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ROOMS Blog Tour: Interview with Lauren Oliver, Review + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be today’s stop on Lauren Oliver’s ROOMS Blog Tour. The author is an incredible writer and manages to do amazing things with each of the genres she’s written for. And her debut adult novel ROOMS is no exception.

ROOMS releases next week and is definitely a must read whether you’re a fan of the author or you just like beautifully written stories that have depth, will make you think, will make you feel, and will stay with you. The description wasn’t wrong when it called this story “haunting.”

For my tour stop, in addition to sharing my thoughts about ROOMS, I was able to ask the author a few questions about writing, about ROOMS and about ghosts. If you’d like to check out both, they follow just a bit further down in this post.

And because I love this book I am offering up a copy of ROOMS for giveaway. So if you’d like the chance to win a finished copy, just enter in the Rafflecopter form.

The tour continues on through October 1st, so if you’d like to follow along, the schedule is at the bottom of the post and I’ll be updating it with direct links to all the stops.

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About Rooms

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Title: ROOMS
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Ecco
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

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The Interview

Q. You’ve written novels for both YA and MG audiences and now you’ll be making your adult debut with ROOMS. What have been some of your favorite aspects about writing for each of the different audiences? What were some of the challenges?

The great thing about writing for different age groups is that you can tackle different themes, certainly, but you can also tackle similar themes in very different ways. So in my next YA book, VANISHING GIRLS, I also explore themes of family and the way families fall apart and reconfigure after tragic events, as I do in ROOMS, but in a way that is completely different, and in a tone that’s different. It gives me the ultimate ability as a storyteller to pursue whatever it is I want to do, which is the greatest blessing I can think of. In terms of the challenges–all stories are challenging, in their own ways. I’m not sure that it has much to do with the audience, per se.

Q. Did you have to change your approach when writing ROOMS? If so, what adjustments did you make, i.e., to style, voice, character development?

I don’t think I consciously changed my approach, any more than I do when tackling a new book or a new set of characters for the first time. Methodologically, it was still the same–I “wrote my way in,” meaning I just started playing in the world for a while before determining what should actually happen from a narrative perspective. And then, as always, I took a step backward and tried to nail down the story I wanted to tell.

Q. ROOMS has been described as “haunting” – and not simply for the fact that it’s a ghost story – and it’s not the first novel you’ve written that has been characterized as such. What is it that appeals to you about this quality in a story? And how are you able to bring this quality out in each of the books you write?

I definitely like books that stay with you. I think that’s what people mean when they say my books are haunting–that they linger with you, engage you, and force you to think about them afterward. I’m not sure how I achieve this effect, actually–it certainly isn’t conscious–but I know that I try to make hard or unconventional choices, and that I only tackle themes, stories, and characters that feel important to me for some reason, and that allow me to ask questions I think are important to ask.

Q. What made you choose to use both the living and the dead to tell this story? What were the challenges, if any, in creating each of their worlds and having them intersect?

It was a process I found my way into organically. I started, really, with two separate ideas: the idea of the family in crisis; and the idea of the house as a living, breathing, entity. I had numerous fits and starts, and multiple trashed drafts, before I found a way to unify both ideas into a workable novel.

Q. If you lived in a house that was haunted by ghosts, which of the ghosts in the Walker’s house would you not mind haunting yours – and why?

Oh, lord–I would hope none of them! I do actually have an old house and several of my guests have reported strange experiences–so it’s possible I do have ghosts. But hopefully our lives won’t converge in such…explosive ways.


About Lauren Oliver

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Lauren Oliver is the author of the New York Times bestselling YA novels Before I Fall, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem. Her books have been translated into thirty languages. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. Lauren’s first adult novel, Rooms, will be published in September 2014.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the co-founder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com.

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The Review

Lauren Oliver’s ROOMS is a beautifully written story that is powerful and moving and dramatic and richly developed. Told from several points of view, each character’s story unfolds in a rather unique way, room by room. The description promises a story that is haunting and ROOMS lives up to that promise – it will make readers think and feel not only throughout the read but for a long time after the story’s end.

The author created characters who have vastly different personalities, traits and backgrounds, yet she managed to bring each of their individual voices to life in her novel. And while initially it might seem they have nothing in common, they have a connection that extends beyond the fact that at one point in time in their lives they resided in what is currently the Walker home.

