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SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Posted April 1, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, Giveaway, interview / 2 Comments

SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne YoungSky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Published by Wednesday Books on April 24th 2018
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: ebook
Source: the publisher
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Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

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  1.     Who is your favorite character in Sky in The Deep? Least favorite?

My favorite character is Eelyn for sure. I am so inspired by her! I don’t know if I have a least favorite character.

  1.       What is your favorite book and tv show at the moment?

I just finished The Cruel Prince and I am still reeling from it. As for TV, my favorite right now is The Looming Tower.

  1.       What inspired the design of the cover? It looks amazing!

I was so nervous about the cover. But the designer and my team at Wednesday Books were like, “just trust us” so I did. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It is so perfect for this story.

  1.       Have you watched the show Vikings?

Yes, I love that show! And Lagertha was a major inspiration for Eelyn.

  1.       Can you tell us about your writing process?

I am an incredibly obsessive writer. When I’m drafting, the story takes over my life completely. But when I get to the other side, it is always worth it.

  1.       What is your favorite scene in Sky in The Deep?

I think the scene that inspired the title is my favorite, where Eelyn and Fiske are on the frozen lake and she is for the first time really confronting the change in her heart and in her mind. It’s a really powerful moment and it was thrilling to write.

  1.       Do you like audio books, physical books, or e-books better? And why?

I will always love physical books best because there’s nothing like turning pages and smelling the paper and ink. But the past year, most of the books I’ve read have been audio just for convenience’s sake. I’m picky about narrators so it’s hit or miss.

  1.   Any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t give up. It sounds so cliché, but the moment you give up, you are letting go of all that could be. I’m convinced that 80% of getting published is just about persistence.


About the Author

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.











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Feature: Paperless Post

Posted March 30, 2018 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 0 Comments

I absolutely love to send and receive mail. That’s why I was so excited when Paperless Post asked me to write about their service today. I’ve been really lucky in the past because I’ve had the opportunity to have pen pals in the blogging community. There’s nothing like receiving a pretty letter in the mail! For instance, check out this Pocket Letter from Andi’s ABC’s exchange. Email has always seemed cold and impersonal when it’s compared to a beautiful, handwritten letter.

Paperless Post changes all that.  With fun backgrounds, notecards and colors, Paperless Post makes emails just and pretty, fun and personally as a handwritten card.  Check out all these beautiful Thank you card templates! I was provided with credits from Paperless post to try out their service before I shared it with you.

I chose Thank you cards because I had received a present from a friend and I really wanted to send her a note to let her know how much I appreciate her. There are so many choices and so many ways to customize your card. The options are endless! I spent way too much time pouring over all the different colors before I finally settled on this beautiful flowered stationary.

Even then, I still could change the color of the background. Do you see all the different colors on the left side? That changes the background color on the screen, not the color of the card. Each background color changed the feel of the card. I decided to stick with this neutral texture though. I thought the different colored backgrounds clashed with the flowers. SO many choices! It was fun to play with the options but also a little overwhelming. The final two options were the envelope and the stamp, which I kept as the default.

The flowered envelope was pretty.

I loved designing this Thank you for a friend. Paperless Post is a fantastic option for an informal invitation or card for a friend. I wish I had the guts to send out Wedding Invitations like this but my mother would have had a fit. It’s still not as personal as a physical note, but the time and effort you spend concocting your email will absolutely be appreciated.

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Rockstar Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Rockstar Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff Series: The Illuminae Files #3 Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 13th 2018 Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult Pages: 624 Format: hardcover Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken. I liked Obsidio. Readers will be familiar with the epistolary style by now. Obsidio adds in flyers and passed notes to the collection of documents that our heroes use to communicate. Katy and Ezra are still on the Mao and they are joined by Nik and Hannah. Now we are introduced to Asha and Rhys who have been stuck on Kerenza during the BeiTech occupation for the last 7 months. Asha and Rhys have an unfortunate history […]


Rockstar Review: Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade

Rockstar Review: Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade

Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey, Krystal Wade on March 6th 2018 Genres: Fantasy, Sci Fi Pages: 316 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Goodreads While she sleeps, the whole universe changes. Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids. One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces. Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The description of this book reminded me a little of my favorite […]

