Victoria Schwab: A Gathering of Shadows Launch

Yesterday I had the pleasure of traveling to Nashville to attend the launch for Victoria Scbwab’s newest book A Gathering of Shadows. It’s the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic. I wasn’t sure if I was able to because the weather had been uncooperative all day and right when we started the drive out there it started pouring rain. Luckily it turned into a steady rain about thirty minutes into the drive.
I haven’t been able to attend one of Victoria’s event’s since the launch party for The Archived and I was so excited to make it out there.

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

I loved getting to hear Victoria talk about her process for writing. As an aspiring author myself it’s always great to get advice from author’s that you admire and this was no different.

Someone in the audience asked what advice Victoria would give to people who want to be writers. One of the things she said was to make it to the end. I loved this advice because it is so true. You can’t do anything unless you get to the end. Once that happens you can go back and work on what you already have, you can spend the time to shape it and make it better. You can’t do any of that unless you already have the words on the page.
Another person asked her about world building and I loved her answer. This is something that I misunderstood until about a year ago and Victoria explained it so well. In the Shades of Magic world, it’s not the location or the physical geometry that makes the worlds so rich, it’s their relationship to the magic within them. That is such a fantastic way to build and create worlds. Too many people focus on other things when building worlds, I know I am guilty of focusing only on what something looks like instead of how something functions. The actual workings of the world are so much more important that what something looks like. Something can look pretty, but it’s not going to mean anything if it actually doesn’t work.
It was so cool getting to go to this event. The first time I got to see Victoria was 4.5 years ago when The Near Witch was released. I love that book so much! As as I was writing this I went back through my blog to get pictures from other times I’ve gotten to see Victoria. There are so many awesome things she has done for me that I totally forgot about! She was one of the very first interview’s I ever did for my website, The Near Witch was the very first giveaway I ever did. She also was the second blog tour that I ever organized! It was for the paperback release of The Near Witch (are you guys noticing the trend here? I love that book!) She took part in my first ever Birthday Bash post. I had to take time off from events during my last two years of college, but now that I’ve graduated I am back! And I am so happy that one of my first events after graduation was for Victoria Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows

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Yallfest also includes That time I hunted down cake pops for Victoria Schwab

February 2015


Tempest by Julie Cross Release Day! (paperback)

Today is the paperback release day for Tempest by Julie Cross! I am currently smack dab in the middle of reading Tempest right now and I am loving it. Some of my favorite books are ones that deal with time issues and I love the fact that this one is told from Jackson’s point of view.

From Goodreads

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

Here is a little bit about Julie from her website!

I live in central Illinois with my wonderful husband and three kids currently between the ages of 7 and 12 (the kids not the husband). My writing journey began in May, 2009 with a short story in a notebook.
Within a year, I had written seven (some good some God-awful) young adult novels. Not being a college graduate and having spent the previous fifteen years teaching gymnastics and working as a YMCA Program Director for Recreational Gymnastics, professional writing wasn’t in my plans. Not even close. But ever since the day I started that short story, I haven’t been able to stop. It was love at first sight.
After about a year of writing, I had a three book deal with St. Martin’s Press, and a film option with Summit Entertainment. Crazy, right? I know. It wasn’t until August of 2011 that I quit working full time in order to be at home with my kids more and of course, write more. My young adult time travel debut novel, Tempest, released on January 17, 2012. The rest of my personal story remains unwritten.

Tempest by: Julie Cross
Publication Date: January 17, 2012 (PB) December 11, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Time-travel, romance, action
Series: #1 in Tempest
Page Count: 352
Buy the Book: Amazon Barnes and Nobel

As you know from yesterdays post I am taking part in the Tempest blog tour.

Blog Tour Schedule
12/8/12: Through the Looking Glass
12/9/12: Novel Sounds
12/10/12: The Book Vortex
12/11/12: Release Day- Everyone Posts
12/12/12: Makeshift Bookmark
12/13/12: Literary Exploration
12/14/12: Supernatural Snark
12/15/12: Through the Looking Glass

Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour!