Heather Demetrios’s Ten Random Facts About BLOOD PASSAGE | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

1st Mar 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Posts

Heather Demetrios’s Ten Random Facts About BLOOD PASSAGE | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Heather Demetrios’s Ten Random Facts About BLOOD PASSAGE | Blog Tour + Giveaway!Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #2
Published by Balzer + Bray
Pub Date: March 1st 2016
Buy the book! | Goodreads

A jinni who's lost everything.

A master with nothing to lose.

A revolutionary with everything to gain.

When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Passage Cycle.

Happy March 1st, friends! I’m so happy to be taking part in Heather Demetrios’s blog tour for BLOOD PASSAGE today!

Ten Random Facts About BLOOD PASSAGE

1. It takes place in Morocco.

2. I travelled to Morocco to do research – I slept in the Sahara, went to the souks—all of it.

3. Some of this book takes places in a cave and I checked a gorgeous one in Virginia called Lorraine Cavern.

4. This was the book I was the most scared to write. I didn’t want it to be a boring middle book. I’m really proud of it.

5. When I was in Morocco, my driver told me stories about the jinn, which are a big part of Islamic culture.

6. I have two rings with an eight-pointed star, just like Solomon’s Sigil in the book.

7. The cover for the series changed at the last minute, so Blood Passage has a different cover and came out five months later than it was scheduled to.

8. A lot of the lore comes from an amazing book that has helped me so much with the series: Legends of the Fire Spirits, which has jinn mythology from around the world.

9. I’ll be launching the book with Danielle Paige at Books of Wonder in Manhattan– her last book in the Dorothy Must Die series comes out just a few weeks after Blood Passage.

10. When writing the book, I burned Moroccan amber oil and listened to a lot of Ravi and Anoushka Shankar’s music.

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Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE
February 22: Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
February 23: A Dream Within A Dream 10’s LIST
City of Books REVIEW
February 24: The Cover Contessa EXCERPT
February 25: Adventures of A Book Junkie INTERVIEW
Wholly-Books REVIEW
February 26: Falling For YA MUSIC PLAYLIST
Bookaholics Anonymous REVIEW

WEEK TWO
February 29: Swoony Boys Podcast REVIEW
March 1: Gone With The Words 10 RANDOM THINGS
What Sarah Read REVIEW
March 2: Zach’s YA Reviews REVIEW
March 3: Curling Up WIth A Good Book REVIEW
Wishful Endings REVIEW
March 4: Bookfever REVIEW

 

 

About Heather Demetrios

Heather Demetrios

When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth.

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Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

8th Apr 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, ContemporaryRomance2015, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosI'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Published by Henry Holt BfYR
Pub Date: February 3rd 2015
Pages: 400
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

Sometimes you read a book that just makes you feel ALL THE FEELINGS for every single character and I’ll Meet You There was definitely that kind of book for me.

Most of the time I was as confused about Josh as Skylar was. He could be this swoon-worthy, caring, attentive, protective guy one day and the next be a complete douchebag. But honestly, aren’t most guys like that? I certainly remember a few from my younger days. But I think Josh just struggled with wanting to do the right thing by Skylar, which meant lots of push and pull with these two, but it’s what makes them come out a strong pair in the end. The growth of their relationship made me swoon at times but it also made me cry. It was so worth it by the end though.

I think their individual struggles broke my heart more though. The moments when Skylar has no money for food… it still makes me tear up. I can’t say I’ll ever quite forgive her mom for anything. When Josh’s thoughts veered to guilt and blame and worthlessness, I wanted to reach in and hug him so tight. These two had it rough.

Josh and Skylar’s town was incredibly familiar for me because I lived the first 8 years of my life migrating between Mexico and Shafter/Wasco, California. My parents were migrant workers who worked in the grape fields in the summers. Those one-highway towns are between Bakersfield and Fresno, California. Heather Demetrios vividly took me back there. I couldn’t help imagining what it would’ve been of my life if my parents had decided to make any of those towns/cities their permanent home.

Overall, beautifully written story and characters. We don’t have enough books about modern day soldiers and the issues they struggle with once they’re home. I think if there were, we’d all be a little kinder and sensitive to what they’re going through. We also need to have more characters like Skylar, who are real and have real world problems. In other words, you NEED this book in your life.

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So I saw this video on Facebook and it immediately made me think of Josh, so I wanted to share it with you guys…

 

 

About Heather Demetrios

Heather Demetrios

When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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