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August 15, 2017

Blog Tour: The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember!

We are so excited to have Julia on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

 

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

The Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold #1)
by Julia Ember
Publication Date: August 22, 2017
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thank you so much for having me! I’m really excited to be on Chapter by Chapter today, discussing my new book, The Tiger’s Watch.

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

A genderfluid spy and their magically bonded tiger find themselves caught up in the middle of a war. When forced to make tough choices, will Tashi choose love or country?

 

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

A lot of my inspiration for this book came from researching Bhutan, and eventually visiting the country in the winter of 2014. I was overawed by its natural beauty and amazing architecture. I was thinking at the time that I really wanted to write a story about a genderfluid spy, and the setting really motivated me to get started.

 

I’ve also always loved shifter novels, but I knew when I started this one that I wanted to take a different approach. In The Tiger’s Watch, the spies are able to bond magically with an animal companion. In theory, the animal’s personality is supposed to reflect theirs, but it doesn’t always work out this way. They are able to see through the animal’s eyes, view their memories and experience their thoughts.

 

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my cat in this! I find tigers beautiful, majestic creatures. I did a lot of research on their hunting and living habits, but since no one really keeps tigers as pets, I needed another source of inspiration for Katala’s personality.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

Well, to start, Tashi is a Hufflepuff! Tashi is much more sweet and reserved than a lot of the other inhabitors at the academy, so it comes as a complete shock to everyone when their bond-mate turns out to be a golden tiger! They were born in a rural mountain village, before being given up to the inhabitor’s academy for training.

 

A lot of the story is motivated by their internal conflicts. They find themself in a very bad situation where either choice they make could hurt a lot of people.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

My favourite part to write were probably the scenes between Tashi and Katala, when they were alone. I loved writing about their warring thoughts and plans in each situation. Although Tashi can inhabit her body, Katala does not just meekly accept whatever their plans are. She very much has her own idea about what course of action they should take.

 

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?

Xian as a character was the hardest for me to write. Some people will probably think that he is unlikeable, because he does have a pretty brutal interpretation of what it means to be a good military commander. He’s very preoccupied with saving face among his soldiers, and this leads him to make some bad decisions.

 

On the flip side, he hasn’t had a good childhood. His father punished him for showing any emotions, and he’s been thrust into leading a military legion at 17. He also genuinely cares about Tashi.

 

I hope I manage to develop his character well throughout the series!

 

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?

I just released another book a couple of months ago, so it’s been a busy summer! The Seafarer’s Kiss came out in May, and is a Norse Little Mermaid retelling.

 

My agent is also submitting a YA Space Opera, as well as my first ever Adult Romance … hopefully one of those will get picked up and I’ll have more to report soon!

 

 

It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

 

About Julia Ember

Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She spends her days working in the book trade and her nights writing teen fantasy novels. Her hobbies include riding horses, starting far too many craft projects, PokemonGo and looking after her city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. Luna Lovegood and Sirius Black the cats currently run her life.

Julia is a polyamorous, bisexual writer. She regularly takes part in events for queer teens, including those organised by the Scottish Booktrust and LGBT Youth Scotland. A world traveler since childhood, she has now visited more than sixty countries. Her travels inspire the fantasy worlds she creates, though she populates them with magic and monsters.

Julia began her writing career at the age of nine, when her short story about two princesses and their horses won a contest in Touch magazine. In 2016, she published her first novel, Unicorn Tracks, which also focused on two girls and their equines, albeit those with horns. Her second novel, The Seafarer’s Kiss will be released by Interlude Press in May 2017. The book was heavily influenced by Julia’s postgraduate work in Medieval Literature at The University of St. Andrews. It is now responsible for her total obsession with beluga whales.

In August 2017, her third novel and the start of her first series, Tiger's Watch, will come out with Harmony Ink Press. In writing Tiger's Watch, Julia has taken her love of cats to a new level.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Susan T.
    8/15/2017

    A genderfluid protagonist is so unusual and should be really interesting. I’m all for more diversity in YA!

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  2. Samantha D
    8/16/2017

    This sounds fresh ing and original! I am definitely going to read this!

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  3. Brittany
    8/16/2017

    How have I never heard of this book?! That cover is gorgeous and a genderfluid Asian MC, I need it!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

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  4. Edye
    8/21/2017

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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