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Nymph Blog Tour: A Conversation Between the Seven Star-Nymph Sisters

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Hi everyone.  Today, I have an amazing post to share with you as part of the Nymph blog tour: a conversation between the seven star-nymph sisters in which they discuss the mythology that inspired author Tonya Alexandra to write her novel.  A big thank you to Jaclyn from Walker Books Australia for organising the tour, Tonya Alexandra for sharing her characters with Treasured Tales for Young Adults, and the sisters for their gorgeous conversation.

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~  A Conversation Between the Seven Star-Nymph Sisters  ~

Merope reclined in the warm waters of the Augustine spring on top of Mount Olympus. She sat alongside her six star-nymph sisters; the Pleiades, daughters of the Titan Atlas.

“You know that book that’s been written about us?” Merope said, trying to sound casual.

Keliano corrected her. “You mean the book about you.”

“Isn’t everything about Merope?” said Elektra with a snort.

“No!” Merope protested. “Not always.”

“Things have changed since you became fond of that mortal,” Sterope said.

Taygete laughed. “Fond? Have you seen them together? Those two are way too salacious for fondness.”

“Yes, it’s monstrous,” Elektra agreed. “How do you get your lips anywhere near his mouth with that enormous nose of his?”

Merope growled at her sister. Elektra grinned back.

“What were you going to say about the book, Merope?” Maia interceded.

“Some mortals want to know about the myths which inspired it.”

Kelaino rolled her eyes. “Always about the myths – never the truth.”

“That Homer has a lot to answer for,” Alkyone said, nodding.

“I think it’s sweet,” Sterope said. “If we didn’t have the myths, how would anyone know about us?”

Maia frowned. “You do know, that Homer himself could be a myth? Mortals are starting to believe the Iliad and Odyssey were written by a collection of storytellers. The tales were passed down orally generation to generation being changed as they were retold.”

“I would believe that,” Kelaino said. “I never remember any Homer in the twelfth century BC.”

“They’re saying he was from the seventh or eighth century BC now,” Maia said. “Not from Trojan times.”

Taygete splashed at the water in front of her. “Who cares?”

“It’s sad, Tay! Homer is supposed to be the father of literature,” Sterope lamented.

“Don’t let Hermes hear you say that,” Maia replied. “He hates anyone getting credit for literature besides him.”

“Either way,” Merope said, “the Greek myths are important. They were the first mortals to write stories down, essentially inventing the book. And it happened almost 3000 years ago.”

“That’s no time at all,” Taygete objected.

“It’s a long time for them,” Merope replied.

“So they want to know about you in particular, I suppose. Not all of us Pleiad sisters?” Elektra said. “My story is pretty interesting if anyone had bothered to look into it.”

Maia ignored Elektra. “So just tell the mortals the truth – that the classic Greek myth is that your star in the Pleiades constellation is the faded one because you are ashamed of marrying a mortal.”

“As you should be,” Elektra muttered.

Maia’s voice was firm. “Elektra. Why do I need to reprimand you like a mortal child?”

“Well she should be ashamed!” Elektra retorted.

“And I was! I don’t deny that. I knew none of you would accept Lukas,” Merope said, feeling a hard lump in her throat.

“I like him,” Taygete replied. “He’s fun.”

“Only because he doesn’t have the power to smite you when you tease him,” Elektra said.

Taygete shrugged. “It could be that.”

Maia turned to Merope. “Lukas is agreeable enough. We have accepted him, Merope. He is much better than what we expected.”

“You expected a barbarian,” Merope replied with a huff.

Maia hesitated. “Well …”

“A barbarian would be better,” Elektra scoffed.

“Or Herc – why not Herc?” Alkyone suggested.

There was an awkward silence before Elektra replied between closed teeth. “Not Herc.”

Sterope sighed. “Please let’s not start on that again. Herc is everyone’s not just Merope’s, not just Elektra’s.”

“I’ll say,” Taygete said wiggling her eyebrows up and down.

“I’m going to go,” Merope said, standing up.

“Have we helped at all?” Maia asked.

Merope held her fingers a fraction apart. “A little.”

Elektra sunk further into the water and muttered, “Well that’s gratitude for you!”

Merope strode from the pool and slipped on a robe. She turned to the muse composing the piece. “Do you think that’s enough for Alishia?”

“Perhaps,” the muse replied.

