Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Me, My Shelf and I Blog Tour, Tens List, & Giveaway: Velvet Undercover (Teri Brown)

Author: Teri Brown
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Perfect for fans of Jennifer Donnelly and Libba Bray comes this page-turning historical spy thriller from Teri Brown, author of the Born of Illusion series.
Samantha Donaldson's family has always done its duty for the British Crown. In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Sam follows in their footsteps, serving her country from the homefront as a messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues their studies of languages, mathematics, and complex puzzles, hoping to make him proud.
When Sam is asked to join the famed women's spy group La Dame Blanche, she's torn—while this could be an unbelievable adventure, how can she abandon her mother, who has already lost a husband? But when her handlers reveal shocking news, Sam realizes she can't refuse the exciting and dangerous opportunity.
Her acceptance leads her straight into the heart of enemy territory on a mission to extract the most valuable British spy embedded in Germany, known only as Velvet. Deep undercover in the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Sam must navigate the labyrinthine palace and its many glamorous—and secretive—residents to complete her assignment. To make matters worse she must fight a forbidden attraction to the enemy—a dangerously handsome German guard. In a place where personal politics are treacherously entangled in wartime policy, can Sam find Velvet before it's too late . . . for them both?
A thrilling story of one girl's journey into a deadly world of spy craft and betrayal—with unforgettable consequences.



“A slow-burning tale of espionage and deceit that explores the complexities and moral uncertainties of war.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A taut and swiftly paced historical spy mystery, filled with suspense and surprising plot twists...A great fit for fans of Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity.” (School Library Journal)

"Clever, impetuous Samantha Donaldson is a delight to follow through the murky world of the German court in this twisty tale of espionage and forbidden romance.” Katherine Longshore, author of Gilt, Tarnish

"Brown's latest is a pulse-racing, whip-smart thriller that kept me guessing until the end."
—Cat Winters, Morris Award Finalist for In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Well behaved women rarely make history. Teri Brown lived that quote way before she ever even heard it. The two things she is most proud of, (besides her children), is that she jumped out of an airplane once and beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She's a novel writer, head banger, pet keeper, math hater, cocktail drinker, booty shaker, book reader, city slicker, food fixer, rule breaker, wine sipper and word scribbler. She loves her husband, children, puppies and chocolate.

Twitter: @teribrownwrites

IG: Teriforemanbrown

Top ten places I want to live

This is actually a topic that I have given a lot of thought to. I dream of living abroad for five or six months in one place and then moving to the next. So here are my top ten picks in no particular order:

1. Tuscany because it's unbelievably gorgeous and that light…

2. Venice because it would be like living in a dream.

3. Edinburgh because I love the rain and they have a wonderful masters program.

4. Salzburg because I love classical music and Mozart!

5. Prague, because it looks like a fairy city.

6. London because my grandmother loved it there and always wanted to visit it with me.

7. San Francisco because it's a lot like Portland

8. The North Cascade Mountain Range because you can pretend you're living in the alps.

9. Switzerland because why pretend to live in the Alps when you can live in the Alps.

10. Paris. Because Paris.

One Grand Prize Winner will get: 
- One signed hardback copy of Born of Illusion
- One signed hardback copy of Born of Deception
- One drawstring spygirls bag from the International Spy Museum
- One tablet of spy paper that dissolves when wet
- One password required lock and key journal
- Two black light spy pens
- One pair of brass spyglasses with brass rope chain (Perfect for spying!)

Must be 13 + To Enter | Ships in US Only
This giveaway will be cross-posted on the release day celebration 

Tour Schedule:

October 12th Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
October 13th Curling Up With A Good Book TEN RANDOM THINGS
October 14th Downright Dystopian REVIEW
October 15th The Book Cellar REVIEW
October 16th Bookaholics Anonymous REVIEW + MUSIC PLAYLIST
October 17th One Night Book Stand REVIEW
October 18th The Cover Contessa TEN'S LIST
October 19th A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW + EXCERPT

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