Happy Monday! And welcome to out stop of the exciting INK Blog Tour with Amanda Sun! INK is her debut Novel and has an wonderfully exotic and unique touch!
Today we feature a very exciting, funny and endearing interview between the two main characters Katie and Tomo! And… stay tuned because there is an exciting Giveaway at the end!
So, now let’s welcome Katie and Tomo:
Katie: Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s stop on the INK blog tour. *looks down at papers * Um, so today, I’ll be interviewing Yuu Tomohi—Tomo, do you have to slouch like that with your legs over the chair arm?
Tomo: What? It helps me think.
Katie: Can you introduce yourself?
Tomo: *waves hand lazily through the air* Yo.
Katie: Seriously? A little more effort, please?
Tomo: *grins, sits up straight* My name is Yuu Tomohiro, third year Suntaba student, age 17, birthday December 23, blood type B. Yoroshiku. *bobs head*
Katie: He means nice to meet you. Blood type? Really?
Tomo: Yeah, I saved you a question, right? People in Japan care about that, you know. What blood type are you?
Katie: Actually, I have no idea. So…can I get to my questions?
Tomo: *intense look* You know I’d do anything for you.
Katie: Oh, please. *blush* Cut it out. Okay, first question. Favorite food?
Tomo: Rolled sweet egg. My mom used to make it for my lunch all the time. It makes me think of her.
Katie: That’s really sweet.
Tomo: Yeah, puppies and rainbows. Next question?
Katie: When did you start seeing your drawings move?
Tomo: Hey, whoa. What are you talking about?
Katie: It’s okay, Tomo. They know about it.
Tomo: I’ve been keeping the secret a long time. It’s hard to adjust to having others know about it. I was about ten when it happened the first time. It was at school, but luckily I was the only one in the art studio.
Katie: Did you doubt what had happened? I mean, drawings moving…it’s unreal, right?
Tomo: Yeah, but daydreams don’t send you to the hospital for stitches. After that my dad tried to forbid me from drawing, but I couldn’t stop. I drew little things at first, thinking that would be safer. You’d be surprised how quickly something cute can turn deadly. Insects have stingers, birds have claws, and pigs can grow tusks. Sharp tusks.
Katie: Creepy. And the nightmares?
Tomo: They started a little earlier, but they weren’t as intense as they are now. They used to be kind of blurry and vague. I’d wake up screaming, but I couldn’t remember anything.
Katie: That’s awful.
Tomo: Yeah, but as long as they don’t hurt anyone else, you know?
Katie: How could they hurt someone else? They’re just dreams.
Tomo: Never mind.
Katie: Um, okay…oh, here’s one. How did we meet, and what was your first impression of me? Do I actually want to know that? Maybe we should move to the next ques—
Tomo: *grins* Well, you were kind of failing at being all stealth girl. Basically you saw me at my worst—breaking up with my ex and getting smacked in the face. So, you know, I’m not really sure why you found that sexy.
Katie: Get over yourself. I’m sure I looked way hotter squished against the cubbies while I was spying.
Tomo: Actually…you did. *leans forward*
Katie: *leans back* Can you answer the question?
Tomo: When I saw you, there was some kind of connection. I can’t explain it, but…I was drawn to you.
Katie: That’s a bad pun.
Tomo: I’m glad you noticed. Honestly, though, there’s something darker that links us together, and I recognized that in you when I saw you the first time. It…kind of freaked me out. I mean, not you, but that dangerous connection we have.
Katie: Yeah. The ink connects us in a lot of ways. I think that’s why I was pulled toward you too. I mean, part of it.
Tomo: Naturally. Aside from my good looks, kendo skills, and tons of charm.
Katie: And your modesty.
Tomo: I’m the best person I know at being modest.
Katie: I…don’t even know what to say.
Tomo: Speechless. I’m not surprised. Any more questions?
Katie: What is the ink, and how do your drawings move?
Tomo: You know there’s a connection to ancient Japan, right? It’s not safe to say more out loud. I think they better find out for themselves. There are too many dangerous people out there that want to use my abilities for the wrong reasons.
Katie: You mean the Yakuza, Japanese gangsters.
Tomo: You know who else I mean.
Katie: Yeah, I do. Let’s talk about something else then. Last question—what do you think the future holds for you? Will you become a famous artist? Maybe attend Tokyo University of the Arts?
Tomo: Attend Geidai? Are you serious? Like that wouldn’t draw attention.
Katie: Yeah, but it’s your dream, right? I saw the application papers on your desk.
Tomo: I was just looking, okay? I’m not someone who gets to have dreams, Katie.
Katie: Yes you do, Tomo. *drops the papers and reaches for his hands* We’re going to make sure of that, okay?
Tomo: *pulls back* I probably don’t have much time ahead of me. But whatever I have, I want to spend with you. Until it gets too dangerous. Then you have to promise to leave.
Katie: Let’s talk about it later, okay?
Tomo: Sure. As long as I win.
Katie: How about no?
Tomo: Any more questions?
Katie: Just one. Want to go for those sno-cone things at the department store?
Tomo: Kakigori? Yeah, let’s go. I feel we’ve earned it.
Katie: Thank you Bewitched Bookworm for having us!
Release: June 25th 2013 by HarlequinTEEN
I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.
Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.
A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.
And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.
On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
The Paper Gods series by Amanda Sun is coming!
- Ink (The Paper Gods 1): Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Books-A-Million
- Shadow (novella prequel to Ink): Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million
About Amanda Sun
I’m a YA author and proud Nerdfighter. I was born in Deep River, Canada, a very small town without traffic lights or buses, and where stranger safety is comprised of what to do if you see a bear—or skunk. I started reading fantasy novels at 4 and writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. Hopefully my work’s improved since then.
In university I took English, Linguistics, and Asian History, before settling into Archaeology, because I loved learning about the cultures and stories of ancient people. Of course, I didn’t actually become an archaeologist—I have an intense fear of spiders. I prefer unearthing fascinating stories in the safety of my living room.
The Paper Gods is inspired by my time living in Osaka and travelling throughout Japan. That and watching far too many J-Dramas. I currently live in Toronto with my husband and daughter. When I’m not writing, I’m devouring YA books, knitting nerdy things like Companion Cubes and Triforce mitts, and making elaborate cosplays for anime cons.
Monday, June 3rd – Alice Marvels – Tour of Shizuoka
Wednesday, June 5th – Chapter by Chapter – Top Favs
Friday, June 7th – YA’s the Word by Katja – Character Interview: Katie
Exciting Additional Info:
If you own an eReader such as an iPad or a KindleFire then you most definitely should get the eVersion of INK:
Throughout INK there are drawings, such as the dragons attached. In the ebook (except for e-ink) these Images literally come to life!
Pre-Order your eVersion now!
Here is your chance to enter TWO giveaways! The first is for the chance win one of 9 copies of INK. The second is a one-of-a-kind, authentic Japanese Yukata!!!
The Giveaway is open US/CAN and can be entered via the Rafflecopter below:
I can tell that this book is incredibly unique in its myths and also the setting is utterly exotic and exciting! Keep your eyes open for my Review later! But… all I can say for now, that this is a powerful debut you should miss!