Merope sighed. “Maybe you should just tell her, the author Tonya Alexandra read a book called Weight, by Jeanette Winterson about my father Atlas. She became obsessed by him and while researching she learned about me and my sisters. When she found out I was embarrassed to be in love with a mortal instead of a god she wanted to tell my story.

There are other different myths about me in Greek mythology. There is even another Merope character. But this is the myth she decided to explore because she could see the potential for love and adventure – and with Herc along for the ride, it is funny too.”

The muse smiled as she noted down Merope’s last words.

“And thank Alishia,” Merope added. “For supporting Lukas’s and my story. It will be cool to see this piece on her blog.”

The muse looked confused.

“Cool means great. And a blog – it’s like a musings on the internet.” Merope wrinkled her nose at the muse’s continued puzzlement. “Sorry, it’s an Earth thing. Don’t worry – the mortals will get it.”

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I just love the sisters’ conversation.

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Nymph (The Love Oracles #1) by Tonya Alexandra

Book description (from Goodreads) –

An idyllic Greek island.

Obsessed demigods.

A fallen nymph.

A mortal boy.

Merope, a beautiful but faded star nymph, is banished to Earth for displeasing the gods. She tries to fit in, go to school and live a normal “human” life. And then she meets Lukas … but relationships between men and goddesses are forbidden. Will their love grow? Or will Merope and Lukas feel the wrath of the gods?

Published by:  Walker Books Australia
Release date:  1st February 2014

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More information about author Tonya Alexandra and The Love Oracles series:

goodreads ~ twitter ~ website ~ facebook

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Check out all the stops on the Nymph blog tour:

Monday 17th March – Happy Indulgence
Tuesday 18th March – Nice Girls Read Books
Wednesday 19th March – Treasured Tales for Young Adults (thank you for visiting)
Thursday 20th March – Thoughts by J
Friday 21st March – whY.A.not Reviews
Saturday 22nd March – Inside my Worlds: R.L. Sharpe
Sunday 23rd March – Diva Booknerd
Monday 24th March – The Bookish Manicurist
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Captivate Blog Tour: Character Interview with Robbie

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Hi everyone. *waves hello*  Today, as part of the Captivate Blog Tour, I have an interview with one of the main characters from Captivate – Robbie.  A big thank you to Polina from Harlequin Teen Australia for organising the tour, author Vanessa Garden for sharing Robbie with Treasured Tales and, of course, a huge thank you to Robbie for the interview.

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Character Interview with Robbie

Hi Robbie, Welcome to Treasured Tales for Young Adults.  Would you tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks for having me, Alishia.

I live in a domed, underwater city and have done so since I was around eight years of age. I’m seventeen now, and head guard to Marko, the king of Marin. I take my job very seriously so there isn’t much down time, especially of late – there have never been so many threats to Marko’s throne. However, if I did have time on my hands I’d spend it sketching in my journal. I would really like to sketch a certain someone before I forget the details of her face.   

You mentioned to Miranda that once you have been in Marin for a little while, there is a compulsion to stay – do you truly feel that Marin is your home now or is there a part of you that is tempted to use the shuttle to return to England?

I do sometimes get flashes of my past – faces mainly. I often see the face of a young, brown haired girl I believe is my sister. I do feel a little melancholic when I envision her, but Marin is my true home now. I can’t image ever leaving.

As Marko’s personal guard, you were given the responsibility to guard and protect Miranda – what was going through your mind those first few days when you had to keep vigil over her?

Basically I felt like the worst human being alive. I felt like a monster for bringing her to Marin. And I immediately felt indebted to her. So I pretty much became protective of her from day one.

Speaking of Miranda, what is the first word that comes to mind when you think of her?

Courageous

I’d like to talk to you about your friendship with Marko – how would you describe Marko as a friend and also as a king?

Marko is family to me. We grew up side by side, like brothers, and I trust him completely. I can only hope he still has faith in me after what happened recently.  As a king, there is no one more honest and hardworking. He always puts the people of Marin’s needs before his own.

Can you ever truly forgive Marko for sentencing you to the same punishment as Philippe?

I have already forgiven him. There are certain things a king must do to ensure his people’s trust.

Do you trust Sylvia?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I have always looked upon Sylvia as a sort of mother figure – she’d been kind to me since the day I first arrived in Marin. But in the past couple of years, something has changed. I can’t quite pinpoint it, but there is a hungry gleam in her eye that makes me uncomfortable when I’m around her. So at the moment, no, I wouldn’t say I trust her.

