#ShadesofMagicTour: Magical Merch

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Welcome back to the Shades of Magic Readlong/Blog Tour! Last time I talked about Lila Bard. You can read the post HERE.

Do you love bookish items as much as I do? Whether candles, pillows or bookmarks, I could literally collect all of those gorgeous fan-made items. So I thought I’d show you some of my fav Shades of Magic merch from Etsy, Society 6 and Redbubble 🙂 .

My favourite shop for bookmarks is most definitely Happy Hello on Etsy. I love those cute little bookmarks. For the Shades of Magic series you can get those, as well:

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You can find Happy Hello here: Etsy | Twitter

Do you know Nikki from There were books involved… ? She has a lot of amazing Shades of Magic inspired items up on Society 6!

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You can find Nikki here: Society 6  |  Twitter

I’m totally in love with this design made by jellyfable!

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You can find the shop here: RedBubble

Also, isn’t this poster of Kell and Rhy just adorable? It’s made by Marty-mc.

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You can find the shop here: Society 6.

What kind of merch is your favourite one? And do you have a favourite shop everyone should check out?

There’s also a giveaway on Twitter! If you’d like to win a signed copy of This Savage Song also by V.E. Schwab, you should totally check it out!

#ShadesofMagicTour #TwitterChallenge: Win this signed copy of This Savage Song by @veschwab! See rules below! pic.twitter.com/Masw83Bd1E

— Kim (@DreamingLibrary) 23. Januar 2017

  1. Tweet a selfie/shelfie with ADSOM or AGOS 2. Use the hashtags #ShadesofMagicTour & #TwitterChallenge 3. Ends 2/21/17 at 12pm EST 4. INT’L

— Kim (@DreamingLibrary) 23. Januar 2017

Hosts of this readalong/blog tour:

Ivy from Effi Reads (Twitter: @MissEffi86)

Kati from Zeit zu Lesen (Twitter: @ZeitZuLesen)

Anna from Ink of Books (Twitter: @Ink_of_Books)

Shanna from www.shannahughes.com (Twitter: @writerShanna)

Sarah from The YA Book Traveler (Twitter: @thebooktraveler)

and myself.

#ShadesOfMagicTour – Lila Bard

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Welcome back to the Shades of Magic Readlong/Blog Tour! There’ve been three amazing posts so far:

Ivy kicked off the tour with a post about White and Red London, Shanna took you to Grey and Black London and Kati talked about the relationship between Kell and Rhy

Today is my turn and this post is going to be about one of the protagonists: Lila Bard.

Delilah Bard is definitely my favourite character from the Shades of Magic series and one of my favourite female characters ever. She is fierce, kick-ass and super fun. And she has one simple rule:

„If a thing was worth having, it was worth taking.“ (ADSOM p. 59)

Lila steals all kind of different things. Since she doesn’t have family or friends it means freedom to her – something she doesn’t want to lose. In a „Darker Shade of Magic“ this is how she meets Kell – and how everything gets out of control. In addition she loves trouble. She doesn’t shy away from picking fights, either.

                                „Looking for trouble, he’d say. You’re gonna look till you find it. — Trouble is the looker, she’d answer. It keeps looking till it finds you. Might as well find it first.“ (ADSOM p. 60)

Lila is a thin and tall 19-year-old girl from Grey London who appears boyish from far. She has brown hair which is usually cut along her jaw. She is a cunning and self-reliant girl who knows what she wants. Since she’s from Grey London where there’s no such a thing as magic, she doesn’t know anything about it. Deep down one of her biggest wishes is to be a pirate. She thinks she’s meant to be one, except that she doesn’t own a ship – something she wants to change, though.

In A Gathering of Shadows Lila wonders who she really is:

„Who was Delilah Bard? What was she? The first was a question she thought she knew the answer to, but the second… she’d tried not to bother with it, but as Kell had pointed out so many times, she shouldn’t  be here. Shouldn’t be alive, for that matter. She bent most of the rules. She broke the rest. And she wanted to know why. How. If she was just a blip in the universe, an anomaly, or something more.“ (AGOS, p. 134)

On the left you can see how V.E. Schwab pictures Lila. (I do hope this works. If you can’t see the picture, just click on it and you’ll be able to see it on Instagram.)

