Blog Tour Author Interview and Giveaway: Chantress Alchemy by Amy Butler Greenfield


Welcome to my stop for the tour for Chantress Alchemy by Amy Butler Greenfield. I'm thrill that Amy is stopping by to chat today. Check out her interview below, but first the book info...

Chantress Alchemy
(Chantress Trilogy #2)
by Amy Butler Greenfield
YA Urban Fantasy
Paperback352 Pages
May 6th, 2014 by Margaret K McElderry Books
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Summary

Since defeating Lord Scargrave with her music, Lucy, the last Chantress, has lived by the sea, mastering the intricacies of Wild Magic. But now her quiet life is about to end: the wheat crop has failed, the people are rebelling, and Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry IX’s court. There she finds the Inner Council planning to save England by making gold through alchemy. But the golden crucible — the critical element in the alchemical process — has been stolen, its guards murdered. Lucy is charged with finding the traitor behind the attack.

Meanwhile, enemies old and new are gathering. Scargrave's brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry's closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues; their romance means trouble for both of them. Worst of all, something goes wrong with Lucy’s magic. The palace is a labyrinth, and there’s a monster at its heart — a monster who may have the power to defeat Lucy once and for all.

Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the beguiling world of Chantress for a suspenseful tale of courtly intrigue, music, and magic in Chantress Alchemy.

The first book in the Chantress Alchemy:


Author Interview

Tressa: Thanks for stopping by my blog today, Amy, to tour Chantress Alchemy! What is your favorite thing about this second book?

Amy: I really had a ball writing about alchemy, but I think my very favorite thing might actually be a person – a new character with lots of secrets, who was wonderful fun to write. I can’t say more for fear of spilling too many spoilery secrets myself!

Tressa: Oooh! This new character sounds quite mysterious... What was one interesting thing you learned from doing your research for this series?

Amy: I’ve always been fascinated by alchemy, but before I wrote this book I didn’t realize that there had been so many female alchemists. Some of them are so far back in time that they might just be legends, but we know a lot about others – such as Sophie Brahe, who studied astronomy and medicine, and who tried to create healing elixirs through alchemy. I think of them as “lost women,” because they’ve been unjustly forgotten.

Tressa: I didn't realize that there were that many, if any, female alchemists as well. That's great! Who is your favorite character from the series?

Amy: Lucy is the character I feel closest to. I really enjoy seeing the world through her eyes, especially when she’s working magic. But Nat is the character who surprises me the most, and that’s always exciting.

Tressa: I like both of them as well. :) Would you leave us a teaser for the third book?

Amy: It’s still a very rough draft, but I can promise that the dangers are greater than ever, and the stakes are higher, and that Lucy and Nat will both be pushed to their limits. For every book, I pick a couple of key quotations, and for this one, they’re “Many waters cannot quench love” and “Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.” Wish I could say more, but I can’t – even if you offer me chocolate!

Tressa: Lol! You must be pretty strong to resist chocolate. ;) Now on to some:

This or That

Chocolaty or fruity candy?
Chocolate – preferably dark!

Winter or summer?
Summer in England, winter in the US

Run or walk?
Walk

Cats or dogs?
Cat

Quiet or noise?
Quiet

Pie or cake?
Oh, that’s a tough one. It’s hard to beat chocolate cake, but I do love peach pie.

Book or eReader?
Book (I mostly use my eReader for manuscripts)

Dine out or cook at home?
Cook at home

Flats or heels?
Flats (my favorite ones are bright fuschia)

Car or truck?
Car (trucks are hard to park here in England!)

Rural or city?
Rural

Enjoy fairy tales or realistic worlds?
I think I’m in-between on this one. I like a mix of both.

Rain or sunshine?
Rain for work, sun for play

Witches or wizards?
Witches – if by that you mean girls and women with uncanny powers, but not necessarily evil ones!

Tressa: Thanks so much for stopping by, Amy!
Amy: Thanks so much, Tressa! This was fun.


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About the Author

Amy Butler Greenfield was a grad student in history when she gave into temptation and became a writer. Since then, she has become an award-winning author.

Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains and later studied history at Williams College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Oxford. She now lives with her family in England, where she writes, bakes double-dark-chocolate cake, and plots mischief.

     


Giveaway

Win (1) hardback of Chantress Alchemy (INT)
Win (1) hardback of Chantress Alchemy (US Only)

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Would you want to be an alchemist or a witch back in the 1600's?



15 comments

  1. kindlemom15/1/14, 7:02 AM

    Fun interview!

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  2. I really enjoyed the interview. Your book looks like a fantastic read. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  3. This book is a great idea:)

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  4. That was so fun. I do not think I would like to be a witch..or alchemist. It seems that only bad things happened to them in the past :)..Great interview! I haven't heard of this series. Sounds fantastic.

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  5. Great interview. I didn't know there were a lot of female alchemist. I would pick alchemist or maybe a both as long as I could do both and remain alive. :)

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  6. Neither.Bad this happened to people who were thought of as witches and alchemists.
    Book looks good.

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  7. Desnica Kumar5/2/14, 3:26 AM

    Great interview! I probably wouldn't want to be a witch or alchemist in the 1600's, I'd be way too scared of being discovered and prosecuted...but I've always thought alchemy was really awesome...
    I can't wait to get a chance to read Chantress Alchemy!

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  8. marypreston5/2/14, 4:33 AM

    I think an alchemist. In the 1600's a witch might be in great danger.

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  9. alchemist so i can make lotsa gold

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  10. This looks like such an adventure! Thank you for sharing.

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  11. This looks awesome and incredibly helpful :)

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  12. It was! I love it when an author's personality comes through.

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  13. Thanks for stopping by, Judy!

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  14. It's true that they weren't treated very well at all, especially when they were women. This was a great interview!

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  15. That would be the issue - staying alive. Thanks for stopping by!

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