Fall Carnival: Kissing Booth with Amy Ewing (Interview+Giveaway)

Fall Carnival: Kissing Booth with Amy Ewing (Interview+Giveaway)

Everyone loves a good old fashion kissing booth and today we have some pretty amazing people volunteering!


First up, we have Violet, a wonderful girl who is very talented at playing the cello.

Next, we have Ash, who is extremely handsome and rather talented with things we probably shouldn’t discuss.

Then, we have Raven, a beautiful girl full of spirit, but she has had a rather hard few months so she might be rather quiet.

Then, there is Lucien, an amazing man who has a big heart and mad makeover skills.

Last, we have The Duchess of the Lake, she is a vicious, cunning woman that knows how to get exactly what she wants.

Which one are you wanting to kiss?

Today we have Amy Ewing here doing an interview, first let’s look at her upcoming novel, and end to The Lone City trilogy, The Black Key!


Fall Carnival: Kissing Booth with Amy Ewing (Interview+Giveaway)The Black Key by Amy Ewing
Published by HarperCollins on October 4th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Friendship, General, Girls & Women, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
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For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.


B: How does it feel to have The Lone City trilogy coming to an end?

A: It’s such a strange mix of emotions—there’s this fierce pride that I’ve completed this whole, long story, that I’ve filled three books with these characters lives. And then on the flip side, it’s so hard to fathom not writing them anymore, not hanging out with them and seeing them grow and change. It’s really bittersweet.

B: If you could bring back any deleted scenes from any of your books would you? And if it doesn’t spoil anything, can you share it here?

A: Hmmm…any deleted scenes would be from really early drafts, so they are not only super embarrassing but not relevant anymore 😉 There was this whole chapter where Garnet gets a promotion and there’s this ceremony and I wrote the whole shebang, speeches and customs and everything, and my editor was like, “Yeah but…does this advance the plot in any way?”

Spoiler alert: it did not. Now I think it’s just a paragraph—“Garnet gets promoted, moving on…” It’s crazy how sometimes you can’t see what’s important and what’s not. Which is one of a million reasons why I love my editor.

B: Which of your characters do you relate to the most?

A: Probably Violet—I definitely feel closest to her since I live in her head. We are both stubborn, we both love music, we are both romantics. Though I’m not sure I’m quite as rebellious as she is!

B: What carnival food could you eat every day and never get sick of?

A: I love cotton candy. I love the fluffiness and the way it melts in your mouth. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but for cotton candy I make an exception.

B: If you were working at a kissing booth, who would you hope was in the line next? ;P

A: Hahaha! Fictional or real? I have so many fictional crushes—Jon Snow, Peeta, Ash (obviously). But if he had to be real, I’ve got to go with Oscar Isaac. I think he’s so handsome and talented.

B: If someone dared you to write “book nerd” on your forehead while wearing your favorite pajamas – and then share a photo of it – would you do it? (If so, we double dog dare you to do it and share it with us right here!) 😉

A: Oh I’d totally do it!


About Amy Ewing

Amy Ewing is the young adult author of The Jewel, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.


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Who would you want to be in line if you were working at Kissing Booth?

Head over to Dark Faerie Tales to see her latest booth stop!



  1. Natalie DePalma says:

    I would love to be able to read author’s first drafts, it would be sooooo interesting to see their oringinal thoughts and ideas. But I’m not sure they would want to share……;)

  2. danielle hammelef says:

    These characters have so much at stake, so much possible failure and death thrown their way that this sounds like an exciting book to read with excellent characters to root for.

  3. Agus Z says:

    This series sounds so AMAZING! The Jewel is already on my TBR. I fell in love with that cover, it’s so beautiful! And the story sounds really interesting, can’t wait to read it! Loved the interview!

  4. Anne C says:

    Why is it that I’m just hearing about this series now? The covers of the three books are so pretty and the story sounds interesting. Would want to win copies. 🙂

  5. _Sandra_ says:

    I’ve yet to start this trilogy although I already have first two books on my shelf – shame on me! I’ll just wait for The Black Key to come out and read them all at once.
    Great interview!:)

  6. Ifrah says:

    This book sounds so much fun! Especially because I’m a fan of the selection series. It would be intersting to see how the plot unfolds.

  7. Alecia says:

    New series to me but one I’m definitely interested in checking out – ii sounds amazing! Really cool interview and I love that the author has a sweet tooth for cotton candy or fairy floss as us Aussies call it – it was my childhood favourite!

  8. Carina Olsen says:

    As always, lovely post 😀 I do not think these books are for me. Sniffs. But they do look SO PRETTY 😀 AHH. And I am curious, after I read one positive review, haha 🙂 Maaaybe one day.

  9. Debbie (@DebbieK427) says:

    I haven’t heard this series before but it does sound like something I’d enjoy! Although I’m not a fan of The Selection series it does give me some similar vibes but hopefully it’ll be better!

  10. L says:

    Oh my goodness, this book sounds so good! I’ve been wanting to read these forever but sadly haven’t gotten around to it😰Thanks for the giveaway!!

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