Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)

I'm welcoming Julie Eshbaugh to my blog today to answer some  questions about her
duology (I love two-book series!). Check that, the giveaway, and all the other info out below...

Obsidian and Stars
(Ivory and Bone #2)
by Julie Eshbaugh
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 368 Pages
June 13th 2017 by HarperTeen


After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself. 

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.

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1. Would you tell us a little about this series for those not familiar with it?

The Ivory and Bone series is set in prehistory, at the end of the last Ice Age. Book One, Ivory and Bone, is told from Kol’s point of view, and it tells the story of what happens when his small clan crosses paths with two other clans and he meets two young women—Mya and Lo. That book was inspired somewhat by Pride and Prejudice, but the characters’ genders are reversed. The sequel, Obsidian and Stars, picks up where Ivory and Bone left off, but it’s told from Mya’s point of view.

2. What was different about writing this second book?

Getting into Mya’s head wasn’t easy at first. She is private and guarded in Ivory and Bone, but for this book, I had to get her talking and sharing. I’m really happy that I did, though, because she’s a complex character once she’s out of her shell. I really think readers will love her.

3. What is your favorite part of the story?

Probably the ending! Though at one time I thought these books would be a trilogy, I’ve returned to my original plan, which is to tell the story as a duology—one book from Kol’s point of view, and one book from Mya’s point of view. So the ending of Obsidian and Stars means a lot to me, because it’s the end of the series.

4. What are some of your favorite fantasy books?

The Harry Potter books are some of my favorites. I love that world so much! I also love a duology from Catherine Fisher called Incarceron that is very original and immersive. Caraval by Stephanie Garber is a recent favorite. I’m currently reading An Ember in the Ashes, and I’m loving it.

5. What are some other things you enjoy besides reading and writing?

I really love the beach, so I’m happy that summer is finally here. I also really enjoy traveling—there are so many places I want to visit, the list is almost as long as my TBR list! Going to the movies and binge-watching great TV are two other things I really like to do.

6. Would you give us a teaser for the third book, such as what to look forward to, or what you’re working on next?

Well, as I said above, the Ivory and Bone series is closing out with Obsidian and Stars. However, I am working on my next book, and I’ve already sent a draft to my editor! I can’t say too much yet, (it’s really at a very early stage right now,) but I can tell you that it’s a fantasy with a female narrator, and I’m very excited about it!

Other Books in the Series

Ivory and Bone
(Ivory and Bone #1)
by Julie Eshbaugh
YA Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 371 Pages
June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen


A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

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About the Author

Julie Eshbaugh is the author of Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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