Thursday, April 16, 2015

Giveaway & Tour Promo: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2) by Anne Blankman

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2)
by Anne Blankman
416 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 21st 2015

The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content.

But then, Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen’s world turns upside-down. And when she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped-and return to her homeland.

Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture and recognition, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time-or will Hitler discover them first?

The Story Behind the Cover

Before I became an author, book covers seemed mysterious to me. They appear so…finished. Perfect and polished. I always wanted to know more about the work that went into them. So today I’m going to share some of the secrets behind the covers for Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke and its prequel, Prisoner of Night and Fog. 

1. The same model appears on both covers. 
2. The cover shoots occurred about a year apart, which is why the model not only looks older and more mature—she actually is! (This made me ridiculously happy. A year and a half passes between the two books, and I wanted it to be clear just by looking at the cover that Gretchen has grown up a lot since the final scene in Prisoner.)  
3. The model and the photographer are the same person. Yup, you read that right—both covers are self-portraits! I think that’s why the images feel so intimate. 
4. For the first time ever, I’m revealing one of the outtakes from the second cover shoot. Gorgeous, isn’t it? I’d love to have her lips! What do you think of the outtake? Let us know in the comments section! 

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Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn't writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.

After earning a master's degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she's not writing young adult fiction, she's playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.

Anne Blankman is the author of PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, the first in a three-book deal slated for publication in spring 2014 from Balzer + Bray | HarperCollins. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.
US Only | Giveaway ends: April 22nd, 2015

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