Now We Rise Blog Tour

If you follow me on my Instagram, you would know that I am in love with Children of Blood and Bone ever since I finished the ARC in January. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to participate in the Now We Rise Blog Tour, so a big thank you goes out to Macmillan for including me!

This is my first blog tour and it was fun to prepare for seeing as how I got to create an aesthetic for my designated maji clan, the winders. Winders, as you might be able to tell from the name, are able to manipulate the wind and air around them. It was a bit of a challenge to be able to capture the essence of wind in an aesthetic.

Here is the aesthetic I created for the winder clan!

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About the Book

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Synopsis: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
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About the Author

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Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, comes out March 6th, 2018 and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 3,500 subscribers at tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

Once again I want to thank the publisher for giving me the chance to be a part of this!

If you haven’t already, go and get this book because it is amazing and will be one of the best books you will ever read in your lifetime.

Happy reading!

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ARC Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Synopsis: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

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2,703 Miles: A Personal Narrative

According to Google Maps, my best friend and I live 2,703 miles apart. It has always been that way; distance is something that you get used to eventually. There are so many who are quick to say that our friendship is not real since we are not in the same state, we are not even on the same coast. That fact seems to damper their opinion a lot, so I try to keep the fact that I have never physically been in the presence of my best friend quiet. It is not the fact that I am ashamed, because I am not, it is just the fact that the explaining would be a cruel and unusual torture to myself. I do not tell them I have not hugged my best friend nor have I been there to wipe her tears when need be. I did not get to confront the racist, old couple who gave her a hard time at her job or tell a few creeps to bugger off when they cannot take a hint. Even with all of this, no amount of miles could ever get between how close we have become.

I met Andrea three years ago­. When I was added to a group chat in June of 2015, I never expected my life to change because of it. I had thought it was going to be a normal group chat, the ones that are lively the first day then slowly dwindle to a stop, like a campfire turning to smoldering ash. However, Andrea and I hit it off right away and went on our own tangent together. There are few people I connect with so easily and none have as deep as my friendship with Andrea. When I met her, I had been going through a rough period in my life friend wise. I had lost what I had thought was my best friend along with some of my other friends a few months before, so I was in a lonely stage of ­my life.

I remember us chatting about random subjects for a bit as we began to get a feel for each other. We talked about what we liked, the popular meme at that time, and everything in between. Looking back at our messages they come off as stiff or awkward. But that is expected between two people who are just meeting and really talking for the first time. For the first time in months, I felt as if I was gaining rather than losing.

From then on out, we talked every day. As the time difference from coast-to-coast was not enough, her family took a trip to Spain later that summer. The difference in time was crazy during that month, Andrea went from being three hours behind to six hours ahead of me. No matter, she still stayed up to talk to me until the late hours of the night where the only other conversations happening were the stars whispering against the night sky and the wind blowing along leaves. For some, the difference in time zones might have discouraged them from becoming closer to that other person, but for us, it simply became natural. We were already far apart, what was an ocean between us? That summer is full of memories from our first FaceTime to helping her begin the process of leaving her own toxic friendship. Although, my favorite memory was when I asked Andrea to send me some pictures from her trip to Spain and the only picture I got was of a fat pigeon she saw when going to get some pastry one morning.

Our friendship is a continuous support system to one another and that is a critical factor in both our lives, especially since the both of us are writers and have the same dream of getting published. That dream would not be possible for me, even in my wildest dreams, without Andrea in my life. The threads of our lives have tangled into something that cannot be undone, and I prefer it that way.

I suppose one could say that the summer of 2015 was the summer that changed my life forever. That one group chat shifted my life onto the path of becoming better than I could have ever pictured. Before Andrea, best friends had come in and out of my life constantly and I always ended up feeling like the odd friend out. All these years have passed and I still have yet to feel like I have been truly alone like I did before we met. The memories we share cause me to be forever grateful for Andrea, the love she has given me, and for whoever added us both into that group chat. I am grateful for the cards life has dealt me so far, even the bad ones because I know for a fact I would not be the person I am today without my best friend.

Monthly Wrapup: January 2018

I said at the beginning of the year that I wanted to start doing monthly wrapups so I’m going to try and keep up with it now. In order to do this, I have to carve time out to read which is challenging at the moment due to my new semester of classes. But I’m hoping things will calm down some here soon. They probably won’t but it’s fine.

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Writing Update #11

I almost didn’t post a writing update this week because of how busy I’ve been with my classes I haven’t gotten much time to write. But I did write some after I figured out that I needed to go back and add a few new chapters between 11 and 12. It’s going to make the whole traveling aspect better in my opinion.

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Writing Update #10

I definitely met my goal for last week seeing as how I’m halfway through chapter 13 at the moment.

I don’t like to plan my chapters in depth because I always end up changing how the path of my story goes, so every new chapter is a surprise. This chapter we’re apparently going to tackle my characters’ sexualities which is good.

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