And then of course, the triad of blood and knives and feelings: Kell, Rhy, and Lila. Designed again by @smaskVXN

Ein von Victoria Schwab (@veschwab) gepostetes Foto am 29. Jan 2017 um 12:25 Uhr

 

Do you like Lila as much as I do? Or do you have another favourite character from ADSOM and AGOS? If you haven’t read these books yet, do you think Lila is a character you could relate to?

On Twitter there’s also a giveaway happening at the moment! If you’d like to win a signed copy of This Savage Song also by V.E. Schwab, you should totally check it out!

Hosts of this readalong/blog tour:

Ivy from Effi Reads (Twitter: @MissEffi86)

Kati from Zeit zu Lesen (Twitter: @ZeitZuLesen)

Anna from Ink of Books (Twitter: @Ink_of_Books)

Shanna from www.shannahughes.com (Twitter: @writerShanna)

Sarah from The YA Book Traveler (Twitter: @thebooktraveler)

and myself.

Review: Windwitch by Susan Dennard (a.k.a. the best book ever)

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Summary

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak―which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her―yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge―especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

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Details

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Publishing Date: January 10th, 2017

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Review

This is my second attempt at writing a review for Windwitch and I’m not sure I’ll find the right words this time, because WINDWITCH HAS LITERALLY BLOWN ME AWAY! (I know I started my Truthwitch review the exact same way  (please forgive me), but it’s the truth, and Windwitch is even more awesome than Truthwitch! But more on that later…)

Originally, Windwitch was my most anticipated read for 2017, but then I was lucky enough to get an ARC (thank you again, Tor Teen and Sooz!!), which made it my most anticipated read in 2016. I had quite high expectations, because I LOVED Truthwitch and since Windwitch is the hardest book Susan has ever written, I did not want to disappoint her by not liking it. So when I started reading, I was a little nervous. If you’re in the same situation, I can assure you, though, that you don’t need to be nervous AT ALL! Windwitch is the best book Susan has ever written and probably even the best book I’ve ever read (yes, it’s even better than ACOMAF, because you find heaps of awesome diverse characters in it

When you read books, there are those which are a pleasure to read, but don’t affect you much and then there are those books which stay with you even long after you’ve finished. Windwitch is one of the latter. I’m writing this review weeks after having finished and the story is still as vivid in my head as it was during the moments I was reading it. Windwitch is a book you dive head first into and don’t want to ever leave again.

In Windwitch you get to know a lot more places in the Witchlands due to the fact that all main characters travel a lot. It’s a fascinating world and the world-building is fantastic. Susan does an amazing job at creating the right atmosphere and you’re able to see yourself fighting alongside Safi or Iseult. Windwitch definitely isn’t a book you read, but a book you dive into and explore the world yourself. You see what Safi, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan see; you feel what they feel; you smell what they smell; hear what they hear and taste what they taste. You ARE literally them and this is one aspect which makes reading Windwitch so exciting. Susan has a superb writing style!

One main aspect I LOVE about the Witchlands series are the amazing characters. All four main characters we get to know in Truthwitch are back in Windwitch and while Windwitch is mainly about Merik, we also get to know the other three characters way better, as well. I also absolutely LOVE that there are so many diverse characters in this series. From different cultures or ethnics to different sexualities, there’s a character to identify with for everyone. I personally have a new favourite character, but since she hasn’t been a main character/POV in Truthwitch, I’m not going to spoil you.

Two aspects that make this series special are: 1. Safi’s and Iseult’s friendship is epic. It’s not manipulative or toxic, but for once there are two best friends who’d do anything for each other. The story isn’t about romance and it doesn’t need to be, either. You won’t hear me say this often, because I’m a sucker for love stories, but in this case the friendship is worth so much more. 2. Susan aims to write this story without the ONE villain every fantasy book has, because in real life, too, there might not be the one villain, either, but quite a few toxic people with wrong opinions who make your life a living hell. I think both aspects are quite refreshing and make this series unique.

Windwitch is a page-turner you won’t be able to put down. If you haven’t read Truthwitch yet, I highly recommend you to start this series, or if you’re unsure whether to continue this series, I promise you won’t regret reading Windwitch. This book is probably my favourite book ever!

