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Blog Tour: Initiation by Imogen Rose - Interview + Giveaway + Promo

Hey guys! Welcome to my tour stop of Initation by Imogen Rose! Initiation is a YA Paranormal that looks simply fantastic. When I saw the blurb, I just knew I had to read it. Though I'm not done with the book, I will certainly be reading it and posting the review. It looks way too good not to!

Initiation by Imogen Rose

Welcome to Bonfire Academy!

Set in the foothills of the alpine mountains in St.Moritz, this exclusive private school caters to a special kind of student. Enter at your own risk... but if you are human, you may not want to enter at all.

WARNING: This YA story is set in a school for paranormals who are very different from normal human teens. Thus, the language and some scenes might not be appropriate for younger YA readers. Recommended for those sixteen and above.

Check out what the reviewers have to say:

Let me lay it out for you. This is a five star book. Period. Heck, I think nearly all of Imogen Rose’s books are five stars in my eyes so far. It’s kind of crazy. Did the author make a deal with the devil or something to get this level of pure talent or what? Or maybe one of these demons from this book? Hmmm… Candy Beuchamp (Candy’s Raves)

‘It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville

That one phrase changed my life, AND my perception of what people expected. So I wrote it down, in a little black book, and put it in my purse. Now, I can't tell you exactly how many times I have read that 1 phrase since I wrote it down, but every time I read a book, and then bask in the brilliance of it's originality I think of Herman and his wise advice. THEN...I think of the authors that exude this quality more than most. Imogen Rose is one of these authors.- KindleObsessed

A Red Adept Select book (voted "Outstanding in Genre"-YA)

Check out the book trailer on Youtube!

Imogen Rose

Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling YA series, the Portal Chronicles. She was born in a small town in Sweden and moved to London in her twenties. After obtaining a PhD in immunology from Imperial College, she moved with her family to New Jersey, where she’s been based for the past ten years.

For as long as she can remember, Imogen has dreamt stories. Stories that continued from night to night, from dream to dream. So, even as a child, going to bed was never an issue, just an anticipation of the story to come.

PORTAL, Imogen’s first novel, would have remained in her imagination, to be shared only with her daughter, Lauren, had her eight-year-old not insisted that she write it down. In the course of a month, Imogen typed while Lauren waited eagerly by the printer for the pages to appear, and a novel took shape.

The warm reception PORTAL received encouraged her to continue with the story and the Portal Chronicles. The Bonfire Chronicles is Imogen’s new YA paranormal series.

Imogen is a self-confessed Hermès addict who enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies and playing with her dog, Tallulah.

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And now, let's welcome Imogen to the blog!

Hi Imogen, it’s lovely to have you on the blog today!
Thanks for having me!

For starters, why not you tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
I am a scientist, a mommy, and a dreamer. I was born in Sweden, in a small town called Oskarshamn, and later moved to Stockholm. After watching Grease, I yearned for John Travolta and the U.S.A. I thought going to college in the U.S. would be a hoot, and it was. Though I didn’t find my JT, I did pick up an odd redheaded Scotsman whom I married and moved to Scotland with. After a move to London, a PhD and a kid, I moved to New Jersey, the land of Housewives and Snooki. What more could a girl want?

What made you want to become a writer?
I never set out to be a writer. In fact, writing was probably my least favorite subject at school. I did like to make up stories, however my parents sometimes called it lying. I contended that they were fictional accounts of the situation. Though my parents didn’t appreciate my “stories,” my kids loved them, and I finally wrote one down at my younger daughter’s insistence. That’s how Portal was born, and when I felt the need to continue with that story, I decided to become a writer.

Did you have other aspirations/dreams in the past, or have you always wanted to be a writer?
I wanted to become a race car driver. I can’t see that happening now.

What gave you the inspiration for the plot of the book?
The plot for Initiation was inspired by my book Faustine.

Are your characters based off real people, or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Some of them are based on real people, and they know who they are—pointing no fingers at Al.

Could you tell us a bit about your book and why it is a must-read?
Like hot faeries and demons? Then read it!

What do you love most about the writing process?
The license to abandon reality and immerse myself into my imagination.

