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Author Erin Beaty stops by to play YA matchmaker.


Welcome to The Traitor’s Kiss Blog Tour!

Erin Beaty’s debut novel, The Traitor’s Kiss, is the first in a new series about a snarky young woman who, rather than get married off to someone she can barely stand—yet alone love—becomes a matchmaker’s apprentice … and spy. My review of the book* will be up next month, but today I’m sharing some info about the book, and a guest post from Erin in which she plays matchmaker with some fave YA characters.


An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.


YA Matchmaking
By Erin Beaty

I hope I’m not the only person who wishes a character from one book or series could match up with a character from another. It’s like fantasy football, only with books!

Here are some of my top matches:

Mare Barrow (Red Queen) and Gale Hawthorne (The Hunger Games)
I was never one of the people who favored Gale ending up with Katniss. She may have started as tough as him, but in the end I felt she was too damaged, and she and Peeta needed each other. Mare, however, is as hardcore and ruthless as him. She’s crossed lines she can’t go back on, and I don’t see her settling for Cal or even Maven. Neither Gale nor Mare will be horrified by what the other has done, and Gale can handle having a strong woman around. They’re perfect for each other.

Ruby (Frostblood Saga) and Dorian (Throne of Glass)
Prince Dorian needs someone with fire in her veins to counter his ice, and Aelin has her own kingdom to run. Ruby is tough and determined and can stand on her own two feet, but she’s got a soft side, too, which Dorian needs to help him get through the dark days.

Lia (The Remnant Chronicles) and Arin (The Winner’s Curse)
Yes, I think Arin’s great with Kestrel, and Lia’s great with (not spoiling it if you haven’t read it), but of both stories, Lia and Arin were my favorites. They’d definitely have sparks if their respective others weren’t in the picture.

Charlotte Holmes (A Study in Charlotte) and Dr Thornhollow (A Madness So Discreet)
She’s the direct descendent of Sherlock Holmes, and he’s got this Sherlock and Watson vibe going on. They’re both a bit absent on social graces and obsessive about solving mysteries, and fortunately I don’t think either’s quirks will bother the other. They’re both volatile in their own ways, but I think her temper is worse. If nothing else I’d love to just watch them disagree on something. He’d try his hardest to be a gentleman, yet he’d never be able to give up his point.

Mia Thermopolis (The Princess Diaries) and Prince Maxon (The Selection Series)
I always wanted to find someone a little more suited for Maxon. Somehow I felt I could only pick from modern or futuristic characters, but it took a lot of brain stretching before I remembered Princess Mia. She would have rocked the selection process after a few rough moments everyone would have loved her for anyway.

Who’s dancing together in your fantasy ballroom?


Erin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can't drive a tractor, but she won't eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in rocket science and somehow always ended up writing her study group's lab reports. After serving in the fleet as a weapons officer and a leadership instructor, she resigned to pursue her side hobby of populating the Church of Rome. It still amazes her when other people want to hear the stories that come out of her head.

She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.


Every stop on The Traitor’s Kiss Blog Tour features a “secret message.” Collect them all at the end of the tour to discover a special passage from the book! Our secret message is:

"Was missing from dinner, but no one noticed/cared"

You can find the rest of the messages, and the other tour stops, at the blogs below.

April 20: The Book Addict’s Guide

April 22: Book Nerds Across America

April 23: Stories and Sweeties

April 24: Mundie Moms

April 25: Bookemoji

April 26: Fiktshun

April 27: Forever Young Adult—You are here!

April 28: YA Books Central

April 29: Book Briefs

April 30: Tripping Over Books

May 1: Dark Faerie Tales

May 2: What Sarah Read

May 3: The Book Nut

May 5: Quite the Novel Idea

May 6: Here’s to Happy Endings

May 7: Brooke Reports

May 9: Undeniably {Book} Nerdy

*A note: I am familiar with the discussion surrounding this book that has taken place on social media and other blogs. It’s our hopes that be reading and reviewing—regardless of what I think of the book—we’ll be offering a safe space to discuss it. Stay tuned ...

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.