5 Really Good Reasons To Read The Blood Race by K.A. Emmons + eBook GIVEAWAY!! (It's Blog Tour Time, Bro)


Something SUPER FREAKING EXCITING is going down today!! My sister, Kate, is publishing her debut novel, The Blood Race on August 1, 2017 – and TODAY I AM KICKING OFF A BLOG TOUR. Because Kate is awesome and deserves all the confetti and waffles ever.

But I’m not alone!! The party continues on Grace Anne’s blog and Kate’s blog! (<<< GO CHECK OUT THEIR POSTS BECAUSE = STRAIGHT FIRE) Not to mention a lot of y’all are joining us in this blog tour for The Blood Race! So keep an eye out for lots more posts in the blogosphere including reviews, aesthetics, interviews, incoherent flailing (not at all guilty there), and LOTS OF OTHER BLOG TOUR FUN. DKLJSADLKJF < I AM FREAKING OUT EXCITING MY FRIEND.

Aaaaand now I’m going to stop rambling and get on with the post! First, we’ll talk about five reasons why YOU should read The Blood Race (duh) and then you’ll watch an EPIC book trailer (made by yours truly muahaha) and FINALLY, at the bottom of this post, THERE IS A GIVEAWAY. < Yes. Win an eBook copy of The Blood Race when it comes out on August 1!! I’m so excited!! LET’S GET THE PARTY STARTED.





He’s spent his life running from who he is. She’s been trying to escape her past for 100 years…

Born with unexplainable abilities he struggles to control, college student Ion tries desperately to integrate into his new school and finally put his dark past behind him. But after making a serious enemy, which leads to an accidental rendezvous with the mysterious old man next door— and his hauntingly beautiful but troubled young protégée Hawk, Ion realizes his life will never be normal again.
Late one evening, Hawk drags him by the hand into a closet-turned-rabbit-hole to an extra dimension, and Ion finds himself stumbling involuntarily into a secret society of training for “anomalies,” teenagers with a special set of abilities. Just like him.
As they train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as their own demons, both Ion and Hawk begin to realize that they are far more alike than they realized. Unsettlingly so.
When the Dimension is shaken by an unthinkable betrayal, will an ancient prophecy bring Hawk and Ion together—or will a deadly threat hidden in plain sight cost them both their powers… and their lives?


I knew I wouldn't be able to write a review because it would've been filled with nothing but biased babblings and flailings and I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE JUST THROWN THE BOOK AT YOUR FACE AND TOLD YOU TO READ IT which would be kind of rude??? idk. So I decided to make a list so as to not get too distracted. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE – though my opinion be biased it is 10000% true and if you don’t believe me??? YOU HAVE NO LOYALTY AND NO WAFFLES. *gasp*

What were we talking about?? OH YES. THE BLOOD RACE IS EPIC. Like…next level. I’m talking deep themes, complex plots, thought-provoking allegories AS WELL AS BLOOD AND CAR CHACES AND JUMPING OFF CLIFFS. < But it’s not all adrenaline rush 25/8 like some books BECAUSE PSA: KATE IS A BRILLIANT STORYTELLER.* The Blood Race is a masterpiece. End of.

*And if you read my last post you know that I have a special fondness for brilliant storytellers :’)

They are superhuman, but at the same time they are so human. So broken and raw and real and I want to smack some of them into the middle of next week and I want to HUG SOME OF THEM TO INFITITY BECAUSE THEY ARE JADED LITTLE CINNAMON ROLLS THAT NEED MORE LOVE. To be quite honest, I just need you to read it so that we can flail about the characters together?? LIKE FIN. LET’S TALK ABOUT FIN PLEASE.* All of the characters in this book are flawlessly flawed. < EVERYTHING I COULD ASK FOR IN CHARACTERS.

*I recently said to Kate: “I just want to materialize Fin and marry him” so that’s saying a lot


Kate and I often discuss story ideas with each other and one of the things I most often say to her is “how do you think of this stuff??” and “how do you even begin to PUT THAT INTO WORDS??” < The ideas that come out of this girls brain = STRAIGHT FIRE. She was born to write fantasy, I think. I have no idea how she spins these beautiful, complex, fascinating worlds into existence with her words. I’m just over here sobbing nervously over my manuscript and smashing my keyboard. < tru story.

