Author Of The Week: Chat with Jessica Cluess (A Poison Dark and Drowning), Plus Giveaway!!

unnamed-1

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 Jessica Cluess, YABC's Author of the Week!!

JESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel, A Shadow Bright and Burning. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories. Visit her at jessicacluess.com and follow her on Twitter at @JessCluess.

 

 

Website * Twitter

 

 

 

Meet A Poison Dark and Drowning!

 

In this seductive and explosive second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.

Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients’ past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and discover that some old wounds are still full of poison.

 

 

Amazon * B & N Indiebound

 

 

 

 

 

YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

Simply put, the need to know where Henrietta’s journey would take her. That’s one thing no one tells you about writing a series: a sequel doesn’t inspire you the same way a new project does. I find that in a continuing series, it’s love for the characters that spurs me on.

 

 

YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

By default, it has to be Henrietta. The whole trilogy is her personal journey, in a way, and she hits some of her highest highs—and lowest lows—in APDAD. However, I loved writing the new character of Maria. She’s a bold, brave, and entirely down to earth girl, which I love. I enjoyed writing her friendship with Henrietta. Also, I love Magnus and Mickelmas, because I love writing comic relief.

 

 

YABC:  Which came first, the title or the novel?

The title! When we agreed on A Shadow Bright and Burning as the first book’s title, we quickly decided on how the other two would go: A Something Something and Something. I’m extremely excited about the third one, incidentally. It’s epic.

 

 

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

I love that we’re continuing to do horrific things to beautiful flowers. In book one it was burning, in APDAD it’s drowning beneath poisonous goo. I hope to continue this tradition with book three. (In fact, I know we will.)




YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017-2018?

I’ve got a list! An Enchantment of Ravens, The Speaker, Hullmetal Girls, Chainbreaker, Obsidio, Lost Crow Conspiracy, The Gilded Wolves, the sequel to Caraval. Really, it’s an endless list.

 

https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

YABC:  What’s up next for you?

I’m editing the third and final book in the Kingdom on Fire series. After that, I know what I want my next project to be, but I have to be secretive about it since it hasn’t sold yet. However, I can tell you it’s YA fantasy and set in a secondary world.

 

 

YABC:   Is there anything that you would like to add?

17+2+5=24

 

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

Revising, definitely. I find I’m most creative when I have something to work against. I like solving problems, I guess.

 

 

 

YABC:  What would you say is your superpower?

I enjoy getting up early. I think the world’s beautiful at six AM. No one understands me. I am alone.

 

 

 

 

 

A Poison Dark and Drowning

By: Jessica Cluess

Publisher: Random House BYR

Release Date: September 19th, 2017 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

One winner will receive a SIGNED copy of A Poison Dark and Drowning (Jessica Cluess) ~ (US Only)

 

*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

Author Chat with Sarah Fine (Uncanny)!
YABC Staff's Current Reads ~ September 18th, 2017

Related Posts

 

Comments 10

Already Registered? Login Here
Susan Light on Monday, 18 September 2017 20:06

I cannot wait to see where the story takes Henrietta.

0
I cannot wait to see where the story takes Henrietta.
John on Monday, 18 September 2017 21:35

The cover has a floral element. The book sounds seductive yet explosive.

0
The cover has a floral element. The book sounds seductive yet explosive.
Dianna G. on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:09

I haven't read the first book, but I think I'd like this series and would have to share it with my daughter. The cover is beautiful.

0
I haven't read the first book, but I think I'd like this series and would have to share it with my daughter. The cover is beautiful.
Lily M. on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:37

I love these cover, they are so pretty, makes the book intriguing

0
I love these cover, they are so pretty, makes the book intriguing :)
Candice Gigous on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 02:12

The covers are beautiful and I like the flowers. The synopsis draws you in for more. The series sounds like an awesome read.

