Friday, September 12, 2014

YA Bound Blog Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway: The Girl and The Clockwork Cat (Nikki McCormack)

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by Nikki McCormack
Release Date: 09/02/14
Entangled Teen

Feisty teenage thief Maeko and her maybe-more-than-friend Chaff have scraped out an existence in Victorian London’s gritty streets, but after a near-disastrous heist leads her to a mysterious clockwork cat and two dead bodies, she’s thrust into a murder mystery that may cost her everything she holds dear.
Her only allies are Chaff, the cat, and Ash, the son of the only murder suspect, who offers her enough money to finally get off the streets if she’ll help him find the real killer.
What starts as a simple search ultimately reveals a conspiracy stretching across the entire city. And as Maeko and Chaff discover feelings for each other neither was prepared to admit, she’s forced to choose whether she’ll stay with him or finally escape the life of a street rat. But with danger closing in around them, the only way any of them will get out of this alive is if all of them work together.

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Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12, which she still has tucked in a briefcase in her home office, waiting for the right moment. Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she continued to treat her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy presented her with an abundance of free time that she used to focus on making it her career.Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest tending to her husband and three cats suffering varying stages of neurosis. She feeds her imagination by sitting on the ocean in her kayak gazing out across the never-ending water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She finds peace through practicing iaido or shooting her longbow.

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Character Profile

Name: Ash (Short for Asher, but only his parents call him that.)
Age: 17
Birthplace: Chelsea, London

The Good Things: Ash loves going with his parents to watch them play in their band, especially when it involves a trip in their outdated patchwork airship. The rest of the time, he enjoys helping his father with his day job working on airships. Machinery makes sense to him, which is more than he can say for girls. He likes picking on his younger brother, Sam, and listening to his father’s often-exaggerated tales of adventures with the underground pirate movement working to rise up against the elite Literati. He isn’t ready to admit it, but he’s starting to like Maeko, perhaps more than all of those other things combined.

The Not So Good Things: Ash hates anyone other than him picking on his brother and is quick to come to his defense, especially since the accident. Growing up in a pirate household has taught him to despise the Literati. His upbringing has instilled in him considerable disrespect for anyone who lies, cheats, or steals when they don’t have to. This is a source of frustration for him when it comes to Maeko because he knows her mother is alive, but maybe there is more to the situation than meets the eye. He’s willing to give her a chance.

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  1. Thanks for having me on your blog! :)

  2. A CLOCKWORK CAT??? How interesting is that??? This book is already a must read for me just because of that! And the other points mentioned here make it even more interesting! Also, thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win <3

  3. This sounds very interesting! It makes me want to know why a cat - a good cover? It's on my TBR!