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Blog Tour and Guest Post: The Girl and the Clockwork Cat by Nikki McCormack @author_nikkimc @entangledteen

I love steampunk and anything clockwork–you should see some of the clocks in my apartment–So I knew I had to sign up for this tour!

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The_Girl_and_the_Clockwork_CatFeisty teenage thief Maeko and her maybe-more-than-friend Chaff have scraped out an existence in Victorian London’s gritty streets, but after a near-disastrous heist leads her to a mysterious clockwork cat and two dead bodies, she’s thrust into a murder mystery that may cost her everything she holds dear.

Her only allies are Chaff, the cat, and Ash, the son of the only murder suspect, who offers her enough money to finally get off the streets if she’ll help him find the real killer.

What starts as a simple search ultimately reveals a conspiracy stretching across the entire city. And as Maeko and Chaff discover feelings for each other neither was prepared to admit, she’s forced to choose whether she’ll stay with him or finally escape the life of a street rat. But with danger closing in around them, the only way any of them will get out of this alive is if all of them work together.

And Nikki was kind enough to write up a character profile for us!

Name: Maeko (Sometimes answers to Pigeon, but only if your name happens to be Chaff.)

Age: 16 as best she can figure

Birthplace: A brothel in London

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Blog Tour and Q&A: If Ever I Would Leave You: Arthurian Stories For A New Generation

If_Ever_I_Would_Leave_You_bannerDuring college, I did a study abroad program in England. One of the classes I took was Medieval Literature, which included pouring over Arthurian legends. I still have a soft spot for sparkling metallic knights. So when I had the opportunity to sign up for If Ever I would Leave Yous blog tour, I jumped on it!
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Surfacing by Bronwyn Green

A year after Tabby Nolan’s sister vanished from the Lake Michigan shore with her boyfriend, Liam, Tabby visits the spot where the two were last seen– and finds herself pulled into the crumbling world of Avalon.

Since his disappearance, Liam has been trapped in the mythical land, with no link to the world he knew. Now, their shared memories of Tabby’s missing sister are all they can cling to as Avalon dies around them.

But Tabby doesn’t want to be a replacement for her sister, and her growing attachment to Liam feels like a betrayal. As Avalon fades around them, Liam and Tabby must rely on each other– or be lost with the ancient kingdom forever.

 

Albion’s Circle: The Deepest Cut by Jessica Jarman

For nineteen years, Anna has been plagued by dreams of lives lived only in legend. Finally free from the family that believed her hopeless and worthless, she’s ready to start her life over—alone.

When Anna meets an enigmatic stranger claiming to be the legendary wizard Merlin, she is forced to question the very reality she’s struggled to accept. With the mythic figures from her dreams intruding on her waking life, Anna learns that she’s been reborn to fight an ancient evil alongside King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Caught in an ages old conflict, Anna is the key to stopping a dark magic that will destroy the world—and Merlin wants to make sure that this time, Anna isn’t alone.

 

A Choice Fit For A Queen by Jenny Trout writing as Abigail Barnette

For perpetual overachiever Madison Lane, a summer studying Arthurian mythology in the Welsh countryside with professor Thomas Evans is a dream come true, and the adventure of a lifetime.

Of course, the enormous crush Madison developed on the professor after a semester of his lectures at U of M has absolutely nothing to do with her desire to learn more about the enduring legend of Camelot. At least, that’s what she’s telling her parents.

When Madison meets fellow student Rhys Crewe, sparks fly, throwing her plans for wild fling with Professor Evans completely out of whack—as do her unexpectedly complicated feelings for Thomas. With tales of Arthur and Lancelot haunting her every waking moment, Madison has to make the most difficult choice of her life.

Jessica kindly consented to answering a few questions for us. Here they are!

