Nov 21, 2016

Blog Tour: Of Fire and Stars

Fast 5 with Audrey Coulthurst

Last book you read: I just finished reading Relative Strangers (Candlewick, 2018) by my dear friend and critique partner, Paula Garner. It’s about a teen girl who finds out she spent part of her early childhood in foster care when her mom was struggling with addiction. She sets out to find the family that cared for her and ends up falling for her former foster brother. I love the voice in the book—the main character, Jules, is so wry and loves food as much as I do. One of the best parts of being an author is getting to read other authors’ work before it comes out.

Last trip you took: Austin, Texas. I used to live there and still travel there a lot for work, but on my last trip I was there for the Texas Teen Book Festival. Hanging out with other authors is always a good time!

Favorite bookish moment:  Meeting Mercedes Lackey earlier this year. Her books were a huge part of my life as a teen, so getting to meet her as an adult and an author was surreal. She was fun to talk to, incredibly kind, and then at the end of our conversation told me she’d just finished reading my book and had enjoyed it. I almost fainted on the spot. I wish I could go back and tell 13-year-old me that one day her favorite author would blurb a book she wrote.

Last thing you treated yourself to: Sushi! There is an amazing sushi place close to my work, so sometimes when I have a hard day I’ll take myself to lunch there. I always leave feeling more cheerful.

Last emoticon you used: I’d like to pretend I’m classy and say a regular smiley face, but it was probably poop, the scream face, or a tongue sticking out. 

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other

LINKS: Amazon | B&N

Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. Her debut novel, Of Fire and Stars, will be published on November 22, 2016 by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.

Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

Tour Schedule:

3 Finished Copies of OF FIRE AND STARS (US Only)

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  1. I'm afraid to eat sushi. Raw fish just makes me think of food poisoning. LOL! I may try some one day.

  2. I love sushi and you don't have to eat the raw fish kind, though the spicy salmon roll is my favorite. I love Paula's book Phantom Limbs and Relative Strangers sounds really good!

  3. Haha those emoticons sound like the ones I use. 😂 Also, I can't wait to read this book!!! Thanks for sharing. 😀


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