The Forever Song Blog Tour: Beginning the Blood of Eden series

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by Julie Kagawa, author of The Forever Song

I’ve told this story a few times, but it’s a fun one, so I’ll tell it again.  Way back in the beginning of my writing career, before I even started The Iron King, I told myself that I wasn’t going to write a vampire story.  This was at the height of the Twilight craze, and there were already so many books about our favorite bloodsuckers, I felt I didn’t have anything new to add.  Instead, I wrote a series about faeries in the modern world, and how progress and technology had spawned a new type of fey, the Iron fey, and how the Iron fey were destroying the lands of the regular fey, and a normal girl named Meghan Chase had to figure out how to save everyone.  The first book in the series, The Iron King, was published by Harlequin TEEN in 2010.  Four books, three novellas, and countless pages later, the series came to a end with The Iron Knight, closing the door on the Iron fey and the adventures of Meghan, Ash, Puck, Grimalkin, and everyone else in the land of Faery.  Or so I thought at the time.

But this post isn’t about faeries.  It’s about vampires.  Around the time I was finishing up The Iron Knight, the last book in the Iron Fey series, I got a call from my agent.  She wanted to know what was next for me, if I had any ideas for a new book or a new series.  I did.  I told her I’d been thinking about a really dark, post-apocalyptic world where a disease had wiped out nearly everyone and there weren’t many humans left.  I didn’t exactly have, say, a plot, or characters, or what the book was going to be about.  But I knew I wanted to write something a bit darker and bleaker than the Iron Fey, so I asked her what she thought about that.

She said: “Yes, well, that sounds interesting, but what are your thoughts about writing vampires?”

Out loud, I said: “I’ll think about it.”  Inwardly, I was going: Aaaaaagh, noooooooo! *Snarl-hiss makes sign of the cross.*

But, after we got off the phone, I did start to think.  So, on the one hand, I had this cool, dark, post-apocalyptic setting that I really loved.  And on the other, I had vampires.  So, what if I just…

Squashed.

Them.

Together?

And, just like that, the idea for The Immortal Rules was born.  An empty, plague ridden world dominated by vampires, where the remaining humans are kept as blood cattle by the vampire lords and rabid, zombie-like mutants roam the land after dark.  A heroine who is tough, feisty, cynical and, most of all, a survivor.  Who hates the vampires more than anything in the world, but who has her world turned upside down when she is attacked and chooses to Turn rather than die.  And the vampires in this world are not friendly, human loving creatures but true monsters who will rip out a person’s throat without a second thought.  Allison’s journey across a desolate, barren world, and her fight to control the bloodlust inside her, is at the heart of the story, and I’m so glad I decided to ignore my promise never to write about vampires. The Blood of Eden series has been an amazing ride, and I’m sad to see it come to an end. I hope you enjoy the final story, The Forever Song.

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About The Forever Song:

The Forever Song_CoverVENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

MONSTER

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

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Giveaway! The Forever Song combines vampires and a post apocalyptic world. What two genres or settings would you like to see combined? Let us know in the comments to win a copy of The Forever Song.

Giveaway closes April 20 at 11:59pm. One winners will be randomly drawn from the eligible comments and announced on April 21. Open to US/Canada residents. For full contest rules, click here.

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Follow the rest of the blog tour to get a behind the scenes look at The Forever Song!

Tuesday, April 8th - fiktshun
Wednesday, April 9th - The Page Turners
Thursday, April 10st - Books and Things
Friday, April 11th - Ticket To Anywhere 

Monday, April 14th - Two Chicks on Books 
Tuesday, April 15th - Parajunkee
Wednesday, April 16th - Refracted Light Reviews
Thursday, April 17st - Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, April 18th - Mundie Mom’s 

Monday, April 21th - A Book Obsession 
Tuesday, April 22nd - The Book Cellar
Wednesday, April 23th - Supernatural Snark 
Thursday, April 24st - The Busy Bibliophile 
Friday, April 25th  - Tyngas Reviews

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72 Responses to The Forever Song Blog Tour: Beginning the Blood of Eden series

  1. Kristie M

    My all time favourite books to read have a post apocalyptic world.next would be Vampires, in other words I love this series cause it puts both of what I love to read together. So I would have to say if there was something else to mash together in an post apocalyptic world, I would have to go with werewolves or maybe even a Fairy Tale retelling with zombies lol

  2. I’d love to see vampires and witches combined… Wouldn’t that be an interesting struggle for power?

  3. oh boy, that’s so hard. Two combined things? Maybe magical high fantasy and post apocalyptic? haha
    Can’t WAIT for the forever song! gaah!

  4. science fiction and fantasy or history. that would be interesting. a high fantasy or historical with an alien crash landing.

