Meet the Newbies- Heidi Heilig Author of The Girl From Everywhere+ Giveaway

Meet the Newbies

Meet the Newbies is hosted by Rachel from A Perfection Called Books and is a way to get to know the latest debut authors and get a glimpse of their books. Check out all the authors and blog on the tour here.

Today I’m featuring the wonderfully talented and kind Heidi Heilig. I was blown away with her original take on time travel and how beautifully she wove mythology into her story.

Author Most Likely to Lose Her Voice/Mind at a Book Conference

Nickname: Maddog (this is true.)

First Day of School: February 16, 2016

Homeroom: Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Grade: Historical Fantasy

Extracurricular Activities: Cheerleader for The Sweet Sixteens, Captain of the Internet Debate Team

Favorite Class: Alternate History

Favorite Quote/Motto: The world will be better for this/That one man, scorned and covered with scars/Still strove, with his last ounce of courage/To reach the unreachable stars.

About the Author

8167946Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko’olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.

She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she’s written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their pet snake, whose wings will likely grow in any day now.

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The  Book

21979832Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

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The Interview

Your debut novel, The Girl From Everywhere, was beautifully executed, written and so original. It was obvious to me while reading that you dedicated a good amount of time researching mythological creatures, settings, and time periods. What were some of your favorite things you stumbled upon while gaining knowledge for this book?
Research is truly one of my favorite things, and as is always the case, so much of what I learned didn’t make it into the final draft. I spent a lot of time actually setting up hypothetical trade routes between eras and maps–things like going to Lerna to collect hydra’s blood, which is a deadly poison, as well as the blood of Pontus ducks which is a mythical antidote to poison, and selling both in 17th century France where there was a rash of political poisonings.

Something else I got to really dive into was sailor and pirate lore, especially surrounding women. I loved learning that while women were sometimes considered bad luck aboard, they were also often thought of as being the greatest navigators. And I got to read a lot about famous female pirates like Ching Shih and Grace O’Malley.

I’ve read my fair share of novels that included time travel but never have I read one with a similar method as you’ve created. How did the idea of your travelers only being able to use original maps to venture through time (and only once) come to you?
I’ve always loved old maps, both because the edges are populated with sea monsters, and because I’m obsessed with the idea that an incautious sailor could go too far and sail off the edge of the world. That was what prompted the idea of travel via map–the idea that the world ended at the neatlines. The limitation of only being able to use a map once both prevents potential paradoxes and also imposes an additional challenge on the characters, which makes for better drama.

Obvious question but I have to ask- if you could-where and when would you time travel?
Oh there are so many placed I’d go! My answer changes almost every time i’m asked, but recently I’ve become fascinated by the colonial era China, with the high stakes political and social issues of the opium wars. Plus I love old photographs of Chinese people in Victorian era outfits.

I really felt that one of the strongest features in this book was the character relationships especially between Nix and her father. When writing do you tend to have a favorite character yourself? If so, does it make that character harder or easier to write?
The relationship between Nix and her father, Slate, was definitely the most familiar relationship to me, because it’s reminiscent of my own internal struggle with regrets and bipolar and self-destruction. The fact that it was so close to heart did make it tougher to write. By contrast, Kashmir is my absolute favorite character, and he came fairly easily to the page.

Can you give us any hints as to what’s coming in the follow-up and conclusion to the series?
The second (and final) book of this duology is currently in my editor’s hands, and while I don’t want to spoil anything, I can tell you that it concerns a dire fortune for Nix, an infamous liar from history, and a mythical kingdom doomed to sink into the sea.

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Interview + Giveaway- Becky Wallace author of The Storyspinner

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Today I’m so excited to share an interview with Becky Wallace, the author of the upcoming book The Storyspinner. Immediately upon seeing the cover and that wonderful archery image I needed this book in my life. Beyond the lovely cover there are also so many elements I adore- magic, a fantasy realm and unexpected romance . I can’t wait to read this one and wanted to give you a chance to learn a bit more about the book and an opportunity to win a pre-order.