ROOMS is an absolutely heartrending tale. Each of the characters – Alice, Sandra, Caroline, Minna, Trenton and even Richard Walker – have secrets that weigh them down and sorrow that is destroying them. Each of them yearns for an escape. Every one of their stories is so very sad.

I loved getting to know the living, barely living, and the no-longer-living characters in ROOMS. Each one of them was completely different from the other, which made this an incredibly engaging, at times fun and quirky, at others dark and disturbing, read. I connected with each character in a different way, but I did make a connection with them all. I empathized with what they were going through, what they went through and their inability to move beyond what was trapping them.

Lauren Oliver crafted a story that will stay with me for quite some time. It was filled with passages and thoughts and ideas that I want to revisit, think about for a bit longer. It put me through an emotional wringer. It left me feeling scooped out and empty. All I could think was “wow” when I read those final words and thoughts.

The author’s first attempt at a novel aimed at an adult audience was hugely successful. ROOMS has gorgeous writing and depth of characters and plot. The way the story is presented is creative and original. The residents of the Walker home are interesting, their stories fascinating. It is a story filled with secrets, mystery, tragedy, sorrow, loss and ultimately freedom. It is a story that is an absolute must read.

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The Giveaway

I’m giving away a hardcover copy of ROOMS by Lauren Oliver to ONE winner.

  • Must be 18 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway is International
  • Book will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • Giveaway ends on October 1st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
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  • Winner has 48 hours to respond with their details or another winner will be chosen

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Sept. 15th – Andrea of Reading Lark - Interview

Sept. 16th – Wendy of Midnight Garden

Sept. 17th – Hafsah of Icey Books – Interview

Sept. 18th – Melissa of I Swim for Oceans – Review

Sept. 19th – Rachel of Fiktshun – Interview & Review

Week Two

Sept. 22nd – Jaime of Fiction Fare

Sept. 23rd – Jessica of Read My Breath Away

Sept. 24th – Gaby of Queen Ella Bee Reads

Sept. 25th – Stephanie of A Dream Within A Dream

Sept. 26th – Anna of Anna Reads

Week Three

Sept. 29th – Katie of Katie’s Book Blog

Sept. 30th – Valerie of Sweeps4Bloggers

Oct. 1st – Gabrielle of The Mod Podge Bookshelf

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THE STARS NEVER RISE Signed ARC Giveaway

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As you may already know, I’m a huge fan of Author Rachel Vincent – I have loved every story I’ve read and every character I’ve met. And this new novel and these new characters are no exception.

THE STARS NEVER RISE is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!

And while I’d love for you to take my word for it, one of you won’t have to. Because I have this gorgeous signed ARC available to give away thanks to the awesome, brilliant and insanely talented author, Rachel Vincent.

As THE STARS NEVER RISE doesn’t release until next June, I won’t be revealing anything about what happens in this book – nope, not a word – until a bit closer to its release date. So no teasers, tidbits or swoon-worthy passages until next year.

But, if you haven’t yet heard about THE STARS NEVER RISE, and you want to know what it’s about, here are the deets.

About The Stars Never Rise

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Title: THE STARS NEVER RISE
Release date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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Description…

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.


The Giveaway

A SIGNED ARC of THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent – ONE WINNER

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is US ONLY
  • There will be ONE winner
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About Rachel Vincent

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A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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THE VAULT OF DREAMERS Blog Tour: Interview with Caragh M. O’Brien + Giveaway

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I absolutely loved THE VAULT OF DREAMERS and I am so excited to be today’s stop on THE VAULT OF DREAMERS Blog Tour with an interview with the very amazing author, Caragh M. O’Brien.

This book’s title caught my eye, its cover grabbed me, and its description completely sold me. The setting – a boarding school – is one of my favorites, the idea that “every waking moment” of the students’ lives are being caught on camera and televised piqued my interest, and the fact that something sinister might be going on at night made this an absolute must read.

And I did read it. Early. And I did love it. A lot. It had all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. It did not follow a predictable path. And had this novel been a standalone that ending would have been a total mind-bender. As it stands, it’s still an ending that left an impression… one I probably shouldn’t share or I will completely spoil what happens.

THE VAULT OF DREAMERS released yesterday, September 16th, so if you just can’t wait to find out what happens, head to your library, bookstore, or pick up a copy online. Some information about the book and places you can find it are below.