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Shades of Magic Blog Tour/Readalong

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You might’ve seen the announcement on Twitter already: To celebrate the upcoming release of A COUNJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab we’re going to host a readalong/blog tour! I’m super excited for the final installment in this trilogy which releases February 21st in the US.

The readalong will be held from January 21st to February 21st, starting with the readalong for A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. You have until February 3rd to read it and then we’ll continue with A GATHERING OF SHADOWS until February 21st. There’ll be heaps of cool giveaways and blog posts, so be sure to check back ;-)!

The hosts are:

Ivy from Effi Reads (Twitter: @MissEffi86)

Kati from Zeit zu Lesen (Twitter: @ZeitZuLesen)

Anna from Ink of Books (Twitter: @Ink_of_Books)

Shanna from www.shannahughes.com (Twitter: @writerShanna)

Sarah from The YA Book Traveler (Twitter: @thebooktraveler)

and myself.

If you’d like to join, be sure to tell us and leave your twitter handle or blog link  🙂 ! (You don’t necessarily need a blog, though, anyone can join 😉 )

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

I know it’s too early for a review for Windwitch (release date: Jan 10 2017), but I wanted to leave you some reasons why you should preorder this beauty:

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Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak―which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her―yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge―especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

 

Amazon.de  |  Amazon.com  |  Bookdepository

You might know that I loved Truthwitch. Well, Windwitch was even better!

  • The characters make huge developments. And especially one character grew dear to my heart <3. (You’d be surprised who it is 😉 )
  • The world is epic and we get to see a few new countries and lots of new places. I was a huge fan of the world-building in Truthwitch and in Windwitch it gets even more epic 🙂 .
  • Windwitch is a page-turner. You can’t stop, once you’ve started!
  • It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read!! ❤

Did you know that (if you’re from the UK, US or Canada) you can claim your preorder bounty? (Hint: you get super fluffy Windwitch socks for preordering 😉 ) Visit http://thewitchlands.com/ for more information!

My favourite quote from Windwitch:

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And five other great ones:

 

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016

Auch dieses Jahr war ich wieder auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse, wenn auch nur am Samstag. Jetzt, wo ich eine Ausbildung beim dtv Verlag mache, war der Besuch allerdings nochmal aufregender, da ich das Ganze mal aus der Sicht eines Verlagsmitarbeiter betrachten konnte.

Meine Highlights:

  • Gleich zu Beginn habe ich die liebe Demet getroffen, die ich dieses Jahr bei der Young Adult Literature Convention in London kennengelernt habe. Ich habe mich total gefreut und gemeinsam haben wir uns eine Diskussion der diesjährigen Preisträger angeschaut.

 

  • Tatsächlich hatte ich dieses Jahr nur eine einzige Signierstunde auf dem Plan, nämlich die von Cecelia Ahern. Zwar habe ich Flawed noch nicht gelesen, allerdings so viel Gutes darüber gehört, dass ich es mir unbedingt kaufen und signieren lassen musste.

 

  • In der Schlange von Cecelia Ahern habe ich dann auch die liebe Steffi von Buchstabenregen getroffen (wenn ihr ihren Blog noch nicht kennen solltet, solltet ihr ihm unbedingt mal einen Besuch abstatten!!). Zusammen sind wir noch ein bisschen über die Messe gegangen, bevor dann das nächste Event am dtv Verlagsstand anstand.

 

  • Dann war es soweit: Das dtv Bloggertreffen stand an. Ich muss zugeben, ich war vorher noch nie auf einem Bloggertreffen, daher war ich umso glücklicher, dass ich bei meinem Verlag dabei sein konnte. Steffi hat ein bisschen was über das neue Frühjahrsprogramm erzählt, und was soll ich sagen, es werden nächstes Jahr viele tolle neue Bücher beim dtv Verlag erscheinen (auch wenn ich das ja zugegebenermaßen vorher schon wusste)!

 

  • Ein absolutes Highlight war das Treffen mit der lieben Sandra Regnier! Erst vor Kurzem habe ich den dritten Teil der Zeitlos-Trilogie beendet und war total geflasht. Daher war es natürlich toll, Sandra auch zu dieser Messe wieder perönlich treffen zu können. Falls ihr die Chance habt, Sandra mal auf einer Lesung sehen und hören zu können, dann solltet ihr dies unbedingt tun! Leider hab ich vergessen, ein Foto mit ihr zu machen, aber das wird dann beim nächsten Mal nachgeholt :-).

