Author Of The Week: Chat with Julie Eshbaugh (Obsidian and Stars), Plus Giveaway!!

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Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!

Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!

We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!

 

 

 

Introducing Julie Eshbaugh, YABC's Author of the Week!!

Julie Eshbaugh once produced an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Now, she focuses her time on writing. 

 

 

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Meet Obsidian and Stars!

In the riveting sequel to Ivory and Bone—the YA fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as having a “richly crafted world of life-and-death stakes”—the story shifts to Mya’s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.

After surviving the battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain to her are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry their youngest sister, Lees, to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Rejecting Morsk’s offer, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya whisks Lees away to a secret island until things back home blow over. Mya soon realizes she’s been followed, however. Even worse, lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones resting on her shoulders, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future. 

 

 

 

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YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I would have to say the ending is the scene I’m most proud of. When I first planned out the Ivory and Bone books, I imagined them as a duology—one book from Kol’s point of view and one from Mya’s point of view. But then I loved their world so much, I wanted to make the story into a trilogy. It was only when I wrote Obsidian and Stars that I realized that keeping it to two books served the story best, so Obsidian and Stars closes the series. When I wrote the ending, it was important to me that it end on just the write feeling—that you are left with a sense of what the future might bring for the characters. I’m very proud of the ending, and I hope readers find it satisfying. 

 

 

 

YABC:   What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love the fact that (like the Ivory and Bone cover,) it represents an important moment in the book! It doesn’t exactly illustrate an event, as much as symbolize it. I also love the colors, and the way it’s both similar and different from the Ivory and Bone cover. Lastly, I love the spine—like on the spine of Ivory and Bone, the words Obsidian and Stars look like they are made from Obsidian and Stars! 

 

 

 

YABC:   What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?

Julie Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is one book I can’t wait to hold in my hands!

 

 

 

 

YABC:   What was your favorite book in 2016?

I read so many great books last year, but Caraval by Stephanie Garber, (which is technically a 2017 book, though I read it in 2016,) was a definite favorite!

 

 

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

I’m working on a new fantasy story! I can’t say too much about it, except that it’s very different from the Ivory and Bone books. It’s in the early stages, but I’m looking forward to sharing more soon. 

 

 

 

YABC:   Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

Without giving anything away, let me just say that there are several scenes in Obsidian and Stars that require tissues—happy and sad scenes—and the sad ones were very hard to write. It’s all necessary to the story, but it did hurt. 

 

 

 

YABC:  Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Mya was the hardest, because she’s a very closed, private person in Ivory and Bone, but she’s the narrator of Obsidian and Stars. I needed to draw her out and get her to share her story. It was a rough start for me, but once I got her talking she became a very layered and dynamic narrator. I think readers are going to love her. 

 

 

 

YABC:  What would you say is your superpower?

If I have a superpower, it has to be the ability to travel through time and space, and inhabit the lives of other people. I do it every time I read a book.

 

 

 

 

Obsidian and Stars

By: Julie Eshbaugh

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: June 13th, 2017 

 

 

 

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Comments 18

John on Monday, 19 June 2017 18:08

The cover looks intense, and I like the idea of a “richly crafted world of life-and-death stakes”!

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The cover looks intense, and I like the idea of a “richly crafted world of life-and-death stakes”!
Dianna G. on Monday, 19 June 2017 20:59

The cover has a cool look, with the contrasting colors. I haven't read anything by this author before, but I like the way the synopsis draws the reader in.

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The cover has a cool look, with the contrasting colors. I haven't read anything by this author before, but I like the way the synopsis draws the reader in.
Anne on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:27

Sounds interesting! I like the color of the cover but the image, not so much.

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Sounds interesting! I like the color of the cover but the image, not so much.
Courtney Gendreau on Monday, 26 June 2017 21:20

I absolutely love the cover! It sounds like a great book!

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I absolutely love the cover! It sounds like a great book!
Danielle Lynn on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 20:51

The cover does coordinate well with the previous book in the series but I don't think there's anything particularly eye-catching about it. This series sounds exciting and it's been on my TBR list for awhile. I'll definitely need to start it.

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The cover does coordinate well with the previous book in the series but I don't think there's anything particularly eye-catching about it. This series sounds exciting and it's been on my TBR list for awhile. I'll definitely need to start it.
Shannon Mizikoski on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 21:36

Love the cover! And I cannot wait to read this and see where the story heads next!!

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Love the cover! And I cannot wait to read this and see where the story heads next!! :D
Amy Hart on Thursday, 06 July 2017 16:59

I think the cover is beautiful. And I love YA Historical Fiction!

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I think the cover is beautiful. And I love YA Historical Fiction!
Aireanna Lesch on Saturday, 08 July 2017 10:41

This cover is SO cool! I love how it goes with the title. Can't wait to read this series!

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This cover is SO cool! I love how it goes with the title. Can't wait to read this series! :p;)
Penny Olson on Thursday, 13 July 2017 00:14

I think the cover is really cool and creative. I love the sound of this fantasy series.

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I think the cover is really cool and creative. I love the sound of this fantasy series.
Candice Gigous on Friday, 14 July 2017 10:07

The cover is cool. The synopsis is very interesting. Sounds like an exciting series.

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The cover is cool. The synopsis is very interesting. Sounds like an exciting series.
Areli Amaya on Saturday, 15 July 2017 18:07

I love how colorful this cover is! It goes perfectly with the title, in my opinion

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I love how colorful this cover is! It goes perfectly with the title, in my opinion
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 16 July 2017 18:48

I love the cover and the synopsis sounds exciting to read with lots of suspense.

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I love the cover and the synopsis sounds exciting to read with lots of suspense.
Kayla on Sunday, 16 July 2017 22:20

I love the cover design and the story seems very interesting even though I have not read the first book, I'm definitely going to have to pick it up.

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I love the cover design and the story seems very interesting even though I have not read the first book, I'm definitely going to have to pick it up.
Kelly G on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:03

This cover is so pretty! I really can't wait to see what happens nextg!

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This cover is so pretty! I really can't wait to see what happens nextg!
Tricia Ballard on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 12:16

Love the cover! And this book sounds GREAT! Definitely adding to mount TBR.

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Love the cover! And this book sounds GREAT! Definitely adding to mount TBR.
Emily on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 16:45

I love both covers so much. Great series!

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I love both covers so much. Great series!
wendy rinebold on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 22:19

I love the cover and it sounds great!

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I love the cover and it sounds great!
Ana Barrios on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:21

The cover is absolutely beautiful and the synopsis is very interesting when it showed that our main heroine hasn't yet received her happily ever after yet but will have to fight for it. It's sort of a plot twist. Also, I love the blue color of the blades on the cover. They look like the same color as sapphire. I can't wait to read the book!

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The cover is absolutely beautiful and the synopsis is very interesting when it showed that our main heroine hasn't yet received her happily ever after yet but will have to fight for it. It's sort of a plot twist. Also, I love the blue color of the blades on the cover. They look like the same color as sapphire. I can't wait to read the book! :D

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