Sweet and Sassy Sixteeners: Day Twenty-Seven- Evelyn Skye!

Posted November 27, 2015 by Nori in Guest Posts, My Features / 11 Comments

It’s time to meet the 26th featured author of the SSS! Introducing…Evelyn Skye!

The Crown’s Game
Evelyn Skye
Release Date: 05/17/2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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Food, Food, and More Food
By Evelyn Skye

I love food. I always have. I was the kind of kid who liked going with my mom to the makeup counter so I could read through all the lipstick names and obsess over whether I’d choose Strawberry Blush or Blackberry Bonanza if I were old enough to wear lipstick. Not that I cared at all about the lipstick. Just the sweet, delicious names.

Which is why it’s probably no surprise that when I grew up and wrote THE CROWN’S GAME, it was infused with walnut-shaped cookies pieced together with dulce de leche centers, and truffles filled with steaming hot cocoa, and cream puffs literally as light as air. I think about food all the time. My days are planned around my meals and snacks. So my books, I guess, are, too.

I’ve been writing for a long time, although novels are a relatively new form. As a kid, I wrote poems for anthologies, and essays, of course, for school. In law school, I wrote legal briefs, and as a practicing intellectual property attorney, I wrote licensing contracts. For a short stint of time, I fantasized about becoming a food writer, visiting fancy restaurants or inventing recipes at home, and publishing my findings on a super popular blog and in Bon Appetit. (Basically, I dreamed of being Molly Wizenberg, whom, incidentally, I went to college with.)

It turned out that my path, however, was writing YA fantasy. Which, in turn, included all the sweet and savory foods I wanted to eat and wanted to create, even if not wholly possible in reality.

But I do hold out hope that someday, a very talented pastry chef will be able to bake the magical treats from THE CROWN’S GAME, like a birthday cake that shoots miniature fireworks or a pâte à choux swan that swims in a lake of butterscotch. But until then, I’ll settle for some homemade borscht. Or even just a slice of black bread with wild strawberry jam.

Maybe I’ll call that Strawberry Blush.


About the Author:

Evelyn Skye is the author of THE CROWN’S GAME (HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, May 17, 2016). She is also an event host at Kepler’s Books and the ringleader of YA Lunch Break, a popular Bay Area book club. When she’s not writing, she can be found chasing after her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. You can find Evelyn online at www.evelynskye.com and on twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.


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11 responses to “Sweet and Sassy Sixteeners: Day Twenty-Seven- Evelyn Skye!

  1. That “pâte à choux swan that swims in a lake of butterscotch” you mentioned has my mouth watering oh god why would you do that?! I I loved the fact that food is such an important part of your life…I usually just take it for granted. I’m a disaster in the kitchen and as such, my meals have always magically appeared on the dinner table.

    But my favorite food that I could never ever stop eating (even as a child, even now) is Tiramisu. I could eat it all the time. I could make a career out of eating Tiramisu and I would marry it and have its children if I could.

    Did you know that the word “tiramisu” literally means “pick-me-up” in Italian?

    Oh I would pick it up alright 🙂


  2. Sarah Cone

    Is it totally cliché of me that I never get tired of love triangles? Oh well, I don’t care, I just love a good story and if it happens to involve a love triangle, that’s just a bonus. That aside, this sounds like a great story and I look forward to reading it. My only issue is that the author’s post made me really hungry and I’m still so stuffed from Thanksgiving that if I pig out again, my hubby will have to roll me down the hall& him & the 4 kids will have to lift me into bed. On the other hand, there *is some pumpkin pie & spice cake left and kids *do need their exorcise…so really I’d be doing them a favor, right? 😉

    • It’s definitely not cliché of you! Personally I don’t mind love triangles, as long as they’re done right. 🙂 And haha yes, Evelyn’s post does bring up some delicious foods. Mmmmm

  3. I really can’t wait for this book! I’ll be trying to hunt down an ARC until the week before its publication (even if the book is already preordered haha)! What a perfect blend of all my favorite things <3

  4. Okay I am DROOLING right now with all the mention of food. I don’t even know what a pâte à choux IS and it’s still making my taste sense tingle.
    I definitely will be on the lookout for yummy food descriptions in The Crown’s Game! 😀

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