Kurze Empfehlung: Die Zeitlos-Trilogie

„Platzregen und Sturmwinde gehören für die englische Kleinstadt Lansbury und damit für die 17-jährige Meredith zum Alltag. Doch diese Gewitternacht ist anders. Unheimliche Kornkreise tauchen am Ortsrand auf, unerwartete Gestalten suchen Lansburys Steinkreis heim und dann ist da noch Merediths bester Freund Colin, der sie genau in dieser Nacht küsst, und mit dem nun nichts mehr so ist, wie es war. Irgendetwas ist in jener Nacht passiert, irgendetwas, das Zeit und Raum kurzfristig aufgehoben hat. Und ausgerechnet Meredith ist der Schlüssel zum Ganzen…“

Ich liebe einfach den Schreibstil von Sandra Regnier, er ist humorvoll und lebendig. Außerdem sind ihre Charaktere allesamt einzigartig und liebenswert. Für mich sind diese beiden Aspekte mit die wichtigsten Kriterien für ein tolles Buch, daher ist es auch nicht überraschend, dass die Zeitlos-Trilogie zu meinen absoluten Lieblingsbüchern zählen. Immer wieder habe ich mich während des Lesens dabei ertappt, laut aufzulachen, etwas das mir sehr häufig bei Sandras Büchern passiert. „Die Flammen der Zeit“ ist ein grandioser Abschluss, ich hätte mir nicht mehr wünschen können!

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{Publishing World} Einblicke in die Herstellung/View into the Production Department

English version below!

 

Der lieben Anabelle von Stehblüten habe ich schon vor einer ganzen Weile versprochen, von meiner Ausbildung beim dtv zu berichten und mal einen Einblick hinter die Kulissen zu gewähren. Daher möchte ich das heute gerne tun :-).

Begonnen habe ich meine Ausbildung zur Medienkauffrau Digital und Print im September und es wurden wirklich alle Erwartungen erfüllt, wenn nicht sogar übertroffen. Ich fühle mich pudelwohl im Verlag, meine Mitazubinen und KollegInnen sind alle super nett und die Arbeit macht mir total viel Spaß. (Und sogar die Berufsschule, die ich diesen Monat gerade habe, ist in Ordnung, meine Mitschüler sind total lieb 🙂 )

Im September habe ich in der Abteilung „Herstellung“ begonnen, und obwohl ich eine grobe Idee hatte, was man dort so macht, wurde ich trotzdem überrascht.

Habt ihr mal darauf geachtet, dass man in vielen Büchern unterschiedliche Schriftarten in der Grundschrift finden kann?

Als Hersteller hat man die Freiheit, sich eine schöne und vor allem natürlich passende Schrift für das jeweilige Buch auszusuchen. Mir macht dies total viel Spaß und ich habe mittlerweile einige Lieblingsschriften entdeckt. Für vier Bücher habe ich euch mal die Schriften herausgesucht:

 

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Für „Throne of Glass“ von Sarah J. Maas wurde die Weiss Antigua ausgesucht und ich LIEBE diese Schriftart. Sie passt super zu Fantasybüchern. Die Dante, die für „Witch Hunter“ von Virginia Boecker ausgesucht wurde, kann man schon fast als Klassiker bezeichnen. „Breathe – Gefangen unter Glas“ von Sarah Crossan hat eine, wie ich finde, schöne Science Fiction-Schriftart nämlich die Rotis Serif. Und Colleen Hoover’s „Maybe Someday“ wurde aus der Janson gesetzt. Die Unterschiede mögen jetzt nicht besonders auffällig sein, aber ein ganzes Buch in einer der Schriftarten macht einen ganz anderen Eindruck, als in einer anderen ;-).

