I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Beguiled Blog Tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours.
Check out my Interview post below!
About the Book
Author: Cyla Panin
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: August 23rd, 2022
Content Warning: mild self-harm, gaslighting and emotional abuse
A dark and enthralling story about a young woman who makes a deal with a spirit to try and gain her independence—and the twisted price she has to pay for it
Ella is a 17-year-old weaver whose entire livelihood depends on her loom. She dreams of opening her own shop, but when her father died in debtor’s prison, she had to support herself by taking whatever clients she could get. In order to buy her supplies she goes into debt of her own, and when her loom breaks, Ella realizes she needs more help than a repairperson can give her. She, like everyone, has heard about the old washerwoman spirit called the Bean-Nighe who will grant any one wish—for a price.
But Ella is desperate, so she asks the Bean-Nighe to fix her loom. And it works. The loom is fixed, and she’s creating beautiful pieces she could have never imagined before. All she has to do is feed the loom a drop of blood each time she weaves—a small price to pay for such magnificent silks. And when she brings two bolts to a rich client, she meets a mysterious young man named Callum and bargains for an invitation to his exclusive party. At that party, he’s so mesmerized by her talent, he offers Ella a place to live and patronage for her art. It seems like Ella’s fortune is finally turning for the better . . . until she begins to notice the loom taking more from her than she offered.
As she becomes entangled in the lives of the city’s rich, swept into Callum’s allure, and trapped by the Bean-Nighe’s magic, Ella must figure out a way to secure her future while she still has a future at all.
1. This cover! What was your reaction when you saw the cover for the first time?
I honestly couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was. Deena Fleming, the designer, and Colin Verdi, the artist, completely captured the essence of the story.
2. What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pancer?
I’m a plotter, but I leave room for exploration. Not a single one of my manuscripts has ever ended up following my original outline completely. Some aspects of the story are always revealed to me as I write.
3. What do you love about writing fantasy?
I love being able to basically live in my daydreams for a bit! I’ve always been drawn to fantasy—books, movies, etc.—and being able to write my own worlds now is a dream come true. There’s just this sense of freedom when writing fantasy—like you’re only limited by your imagination.
4. What has your experience been like so far with Beguiled compared to your debut last year?
It’s been wild and wonderful to see people who enjoyed STALKING SHADOWS get excited for BEGUILED. I feel incredibly fortunate whenever I see a post or hear someone talking about the book. I’m so glad I’m getting to share both these stories.
5. What books do you recommend for those who enjoyed Beguiled?
We are blessed with so many wonderful YA fantasies right now! If you enjoyed BEGUILED, you’ll like enjoy LAKESEDGE by Lyndall Clipstone, HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS by Erin Craig, WITHIN THESE WICKED WALLS by Lauren Blackwood, A FORGERY OF ROSES by Jessica Olsen, and A DARK AND HOLLOW STAR by Ashley Shuttleworth.
6. What are you working on now?
I’m working on something I hope I’ll be able to share with you all soon! I can’t say much but it’s First Kill meets The Tudors.
About the Author
Cyla Panin is an MG, YA and Adult Author who prefers to look at the world through a dusting of magic.
After spending most of her childhood wanting to escape into the wonderful worlds her favourite authors created, she’s now using her own words to craft magical places. When not writing, Cyla can be found playing dinosaurs with her two young boys, watching swashbuckling and/or period TV shows with her husband, and, of course, reading.
Her YA debut, STALKING SHADOWS will be out with Amulet, Abrams Fall 2021. She is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV, and Film Agency.
Follow the Tour
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