June 10, 2017

Obsidian and Stars Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Obsidian and Stars (Ivory and Bone #2)
Author: Julie Eshbaugh

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen

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After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the sa me night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Ivory and Bone Series
1. The series will be a duology! Though I did say earlier that it would be a trilogy, I had originally planned it as a duology. The truth is, the story knows whats best, and when I tried to expand it to three books, it just didnt work. Two books one from Kols point of view, one from Myas point of view served the story best, so Obsidian and Stars closes out the series.
2. The action takes place in what today is known as Alaska.
3. The characters are part of the first group of people to travel to the continent of North America from Asia, along the Bering Land Bridge.
4. Much of the inspiration for the story came from reading new theories archaeologists have about the lives of these earliest settlers and how small clans might have interacted.
5. The characters of Mya and Kol are (somewhat) inspired by Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, but with the genders flipped.
6. Though Ivory and Bone contains allusions to Pride and Prejudice, Obsidian and Stars has no relationship to that classic. (In fact, one review said it had more in common with the books of George R.R. Martin!)
7. Obsidian and Stars is told from Myas point of view, and Mya is a very private person. Because of this, it was harder for me to get into her head, but I feel that the payoff is worth it, because a character who is hard to understand in Ivory and Bone really steps into the spotlight in Obsidian and Stars.
8. Pride and Prejudice inspired the story in more ways than one. It inspired the characters, and it also inspired me to set a story in the distant past. Ive always been fascinated by how little people have changed since Austens novel, which got me wondering if people might have been very similar even as far back as the Ice Age.
9. Though Ivory and Bone is written largely in the second person, as a story within a story, Obsidian and Stars is a more traditional first-person narrative. Though I would have loved to use the second-person again, it would have felt like I was forcing it onto the story, which is quite different from Ivory and Bone.
10. Even though I had to do a lot of research for the book, I never minded reading about prehistory because I’ve always been fascinated by archaeology and love reading what scientists believe about the distant past.
Thank you so much for having me here. I hope you’ve enjoyed these facts about the Ivory and Bone Series!

Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us about the series!

Julie Eshbaugh is the author of Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she n ow lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.


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