Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Court Of Snakes: This Desert Cage by Tycho Dwelis + Giveaway + Author Interview

Join us for this tour from August 8 to August 26, 2022!

Book Details:

​Book TitleCourt of Snakes: This Desert Cage by Tycho Dwelis
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  317 pages
GenreDystopian Fantasy
Publisher:  Precursor Publishing
Release date:  July 2, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M: Some allusion to domestic abuse, fantasy violence, adults drinking alcohol


Book Description:

In the city of Segeno, it’s eat or be eaten. Someone has to rule the masses. A boy has lost his birthright. His parents killed. Dead and gone. A girl has lost her father. She means nothing to him now.

The city of Segeno stands tall after a great war, the only city left of its kind. Terran has lost both of his parents and is now on the run from a tyrant eager to kill him and cut off the royal bloodline. Parisa struggles with her own identity as even her father rejects her for the color of her skin as he claws for the throne. Along their journeys, they meet unexpected allies and encounter unprecedented magick, but, most importantly, they learn what it is to stand up for themselves and take back their city from corruption.

The Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage is the first of a two book series intended for ages 13 – 18. If you like the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Inkheart, you’ll love these books.

This series talks about systemic oppression, racism, oligarchy, and, of course, magick.


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Author Interview

In your book you make a lot of statements about class warfare… why is that?

I actually wrote Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage under a different title several years ago (2014 I think?), and was still a fairly novice writer at that time. I definitely had an inkling of where I wanted to go, but as I’ve lived life and as times have changed in the United States, I feel Court of Snakes is more relevant than ever. I really wanted this book to be about youth in a terribly oppressive situation using interpersonal empathy to better understand others’ lives and struggles in order to make a better future for everyone. I hope that young readers who pick up this book are inspired to open their ears and hearts, listen to people who are different from them, and strive to be proactive in making the country we live in better for everyone.

What advice would you give budding writers?

Don’t be afraid of being perfect on the first pass. A lot of novice writers I meet (whether young or old) tend to get hung up on every line of every chapter in their book on the first draft. Nothing is perfect on the first try, and your story will have better flow and better cohesion if you just vomit the words onto the page rather than nitpick the details right away. Plus, you’ll probably face less writers block!

What is the last great book you’ve read?

The last book that I read that was an absolute joy was Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. If you are interested in reading LGBTQ+ fiction and love prose that is casual, loose, and real, this book is the book for you. I found myself literally ugly laughing the entire book and it was absolutely awesome. I would recommend Casey and all of their books.

What is your writing schedule?

I tend to run a pretty tight ship and have a very intensive writing schedule. As I self-publish my own book, I have over 30 deadlines per book that I meet throughout the course of the year. In terms of writing, I try and write a single novel over the course of three months (especially if I’m writing YA or Middle Grade fiction). This comes down to about 6k words a week! I try as best as I can to just let loose and throw out words into my word document so I don’t get too hung up on style.

Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?

*Candles*. Every time. I have to have a nice candle going to set the mood while I write. Oh, and water. I don’t drink enough water as it is, so if I forget it while I’m writing I instantly transform into a dried up sea sponge.

Any hobbies?

I love to knit and crochet! Sometimes it’s nice to just turn my brain off and do something casual.

If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?

I am social and love making friends! I’m all lover social media, and often play games on Twitch. My ultimate goal is to create a community where people can come, hang out, talk about art and books (and other nerdy things), and be accepted for who they are. I’d love to see you in my streams or on my social media sometime!

Meet the Author:

I’m Tycho (I also use the pen name Cassidy), and I love storytelling! I’m incredibly passionate about writing, art, and anything that allows me to create my own worlds. My goal is to write dreamy fiction for all ages that is unique, inspiring, and imaginative. I like to write about themes that include coming of age, magic realism, identity, relationships, and bullying. My books are intended for readers ages eight to twenty-five, and are meant to connect the world of the fantastical to everyday life.

I currently live in Colorado and have an MA in Publishing.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Aug 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 - Splashes of Joy  - book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 12 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 15 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – The Page Ladies – book review
Aug 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Kam's Place – book review
Aug 24 – Bookworm for Kids – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Aug 26 – Books and Zebras – book review
Aug 26 - Books for Books – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

Win a physical copy of the book, art postcards of the main characters designed by the author, and a $10 Amazon gift card. (one winner) (USA only) (ends Sep 2)

COURT OF SNAKES by Tycho Dwellis Book Tour Giveaway



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