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Podcast Episode 14: interview with NY Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa on her new YA fantasy SHADOW OF THE FOX!

Hey guys, Lauren here, and today I want you to think about how you would define an ideal YA fantasy. What elements would you put on your list? Well, I had the pleasure of recently reading Julie Kagawa’s newest book, Shadow of the Fox, and for me it had pretty much everything I love in a good YA fantasy book.

In episode 14 I chat with bestselling author Julie Kagawa about her new book SHADOW OF THE FOX, out today. We chat about how she created the incredible world and characters of this story, including  pulling from Japanese myth, being inspired by anime, and how to put all your favorite elements into a book and blend them successfully.

Also we teamed up with her publisher Harlequin teen to give away a copy of Shadow of the fox! This giveaway goes until October 9th, and is for North America only. be sure to enter below!

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Podcast Episode 13: interview with debut author Rena Rossner on her book THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD!

In episode 13 I chat with agent turned author Rena Rossner on her debut fantasy novel, THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD. We discuss the melding of fairytale magic and family history, talk about discovering ourselves, and much more! Also, be sure to head below to enter a giveaway for a copy of the book!

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Podcast Episode 12: interview with author Seanan McGuire on her newest October Daye book!

In episode 12 I chat with New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire about her newest October Daye book, NIGHT AND SILENCE, which is in stores on September 4th, 2018. We discuss what it’s like doing mental damage to your beloved characters, the different ways we can define family, and much much more!

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Podcast Episode 11: throwback interview with authors Natalie C. Parker and Tessa Gratton!

In episode 11, I’m throwing it back to an interview from SDCC 2014 with authors Natalie C. Parker and Tessa Gratton!

Both Natalie and Tessa have books coming out within the next month (Natalie’s book SEAFIRE is out August 28, and Tessa book STRANGE GRACE is out September18). We talk about writing cultural traditions, location as character (and the different ways the authors approach bringing it into a story), writing flawed characters, and much much more!

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Podcast Episode 10: interview with author Laurell K. Hamilton!

Episode 10 features author Laurell K. Hamilton, and it is one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever had. We talk about her newest Anita Blake Book, SERPENTINE, which hits shelves on August 7, 2018.

And we go deep: we muse on characters steering the book, address real relationship problems within the realm of her characters, examine emotional intimacy, discuss sexual preferences and how to have healthy sexual relationships, the impact your art can have on the lives of people in ways you never imagined, having the hard talks, what’s coming up in her writing life, and much more!

Plus, we’re giving away a copy of the new book SERPENTINE, scroll to the giveaway below!

BUT BEFORE YOU LISTEN…

There are some mild spoilers in the podcast, nothing huge, but I can’t say we don’t discuss a few conversations that happen. If that bothers you, read first and then come back and listen. Also, this is a sex-heavy discussion, so if that makes you uncomfortable you may want to pass.

If it doesn’t bother you, OR, if you know nothing about the Anita Blake books but want to listen, here’s the minimum you need to know so you know what we are talking about:

  • Anita Blake is our main character. Vampire Hunter and helps cops solve supernatural crimes.
  • Edward is her best friend, and an assassin. Anita never thought he’d let himself fall in love enough to get married. They have never slept together, more like brother and sister, though rumors have spread from co-workers jealous of their talents.
  • Anita is ‘dating’ lots of men, but there are three main ones:
    • Micah and Nathaniel, the three of them share a house and are a unit
    • Jean-Claude, a vampire she also loves and they all sort of share with.
      • They are going to do a ceremony so the four of them can be married.
  • Nathaniel feels like Micah (who runs a group for lycanthropes called furry coalition) and Anita are working too much and their sex life is suffering for it, which really worries him. He brings it up in Florida even though there’s lots of other shit going on (like murders and freakish lycanthropy victims). Also, Nathaniel wants a baby, which Anita doesn’t really want, and she’s struggling with the fact that he may go to someone else to be able to have one.

  • Damian is a vampire tied to Anita.

  • Richard is a werewolf Anita dated that is also still tied to her. He is afraid to face what he is and has some serious emotional issues.

We reference a few fun things in the podcast, below are the links:

Click here for the Merry Gentry series. 

Click here for the Anita Blake books.

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We are giving away one copy of SERPENTINE!

US entries only.

Giveaway is open until 11:59 EST on August 14th.

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Podcast Episode 9: interview with Mary Robinette Kowal

Episode 9 of the podcast features the lovely, multi-talented, and award-winning Mary Robinette Kowal!

Mary splits her time between multiple creative endeavors, and on this episode she digs into what it’s like to be an audiobook narrator as well as an author. Go behind the scenes to learn what it’s really like to record an audio book, and enjoy Mary’s insight and humor as she accounts her experiences. We also talk about her newest book, THE CALCULATING STARS, which hit shelves on July 3, 2018.

We reference a few fun things in the podcast, below are the links:

Mary’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/maryrobinette/memberships

Mary’s Drip: https://d.rip/maryrobinette/tiers

Plus, click here for The Lady Astronaut club!

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Podcast Episode 8: interview with Susan Dennard, plus THREE BOOK giveaway!

