Thursday, January 29, 2015

Guest Post: Ryan Graudin of All That Burns+Giveaway

All That Burns (All That Glows #2)
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 10th 2015
In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?

1. I was a competitive synchronized swimmer as a teenager. I belonged to the only synchronized swimming team in South Carolina and we would travel out of state to Georgia, Florida and Virginia for competitions. We made our own costumes (with LOTS of sequins) and wore tons of waterproof makeup for our routines. It took at least 5 thorough washes to get all of the Knox gelatin out of our hair.

2. My part time job in college was as a waitress at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. I had to memorize trivia games about the movie to ask every table I served. My younger brother worked at the same restaurant and had to wear a full sized “Shrimp Louie” costume while hula-hooping on the sidewalk.

3. If I get my hands on a box of Cheddar Jack Cheez Its, I will inhale it.

4. At five years old I was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome. A condition where an abnormal electrical pathway develops in a person’s heart. The problem was solved by a heart catheter, and hasn’t affected me since.

5. I had dreadlocks in college.

6. I got married at twenty-one. A lot of people thought I was too young. I regret nothing. My husband is my best friend, someone who share all of my adventures and constantly challenges me to be the best version of myself.

7. I had a lot of extra-curricular activities as an adolescent, including singing in a choir. This afforded me the opportunity to see Europe at a younger age (travels which eventually inspired ALL THAT GLOWS and ALL THAT BURNS). One of the most amazing things I got to do with them was sing for Sunday morning mass at Notre Dame in Paris. A breathtaking experience, to be sure.

8. If I could shop at only one store for the rest of my life it would be Anthropologie.

9. I occasionally moonlight as a wedding photographer to earn money to buy clothes at said store.

10. One of my most life-changing experiences (and the inspiration for my second novel THE WALLED CITY) was a trip I took to Phnom Penh, Cambodia when I was twenty years old. I was with a program called Global Urban Trek, which exposes people to third world poverty through incarnational living. I lived with a family in the slums for six weeks.

by Ryan Graudin

Ryan Graudin is doing a preorder special through her local indie Blue Bicycle Books. You can pre-order a signed copy of All That Burns and get a free ALL THAT BURNS tea (a ginger plum flavored black tea). Don’t miss this special offer! Click here to pre-order a signed copy of All That Burns.
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About the Author 
My name is Ryan and I've been writing ever since I grabbed one of my dad's old tax ledgers and created this masterpiece: see image.

My writing has since improved, though my obsession with wolves has remained relatively the same (I even own a wolf-hybrid pup.) My childhood was a happy, sunny thing. I grew up on a steady diet of fairytales, salt-marshes, music and brothers who would re-enact Redwall battles with me in the back yard. I went to an artsy sort of high-school that allowed cello recitals in the hallways and impromptu poetry slams in the cafeteria. It was there I decided that writing was what I wanted to do more than anything.

I'm officially a grownup now (I suppose one must admit that once they turn 26). My diet still includes fairytales, salt-marshes and art, but there are a few new loves thrown in. A big one is travel. Pieces of my heart are scattered like breadcrumbs all over the globe--I've bartered them off for writing inspiration, so I suppose it's a fair trade.

When I'm not cramming my earthly belongings into a backpack and waiting in airport security lines, I'm doing one of the following: Writing YA novels, Photographing weddings with my husband, Making our little white cottage more homey, Playing with my wolf pup, Trying out Korean récipes, Haunting local coffee shops with my friends.
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