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Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin Book Tour, Interview, & Giveaway

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Title:  Queen of Someday
Series:  A Stolen Empire Novel
Author:  Sherry D. Ficklin
To Be Published: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Page Count:  262
Genre:  YA Historical Romance
Content Warning:  Mild violence, language, fade to black sexual content
Recommended Age:  17+
 

 

Synopsis:
ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES…
Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.
Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.
Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.
In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?
 

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About the Author:
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.
She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2014 with a second book in that series to follow. Her newest YA steampunk novel, Extracted: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is due for release in 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing.
 
 
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Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack, Winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card. 
Giveaway is International.

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Queen of Someday Excerpt #1

And then he does the most dangerous, reckless thing he ever could have done.

He kisses me.

The moment our lips touch, the last fraying strands of my self-control snap and I reach up, clasping my hands behind his neck and pulling him against me. There’s no reason, no judgment—only gentle waves of relief. I’m lost in the ocean of his embrace, drowning in him. I could live a hundred lifetimes inside his kiss, and it would never be enough. One single thought surfaces through the tide of emotions.

“Of the entire universe, I only wanted you,” I whisper the words against his lips, a solemn pledge.

His hands slide up my back and into my hair, working it loose with his fingers until it falls in brown waves across my shoulders. I sigh against his mouth and he responds by pulling away just a bit, laying a kiss on the tip of my nose, my forehead, and beside my eye, before returning to my lips.

“You have ruined me,” he whispers against my mouth, his voice thick with desire.

Sherry, Keep Calm and Answer These Sixteen Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? I think so. I’ve been reading since before I could walk so, take from that what you will.
  2. What is your favorite color? Black. I like dark brown too.
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in Oklahoma, but I was a military brat so I grew up all over. I claim Virginia as home since that’s where I went to High School.
  4. What is your favorite football team? Broncos & Cowboys. I KNOW, right?
  5. What do you do when you are not writing? Anything nerdy. Cosplay, conventions, I tinker and build things. I just built a life sized TARDIS actually. It’s my baby.
  6. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Keep writing. Seriously. Even if it’s only an hour once a week, write something. The longer you go without writing, the harder it is to get back into it. So never, never stop.
  7. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? On a good day, it’s both. The low points make the high ones even better.
  8. Where do you write? I have an office. It’s tiny, but it’s quiet and it’s all mine.
  9. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? White noise. I can’t write in total silence.
  10. What do you typically drink while writing? In the winter, hot herbal tea. In the summer either diet mtn dew or Manzanita sol.
  11. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? A friend once said marketing a book was like screaming into the wind, and I agree. The objective isn’t really even to sell books, so much as it is to get your book noticed, to get it in front of readers. I wish I had some nugget of wisdom or secret trick to share, but I don’t. Things that have worked for me vary with each book, depending on the target audience. For example we marketed my steampunk book at various comic-cons and steampunk cons, and that worked really well for it. But for this book I actually forked out for a Netgalley promotion. It was not cheap, but I’m pleased with the results. I think you just have to know your audience, and then figure out how to find them.
  12. What has been the toughest criticism so far? I had the head of my local area writer’s association call me up and invite me to lunch after my first book released. She then proceeded to tell me how much my writing sucked. OUCH! I think I kept writing just to prove her wrong, lol.
  13. What has been the best compliment? Oh, the fan mail always just makes my day. When a reader takes the time to look me up and email me about how much they enjoyed one of my books, it’s like no feeling in the world.
  14. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? I base a lot on real life. Characters, plots, locations. You name it. I have no shame.
  15. Will there be a sequel? Yes, Queen of Tomorrow is book 2 and the rough draft is done. As a matter of fact, by the time you read this, it will be in the hands of my wonderful publishers and editors.
  16. What project are you working on now? I’m gearing up for a new NA/Paranormal story I want to write in November. Whether it will go anywhere or not, it’s hard to tell.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and _________Wear your crown!________

 

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