About the book

thestoryspinnerDrama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything

Interview:

I read from the bio on your website that you’ve been a fantasy fan since you were young. What are some influential books for you?
I am the one of the original fantasy fangirls! I remember seeing Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON in my elementary school’s library and squealing like, well, a school girl. It wasn’t long after that I found THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE. And then of course, there is my undying affection for Greek Mythology! One of my earliest forays into writing a “book” was creating my own mythology in sixth grade. It’s a good thing my mother is not a hoarder, or there would be some embarrassing early manuscripts for the world to poke fun at!

What came first with constructing your novel, the characters or story?
The characters and the story of THE STORYSPINNER developed hand in hand. There was one scene from very early on in the book (chapter 2, if you want to get specific), that played in my head over and over. I kept wondering what kind of girl it would take to make that specific interaction believable. What would her background look like? What skills would she need to have? How in the world could she have gained those skills? The entire novel started with one scene and spread out from there.

The cover is absolutely beautiful and I love that it features a woman shooting an arrow. Is it safe to assume this is a representation of the main character, Johanna? Can we hope for her to excel in archery?
Johanna is an archer, but she is also an acrobat, a singer, and rather tricky with a blade. She excels in a lot of things—as a well-rounded entertainer should—but in THE STORYSPINNER archery only gets her into trouble.

When incorporating political intrigue into your book did you use historical reference and research to help flesh out your own character’s motivation and actions?
Santarem, the country the book is set in, is significantly different than anything I’ve studied in history. It is essentially a defunct kingdom with four independently operating states. It had once been united under a king, but after he was murdered and the capital city destroyed, the remaining dukes battled for power to a stalemate. The story starts six years into the treaty, but it isn’t a very stable—and for some characters, agreeable—situation. Trade routes are uneasy, old hatreds burn fiercely. When the characters’ motivations are clear, even if they’re not necessarily reasonable, it makes them easy (and fun!) to manipulate.

What other type of research did you do to help create your world and characters?

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By Simon Burchell (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The group of people Johanna belongs to are called Performers. They are gypsy-like nomads who travel from place to place in ornate wagons, carefully designed to make the best use of every bit of space. (I totally want one!! Maybe for a little writer’s hideaway?) It was fascinating to look at blueprints and pictures online and imagine keeping my entire life in something that’s roughly 6 feet by 12 feet!

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I also did a lot of research into subtropical climates, trying to stay true to the types of trees, animals, and nasty little creatures that might inhabit a world like that. There are lots of pictures on my Pinterest board that really help illustrate the vibrant world of Santarem!

You introduce a group of people with magical powers, The Keepers. Can you tell us anything further about them? Perhaps what type of magic they can harness?
There are four Keepers in THE STORYSPINNER and they are soldier-mages. Their powers are elemental in nature, but each Keeper has an ‘affinity’ for something very specific. For a better explanation, Pira (one of my favorite characters…who am I kidding! They’re all my favorite!), has an affinity for metal. She’s a wicked blacksmith and almost impossible to fight because she can sense where metal is. Did I mention that I love her?

The Storyspinner is part of a series—how many do you have planned total? 
I’m contracted for two books in this series, and I just turned in the edits on the second book, but I’m definitely not done with the world of Santarem. I guess we’ll just have to see!

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Interview + Giveaway- Melinda Salisbury Author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter

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I just finished The Sin Eater’s Daughter recently and was blown away with the scope of the story, pacing and the amount of anxiety I felt as the story progressed. This book delved so much darker than I expected and I loved it. Not only did it grip my heart it also introduced a world with wonderfully unique and vivid customs and traditions.  I’m thrilled to have the author, Melinda Salisbury, here on the blog today answering questions.

About the Book

22536448Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

Interview

One of my favorite aspects of your book was that you gave your fantasy world its own legends and myths. One of your characters tells the myth of The Sleeping Prince which seemed to draw upon The Pied Piper of Hamelin—could you talk a little about incorporating your own myths and drawing from our own?
I love myths and legends, especially the older, darker fairy stories. There‘s the old saying that in every fairytale there is a kernel of truth, and I love that, the uncertainty of it, because we can never be too sure what the truthful part is. We can speculate, but I think it’s subjective and that people find their own truths in fairytales. For some their truth will be that of the conquering hero, for some the rescue from a life they despise. Others will identify with rags to riches quests, and then there are those for whom it is the darkness, the beasts and the monsters. That was something I wanted to play with, and draw on in my writing, so I re-read a lot of my old favourites and drew on the themes that stood out for me. All worlds and cultures have stories, it’s how people made sense of the world around them before science and technology gave us solid explanations for things.

