June 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Drowned by Nichola Reilly – Guest Post and Giveaway


Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Drowned (Drowned #1) by Nichola Reilly

presented by Kismet Book Tours!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!


Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

add to goodreadsDrowned (Drowned #1) by Nichola Reilly
Publication Date:  June 24, 2014
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

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Strong Female Lead Characters –
How to create a believable strong female lead character
that readers will accept.


Ever since The Hunger Games, the YA world has been chock-full of strong female characters. There are girl assassins, warriors, spies . . . it feels like every type of role traditionally assumed by males has been assigned to a teenaged female in order to show how empowered they can be and how they won’t be held back by stereotypes.

Girls like this run head-first into danger, they kill, they fear nothing, they kick butt and take names. And yet there is only one thing that will melt that ice-cold hardened heart of hers . . . usually a cute boy with a lopsided smile who is nowhere near as good with a broadsword as she is.

But I’m of the opinion that a character doesn’t need to kick butts all across the page to be strong. She can still rely on others. She can still not know her way around a weapon. She can still fall down and do embarrassingly stupid things that get her all red in the face. Actually, I prefer that my lead characters do that from time to time.

Because um . . . that’s me. I don’t even know the difference between a broadsword and a regular one (hides head in shame).

Coe, the main character in DROWNED falls down plenty of times. Physically, she’s weak. She’s deformed and a bit clumsy because of it.  Nobody thinks she will amount to much. She has no special skills that would qualify her to be a warrior, and in fact, she’d probably lose a fight with a big crab. I am hoping that because she isn’t perfect and has all these obstacles to overcome, a true underdog, readers will identify with her.  Much of her strength comes from within, and she has plenty of that. You have to, when you’re undeniably the smallest and weakest person on an island filled with warriors.

The YA world is now filled with all of these larger-than-life strong females who approach challenges with a “Hell yeah! Sign me up!” and seemingly can do no wrong on the battlefield.  Coe is not one of them. She won’t go quiet into that good night, but when she rages against the dying of the light, it’s most definitely not going to be with a broadsword.



Nichola Reilly is Cyn Balog’s post-apocalyptic fantasy-writing alter-ego. The first book in her series, DROWNED, will be releasing from Harlequin TEEN sometime in 2014, followed by a sequel, BURIED, in 2015.

About Cyn Balog

Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), STARSTRUCK (2011), TOUCHED (2012), and her most recent release: DEAD RIVER (2013).e. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

She also writes under the pen name Nichola Reilly. Nichola Reilly is Cyn Balog’s post-apocalyptic fantasy-writing alter-ego. The first book in her series, DROWNED, will be releasing from Harlequin TEEN sometime in 2014, followed by a sequel, BURIED, in 2015.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

  • Monday, June 23rd – Alice Marvels – Character Interview

  • Wednesday, June 25th – Parajunkee – Guest Post

  • Friday June 27th – The Cozy Reader – Guest Post



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  1. Mary Mooney

    Sounds good, can’t wait to read it. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  2. melissa cushing

    This book sounds intriguing. The synopsis leave a lot of guessing as to what this story will truly be about, But i hope to win and read for sure! Love the cover art too!

  3. I can’t wait to read this one! The cover is stunning.

  4. Carl

    This sounds like a crazy kind of world, very difficult to get by in for sure. I’d like to see how Coe and the others survive. Thanks

  5. Judy Cox

    This looks like it will be a really good and interesting read. I know I would enjoy and also my 17 yr. old granddaughter, who loves to read, would like it too.

  6. Maegan Morin

    Oooh sounds like a good book! Definately unlike anything that I have read before! Cant wait to get my hands on it :D

  7. maggie steele

    This sounds like a great read! It has a refreshingly new premise, not a cookie cutter book like some!

  8. Vivien

    Love the cover. This sounds like an excellent read!!

  9. Susan T.

    I love that the heroine is unconventional and kicks butt! Sounds pretty awesome!

  10. bn100

    Interesting premise

  11. NayeB

    The cover looks as awesome as the premise sounds. Definitely can’t wait to read.

  12. Destiny

    Sounds like an interesting read!

  13. Lindsay

    Sounds good!

  14. Summer

    Love the concept that a heroine doesn’t need to kick butt across the page to be strong, very true, there are all kinds of strength. Looking forward to reading this.

  15. Emma

    It definitely sounds interesting. After I heard about it for the first time I had a dream based on it…weird.

  16. Holly U

    Ooh, I agree with what she said about female leads. I love strong heroines, but they don’t all have to be kickbutt and never needing someone to save them. I love flawed characters the most. The ones who might not know their strengths, but still don’t back down from a fight. I relate the most to the characters who aren’t perfect but still try their hardest to do what they can. Those are my favorite heroines. :)

  17. Bonnie Hilligoss

    Why are there so few teenagers on the island and what is the secret??? I need to know! The cover portrays the desperatness of her situation.
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  18. Lori Hopkins

    I love stories that have secrets to be revealed! Always have! I like trying to figure out what it is while reading, and this one has a unique story with it!

  19. Sherry Hoernig

    The storyline is really intriguing. I like intriguing, & different. Don’t think I’ve seen one quite like this. I’m looking forward to entering this world, & seeing where it will take me.

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