Welcome to the blog tour for
The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
I’m so excited to share today’s blog post which is my blog tour stop for THE TRAITOR’S KISS by Erin Beaty! Thanks to the amazing team at Macmillan for having me be a part of the tour and share some of my favorite parts of any book… the scents! Being a candle-maker, I’m obsessed with the different scents described in books and there were a few lovely aromas in THE TRAITOR’S KISS that caught my eye. On today’s stop, I’m sharing some of those and have a special candle giveaway too!
Before we jump into the tour, let’s take a second to check out some details about the book:
Title: The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy #1)
by Erin Beaty
Publishing Info: May 9, 2017 by Macmillan
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: April 18, 2017
An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.
With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.
As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.
BOOK SCENTS: THE TRAITOR’S KISS
Ever since I started making candles, I’ve been so much more in tune with the sensory notes in the books that I read. I feel like aromas in a book are easily skipped over and forgotten once a reader has finished because noticing and committing a smell to memory is such a unique experience that it’s harder hang onto if you haven’t experienced it first hand. I know at least for me, when a book draws on a familiar smell, I’m instantly hit with memories and nostalgia that have the potential to tie me to a book more than any other scenic description so I feel like those smells that add to the atmosphere are not to be overlooked!
Drawing upon my newly heightened awareness, I’ve started keeping tracking of specific scents described in book and how they really paint an even more vivid picture for a reader! Today on Book Scents, I’m sharing some of my favorite aromas from THE TRAITOR’S KISS! They immediately had me thinking back on what fragrances I would use to mimic each experience and I’ve included each one below. (Now how do we make these posts scratch and sniff?)
It still smelled like him. Like the pine pitch and tallow salve Father made for cuts and scrapes.
Inspiration: Sage’s father’s salve
Fragrances: Pine, outdoors, oakmoss
There were honey-colored freckles he’d noticed last night scattered across her nose and cheeks. This close, he could also smell the lavender and sage scents in her dress, which he much preferred to the floral perfumes the other women were drenched in.
Inspiration: The scents of Sage
Fragrances: Lavender, sage, honey
He smelled indefinitely better — like soap with essence of evergreen… clean linen… leather… and something indefinable that left her only wanting to breathe more deeply.
The scent of his leather jacket mingled with the evergreen shaving lather he used.
This close, she couldn’t help breathing in the scents of leather, evergreen soap, and linen — a mix that was distinctly his.
Inspiration: The scents of Ash
Fragrances: Clean soap, pine, clean cotton, leather, musk
The scent of spearmint with a hint of orange drew Sage to her side.
Inspiration: Sage’s roommate Clare and her tea
Fragrances: spearmint, orange, earl grey tea
The Great Hall was decorated with garlands of spring flowers imported from somewhere much warmer than Tegann, and rushes on the floor released sweet scents as they were trod upon by the multitude of guests.
Inspiration: The Great Hall
Fragrances: Tulips, jasmine, tropical flowers
So what do you think?! Which scents do you think are the strongest sensory inspirations? Which are your favorites?
SECRET MESSAGE & BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
“Well-schooled, high and mighty about it”
Each blog on the blog tour also has a SECRET MESSAGE! Check out each stop on the blog tour to collect all of the messages for one final passage!!
|List of Favorite Literary Female Spies
|Guest Post: Intro to main characters with pics
|Guest Post: Top 10 Things All Spies Need
|Top 5 Reasons to read The Traitor’s Kiss
|Guest Post: Favorite & Most Challenging Scene to Write (and Why)
|Guest Post: YA “matchmaker”
|Guest Post: What gave you the inspiration for this book?
|Guest Post: Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Sage & Quinn
|Guest Post: What’s the most daring thing you would do for a mission?
|Sage Character Interview
Because of the scent inspiration of today’s post, I’ve actually taken one of these concepts and turned it into a candle! The candle giveaway is for one 8oz tin called “Forest of Ash”, inspired by male lead in THE TRAITOR’S KISS with a play on the evergreen scents that are constant throughout his scent. This candle smells like clean pine, cotton, and leather with hints of masculine musk. Open to US entries only. Must be 13 years of age or older to win. Candle giveaway open from 4/20/17 – 4/27/17. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!