Neben der Grundschriftart, bestimmt ein Hersteller außerdem die Schriftgröße, den Zeilenabstand, Schriften für Überschriften und Einschübe, sowie die Position und Aussehen der Pagina (Seitenzahl). Im Prinzip also komplett, wie der Inhalt eines Buches aussehen soll. Die Lektoren werden meistens aber natürlich auch nach ihrer Meinung gefragt. Außerdem muss man als Hersteller darauf achten, dass man mit seinen Angaben einen angemessenen Umfang für das Buch erreicht. Meist gibt es im Vorwege Angaben, wie groß der Umfang in etwa werden soll und außerdem ist darauf zu achten, dass die Seitenzahl am Ende durch 32 bzw. 16 teilbar ist, da dies die Bogengrößen in der Druckerei sind.

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Meine Betreuerin hat mir einen Titel zur Bearbeitung liegen gelassen und zwar „Echo Boy“ von Matt Haig. Wenn ihr sehen möchtet, was für Schriftarten ich mir für „Echo Boy“ ausgesucht habe, dann solltet ihr das Buch unbedingt genauer unter die Lupe nehmen, wenn es am 09.12.16 erscheint ;-).

 

 

 

Wusstet ihr all dies bereits? Habt ihr andere Fragen, die ich in zukünftigen Blogbeiträgen beantworten soll?

xx Kim


 

The lovely Anabelle from Stehlblüten asked me a while ago whether I could write a blog post about my apprenticeship at dtv and give her/you an insight into my work at a publisher. Here you are :-).

I started my apprenticeship in September and I’m loving it there. All my expectations have been exceeded. My colleagues are super nice and I seriously love this kind of work. Even the vocational school is ok, since I have lovely classmates :-).

The department I’m currently working at is the production department, and even though I kind of knew what to expect, I was still surprised.

Have you ever noticed that most books have different fonts inside?

As a producer you’re free to choose a fitting, and obviously pretty, font for each book. I love looking up new fonts and I already have a few favourite ones. To show you the differences I chose four different books and looked up their fonts:

 

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For „Throne of Glass“ by Sarah J. Maas the font Weiss Antigua was chosen. I LOVE it! It fits fantasy books perfectly. Dante which was chosen for „Witch Hunter“ by Virginia Boecker is a classic. In „Breathe – Gefangen unter Glas“ by Sarah Crossan you can find a pretty science fiction-font, the Rotis Serif. And for Colleen Hoover’s „Maybe Someday“ the font Janson was chosen. The differences may be not as noticeable for these few words, but in a book it will make a difference if you pay attention to it ;-).

Besides choosing the font for the body type, a producer also chooses things like font size, line spacing, fonts for headings and parenthesis, as well as position and appearance of the page number. So in general, a  producer is responsible for how a book looks like inside. Of course, editors are asked for their opinion, too. Often a book is supposed to have a certain amount of pages, plus, the number of pages must be divisible by 32 or 16 due to the sheets of paper a printing company uses. So you have to make sure to get that certain amount of pages with the fonts and sizes you choose.

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I was allowed to choose everything for  „Echo Boy“ by Matt Haig and I’m super excited to hold a physical copy in my hands and see the result. If you want to know which fonts I chose you should check it out when it releases in December ;-).

 

 

 

Did you know all of this already? Do you have any questions you’d like to see answered in future blog posts?

xx Kim

Junger Literaturpreis Schleswig-Holstein 2016

Ihr Lieben,

es gibt einen wunderbaren Literaturwettbewerb, den ich euch nicht vorenthalten möchte. An alle, die 14-20 Jahre alt sind, in Schleswig-Holstein wohnen und gerne schreiben – vielleicht habt ihr ja Lust, an diesem Wettbewerb teilzunehmen? Hier die Details:

 

Du bist zwischen 14 und 20 Jahren alt, wohnst in Schleswig-Holstein und hast Spaß am Schreiben? Dann zeig uns, was Du kannst und nimm an unserem Wettbewerb „Junger Literaturpreis Schleswig-Holstein“ teil.  Zwischen den Themen und Formen Deines Textes kannst Du frei entscheiden – egal ob real oder fiktiv, lustig oder traurig, gruselig oder provozierend.

