Ever the Brave Release Blitz!

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I am very excited to announce the release of Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill this week with Rockstar Book Tours! I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Erin (you can read it here) and reviewing the first book in the series, Ever the Hunted.

As part of the celebration, this blitz also includes a giveaway for a 3 finished copies of the book courtesy of Erin, HMH,  & Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter be sure to enter at the bottom of this post!

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EVER THE BRAVE (Clash of Kingdoms #2)

By Erin Summerill

Pub. Date: December 5, 2017

PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 464

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Synopsis:

Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only
wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the
King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much
she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are
those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a
way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be
lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as
Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

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EVER THE HUNTED

By Erin Summerill

Pub. Date: December 27, 2016

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 400

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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Synopsis:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her
dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father,
the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is
murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or
inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When
Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she
is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former
apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke
her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad
kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power
than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will
make her a daunting and dangerous force. 

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The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.

 

Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase
that smile. I slam the door.

 

“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against
the stone.

 

“I am.”

 

A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”

 

“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.”

 

“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something
different form brown trousers.

 

“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust
on me and make me noble.”

 

Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.

 

“Stop it,” I snap.

 

She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That
grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.

 

The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from
her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be
free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how
to break the bond.

 

If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to
do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five
minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.

 

I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of
the bond. I have to.

Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.”

 

I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and
shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly
clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads
from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of
ale.

 

I’ve felt this way before.

 

“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath
suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The
breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is
very wrong.

 

“The king.”


(New)About the Author

ErinErin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin

graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had

aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher
than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional
photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of
shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally,
provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut
YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding,
she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could
be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

Follow Erin: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads


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Giveaway Details:  3 winners will receive a finished copy of EVER THE BRAVE courtesy of Erin, HMH, Rockstar Book Tours (sorry US only). Ends December 12th midnight EST.

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Danielle ❤

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Erin Summerill~An Interview & Ever the Brave

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Recently I was fortunate enough to receive the opportunity to interview Erin Summerill. I was instantly won over with her debut YA fantasy Ever the Hunted. You can read my thoughts here. In anticipation of the upcoming release of the sequel, Ever the Brave, I am excited to share my Q & A with Erin today.

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1.Britta is such a beautifully complex character. I was instantly drawn to her journey of self discovery and how well she overcame so many adversities. Was there a personal inspiration behind her character?
There is someone in my life who is a survivor. She has been through some of life’s most difficult challenges, and yet, she lives life to the fullest. When Britta’s character came to me, I wanted to work with someone that had this same strength. I think we don’t realize what we’re capable of until we must overcome adversity. I wanted to explore the idea that how we face adversity can vary by individuals. While no one is perfect, we have the ability to change our perspective about the world around us. My friend who was key in creating Britta’s character taught me that we can see light in the darkest times…if we choose to.  

2.There is a lot happening within Ever the Hunted. You deliver a tremendous amount of character development and world building that feels so complete and natural. What type of research or information did you gather while writing this series?

Because there was so much random information I needed to find, I’ll tell you one specific thing. I had to learn about HUNTING! Honestly, I’m not much of a meat eater. I’ve never hunted an animal. This part of the writing process was difficult. It made me squeamish at times. The big world of game hunters was mind boggling. Learning the terminology was like learning a new language.


3.Your writing reads with incredible ease. What have been some of the biggest challenges you have encountered as a writer?
Thank you, that is kind of you to say. I love fantasy, but when I was growing up, many of the fantasy worlds I encountered were hard to take in. Sometimes my dyslexia made the strange words jump around on the pages, and sometimes the formal writing style made me sleepy. I wanted to create a fantasy that had more of a modern, informal storytelling vibe.

The biggest challenge with this is there are many fantasy readers that crave more formalized text. Sometimes their responses can be harsh. But it comes with the territory, and I’m just grateful for anyone who reads my books!

4.Do you have a favorite secondary character in Ever the Hunted and if so, why? Yes! I love Enat. She is gruff and plucky just like my grandmother. I was close with my grandmother when I was growing up. After she passed away, I wanted to write a character like her. In a way, she came to life through Enat.  


5.Has Clash of Kingdoms been something you have known you would write for a while? Where did the idea stem from?
I wrote a book that I LOVED. I loved it so much I revised it for 2 years. But it still had problems. I had a genius critique partner that suggested I set the book aside and write something new. After a conversation with a co-worker, this idea about a hunter in the woods came to me. I am so glad I went with this idea.


6.I cannot wait to continue with this series. Will you possibly have future projects that explore genres outside of fantasy?
Yes!!! I love writing in different genres. I am hoping to delve into sci-fi and contemporary.