If you’d like to learn a little bit more about THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, check out my Q&A with Caragh M. O’Brien in which she talks about the story’s POV, the Forge School of the Arts, her favorite scenes, and more. And if you visit some (or all) of the stops on the tour you can find more interviews, a few excerpts, and a few reviews.

Each stop on the tour has a copy of of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS for giveaway (US only). So be sure to visit all the stops for more chances to win.

And be sure to check out the FIERCE READS Tour page to see if Caragh M. O’Brien will be talking about and signing THE VAULT OF DREAMERS in your town.

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Title: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS
Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

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The Interview

Q. Had you intended THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to be a standalone when you first wrote it? If so, what changes did you make in order to expand it into a series?

First, let me say thanks, Rachel, for inviting me by!  I’m so delighted to be visiting Fiktshun on the Vault of Dreamers Blog Tour!

Since I first conceived of The Vault of Dreamers, I have always had a sense of it being part of a larger story arc, but as I wrote this first book, I focused on it as its own, complete story, and I’m very aware that it could be read as a stand alone novel.  In fact, I rather like the ending just as it is and part of me would be very happy to leave things there.  My planning for the next books has been deliberately open ended so that I’ll be able to explore and discover while I’m writing them, too.  For instance, while the setting of the first novel is primarily the campus of the Forge School, it’s connected to a larger world, and the characters, especially the evil ones, have larger motives.  I also left myself a few key loose ends to play with and planted some quirky details I plan to follow up on later.

Q. THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is written in first person whereas your Birthmarked series is written in third person. What made you decide to change the POV to first person to tell Rosie Sinclair’s story?

As it happens, I tried a couple chapters in third person just to see how they would work, but I quickly decided to use the energy of Rosie’s inner voice to guide the story.  First person also worked well with Rosie’s gradual discovery of the hidden layers at the Forge School.  It was a challenge, though.  Rosie thinks more quickly than I naturally do, and she has a very visual, camera-like way of seeing the world, so it took some adjusting for me to write from her perspective.  She’s also not the most reliable narrator, and it was challenging to convey information that I wanted the reader to grasp when Rosie herself didn’t understand it.  With guys, for instance, Rosie is slow to pick up certain cues, and she makes mistakes with her trust.

Q. For those who haven’t yet visited it, could you please describe the Forge School of the Arts and what their supposed mission is?

I love this boarding school.  I had so much fun thinking it up.  In the first place, it’s a prestigious, innovative arts school that’s incredibly competitive to get into.  It’s also the setting of The Forge Show, a reality TV show that follows every student so they’re each the star of their own feed, and people who watch the show determine the students’ blip ranks of popularity.  The attention and pressure are geared to make the students be more creative, and this works, but the daily intensity has to be balanced, so the school requires the students to sleep for 12 hours every night.  The mission of the Forge School of the Arts is to foster the most creative, accomplished artists possible in all of the arts: dance, music, theater, film, painting, sculpture, creative writing, photography, and even IMGD.  It’s ambitious in the extreme.

Q. Without revealing too much, can you tell us more about what their real aim is and what Rosie discovered?

The surface layer of the arts school is already very complicated, but there’s another level going on in the novel, too.  Rosie first glimpses it when she skips her sleeping pill and sees the school doctor tending one of the other sleeping girls in a sinister way.  It has to do with dreams, as you might guess from the title, but for the sake of not spoiling anything, I really ought not to say anything more.

Q. What was your favorite scene to write in THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (and why was it a favorite)?

I have a few favorites for different reasons.  There’s a moment that scares me every single time I read it.  It happens on a particular morning when Rosie wakes up in her dorm room after a bad night.  I know it’s coming, I wrote it myself, and yet when a certain line shows up, it totally freaks me out. The ending scene is a favorite of mine, too.  I originally planned to use the scene in the opening chapter of Book 2, but then I realized it was the perfect way to end Book 1 because of the risks it takes, so I shifted it there.

Q. There were quite a few unexpected twists and turns in the story which will keep readers on the edge of their seats. What were the challenges, if any, in crafting a story that continued to shock and surprise throughout?

