Author Of The Week: Chat with Renee Ahdieh (Smoke In The Sun), 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 Renee Ahdieh , YABC's Author of the Week!!

Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

 

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Meet Smoke In The Sun!

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. 

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

 

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~ Interview ~

 

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

 The inspiration for this duology came from my East Asian heritage. My mother’s family is from South Korea, and I wanted to write a book that brought that world to life.  I love the idea of mirroring western ideas about knights, and eastern ideas about samurai. Also, I’ve always wanted to write a female character who plays in a traditional boys world and addresses those problematic stereotypes. In Flame in the Mist, and Smoke in the Sun, Mariko is still feminine but can find her own strength within. 

 

 

YABC:    Who is your favorite character in the book?

 I love the main character, Mariko. She is inspired by Hermione Granger and my amazing, brilliant younger sister. She was my absolute favorite to write.

 

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

 I love the cover of Flame in the Mist. The cover was designed by Theresa Evangelista, and is absolutely gorgeous. She was able to take what I’ve written and , brilliantly, recreate it into something really emblematic. It’s not only eye-catching but honors the culture I was bringing to life. 

 

 

YABC:    What’s up next for you? 

Smoke in the sun releases tomorrow, June 5th. I’m so excited about that. I can’t wait to share it with my fans. My tour starts tomorrow, as well. I’m so excited to be able to tour with by BFF Sabaa Tahir. I’ll be in conversation with some amazing writers, you definitely won’t want to miss it. 

 

 

Smoke In The Sun

By: Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: Putnam Books BYR

Release Date: June 5th, 2018

 

 

 

 

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Marisa Fort on Sunday, 24 June 2018 21:33

The cover is beautiful and the synopsis is amazing!

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The cover is beautiful and the synopsis is amazing!
Danielle Hammelef on Thursday, 28 June 2018 17:37

The cover is gorgeous! The synopsis sounds emotional, suspenseful, and exciting to read.

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The cover is gorgeous! The synopsis sounds emotional, suspenseful, and exciting to read.
Davianna Nieto on Friday, 29 June 2018 00:11

That cover is drop dead beautiful and the synopsis sounds amazing!!

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That cover is drop dead beautiful and the synopsis sounds amazing!!
Penny Olson on Friday, 29 June 2018 22:25

The cover is gorgeous and the whole series sounds enticing.

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The cover is gorgeous and the whole series sounds enticing.
linda wong on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 12:30

I cannot wait to read this. Beautiful cover and cannot wait to see what happens with these characters!

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I cannot wait to read this. Beautiful cover and cannot wait to see what happens with these characters!
Jen on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 14:15

I think all of her covers are always absolutely gorgeous but I love the shades of color in this one!

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I think all of her covers are always absolutely gorgeous but I love the shades of color in this one!
Kelly G on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 15:07

I absolutely adore the cover for this book - the colors are stunning! This sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it!

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I absolutely adore the cover for this book - the colors are stunning! This sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it!
Precious J Hernandez on Wednesday, 04 July 2018 02:53

I'm so excited for this! And the cover is stunning, love the colors!

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I'm so excited for this! And the cover is stunning, love the colors!
Ana Barrios on Wednesday, 04 July 2018 10:29

The cover is very beautiful with all the colors and the dragons look so amazing! I am really excited to read more about Mariko and how the story will end, in which-of course-I am wishing for a happy ending!

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The cover is very beautiful with all the colors and the dragons look so amazing! I am really excited to read more about Mariko and how the story will end, in which-of course-I am wishing for a happy ending! :D ♥

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