  5. Christy Ann

    I actually really love the vampires and post apocalyptic world idea! It’s so much better than zombies. :P
    I’d love to see post apocalyptic and high fantasy.

  6. I think fantasy and space would be pretty cool together…like something with vampires/fairies in space?

  7. I think it would be cool to see fantasy taking over a post-apocalyptic world.

  8. I think a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel would be interesting… zombified aliens? Sounds awesome if you ask me!!

  9. Susan T.

    I would like to see dystopian and mystery together. I think that would be really interesting!

  10. Ummm…Tough one! I love so many genres, its hard to say! But my all time fave is dystopian/apocalyptic and I do love Vampires!

    So THE BLOOD OF EDEN series is a perfect blend of what I like most in my books. And after reading and LOVING the final installment in this series, THE FOREVER SONG, it will go down as one of my all time faves EVER!!! :)

  11. High Fantasy with Historical :D

  12. Sceona Gress

    I love steampunk and then pioneer times but also post apocalypse.

  13. Zombies and feudal Japan. It would be epic. :)

  14. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    How about fairies thrown into a steampunk setting and lets also say post apocalypse!

  15. I would love to see fantasy and historical…like real-life events but with fantasy elements added :)

  16. Nicole D.

    Irish historical and faeries
    That would be amazing.

  17. Ooh, thats hard! If I had to choose though, it would probably be magic/magical creatures in Ancient Rome or Greece.

  18. Jessica Solano

    I would really like to see more fantasy elements combined with historical fiction because there’s not a lot out there.

  19. Daniel Saugar

    I would like to see a book that takes a modern setting which involves dragons and magic

  20. I would love to see mythology take place in Asia. I think asian mythology is interesting and I’d love to see more of it explored in literature.
    Totally can’t wait for the forever song. I WANT IT SO BAD. thanks for hosting this giveaway :’D

  21. I would like to see faeries and vampires together! Just imagine the mischievious fae and the cunning vamps together!!

  22. Sci-fi with paranormal elements like vampires and zombies :D I think it’d be cool because they’re both my favorite generes~ THanks for hosting this giveaway

  23. I would love to see more retellings of fairytales like cinderella, snow white and etc. with a twist of greek mythology elements. Or maybe mythological creatures combined with paranormal stuff like vampires! that’d be coooool.

  24. Honestly? Anything mixed with vampires! I love vampires. :D Maybe a monarchy/medieval story mixed with vampires…combining my favorite two genres!

  25. Elizabeth

    Besides this genre? I have fallen in love with Immortal rules! I love steampunk, Which is Victorian+ technology. Its fast becoming one of my favorite genres. I also love Magic mixed with Elizabethan era fiction.

  26. I would like to see felines and dragons working together. Or maybe felines and werewolves working together.

  27. I think Julie nailed it combining vampires and an apocalypse. Maybe adding werewolves to the mix in a spin-off???

  28. Margaret

    A post-apocalyptic future where dragons have taken over. Yeah, that would be awesome :D

    or maybe shape-shifters of any animal in a futuristic world created by experimentation – that would be pretty cool too :)

  29. I would love to read something with Egyptian mythology set in an apocalyptic event.

    Thank you for the giveaway! ^_^

  30. Hmmm… Thats a hard one. Dystopian and Vampires is pretty hard to beat. If there was another combination that I would like it would be steampunk and faeries… or mystery and anime? Whatever Studio Ghibli does, like in their movie “Spirited Away.” It had a whole bunch of cool and quirky things. That combined with mystery, magnific.

  31. I think I’d like to see a futuristic combined with paranormal shifters. It be fun to invision old ones like vampires adapting to all the advances.

  32. Danielle Eberhard

    Okay. It sounds like a bad sy-fy original movie idea. But I’ve always liked the idea of mermaids and vampires. Why do werewolves have to be the only mythical monster to do battle with vamps? Why most the blood thirsty beasts of the deep? Or kelpies for that matter.

    That being said, I’m suuuuuper excited to read the modern day dragon knights book Julie has coming out. Another combination I’ve only dreamed about. Dragons. California. Surfing. What could be better?

  33. Whitney S.

    I would love to see a post apocalyptic spin on a classic fairytale.

    I am so excited for The Forever Song!!! I can’t wait to see how it all ends!

  34. Mirna McCord

    Vampires and angels?

  35. I would love to see Dystopia along with Mythology/Magical related stuff :)

  36. I would like to see a mix of fantasy and dystopian. :D

  37. Lucille Palma

    I would love to see faeries in a dystopian setting! And not scary faeries, I want to read about Tink and all the cute small faeries to wreak havoc on earth. :D

  38. Stella W

    Magic combined with the dark ages would be interesting. The whole anti-witchcraft thing since I’m a big history person.