0
The covers are beautiful and I like the flowers. The synopsis draws you in for more. The series sounds like an awesome read.
Danielle on Friday, 06 October 2017 01:09

The covers are gorgeous, but the magic is what is really pulling me in and making me want to pick these up!

0
The covers are gorgeous, but the magic is what is really pulling me in and making me want to pick these up!
Shannon Mizikoski on Friday, 06 October 2017 23:56

The cover is SO pretty- the covers for both books, really! And I have heard such amazing things about the series, can't wait to start them!

0
The cover is SO pretty- the covers for both books, really! And I have heard such amazing things about the series, can't wait to start them!
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 14 October 2017 12:41

The covers are gorgeous. I think based on the synopsis that this series will be fun to read.

0
The covers are gorgeous. I think based on the synopsis that this series will be fun to read.
Jen on Saturday, 14 October 2017 17:19

The cover and synopsis are just as enticing as the first one! I absolutely loved ASBAB!

0
The cover and synopsis are just as enticing as the first one! I absolutely loved ASBAB!
Penny Olson on Sunday, 15 October 2017 00:29

The cover is dark and ominous, as is the story. It sounds like a series I would love.

0
The cover is dark and ominous, as is the story. It sounds like a series I would love.

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

City of Spells (Into the Crooked Place, #2)
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
City of Spells, the follow-up to Alexandra Christo's gritty YA...
Christmas Parade
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
A delightful Christmas board book filled with hilarious characters and...
Best Friend in the Whole World
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Roland lives a quiet life filled with books, music, and...
Bird Show
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Award-winning author-illustrator Susan Stockdale welcomes you to the Bird Show,...
Down Comes the Night
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw...
My Book of Feelings (My World)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Inspired by the Montessori method of education this unique board...
Sweet & Bitter Magic
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery...
My High School Rebel Boyfriend
 
3.8 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
He’s a rebel with a cause… to make my...
The Castle School (for Troubled Girls)
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
From New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel comes...
Dark Stars
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Dorothy finds herself completely alone. Roman is dead. The...
Follow Your Arrow
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
For fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, this...
Daughter of Darkness
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
She is destined to kill a demon. He is...

Latest Member Reviews

City of Spells (Into the Crooked Place, #2)
 
4.7
"CITY OF SPELLS is a stunning conclusion to an enthralling YA fantasy duology. The book plunges us into the story..."
Christmas Parade
 
4.5
"CHRISTMAS PARADE is another cute and brightly colored board book from Boynton. In this book, children see a Christmas parade,..."
Best Friend in the Whole World
 
5.0
"BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD is a sweet picture book about friends and doing the right thing. Roland lives..."
The Project
 
4.7
"What worked: This is one intense psychological tale of a girl trying to reconnect with her sister after she joins..."
The Threads of Magic
 
3.0
"Pip picks pockets to get food for himself and his sister, El. When he picks something unexpected, a mysterious box..."
Bird Show
 
4.3
"If birds had a fashion show, they would show off their unique plumage! BIRD SHOW is a brightly colored book..."
My Book of Feelings (My World)
 
5.0
"MY BOOK OF FEELINGS is a great conversation starter for emotions with toddlers. The book features spinning emoji faces of..."
Sweet & Bitter Magic
 
4.7
"SWEET & BITTER MAGIC is a lush and enthralling YA fantasy filled with magic, pain, and love. In this world,..."
The Smile Shop
 
3.5
"THE SMILE SHOP is a cute story about a young boy who is shopping for something special. He has a..."
Stanley's Lunch Box
 
4.0
"STANLEY'S LUNCH BOX is a cute board book that combines a favorite character with a shopping trip to the market...."
What Are Unicorns Made Of?
 
3.5
"WHAT ARE UNICORNS MADE OF? is a brightly colored board book that questions what makes a unicorn. The rhyming text..."
Grandfather Bowhead, Tell Me a Story
 
4.5
"GRANDFATHER BOWHEAD, TELL ME A STORY features a grandfather and grandson whale who are sharing stories. The grandchild asks for..."