What is your greatest wish for the city of Marin and also for yourself?

My greatest wish for Marin would be an end to the fertility crisis and safety for all civilians. My greatest wish for myself would be… to see a certain someone again. Someone I care for very much.

Thank you for the interview, Robbie.  Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you, Alishia. Thank you for having me.

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I just love Robbie’s answers.  Captivate is a great read, and if you stop by the blog tomorrow, you can read my review.  😀

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Captivate (Submerged Sun #1) by Vanessa Garden

Book description (from Goodreads) –

In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems…

For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko…the King of this underwater civilisation.

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets…

Published by: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release date: 1st January 2014

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More information about author Vanessa Garden and the Submerged Sun series:

goodreads ~ blog ~ twitter

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Check out the previous stops on the Captivate blog tour here.

The Disappearance of Ember Crow Blog Tour: Character Guest Post (Ember Crow)

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Hello everyone.  Today, is Treasured Tales for Young Adults’ stop on The Disappearance of Ember Crow blog tour.  I have a fantastic character guest post by Ember to share with you.  Thank you to Walker Books (especially Jaclyn) for organising the blog tour, Ambelin Kwaymullina for sharing Ember with Treasured Tales and, of course, a big thank you to Ember.

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Character Guest Post

~ Ember Crow ~

Who are you?

I wonder if you know? I wonder if you’ll tell me that you are a Citizen or an Exempt or an Illegal, as if it your status under the Citizenship Accords captures the essence of who you are. And perhaps it does. Perhaps you are a Gull City Citizen, living your life by the rolling sea waves untroubled by the greater injustices of our society. Or perhaps you are an Illegal, locked in a detention centre with a collar around your neck to block your ability, or an Exempt, walking around uncollared but never quite free. But no one is ever only one thing. And for those of us who wish to end the Accords – we must be more.

The Tribe is more. Among us are Firestarters, Runners, Boomers, Leafers … and our abilities make us Illegals. But we are also rebels. Protectors. Family, to each other and the trees and animal of the Firstwood. And we are allies, to anyone who would overturn the Citizenship Accords, whether they are Citizen, Exempt or Illegal.

So you had better know who you are – and which side you are on.

Because we are going to change the world.

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Thank you for the guest post, Ember.

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The Disappearance of Ember Crow (The Tribe #2) by Ambelin Kwaymullina

“However this ends, you’re probably going to find out some things about me, and they’re not nice things. But, Ash, even after you know, do you think you could remember the good? And whatever you end up discovering – try to think of me kindly. If you can.”

Ember Crow is missing.

To find her friend, Ashala Wolf must control her increasingly erratic and dangerous Sleepwalking ability and leave the Firstwood. But Ashala doesn’t realise that Ember is harbouring terrible secrets and is trying to shield the Tribe and all Illegals from a devastating new threat – her own past.

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More information about The Tribe series and author Ambelin Kwaymullina:

The Tribe website ~ goodreads ~ Ambelin’s website

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Check out tomorrows stop on the tour:

Belladonna Blog Tour: Character Interview with Falco

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Hi all.  *smiles and waves hello*  Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming author Fiona Paul to the blog as part of the Australian blog tour for Belladonna, book #2 in the awesome Secrets of the Eternal Rose series.  Fiona has kindly shared an interview between herself and Falco, one of the main characters in the series.  In the interview, Falco opens up a little about love and his feelings for Cass.  A big thank you to Fiona for sharing Falco with Treasured Tales and to Amanda from Harper Collins Australia for arranging the blog tour.  And, of course, a big thank you to Falco.  😀

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~ Fun with Falco: Fiona gets Venice’s hottie artist to open up about his feelings on love ~

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FalcoDo you believe in love at first sight?

Falco: It’s a lovely notion, but I think believing in love at first sight is akin to believing in faeries or vampires, and you know how I feel about supernatural things. Love is something that requires time and nurturing to develop.

And Cass, what did you think when you first saw her?

Falco: I thought she was…different. She was properly coiffed and looked the part of a noblewoman (until I knocked her into a puddle, anyway) but there was a wildness to her, some deeper part that was longing to break free. I just wanted to unlock her, to cut her bindings and watch her fly.

Do you love her?

Falco: Mannaggia! No one told me these questions were going to be so difficult. Yes, I suppose I do love her. Alas, in my time love is a trivial thing when it comes to a union of two people. I fear there is no possibility for us to be together, given our societal stations.

