Friday, September 26, 2014

Firebug Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour! Thank you so much to Ksenia at Macmillan Kids for the chance to take part in this. <3 As I pretty much loved Firebug. My review can be seen here. And I adore the author. Lish is awesome. Now I'm just waiting for news about book two. <3 Which I'm beyond excited about. Cannot wait! Today I'm sharing a guest post that Lish wrote for me. <3 And I love it to pieces. Thank you, Lish. You are awesome. Thanks to Ksenia there is also an US/Canada giveaway at the end :)

Guest Post by Lish McBride.

My topic suggestion: Her thoughts on why she chose to have Ava, Lock & Ezra have such a close friendship.
(As I adored their very close friendship.)

I write a lot about friendship and about family, especially the kind of family you make as you get older, not necessarily the kind you’re born with. I don’t necessarily set out to do this. In fact, I didn’t plan on Ava having so many friends. I’d just written two books with a fairly large ensemble cast and I wanted to try and pare it down. As much as I love big casts, they can be a headache to juggle.
            So I was set on a small cast. The thing is, the more I worked on Ava, the bigger the cast became. This might make you wonder why, if I don’t set out to write big casts and I don’t try to write about friendship and family, how these things keep happening.
            The thing is, I write about teens going through rough things. They’ve lost parents, usually. They’re hiding what they are, so they have to keep things from family. There’s a lot going on. When these kinds of things are happening, a common coping mechanism is to seek out a support system. Kids build their own family. At least, all the kids I knew growing up did.
            That’s the thing—if you take the magic out of my stories, you still have the same problems teens deal with. They lose parents, they’re changing and maybe don’t want to share things with their families. They’re dealing with crazy, complicated, painful stuff. Most of them will seek out people who understand or who will, at the very least, support them through it.
            Like most people I had a hard time in high school and many of my friends were having a worse time. So we banned together. We helped each other out. And you know what? I’m still friends with most of them. And we still ban together and help each other out. Only now it’s expanded to include our families. I recently had to go to the emergency room. My friend, Erica, drove me—and even had a snack packed for me. My son wasn’t supposed to be with me, but ended up going with us to the ER. So Erica called her husband and had him come down and pick up my kid and get him dinner. She stayed and sat with me in the hospital until very late at night. Good friends, right? Amazing. I have the best friends, I really do. So how do I know Erica? She married my friend Brian. I’ve known him since I was seventeen, and I know that if I need anything, ever, his family is there. Just like when his wife got sick and he needed to take her to the hospital, they knew that when they called me in the wee hours of the morning, I’d drop everything and get there. They are family. They are important. And those kinds of friend choices are what got me through my rough time. So when my characters are facing the same kind of thing, when I’m running them through the ringer, the least I can do is give them that same lifeline. It’s the least I could do.

Thank you Lish. <3 This guest post is perfect. And you are awesome. I'm so glad you decided to write Lock and Ezra into Ava's life, as I loved reading about them with her. And felt like she needed them too :) Close friendships are the best. <3 Erica sounds amazing.

Ava is a firebug—she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren’t caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She’s one of their main hitmen . . . and she doesn’t like it one bit. Not least because her boss, Venus, killed Ava’s mother.

When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can’t say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably keeping the murder to a minimum, in Lish McBride’s Firebug

Lish McBride is an author, bookseller, and all-around ne’er-do-well living in the Seattle area. She has an MFA from the University of New Orleans, which she is sure they’d like to take back. The poor people stuck with her include her long-suffering Man Friend, her son, and her furry legion, which number many. (Well, three.) When she isn’t working, which is most of the time, and reading, which is the rest of the time, you can probably find her whining on Twitter about how she needs a nap.

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Enter to win one hardcover copy of Firebug. <3
The book will be shipped from Ksenia at Macmillan Kids.

One winner.
US/Canada only. 
Must reply within 48 hours.
Giveaway will end in three weeks.

Tour Schedule:
Monday, September 15 ~ Adventures of a Book Junkie
Tuesday, September 16 ~ Read.Sleep.Repeat.
Thursday, September 18
~ Teen Librarian Toolbox
Friday, September 19
~ Maria’s Mélange

Monday, September 22
~ Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Tuesday, September 23
~ Novel Novice
Wednesday, September 24
~ MacTeenBooks Blog
Thursday, September 25
~ Good Books and Good Wine
Friday, September 26
~ Carina’s Books


  1. What a fantastic guest post! Having good friends around you is the best thing for the good times and the tough ones!
    Thank you for sharing Carina!

  2. I want to read so I can learn what happen to the other characters from Hold Me Closer Necromancer since Lish say it's only a two book series also a girl who can start a fire with her mind is awesome.

  3. i love those assassin plots. Where the main character is a hired killer. Plus the whole fire element seems really interesting! Thanks Carina for this giveaway and putting this on my radar :)

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  4. I haven't read it yet, but I've been seeing all the fabulous quotes Fierce Reads pulled from teh book and I kind of need to read this. :)

  5. I haven't read it but I really want to! (:

  6. I have yet to read it. But it is on my TBR on Goodreads and I've added it to my wishlists on Amazon!!! Haha. I definitely want to read it!

    Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

  7. I haven't read Firebug yet, but I want to because I've heard great things about the author, and the plot seems very interesting and unique. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I haven't read it yet, but it is on my TBR list and the synopsis sounds great!

  9. I want to read it because it sounds really exciting and creative!


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