this new series. She gives readers a fantastical world with mechanical wonders and an opulent vintage setting. The characters are interesting and well developed. Readers will be drawn to future installments."--VOYA, starred review
"[A]n entertaining romp in a richly imaginative setting."--Kirkus Reviews

The Book Look

The Turncoat's Gambit Book Look

About the Authorseriouscolorsw

Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In her books, she strives to bring together her two passions: history and fantasy. Andrea now lives in New York and writes full time.

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Tour Schedule

11/14: In Wonderland (Book Look)
11/15: Two Chicks on Books (Interview)
11/17: Seeing Double in Neverland (Mood Board)
11/18: Book Briefs (Guest Post)
11/21: The Fandom (Book Playlist)
11/22: The Moral of Stories (Review)
11/23: Buttermybooks (Review)
11/24: Take Me Away to a Great Read (Favorite Quotes)
11/25: YA Book Central (Guest Post)

Blog Tour: Crossing the Line [Guest Post]

Posted April 14, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: Crossing the Line [Guest Post]

Blog Tour: Crossing the Line [Guest Post]Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers
Series: The Raven Files #1
Published by Philomel Books on April 12th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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If Jason Bourne were a teenaged girl…
Jocelyn Steely was kidnapped as a child and raised in North Korea as a spy. When her agency sends her to the U.S. to infiltrate the very group her parents once worked for, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to turn double agent and finish off her kidnappers once and for all. She convinces the head of the American spy agency to trust her, but it’s not quite as simple as that: Jocelyn has to fight the withdrawal symptoms from the drug that the North Koreans used to keep her in line, and her new fellow spies refuse to trust their former adversary. Worst of all, there might be some new information to uncover about her parents - if she even wants to find out.
This action-packed spy thriller is part Gallagher Girls, part Alex Rider, and part Bourne Identity.

Guest post #1

What was the journey to publication like for you and your book? You can speak to the publishing process (working with an editor getting an agent, etc.) or to the writing process (how your drafts/characters changed, etc.)

I first got the idea for Crossing the Line in late May of 2012 after seeing The Avengers. I’m not a huge comic book person, so I had very little context for the movie or the characters ahead of time. But what Joss Whedon writes, I will watch. I ended up completely transfixed by the character of Black Widow. In the movie, she’s a core member of SHIELD, but it becomes pretty clear that she wasn’t always. At some point, she was an enemy of the agency. I became fascinated with the concept of an enemy to ally transition and I knew that was an idea I wanted to explore.

I let the idea kick around in my head and develop for about a month before I decided it was one I wanted to work with. I started seriously moving forward with the story in July after I had lunch with one of my best friends who has always been my first reader. She’s also the person I talk to about my new ideas. Her input and enthusiasm are everything.

From there, I started brainstorming and fleshing out the details. I knew I wanted to do a spy story where my main character was kidnapped as a kid and would now have to reach out to the people she’s spent her life fighting against to escape her kidnappers. But I didn’t know who her kidnappers were. I was mulling over a Russian organization or somewhere in the Middle East, but neither of those were sitting right with me. That’s when I turned to my cousin who has always known a lot about military and espionage tactics, and the world in general. He was the one who suggested North Korea.

After that, I mapped out the story and did a lot of research—my brainstorming process is pretty involved, so it took me about two months to get the details worked out and the story outlined. Then in October I started writing. I wrote the first draft in a month—I tend to draft fairly quickly. Once I had the first draft down, I rewrote and revised until I had a story I was happy with. Then I polished the final version like crazy. I also have an amazing critique group, and other literary friends who read the book at different stages and gave me feedback.

Once I had the book as polished as I could get it, which took about a year, I started querying agents. My first choice was Michelle Wolfson, who had responded to a query of mine on a previous project. She didn’t take me on then, but she gave me some great feedback. She was able to separate the writing from the idea and identify what wasn’t working while still seeing the potential in me, which I really appreciated. Fortunately, she loved Crossing the Line and offered to represent me in July of 2014.

We started submitting the book shortly after, and the first person to respond was Jill Santopolo from Philomel. She ultimately passed at first, but said there was a lot she liked about it, and if the book didn’t sell in the first round of submissions, she’d be interested in seeing a revision. It didn’t sell, so we went back to Jill who had three absolutely killer notes. I had so much fun making the changes! I remember really hoping Jill would like the revision, because I already liked working with her, but I also knew I would be so grateful for her notes even if she didn’t. The book had gotten so much stronger and so much closer to becoming the book I had wanted it to be. Luckily she did like the changes and we got to work together to make it even better! I’m so happy with the end result, and I hope readers enjoy it too!

About the Author

meghan rogersMeghan Rogers has been telling stories since she could talk and writing creatively since she was first introduced to the concept in third grade. She spent her high school years completing her first novel and has been actively writing ever since. After college, Meghan went on to work with high school writers while earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. She is currently living in the Philadelphia area and working on the next Raven Files novel.

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Tour Schedule

BRITTANY’S BOOK RAMBLES–Character Playlist #1–04/11/16

HERE’S TO HAPPY ENDINGS–Top 10 #1–04/12/16

SCIFI CHICK–Giveaway–04/13/16

IN WONDERLAND–Guest post–04/14/16

SWOONY BOYS PODCAST–Pinterest board–04/15/16


Heir of Glitter–Top 10 #2–04/19/16

WINTERHAVEN BOOKS–Character Playlist #2–04/20/16

Reed’s Reads and Reviews–Interview–04/21/16

LIVE TO READ–25 Random Things About Me–04/22/16