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So in The Sin Eater’s Daughter, we have themes from Sleeping Beauty, and the idea of a kingdom allowed to stagnate and fester. We have the Pied Piper, and broken promises leading to disaster. The original concept of the story took a lot of the motifs of Little Red Riding Hood and moved them to a castle setting; dangerous, unknowable territory; an innocent young woman trying to navigate it. I plan to introduce more fairytales as the trilogy progresses, blurring the lines between their reality and fiction, in the way that it sometimes happens in our world, and absolutely does in Twylla’s.

Your main character, Twylla, can kill with a single touch. This adds such a powerful element and angst to your story. How did you get in the mind space to create a realistic depiction of how that might be for your MC?
I’d like to say it was hard, but it wasn’t. I think everyone has times when they feel alone, and isolated from everything around them. There are just some times when you can’t quite make the connection, when it feels as though you’re looking at life through a window. They were the feelings I tried to bring out when writing Twylla, that hopelessness and numbness of not quite being involved. It’s not nice, in fact it’s wretched, but it’s real and it happens, probably more often than people let on. To create Twylla’s mindset, I imagined those feelings, combined with a heavy, heavy guilt. She doesn’t want to be alone, but she feels it’s the only way she can be, for the sakes of everyone around her. And it suits the queen to have her feel this way, so she plays on it.

A major aspect of TSED is the religious duty some are called to perform. Your main character is one example as well as the Sin Eater. Where did you come up with the idea of a person eating the food representation of a person’s sins after their death?
Sin Eating was a real practice, carried out by men in the 18th and 19th century. In true Sin Eating, the food was a standard representation of sins in general, a hunk of bread and some ale. I wanted to elaborate on that and began to toy with the idea of the Sin Eater standing as judge over the deceased, not just as absolution. The idea of the family having to confess the sins of the dead using food was just too delicious to ignore. And the idea of the Sin Eater being able to read the character of a dead person from their sins was incredibly alluring too. I’d like to think it accounts somewhat for Twylla’s mother’s bitterness – her job is to take on board the very worst of humanity. Little wonder she is the way she is, or that Twylla rejected that life.

How did you assign which food would represent which sin?
I tried to match the food to the qualities that embody the sins. So, peppers were an obvious choice for anger, because of the heat – anger is a hot hot emotion, it burns and consumes, so I chose peppers to represent that. Strawberries have always been associated with love and lust and seduction, so that was an easy choice too. It was fun thinking about sins and trying to deconstruct them down to their roots, and then find a food that matched. Crow is the only one that didn’t work that way, for the sin of murder, crow was chosen as a play on ‘murder of crows’.

I’m always interested in the research that goes along with creating a world and writing a book. What was one of the strangest things you learned?
That Sin Eating was real. I first read about it a few years ago in a Margaret Atwood short story and the idea of it stayed with me, because it was just so awful to me; this literal pawning of a soul, of a person consuming and carrying sins they hasn’t committed, all to earn money. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I spent a lot of time looking it up, so when it came to Twylla wanting to leave a horrible life for a glorious one at the castle, I knew it had to be Sin Eating, because nothing else made me react quite so violently to it. I have repurposed a lot of the traditions though; so in my world it’s a female occupation, because of the way religion works in it. And food all has meaning, instead of being a token representation.

In reality, Sin Eaters were seen as outcasts, because of the nature of their role but I wanted to take it further than that, so I made the Sin Eater a woman of great power. Her role is revolting, and she knows it, but at the same time she has ultimate control over whether a soul sleeps peacefully in the afterworld and that’s a big thing.

My biggest surprise in reading The Sin Eater’s Daughter was how dark it went and how evil some of the characters were—what did you draw on for this darkness? Were any historical aspects brought in?
A lot of it is based in real medieval practices, particularly Twylla’s attitude and behavior. During medieval times, young women had almost no say over the paths their lives took, particularly noblewomen, they were brought up to not expect a say; it was indoctrinated in them. Where sons inherited titles and property, a daughter was only as good as the man she could be married off to, or if there were some other way she could be used for the good of the family. In those days, girls were chess pieces, to be played as strategically as possible. Worse, the people that designed their paths were the people closest to them, and yet the choices they made very rarely had the girls’ wishes at heart and for so many falling in love was a storybook dream, not a viable option. For me, I think the darkness comes from the fact this isn’t a historical problem, but one that millions of girls outside of the western world still face today. Girls are denied an education, bartered for marriage, are brutalized because of crimes committed against them. The darkness in the Sin Eater’s Daughter doesn’t come from the historical aspects, but the parts that aren’t history, the parts that are real and present and now. Where falling in love with the wrong man means death, or banishment. Where choice is a fairytale. Where a good girl does as she’s told. How evil are the queen’s actions, compared to some of the brutality and horror we live alongside in the real world?