  1. What made you interested in writing a new take on Arthurian lore?

I’ve always loved Arthurian legend, and have read as much as I possibly could based on it, watched whatever movies I could find. Then, not that long ago, I watched BBC’s Merlin, and fell in love with it. It’s not a perfect series, by any means, but I still adore it. Not long after that, Bronwyn and Jenny started watching it. There were many IM conversations along the way. After we’d all finished; we had the idea to do Merlin Club—basically, we live tweet each week as we watch an episode, and later in the week, we write blog posts about the episode.

With this particular story, I had this idea for a book. The heroine was very vivid in my head, and the Arthurian aspects just sort of popped in alongside her one day. I’d always wanted to do an Arthurian story, to be honest, and this one just clicked with me. And it just made sense to do this collection with Jenny and Bronwyn since they share my mad Arthurian love.

  1. Favorite character in your story and why?
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Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m A Supervillain: Blog Tour Guest Post

Today with us is Richard Roberts, author of Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain, who was kind enough to stop by on his blog tour and share about his fav villains. Be sure to check out the Goodreads giveaway of his book!
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Penelope Akk wants to be a superhero. She’s got superhero parents. She’s got the ultimate mad science power, filling her life with crazy gadgets even she doesn’t understand. She has two super powered best friends. In middle school, the line between good and evil looks clear.

 

In real life, nothing is that clear. All it takes is one hero’s sidekick picking a fight, and Penny and her friends are labeled supervillains. In the process, Penny learns a hard lesson about villainy: She’s good at it.

 

Criminal masterminds, heroes in power armor, bottles of dragon blood, alien war drones, shape shifters and ghosts, no matter what the super powered world throws at her, Penny and her friends come out on top. They have to. If she can keep winning, maybe she can clear her name before her mom and dad find out.

Since my book is about a 13 year old supervillainess, I’ve been asked to write about my favorite villain. How am I supposed to make a choice like that? like dramatic, conflicted characters, and villains provide me that in a heaping helping. To try and wiggle around this tough choice, I am breaking down my list into different media.

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Why Sin isn’t always a bad thing @RiddleMeAStory

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When isn’t Sin bad? When she’s a sixteen year old girl who’s just trying to adjust to her new life as a Druid without blowing anything up or punching that arrogant Fey prince in the nose. She’s pierced and tattooed and she prefers biker boots to spiky heels. And she won’t take crap from anyone, not even the Queen of the Fey.

Here, I’ll let Sin tell you a little about herself:

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Blog Tour: Win a digital #giveaway of Copied by S.M. Anderson

With us today is S.M. Anderson, who’s stopping by on her blog tour for a short Q&A about her book, Copied, and a digital giveaway!
CopiedHere’s the book blurb about Copied:

Adopted off the black market, Alexander Mitchell, has no idea his DNA is copyrighted and property of military weapons giant Texacom Defense. Nor that his DNA is being used to develop an army of clones. When the company discovers he was not properly disposed of 17 years ago, they send an assassin copy, BETA23, to terminate Xan and cover it up.

After he narrowly escapes BETA23’s first attempt, Xan teams up with Lacey, a genetically engineered genius he’s surprised to find common ground with— only they’re awkward together. Half of the time she stares at Xan like the science project he is and the other half…let’s just say Xan can’t keep his eyes off her lips.

When they manage to capture a company copy by luck and sheer stupidity on Xan’s part, Lacey is determined to see the good in their prisoner to the point she believes BETA23 can be persuaded to give them the intelligence they need to keep the company forever off Xan’s back. Xan’s not sure if he can trust the darker version of himself, not when it means gambling with the lives of his family and the possibility of losing Lacey.

To enter in the giveaway, post a comment below. The giveaway begins on Monday, Dec. 16th and closes 12 pm EST on Sunday, Dec. 22nd.

I will use a random number generator–the corresponding blog commenter will be the winner of the digital copy. (If the email you use to comment is not how you want me to contact you, make sure you leave another way!)

Congratulations to Jill, our winner!

Now onto the Q&A with Anderson:S.M. AndersonWhat inspired Copied?

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