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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TALON by Julie Kagawa; Blog Tour: Meet Dante, Catch The Dragon & Enter To Win!

Welcome to the next stop in the TALON blog tour!
I'm so thrilled to introduce you to Dante. After you get to know Dante a little bit better, be sure to read the rest of the post and catch the Dragon. When you catch him, don't forget to enter to win. 

* Hi Dante! Thank you for being here today. For those you who haven't yet met the dragons of Talon, can you please tell us a little bit about them?

Of course.  Although, technically, I'm not really supposed to.  Humans aren't supposed to know we exist, but since you asked, I'll make an exception this once.  Talon is a very structured, secret society of dragons.  We hide in human form to avoid detection from the Order of St. George, who would slaughter every single one of us if they could.  Talon's goal is the self-preservation of our species, and protecting all dragons from the Order and extinction.  And I think that's all I should say right now.  Really, I could get in trouble for saying that much.

* What is one of the things you love about being dragon?

Well, if I'm ever stranded on a desert island, I won't have to worry about starting a fire. Or getting off the island, really. Wings definitely come in handy for certain situations.

* What do you enjoy doing in human form, that you may not be able to do as a dragon?

It's really difficult to use a phone in dragon form.  Claws were not meant for texting.  

* Since many of our readers haven't yet had the chance to "meet" you, how would you describe yourself? Are you into sports, reading, cooking? If you say yes to all three of those your sister may have to put a good fight for the mob of girls who will be chasing after you.

Ha, good luck to them.  I wouldn't want to pick a fight with Ember.  I guess I'm a pretty average guy; I do enjoy reading, and some sports, and I've taken cooking classes so I know the basics.  I'm always trying to learn new skills; whatever will prepare me for my future with Talon.  

* How would you describe your relationship with your sister, Ember? What's something you admire about her?

Ember and I are....very different.  Which is odd, I know, considering we're practically twins, but that's the truth.  My sister is impulsive, reckless, and has a teensy problem with authority, but she's always looked out for me, and vice versa.  I just hope I can keep her safe and out of trouble until Talon is ready for us.  

* First word that comes to mind when you hear the name, Garret Xavier Sebastian?

That's the new boy Ember hangs around with, right?  I guess he's tolerable, for a human.  Although...there is something about him that I don't like, something I can't put my finger on.  All I can say is, he'd better not hurt my sister, or he'll have to deal with a very pissed off dragon twin.

* Both you and Ember have a lot going on, and a lot at stake. If you had a day to just be a "human" teenager and not worry about Talon, both your & Ember's future, and the Order of St. George, what is something you would want to do?

If I had a whole day to myself?  I don't know, I haven't really thought about it.  I guess...maybe I'd take a road trip with a few of my friends.  No thought, no planning, just pick a direction, any direction, and drive.  See what's out there.  It'll never happen--Talon would think it's too dangerous--but it sounds like it could be fun.

* What kind of preparation goes into preparing for becoming a member of Talon and the responsibilities that come with it?

Right now, mostly just learning how to be human, how to interact and react in a normal human environment.  After the summer, our real education begins where, if we pass assimilation, we become full members of the organization.  Until then, we just have to keep following the rules and doing what Talon tells us.   

* Can you tell us a little bit about what Julie Kagawa has planned for you and Ember next? We promise we won't tell her you told us anything. ;)

Um, no.  Sorry, but she can be even scarier than Talon.  And honestly, I'm not that certain, myself.  (Though I won't lie and say I'm not a little terrified of what she has in store for us next.) 

Haha, yes I can see how Julie could be scarier than Talon. Thank you for stopping by today Dante.
Thanks for talking with me. -Dante

About Talon

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Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.
Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.
Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

About Julie Kagawa:

Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy.
“Catch the Dragon Contest”
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, a dragon will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the dragon, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the tour stop!!!

Where could the dragon appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranormal Blog, so go now and catch yourself a dragon! Will you find it? And will you be able to keep it?

Giveaway Info:
Each tour stop is offering up a finished copy of TALON!

Five lucky grand prize winners will receive one of Julie’s amazing dragon figurines as well as some fun signed swag. To enter for the grand prize, you MUST follow the tour each day, find and catch the dragon, and answer the daily question.

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

“Catch the Dragon” - Question: 
If you were to find out dragon shifters lived among us, what would your first reaction be?

*Find the blue dragon hidden somewhere on the blog!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:
Thursday, October 2nd – Harlequin Blog
Monday, October 6th – Jessica at Step into Fiction
Wednesday, October 8th – Katie’s Book Blog
Friday, October 10th – Page Turners
Monday, October 13th – Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, October 15th – Mundie Moms
Friday, October 17th – Fiktshun

Monday, October 20th – Two Chicks on Books

Wednesday, October 22nd – YA Interrobang
Friday, October 24th – Supernatural Snark


  1. I can't wait to read this! I've loved every one of Julie's books and just the word, DRAGONS, causes my heart to race!

  2. Question answer: I'd be thrilled and I'd want to know more about them!

  3. How much longer do I have to wait???

  4. I say this every time Julie has a new book coming out but I can't wait! I'm eager to see what she can do with dragons.

  5. I'm eager to read this book!! If dragon shifters were real I would excited and would want to befriend them.

  6. this looks and sounds awesome!!! I'd love a chance to read this :)

  7. Love the cover it looks so awesome the dragons are sweet!

  8. I would ask to see them in dragon form, as long as they were a good dragon :)

  9. My first reaction would be to want to see them

  10. I can't wait to read this book! I am looking forward to it coming out!

  11. My first reaction would be fear but then I think I'd come to grips with it. I can't wait to read Talon!

  12. I would say, "Hell Yeah! Where can I meet one!

  13. It would be amazing to find out! I would definitely want to meet a shifter! So excited for this book!

  14. YAY Dragons!!! So exciting. I cannot wait to read this one!

  15. this book is on my WishList!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  16. I have loved her previous books. Cannot wait for this one.

  17. Can't wait to read this, her other books are so fantastic!

  18. If dragon shifters existed, i would friend them all! Because dragons are unique, beautiful & magical! Thank u!

  19. My first reaction to learning of dragon shifters would be to find one to take me for a flight! :)

  20. I'm so excited for this book! Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

  21. I can't wait to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  22. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I've had my interest piqued for this book for a while :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  23. I need a dragon. A green one. Also gold.

  24. Julie Kagawa + Dragons = AMAZEBALLS <3
    I'm very excited for the book, thanks!! :)

  25. I'll be so psyched out that I have to keep telling myself that it is a secret.

  26. Dragons and Julie Kagawa....cannot wait!!!!!

  27. I am super excited about reading Talon. I have read and loved everything Julie Kagawa has ever written. Talon is so going to be an epic read!

  28. I think it would be super awesome if dragon shifters lived among us! I totally be surprised at first, not believing, but then I'd befriend them! I totally wish I was a dragon shifter! :)

  29. Love dragons and Kagawa's books! I have them all except Talon! :D
    Mary G Loki

  30. Oh wow, this book is in my TBR shelf but I haven't read yet. After this interview though, I can't wait to read thanks!!! It was an awesome interview :-)

  31. (Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

    I can't wait to read Talon! Thanks for the chance to win! :)