Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins @authorjenkins @chapterxchapter @Month9Books



Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.

Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.

He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”

As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.

But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.




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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

Nameless (Nameless #1) by Jennifer Jenkins
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books

Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.





An Interview with Jennifer Jenkins

What inspired you to write CLANLESS?

Most of my books ideas take root in “What If?” questions, and NAMELESS and CLANLESS were no different. I wondered, “What if a Spartan warrior fell in love with a helot slave?” And then that idea/question grew to, “What if I included multiple cultures throughout history to live in a fictional setting?”

I took a page from the brutal training methods of the Spartans, the ingenuity of the Navajo, the simple diplomacy of the Vikings, and the intimidation element of the Maori. This diverse mix of cultures was intended to form a hotbed of prejudice and clashing viewpoints.

Aside from that, I’m always inspired by great love stories with gigantic walls of conflict separating the main characters. I wanted to write a star-crossed romance that had potential to be deep and meaningful.


When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I knew I wanted to be a writer in 4th grade. I don’t remember the exact writing assignment, but I do remember Mrs. Sampson, my teacher, making a big deal out of something I wrote in her class.  That confidence led to bigger and bigger dreams over the course of my childhood. It wasn’t until after graduating from college that I actually gave myself permission to start writing novel-length fiction.


What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

I have a vivid memory of reading (and loving) the book LITTLE BEAR with my dad when I was six years old.


What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I’m all across the board with reading. I, of course, love reading young adult fantasy novels, but I’m also a big fan of most historical fiction.

What is your favorite book?

This question is always so difficult to answer. All time favorite=Harry Potter. I mean how can it not be? Recent favorite= Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. That woman’s talent blows my mind!


You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Again, HARD! Sticking with my previous answer and saying JK Rowling and Leigh Bardugo. I’d also have to add Libba Bray, Shannon Hale, Patrick Rothfuss, and Jane Austen at the top of my list, as well.


If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

This historian is rubbing her hands together in delight at this question. The trouble is every time I decide on a society to visit, all I can think about is how awful they treated their women. Hmm, I’d probably visit the English countryside during the early 1800’s. The buckskin breeches of the regency era would be too tempting to pass up. J


When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

I have to say both are true for me, depending on where I am in the plot. Sometimes I really have to wrestle with a manuscript to get it right. At other times, it flows faster than my fingers can type.


Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

I have a little Maltese puppy named Milo that wants me to play with him every waking minute. When I ignore him, he drops dried worms and dead crickets at my feet as offerings in exchange for more play time. Thank goodness he’s so cute!


What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

DARK CHOCOLATE.


Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

I would say to just focus more on honing your craft and finishing a project than worrying about the publishing end of things. Write as much as you can. In the end, a publishing deal isn’t the product of your writing. YOU are the product of your writing! Have fun and enjoy the journey!


With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).

Visit her online at jajenkins.com

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Giveaway Information:  Contest ends October 21, 2016

·        One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)

·        Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Nameless and Clanless by Jennifer Jenkins (INT)



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