But if you love her, then why did you leave her to go to Florence? In my world, a guy fights for the girl he loves.

Falco: I cannot sacrifice my life’s work for a woman who might never be mine. I wished her to accompany me, but she could not do so. I went first for the art, but also because some part of me thinks that perhaps if I become a highly successful artist that there is a chance Cassandra and I can be together someday.

Is Cassandra your first love?

Falco: No. I shall tell you more about my first love…in a book called Starling.

Do you think you’re better for her than Luca da Peraga?

Falco: Yes. Luca da Peraga seems to be a fine upstanding nobleman, but Cassandra needs someone who will challenge her, a man who will unleash all of the different colours of her persona instead of trying to contain her in a single palette.

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I just loved Falco’s answers.  Have you read Venom or the sequel Belladonna?  Who do you hope Cass chooses – Falco or Luca?

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Belladonna (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2) by Fiona Paul

Book description (from Goodreads) –

Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he′s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass′s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose — the only evidence that will prove he is innocent.

So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of corruption, secret soirees and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose. And home to Falco, who′s working for the Order′s eerily stunning leader, the Belladonna herself.

Can Cass trust her heart to lead her to the truth this time?

Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all…

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More information about Fiona Paul and the Secrets of the Eternal Rose series:

blog ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ goodreads

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Fiona Paul

Author bio (from Harper Collins Australia) –

Fiona Paul resides in the Midwest but travels a lot since she can’t breathe if she spends too much time away from the ocean.

In addition to being a writer, she’s also worked as a line cook, retail manager, veterinary assistant, medical recruiter, English teacher, and registered nurse. When she’s not working, you can usually find her kayaking, reading, or helping turtles cross the road.

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Check out the next stop on the Australian Belladonna blog tour:

Speculating on SpecFic

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The complete Australian Belladonna blog tour:

July 1st:  Badass Bookie

July 2nd:  Turner’s Antics

July 3rd:  Treasured Tales for Young Adults (thanks for stopping by)

July 4th:  Speculating on SpecFic

July 5th:  Fiction in Fiction in Fiction

July 6th:  Tsana’s Reads and Reviews

July 7th:  Book-O-Matic

Why My Love Life Sucks Blog Tour: Character Bios & Excerpt

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Why My Love Life Sucks

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Why My Love Life Sucks (The Legend of Gilbert the Fixer #1) by Shevi Arnold

Book description (from Goodreads) –

Gilbert Garfinkle is the ultimate tech geek. He has a compulsive need to take apart, figure out, and fix things; and he dreams of one day fixing the world. But a funny thing happens on the way to the future. Gilbert encounters the one thing he’ll never be able to figure out: a gorgeous, teenage vampire girl named Amber, who wants to turn Gilbert into her platonic BFF–literally forever! This leaves the ultimate geek pondering life’s ultimate question: “Why me?”

Why My Love Life Sucks is a funny novel about geeks, girls, gadgets, vampires, and the start of a most unlikely friendship. It’s the first book in The Legend of Gilbert the Fixer, the series that  proves it takes the ultimate geek to be the ultimate hero.

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Character Bios

The main characters in Why My Love Life Sucks are Gilbert Garfinkle–a.k.a. Gilbert the Fixer–and Amber. Gilbert is the ultimate teenage geek; and Amber is the gorgeous, vampire girl who wants to turn him into her platonic BFF–literally forever. The story is written from Gilbert’s point of view.

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GILBERT GARFINKLE

Age: 17

Goal: to fix the world

Weakness: anything illogical

Favorite things: electronics, lockpicks, fixing things, inventing things, rock-climbing, aikido,  comic books, fantasy & science fiction, The Princess Bride, Albert Einstein, Dungeons & Dragons, his father, his Uncle Ian, his friends

Gilbert loves everything geeky: from Star Trek and Dungeons & Dragons to rock-climbing and inventing electronics. He has a compulsive need to fix things that are broken or can be improved on, and he plans on someday fixing the world. He’s already invented a few things to help him achieve that goal, including his Lablet, which is a cross between a laboratory and a computer tablet. At one time he tried to upload his own conscience into the Lablet, but it turned into a closed-lipped, depressed, animated robot instead. He has no idea why this happened.

He is currently inventing a form of artificial intelligence with a will of its own. His father was a very successful chemical engineer who died at the age of 83 when Gilbert was still a toddler. His mother is a self-absorbed gold digger who only married his father for his vast fortune and who loathes even being in the same room as Gilbert. Uncle Ian, his mother’s lawyer, is the only person that Gilbert considers living family, even though they aren’t related. His best friend, Dylan, calls him “Little Dude,” and Gilbert calls Dylan “Big Dude.” He’s had a secret crush on the absolutely brilliant Jenny Chen since they were both six, and he considers Dungeon Master Dave his own personal Yoda, the mentor he turns to for advice.

His life isn’t perfect, but as far as he’s concerned, it’s pretty good…and it was going to be amazing until the Amber ruined his well thought out plans. His brilliant mind, eidetic memory, sarcastic sense of humor, lockpicking, aikido and rock-climbing skills, various gadgets, and friends are just what he needs to help him solve any mystery and get him out of any jam.

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AMBER

Age: claims to be 17, although she appears to be 15

Goal: to turn Gilbert into a vampire and her platonic BFF–literally forever

Weakness: low self-esteem (although she hides it well)

Favorite things: bacon, pizza, candy, her friends, boys, dancing, laughing and smiling, and above all being liked

Why My Love Life Sucks is written from Gilbert’s point of view, and the first time we meet Amber is on the first page. As Gilbert lies paralyzed by her vampire bite, he looks back at the events of the night, starting with what happened when he brought her to his room: “Amber laughed. It was a nice laugh. I felt so relaxed, because she’s so beautiful. They say there’s no point in worrying about the things you can’t control, and I figured I didn’t have a chance in hell with her. Guess I was right, but not in the way I thought.”

Aside from being drop-dead gorgeous, seemingly sweet, funny and quick, asking Gilbert to kiss her, and the whole turning-him-into-a-vampire thing, she remains mostly a puzzle for the start of the book, a puzzle Gilbert feels compelled to figure out. And he does figure out some of it by the end of this book. But there’s a lot more to Amber than meets the eye, and it will take the rest of the series for readers and Gilbert–and in some ways Amber herself–to truly know who and what she is.

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Excerpt

The night after Amber bites Gilbert, he wakes up in pain and confusion in a hospital. He wants answers, so he escapes and heads to the arcade where they first met.

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“Where to?” the driver asks.

“Bucky Bee’s on Broadway.”

Everything seems mercifully quiet the moment I close the door of the cab, but I’m noticing some extremely unpleasant odors. There’s the smell of cigarettes, the musky odor of sweat, and something that smells like grungy gym socks. The lights outside on the streets of New York are so bright and colorful. It’s like I’m Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, when everything goes from black-and-white to Technicolor. I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

The people remind me of television commercials for fruit-flavored breakfast cereals. So many flavors, and all so yummy. This is so wrong. It’s like I’m that damn shark from Finding Nemo. I have to keep telling myself that people are people, not food. I tie my sneakers, and try to spend the rest of the ride just staring at my feet.

The driver lets me off. After paying the fare, I’m left with thirty-four dollars from the money Uncle Ian gave me, and I still have the other thirteen in my wallet, or rather Amber does.

“Hi, Alex,” I say as I walk into Bucky Bee’s. “Anything broken tonight?” I don’t know why I said that. Force of habit I guess.

“Gilbert?”

“Yeah?”

“You look different.”

“I’ve had a really bad day.” Oh, wait, he’s probably talking about my glasses. “Oh, and I . . . got laser eye-surgery.” Okay, stupid thing to say. I’m pretty sure you have to wear goggles for weeks after eye surgery.

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Between the Lives Blog Tour – Author Guest Post: Jessica Shirvington + Giveaway

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Hi Treasured Tales followers.  I am so excited to have Jessica Shirvington visiting the blog today as part of the Between the Lives blog tour.  I recently read Between the Lives and I loved it.  You can check out my review here.  Jessica has written a guest post about Sabine and dealing with big issues as a storyteller.  Thank you for the awesome guest post, Jessica.  Also,thank you to Amanda from Harper Collins Australia for arranging the blog tour.

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Jessica ShirvingtonDealing with big issues – and a bit about Sabine’s story.

Okay, so there are some pretty confronting issues/scenes that come up in this book and in many ways they are even more confronting than the big “end-of-the-world” problems because they are focused on the state of mind of one girl, Sabine. The issues that come up are not ones I envisioned myself, as a writer, necessarily tackling. But when I had the initial idea for Between the Lives, the story quickly took on a mind of its own.

