Spotlight on Twin Daggers (MarcyKate Connolly), Guest Post, Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to spotlight Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly.
Read on for more about MarcyKate and her book, an guest post, plus an giveaway!
Meet MarcyKate Connolly!
MarcyKate Connolly is a New York Times Bestselling children’s book author and nonprofit marketing professional living in New England with her family and a grumble of pugs. She can be lured out from her writing cave with the promise of caffeine and new books. Twin Daggers is her debut young adult novel, and she’s also the author of several middle grade fantasy novels including Monstrous and Ravenous, and the Shadow Weaver series. You can visit her online at www.marcykate.com.
Meet Twin Daggers!
Aissa's life is a web of carefully constructed lies. She and her twin sister, Zandria, are Magi spies, magic users most believe to be extinct. And they're on a mission for revenge.
This action & adventure spy thriller--a fantasy spin on Romeo and Juliet from New York Times bestselling author MarcyKate Connolly--is perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Elly Blake and is about to become your new obsession!
By day, Aissa and Zandria play the role of normal young Technocrats eager to fulfill the duties of their new apprenticeships. By night, they plot their revenge to retake their city from the Technocrats. But then Aissa is given a new mission: find the heir to the Technocrat throne, who is rumored to be one of the Heartless, and kidnap her. Born without a working heart, the Heartless survive with a mechanical replacement.
Aissa is more likely to be caught than to be successful, but she's never been one to turn down an assignment, even if the hunt is complicated by a kind Technocrat researcher who is determined to find a cure for the Heartless. But when Zandria is captured by the Technocrats, Aissa will do anything to get her sister back. Even if it means abandoning all other loyalties--and missions--and deciding whether or not it's worth risking everything on getting help from her sworn enemies.
~ Guest Post ~
My Quarantine Obsession: Austenland
It is a truth universally acknowledged that any human being under quarantine for a sustained period of time must be in want of a pick-me-up.
For me, that has been Austenland. (The delightful movie and book by Shannon Hale about a modern woman unlucky in love largely because she spends too much time pining after Mr. Darcy who visits an exclusive resort promising an “immersive Austen experience” in order to get it out of her system.)
Really, it’s been a running theme all my life: when things get rough, I cling more tightly than ever to the stories that bring me joy. It’s what cemented my love of reading when I was bullied in elementary school, and what has gotten me through all the ups and downs life has thrown my way ever since. The hope of finding something magical between the pages, and that if magic lives there, maybe I can find it in real life too.
So why Austenland during our current pandemic hellscape? How do I count the ways!
- Right from the start, the soundtrack is a delight. You immediately know this will be a fun movie.
- The actors all seem to be having the time of their lives. Seriously, the joy radiating from every meaningful Regency-inspired glance is uplifting in its own right.
- Something for everyone! There are enough Austen references to delight any Janeite, and enough poking fun at Austen for those who think classics are boring.
- Coolidge. Quite possibly the funniest lady alive. Small wonder that one of the other actors noted during cast interviews that he couldn’t look anyone (but especially Jennifer) in the eye during production or he would lose it. (Why, yes, I *have* watched every cast interview I can find. Did I mention I’m slightly obsessed?)
- Nobley. We stan JJ Feild (briefly considered turning my twitter into a JJ Feild fan account but decided my publisher might not appreciate that given I have a book to promote this summer). Also, I highly recommend checking out the 2007 BBC adaptation of Northanger Abbey after watching Austenland – it also stars JJ Field as the love interest and Felicity Jones as the main character. It’s an excellent adaption.
- Is. Hilarious! I have watched this film and read the book…well, more times than I should publicly admit, but I still laugh myself silly every single time.
- And one last thing that’s so great about Austenland: It’s an escapist story with a setting I’d actually love to escape to. For real. While fantasy novels are fun to read, for the most part I probably wouldn’t want to live in those story worlds. Middle Earth with that terrifying all seeing eye? No thank you! But Austenland? Yes, please! Why has no one bought the theme park rights to this book? It’s brilliant! (And if they did, it would obviously become my favorite vacation spot.)
But what Austenland really taps into for me is a lifelong love of classic stories. Shakespeare, Poe, and Austen being my all-time faves. There’s just something so appealing about taking what’s old and familiar and making it fresh and new again, and Austenland does precisely that.
It’s also what I hope I’ve succeeded in doing with my new young adult fantasy novel, Twin Daggers. It’s a fantasy reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet if Juliet and her twin sister were magic wielding spies set in a world of magic versus technology. Putting my own spin on a well-known tale was both fun and tricky. There are character archetypes, as well as themes and motifs and classic lines to weave in and riff off of. Those serve as the skeleton for the story, what grounds it in the familiar, whereas the muscle and skin and clothing should make the new tale feel familiar, yet totally different at the same time. And hopefully, readers will appreciate that blending, sort of like finding just the right balance of salty and sweet.
And most importantly, I hope my stories give readers the means to step away from the stress of the current world situation for a little while. I know Austenland certainly has done that for me!
By: MarcyKate Connolly
Publisher: Blink Publishing
Release Date: August 27th, 2020
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The cover promises a lot of action! The synopsis definitely has hints of R&J in it, but I want to see how it all plays out, especially romance?