Oct 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Talon by @JKagawa - Meet Riley!


When I was asked to be a part of this tour I jumped at the chance. When I was asked which character I wanted to introduce, I got my dream guy y'all. I'm so so so soooooo in love with this character and I really hope you will be, too. He's one of four swoon worthy guys in this book! So, if you don't love him I won't be too offended (besides, this means more for me).

Meet Riley! Isn't he dreamy?!?!
So, Riley, was it? Tell us a little about yourself.

Not much to tell. I'm a dragon. I ride a motorcycle. I move around a lot. Me in a nutshell.

I heard you used to be with Talon. How long were you with them, and what did you do?

Oh, this is going to be one of those interviews, is it? Fine, I'll talk about my least favorite subject in the world. I was with Talon from my hatchling years up until I became a young adult, so a few decades. Maybe more than a few. Not telling you my real age, though. That would probably freak some of you out.
As for what I did for Talon, I was a Basilisk. That was the faction I was trained for, what Talon raised me to become.

What does that mean?

I was a spy, basically. A saboteur. Someone who could act against the Order of St. George--genocidal dragonslayers for those of you playing at home--disrupt their operations, steal information, maybe blow up a chapterhouse or two. Fun stuff like that.

Why did you leave?

Because war never only affects soldiers; it always leaves collateral damage. And I got tired of causing it.

What have you been doing since?

Well, I can't tell you all my secrets, can I? Suffice to say, I've been keeping myself very busy. We'll just leave it at that.

Intrigued yet? You should be!

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.


Release: October 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
     
      Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel. 
       
      To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time. 
       
      Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy. 


Tour Schedule

Thursday, October 2nd - Harlequin Paranormal Blog

Monday, October 6th - Jessica at Step into Fiction
Wednesday, October 8th - Katie's Book Blog
Friday, October 10th - Page Turners

Monday, October 13th - Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, October 15th - Mundie Moms
Friday, October 17th - Fiktshun

Monday, October 20th - Two Chicks on Books
Wednesday, October 22nd - YA Interrobang
Friday, October 24th - Supernatural Snark



Thanks to HarlequinTEEN and Julie Kagawa we have two (2) amazing Giveaways for you!

1. Each tour stop is offering up a finished copy of TALON!

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2. Five lucky grand prize winners will receive one of Julie’s amazing dragon figurines as well as some fun signed swag. To enter for the grand prize, you MUST follow the tour each day, find and catch the dragon, and answer the daily question.


"Catch the Dragon" Contest Rules:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, a dragon will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the dragon, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the tour stop!!!

Where could the dragon appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranormal Blog, so go now and catch yourself a dragon! Will you find it? And will you be able to keep it?


If Julie were to add you as a dragon character in the world of Talon, what color dragon would you want to be?

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


68 comments:

  1. I'm so interested in Talon! since i saw some getting copies at BEA it has been on my wishlist^^ i can't resist dragons^^;; and those little figurine Julie has made are simply too cute!!!


    thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!! ( i was a littel hesitatnt to enter at first since in read it says US/ CAn but the rafflecopter say open internationnally so i hope i can participate* finger crossed*)

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  2. I can't wait to read Talon :)

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  3. Jessica @ a GREAT readOctober 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Loooove Julie's books! Dragons are going to be sooo freaking awesome now with her writing about them! And answering the question I see about what color dragon I'd want to be in Julie's world...it'd definitely be a deep purple! :D

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  4. One of my favorite authors! Cannot wait to read Talon!

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  5. I can not wait to read Talon- I love her writing! ^-^

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  6. If Julie were to add me as a dragon character, I would want to be purple,(probably a dark purple). =)

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  7. Talon sounds really good, I will have to bug my library about it.
    I have been reading various dragon books since I was probably about 11, maybe younger. I don't remember what I started with, but I have read all the ones I can find at my library, and even own a couple.

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  8. I am SOOO freaking excited! I think I'd want to be a gray dragon, you never hear about gray dragons. lol

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  9. I can't wait to read Talon! I would be an emerald green dragon.

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  10. So excited to read Talon!! Love Julie :D

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  11. Aww, Riley is my son's name!

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  12. If I were a dragon, I would be different shades of blue. ;) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. I'm excited to read this new series. It will be my first dragon book and after reading the Blood of Eden series, I know this will be just as good!

