Friday, March 2, 2012

Blog Tour: A Russian Tour

Hi Trini, thanks for hosting the second stop on the blog tour for Shield the Heart!
The theme for this blog tour is a little different and I hope all of you will enjoy it. It’s titled ‘A Russian Tour’ because each day during the blog tour we’ll explore the Russian cities and historical sites that are the backdrop for my new YA novel Shield the Heart.
Sometimes the setting of a novel is so interesting and unique that it deserves a closer look, and that’s why I thought this blog tour would be so much fun. ‘A Russian Tour’ will give me, and all of you, a chance to get a better view of where everything in Shield the Heart takes place.
After all, these are the places that have inspired me, and I hope they inspire all of you, too.
Today on our itinerary we’re visiting Moscow, Russia!
To follow along each day and visit some of the places found in Shield the Heart, be sure to follow the blog tour.
Okay, onto our destination!
In Shield the Heart, the main character, Lilly, is destined for Moscow. She’s on a mission and is scared to be in a foreign land where she doesn’t know the language. But she loves Moscow, even though in Shield the Heart it’s laced with danger, shadows, and enemies. Still something about Moscow draws her in - from its breathtaking buildings to its historical significance.

It’s easy to see why Lilly loves Moscow. But the sights, sounds, and even the cuisine remind her of something, though she doesn’t know what or why… As Lilly is enveloped in the culture and the city, she’s also in grave danger. What happens in Moscow is pivotal to Shield the Heart. Despite the danger, Lilly is still drawn to everything she sees…

Character quote~
“Some cities sleep at night and some cities never sleep, but Moscow is different. It gives the appearance of sleeping, but it teems with an undercurrent only seen at night.”
~Nikolai Kutuzov, Shield the Heart

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tour of Moscow. Be sure to follow us to our next destination. Tomorrow on the blog tour we’ll visit Kozelsk, Russia!  
Shield The Heart Blog Tour 
Trini, thanks again for hosting me on the blog tour. I hope you and your blog followers enjoy my new release!
One Gift, One Prophecy, One Choice
Shield the Heart
(Note: This book is part of a series. Book #1 Return the Heart. Book #2 Shield the Heart.)

What if the battle was in your heart?
Lilly’s gift of reading the heart seemed like a curse, but when she discovered her gift was linked to an old, Russian prophecy it changed everything. What she never questioned, though, was her own heart.
When the prophecy pulls Lilly back to Russia and demands to be fulfilled she is torn between love and loyalty. She must make the most difficult decision of her life and choose between the two. But Lilly’s decision is farther reaching than even she is willing to acknowledge. It stretches from East to West - from the past to the future.
Lilly discovers there’s more to the old prophecy than she realized and enemy forces are bent on stopping it from unfolding.
One thing is certain - there will be casualties. And sparing those closest to her may be impossible. While Seth attempts to shield Lilly from the truth, Nikolai reveals secrets that could change everything.
As Lilly falls into the arms of Russia she must decide: will love or loyalty reign? And can she live with the consequences? Two sides compete for Lilly’s heart and she must find the answers she needs before her enemies find her.
Shield the Heart, by T.K. Richardson, is the riveting second book in the series and takes Lilly deeper into Russia’s mysterious past… and her future.
Available in paperback and ebook

*For a chance to win a Kindle Fire and a signed copy of Shield the Heart, check out my contest!
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About the author~
T.K. Richardson is the author of YA books Return the Heart, Shield the Heart, Simmer: Recipes for the Teen Palate, and Love, Me: Anthology of Short Stories. She is the founder of Partners In, a program that donates books to children in the foster care system. She also runs The Writers Resource Directory, a great site for writers filled with publishing and writing links, tips and advice. Her next books: Courtship and the Kremlin, Swan Song, and Dovetail are due out later this year.  Find out more at 

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  1. What gorgeous photos! I'd love to visit Moscow.

    All the best with Shield the Heart, TK. Can't wait to read it!

    1. Yes I know! When TK sent them to me I was like "WOW!" so pretty. I work with a friend from there and she said she would love show me around if I ever go. I would love to. Hopefully one of these day.

  2. i cant wait to see The Hunger Games movie either. Im so excited!

  3. Wendy, I agree! I'd love to visit Moscow, too. Thanks so much for the kind wishes. I hope everyone enjoys my new release. :)

  4. Trini, thanks for hosting me on the blog tour!

    1. You are welcome! It's always a pleasure. I can't wait to read the book. Thanks you!!