Vom 1. Oktober 2016 bis zum 31. Januar 2017 hast Du an dieser Stelle die Möglichkeit uns Deinen Text zu senden. Es gibt diese Voraussetzungen zur Teilnahme:

  • Du bist zwischen 14 und 20 Jahren alt
  • Du wohnst in Schleswig-Holstein
  • Du bist Urheber des Textes, welcher noch nie veröffentlicht wurde
  • Dein Text besteht aus erzählender Prosa und ist höchstens 6 Seiten lang

Eine Jury aus Mitgliedern des Freundeskreises des Literaturhauses Schleswig-Holstein sowie aus Persönlichkeiten des literarischen Lebens wird über Deinen Text urteilen und mit etwas Glück winkt Dir ein Preisgeld in Höhe von 200, 150 oder 100 Euro. Dein Text wird dann auf dieser Website veröffentlicht – alle Rechte verbleiben natürlich bei Dir.

Wir freuen uns auf Deine Teilnahme! Mehr unter www.flsh-kiel.de ab Oktober!

Der Vorstand der Freunde des Literaturhauses Schleswig-Holstein e. V.

EDIT: Ihr könnt bis zum 31.3.2017 eure Texte einsenden! (Stand 26.01.2017)

Allen Teilnehmern wünsche ich ganz viel Glück!

xx, Kim

{Interview} Linda Foster

Welcome back to a Blog Tour of Glass House Press! I promised you a third interview last time and with a little delay, you’re going to be able to read it today. Linda Foster will tell you about her upcoming short story, book and her live as an author. Enjoy!

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Interview

Hi Linda, I’m happy to have you on my blog today! Please, describe yourself in three words and tell us a bit about yourself!

Wow, three words. Dreamer, Overthinker, and Passionate. I live in Colorado with my wonderful husband, two loveable ferrets, and the cutest dog in the world. I work at a middle school, where I fit in quite nicely because I’m still a kid at heart. I love to do anything artistic and creative. Painting and writing are my favorites. When I’m not working or writing I really just enjoy hanging out with my family and friends.

“Unnatural Soul” is a prequel to your forthcoming series “The Realm of the Claimed” with “Soul Bound” releasing early 2017. Please, could you introduce us to the world of the protagonists Kali and Ash?

Ash was just another high school student, intent on living life to the fullest, winning his next lacrosse game, and making it to this weekend’s party in time. Until he was forced to sell his soul to a demon to save his sister’s life. Kali was an angel who fought in the first war in Heaven against the now-king of Hell, Adrian, who dragged her down with him when he was cast out. Now she’s a demon trying to earn redemption and get back home by working with the angels, and making up for the sins she’s committed while in Hell.

Unnatural Soul is the story of Grace, Ash’s sister. She is just trying to save her brother’s soul before the demon he sold it to comes to collect. By the end of her story, she becomes unwittingly responsible for putting her brother in an even worse position—working with Kali in a desperate fight for freedom, and an angel revolution that could lead to salvation … or the end of the world. Essentially, Grace’s story is what leads into Soul Bound, and creates that partnership.

Do you have a favorite genre to write? Or do you write any genre, depending on the ideas you get?

YA is my favorite. There is so much you can do with Young Adult books, and so many ideas yet to be written for this market, which is always thirsty for something new and exciting. Which pushes me, as a writer, to come up with something unlike anything else out there. As far as my sub-genre, I like to believe I mix drama, mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romance together in one nice little package.

Have you always wanted to become an author and how did you become an author?

I have always, always, always wanted to write a book! I honestly started writing for myself, for the simple fun of it and because I had a story in my head that I wanted to read. I never even thought I would someday become a published author. Once I finished the manuscript, though, I thought why not try and get a publisher. With each rejection I grew a little more determined to actually make it happen. I just want to share my stories with the world, and hope that I bring some of the same joy I’ve gotten from other authors over the years to my readers. I got very lucky when submitted to Carrie White-Parish and Glass House Press. She saw something in my writing and signed me. The rest is history.

How is your writing process? Are you a pantser or a plotter? And how well do you plan your characters and story before you start writing?

I think writing is always a little bit of both of these. I find freewriting to be especially helpful when I have writer’s block, but my publisher has taught me it is always good to have a solid outline to keep a sense of where I am going next. I do basic plot outlines, character descriptions, and settings, but having an outline doesn’t mean some things don’t change as I’m actually writing the story. It’s a roadmap, but sometimes, when I’m lost in the creative world of writing, I like to take detours.

Thank you for answering my questions! Good luck for the future!

Thank you for having me!

