January Black Blog Tour

Tour Schedule

January Black

Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn has never fit in on The Hill, an ordered place seriously lacking a sense of humor. After his school’s headmaster expels him for a small act of mischief, Matty’s future looks grim until King Hadrian comes to his rescue with a challenge: answer a question for a master’s diploma.

More than a second chance, this means freedom. Masters can choose where they work, a rarity among Regents, and the question is simple.

What was January Black?

It’s a ship. Everyone knows that. Hadrian rejects that answer, though, and Matty becomes compelled by curiosity and pride to solve the puzzle. When his search for an answer turns up long-buried state secrets, Matty’s journey becomes a collision course with a deadly royal decree. He’s been set up to fail, which forces him to choose. Run for his life with the challenge lost…or call the king’s bluff.



Refreshingly intelligent and loads of fun!

I lost a few hours as I read this book. It’s a Young Adult novel that is refreshingly and astonishingly intelligent, and the love story is perfectly played out.

~Christine Ashworth, Amazon Review

The mystery was intriguing – I loved how Wendy Russo weaved in all her secrets throughout the book, how she incorporated just enough to keep you reading, while never actually divulging much of anything. I was guessing for most of it and that’s pretty hard to make me do.

~Julie, Clean Teen Reads

Wendy Russo has created a masterpiece.

~Ivan Amberlake, Author
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Author Wendy S. Russo

Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.


More Information:

January Black 100th Amazon Review Giveaway


Blog Tour Giveaway

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Ends 5/8/13

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Tour Schedule:

April 23rd
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Interview
Clean Teen Reads – Tens List
fuonlyknew – Spotlight
Frankie Blooding’s Bookshelf – Tens List
The Write Path – Review
Books for Kids – Review & Interview

April 24th
Stacy Claflin, Author & Reviewer – Spotlight
Forever Young Adult – Interview
Curling Up with a Good Book –  Tens List
Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews – Character Interview

Life of a YA Girl – Review

April 25th
Mythical Books – Review
Of Thoughts and Words – Review
Crafty Zoo with Monkeys – Guest Post
Froze8’s Blog – Interview
Books4Tomorrow – Excerpt
Bibliophilia, Please – Guest Post

Got Fiction? – Interview


April 26th
Sarah Ballance – Guest Post
Book Wyrming Thoughts – Guest Post
Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After – Spotlight
Books, Books, the Magical Fruit – Interview
Books Beside My Bed – Excerpt

April 27th
Turner’s Antics – Review
Cuzinlogic – Interview
The LUV*NV – Review
Tribute Books – Excerpt
Pretty Opinionated – Guest Post
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch – Excerpt

April 28th
Living A Goddess Life – Guest Post
Opinionated Consumer – Review
A Blog Hop Place for Books – Spotlight
Book Broads – Excerpt

Curling Up by the Fire – Review

April 29th
Reader Girls – Tens List
Musing of a Writer – Review
Heather’s Book Chatter – Review
Gobs and Gobs of Books – Review
Peace From Pieces – Interview

April 30th
Bookworm Lisa – Review
Word to Dreams – Review
Ohana Day Academy – Review
MK McClintock – Interview
Literary Meanderings – Excerpt

Good Choice Reading – Interview

May 1st
Fantasy Books – Interview
Book Flame – Excerpt
Why Not? Because I Said So! – Review
Emma Michaels – Interview
Paranormal Book Club – Spotlight

May 2nd
Hide the Matches – Review
The Quiet Concert – Review
Books & Other Creative Adventures – Tens List
Suzy Turner – YA Author – Interview
Sweeping Me – Spotlight

May 3rd
Coffee Bean Bookshelf – Review
White Sky Project – Review
Pika Pages – Interview
Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Excerpt

Proud Book Nerd – Review