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!!


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  1. Susan T.

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

  2. Samantha D

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

  3. Brittany

    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

  4. Edye

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Rada

    Hello,That cover is gorgeous and a genderfluid Asian MC, I need it!

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