Thursday, 29 January 2015

Blog Tour: The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant (The V Trilogy #2)
Behind 336 Pages
Released: 20 January 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: BenBella Books
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At the Other End:
Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.

Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves...or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben's destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself?

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant (The V Trilogy #1)
Behind 272 Pages
Released: 14 January 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: BenBella Books
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At the Other End:
After her mother’s death, 16-year-old art prodigy Anne Merchant moves from sunny California to the cold woodlands of Wormwood Island, Maine for what is supposed to be a fresh start. She is the newest student of Cania Christy, an elite boarding school that is as filled with secrets as it is with the world’s most privileged—and competitive—teens.

From the first day of school, Anne finds herself thrust into the Big V competition, an intense race to the top of the class. With enviable talents, she quickly becomes the enemy of every junior seeking the Big V—especially Harper, the presumed frontrunner.

Like every student, she is assigned a guardian, and a unique mission. Anne’s assignment is to “look deeper.” Anne is determined to succeed, and won’t let anything —not even her distractingly beautiful neighbor Ben—get in the way. But the deeper she looks the more questions arise, and the more she is forced to reexamine all of her assumptions—about the school, her classmates and even herself.

As layers of secrecy deepen, Anne leans on the friendship of Molly, a lifelong islander, and Pilot, the only junior not competing for the Big V, to make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world. But when people start disappearing, Anne uncovers a stunning truth that she must face head on—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.

By day, Joanna is a copywriter and the co-founder of and, a critique site for published and unpublished writers. As an undergraduate student, Joanna won several academic awards for excellence in creative writing: Canada's James Patrick Folinsbee Prize, which she won twice, as well as the Godfrey Prize.

After graduating, she lived for a year on the remote northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, which is the inspiration for the verdant Wormwood Island of the V Trilogy. She holds a BA in Honors English and an MA in Communications from the University of Alberta and lives with her partner Lance in Victoria, British Columbia.

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is her first novel and the first installment in the V Trilogy.

Find Joanna:
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Warning. May contain spoilers from book 1, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant.
As Anne Merchant found out when she first arrived at Cania Christy in The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant, you’re often safer when you’re in the dark. But just as Anne isn’t one to shy away from the danger that comes with knowing what’s really going on in a strange new world, you’re not about to shy away, either. 

So here are 5 things you don’t know about The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant. Enlighten yourself if you dare. 

1. The devilishly good-looking new headmaster is, of course, a devil.
Welcome Dia Voletto as the new headmaster of Cania Christy Preparatory Academy! He’s sinfully alluring – and any wonder why? He’s a high-ranking underworld leader who’s obsessed with beauty. (Far better than ex-headmaster Villicus, a high-ranking underworld leader who stunk of smoke.)

2. The new English Lit teacher isn’t your typical teacher. 
The faculty and staff of Cania Christy are anything but traditional teachers, and Superbia, Anne’s new English teacher, is no exception. She’s in fact the personification of pride, and she’s joined Cania Christy along with her six dazzling sisters. Together, they are the seven deadly sins brought to life – and they’ve got their sights set on Anne. 

3. If you want to win, give in to sin
Midway through the school year is the event called The Scrutiny. In it, students are put through a series of challenges. The winners will receive the one thing everyone at Cania wants most: life off the island. But to win, you’ve gotta play by the rules of the underworld. 

4. Anne’s not who she thinks she is. 
Anne’s always believed she’s an artsy geek, “death chick,” the daughter of a lowly mortician and his troubled wife. But when she discovers the truth about her history – and the real reason she’s on Wormwood Island – will she accept her dark past, will she cling to the life she thought she was creating, or will she forge a new future that has nothing to do with whom she’s “supposed” to be?

5. Take a look. It’s in a book. 
In The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant, Anne’s knowledge of ‘The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus’ helped her escape Wormwood Island. This time around, her reading of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray could save her life – but it might just end the life of the boy her heart desires.
~ Joanna
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Tuesday, January 13th - Literary Meanderings - Interview
Wednesday, January 14th - Such a Novel Idea - Interview
Thursday, January 15th - Of Spectacles and Books - Guest Post
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Monday, January 19th - To Each Their Own Reviews - Guest Post
Tuesday, January 20th - Bumbles and Fairy-Tales - Author Interview
Wedneday, January 21st - Aphonic Book Reviews - Guest Post
Thursday, January 22nd - Her Book Thoughts - Guest Post
Friday, January 23rd - Book Lovers Life - Guest Post

Monday, January 26th - Jump Into Books - Interview
Tuesday, January 27h - Bad Bird Reads - Guest Post
Wedneday, January 28th - Addicted Readers - Interview
Thursday, January 29th - Behind the Pages - Guest Post

Friday, January 30th - Curling Up With A Good Book - Interview

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