UM YES THIS IS AN ASSUMPTION BC I HAVEN’T READ EVERY BOOK IN THE WORLD…but let me tell you a secret: Kate is not a reader. THE GIRL DOESN’T READ BOOKS. It’s just not her cup of tea?? (tbh I’m lowkey studying her to figure out how she survives but that’s another topic for another time…) My point is: THE BLOOD RACE IS SO DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF THIS. I am constantly reassuring her that it is amazingly unique because I’ve read some not-at-all-unique fantasy/sci-fi thrillers and…let me tell you another secret: THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER EVER EVER.



My sister and I have been best friends ever since I was born.* We started writing together as soon as we…could write. FOR REAL. I THINK I WAS SIX YEARS OLD and asking Kate “how do you spell the word ‘wood’?” < vivid memory right there. Some of my fondest childhood memories consist of me and her getting up every morning and sitting at our dining room table with piles of paper and markers and pens and tea and WRITING FOR HOURS AND HOURS. We still do this, 15 years later (sans markers bc we don’t write picture books about dogs and plumbers anymore.)

SO OBVIOUSLY I am a wonderfully loyal sister and YOU ARE A WONDERFULLY LOYAL FRIEND TO ME so…? See where this is going???? GO READ THE BOOOOK. MY SISTER WROTE IT. MY SISTER MEANS SO MUCH TO ME. You know that to do. ;)

*yes she lived in a world horribly void of My Awesomeness™ for TWO YEARS AND SIX MONTHS CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE????? idk how she survived but good thing she did because this book






GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. The winner of the giveaway is: Hailey Hudson! Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I hope you can grab a copy of this book soon! See links below. 
UPDATE: The Blood Race is now available on Amazon in Kindle format as well as paperback!! *CONFETTI EXPLOSION* GO GRAB A COPY OF IT TODAY I PROMISE YOU WON’T REGRET IT. 

*CONFETTI EXPLODES EVERYWHERE* Isn’t this totally exciting?? Tell me: are you pumped to read The Blood Race?? Are you ONE HUNDRED AND TEN PERCENT convinced via my powers of persuasion that it is awesome? < YOU SHOULD BE. Did you go follow Kate? DO ITTT. Did you enter the giveaway?? DO ITTTTTT. If by some rare chance you’re an ARC reader: LET’S FLAIL OVER THE BLOOD RACE IN THE COMMENTS! Fin, I mean. Let’s flail over Fin. ;)

rock on,
abbiee

50 comments

  1. Gah Abbieeeee I NEED THIS ONE. I just recently followed Kate on her blog and I saw this and I was sooo beyond excited!!! I. MUST. READ. THIS. SOON. (Unfortunately tho I might have to wait for my birthday to get it *screams*) LOVE YOUR POST. *runs off to enter giveaway*

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    1. EEEEEP LISA I'M SO HAPPY YOU'RE STOKED ABOUT THIS TOO <3333 Good luck in the giveaway!! *high fives and hugs and waffles all around* You're the best!

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  2. I WANT TO READ THIS SOOOO MUCH!
    Is it self-published? I saw Grace Anne's post, which was awesome, and then I saw your post, which is fantastic, and now I want to read this book. I had no idea until your post that this was your SISTER! That's so cool!

    This book sounds wonderful. I am curious: Will this ever be in actual book form, or will it stay in eBook form? I'm the type of person who loves to hold books, but this book sounds amazing that I wouldn't mind if it was just in eBook form.

