Author Of The Week: Chat with Kendare Blake (Two Dark Reigns), 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 Kendare Blake , YABC's Author of the Week!!

Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.

 

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Meet Two Dark Reigns!

In the third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns series, a queen that has long been dead makes a chilling return to Fennbirn Island.

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.

Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but they’re dealing with a nightmare of their own. Stuck on the mainland, where their powers have weakened, the girls are being visited by a specter they think may be the fabled Blue Queen, pointing her rotting, boney finger toward Fennbirn.

Jules, too, is in a strange place—still on the island but in disguise. And her only confidantes, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep. This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.

 

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

I don't necessarily have a favorite scene, but it was fun when the characters went to places I hadn't seen before. The mainland. Bastian City, home of the warriors. It was fun to walk through those places, and get to know them.

 

YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

It really doesn't get any easier. I mean, some parts do. Or at least you know more about the process so it's less daunting. More familiar. But seriously, there are always new challenges. New fears. This is an amazing, rewarding thing to do, but it's not an easy thing.

 

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

I was really excited when they said they were going with scepters. I love scepters! Plus, we're running out of royal stuff to use. Crowns, thrones, scepters...no idea what they'll do for book four.

 

YABC:   What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?

THE BONELESS MERCIES by April Genevieve Tucholke.



YABC:  What’s up next for you?

The series ender! THREE DARK CROWNS 4!

 

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

Hmm, let's see. The Blue Queen, I guess. Figuring out that whole thing was sort of a pill. Like, am I going to have to wrestle it out of you? Geez.

 

YABC:   Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Drafting, I guess. Except with these books, revising generally means writing an entirely new draft.

 

YABC:   Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I'm always down with animal causes. Also with environmental causes, because they generally help the animals. I don't know...as the apex species on this planet I sort of feel like it's our responsibility to look after these critters. It's a responsibility I take seriously.

 

 

 

 

Two Dark Reigns

By: Kendare Blake

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: September 4th, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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Two winners will each recieve a copy of One Dark Thorn & Two Dark Reigns (Kendare Blake) ~ US Only

 

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One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)

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Comments 13

Kara S on Monday, 27 August 2018 11:16

The synopsis is enticing, and the cover for this book is awesome...I love how the trilogy cover designs are closely related through otherwise distinctive imagery.

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The synopsis is enticing, and the cover for this book is awesome...I love how the trilogy cover designs are closely related through otherwise distinctive imagery.
Olivia Farr on Monday, 27 August 2018 11:55

So excited for this book, and the cover looks perfect!

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So excited for this book, and the cover looks perfect!
Danielle on Friday, 31 August 2018 00:49

I LOVE the covers for this series. Arsinoe is my fave queen!

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I LOVE the covers for this series. Arsinoe is my fave queen!
Renee Moore on Friday, 31 August 2018 18:51

I am SO VERY excited about this book! I cannot wait!!!!

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I am SO VERY excited about this book! I cannot wait!!!!
Julie on Saturday, 01 September 2018 05:46

I like the cover, but I can't read the synopsis since I've only read the first book and not the second yet.

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I like the cover, but I can't read the synopsis since I've only read the first book and not the second yet.
Taffy Lovell on Monday, 03 September 2018 23:22

I NEED all the books from this series on my shelf!

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I NEED all the books from this series on my shelf!
Penny Olson on Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:30

The cover is very cool. I have read the first two books in this series, so I know this one will be excellent.

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The cover is very cool. I have read the first two books in this series, so I know this one will be excellent.
John on Saturday, 08 September 2018 15:57

"What do you think about the cover and the synopsis?" I like the saturated colors and scepterishness! The queen's return does sound chilling!

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"What do you think about the cover and the synopsis?" I like the saturated colors and scepterishness! The queen's return does sound chilling!
Marisa Fort on Monday, 10 September 2018 18:56

Love the covers, they are beautiful! The synopsis sounds amazing!

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Love the covers, they are beautiful! The synopsis sounds amazing!
Candice Gigous on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 05:45

The covers of the books are regal and dark fitting with the series. The synopsis draws me in for more. This series sounds awesome.

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The covers of the books are regal and dark fitting with the series. The synopsis draws me in for more. This series sounds awesome.
Laura L on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:32

Love the cover!! and I think I'm with Kendare, I want to see more of their world and I'm glad she went there!

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Love the cover!! and I think I'm with Kendare, I want to see more of their world and I'm glad she went there!
Debra Branigan on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 14:44

The cover is fantastic and symbolizes the clash between queens. The synopsis sounds great. I haven't read this series, but I purchased the first book today.

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The cover is fantastic and symbolizes the clash between queens. The synopsis sounds great. I haven't read this series, but I purchased the first book today.
Linda Leonard on Saturday, 15 September 2018 10:35

Love the cover and synopsis. These would be great reads!

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Love the cover and synopsis. These would be great reads!

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