To be honest, the novel needed many, many drafts before it came together, probably because I was discovering the evil along with Rosie at first, and later I had to go back and think of the story from the bad guy’s perspective. It’s a story in layers that get peeled away, and I had to be careful that the reveals built on each other to create suspense.  By the end, after many shifts and cuts, I had a very precise timeline of how the nights and days fit together, and it became impossible to shift a scene even by a few hours.  That’s when I knew I had nailed down the plot.

Thanks, Rachel, for these thought-provoking questions, and thanks again for having me by!


About Caragh M. O’Brien

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Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels.

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The Giveaway

Thanks to the awesome folks at Macmillan, I have a hardcover copy of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to offer to ONE WINNER – US ONLY.

Prize will be sent directly from the publisher.

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway is US ONLY
  • Giveaway ends September 23, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
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The Tour Schedule

Sept. 9th | Ex Libris & The Book Monsters

Sept. 10th | BookHounds & Candace’s Book Blog

Sept. 11th | Mundie Moms & Word Spelunking

Sept. 12th | My Bookish Ways & Working for the Mandroid

Sept. 13th | Fiction Fare

Sept. 14th | Icey Books & My 5 Monkeys

Sept. 15th | SciFi Chick & Supernatural Snark

Sept. 16th | YA Interrobang & I’d So Rather Be Reading

Sept. 17th | Fiktshun & Book Briefs

Sept. 18th | Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks & The Irish Banana Review

Sept. 19th | Alice Marvels & Forever Young Adult

Sept. 20th | Good Choice Reading & Step Into Fiction

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MADE FOR YOU Blog Tour: Scavenger Hunt Excerpt + Giveaway

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I am totally stoked to be hosting today’s RELEASE DAY stop on the MADE FOR YOU Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I am such a huge fan of Author Melissa Marr and I am so unbelievably excited for this book. (And if you’ve taken a peek at the early scavenger hunt stops, I just know you’ll agree with me.)

MADE FOR YOU releases today. The wait is over. And I’m thrilled that everyone will finally get the chance to meet Eva Tilling, who I just recently had the pleasure of getting to know. You’ll get to learn more about her ability, find out whether it helps her and her friends, and discover whether she is able to stop a killer.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to visit the previous stops on tour to read the sneak peeks and grab the scavenger hunt words. There are also a few fab reviews, in case you want to know what other readers thought about MADE FOR YOU.

If you have checked out the earlier stops, then just scroll on down to my excerpt for the next peek and word. And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some pretty fabulous prizes.

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About Made for You

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Title: MADE FOR YOU
Author: Melissa Marr
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

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About Melissa Marr

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Melissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college lit for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing.

Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the US (NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal) as well as various countries overseas. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and Graveminder for adults.

Wicked Lovely was her first novel; it was simultaneously released in the US and UK by HarperCollins in 2007 (with translation rights also sold in twenty-some countries). It debuted as a NY Times Bestseller and evolved into a multi-book series with myriad accolades and international bestseller lists.

Her debut adult book, Graveminder, released to strong critical reception in 2011.  Following that she has edited anthologies with Kelley Armstrong (Enthralled and Shards & Ashes) and with her friend Tim Pratt (Rags & Bones), and released a second adult novel (The Arrivals) in 2013.

With Kelley Armstrong, Melissa is the co-author of the Blackwell Pages trilogy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), a children’s series about the Norse myth of Ragnarök.

Her upcoming HarperCollins 2014 release, Made For You, utilizes both her graduate degree in Southern Literature and her personal experience with stalkers in a story about a killer who terrorizes a small North Carolina town.

Her first picture book (Bunny Roo) will be released in 2015.

Currently, Melissa resides in Virginia with her spouse, children, and many dogs.

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The Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

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Everyone, of course, means only our closest friends, but they’re the same people I’ve spent the past few hours with—really, the past seventeen years with if I want to get technical. They’re my friends, and I love them. Sometimes, though, I want to be just a girl with her boyfriend, not a girl, her boyfriend, and their dozen closest friends.

“Fine.” I blush a little before suggesting, “We could go to one of the bedrooms . . .”

“With all of our friends out here?” Robert looks at me like I suggested we have sex on the coffee table.

“Just to fool around,” I clarify.

He leans in and kisses me briefly, lips closed, and then he wraps an arm around my waist. “Come on.”

