Monday, October 29, 2012

Fire Spirits Blog Tour

It's a magical day here at TSK TSK What to Read?! The Fire Spirits blog tour is in full swing and this week is all about Borrowed Ember. Yesterday you got a little background on one of our favorite characters from the series; Charlie Creagh. It's our turn today and we've got Charlie right here with us. Yep, that's right. He's a brave brave young man/mage meeting up with the likes of us for a second go round. Of course we're gonna get as much of the inside scoop as we can for y'all.
<Last time we saw Charlie he was here with Ari and Jai. Hopefully he'll feel a bit more comfortable- it got a little intense between the guys.>
K: So let's jump right to it. Welcome back, Charlie.
S: Hi Charlie! Thanks for agreeing to meet with us again.
Charlie: *gives a slight wave of his hand and takes a seat.* Ok. Hit me!
<the girl's grins widen.>
K: What’s your favorite thing to do with magic?
*Charlie leans back in his chair and crosses his ankles on the coffee table*
Charlie: Using the Peripatos has come in handy lately so I’ll go with that.
K: What is something you have learned throughout your ordeal?
Charlie: That there is no going back.
S: That's the truth.
K: Do you think you will ever find peace?
Charlie: I’ve come to realize that it was never peace I was seeking. Exacting revenge doesn’t bring you peace. Just more demons.
S: We were all hoping you would realize that a bit sooner, but like you said, you can't go back.
K: Which leads us to...Why did you kill Akasha when you knew the consequences?
Charlie: She’d taken everything good from my life. Mikey and Fallon deserved justice. I gave them that. Nothing else mattered.
<the air feels heavy for a moment>
K: What is your greatest achievement so far?
Charlie: I don’t know if anything I’ve done could be classed as an ‘achievement’. I had a goal. Kill Akasha. I met that goal. It’s up to you if you think that’s an achievement.
<Well we're certainly happy to see that monster out of the picture>
S: What do you do for fun?
Charlie:  Lately? Avoid Guild Hunters.
<snort Right!?!>
S: Favorite food?
Charlie:  Grilled cheese sandwich.
K: Favorite Band/Music/Song?
Charlie: Oh man that’s like asking a parent who their favorite kid is…
S: That's what I always say.
K: Do you still enjoy your magic after all that's happened as a result of using that power?   Does your addiction scare you?
Charlie: It is what it is.
<the girls nod collectively.>
S: I hate to ask, but you know I have to...How much do you miss Fallon? Do you think you could have found love with her?
Charlie: I miss her. I don’t know about anything else. I just know she deserved more.
<Fallon. *heavy sigh* We miss her too.>
K: Knowing what was behind the attack... Are you still seeking revenge for Mike or has your plan changed?
Charlie:  That revenge has been met. Now it’s about staying alive.
K: What do you think of Trey? *wags her eyebrows*
Charlie: Trey’s a good guy. I hope he stays out of my way because that’s a fight I don’t want to happen.
S: I was really hoping for a bit of gossip...maybe a bromance???
Charlie: Yeah...NO!
K: What was it like in Mount Qaf...outside of prison?
Charlie: Hypnotic. It’s addictive serenity. You know… when you’re not on trial or having dinner with Azazil.
<We imagine it's breathtaking.>
S: Did you think you might actually be executed for killing Akasha?
Charlie: There’s no ‘might’ about it. I feel these guys breathing down my neck. Mount Qaf wants justice and they’ve sent their little soldiers after me.
<a sudden chill hits the room.>
K: Do you think you can trust any of the Jinn, besides Ari and Jai?
Charlie: I’d like to believe I can trust The Red King but who knows at this point.
K: He certainly has a lot of up his sleeves. Be. Careful.
S: *shakes her head at Kathryn*
K: If you could have any Jinn's power, who's would you choose?
Charlie: Azazil’s. Maybe then I’d finally be free.
S: Hmm. Do you think we're ever truly free? Especially in the Jinn world?
K: Don't get all philosophical *chuckles*
Charlie: *shrugs his shoulders* Perhaps not.
K: Are you still in love with Ari?
Charlie: Always.
S: How shocked were you to find out her mother was alive?
Charlie: Uh, yeah, pretty shocked. Ari had a hard time growing up without a mom so I imagine it was kind of bittersweet for her.
K: She's very lucky to have you and Jai to look out for her. Speaking of looking out...Who is the most frightening of the Jinn?
Charlie: That’s a definite toss up between Azazil and Asmodeus. That Asmodeus guy gives me the creeps.
<He creeps us out too- but he's so enthralling.>
S: What do you think Asdmodeus wants with Ari?
Charlie: *grunts* What do you think? She’s a beautiful girl. He wants what most men want from beautiful girls. Let’s hope Jai knows how to kick some centuries old ass.
K: Boy we hope so too. Thanks so much for stopping by again. It's been such a pleasure.
S: Thanks, Charlie! I'm sure we'll be chatting again soon...perhaps you'll pop in for Darkness, Kindled? Hint hint.
Charlie: *shakes his head and smiles* I'm sure Sam will have something arranged. She can't seem to say no to you two.Later!
*flames blaze and Charlie makes his exit*
K: I will never get used to seeing them do that.
S: I know- but it sure is cool!

