31 October 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Friends and Traitors (Slayers #2) by C.J. Hill

Friends and Traitors (Slayers #2)
by C.J. Hill.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.
Publication: October 15th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends.
In C.J. Hill's action-packed sequel to Slayers, the group of teens known as Slayers have been betrayed—but they won’t give up without a fight.

Tori’s got a problem. She thought she’d have one more summer to train as a dragon Slayer, but time has run out. When Tori hears the horrifying sound of dragon eggs hatching, she knows the Slayers are in trouble. In less than a year, the dragons will be fully grown and completely lethal. The Slayers are well-prepared, but their group is still not complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker—the mysterious missing Slayer.

What Tori doesn’t bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers. She isn’t just a Slayer, she’s part Dragon Lord, too. How can Tori fight to save her friends when half of her is programmed to protect dragons? And with a possible traitor in their midst, the Slayers will be divided in more ways than they ever imagined.

I so want to read this book. I am sadly behind on obligations and haven't read what I wanted to. But in December I am getting back on track and reading this one. YES! If you haven't read any of her books as the author Janette Rallison, she is funny and witty and down right cute and you have to check them out! Check out the first book on goodreads HERE
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Check out the playlist. I arranged it so you just have to push a button to listen to it while you read more on the playlist and the tour...

Playlist for Slayers: Friends and Traitors

Demons, by Imagine Dragons.
This song fits Dirk so well. Interestingly enough it's easy to find songs about tormented bad boys. Apparently there are a lot of tormented bad boys who are also song writers.

Radioactive, by Imagine Dragons
Actually, pretty much anything from Imagine Dragons. They do after all have the word Dragons in their title. Plus their music seems like it could be background music to tense fight scenes.

Picture to Burn, by Taylor Swift.
Tori sings one line of this song in Slayers: Friends and Traitors. She only sings one line of the song due to copyright laws. It's hard to have characters who sing much.

Discord--The Living Tombstone remix, by Eurobeat Brony.
Yes, I know this isn't a song you expected, but I have an elementary age daughter who played the song a lot while I was writing. I grew to like Discord. Every playlist needs an upbeat, snazzy villain song.

Gone, Gone, Gone , by Phillip Phillips (He clearly has a thing about word repetition.)
With lyrics like: "When enemies are at your door, I'll carry you away from war." and "When you fall like a statue, I'm gonna be there to catch you." this song just had to be included. Not that Tori falls and someone catches her . . .

Jessie's Girl, by Rick Springfield.
Rick Springfield could have written this song for my series. In fact, if anyone asks, I'll claim he did.

Uptown Girl, by Billy Joel
Tori is, after all, a socialite. There aren't as many songs about socialites as you would think, so I'm going with this one.

Mirrors, by Justin Timberlake
For no other reason than it was my favorite song during revisions. Imagine my teenage son who isn't a Justin fan and I fighting in the car about whether this song should be played or not. That's the sort of tension and angst writers use to produce great art.

Anything by the Bee Gees
This is because the dragon lord--in an attempt to be annoying--forces Tori to listen to the Bee Gees. Okay, sure, we all loved them in the 70s but after a few decades that falsetto sound starts to grate on your ears.

Lastly, if you happen to be reading this list of songs around Christmastime, then by all means include the song Do You Hear What I Hear? Tori would appreciate the humor.

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About the Author: CJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. (New books will include: dangerous dragons, time travel to dystopian worlds, and flesh-eating beetles.) Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym : The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother's pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children's books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft.
(Most writers' first novels aren't publishable. CJ Junior's first novel wasn't, but somehow was published anyway. Now, even though it is out of print, it remains forever available on Amazon, where it taunts her with its badness. This was another good reason to use a pen name.)
CJ Hill has five children, three of whom like her on any given day depending on who is in trouble. She has lived in Arizona for the last half of her life, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes

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  1. I sadly have not read any of C.J. Hills books. I want to though! Like so bad! I've been hearing a lot about the Slayers series and it's sounds like a totally epic story/book to read. Even if I don't win I'm going to the bookstore just to buy the first book :D

  2. She's a new to me author, but I plan to give her books a try.