For a moment I think he’s agreed with me, but then I realize that he’s headed back to the sofa. He murmurs in my ear, “We can do that at your house any day. Tomorrow, I’ll meet you at Java the Hut, and then we’ll go to your house for a dessert.”

I nod. There’s no way to say that it isn’t really physical contact I want.

I want to feel swept away. I want to not sit here listening to gossip while Nate has sex in another room. I want to be wanted—and distracted. Instead, I sit next to Robert, our hands twined together, and resume the same routine.

“You totally missed it,” Piper gushes. “You will never believe what Davey Jackson just did!”

Nothing ever changes, not here, not for me.


The Giveaway

This tour includes some seriously wicked cool prizes…

  • ONE WINNER will receive a full paperback set of the 5 books in the Wicked Lovely series and the Wicked Lovely companion book and a hardcover copy of MADE FOR YOU – US only
  • ONE WINNER will receive a paperback of GRAVEMINDER and ARRIVALS and a hardcover copy of MADE FOR YOU – US only
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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Sept. 8th – Katie’s Book Blog – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

Sept. 9th – Crossroad Reviews – Review

Sept. 10th – Fire and Ice – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

Sept. 11th – Reading with ABC – Review

Sept. 12th – BookHounds YA – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

Week Two

Sept. 15th – Ticket to Anywhere – Review

Sept. 16th – Fiktshun – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

Sept. 17th – Seeing Night Reviews – Review

Sept. 18th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

Sept. 19th – Fictitious Delicious – Review

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INVISIBLE Blog Tour: Joy Malone Character Interview + Giveaway

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I am super excited to be kicking off Dawn Metcalf’s INVISIBLE Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring. I fell in love with this series when I was first introduced to it last spring. The Twixt is a fascinating world and the characters in that world are so very interesting and unique. I was sad to say goodbye to Ink, Inq and Graus Claude but am happy that their story will continue for at least a few more books.

And, I can’t forget to mention Joy – though her connection with the Twixt at the end there was a bit tenuous I still consider her a part of that world. I loved getting to know her in INDELIBLE and I am stoked to have learned what she’s been up to since we last saw her. I’m even more thrilled to be able to share her answers to the interview questions I bombarded her with.

First, though, I thought I’d include the details about INVISIBLE, which releases in just a couple of weeks on September 30th. And if you aren’t quite caught up on this series, the details for INDELIBLE are just a bit farther down in the post.

But if you’d like to get to know Joy a little bit better, learn more about the Twixt, and maybe… just maybe… get a little more nervous about what’s in store for her, be sure to check out the interview.

And if you haven’t yet met Dawn Metcalf, you might just get some insight into who she is, the kinds of stories she writes, and the characters that spring from her imagination by reading her very awesome bio and following her on her social media sites around the web.

Oh… and before I forget… if you’d like the chance to win one of the books from this series and be entered into an amazing grand prize giveaway, scroll down to the Rafflecopter for more details and to enter.

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About Invisible

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Series: The Twixt #2
Release date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Description…

Some things lie beneath the surface.

Invisible.

With the power to change everything.

Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

Her choice is balanced on a scalpel’s edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.

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The Character Interview

Interview with Joy Malone

Hi Joy, thanks so much for stopping by the blog to answer a few questions. We are all so excited to find out what you’ve been up to lately.

(laughs nervously) Well, there’s been a lot happening. *taps mike* Is this thing on?

Q. If you had to describe everything that happened and what you went through in INDELIBLE in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

Terrifying, nerve-wracking, beautiful, terrible, completely turning my world upside down and finding the love of my life after he sliced me in the eye.

I said “terrifying,” right?

Q. For those who haven’t yet met you or visited the Twixt, can you talk a little bit about it and how its existence has changed your life?

Uh…how about totally? It’s one thing to dream about another world where everything’s different, especially when life currently sucks, but it’s a whole other thing to have it actually be true. Now the Twixt isn’t really another world, it’s our world where the rules have changed—or stayed the same, you pick—there’s magic and monsters and a lot of politics and etiquette between strange sorts of people-things who are more than willing to kill you, but once you get used to the idea that there’s a bunch of Folk you can’t see living on the fringes, then you know you’ve gone a certain kind of crazy where it half makes sense.  And now I live there, part-time.

Q. As it’s been awhile since we last got the chance to check in, can you tell us what you’ve been up to lately? If I recall, the last time we saw you was when you were visiting your mother in California and you had received a certain gift from a certain someone….