That's it for Charlie- and for us as well. We hope you enjoyed getting in his head for just a little while.
What we love about Charlie is, despite all he's been through, and all he's seen, he still loves his family and Ari...and still hopes for a future. The kid's got guts and a heart of...well yeah, he's got a heart of gold.

And don't miss out on the awesome Fire Spirits GIVEAWAYS below. And please be sure and follow the tour each day for another great blog featuring these amazing characters.

Everything in Ari’slife until this point has felt borrowed.
Her human life with afather who wasn’t really hers.
A love for a boy thatneeded more than her to be strong.
Kisses with a Jinnwho refused to do anything but lend them out in moments of weakness.
And even her resolve,which seemed to fail her whenever she needed it most.
But Ari is doneborrowing. She finally feels strong enough to make hunting Jinn not just ahobby to get her through her dismal situation… but to make hunting a permanentand necessary career. Her friendship with Charlie might finally make it ontoreal and steady ground if only she can save him from the trial on Mount Qafthat may mean his death. And her love for Jai could be eternal, if only shecould gain control over the darkness of the Seal within her.
Ari believes all ofthis is fixable. That finally Ari will truly own the relationships in her lifeand to a certain extent have ownership over her future.
For some reason Ariforgot it wasn’t up to her.
That high in theemerald mountains of Mount Qaf, the Sultan Azazil has been keeping secrets…even from the Jinn Kings. Secrets that will change everything… and bring Ari tothe crashing realization that once again…

… she’s borrowedsomething that will never truly belong to her.

I absolutely LOVE this series! Each installment draws me in further and further. I get more and more attached to these characters, especially Ari and Jai. Aw, Jai! *fanning self* If only men in the real world had growth like this one. We'd all be a whole lot happier. Just sayin, guys.
Anyway...Sam wastes no time throwing us back into the action of the Fire Spirits. We meet up with Ali right where we left off. With everything up in the air and everyone's life at stake, this book has you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I couldn't read it in one (or two) sittings and man, I just really didn't want to stop reading until I reached the end, but alas life calls sometimes and you have no choice. That's not to say I didn't whine and complain. I. Did. Not. Want. To. Put. It. Down. So much happens in Borrowed Ember. Much of it heartbreaking and somewhat astonishing...Sam does not back away from tragedy and I think she may even enjoy torturing us as well as her characters. <I know you're reading this, Samantha!> But there is also some serious romance here. And it's HAWT! And heartwarming. And...well, yeah, it's good. And a little bromance. Yay, TREY!
So, needless to say it's another roller coaster ride. I laughed. I cried. I got angry, screamed and cheered. It was emotional, full of action, surprises and revelations. And I loved every word of it. I just can't wait to see what's in store in Darkness, Kindled.

