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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir | Blog Tour: Author Guest Post

Hello and welcome to today's AN EMBER IN THE ASHES blog tour stop, hosted by Penguin Teen. I am so thrilled to have Sabaa on Mundie Moms today. If you've not yet picked up her debut, I highly recommend that you do! It's one of my top ten favorite reads of this year. Trust me, you want to read this book. 

Please welcome Sabaa Tahir to Mundie Moms!

If I had a superpower, it would be to transform into a talking dragon.

Before you think that this is random, let me assure you that a great deal of thought went into it. Over the years, I have probably spent a grand total of six months imagining what I would do with certain superpowers. As a little kid, I wanted Super-man like strength, to deal with bullies. As a teenager, I wanted invisibility (also to deal with bullies.) In my early 20s, mindreading would have been really helpful (because boys).

While writing EMBER, I would have loved to have been a time manipulator—because I never had enough of it. I still don’t have enough of it, but I’ve sort of made my peace with that. I have since decided that the best superpower really would be to shapeshift into a talking dragon. It appeals to me for many reasons, which I shall detail here.

--The world needs more dragons. So really, I’m being quite altruistic even offering to become one. I could probably find other dragons—you know, maybe ones who were in hiding because they thought they were the only dragons. And we could all become friends and have a dragon-y book club and create an *actual* DragonCon. And as time went on, some of us would get more active and discuss dragon representation in arts and culture and government. We’d work to make sure our voices were heard—maybe have a fly-in in Washington DC. And one day, we might even be able to run a dragon for Congress.

--I could fly. I live quite far away from my family, but I miss them a ton. If I was a dragon, I could simply fly to them whenever I pleased, spend appropriate quality time with them, and then return home for dinner. But Sabaa, you say. You can just take a cheap plane flight. It would probably be faster, even. Because we all know that dragons can’t fly at, say, 400 mph, like a plane.

But there you would be wrong, because, in fact, dragons are extremely fast, AND they don’t have to buy tickets or wait in security lines, or twiddle their claws on the tarmac because there are too many planes waiting to take off. So at the very least, it would take me the SAME amount of time, but probably it would be faster. AND free.

--I could scare my foes by threatening to breathe fire at them. I’m not saying I’d actually barbecue anyone. It’s not my style. But I mean, my foes might not realize that, right?

--My kids don’t know they need a dragon, but they do. Kids these days need extracurricular activities if they want a shot at summer internships/college etc. And you know, you’ve got to start them young, like age three or four.  Mandarin, soccer, boy scouts…parents need something (or all of these things) to make their kids stand out. Dragon-riding would fit so nicely on a magnet school application! And since I’d teach them to fight dragonback, it would be two-extracurricular activities in one. Dragon-riding AND Martial Arts.

I’m certain Hiccup would agree.

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About The Book

By: Sabaa Tahir
Released on: April 28, 2015
Published by: Razorbill
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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

About the Author

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Follow the Tour:

4/20 - Perpetual Page Turner – guest post
4/21 - Once Upon a Twilight – Top 5: favorite moments from An Ember in the Ashes
4/22 – Fiktshun – Would You Rather?
4/23 - Cuddlebuggery Book Blog – playlist/book soundtrack
4/24 – Fangirlish – interview 

4/27 - The Midnight Garden – guest post
4/28 - Icey books – interview 
4/29 - YA Books Central – Top 5: Things I Can’t Live Without
4/30 - Me My Shelf & I - 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me
5/1 - Dear Author - Top 5: Major influences

5/4 - YA Interrobang – interview
5/5 - The Young Folks – guest post 
5/6 - Alice Marvels - Never Have I Ever
5/7 - Good Choice Reading – interview
5/8 - Bookish - Fashion Spread/Look Book

5/11 - Read.Breathe.Relax. – interview
5/12 - Mundie Moms – guest post 
5/13 – Two Chicks on Books – guest post
5/14 - The Children's Book Review – interview
5/15 – Bookhounds - Top 5: Things I HAVE to Do Before I Die

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