Friday, February 10, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake @BrendaDrake @chapterxchapter @EntangledTeen

Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)
by Brenda Drake
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

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Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

Interview with Brenda Drake

What inspired you to write Guardian of Secrets?

The inspiration for the story was a coffee table book full of the world’s most beautiful libraries. I was in a bookstore when I came across it. I wanted to jump through the pages and visit all the amazing libraries in the photographs. I then imagined a battle in one of them and had to write it. I bought the book, went home, and started plotting the story right away.

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

I’ve always loved books since I was a little girl looking at picture books. But the first memory I have of wanting to write one of my own was when I was around eight. I asked my grandmother how to write one. She told me to just start writing and see where it took me. So I wrote a really short story in one of my notebooks about a family of rabbits. It took many years, when I became a stay-at-home mom, for me to follow my dream more seriously and write my first full-length novel.

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

About nine, I guess. My memories before then are a little fragmented. I remember reading old books from the bookcases in my grandparents’ house while visiting them. Stories such as The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis kept me company whenever my sister and cousin would ditch me because I was too young for them. Looking back at it now, I guess they did me a favor because I’d fallen in love with books.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

My first choice would be young adult and fantasy books. I do read in all genres and categories. If the premise attracts me, I’ll pick it up.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It’s a book I read with my grandmother and it is still dear to my heart to this day. I’ve even incorporated it into the Library Jumpers series. It’s a sort of tribute to my grandmother.

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

I’d have to say L.J. Smith. I devoured the Vampire Diaries and Night World books. She has a way of keeping you turning the pages and staying up past your bedtime. And the tension! I love the T.V. series, too! I miss vampires. Ha!

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

I’d travel back to my grandparents’ house when I was a young girl. My Italian grandfather was so giving and he would cook a spaghetti dinner. All the aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends would eat and laugh together. We’d play cards and my parents would let me stay up until after bedtime. I miss those days so much.

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

Mostly, writing comes easy for me. There are times when I get stuck on a plot point and times when I struggle to stay motivated, but I enjoy that part of writing, too.

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

We have two cats and a ferret. The ferret is so much fun and such a sweet little guy. One cat is a great huntress, but very loving to us. The other cat, who I named Gia, was abused before we rescued her. She’s afraid of everyone and everything, but loves to cuddle with my husband and me.

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

I die for Mexican food. I’m addicted to Gold Fish crackers for snacking. And I drink tons of coffee, which I’m trying to cut down (emphasis on “try”).

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

Learn your trade. The best way to do that is to read and research how the publishing industry works. Write something every day. It doesn’t have to be much. Something as simple as a page a day would work, and you never know, by the end of the year, you’ll have written a novel.

Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).


·        $50 Amazon Gift Card with Guardian of Secrets swag pack  *International winners will only get $50 GC*



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