Sunday, 19 April 2015

Blog Tour: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman | Playlist

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2)
Behind 416 Pages
Released: 21 April 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
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At the Other End:
The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content.

But then, Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen’s world turns upside-down. And when she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped-and return to her homeland.

Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture and recognition, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time-or will Hitler discover them first?
Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn't writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.

After earning a master's degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she's not writing young adult fiction, she's playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.

Anne Blankman is the author of PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, the first in a three-book deal slated for publication in spring 2014 from Balzer + Bray | HarperCollins. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

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I’ve never been able to write in silence. The right song puts me in a character’s head or in the middle of a scene. I’ve compiled a list of the songs that meant the most to me while I wrote Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. If you’d like to listen to the official playlist for the prequel, Prisoner of Night and Fog, it’s available for free from Epic Reads here

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Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, “We Found Love.”
Forget the video featuring drug use, and just listen to the words. Don’t you love the idea of finding love even under the most difficult circumstances? It makes me think of Gretchen and Daniel every time I hear it.

Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kayne West, “Run This Town.”
I adore the raw confidence in this song. As strange as this sounds, something about it reminds me of the freewheeling, anything-goes atmosphere of early 1930s Berlin!

Natalia Kills, “Saturday Night.”
This song’s mingled sense of desperation and menace mirrors what several characters experience throughout the book.

Zedd featuring Foxes, “Clarity.”
Foxes’ voice gives me chills. I admit, I had this song on repeat when I wrote certain scenes in Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke. 

Ellie Goulding, “Anything Could Happen.”
To me, this song is about the endless possibilities we all face in life.

Coldplay, “Clocks.”
The line about “the tides I try to swim against” haunts me. I think that’s something we all do—try to fight against stronger forces, even when it would be easier to submit to them. 

Alicia Keys, “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart.”
I’m in love with this ode to female empowerment. And Alicia Keys has one of the most gorgeous voices I’ve ever heard. 

Sky Ferreira, “Everything is Embarrassing.”
This song’s smooth, layered sound puts me in a writing mood every time I hear it.

Broods, “Bridges.”
I listened to this song over and over while writing the majority of part four in Conspiracy. It encapsulates so much of what Gretchen is feeling at this point in the story. 

Ingrid Michaelson, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
Okay, I’m not ashamed to confess, this song brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. For the rest of my life, whenever I listen to it, I know I’ll think of Gretchen and Daniel!

Nelly Furtado, “All Good Things (Come to an End).”
Many people say the only thing constant in life is change, and this song attests to that. 

Ellie Goulding, “I'll Hold My Breath.”
Listen to this song while you’re reading the last chapter, and I think you’ll understand why I had to include it. 

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  1. OMG OMG! I so desperately NEED this book in my life. I can't tell you how many times I've requested it Gina, and they knock me back. Every. Single. Time. Damn, the giveaway is US only! *runs off crying and flipping tables*

    1. Really? I can't believe they aren't saying yes! Looks like I'm going to have to read this series soon :)


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