Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ontario Teen Book Festival Blog Tour: Spotlight on Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter + GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone! I can't believe I'm posting twice in the same week. This is one I'm really excited about because I'm featuring one of the wonderful authors that will be at the Ontario Teen Book Fest, Virginia Boecker! I recently read her book and loved it.

First, here's what you need to know about the event, which is in SoCal:
When: Saturday March 12th , 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761 
THIS IS A FREE AND UNTICKETED EVENT! Not only that, but it comes with a free Panera Lunch. Honestly, this is one of my favorite book festivals of the year.
The event is sponsored by Once Upon A Time. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well.

The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/



ABOUT VIRGINIA


Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel, The Witch Hunter. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.

In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. You can visit Virginia online at virginiaboecker.com or on Twitter @virgboecker.





ABOUT THE WITCH HUNTER


The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.




INTERVIEW
Why do you write YA? Did you always want to write YA?
I love to read YA for the same reason I like to write it: for all the “firsts” in life that it explores and all the inherent drama that comes with it. There’s a lot to mine there! And, while I knew I always wanted to write a book I didn’t know it would be YA…but it seemed a natural vehicle for the story I wanted to write.

What are your writing quirks/rituals?
I like to have my trio of magical liquids nearby: green tea, green juice, and green water (really just water with chlorophyll). Although, I recently went to Sedona on a writing retreat and picked up a citrine, what they call the Writer’s Stone. It’s supposed to clear mental blocks and amplify intellectual thinking. Let’s see if it works magic, too.

Was researching for the Witch Hunter series difficult?
While in London I became fairly obsessed with English history. I spent all my spare time reading about kings and queens and princes and dukes and strife – then hopping a train to see where it all took place. I was doing it for personal interest but later, when I did decide to set my series in an alternate 16th century England, the research I needed was, at least for the historical part, already there. I did a fair bit of magical research too, which led me to some pretty fascinating websites.

What was your favorite part about spending four years in London?
It’s magical. I don’t know of any other way to describe it. It’s a completely different way of life than in the States, one that fit me well. I love the focus on culture and art and travel. I loved having Europe at my doorstep. I loved the friends I made, the food, the pubs, the weather, the transportation…I loved it all, and I miss it all every day. Living in a different country changes you on a molecular level, and I’m so grateful for the experience. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it.

What are you working on now?
My third novel. It’s still top secret, and the announcement won’t come for some months yet. All I can say is that it’s not related to The Witch Hunter world, and it’s a standalone. Oh, okay, I can say one more thing: it’s historical. I’ll leave you to guess which country it takes place in. ;)

Favorite book you've read so far this year?
Easy. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Tucholke. April is a gorgeous writer, just genius. I love all her books, but this one is my new obsession. I couldn’t put it down.

Current TV show obsession?
iCarly! Don’t judge. I have 2 young kids who watch it and what can I say? It makes me laugh. I also like Poldark, Outlander, and The 100, all 3 I am terribly behind on. I prefer books to tv, so it’s hard for me to keep up!


And here's the rest of the tour:

February 22nd - Spotlight on Andrew Smith - What A Nerd Girl Says

February 23rd - Spotlight on Alexandra Monir - The Consummate Reader

February 24th - Spotlight on April Tucholke - Adventures of a Book Junkie

February 25th - Spotlight on Alexis Bass - A Traveling Book

February 26th - Spotlight on Marissa Meyer - Read Now Sleep Later

February 27th - Spotlight on Sara Elizabeth Santana - Movies, Shows and Books

February 28th - Spotlight on Robin Reul - Recently Acquired Obsessions

February 29th - Spotlight on Katherine Kottaras - iFandoms Collide

March 1st - Spotlight on Stephanie Diaz - My Fangirl Chronicles

March 3rd - Spotlight on Mary McCoy - Book You Very Much

March 4th - Spotlight on Brad Gottfred - Seeking Bazinga

March 5th - Spotlight on Michelle Levy - My Fangirl Chronicles

March 6th - Spotlight on Elana K Arnold - Read Now Sleep Later

March 7th - Spotlight on Kristin Halbrook - What A Nerd Girl Says

March 8th - Spotlight on Jessica Brody - The Windy Pages

March 9th - Spotlight on Nicole Maggi - Nite Lite Book Reviews

March 10th - Spotlight on Jay Asher - A Bookish Escape


GIVEAWAY

The giveaway will run from February 22nd to March 13th!
The giveaway is NOT international
The prizes include: One prize winner will win an Ontario TBF poster signed by all attending authors!


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