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Tiger’s Curse Author Event Coverage + Giveaway!


Last weekend was one of the greatest weekends in my life as a book blogger. That’s not saying much, since I haven’t been a blogger for very long, but it is still significant to me. Last weekend COLLEEN HOUCK, author of the best selling TIGER’S CURSE series visited my town not one but TWO days in a row. First, on Friday, May 18, she visited a Barnes and Noble just a few miles from my house, then on Saturday, May 19, she was at another location less than a mile from my work place. I was ecstatic to say the least, and felt a bit of pressure due to the fact that, as Colleen has claimed, it was thanks to my adamant requests (and those of my family and friends) that brought her here.

Funny story: On my way to the Friday event, I discovered (thanks to a limo and girl-in-fancy-dress sighting) that it was prom night here in town. As a result, the attendance that day almost entirely consisted adults, including me and my sister-in-law, Nanci from the blog This Crazy Life of Mine.  This was nice, as it made for a more intimate gathering. Colleen read a romantic scene from Voyage and the Q&A session was fantastic!

Colleen Houck shared the following tidbits of information at her signing:

  • The upcoming fourth book in the series, TIGER’S DESTINY, has had three different endings up to its most current (and presumably finalized) ending. The book will be released on September 4, 2012.
  • In January 2010, Colleen’s (self-published) Amazon Kindle ranking went from approximately #30,000 to #19 overnight – likely due to the Christmas purchases of e-readers.
  • After reading The Twilight Saga: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer, Colleen felt the need to stalk Edward. After multiple unanswered pleas to the author to speed up the publishing of the final book, Colleen decided to write a book of her own to fill the void. Thus, Tiger’s Curse came into existence.
  • Colleen completed Tiger’s Curse on the same day that Breaking Dawn was published.

Then on Saturday, Nanci, Sarah from the YA Rebels, Alisha from The AMWriter and I attended the event in Tampa. This time, the room was full of both adults and teens. Colleen read from the exclusive B&N Limited Edition of Tiger’s Voyage (my sister-in-law got the last one in the store!) and answered questions. I also managed to procure one of the event posters from the store and had it signed by Colleen!

Needless to say, it was an awesome weekend for this Tiger Girl. I will be making a trip out to Portland, Oregon when Colleen holds her launch party for Tiger’s Destiny. You know I’ll be counting down the days until then… In addition, I will be promoting the book the entire month of September right here on the blog as part of my Month of the Tiger.

If you haven’t read the Tiger’s Curse series, yet. Perhaps NOW is the time:
Tiger’s Curse (Book 1) Hardcover | Tiger’s Curse Paperback

How about a giveaway?

Tiger's CurseThis weekend I had Colleen autograph TWO paperback copies of Tiger’s Curse to give away right here on the blog. TWO lucky winners will have the opportunity to win one of these beautiful books, plus a signed bookmark! Would you like to be one of the lucky winners?

If you have entered in the past, do not worry! Your entries have been recorded.

You must be 13 or older to enter.
Open to US and Canada only.
Ends at midnight on June 15, 2012.


Waiting on Wednesday: The Lost Girl

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection on Making the Grade is:

The Lost Girl
by Sangu Mandanna
Published by Balzer + Bray
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Author Website
Pre-order on Amazon

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. She was made as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other,” if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything and everyone she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself.

I am quite excited about this one after JUST discovering it on Goodreads this week. That cover… THAT cover! It’s so intriguing when you consider the concept of self discovery and your world literally turning upside down, as indicated on the cover. And a trip to India! Not since the Tiger’s Curse series have I read a book set in India, so I am excited to take a trip to the exotic (to me) land once more… And look at that cover!!! August seems so far away. Maybe I will be lucky enough to receive an ARC when they are available…

Author Interview & Giveaway: Colleen Houck

Featured in the Follower Love Giveaway Hop this week is Tiger’s Voyage, the third book in the Tiger’s Curse series by Colleen Houck. I am honored to have been able to interview Colleen about her series, as well as her plans for the next installment, TIGER’S DESTINY, scheduled for release on September 4, 2012.


Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. TIGER’S VOYAGE is the third book in her TIGER’S CURSE series, which has already received both literary praise and digital success. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a white stuffed tiger.


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure! I am a bit of an organizing freak. I recently redid all the cupboards in my kitchen. My hubby and I both work from home so we get to eat lunch together and generally drive each other crazy. I never went to prom and though I went on a few dates with other guys, my husband is the only boyfriend I ever had. I’m the oldest of seven kids so I’m used to being in charge. My other job was a sign language interpreter and since my husband is Deaf I still get to practice.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I’m a television and movie nut and I also love reading. I occasionally do crafty things with my mom like making jewelry or sewing. Cooking is something I enjoy too, baking especially.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

I loved the Black Stallion books which possibly fueled my love of stories featuring animals. I also loved the Little House on the Prairie books and related to the character of Laura especially. I think the idea of having a life of adventure and eventually ending up with the man of your dreams is a resounding theme for me which has been inspired by my love of these types of books. Fairy tales and happily ever afters also influence my writing style.

Regarding the Tiger saga, what inspired you to write the series?

I love the story of Beauty and the Beast. The beast was a handsome prince but with a bit of an edge and bit more character. I chose a white tiger for the beast half of my prince and then research led me to India. When I found the story of Durga riding her tiger into battle, my books began to take form.

What has been your favorite chapter (or part) to write so far and why?

I love writing fight scenes, not battle scenes those are my worst but when my characters have a romantic spat. I giggle through the whole thing and really enjoy creating romantic tension thick enough to leap off the pages.  Those are my favorite parts.

We know there is a lot going on in the story. Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax the events out of them? (In other words, how does the story evolve for you?)

I’ve always known more or less where the story was going to go. Though I allow myself to wander a bit on tangents I always guide my characters back to where I need them to be. I think this is my organization freak nature coming through. My outlines are stored pretty well in my head and everything has its place.

If there is ONE THING you would like readers to know about Tiger’s Voyage, what would it be?

I guess that Tiger’s Voyage is my favorite book in the series. This book is really where I could explore the love triangle to its fullest and though there is a lot of action there’s a lot of romance too.  I also love stories featuring the ocean so this book is very special to me.

Can you reveal anything about the fourth installment to the series, Tiger’s Destiny? *eye wink*

Each of my books has a themed element. Curse was earth, Quest was air, Voyage was water and Destiny is fire.  There are all kinds of fiery monsters and creatures in Destiny for our heroes to battle. My villain, Lokesh, is featured much more prominently so the whole feel of the book is darker and more dangerous.

Many of us who already know you, KNOW that you are a self-professed foodie. Can you share your favorite recipe with our readers?

The recipe I’m always asked for is Ren’s chocolate peanut butter cookies.  Here is the recipe:

Ren’s Cookies

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips


  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Cream the butter then add sugars. When it’s light and fluffy, add eggs, and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and mix with the wet until thoroughly combined.  Add one package of chocolate chips or as many as you like.  Mix together the filling then place some of the chocolate dough on the sheet, top with some peanut butter filling and then cover with some more chocolate dough.  Bake at 350 for 12-20 minutes depending on cookie size.

(Oh my goodness, those sound delicious!) Thank you for taking the time to talk to Making the Grade! I can’t wait to find out what happens to Kelsey and her tiger princes in Tiger’s Destiny this September!

Thanks for the interview!

Enter for your chance to win a copy of Tiger’s Voyage (or one of three other books) in the Follower Love Giveaway Hop!

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Four winners will each receive one of the above books.
Open to US residents aged 13 and older only.
ONE entry per person.
Giveaway ends at midnight on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.

View the other blogs participating in this Hop (and enter to win even more giveaways!) by visiting the Follower Love Giveaway Hop page over at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.