New Kids On The Block 2018 with C.V. Wyk

New Kids On The Block is a year-long series on Pop! Goes The Reader meant to welcome and celebrate new voices and debut authors in the literary community.

Hi everyone! Pop! Goes The Reader’s debut author series, New Kids On The Block 2018, continues today with C.V. Wyk and Blood and Sand, Wyk’s Spartacus-inspired young adult historical fiction novel, which is now available in a bookstore and library near you! To celebrate her debut novel’s release today, C.V. Wyk has generously offered to share the official Blood and Sand playlist! A playlist can be such a wonderful tool to delve more deeply into a novel’s universe and beautifully compliment the text. It can offer a tantalizing glimpse into the atmosphere and mood of the world in which the book is set and fascinating clues as to a character’s mindset or feelings. I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy the songs below and take a little time to check out Blood and Sand, should it be a concept you’re interested in!

Are you a debut author whose book is being published in 2018? It’s not too late to sign-up! If you want to participate in New Kids On The Block this year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can send a tweet or DM on Twitter to @Pop_Reader or email me at Jen@PopGoesTheReader.com. I would love to collaborate with you!


About C.V. Wyk

C. V. Wyk was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has lived in five states in the continental US (and hopes to add a few international locales to that list). Prone to wanderlust and getting lost, Wyk likes to explore local hiking trails, mountain ranges, dark caves where nefarious mythical creatures undoubtedly reside, and libraries. She currently lives in Maryland with a precocious mini poodle and a demanding guinea pig. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys playing MMORPGs, kayaking, coding, staring listlessly at blank walls, and nursing a totally healthy coffee addiction.

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Blood and Sand Official Playlist















Title Blood and Sand
Author C.V. Wyk
Pages 320 Pages
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
Genre Historical Fiction
To Be Published January 16th 2018 by Tor Teen
Find It On GoodreadsAmazon.comChaptersThe Book Depository

Forged in battle…
From the dust of the arena…
A legend will rise

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic — and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire — an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end— and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…

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