  39. I love this book world but for a different one I think Vikings and shifters would be neat.

  40. I would love to see zombies in the Game of Thrones world (high fantasy)! There are a few characters (cough…Joffrey….cough…Sansa) who I would love to see chased around by them!

  41. Amanda Harding

    Post-apocalyptic and timetraveling might be really interesting and something I’ve wondered why no one has done

  42. contemporary demons

  43. Werewolves and high fantasy! That’s all I’ve got to say about that. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Michelle Lee

    I would love to see dystopian and shapeshifters combined together. I think it would be interesting to read something about werewolves and how the society pre-select your mates for you. This society wouldn’t believe in true soul-mates, although there is one. Those who find their soul-mates and choose to be with them would be shunned from the society. Mix in with some war against the bad rogues and humans. Also, an evil scientist who wants to take over the world makes an army of mutant shapeshifter!
    Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! I’m a major fan of Julie Kagawa and her Blood of Eden series is AMAZING! I’m looking forward to reading The Forever Song. :)

  45. Hillary R.

    I feel like recently a lot of books have managed to combine most of the genres out there. But I think there aren’t enough contemporary and thriller books. Kind of like Pretty Little Liars but with more mystery in it. I have a love-hate relationship with amazing mysteries. Love that I feel like I figured something out only to be mistaken in the end :)

  46. Dragons and Dystopian!

  47. I would like to see shifters and time-traveling.

  48. Annwitch

    I love a paranormal romance, I like a modern or dystopian setting and a hero from fantasy. He could be a vampire or a shifter. I’m not picky.

  49. My favorite genre used to be dystopian but recently I´ve read really great fantasy books, so I would like some fantasy or epic fantasy mixed with werewolves or time travel….maybe.

  50. I think historical dystopian featuring werewolf shifters would be cool.
    Thank for the chance to win!

  51. Stephanie T.

    I’d want to see more fairy tales modernized, or mixed with dystopian.

  52. I’d love to read a zombie sci-fi.

  53. I think more historical romance with demon stories.

  54. Faeries v.s. angels in a dystopian mystery story

  55. A steampunk-fantasy-dystopian world of Atlantis with mermaids would be pretty cool too.

  56. It would be interesting to see post-apocalyptic and steampunk.

  57. Linda Townsend

    I love the idea of combining vamps with a post-ap world. I think that’s a very interesting premise and one that makes sense to me…

  58. Julie Hill

    I would like a historical fae romance

  59. Let’s see…how about historical fiction and witches? Awesome.

  60. Chelsea B.

    Right now I’m really loving Historical and Steampunk :-)

  61. First, I have to say that I think Julie’s melding of these two types – post-apocalyptic and vampires – was pure genius. I’m sure she’s not the only one who’s had the idea or who’s actually done it, but I guarantee she’s the BEST. I have only read Book 1 so far, but I absolutely LOVE it and can’t wait to read 2 and 3!! The thing I love so much is that it wasn’t just brain-candy with great action, truly terrifying horror, and swoony boys — she had a kick-ass, tough, independent female character struggling to come to terms with her new identity; amazing characters beside her; and exploration of harder-hitting themes like prejudice/intolerance/discrimination and religion and lawlessness. She did it ALL and did it so beautifully. I am a forever fan of hers!!! (And, in case you can’t tell, I’d LOVE to win one of the books! :-))

    Second, to your actual question ;) … Two genres I don’t think I’ve seen together are mystery/thriller and dystopian or post-apocalyptic. I’m sure someone out there is writing books like this that I just don’t know about, but I’d like to see something like it in YA!! I think that would be fun :) Thanks for the guest post and giveaway!

  62. Julie is one of the coolest YA writers today. The Blood of Eden series scares the bejesus out of me but I love them anyway! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of the Forever Song….freaking amazing!!

  63. Julia Engle

    My husband bought me the first book in the iron series and since then i was hooked on julie

  64. Fantasy and Historical!

  65. I would love to see a paranormal and mystery combo!

  66. I would definitely like to see sci-fi and paranormal!

  67. Hmm, how about witches and post apocolyptic? That would be interesting and kind of contradictory lol. Thanks!

  68. Alex Lager

    That’s a hard question, but I am a a sucker for apocalyptic romances. There is something always…alluring and forbidden about them, for example your A-MA-ZING series, it is a forbidden apocalyptic tale of a vampire and human…there is just something so powerful about that, kind of like it is defeating all odds even in a really messed up world where evil lurks, love always prevails, and it always there even when the world is a total disaster.

  69. Casey B.

    Hmmmmmmmmmm…I don’t know maybe dystopian and a fairy-tell retelling? I think that would be pretty cool:)

  70. I would like to read a dystopian where people discover they have magical powers… witches, shape-shifting, and so on.

  71. Samantha Wallace

    I would like to see a dystopian with any kind of paranormal in the setting. Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

  72. Historical Fiction and Fairy Tales

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