Blog Tour: Character interview: Tiki from The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Welcome to today’s stop in the Faerie Ring blog tour hosted by the lovely Mundie Moms. I’m super excited to share with you guys an interview with Tiki, the main character of The Faerie Ring! Kiki’s debut novel is in store NOW and I highly recommend you go pick up a copy. To find out more about the blog tour you can go here.

And don’t forget to go to tomorrow’s stop at Girls in the Stacks with a guest post from Kiki. To find out about all the stops on the tour go HERE.



Hi Tiki thanks for being here today. How would describe yourself in five words or less? 

Hallo Dani, thanks for inviting me over. I guess I would say this: sixteen, orphaned, caring, some say clever and perhaps a bit sneaky at times.
Tell us two truths and a lie.
Do I have to tell you which is which? Since you didn’t say so, I think not. Let’s see if you can figure it out.
1. My parents died two years ago and I was sent to live with my aunt and uncle.
2. My mum would tease me as a little girl and tell me I’d been marked by faeries.
3. Rieker taught me how to pick a pocket.
I know you are an avid reader. If you could live in any book, what book would it be? 
There’s a book called Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen, a writer from Bath, that is quite enchanting. Mr. Darcy seems the prig, but in the end is rather charming.
What is one of your favorite childhood memories? 
I used to love when my father would read faerie stories to me. We’d sit before the fire and he’d read out loud. My mother would do her fancy work in a nearby chair and my cocker spaniel, Scotty, and I would sit on the floor and listen. I loved that time.

What is your favorite place in London to escape from the chaos of daily life?
St. James Park is about 15 minutes from Charing Cross. And then beyond that there is the Queen’s Park and Hyde Park. I love all those parks – the trees and the water – it’s like visiting another world.

What is your biggest fear? 
That I’ll be caught and thrown into the workhouse and separated from the others. That I wouldn’t be there to help care for the little ones.


About the book:

The Faerie Ring
Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen
Released: September 27, 2011

Synposis:

Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

Trailer:

Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars Blog Tour – ON THE FRINGES: The Skyship Community

I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Nick James’s Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars. This book is pretty awesome and I am excited for it’s release. Below we have some additional information about the Skypship community, a major part of the book, so check it out! You can learn more about the book over at Goodreads and you can pre-order it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the Book Depository.


The Skyship Community began as a separatist movement. In protest to the changes in America’s government, a band of rebels hijacked the Skyship Program (a series of large ships developed to ease population control) and set sail for the skies. The ensuing war resulted in the signing of the Hernandez Treaty, which declared the Skyship Community a sovereign nation, essentially hovering on top of another sovereign nation.
The community is comprised of over a hundred ships, though only a few are large enough to be classified as “floating cities.” Most are mid-sized, capable of housing around one to two thousand passengers.  Some are not residential at all, though each has an overriding purpose (ie: agri-ships, storage ships, hospitals). The nation’s capital is Skyship Atlas, which hovers symbolically over the ruins of Washington D.C.  Skyship Academy, where much of the book’s story takes place, is known to outsiders as a selective college for liberal arts. In reality, it’s a training ground for Pearl Agents.
Author’s Inspiration: I’ve always been in love with the idea of cities in the sky. Of course, the idea of skyships, or floating cities, has been around for a long time, but usually with more emphasis on the technical side. I wanted to humanize the types of people that would live above the clouds. Specifically, the isolation one might feel living in the sky really appealed to me. 
Terms to know:
The Hernandez Treaty – resulted in the creation of the International Skyline, an invisible, horizontal border that keeps the Skyships and the Surface separate.
The Tribunal – the Skyship Community’s acting government, comprised of three representatives.
Skyship Academy – a training ground for would-be Pearl Agents. After all, the community relies on Pearl Power to keep its ships aloft. 

Sound cool doesn’t it? And don’t forget to check out today’s other stop on the tour over at http://www.prationality.com/were Poisoned Rationality has an interview with Author Nick James. The tour continues tomorrow over at Reading Fever so make sure you stop over there!

And don’t forget to visit each blog each day to find the answers to the 8 clues. How the clues work:  Throughout the tour’s 15 stops, there will be 8 clues scattered on the blogs. Make sure you go to every stop on the tour so you can find the clues. These clues spell out a secret coordinate and you need this coordinate so you can win on the last stop of the tour over at Frenzy of Noise.
If you win, you win a supplemented copy of the book a bonus Skyship diagram and bonus chapter or annotation. A pretty cool prize if I do say so myself.
So go ahead an make you check out all the stops on the tour and pre-order Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars out September 8, 2011.