Episode 8 of the podcast features amazing author Susan Dennard! We talk about her newest book SIGHTWITCH, along with the creative process, what’s coming up in the next book, hot kisses, and more!

PLUS we’re excited to share an amazing giveaway: all three of the Witchlands books that I’m giving away to one lucky winner. Scroll down for your chance to enter!

Listen to the podcast on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, I’ve also posted a link to SoundCloud.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter.

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GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway is open to North America only.

Enter by 12:00 am EST on March 15th, 2018.

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Podcast Episode 7: Throwback interview with Christopher Paolini and Rachel Hartman and INTERNATIONAL giveaway!

In this throwback interview from San Diego 2012 I sit down with co-host Mike Macauley (from our old site lytherus.com and the awesome Christopher Paolini fan site Shurtugal.com) to interview Christopher Paolini and Rachel Hartman on her then-recently released book, Seraphina. I’m featuring this old interview to celebrate the release of Hartman’s newest book, Tess of the Road, which hits stores on Tuesday February 27, 2018.

Also, I’m doing my first INTERNATIONAL giveaway! I have an ARC of Tess of the Road that I’m giving away to one lucky winner. Scroll down for your chance to enter!

Listen to the podcast on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, I’ve also posted a link to SoundCloud.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter. I have tons of stuff in the works, including interviews with some heavy hitters in the YA field, and a lot of giveaways — but I’ll only be doing those if I get some more followers (especially on Instagram)!

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GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway is open to anywhere! I don’t do international giveaways often, so don’t miss out!

Enter by 11:59 pm EST on March 6, 2018.

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Podcast Episode 5: Throwback interview with James Dashner and GIVEAWAY!

In episode 5 I throwback to a chat from San Diego Comic Con 2013with James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner series. We talk about the series, the first movie coming out, and his then-upcoming new book, The Eye of Minds.

Also, I’m doing my first giveaway! I have a set of movie tie-in covers for the entire Maze Runner trilogy, as well as a prequel book, The Fever Code. Scroll down for your chance to enter!

Listen to the podcast on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, I’ve also posted a link to SoundCloud.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter. I have tons of stuff in the works, including interviews with some heavy hitters in the YA field, and a lot of giveaways — but I’ll only be doing those if I get some more followers (especially on Instagram)!

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GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway is open to US and Canada only, sorry!

Enter by 11:59 pm EST on February 5, 2018.

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Traveler exclusive interview with Arwen Elys Dayton … and a giveaway!

Hi everyone! Last month we featured the new release Traveler, which is the sequel to Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton. We love Arwen, and were excited to talk Traveler with her in this exclusive video interview. We’re also giving away a copy of Traveler AND a set of both books!

But first, what’s Traveler about? Here’s the summary:

  51YGc3Kv0WL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_  Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. Her legacy is an honor, an ancient role passed down for generations. But what she learned on her Oath night changed her world forever.
Quin pledged her life to deception. Her legacy as a Seeker is not noble but savage. Her father, a killer. Her uncle, a liar. Her mother, a casualty. And the boy she once loved is out for vengeance, with her family in his sights.
Yet Quin is not alone. Shinobu, her oldest companion, might now be the only person she can trust. The only one who wants answers as desperately as she does.
But the deeper they dig into the past, the darker things become. There are long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago, with the power to destroy them all.
The past is close. And it will destroy them all.

This book was such a great read. The story shifts to a lot of history of the Seekers and why things are the way they are. What’s awesome in this book? A lot. It was rich with story and Seeker culture, along with the struggles of being a good human when your world has been turned upside down. Here are a few of my favorite things:

  • The truths that the main characters encounter really take them through the ringer, and it’s really fun to see how that part of the story unfolds.
  • There are some really interesting new additions to the tools that help the Seekers do what they do, mainly in the form of an awesome helm that messes with the mind. There’s also this shield that takes the lighting-like energy from the disruptor weapon and not only protects the holder but sends it flying back the way it came. So cool.
  • There are some amazing fight scenes, lots of great tension written in the voice that I came to love in the first book. The main characters have all been trained to fight, and it’s really fun to see them using their skills.
  • I really loved that we get inside the head of some characters who were just a mystery in the first book, and watching the separate plots come together at the end of the book was super rewarding.
  • My favorite part of this book is the absolute ringer that my emotions took with the characters’ journeys.There is no black and white with any of them. It’s like all the preconceived ideas I had were flipped on their head. It was delicious to experience, and I definitely found myself shouting in frustration, gasping in shock, and shaking my head in wonder.

If you enjoyed Seeker you won’t be disappointed with Traveler. It really takes you deep into this world and its characters, and it leaves you hanging, holding your breath. Don’t miss out!

Okay! So, here’s the interview with the lovely Arwen. We had a bit of a technical glitch in the middle, but I included a link in the video that allows you to jump past the minutes of silence. We definitely dig into the story, so don’t watch if you don’t want any spoilers! And don’t forget to enter in the giveaway below for your chance to win the books!

Giveaway!

We will choose two winners at random. Winner one will get a hardback of Traveler. Winner two will get a set of both Seeker and Traveler. Don’t miss your chance to win! Enter below:

Rules:

Entries are US only.

The giveaway lasts until 11:59 pm EST February 29th, 2016.

 

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