I know some people will be puzzled by Twylla because she’s not as proactive or strong as some recent, and also much-needed, literary heroines and some people will find her a challenge to identify with, because her life will be so different to their own experiences. I think it’s worth remembering, though, that it’s not always possible for a person to speak their mind, or to fight. It takes great courage to be able to do it, great strength of character. And that’s not something Twylla has at the beginning of the story. It’s something she has to try and find in herself.

When beginning this series, did the characters or story come to you first?
The story came first, this idea of a young woman being plucked from one life and transplanted into another, a proper rags-to-riches story. I imagined a young woman being taken from a very dark life and thrust into one that was seemingly much more beautiful, only to find in many ways it was worse. Then Twylla came and I had a core idea of who she was from the moment I imagined her. I knew she was isolated, and that she felt it, because of her past and the future before her. I knew that she was a very inward-facing character, and that she’d stopped hoping, because every hope she’d had was dashed. I also knew that by the time the story ended she would have learned to hope, and to trust herself too. The rest of the characters came around her; the queen as her nemesis; the prince as her destiny. Lief, the guard came later, I had no idea he was going to end up being as important to Twylla as he was, until he was. Then he became the grenade in the mix, and the catalyst for Twylla facing up to her life, instead of shying away from it.

Do you think you’ll ever embark on writing a novella from another character’s point of view? I’d love to read from the queen’s perspective.
Interestingly, I have already written short stories set in this world, in which two other characters tell their tales, and I’m planning a third. I don’t know if they’ll ever see the light of day, but they were very useful for me to write to help expand on the mythology of the world. I don’t think I could handle writing from the queen’s point of view, she’s so poisonous and damaged. Though she’s my favourite character to write, if I wrote her from her point of view, I’d have to be a lot more sympathetic, because the villain is always the hero of their own story. And I know her backstory, she has very little reason for being as cruel as she is. I wish there was some tragic event in her past that turned her dark, but there isn’t. She’s just power-hungry and arrogant, a natural bad seed. It would make for a brutally interesting story, but I think it would make me sick to write it.

About Melinda

8152069Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped byher grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel, and will be published by Scholastic in 2015. She is represented by the amazing Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

Find Melinda on her website and Twitter

The Sin Eater’s Daughter is available from Scholastic Press February 5th (UK) February 24th (US)

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The Kiss of Deception Blog Tour- Interview with Mary Pearson + Giveaway (US/Canada)

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If you’ve followed me you’ve seen me singing the praises of Mary E. Pearson’s latest book, The Kiss of Deception. Beyond the incredibly gorgeous cover, Pearson has created a rich fantasy world populated with memorable and engaging characters-including a princess, prince and an assassin. I easily fell in love with the entire cast and Pearson’s writing. You might have read some of her previous work and if not you should get her on your to read lists now.

I am honored and thrilled to have her visiting My Friends Are Fiction today and answering my questions.

Your main character, Lia, is headstrong and instead of accepting her fate she decides to go against all odds to change her future and live the life she has dreamed of. Could you tell us about your inspirations behind her character?
I love reading and writing about strong women, because well, I know so many.  Lia knows what she wants.  Why shouldn’t she be able to go after it with the same gusto as a man pursuing his goals?  She wants a life that she alone controls, and she wants to speak out without being shushed.  I can get behind that.

