Hi everyone! You have no idea how excited I am to introduce to you our tenth author, Ms. Julie Eshbaugh!!!! In case you didn’t know she is the author of one of my most anticipated release of this year, Ivory and Bone. This books is apparently so fantastic that in the state of NJ the book is not allowed to be put on hold due to the outstanding amount of requests that it receives ( or so my librarian tells me). So while I’m still waiting to read Ivory and Bone, you and I can enjoy this wonderful guest post put together by the author herself! But, before we begin, I’m going to share some information about the book.
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Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone #1)
by Julie Eshbaugh
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publishing date: June 7th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.
Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.
Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts.
When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.
Inspiration Board for IVORY AND BONE
I’m very excited to be a guest of The Petite Book Blogger today, and to share a bit about my summer release, IVORY AND BONE! If you are unfamiliar with it, IVORY AND BONE is an adventure romance set near the end of the last Ice Age. For today’s post, I’ve selected five photographs from my Pinterest inspiration board. I tried to choose five that not only related to specific scenes, but also invoked a strong sense of the book’s setting.
This first photo of a fire in a cave gives a sense of warmth, yet there’s something sinister about the shadows on the wall. There’s a lot of uncertainly in the scene this photo relates to, and I feel that uncertainty in the photo, too.
This image of flowers blooming at the edge of the mountains is so inviting. I can almost hear the bees! In IVORY AND BONE, the main character, Kol, has a favorite place—a meadow where he searches for bees so he can collect honey. This picture reminds me of Kol’s meadow in full bloom.
In the world of IVORY AND BONE, Kol lives north of the mountains, where cold wind whips down over the Great Ice and stunts the growth of trees. South of the mountains, he discovers the beauty of light falling through trees for the first time.
Kol spends a lot of time fishing and hunting in a small kayak made of animal skins stretched over bone. Although he is at home on the water, when storms come, the sea can become a dangerous place.
After a storm passes, water needs to find its way back to the sea. This photo reminds me so much of a scene in IVORY AND BONE, where rain and melting ice violently carve out a new path through a ravine.
Thank you so much for having me here today, Victoria! I loved sharing a little bit about IVORY AND BONE.
About the Author:
Julie Eshbaugh used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. She eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives in the house she grew up in with her husband and son. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video. She made two short films and spent several years producing a web series for teens that became an early YouTube hit and received several honors from the Webby Awards. Julie’s debut young adult novel, Ivory and Bone, will be published by HarperTeen in 2016.
Thank you so much Ms. Eshbaugh for sharing this character interview with us! I’m so glad that you were able to participate in SHTSBR! Make sure to pick up a copy of Ivory and Bone at your local library ( if you can find it) and/ or bookstore and share with the hashtag #SHTSBR!