Yeah, well, visiting Mom was…nice. It was good, but it didn’t change things dramatically. She’s still living in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and I’m staying with Dad back in Glendale, but it changed a lot of little things that were going unsaid between us and that was refreshing. There was chocolate and tears and that’s all we need to say about that. When I got home, I had to get a summer job and I started waitressing at Antoine’s Café. I’m saving up to pay for my phone and someday a car and in the meantime, I am travelling all over the world with Ink—it’s one of the perks of having a boyfriend who can slice through space and time! Right now, I’m planning to stick around the house because my brother, Stef, is due to come home for the rest of the summer and I want us to spend some extra time together while Dad is hanging with his girlfriend, Shelley.

Q. What was it like for you losing your connection with Ink and having to leave the Twixt? Do you miss it? Have you been back? Have you seen Indelible Ink and Invisible Inq? Kurt? Graus Claude?

Okay, it’s not like I lost everything. I have Ink and we have each other, I’m just not marked as “belonging” to Ink any more and, let’s face it—who wants to be someone’s property? This is the twenty-first century, people! As far as going back, Ink and I have been lots of places and not just to mark people, either. Last time, we went to some Greek island with Inq and her long-time lover-boy, Kurt. We rented a boat and ate fresh octopus and yogurt with honey and I got a seriously amazing tan. I haven’t seen Graus Claude in a while but, honestly, that’s okay by me. I’ve discovered that giant, four-armed toads in three-piece suits are best met in small doses.

Q. If you could do things differently, to change what happened, would you? Would you still risk losing Ink if it meant keeping your family and friends safe?

You know, I don’t know. I’ve thought about it a lot. And while I had no idea what I could do at the time, I did it in order to save people—people I cared about and people I didn’t even know—because that was the right thing to do. I’d like to think that I’m the sort of person who would choose the right thing to do at any time, but everyone would like to think that. If it happened again, would I do the same thing? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m not interested in finding out. I’m happy with the way things are right now.

Q. We’ve met some pretty interesting characters (for lack of a better word) that, had Ink not seen you, connected with you, you might never have met. As you still have the Sight, can you tell us if there are any new people or beings that you (and we) get to meet? If so, can you tell us a little bit about any – or all – of them?

Well, even without the Sight, I have met some interesting people since that night in the Carousel, like the Cabana Boys, for starters! They may be ordinary humans, but they’re hardly ordinary! Can you say, “H-O-T?” We’ll learn a lot more about Enrique and Ilhami this time around, which also means we’ll meet a guy named “Ladybird” (don’t ask), a bunch of new faces marching through Graus Claude’s office, and a new Council member, Sol Leander, who thinks Aniseed’s Golden Age is a great idea. (Can you say, “Fanatic creep?”) Then there’s also someone out there trying to kill me, but I don’t know his name…no one does.

Q. If you had to describe everything that happens to you that we don’t yet know about, in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

Attempting normalcy in the face of family drama, Folk politics, obligation, infatuation, best friendship, hormonal hotties and an unstoppable assassin. And remember: no stupid!

Q. If you could share one moment (passage, interaction, excerpt) of what lies ahead in INVISIBLE, what would it be? And why is it important to you or important for us to know?

There are a lot of moments: shocking moments, thrilling moments, revealing moments, sexy moments, but there is a moment between Monica and I that I think is important—it’s when we get to be best friends, which isn’t always peaches and cream. True friendship is sometimes ugly and honest and embarrassing and uncomfortable. Being a best friend doesn’t mean one person is always there for the other like zombie fangirls, it means that both people are there for each other, even—or especially—when one of you doesn’t think they need it or want it. Friendship goes both ways. A lot of time we focus on one person being supported by their best friend, but sometimes the “best friend” needs support, too. Some people criticized Monica, my best friend, last time around and so I’m curious to see how people react to my being a best friend to Monica this time around.

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Thank you so much again for answering my questions. I am nervous about what is ahead for you, though I can’t wait to find out. From what I’ve heard you’re going to have to make a difficult choice, one that sounds impossible to make. I hope that the consequences won’t be as devastating as it sounds like they might be. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you, for Ink, for everyone.

Um…thanks. Now I’m nervous, too!