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  14. Definitely pumped for this book. The cover is beautiful and dragons, you just can't go wrong with dragons.

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  15. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. The plot seems interesting, and Julie is a great author.

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  16. Sooo excited for this book! There needs to be more books about dragons!

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  17. I already have room on my bookshelf for Talon!!!

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  18. I have really been looking forward to this book for a while now. I'm so excited its finally going to be out this month!

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  19. I added this to my the before it even had a cover :P I love Julie Kagawa! If I was a dragon, I think I'd be a cool purple one.

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  20. I am a HUGE fan of Julie Kagawa <3 I'm very excited for Talon <3
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  21. I am so excited to read a book with Dragons!!! I know coming from Julie Kagawa it will be amazing!

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  22. Been excited for Talon forever!

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  23. A blue one...like the deep sapphire color... ;) Excited about this book!!

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  24. Would love a orange and black color, the perfect for an October dragon. I cannot wait to read this book. This little interview just makes the wait a little harder. I'm sure it will be exciting !!!

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  25. I would have to be a black dragon, maybe with some red <3

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  26. Melissa (Books and Things)October 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    This is fun. I love meeting new characters! :)

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  27. I would want to be an aquamarine dragon

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  28. I'd want to be a deep red color

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  29. I would definitely want to be a black dragon. They're so cool and mysterious!

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  30. Blue for me!!! W/a bit of silver iridescence on my scales......

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  31. I believe the dragon contest is the one that is US/Canada only but for the hardcover it's open internationally? I'm not 100% sure though.

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  32. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there! :)

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  33. This is true, you never hear about them! But it's a great way to be different, right? Make sure you answered this question on the rafflecopter once you found the dragon hosted on another one of the tour's participants blog!

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  34. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there! :)

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  35. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there! :)

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  36. Honestly, it's my first dragon book, too. I've read a few books that had dragons in them but never being the main focus! I hope you'll love it!

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  37. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there! :)

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  38. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there! :)



    The book is fantastic, as you've already heard me say time and time again! :-P

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  39. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there! :) Rafflecopter form for giveaway!

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  40. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there! :)

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  41. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there! :) Rafflecopter form for giveaway!

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  42. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there!

    Rafflecopter form for giveaway!

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  43. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there! :) Rafflecopter form for giveaway!

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  44. Make sure you find the dragon and answer the question from this blog over there!


    Rafflecopter form for giveaway!

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  45. wow the dragon must be really hard to find because I don't see it.

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  46. i still have a little hope then , thanks

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  47. I'd want to be a black dragon!

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  48. I'm super excited about this book

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  49. I LOVE dragons, and Julie Kagawa's books. I really, really want this book though!

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  50. Jennifer MesserschmidtOctober 8, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Huge fan of Julie Kagawa and dragons so this will be epic! If I were a dragon I would definitely be purple! With glitter! LOL Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. If I were a dragon in Talon... hm, I think I'd be a purple dragon! :D

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  52. Super excited about the book! If I were a dragon I'd be a black dragon with some purple and a little bit of silver.

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  53. I've been waiting for this book. I love Julie's stories.

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  54. I would lean to black/silver or blue as my dragon color.

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  55. SO excited to read Talon! LOVE dragons!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  56. I can't wait for Talon!

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  57. Am a total dragon lover and my niece is eagerly awaiting this book

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  58. OMG! I'd be a GRAND PURPLE dragon! That would be so awesome!

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  59. I love the cover! It's STRIKING! AND I love to read about dragons. Can't wait to read this!

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  60. I read the first two chapters and he's teased briefly. I want to know more about him so much! I really appreciate you sharing this. I feel like he'll definitely be a character that I love. I found the dragon today on your blog, and the question of the day is If you could ask Julie one question about her dragons, what would it be? My answer to that one is 'How did you come up with the different factions in Talon?'

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  61. I would want to be blue because it's the most beautiful color, and she makes beautiful dragons!

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  62. I'm excited to hear a new series is coming in. I love Julie's writing style, it has a beautiful flare like no other.

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  63. I can't wait to read this book. Sounds exciting! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  64. I would love to be a blue-eyes white dragon. It just sound so cool

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  65. I am so excited for this book! I'm a huge Julie Kagawa fan! :)

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  66. Royal blue w/iridiscient silver

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