Welcome to my stop on Kristin Bailey's Rise of the Arcane Fire Blog Tour. This is the second book in her YA Steampunk series, The Secret Order.
The Secret Order #2
by Kristin Bailey
Release date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis via Goodreads:
After her parents died in a fire and her grandfather disappeared, Meg Whitlock thought her life had come to a standstill. But when she learned that the pocket watch her grandfather left her was really an intricate key, Meg, with the help of a stable hand named Will, uncovered the Amusementists: members of an elite secret society dedicated to discovery and shrouded in mystery.
Now the Amusementists are convening in London, and Meg is determined to join their ranks. But being the first girl in the Order has its difficulties, and with Will away in Scotland Meg fears she can’t trust anyone but herself. Her worries are only supported by the sabotage happening at the academy, with each altered invention being more harmful than the last.
With threats lurking around every corner, and while trying to prove her worth as the first female Amusementist, Meg must uncover the identity of the academy’s saboteur before the botched devices become deadly. And after she finds evidence of a sinister and forbidden invention, Meg must stop it - or risk the entire future of the Amusementists.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I make a wicked homemade grapefruit and cranberry sorbet. It is awesome. I wait all year for cranberry season just so I can make it. If I’m out at an ice-cream shop, I can’t resist any ice-cream that is based on pumpkin pie.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I know that it is painfully boring, but I love Cheerios. I don’t like it when they mess with the Cheerios with special flavors either. If you’re going to go boring for breakfast, go all the way. If I’m being completely honest though, I have to confess my very favorite thing to have for breakfast is leftover dessert.
Night owl or early bird?
I’m a terrible night owl. When it is bad, I stay up so late I roll on over into early bird territory.
One food you would never eat?
Black Licorice. I cannot stand that flavor and it even irritates me when anise is used as a spice.
Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles! I like fruity candy and they are chewy to boot.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
I wanted to be a large animal or exotic animal veterinarian. After that, I wanted to be an animator for Disney. I still have a soft spot for Disney movies and horses.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I would probably send my horse out for boot camp with a trainer. She could use it, and the more she knows the better. It is sad how quickly I could spend money on horse stuff.
Print or Ebook?
I like both. I love reading new things on my e-reader because I have limited space on my shelves, but I love a beautiful book, and there’s nothing like curling up with one on a rainy day.
What movie are you looking forward to this year?
I haven’t seen The Desolation of Smaug yet, and I really want to see it. I loved “The Lord of the Rings” and though the first Hobbit movie was fun, even if it stretched out a little. More than anything, I want to see that dragon.
Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is....
The Madman’s Daughter, I loved the concept of a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau.
What is next on your to read list?
I really want to read Under the Empyrean Sky.
Any other books in the works?
I just finished revisions on the third and final book in The Secret Order trilogy, so I’m still in the planning stages for a new book. I’m thinking about doing something with a darker and sadder tone. We’ll see.
Thanks! You’re awesome! :D
Kristin Bailey grew up in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley in California. As a kid she enjoyed visiting the beach, camping and skiing with her two brothers.
Now she is a military wife and mother of two young children. She is also terrible about spoiling her pets. She has one fluffy mutt, two cats who think they own the world, and a fish tank with a quartet of fat fish, and two secretive striped ninja-assassin snails.
In the course of her adventures, she has worked as a zookeeper, balloon artist, and substitute teacher. Now she enjoys writing books for teens who enjoy mystery and adventure as much as she does.