Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Second Day of Splintered Blog Tour: Ivory Queen's Castle + Giveaway



Welcome to the second stop on The Official Splintered Blog Tour hosted by Mod Podge Blog Tours.  Today we are stopping by the Ivory Queen's Castle.  Let's take a peek.


"On the second day of Splintered, we drop in at the Ivory Palace. The Ivory Queen welcomes us, wearing a long gown stitched of spider silk and silver lace. Christmas is at home in Ivory’s glass castle, where everything glimmers with ice crystals, even the transparent walls, making it cold and desolate.  

Ivory spends her days and nights looking out through the glass as the warmth of the world passes by but never actually touches her. The solitude seeps into her soul, bleak as winter. She’s always ready for any holiday that gives her reason to have guests. For in her beautiful, pristine desolation, nothing ever changes. And she would give up all of the white gold in her kingdom to experience life and love just once.

Ivory’s lonely heart is trapped, just like the one in this crystal ornament—a tribute to the castle’s glass walls." 




GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

This (3 1/4" long and 3 5/8" wide) ornament is ready to be hung on a Christmas tree or a window inside a cozy home filled with love. For a chance to win, help us melt the ice around Ivory’s heart by leaving a comment in the rafflecopter about a heartwarming Christmas tradition or memory of your own. If you tweet this post, you get an extra entry. US/CAN Only.
This giveaway is provided by the Mod Podge Tours, the author, and publisher. All normal giveaway rules apply.

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Now that we’ve visited the Ivory Queen, tomorrow’s stop will be with Krazy Book Lady on the other side of Wonderland, where the Red Queen waits to entertain us with her whispering ribbons and bows.

GIVEAWAY #2-

A finished copy of Splintered thanks to Abrams. US/CAN Only.


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38 comments:

  1. My favorite holiday tradition is getting together as a family and having dinner! It may be trite, but that's what the holidays are about, am I right?

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  2. Before Christmas, my mom and I bake tons and tons of Christmas cookies, and then deliver them to all the neighbors :)

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  3. I love to just sit with my family in the living room with just the Christmas tree lights on and chat. :)
    Loie xo

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  4. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    My favorite holiday tradition is going shopping Christmas Eve as a group of friends and we have to buy one tiny thing for each of us that symbolizes a wonderful time we had that year together:)

    Thank you:)

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  5. Honestly, mostly because I have a signed book plate and want the to put in the book. But the book does sound really good! :)

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  6. My favorite Christmas memories are from when I was a kid. I'm Ukrainian so we always got 2 Christmases. The second was my favorite because we would get together with Family who we hardly ever saw, even on our first Christmas. I remember one Ukrainian Christmas, I got 2 of the same bead kit. I absolutely loved beads and making bracelets and necklaces. I had 2000 beads... LOL now that was fun!!

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  7. Getting together w/ the family :)

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  8. My favorite is opening gifts on Christmas Eve. Who doesn't love early gifts?

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  9. Love family getting together Christmas morning to opening gifts then play monopoly!
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  10. This is the first tour stop I've visited. Will definitely check out the others.

    Thanks for sharing, Angel!

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  11. A favorite memory of mine was when growing up on Christmas my mom and I would go to church for the midnight service and then after that go to a 24 hour diner and chat into the early hours of x-mas morning.

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  12. I HATE spiders, but the "long gown stitched of spider silk and silver lace," sounds decadent. LOVE this.

    A wonderful tradition of mine is driving through the neighborhood to look at lights. My kiddos are in the back in their jammies while Christmas ♫ plays on the radio. *blissful sigh*

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  13. When I was little I *thought* I'd stayed up all night and heard a thump. I jumped up thinking it was Santa and when I went to the living room, there was a giant present on my piano bench...

    turns out the noise was my mom bumping into the bed.

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  14. My favorite memory of Christmas was two years ago when the whole family gathered together to celebrate Christmas know it would be my grandfather's last Christmas.We were just praying he would make it through Christmas and he did,he died the next month.Also it is my family tradition,which we won't have anymore,to have Christmas together at my grandparents' house on Christmas Eve and open presents from everyone.Then we would get home and me and my siblings would beg to open just one present that night,well we always ended up opening them all that night.

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  15. My daughter is just as nerdy as me, so we get to sneak away from the huge family gathering every Christmas night and watch the Doctor Who Christmas episode. It may not sound like much, but it's something that is special just between us girls. :-)

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  16. I'VE saw Splintered Every Where and I like that it's an Alice in Wonderland Re-Telling and I can not wait to read it- Awesome Tour :) Thank you for the giveaway.........

