Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Debut of the Month - All About Stormdancer + Giveaway!

Book Profile

Name - Stormdancer (Goodreads)
Author - Jay Kristoff
Genre - YA Dystopian/Steampunk/Fantasy
Release Date - September 1st 2012
Available - The Book Depository | Fishpond | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever. 

The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. 

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

The Insider's Scoop

1. Stormdancer was originally called The Last Stormdancer when I sold it to my agent. I later decided it was too close toThe Last Airbender, which is probably the film that ended M. Knight Shyamalan’s career. So I changed it.

2. The character of Hiro was originally called Ryuu, but I decided that would cause too much confusion with the Ryu clan. After I changed his name to Hiro, I also had to change Akihito’s name (he was originally called Akihiro). It’s verystrange to change the names of characters you’ve lived with for years.

3. Kin was going to be a female character, right up to the point when I started writing him in the scene on the Thunder Child.

4. A lot of Buruu’s more adorkable behaviour is based on observing my dog. He gets very jealous when my wife is paying attention to me instead of him. :)

5. Yukiko died in the original draft of Stormdancer.


In collaboration with Pan Macmillan Australia and THE MAN OF THE HOUR himself, we're giving away (2) Copies of Stormdancer + Bookmarks. One will go AUS only and the other one open Internationally. 

Rule of Entry -

Open to Internationally 
- Ends 18th of October
- Must be 13 or older
- Optional Entries :
   * Leaving comment on either of Jay's posts +1 each
   * Follow Me on Twitter +1
   * Follow Jay on Twitter +1
   * Tweeting Giveaway +1
   * Follow Badass Bookie via GFC/Linky or RSS +2
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  1. I've heard such amazing things about this book! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy :-)

    It must be really hard for an author to change character names. I imagine its like their naming their children or something?!

  2. I cannot believe you killed Yukiko in the first draft!!!!!

  3. I never realized that such big things would be changed in between drafts - which is probably naive of me because it makes sense but still seems incredible.

  4. I have read some rave reviews about Stormdancer! it sounds wonderful & I loved the Insider's Scoop.

    Thank-you for sharing & for the giveaway! :)

  5. Oh goodness, I love that Buruu's based on you dog! I had a cat once that was so in love with my husband he'd growl at me if I tried to get I to bed with them, Or be in anywhere NEAR them if they were having cuddles. True story. He was a PSYCHO.

    LOVE this post :D

  6. Cool idea and i love the link to japan...
    thanks for the giveaway


  7. Awesome post! Love to know all that info through the insider's scoop!
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  8. Awesome book, I heard is amazing. Cheers for the chance to win it.

  9. I've heard nothing but great things about this book. Super excited to read it!

  10. I just read the Debut Author post on Jay and decided he is amazing! I also love the sound of the book. I'm super-pumped to read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  11. So so so excited to read this one! :)

  12. I've been wanting to read this one! You're so lucky to have him here on your blog. :)

  13. Thank you for the international giveaway! :)

  14. Ohmygod! I would die if Yukiko died! And I could totally imagine Kin being a girl but I'm really glad he became boy instead. So cool!

  15. Interesting to see how many things changed. I can understand it's hard to change a name when you've written another name for so long.

  16. I'd really love to get my hands on this book :)

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    Rafflecopter name - Rosemarie D

  17. Thanks for the giveaway :D

    This book sounds just amazing! It is always interesting to hear about what changes happened throughout the writing and editing processes.

  18. I cannot wait to read this book, it sounds amazing :D
    Thanks for the giveawaay!

  19. I'm in love with this book! Thanks for giveaway.

  20. I can't wait to read this. I love the cover and I already know I'll be getting this for my friend for her birthday, but I'd love a copy myself

  21. I heard great things about the book. Thanks for the chance! :)

  22. This book has so many great reviews me and my cousin brother can't wait to start it... :)

  23. I've heard SO much about Stormdancer and am dying to read it. Thanks for the giveaway babes!!

  24. Kim m galwayst@hotmail.comOctober 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Sounds like a great book, thanks

  25. I managed to get my hands on an ARC of STORMDANCER and I absolutely loved it! I'd be so glad if I could own my very own copy, too! :D

  26. YAY, I really want to read Stormdancer! Thanks for doing this giveaway. :)