    Awesome post. <3 <3

    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. I forgot to say how AMAZING that trailer was. <3

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    2. EEEP YES it is self-published. :D And yes again, it will also be available in paperback! We hope it will be available in paperback on August 1 along with the release of the ebook, but if not then, definitely soon afterward!! I agree, there's nothing quite like holding a book in your hands. :') SDKLSJFKDSJ SO GLAD YOU LIKED THE TRAILER TOO AAAAAH THANK YOU IVIE <3

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  3. Like everyone else that has commented on this so far, ahajhskahskjas I NEED THIS BOOK. XD

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    1. EEEEEP SUPER PUMPED FOR YOU TO READ IT <333

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  4. TOTALLY READING THIS. IT LOOKS SOO GOOD. Cannot wait!!! <3

    Sophy of lantern-in-her-hand.blogspot.com

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    1. YAAAAAAS <333 you need it in your life for sure ;) Thank you, Sophy!!

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  5. Woahhhh that looks AWESOME! The trailer and the pictures and the cover and EVERYTHING AHHH. I want it asdfghskfjslk;fjfds ahem.
    Do you know what age range it's for? (Just curious, since I'm fourteen and I need to know like as soon as I'm mature enough to read it because I'm already having a fangirl attack).

    ~Josie // josieonthego.com

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    1. AAAAH I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE STOKED ABOUT THIS JOSIE <333 I would say the age range is around 13-18+ so eeeep I hope you get to read it soon! I think you'll love it. ;)

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    2. OOHH YAY OKAY PHEW.

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  6. AHGHHEIBPASDLKJLEIIISIIAJ

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  7. THAT'S SO EXCITING!!!! You go, Abbiee's sister!!!!! XD I will definitely be reading this because, um, it kind of looks amazing. ;D

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    1. MMHMMM YOU DEFINITELY NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE *nod nod* Thank you so much for reading, Laura!! <3

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  8. CAN WE PLEASE SCREAM OVER FIN?????

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    1. *LONG LOUD INCONSIDERATE FANGIRLY SCREAMS*

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  9. WOW. This is just ahusgdyehdkjjkkhfvgkk. WHAT, IT'S AMAZING. I NEED IT IN MY LIFE. NOW. AHHHH. And this article is so sweet and awesome, I love how you shared some throwbacks. <3 And honestly this is just way too good. <3 CONGRATS KATE! And spotless job on the video Abiee, that was pure awesomeness.

    *and excuse me while I go flail in a corner because this is way too awesome*

    Anna - www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. EEEEEEEEP SO GLAD YOU'RE PUMPED ABOUT THIS TOOO <333 I really think you'll love The Blood Race -- can't wait for you to read it!! sjlsajdksajlksaj um excuse ME while I go flail in a corner because THIS COMMENT MADE MY DAY 1000% BRIGHTER

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  10. uhh well pass me the tissues. :') I LOVE YOU ABBS <3 I'd be nowhere without you

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    1. LUV U MOAR <3333333333 *hugs forever*

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  11. YESSSS I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS. So awesome!!

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    1. EEEEEEEEEEP SO HAPPY RN <333 THANK YOU EMILY

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  12. I've never read anything remotely like this, but I've read the snippets she's posted AND IT LOOKS SO GOOOOD!!!

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    1. I hope you try it, Éowyn!! IT'S SO GOOD OMG. <3 thank you for reading!!

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  13. Wow now I can't wait to read this. Definitely on my #bookbucketlist!!

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    1. YAAAAAS <333 I HOPE YOU LOVE IT VERONICA

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  14. This book sounds so insanely amazing. I must enter the giveaway. I love how supportive you are of your sister! Sisters are seriously the best. Girl, that book trailer was fabulousness! It made me want to read it ten times more.

    ~ Pip

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    1. SISTERS ARE THE BEST <333 I'm very blessed. :") Thank you so much, Pip!!! So glad you like the trailer too eeeeeep!! *confetti*

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  15. AHHHHHH THIS LOOKS SO GOOD

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    1. IT REALLY IS <3333333333333

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  16. OH MY GOODNESS YOUR SISTER IS PUBLISHING A BOOK?? WHAT?? I NEED IT?? xD I'll be scrambling to get my hands on it as soon as it comes out! It sounds AH-MAZING - is it self-published? Who did the cover? (and I entered the giveaway!)