And of course, do you have a particular favorite character? I know an author will love most if not all of the characters he/she creates, but I’m sure there must be a favorite of yours! So who is it, and why?
I love them all! But I do feel closest to Cordelia a the moment.

Will you tell us a little about your plans for the future?
Bookwise: I’d like to keep writing 2-3 books a year. Lifewise: travel more and find my Jagger!

And of course, are there any other books that are in the works? (Ideas thought out, perhaps even a rough draft?)
I am working on the sequel to Initiation at the moment–Integration. After that, it will be on to the fifth book in the Portal Chronicles, Fusion.

And now, just some little random questions!

Favorite colour?

Favorite place?

Favorite book?

Favorite thing?
My MacAir

What you do when you’re free:

Favorite day?

Hmm, I think that should be about it for today! It was a pleasure to have you on the blog today, Imogen! Wishing you all the best in your career! :D
Thank you!

Now, its time for a excerpt! Enjoy:)

“Well, Cordelia, are you glad to be back?”

“Yes. Why did you ask for me?”

“Ah, straight to the point.” His eyes narrowed into slits. “Very plucky. Most would have the sense to be more fearful and not ask questions,” he growled softly.

I held my breath, controlling my instincts. A snarl was always a signal for me to transform. But, I held back, on full alert.

“I was told that about you. And that’s one of the reasons you’re here. You’ve been appointed as a mentor.”

It was my turn to smirk. I got to my feet. “I can’t be appointed anything. Thanks for thinking of me, though. I guess it’s some kind of honor. But, no thanks.” I made my way to the door.

And crashed right into Jagger’s chest. I should have anticipated his move; lightning-fast location transfer was something covered in the first semester. I clumsily stepped back, then met his darkened gaze.

He lowered his head, brushing his nose along my neckline, breathing me in. I stood dead still, letting my fingers fuse. I shivered as his lips found my right ear, his every breath forming icicles against my skin. Then, he touched my fused fingers.

“Easy, demon princess. Relax.”

I boiled over with anger. Who the fuck did he think I was? Some silly human girl who’d melt under his pathetic attempt at intimidation? Not so.

“Step back, and I will.” My words were supposed to come out in a firm demonic growl, but instead, they slithered out in an unfortunate raspy whisper.

He chuckled under his breath and took a half step back. He needed to be taught not to mess with demons. Slapping the smirk off his face would be too much of a cliché. My mischievous demon instincts took over.

As the corners of his lips curled into a leer, I jerked up my arm and swiftly wrapped my fingers around the back of his neck, pulling his face down to mine. His eyes widened in surprise, but he made no move to resist as I stood on tiptoes and roughly parted his lips with mine. I kept my eyes wide open, gazing into his, as I explored his mouth, drinking him in. He yielded under my touch. The kiss became more and more fervent, until a surge of hot and cold, of terror and excitement, zapped through me–and him, by the surprise on his face–leaving us shocked and unable to move. Our eyes remained locked together as we stood suspended in time.

Jagger looked as dazed as I felt. His eyes searched mine, but I had nothing to offer, no explanation. Then, it hit me. Dad had mentioned the extremely rare phenomenon. I raked through my mind, trying to remember what he had said.

Listen for his heartbeat, synch with it.

Time for the giveaway! This is a tour-wide giveaway, so don't wait and grab every opportunity! This giveaway will have 8 winners, so why wait! Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to US shipping:( So I can't participate either for a chance to win these awesome items!

So yes, this is what you can win!

4 signed paperback copies of INITIATION

1 of each:
Inititation Sack Pack
Initiation Bear
Initiation Toiletry bag
Initiation Gym Bag

8 lucky winners. Each winner will walk away with one of this. What will you win?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Yep, so that's about it for today! Wait, go check out the rest of the tour stops here! There are loads more great things there! So, thanks for visiting my blog today, love you all! :D


I love reading books like these though magic-filled schools often make me dislike my school even more lol. The cover is absolutely gorgeous as well!


I Love the cover and such a great giveaway!!! Thank you


Thank you so much for having me on your blog!


Thanks for another great giveaway! I received my copy of The Third Soon a little awhile ago. :)


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