Monday, July 10, 2017

Blog Tour Guest Post: Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine


What better way to celebrate release week of one of my most favorite series out there right not than a guest post from the author! I'm so excited to have Rachel on the blog today. Many of you know that her series the Great Library has been a favorite of mine since book one and with the release of book three out this week, I can honestly say, this series is just getting better and better (see my review HERE for Ash and Quill). 

So without further ado, I give you a little info about this amazing series and of course, the Rachel's guest post. You guys, if you haven't already, please check this series out, it is just amazing and so suspenseful and fun. I can't get enough of it. 

Check out the amazing trailer too while you are at it, you are going to love it!





Title: Ash and Quill
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Book Three in the Great Library Series
Published By: Berkley (July 11, 2017)
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!



Book Description:

The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire unite to save the Great Library of Alexandria from itself in this electrifying adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.


Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny....



Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.


Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library....





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About the Author:



Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than 45 novels to date ... and more on the way. 
Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad.

She has also published as:
Roxanne Longstreet
Roxanne Conrad
Julie Fortune

Ian Hammell

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Thanks for giving me room on the blog today! I’m so excited about the release of Ash and Quill, and since the topic of your blog is My Guilty Obsession, I have to admit that the Great Library of Alexandria was something of an obsession for me for many years. I still own a pin from my teen years that says “They got the Great Library of Alexandria, they’re not getting my books!” Prized possession, that one.

The question posed to me was what character do you feel is most like you in this series, if you had to choose just one?

That’s a tough question in many ways. I think as a writer, every character has some aspect of me behind it, even if it’s a tiny little seed no one can ever see. Generally, though, I do see myself as Jess Brightwell: someone a little out of place in the world. A little out of step with my mom’s family (most of whom are conservative, and not much given to flights of imagination).

I’m an only child, while Jess in many ways feels like an only child; he has a twin brother, but they don’t exactly see eye to eye. The other thing Jess and I have in common, most strongly, is our love of books ... the joy of finding new ones to discover, the feel of a lovingly bound old volume. Jess is fascinated by those things, and I am too. Like Jess, I’d rather curl up alone with a good book; like Jess, I’d love to spend a day browsing through a warehouse full of rare works. Do I have the physical stamina to run from automaton lions and survive Wolfe’s extreme training? Probably not! But it would be amazing to try. I’d take that risk to see what wonders a resurgent Alexandria could hold.

I’m a great believer in families you choose--people with whom you can share love and loyalty and friendship. So Jess, though naturally a loner (and a good deal more practical than most) finds people he can trust and rely on ... and that strength carries them all through. That mirrors my college experience ... for the first time, I found a real community of people who shared my geeky interests, my specific obsessions--and with whom I found real, deep, long-term friendships.

So I would likely be Jess. Except for the running. So much running.

Who I’m most not like? Probably Thomas, because I have zero ability to invent. Or even repair. Seriously, do not give me tools. But I do love those who can can make that happen. Closest thing to magic I can imagine.

To close out, here’s a quick excerpt from Ash and Quill:

“Can you bring the wall down?” Jess asked her.

“No. But I can remove the protections that keep it from melting under Greek fire and other kinds of attacks. If I succeed, I can make it vulnerable.”

“Enough for Thomas to finish the job.” He sighed. He felt the beginnings of a headache coming on. He didn’t like the moving parts of this plan, didn’t like the ifs and maybes. “Morgan—how hard is this for you?”

“Not bad,” she said, and he was almost sure she was lying. That she’d lost weight since he’d seen her in the morning. That the shadows beneath her eyes—in her eyes, too—were darker than they should have been. “Jess. Wolfe’s right. We need at least two ways out of here. Three, if we can manage it. But if I can help . . .”

“We can find a way for you to help without destroying yourself.”

She reached up a hand, put it on his cheek, and looked into his eyes. A serious, steady regard. “We all take risks,” she said. “This one’s mine.” The coolness of her skin shocked him, and he curled his fingers around her wrist. Her pulse beat fast under the skin, but it seemed to be providing her little warmth.

