Thursday, 28 August 2014

BLOG TOUR!! The Jewel by Amy Ewing + Guest Post

The Jewel (The Lone City #1)
Behind 358 Pages
Released: 2 September 2014
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian
Publisher: HarperTEEN
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At the Other End:
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

Amy Ewing is the young adult author of THE JEWEL, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.

Find Amy:
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1.      I love string cheese. Like, LOVE IT. If I was stuck on an island with only one food…string cheese. Hands down.

2.      I am terrible with directions because I always confuse left/right and east/west. In fact, there is a location in the Duchess’s palace in The Jewel called the East Wing, and the entire time I was writing, I pictured it on the west side of the house in my mind. It wasn’t until I decided to sketch the palace that I realized my mistake.

3.      I love doing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles of famous works of art. Currently, Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss has taken over my living room table.

4.      I love to cook and can be a bit of a homebody, so I will use my cooking skills to lure my friends to my apartment. Especially if the friend lives in Brooklyn or Queens. No one can resist a home cooked meal!

5.      I am a Jeopardy addict. Two of my friends actually made an Amy Ewing Jeopardy game for me for my birthday. It was amazing.

6.      Sometimes when I am feeling lonely, as a single girl can in New York City, I take out my copy of The Hunger Games and just read the Peeta parts. Peeta makes everything better.

7.      I play guitar and write my own songs.

8.      There’s a brand of lip balm called EOS and they make these adorable egg shaped lip balms in all different colors. Any time I go on a trip, I buy a new one to take with me and photograph it in various locations, a la the gnome in Amelie. And I send the photos to my best friend as a sort of update throughout my travels.

9.      I have four mini succulents that live on the window sill in my living room. They are named Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin. Because…NERD.

10.  I’ve been dying my hair since I was thirteen. It’s been every shade of red imaginable. And blonde. And brunette.

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  1. Love her little facts about herself, super cute and quirky!
    I actually finished The Jewel last weekend and really enjoyed it. It reminded me a lot of The Selection series, and I love my oppressive world when revolutions are brewing. I think fans of the Selection will really enjoy this one. Thanks for sharing Gina <3

    1. Same here! It's a fun post, and something you don't get to see often with authors.
      Ohh, I'm jealous now, I really want to read it! Slap me on the wrists, I still haven't read The Selection series yet... Thanks lovely!


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