Pride and Prejudice you said? I’m sold! So excited to participate in the tour for Julie Eshbaugh’s book Ivory & Bone. Stick around for the Q&A with Julie, an opportunity to win a copy and to check out the rest of the tour 🙂
ABOUT IVORY AND BONE
A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.
Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.
As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.
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Q: Can you describe Ivory & Bone in five words?
A: Adventure and romance in prehistory.
Q: When I hear the words Ivory & Bone, the picture of a mammoth comes to mind. Was that the intent? (By the way, I love the cover!)
A: The title actually refers to something specific in the story, and yes, it has to do with mammoths, but not directly. It’s more symbolic, and it’s also tied to the image on the cover. I’m so glad you love it—I really love the cover, too!
Q: Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books ever! Were you inspired by the chemistry between Lizzie and Darcy when you created Lo and Mya?
A: I definitely was inspired by Pride and Prejudice when I created the characters in Ivory and Bone, and Darcy and Lizzie were the inspiration for the relationship between Mya (who is in the Darcy role,) and Kol (who is in the Elizabeth Bennet role.) It’s not a re-telling, but readers who know the Pride and Prejudice story will see where there are echoes of it in Ivory and Bone. It’s not terribly obvious—and it’s gender-swapped—but if you know to look for it, you will definitely notice it.
Q: Prehistoric times is a very unusual setting for YA. What made you choose that setting for the series?
A: I’m fascinated by prehistory. Even before I had the idea for Ivory and Bone, I had the habit of reading everything I came across that talked about new archaeological finds or the latest theories. I also love to visit museum exhibits where ancient artifacts are on display. The idea for Ivory and Bone actually first came to me at the Museum of London, but I refined the idea when I began to read new theories about the first people to come to the Americas across the Bering Land Bridge. Reading about these people led to the story of Ivory and Bone.
Q: Can you give us a hint about the next book?
A: It picks up the story right after the first book ends. That’s about all I want to say!
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Thank you so much for having me here today!
Visit the Rest of the Tour!
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3 Finished Copies of IVORY & BONE (US Only)