I am always interested in the research that goes into writing a novel. What type of things did you research for TKoD? Anything exceptionally odd you learned?
With my Jenna Fox books I did a lot of research at the library, reading books and journals because of the technology I was researching, but with The Kiss of Deception, many of the things I was looking for were obscure details, so very often I had to look on the web. I searched for things like endurance riding, tactics for tracking people, the history of harvesting ice and transporting it; and the mechanics of knife throwing–there were tutorials on youtube which were very helpful! I also read books on medieval, colonial, and country life. I even researched how to fix a dislocated shoulder if there is no doctor available (awful and painful!) but that, like a lot of the research, didn’t end up in the final book, because I never know for sure what I’ll need until I’m actually writing a scene.

The Kiss of Deception is the first of The Remnant Chronicles. Looking up ‘remnant’ it has a religious connotation or means, “a small remaining quantity of something” Can you give us any details to how the series title came about?
In the ancient history of the people of this world, there was a great “devastation” where only a very few of these people survived.  The few who did make it, called themselves the remnant—the people who were left. It’s not unlike the many flood stories found in history and across cultures.

You’ve mentioned that you have a background in art. Could you tell us some about that? (Perhaps we could see some examples?)
I have a BFA in illustration and worked for a time as a commercial artist and graphic designer back in the days when it was all hand done. There was no photoshop or computer art back then. I have a dusty portfolio somewhere in the storage area under my stairs that I haven’t seen in years, buried under who knows what. Someday I’ll find it.
You should find your old artwork! It’s always so much fun to look back at what was worked on long ago.

Since you are an artist do you ever illustrate your characters or settings?
Well, I’m no longer an artist, and in fact, I worked as one for a very short time so my skills are quite limited, but I do chicken scratch drawings of settings to help me understand the world of my characters.  I’m a very visual thinker, so I need to “see” where they move, live, and breathe.  I love Pinterest for that reason. I’ve collected a lot of images and I pin them to my bulletin board in my office to help me fall into my character’s world.

Speaking of artwork, recently we were able to see the beautiful map for TKoD. Did you have any input into how it was designed?
Yes.  I actually create maps for all my books too, both the macro and micro. Some chart vast continents, some the layout of a single room, but that way I have a reference that is consistent as I write the story.  What is ten miles away in chapter two, is ten miles away in chapter fifty–because it’s easy to forget these things! It also makes my character’s world more real for me.  The setting of TKOD is quite specific so when my publisher said they were going to create a map for it, they also asked for the maps I had drawn.  Mine were very basic, magic marker utilitarian maps for reference purposes only.  Keith Thompson, used my maps as a rough guide for the gorgeous one he created.

And yes, speaking of artwork, I simply adore the Lego cover that you made for The Kiss of Deception.  I hope one of these days that you’ll share how you create these Lego covers. (hint hint)
Thank you so much! I knew the moment I saw the cover that it would be something we’d want to work on for the Lego covers. Then after reading, I fell head over heels in love with the story. One day we’ll probably do a post where we talk about the process :-)

With all my favorite books I always hope that there will be a short story delving deeper into a character’s history or from a different point of view. Can we hope for anything from the Remnant world?
I do have a story in my head that I would love to write and I think it would be such a great compliment to the series, but whether that happens remains to be seen.  The Remnant books are not exactly short ones.  They take me a long time to write and the books always get priority, but if time avails itself for a shorter story in between, I have it in my head ready to go.

Thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Kris!

Fingers crossed we’ll see the short story at some point–now I’m so curious.
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)Summary:
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

Author Links/Info
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-Check out her website!
-Read an excerpt of Kiss of Deception now!

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The Kiss of Deception Blog Tour Schedule
Monday July 7
Icey Books (Review)
The Starry-Eyed Revue (Guest Post)

Tuesday July 8
Adventures of a Book Junkie (Review)
Cuddlebuggery (Guest Post)

Wednesday July 9
FicFare (Review)
Two Chicks on Books (Guest Post)

Thursday July 10
Winterhaven Books (Review)
Tales of a Ravenous Reader (Guest Post)

Friday July 11
MundieMoms (Review)
Alice Marvels (Guest Post)

Monday July 14
YA Bibliophile (Review)
Bewitched Bookworms (Guest Post)

Tuesday July 15
That Artsy Reader Girl (Review)
Jenna Does Books (Guest Post)

Wednesday July 16
ExLibris (Review)
My Friends are Fiction (Guest Post)

Thursday July 17
Birth of a New Witch (Review)
Good Books and Good Wine (Guest Post)

Friday, July 18
Google Hangout with Mary Pearson hosted by Belle of the Literati