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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

YA Fantasy Author Priya Ardis: Tea collector (hoarder) + giveaway

So, you think you know someone… Then you open their kitchen cupboard. In my case, be prepared!

It began a long time ago. One early morning sight-seeing in India, we ran across a tea plantation. I had never had tea. I was too young for a “cuppa chai” as my parents put it. But then, as a teenager, maybe they were over-worrying about caffeine addiction. (It’s not like I hadn’t had a Pepsi or Coke before). But that misty morning, I took my first taste of tea—fresh tea. At the side of a tea plantation. Right off the leaves, it seemed. And it tasted—like warm nectar. I was transported.

India is the second largest producer of tea. It also consumes 70% of all tea. Drinking tea was even documented in the great epic Ramayana (750–500 BCE).

It also began a long collection of one bag of tea—from England, from Korea, from China, from… wherever I visited, a friend visited, or family visited. I got tea.

My cupboards are overflowing with beautiful tins and colorful mugs. So, yeah, I may have become a tea hoarder. But I’m not sorry.

Normal person drinking tea: 

Me drinking tea:

Girl With Three Eyes
by Priya Ardis
September 22, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
She would hate her third eye less if it actually gave her special powers. When her secret is threatened, she may be the only one who can save the kingdom.

Sixteen-year-old Kira puts on a show about having empathic abilities, but she miraculously wakes a highborn boy from a coma after a near-fatal accident on mountainous slopes. When his father threatens to expose her “magic” to the queen unless she attends the kingdom’s most elite academy as a bodyguard.

Soon, she’s immersed in a strange new life—one of being a simple student trying out for the school’s skyboarding team. Her fake life becomes the life she’s always wanted, but Kira cannot escape who she truly is. And as a sinister foe lurks closer than she suspects…

Will she risk her freedom to develop the vision to unmask a killer before the crown falls?

Girl with Three Eyes is a young adult fantasy series. If you like strong female protagonists, futuristic fairy tales, and epic tournaments, then you’ll love Priya Ardis’s heart-racing adventure.

About the Author:
Priya Ardis writes Blood&Treasure fantasy romances which include coming of age, bad boys, globe-trotting, and a spoonful of sassy banter.

She loves books of all kinds–but especially the ones that ensnare you and let your chai go cold. Her novels come from a childhood of playing too much She-Ra and watching too much Spock. She started her first book at sixteen, writing in notebooks on long train rides during a hot summer vacation. Her favorite Arthurian is the Lady of Shalott by Lord Tennyson.

What does she like to read? Books with fantasy and magic with a cool heroine that’s really just the girl/boy next door. Books with all the feels. And, hello, Mr. Darcy anyone?

Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
$25 Amazon or B&N gift card 
Signed copy of Girl With Three Eyes (INT winner would get ebook copy) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  2. Sharon, Thank you for getting the word out about Girl With Three Eyes. Glad to be here today!

  3. I appreciate hearing about your book, thanks and for the giveaway also. Thanks so much!

  4. I think your book sounds good. I love your tea pot hat :).

  5. Congrats on the new book! It sounds intriguing.