So he wrapped his arms around her to share some of his own. She sighed, as if it was a great relief, and for just a few moments, there weren’t greater issues, or worries, or plans.

Just the two of them, under the stars.



Thanks again for making me welcome! If readers want to find me, I’m available at rachelcaine.com, plus on Twitter @rachelcaine, and Facebook at rachelcainefanpage.


Thank you so much Rachel for being here today and sharing this with us! I adore this series and am so excited there are still a few more books left in it! I can't wait for the next one!!

42 comments:

  1. When this series is complete, I will be meeting Jess and I can't wait because he sounds awesome. I know I'm going to love him!

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  2. I seriously can't wait to try this series, I guess at this point. I may as well wait for it to be completed. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I think there will be two more books. I don't know how you can wait though, they are so good! But I can totally see the appeal of wanting them all before you begin. ;)

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  3. I've only read book one so far but I thought is was pretty amazing with its setting and characters. Gah, each book cover is more gorgeous than the last too! Thanks for the great guest post with Rachel!!

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    1. I agree, I love the covers too! The settings get better and better too Kim. ;)

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  4. Great post Kindlemom, thanks for the guest post and excerpt. I saw this around the blogesphere today already.

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    1. Doesn't surprise me, it is such a great series. ;)

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  5. Thanks for sharing! I really want to read this series - I recently got the first book, so soon I hope. I find the Library of Alexandria to be fascinating too.

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    1. I can't wait to see what you think about it Lauren! I hope you love it!

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  6. Thanks for the great guest post. I enjoyed the first two books in this series and I look forward to picking up Ash and Quill.

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    1. Hopefully you will love it just as much as the others. It really is such a fun and interesting series.

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  7. Haven't picked up this series yet...but I'm sure I'll love i!

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  8. I've been hearing great things about this book. Love the cover too.

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    1. The covers are all fabulous so far!

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  9. I agree, it just keeps getting better!

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  10. Awesome. I loved learning more about this book. I have had this series on my wish list since it debuted, and I still havent' gotten to it. Now I want to more than ever.

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    1. I know you will love this one Heidi, it isn't a typical YA at all, in fact I think it is more of a NA than YA since most of the characters are more grown up and mature. No YA drama in this, instead just the fantasy and mystery side with other things along the way.

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  11. Thanks for the interview! I love it! I have this series on my wishlist and man am I salivating for it now!!!

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  12. I need to try this series. And great guest post! I think lots of people can relate to not fitting in, or wondering where the other people are that share our love of imagination. And of course it's great when we find them. :)

    I was always interested in the Great Library of Alexandria, so when I saw a series based on that I was immediately interested. Will definitely be reading these soon. :)

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    1. Glad to hear that Greg and I agree, things are always so much better when you can find someone else to talk about something you both love. It is one of the things I love most about blogging and sharing books with others.

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  13. I haven't heard of this series before until I've read your review. I guess I'll be keeping an eye for this one ;)

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    1. It is definitely on you will want to read!

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  14. Nice post. Totally agree about families we choose. I have to first book on my wishlist. I'll get to it ... soon.

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  15. I haven't read any of these but Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires is a favorite of mine. One day I promise I will get to these!

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    1. I really think you would like these as well. ;)

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  16. You know I actually wrote a report on the lost library of Alexandria while in grade school. What a loss! I'm going to check and see if they have an audio version! I'm going to pick up Stillhouse Lake soon, too! I already have a copy and can't wait. Wonderful post, ladies! :)

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    1. Oh that is so cool! I hope your library has a copy of this. I loved Stillhouse Lake too so hopefully you do as well!

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  17. Great post.I have heard great things about this series. I would love to try it. Hopefully I will get to it soon.

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    1. I hope you do and that you love it as well. :D

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  18. The covers in this series get me EVERY TIME! So gorgeous!!

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    1. Isn't he great? I love Thomas too. ;)

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  20. I just read her Stillhouse Lake book and really enjoyed it. Kind of kicking myself because I actually own some of her other books too just not gotten around to it, she is so far an amazing author :D

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    1. I agree! I think her work is very underrated. I wish I could make even try her. ;)

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