About the short story

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„It’s been almost a year since the night of the accident that should have killed Grace. Nearly a year since her brother, Ash, sold his soul to save her. She survived, but that wasn’t the end of their story.
Not even close.
In the months since, Grace’s life has turned upside down. She can move objects with her mind, teleport in a blink of an eye, see dead people … and that’s just the tip of the crazy train.
And that would be fine, really … if she had any idea how to control it.
Instead, she’s stuck in a body that does things she doesn’t understand. And now, the contract her brother made for her life is drawing to a close. Which means he’s running out of time before the demon comes to collect his soul.
Unless Grace can find a way to save him.
When an angel named Michael shows up with answers and an offer to help her, she jumps at the chance—and agrees to help him with his own mission as the price.
Then she finds out that Michael is working with another demon. That the deal she’s made … is no better than the one from which she’s trying to save Ash. And she’s faced with a choice: turn and walk away, or try to save her brother—by working with the very monsters who have nearly destroyed them both.“

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About the author

Linda Foster was born and raised in Colorado, where she still lives with her (very patient) husband, two (very spoiled) ferrets and (equally spoiled) dog. Linda became an avid reading enthusiast the moment she picked up her first book, and has grown steadily worse. By the time she was fifteen years old, her library had become too big for her shelves, and she was forced to donate all her books to the local school, just to make room for new ones. She started writing short novellas for her friends in middle school, and expanded into full-length novels several years later.

The Realm of the Claimed novellas are her first published work.

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What I’ve been up to… (Including Harry Potter Studios and YALC)

I know I’ve been super absent these past few months… but there’s a reason why, or rather lots of reasons.

University and Moving

First of all, university has been insane. It’s (been) my last year of university and I had to pass some important exams (which I fortunately did). Especially while writing my bachelor thesis during the last few months, I just haven’t had the time to blog. I only read two books in June and none (!) in July and I can’t say I’m happy about that, but I finally handed in my bachelor thesis last week, which was such a huge relief.

Besides uni, I had to pack and move and organize heaps of things. The reason is that I’m moving to Munich at the end of this month. I’m super excited and I can’t wait to start an apprenticeship at the German publisher dtv in September (who happens to publish my favourite series in the world: Throne of Glass). I’m just so glad I decided to start over after finishing my studies, because I just wasn’t happy with it. I did want to finish my studies, but I didn’t want to work as a Geophysicist forever. My heart belongs with the books, so I’m super grateful that dtv is giving me a chance to get into the publishing industry.

Harry Potter Studios and YALC in London

Onto more bookish topics! Last week I’ve been to London where I met my bestie Shanna. I visited the Harry Potter Studios on Thursday for the first time and I was amazed by it. It was so, so cool, I wish I could’ve just stayed there forever. See for yourself:

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Shanna and I in the Ministry of Magic! (Yes, you do look like that after being flushed ;-))

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Then from Friday to Sunday I attended the YA Literature Convention (YALC) which was part of the Film and Comic Con London. Shanna and I met some bloggers at a Pre-YALC Meet Up on Thursday, organized by Karen. It was so good to meet fellow book lovers beforehand and we pretty much stayed together during the whole weekend. Guys, YALC was SO MUCH FUN! I had the best time meeting amazing authors, bloggers, publishers and book lovers. The panels were super awesome and even though I didn’t do a workshop, I thought it was such a great option for writers, too. Even though some signing queues were massive, I got all my books signed and except for Maggie Stiefvater’s signing none of the signings were limited to just a few books. It’s been such an amazing weekened and I really want to go again next year! Thanks everyone for the awesome time!

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I met Victoria E. Schwab (above) and Alwyn Hamilton (below) on Saturday. Both are super lovely and I’m more than happy that I had the chance to meet them at YALC.

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On Sunday I met the amazing Maggie Stiefvater. Her panel was hilarious!

Blogging

When I first started writing this post, I was super enthusiastic about getting back into blogging.  But then I realized that I’d rather blog a little less, and read and write instead. The thing is that I don’t manage to do everything at once. I usually don’t have any time left to write, when I’m reading and blogging at the same time. Therefore I decided to blog less and try to get back into writing instead. Occationally, you’ll find a new post on my blog, but there might be none for a while, as well. If you follow me on Twitter (@DreamingLibrary), you’ll always know when there are new posts, though.

Until then!

xx Kim