Posted March 20, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment

How to write a book when you live with your parents

How to write a book when you live with your parents

By: S. Usher Evans *** From Emily*** Sush has started an incredible campaign to be debt free by selling books and flipping houses. Her house flipping Instagram is fantastic. ( Plus she’s prolific author. Demon Spring is her third series but she has books planned out til 2020! She’s the only person I know who has such a concrete plan for her life. I admire her for it so much! Her story is incredible and she’s here today to share with us a little bit about how she makes it work*** Hi, I’m Sush, I’m 31, and I live with my parents.  No, I’m not your typical millennial. I’m a house-flipping full-time author, and I decided about a year ago to sell my house, move in with my folks temporarily, and then buy and flip houses until I could live without a mortgage plus have a few renters on the side. While I could write a novel on what I learned this year alone with house flipping, today I want to talk about how I was able to complete my latest series, Demon Spring, while living with my folks. My folks are wonderful people and I am eternally grateful that I was able to live with them so I could position myself into a more debt-free life. However, after living by myself since 2011, having other humans in the […]

Posted February 19, 2018 by Emily in Events and Features, Guest Post / 0 Comments

Cover Reveal: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Cover Reveal: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

I love urban fantasy so I am so excited for this new New Adult novel by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh! New adult means there is some definite potential for steaminess and Elise is an expert at making me want to cry. The synopsis also has me on pins and needles. Summary BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid. With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence. Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom. Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical […]

Posted December 14, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features / 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Waiting on Wednesday: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

The synopsis AND the author have me chomping at the bit for this book. I loved Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf series which is an alternate history WWII story. Invictus includes time-traveling, plundering pirates, and a mysterious girl that has life-changing knowledge (anyone smell romance, because I do!) The synopsis mentions the Titanic and I’m interested to see how real history mixes with Graudin’s imagination again. Her writing is superb and her ideas are always original. This September release can’t come soon enough for me!

Posted May 17, 2017 by Emily in WoW / 3 Comments

The Alchemists of Loom Read Along

The Alchemists of Loom Read Along

Chapters scheduled for read along: 1-3 I’m celebrating the release of Elise Kova’s new book with a read along for The Alchemists of loom. I loved this book. It’s gritty and steampunky and literally everything I want from a fantasy. You can check out my review. I’m thrilled today to have a chance to interview Elise about this book. I hope you will enjoy hearing about her thought process when she wrote it as much as I did. We get to meet Ari in these chapters and she has a very interesting pastime. Have you ever stolen something? (even accidentally) Stolen something? Other than the hearts of men and women around the globe? (I AM TOTALLY KIDDING) One thing that I can remember… I made a friend at a martial arts studio I was going to in college and she was also into anime. She lent me her DVD of the live action adaptation of NANA and I held onto it forever because I was busy with school and just never got around to watching it. She ended up moving away and I found it in my drawer a few weeks later. I wasn’t able to get it back to her in time… The worst part? I still haven’t watched it! Ari never intended to become a thief. If you weren’t an author, what would you want to do? […]

Posted May 8, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, interview / 0 Comments

Cover Reveal: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova

Cover Reveal: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova

Today Elise Kova and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for THE DRAGONS OF NOVA, which releases July 11, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win assigned ARC of the book!! I was lucky enough to see this cover months ago when Elise came to Houston and I’ve been waiting so anxiously for the day that I could share it with you. I love this cover! It’s creepy and otherworldly and perfectly fits with the feeling of Alchemists of Loom. I just can’t wait to read this next installment! On to the reveal!       Title: THE DRAGONS OF NOVA (Loom Saga #2) Author: Elise Kova Pub. Date: July 11, 2017 Publisher: Keymaster Press Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook Pages: 488 Find it: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Goodreads Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh. While Nova is embroiled in […]

Posted May 4, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features / 1 Comment

#Bookstgram Roundup May 2017

#Bookstgram Roundup May 2017

I haven’t done a #Bookstagram Roundup for a few months. I’ve been finding it hard to do…. well, pretty much everything. However, I love #bookstagram because it’s easy to check out a few pictures in a spare moment and it doesn’t seem like taking a picture should take as much time as blogging. Of course, this is misleading cause you can spend hours setting up the perfect shot! Which challenges are you doing this month? #bookishearworms hosted by @liveandbreathwords @martha_lostinpages #bookloversapril17 hosted by @fantasybooksrus @alyazialovesbooks @awesamreads @thebookiebee @sophthereader #maasmay17 hosted by @lulumoonowlbooks @avoiding_reality_ #nbrchallenge hosted by #rfabmay17 hosted by @reviews_from_a_bookworm #yamatters hosted by @centreyouthlit #aamay17 hosted by @alyssathebookgirl @pagesofamber #alliwantformayisabook hosted by @beautyandthebeastlybooks @honeydukesbooks @moriahchavis @autmnmaryreads

Posted April 28, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features / 0 Comments