Guest Post: Julia Kagawa + Exclusive Giveaway!



'So I Say Thank You For The Books...' is a regular feature were we invite Authors and book bloggers to share with us who or what inspired their love of books.


Find out more and how to get involved HERE

This week we're excited to introduce Julie Kagawa, author of The Iron Fey series (which having read the first book, The Iron king, I highly recommend!)

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The earliest memory I have with books was my mom reading out loud to me and my sisters every night.  We would all sit on the couch as she read a favorite bedtime story or, as we got a little older, a chapter of a chosen book.  I remember waiting eagerly for bedtime so we could hear more about the story, and once I even snuck the book away to peek ahead myself.  Mom was more amused then angry, but I remember feeling I could not wait for evening to know how the story ended. 

Another early memory is myself as a toddler, when my dad brought me a “listen-and-read-along” record player.  I would listen to that plastic record player, reading along as it told the same story, on repeat, for hours and hours.  Or so Mom informed me later as an adult.  Apparently I drove her nuts with that thing, listening to the same book, at full volume, over and over, until she fantasized about hurling it out the window.

So, thank you to my parents, for taking the time to install the love of reading in me, however much trouble it caused.  My teachers were not quite as enamored, as I hid novels behind my textbooks during Math and wrote stories when I was supposed to be taking notes.  But though you lamented my complete and utter lack of interest in numbers and social studies, you still encouraged me to dream.  Thank you.  

My name is Meghan Chase. In less than twenty-four hours I'll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset. I don't think it will be that way for me. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school...or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical fairy king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face...and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart. 


The Iron King (book 1 in The Iron Fey series) was published in the UK by Mira Ink February 2011 and will be followed by The Iron daughter in April '11 and The Iron Queen in July '11 

You can read my review here 

Find out more about The Iron fey series and Mira Ink's other books here

Visit Julie's website here or follow her on twitter @JKagawa

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Giveaway!!!!

We have one stunning, not-for-sale Hardback edition of The Iron King (courtesy of Mira Ink) to giveaway to one lucky winner (I'm so jealous! I want it myself!)


Unfortunatly this giveaway is open to the UK only. Closes midnight GMT on 28th February. Winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. Please provide mailing address within 48 hours or the contest will be redrawn and another winner chosen.


Goodluck!





9 comments:

  1. Lol great post! Thanks for sharing Julie!!

    I already won a copy of this version of TIK and it is stunning!! Good luck to those who enter!!

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  2. Great giveaway. So sad I don't live in the UK now!

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  3. Can't wait to read this! I ended up buying it last week as I just couldn't contain my need for it anymore!

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  4. I always enjoy reading your So I Say Thank You For The Books posts :o) I used to make my Dad read to me for hours when I was a child.

    Thanks for hosting a great giveaway :o)

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  5. I'm still getting around to reading this!

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  6. Parents are so important for encouraging book reading - thanks for the insight!

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  7. Fab post and great giveaway - I enjoy reading these posts, it's nice to see them back :D

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