Book Tour

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my stop on The Traitor’s Kiss blog tour!  As some of you know, this fantastic novel by Erin Beaty is out on May 9th, and is the start of a trilogy that promises romance, fantasy, and some politics all mixed together to create a book that will sweep you off your feet!  You’ll definitely be seeing my review for the book this coming week, as well!

Here you will find some information about the book, a Q&A with the author, Erin Beaty, and at the end you will find a secret message.  Every blog on the tour has a secret message, and if you follow the tour all the way through, you can piece the messages together and form a passage from the book!  You can find the schedule at the bottom of this post.  Have fun!

The Traitor’s Kiss

Author: Erin Beaty

Series: Traitor’s Trilogy, #1

Publication Date: May 9th, 2017

Publisher: Imprint

Synopsis: An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

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Erin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can’t drive a tractor, but she won’t eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in rocket science and somehow always ended up writing her study group’s lab reports. After serving in the fleet as a weapons officer and a leadership instructor, she resigned to pursue her side hobby of populating the Church of Rome. It still amazes her when other people want to hear the stories that come out of her head.

She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.

Erin Beaty is represented by Valerie Noble. Her young adult fantasy adventure, THE TRAITOR’S KISS, the first in a trilogy called The Traitor’s Trilogy, will be released May 9th, 2017

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What inspired you to write The Traitor’s Kiss?
I wanted to write a book for the scrappy, closet romantic 16-year-old who lives inside me (and I suspect a lot of other people, too). The stories I read as a young adult are kind of dated now, even some of the fantasy ones, so this was my chance to step in and create something for a new generation of teens. Though I didn’t deliberately put them in there, I can see a lot of what I feel is important coming through as themes, particularly in being true to yourself and your talents, what it means to be a leader, and the power of forgiveness.

Can you tell us a little bit about writing the book?  Which scene was your favorite to write, which character did you like best?
I really liked writing the action scenes because it was like the culmination of all the things I had set up – I was finally allowed to start playing with my toys. There’s a scene that stands out as one that changed me as a writer, though, and that’s when Sage goes to apologize to the matchmaker in the beginning. Mistress Rodelle started saying and doing things I didn’t expect, and when I was finished, I had a character with depth and humor and kindness. She really stole the show, and all my readers have loved her as well.

I love Sage best, and I probably always will, but the characters I relate to most are the military ones. Go figure. One of the best things about that, however, is I’m able to translate that kind of life and its conflicts to readers who have no military exposure.

While you were writing The Traitor’s Kiss, did you find yourself outlining the entire story first, or just writing and seeing where things went?  Were there any unexpected twists and turns?
I start with Post-it notes. Each square gets a plot point or beat, and I lay them all out on an easel pad. If there’s a side plot that needs to happen but I’m not sure where, I put it in its own column. Then I go write. After a while I come back and update with what’s changed or added, using different colors of notes and moving and deleting things as necessary. If I can see where the elements of that side plot can be inserted in the main story, I put those points where they belong. I beef out some of the scenes and dialogue by attaching more notes to each other in a long strip so I don’t forget what I want to come out of that moment, then I go back and write some more. I just do that over and over until the story is done.

There weren’t too many twists or turns I didn’t see coming. Most of the surprises came from the characters putting the force of their personalities (some of which I hadn’t fleshed out yet) on events and conversations. Their emotions took a much more prominent role and sometimes changed the order of events. Characters formed alliances and friendships which made them teammates or rivals in the actions that followed, but the main plot never really changed from the first draft. In this book.

Can you tell us a little about the importance of politics in the book?
Politics are never really in a vacuum – they revolve around people, and events are always more complicated than they seem. Like real people, my characters tend to approach the threats they see in the only way they know, in the old “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” manner. None of the military or social maneuvering of the story makes sense on its own, but when you put it together everything clicks. Readers (and the characters) gain an appreciation of looking for information from many sources, looking for connections, and not dismissing events. Nothing is irrelevant.

What books are currently on your nightstand?
I’ve got Lilly Singh’s How to Be a Bawse, Mary Pearson’s The Beauty of Darkness, and Linda Rodriguez McRobbie’s Princesses Behaving Badly. Also there’s a G.K. Chesterton Lenten Reader, a little journal I use to write down positive things that are happening in my life and what I can do to maximize them, and an ARC of my own book. That’s less than normal, though, I actually just put a bunch of others away.

“Burned some notes when finished, hid others

April 20thThe Book Addict’s Guide – Scented Candle

April 22ndBook Nerds Across America – List of Favorite Literary Female Spies

April 23rd Stories and Sweeties – Guest Post: Intro to main characters with pics

April 24thMundie Moms – Guest Post: Top 10 Things All Spies Need

April 25thBookie Emoji – Top 5 Reasons to read The Traitor’s Kiss

April 26thFiktshun – Guest Post: Favorite & Most Challenging Scene to Write (and Why)

April 27thForever Young Adult – Guest Post: YA “matchmaker”

April 28thYA Books Central – Guest Post: What gave you the inspiration for this book?

April 29thBook Briefs – Guest Post: Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Sage & Quinn

April 30th –  Tripping Over Books – Mood Board

May 1stDark Faerie Tales – Guest Post: What’s the most daring thing you would do for a mission?

May 2nd – What Sarah Read – Mood Board

May 3rdBook Loving Nut – Playlist

May 5thQuite the Novel Idea – Alternate Cover

May 6th – Here’s to Happy EndingsQ&A

May 7thBrooke Reports – Sage Character Interview

May 9thUndeniably {Book} Nerdy – Fancast

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5 Responses to Blog Tour: The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty – Q&A

  1. Karen Blue says:

    The secret messages are a fun idea. This book sounds like a great read. Thanks for posting the Q&A, I always love reading these.
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  2. Raven says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! There are so many mixed reviews on this book. Have you read this yet?
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  3. Great interview! I had been kind of on the fence about whether or not I wanted to read this book, but I’m definitely more interested now. 🙂
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