Ah, where do I begin?  I guess first I want to say that Sam Young is a brilliant writer and everything that I have read by her has been phenomenal.  So, now, I am now ALWAYS eager to get my hands on something she has published...
With that said, let me tell you about Borrowed Ember.  This is the third book in the Fire Spirits series and WOW!!! From start to finish, you are just blown away at everything that happens in this book. I was so excited when this book came out and being able to pick up with Ari because at the end of Scorched Skies, we were left wondering what was going to happen to Charlie, her best friend.  And YAY!!  Borrowed Ember picks right up from where Scorched Skies left off and in no time, we are thrust back in to the world of the Jinn.  So much happens in this book that truly you are glued to it throughout just to make sure you don't miss any details.  
Once we learned about Charlie, the turmoil heats up and we follow Ari through a series of events that is nail-biting, heart-wrenching, terrifying, yet at the same time having some fun, passionate moments with our hero of Borrowed Ember, Jai.  Oh Jai, he is the guy that every girl wants.  And the love story between these two fills your heart making you crave more when the book ends.
And sadly, yes, the book ends...and as I already mentioned above that I am now ALWAYS eager to get my hands on anything Sam Young has written, so, I am absolutely DYING to read Darkness, Kindled.  I LOVE these characters and falling in to their world.  It is unique, intriguing, fascinating, and it completely overwhelms you with a storyline so powerful, that you won't put it down.  
Borrowed Ember is a GREAT read.  If you haven't started this series yet, Go out TODAY and get Smokeless Fire, book one and get started....I HIGHLY recommend this series and of course this book!!!

Samantha Young is a26 year old writer who resides in her home county of Stirlingshire, Scotland.She is a self-proclaimed book addict and Kindle junkie, using fantasy,dystopian, sci-fi and paranormal novels to feed her addiction.
 After graduating fromthe University of Edinburgh with a degree in ancient and medieval history,Samantha returned to her main passion, writing, and often incorporates historyand mythology into her novels.
 Samantha’s firstrelease, The Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy, was followed by a second series titledWarriors of Ankh. At present, she is a full-time writer working on a number ofprojects for near future release. She is the author of nine novels and onenovella. Her young adult paranormal series are Amazon bestselling novels.

Darkness Kindled
(Fire Spirits book 4)
Releases soon....

Ari Johnson wishesadjusting to living with her boyfriend was her only source of excitement andanxiety.

She wishes a lot ofthings.

But then wishing waswhat got her here in the first place.

Ari chose to be aGuild Hunter. She wanted to stalk dangerous Jinn and destroy them before theycould harm innocent people. But now that Ari is a member of The Guild, shefinds herself in the impossible position of hunting her ex-best friend –human-turned-dangerous sorcerer, Charlie Creagh. As Ari struggles to come toterms with her duty, an ancient Jinn and his companion want revenge on her forusing the command of the Seal against them; the White King refuses to give upon his quest to resurrect Lilif, and Asmodeus isn’t done toying with her.

When Ari can take nomore, rushing to the Sultan Azazil’s side to demand of him the favor he owesher, the events she sets in motion will not only alter everyone’s lives, itwill kindle a darkness that will shake the realms to their very core.

Smokeless Fire week: Monday, October 15th - ParajunkeeTuesday, October 16th - Rants N ScribblesWednesday,October 17th - Book BriefsThursday, October 18th - Coffee, Books & MeFriday, October 19th - Tater's Tall Tails
Scorched Skies week: Monday, October 22nd - Refracted Light ReviewsTuesday, October 23rd - Seeing NightWednesday,October 24th - Ruby ReadsThursday, October 25th - Books With BiteFriday, October 26th - Urban Fantasy Investigations
Borrowed Ember week: Monday, October 29th - Obsession With BooksTuesday, October 30th - Tsk, Tsk! What To Read?Wednesday, October 31st - I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read!Thursday, November 1st - Nick's Book BlogFriday, November 2nd - Unabridged Andra

Our Giveaway on the Fire Spirits Tour consists of a daily prize and entrance in to the Grand Prize...Make sure you enter the rafflecopter below for your chance at both.

Daily Prize: 
2 Borrowed Ember swag packs (pen, poster,bookmark, keyring, magnet)

Grand Prize:

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  1. How does Charlie really feel about Ari?

  2. I'd ask him what his biggest regrets are.

  3. Would he have changed toward Ari, had Jai not come into the picture?

  4. Are you a book reader? If you are what genre?

  5. is there anything he would have changed when he met ari and how he approached everything with her?

  6. Interesting interview, Charlie. Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your mind ...

    Is there anything, if he was able to time travel back and have do over, what would be and why??

    (similar question that Julie Li asked..)


  7. Very beautiful interview! I have already said that in previous stops of the tour that I am not good to make questions especially when I don't know the other. I don't know the characters of the series because I haven't started it yet but Charlie is my favorite so far.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. Beautiful interview and lovely covers

  9. Biggest regret.
    Thanks for the giveaway!