June 17, 2013

SUMMER SOLSTICE SEQUELS – 4 books, 4 authors, 4 days of prizes!

Welcome to the Summer Solstice Sequels tour, a four day event celebrating the upcoming summer releases by Elizabeth Richards (PHOENIX), Jessica Spotswood (STAR CURSED), Fiona Paul (BELLADONNA), and Lili Peloquin (THIS SIDE OF JEALOUSY)!

Each day on the tour, we’ll be spotlighting one of the Summer Solstice Sequels, along with a giveaway! There will be 4 separate contests, so there’s even more chances to win prizes.  The event ends with a Twitter party on Thursday 20 June, 6.30 EST (#SSSequels), where Liz, Jess, Fiona and Lili will be answering your questions and giving away oodles of prizes, courtesy of Penguin Teen.

We kick-off the tour with Elizabeth Richards’ PHOENIX (A Black City Novel), which came out on June 4!

Publisher: Putnam
Release: June 4

Weeks after his crucifixion and rebirth as Phoenix, Ash Fisher believes his troubles are far behind him. He and Natalie are engaged and life seems good. But his happiness is short-lived when he receives a threatening visit from Purian Rose, who gives Ash an ultimatum: vote in favor of Rose’s Law permanently relegating Darklings to the wrong side of the wall or Natalie will be killed

The decision seems obvious to Ash; he must save Natalie. But when Ash learns about The Tenth, a new and deadly concentration camp where the Darklings would be sent, the choice doesn’t seem so simple. Unable to ignore his conscience, Ash votes against Rose’s Law, signing Natalie’s death warrant and putting a troubled nation back into the throes of bloody battle.  


Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, who spent her early career reviewing videogames before making the bold (or crazy) move into travel writing, despite suffering from terrible travel sickness.

In her spare time, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favorite bands, go to gigs and basically blag loads of free swag all in the name of ‘research’.

Elizabeth lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her husband. Black City is her debut novel.

Stalk her at: Website | Twitter | Facebook


Each day the authors have come up with a fun quiz for you to play. Today’s game is Guess Who…Teen Edition!


Liz, Jess, Fiona and Lili have each provided a photo of themselves as a teenager. All you have to do is guess who the author is in each photo! It’s that simple. They’ve even provided a handy clue, to help you along.

The contest will close at 12pm EST, June 28. Any entries after this date will not be counted. Winners will be notified by email. US only. Entrants must be over 13 years old. Entrants under that age must have a parent or guardian enter on their behalf.


2 x ARCS of PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards

Let’s play!

Teen author 1: This author casts a spell with her awesome 90s fashion, posing for her senior picture with one of her favorite books!

Teen author 2: This author’s heroine is more used to riding gondolas than horses…

Teen author 3: As a teen, this author dyed her hair black to embrace her Dark[ling] side…

Teen author 4:  She played soccer as a teen, even though her heroines are more tennis-anyone? types…


17 June
PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards
18 June
STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood
19 June
BELLADONNA by Fiona Paul
20 June


  1. Hi Damaris!

    Just wanted to say thanks for being part of the tour. Sorry I wasn't able to meet you on the Breathless Reads tour, but your blog is amazing :)

  2. Oh my goodness, what fun!!!! This is such a great blog tour, first of all :) And to top it off with such a fun and different contest - well, that's just awesome. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing these authors as teens!! I was going to say how brave they are, but then these photos are all actually really good!! Now, letting slip a photo of MYSELF as a teenager.....well, THAT would be brave!!! (More like "what the beck was I thinking?!") What good sports these ladies are :D I've got my fingers crossed, as I'd love one of those ARCs!

  3. Pheonix = more Ash... Can't wait!

    I like this Guess Whoness. It's a cool and fun way of getting to know the authors more.


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