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  17. Every Christmas eve we always got to open up one present and still continue doing that till this day.

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  18. These ornaments are so pretty! And very fitting with the ideas from the book. Splintered sounds so amazing, I love re-imaginations of stories and Alice is close to my heart after it was our sixth grade musical :)

    As for my holiday traditions, I have always loved (and still do) baking and icing Christmas cookies with my mom for family and friends and getting to lick the icing off the beaters! :)

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  19. This is the first post I've seen on this tour, but I like it and I'm going to go check out the others now!

    I really want to read Splintered!!

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  20. Seriously, these ornaments are stunning. If I don't win them, I need to buy them, lol. My tree is basically naked without them!

    Christmas tradition...let me see. The best one I can think of is pretty common but still fun. I'll go over to my mom's house and bake cookies for everyone. We'll eat the broken/funky shaped ones and gossip or eeer...catch up. Just, I meant catch up!

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  21. The ornament are quite lovely. Since I am married to a Jewish man, Christmas in my house is quite different. We have on one side the Christmas tree and on the other the Menorah. We usually exchange small presents for Chanukah and bigger things for Christmas. My husband loves both but he seem to have a weak sport for the fun/food/ and colors that come alongside Christmas.

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  22. I LOVE this Splintered tour! Obvs love the chance to win things, but also to discover all these new book blogs. I can't WAIT to read a totally new interpretation of Wonderland!

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  23. I read this book as a Galley. I was delightful.

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  24. I soooo want to read the book! I think i mostly just love to see other people opening presents i gave them and watching the look of surprise on their faces when I got them exactly what they had wished for~~~

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  25. Christmas Eve I got to open 1 gift from under the tree, it couldonly be a small one too.
    My Dad raised me alone so holidays were special. My Mom would send me a box of gifts (if she remembered), and I would get up Xmas morning with my Dad and open our gifts, he'd make a great breakfast,listen to xmas music or watch tv, Then at night we'd go to his sisters/my aunts or mothers/ my nana home and I'd open more gifts. lolz
    I'd run around and have so much fun.go out in the yard in the snow (it always snowed around xmas back then)try to fit in with my cooler, older cousins, Driving home at the end of night I'd be exhausted clutching my bag of gifts in my arms the whole drive home..lolz..
    I know it doesnt seem like something special-a kid gets gifts, but it was. After my Mom left me as a 2 year old it was hard for me to be mom-less I was made fun and told horrible things. Kids said my mom thought I was so ugly thats why she left.
    When the holidays came my family got together and there was so much love and joy I forgot all about the bad kids and bullying at school.

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    1. It's so sad to hear that kids bullied you like that, but at least the holidays were so special to you and such a happy time.
      Thanks for sharing that.

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    2. Wow, what a touching story! Ditto what the lovely Reading Angel said. I'm so happy you had a wonderful extended family and father who made sure you felt loved. <3

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  26. I think the best part about holidays is the bringing together of people. I adore speech & debate with all my heart and we do this "white elephant" tradition every year. It just makes me happy to see all of us gathered together, celebrating this amazing event and time.

    I'm really enjoying the tour so far! The prizes are awesome. I'm really excited for SPLINTERED because it sounds so sinister and that's such a cool twist on ALICE IN WONDERLAND. :)

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  27. The thing I loved (& still do, somehow) were my parents attitude. My dad LOVES Santa (specially ornaments funny shaped) & my mom loves Nutcrackers.
    But, every year, since my brother & I were little kids, they were very careful to leave the gifts..., er, to invite Santa!
    Even when we got way too old, my parents still managed to surprise us. (Jaja, they ARE too good hiding stuff, too!).

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  28. Yes, I'm really enjoying it! The book seem so interesting! I love retellings. :)

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  29. I love the cover of this book and the story line looks really good!

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  30. The best part about Christmas is getting to spend time with the family. I love seeing everyone at Christmas dinner, and having everyone over on Christmas eve. That's my favorite part of Christmas.

    The book sounds really good, and the cover is awesome!!

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  31. Since this is my husband's and my first year together we don't really have any traditions yet, but my sister, brother, and I used to get ornaments from our parents every year that represented something important that happened to us in the past year.

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  32. Our favorite family tradition is to attend Christmas Eve services at our church. The best part is when they turn the lights down and pass a flame from candle to candle and everyone sings "Silent Night" as the candles light the darkness. It's so beautiful.

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  33. My favorite Christmas tradition is having Christmas dinner with my family

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  34. My favorite holiday tradition is putting up the Christmas tree and find spots for all the ornaments. :)

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