7.Reading and writing seem to be such an individualized process. Do you have any habits or rituals that are a part of your normal writing routine?
I drink a lot of Coke Zero and eat a lot of hot tamales. I wear stretchy pants and lounge around my house for days and days. And sometimes, I’m not great at getting into the shower…uh, maybe I shouldn’t share that bit.

8.Which authors or books have influenced you the greatest as a person and a writer?
There are so many! I love Sarah Maas, CJ Redwine, VE Schwab, Pierce Brown, Megan Whalen Turner, Kristen Cashore…I love the books they write and could live in their worlds forever.

9.I read that you also happen to be a professional photographer! Was photography something that captured your interest at an early age?
Yes! Actually, I started in high school, but not because I was interested in photography. I was mostly interested in this good-looking guy on the basketball team. I didn’t want to be obviously gawking at him, so I joined yearbook and volunteered to be the photographer. That way, I could go and take pictures of him.

Now that I retell the story, it seems a bit creepy.

But there you have it, that is where my photography career started.

10.Last but never least; do you drink tea and if so, what if your favorite blend?
Ah, I do! I love fruity herbal teas. I like meyer lemon herbal tea, or mango/passionfruit!

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etbraveEver the Brave (Clash of Kingdoms #2)
Release Date: 12/5/17
By Erin Summerill
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN13: 9780544664463

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Synopsis:

The second in the duology, EVER THE BRAVE is another romantic, page-turning fantasy in the vein of Sarah Maas and Susan Dennard.

 In the wake of saving King Aodren, and consequently creating a strong connection with Malam’s leader, Britta finds herself in the middle of noble circles and on the King’s arm as he fights to take back control of his country. But the uneasy alliance between the kingdoms of Malam and Shaerdan is questioned when Channeler girls start disappearing from their homes. Meanwhile, Cohen is determined to find the Spiriter Channeler responsible for almost killing the King even when Britta begs him to remain in Brentyn. After Cohen’s abrupt and heart-breaking departure, Britta and King Aodren are shocked when invaders storm the castle and seize Brentyn. With the war going on, troops have left the country’s stronghold weak, giving the invaders a chance to take over the castle. The enemy leader is someone from Britta’s past who has the same powers as her and who is out to use Britta’s power for evil designs.

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Purchase Links: The King’s English Bookshop  Amazon.com  Book Depository

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With a B.A. in English, Erin Summerill aspired to be a writer, but first she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional wedding photographer. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. Erin and her family live in Utah.

Follow Erin: Website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

*I want to extend a special thank you to Erin for this wonderful interview and sharing so much about herself today. It has been a fantastic experience.

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Mask of Shadows 
By Linsey Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN13: 9781492647492
Pages: 352
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

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Mask of Shadows presented with great aspirations and blurb that promised a dynamic plot. Unfortunately, I failed to establish any form of real connection with the writing or characters. I am honestly at a loss on how to discuss my experience as I believe that while I may not have been the proper audience, it is sure to find one. I will keep this review on the lighter side, omitting the normal recap and simply highlight a few Pros and Cons.

Pros

  • An ambitious plot-line featuring my first encounter with a gender fluid protagonist. There can never be enough diversity in reading! Ever! The simple fact that the author made a point of tackling Sal’s preferences on how they were acknowledged by others warrants appreciation. Sal offered some moments of insight and wit that I admired.
  • An element of romance that avoided the normal clichés and was delivered at a welcomed, steady pace. I tire of instalove in YA fantasy. It feels like an all too common theme of late.
  • Maud! Sal’s attendant during their audition is spectacular. I simply adored her and all that she contributed to the story.

Cons

  • For all of Sal’s greatness, there was a feeling of missed potential. They deserved further exploration and development that the story never managed.
  • The setting while held in high court, felt very isolated and vague at times. There was no true sense of world building or the surrounding environment. I feel that this could have enhanced the reading experience tremendously. I struggle with any fantasy that fails to construct rich and vivid settings.
  • Given the concept, this felt like a title that should have pack a very heavy political and magic system, but the brevity of the back story left a lot to be desired and much unexplored.
  • The story became redundant. Too much time was focused on Sal’s audition and inessential details. While I understand the auditions were of significance, there was a lot of untapped potential.
  • Predictability and slow pacing.

In the end, it felt like Miller was onto something great that fell victim to ill-timed execution and a somewhat uneventful narration. There are a lot of interesting factors presented that could possibly receive a noteworthy redemption in a sequel if they are properly evolved and expanded. While Mask of Shadows fell short for myself, I would hesitate to sway others away. I feel this is a title to explore on your own accord as it will most likely be a love or hate relationship.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with this title. The above review is of me own, honest opinion.

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Learn more about the author at linseymiller.com.

Purchase Links:

Amazon US  Amazon UK  Book Depository

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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