So many elements of Sabine’s dual realities are linked to normal life experiences of any teenager who feels like they need to be the person that is expected of them rather than taking a step back to discover who they really are to themselves.

Most people, at some stage, go through a bit of a dark stage and every single person responds differently. When writing Sabine’s story about the choices that she faces, it was never about those dark days being dominated by the dangerous experiments she begins, but rather the spiral of her mind and emotions that push her so far that she considers ending everything.

Despite how it might appear, Sabine’s story is not death. Just the opposite. It is one girl’s intense desire to live fully. She is exhausted by her existence but she never gives up hope for more. And it is in this quest for more that she loses her way. As a writer these were the elements that made this story so interesting to tell.

Another big issue that is explored in Between the Lives is what can happen when one person’s view of the world becomes entirely, dangerously, insular. Sabine is dealing with extreme problems but at the same time, she becomes so obsessed with making everything right in her world (worlds) that she fails to see the very serious things going on around her in both of them – and the consequences for that carry a very high price.

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Between the Lives is definitely a must read.  I could not stop reading.

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More information about Jessica Shirvington and Between the Lives:

website ~ blog ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ goodreads

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Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

Book description (from Goodreads) –

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is…

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?

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Giveaway

Thanks to Harper Collins Australia, I have two copies of Between the Lives to give away.  Here’s how to enter:

Just fill out the entry form below.

You must be an Australian resident to enter, and you must also be a blog follower to enter.

Extra entries are available:

+2 entries for commenting on this post

+3 entries for commenting on my review of Between the Lives

+3 entries for liking the Treasured Tales for Young Adults facebook page

Please read the competition policy (found here) before you enter.

The competition is open from now until Monday 20th May, 2013 11:59pm Australian EST.

There will be two winners who will be chosen using random.org.  Winners will be notified by email.

Good-luck 😀

Giveaway is now closed.  Winners will be notified by email.

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Check out the next stop on the tour:

May 8th – Novels on the Run

Shadowed Blog Tour – Guest Post by Sarah Alderson (Locations)

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Hi Treasured Tales followers.  *waves hello*  Today, I would like to welcome author Sarah Alderson back to Treasured Tales.  Sarah has written a guest post about some of the locations that feature in the novel Shadowed, the third and final novel in the Fated series.

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ShadowedShadowed is set mainly in LA, though it does start off in Riverview, Evie’s hometown.

I set the Fated series in California because I was there when I first started writing it. I love California. It’s one of my favourite places in the world. Riverview was based on some of the towns we drove through on our way to San Francisco and Yosemite. It’s so beautiful, really rural with lots of orchards. We went swimming in this stunning swimming hole, which inspired the location for the swimming hole in Fated.

When it came to trying to think of a good location for the way through/Gateway I was inspired by the movie Blade Runner which was filmed at the Bradbury Building. When I started researching it I thought that it would be perfect because it does in actual fact house the LAPD’s Internal Affairs department, which I thought would be hilarious. The fact that the police are sitting above it was kind of funny.

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Can you not just imagine a kickass fight scene happening in here with Thirsters baying for blood and Vero wielding a flamethrower?

I took some liberties with the parking lot out the back and added some fast food restaurants too in order to help the plot along. I also completely invented the Costume Shop in the basement. As far as I’m aware there is no costume shop in the basement hiding a secret doorway through to other realms.

The house where Victor is living in West Hollywood I based on the house I stayed in when I was there. It was actually the house used in a Steve Martin movie “LA Story” and it was perfect – and I liked the incongruousness of it.

At one point in Shadowed they head to the Getty Museum, which is one of my favourite places in LA. It’s this incredible art museum on top of a hill overlooking LA with sweeping views across the city.

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I also thought it would be funny to have The Originals hanging out in Beverly Hills. I mean if you were a thousand year old Thirster who could choose where to live, you’d probably choose a mansion in BH too, right? Though there are other reasons too.

Imagine them all walking down a street like this, armed to the teeth with blades and flame throwers.

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Thank you so much for the guest post, Sarah.

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Wasn’t that an awesome guest post about the locations that feature in Shadowed?  Have you read the Fated series?

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Sarah AldersonAuthor bio (from Goodreads) –

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb.

She finished her first novel, Hunting Lila, just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.

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