Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tsar's Guard Parade [blog tour + giveaway]

Firstly, I am super excited to be part of the Evelyn Skye's Tsar's Guard Parade!! It has taken me the longest time to even have a hint of an idea of what to do for this book that intrigues me so. I am madly excited about The Crown's Game!! It actually is the book, from a new author, that I'm most excited for this year!!

Don't forget, you can follow the entire Tsar's Guard Parade. I highly recommend it because there are so amazing posts that came before me!!

About the author:

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on "So You Think You Can Dance," and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn't writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN'S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

You can haunt Evelyn Skye at-
Website | Twitter |Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Instagram

Part I-

Because I have had the hardest time deciding which of two paths to take for this post, I decided to do both!! When I looked at the cover for The Crown's Game and read synopsis, my mind was instantly drawn to putting together a playlist of classical songs that I thought would, hopefully perfectly, capture the feel of Evelyn Skye's book. After much searching, these were the one's that I chose.

I love how some of them build from a light, almost whimsical sound to something dark and thundering. As with all things musical, I kind of went a dash overboard and picked more songs than I planned on.


Part II-
Over Christmas, I actually, for the first time, made Russian Tea Cakes (which is the same as Mexican Wedding Cakes). While mine didn't turn out nearly as pretty as the ones in the picture, they tasted really good...even though I had to cut out the nuts because, you know, allergies.

Let's face it, you read and you wind up hungry, so, I have put together a short Pinterest board of Russian themed desserts that look absolutely delicious for my Tsar's Guard Parade post.

The Crown's Game (Crown's Game, 1) by Evelyn Skye, May 17, 2016. Published by Balzer + Bray. 
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

You can add The Crown's Game to your Goodreads shelves, which I'm pretty sure you totally want to do!! I know I cannot wait to read it for myself!!!
You can find The Crown's Game at the following places-
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive an ARC of THE CROWN’S GAME. International.

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