March 27, 2015

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway: The Kingdom Within by Samantha Gillespie!

Title: The Kingdom Within
Author: Samantha Gillespie
Series: The Kingdom Within Series #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy Romance

Princess Meredith’s eighteenth birthday is fast approaching, but unlike other girls, she is not looking forward to it. Upon her coming of age, she is to marry the prince of Alder, the most powerful kingdom in the world. Though the idea of marriage to a complete stranger is appalling, she knows she has no choice. Without the marriage contract, Stonefall’s alliance with Alder will be lost, and her people will be safe no longer; Theros, King of Talos, has set his eyes of conquest on Stonefall and he wants Meredith dead.

Connor, an elite soldier entrusted with Meredith’s safety, arrives at the palace just as things begin to take a turn for the worst. Together, they will embark on a journey of survival, in which Meredith will find that the only thing she never prepared for was falling in love.



1.       When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer? What was the very first thing you ever wrote? 
Until after I started writing The Kingdom Within. The first thing I ever wrote was a scene of a girl’s first day in a new high school; I was in sixth grade at the time.

2.       Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one? 
Yes; I think it’s important to read reviews to grow as a writer. Not-so-nice reviews can be painful, but they can also be very helpful, so I always try to see them in a positive way.

3.      What's the one piece of technology you can't live without? 
My cellphone.

4.      Who is your literary hero? 
Jane Austen!

5.      If you could choose one book cover to put on your wall as a poster, what would it be? 
The 5th wave by Rick Yancey.

6.      What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing? 
Reading or watching movies.

7.      What do you normally like to read when not writing? 
Anything YA as long as it has romance in it.

8.      What scene was your favorite to write?
The first kiss scene.

9.      If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be? And why? 
Connor. He’s my favorite of the bunch.

This is or That

Cat or Dog? Cat
Ice cream or Sorbet? Ice Cream
Heels or flats? Flats!
Knives or sword? Sword
Coffee or Tea? Both, ha!
Iced tea or hot tea? Hot tea
Snow or rain? Snow
Movies at home or Movie Theater? Move Theater
Soda or Juice? Juice
Twitter or Facebook? Twitter
Actual book or eReader? Actual book
Actual book or Audiobook? Audiobook
Spring or Summer? Spring
Fall or winter? Fall
Long Sleeves or Short Sleeves? Short Sleeves
Young Adult or New Adult? Young Adult
Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires
Ghost or Zombies? Zombies
Action movies or Chick flicks? Chick flicks
Horror movies or Mystery movies? Horror movies
Mountain views or Ocean views? Mountain views


About the Author

Samantha Gillespie is a creative, helpless romantic who was born in Mexico, where she grew up with her family until they returned to the States at age eleven. An avid reader from a young age, Samantha finally gave into her passion for writing, making her debut with The Kingdom Within.

Samantha considered pursuing a degree in English Literature while in college but despite her family and friend's encouragement, she opted for a more practical career in Business. Now, with the publication of her first book under her belt, she occasionally hits herself on the head for it. Samantha currently lives in Houston, TX, and besides being a sucker for romance, she has a soft spot for helpless kittens, and all things Pride & Prejudice.

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