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

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    1. AFLKSJADLKJAS YESSSSSS <3 You'll love it, Savannah!! Yes, it's self-published and the cover was designed by Stuart Bache at Books Covered. Isn't it amazing??? gah I love it so much! :') Can't wait for you to read The Blood Race!

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  17. THIS IS SO AWESOME. It is so cool that your sister is publishing a book. This is something I would love to do! This sounds like a book I would really enjoy and so I will have to check it out. It seems like the characters are probably the ones you want to wrap your arms around and just bring into this real world.
    Also, I just followed your blog, and I can't believe how adorable your blog is! So professional and just lovable, and I hope to achieve that with my own personal blog someday as well!
    I would love if you would check out my blog if you have a spare moment <3
    ~ Lauren

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    1. JDKLJSD YAY I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE EXCITED ABOUT THIS TOO! I think you'd really like The Blood Race definitely check it out!! The characters are exactly what you describe!! I want to bring them all into this world (well maybe not some of them...that would be scary. MUAHAHA.)

      AW OMG LAUREN YOUR KIND WORDS MEAN THE WORLD TO ME :'''') *HUGS YOU AND GIVES YOU WAFFLES* THANK YOU SO MUCH and I will definitely check out your blog!! <3

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  18. ewrg;rwbnwqevnfbkkfn vj THIS BOOK LOOKS SO GOOD!!!!

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    1. IT IS IT REALLY IS <3333

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  19. I am so excited! I love fantasy and it's so hard these days to find some worth reading, but this looks like it will be amazing!

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    1. THIS BOOK WILL NOT DISAPPOINT!!! DEFINITELY GIVE IT A TRY <3333

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  20. YASSS, this post is EVERYTHING I WANTED TO SAY AND SOME OF WHICH I COULD NOT PUT INTO WORDS BUT YES BASICALLY SAME! OMG I'm so glad that Kate has published her book because PEOPLE NEED to read this. For reals. (Also Fin is a sweetheart and a cinnamon roll and Hawk is so badass and urgggg omg Icarus my poor broken </3)

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    1. JSAKLJDSJFKJ YAAAAAS *INCOHERENT FANGIRL SQUEALS* SAME LIZ SAME <33333 I just want to hug all of these characters ugh ugh my heart :''') THANK YOU!!

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  21. I'm so happy for your sister! Writing a novel has always been a dream of mine, though I don't think I ever will. Looking forward to reading this book! <3

    Aliah | Indigo Ink

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    1. ME TOO!! EEEEEP. <3 I hope you love the book!

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  22. Awesome job on the trailer, can't wait to read the book.
    p.s. I commented ;)

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    1. AHHH THANK YOU JANA <3333 YOU'RE THE BEST

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  23. Wow! You did an AWESOME job on that book trailer!!!

    littlebitofsunshineweb.wordpress.com

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  24. This has nothing to do with anything, but I think it's really cool that you have such a good relationship with your sister. Those mornings writing together sound so lovely. I don't know about all writers, but I've always imagined it would be nice to write in companionable silence with a friend.

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  25. "Even if you're old, you're still a kid."

    YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I NEEDED THIS POST, LIKE OH MY GOSH. I've been taking on some fun projects but I tend to overwhelm myself and get stressed out over stuff so easily and it just doesn't make it as fun anymore and I feel like everything is so disorganized and this is a complete run-on sentence but who cares because I'm messy and I love pizza. <-- Probably the most hectic comment I have left on anyone's blog ever.

    ANYWHO. Can you please teach a class on how to be you because I'm ready to sign up. *rapidly clicks pen*

    I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER AND EEEP, SO EXCITED FOR EVERYTHING. ^-^

    xx Kenzie

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    1. OMG... I JUST REALIZED THAT I COMMENTED ON THE *WRONG* POST BECAUSE I HAD TWO TABS OPEN AND BOTH OF THEM WERE YOUR POSTS AND ASDFGHJKL- THIS IS SO EMBARRASSING. O-O *awkward laugh* Ah ha... Imma just leave this here. Maybe we'll laugh about it down the road or tell it to the grandkids. XD

      #imamess

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