Seriously, though, I’ve got my family, my friends and Ink. I still have the Sight, a scalpel in my purse and a four-leaf clover in my wallet. As long as I have all that, what could possibly go wrong?

Yes, what could possibly go wrong? [Insert evil laugh here.]  Everyone will just have to read INVISIBLE to find out, won’t they?


About Dawn Metcalf

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The role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straitjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett Smith, hair by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I’ve been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humor and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.

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Other Books in the Series

Indelible_CoverTitle: INDELIBLE (The Twixt #1)
Release date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Some things are permanent.

Indelible.

And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye.

Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same.

Now Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes there are no mistakes.

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And…

INVIOLATE (The Twixt #3) – coming June 2015
INVINCIBLE (The Twist #4) – coming May 2016


The Giveaway

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  • Each stop on the INVISIBLE Blog Tour is offering up a copy of either INDELIBLE or INVISIBLE.
  • And ONE lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a grand prize package including the following HarlequinTEEN titles: INDELIBLE, INVISIBLE, GHOST HOUSE, THE AFTERMATH, and WITCHRISE.

***Giveaway is open to US/Canada***

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Monday, Sept. 15th – Fiktshun – Character Interview (Joy)

Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Istyria Book Blog – Author Interview

Friday, Sept. 19th – Refracted Light Reviews – Guest Post

Week Two

Monday, Sept. 22nd – Books and Things – Guest Post

Monday, Sept. 22nd – Harlequin Paranormal Blog

Wednesday, Sept. 24th – A Book and a Latte – Author Interview

Friday, Sept. 26th – Addicted Readers – Guest Post

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My Reading Pile #183

MyReadingPileIt was an awesome week at the mailbox this week. A book I am so unbelievably excited to read showed up and a surprise book I’ve been hearing some amazing things about also showed up.

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I received an ARC of ROOMS by Lauren Oliver courtesy of the publisher, Ecco, in anticipation of the tour I’ll be on this coming week. I plan on reading and reviewing it for my stop on the 19th and I have an amazing interview to accompany my post. I’m totally stoked and can’t wait to start reading.

I also received a surprise finished copy of A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall, courtesy of the publisher, Swoon Reads. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and it sounds awesome and the cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to meet all the characters. It looks to be a super quick read and I’m thinking I just might take it with me on my mini sailing vacay later this week.

And if you can believe it, I did not request a single eARC this past week. Nope, not one. I’m kind of surprised, but at the same time very happy to not add more to my never diminishing eARC collection on my Kindle.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a couple of books that I am dying to read this week. And so…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

{September 14, 2014 – September 20, 2014}


Made for You

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First up on the pile is MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr. I received an eARC in anticipation of its tour, and I can’t wait to read it. While I am only sharing an excerpt for my stop, and my pre-order will arrive on Tuesday, I cannot wait to dive in just a few days before its release.

I love Melissa Marr’s writing and I love YA contemporary and this book sounds so very, very awesome. I can’t wait to read this “twisted southern gothic tale,” meet Eva Tilling, and find out who is obsessed with her and why she awoke from an accident with the ability to foresee people’s deaths.

The description promises murder, romance and an enthralling and wild ride. And I cannot wait to be taken along this weekend.

The Description…

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


Rooms

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Next up on the pile is ROOMS by Lauren Oliver. I received an ARC from the publisher this past week for the book’s tour and I cannot wait to dive in on Sunday or Monday. Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer and I cannot wait to see how she tackles her adult debut that promises to be “haunting.”

I may have already peeked at the answers the author gave to my interview questions, which makes me that much more excited to meet these characters, find out what happens with the ghosts that share the Walkers’ home, and what the “cataclysmic results” are when the spirit and human worlds collide.

I just know I’m going to love the writing, I’m already intrigued by the story, so I have a feeling this will be one of those reads I’m not going to want to put down. If I can’t get to it late Sunday night, I’m going to clear my schedule on Monday evening so I can devour it in one sitting.

The Description…

The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.


Wishful Thinking Reads

I really want to finish reading THE WITCHES OF EAST END by Melissa De La Cruz. I just binge watched the entire TV series and am all caught up and I really want to finally finish reading this first book and all currently released sequels. But as I have a ton of books sitting in my living room just begging to be read, I can’t go totally off-pile to read the series, as much as I desperately wish I could.


Those Left Behind

I am still reading INVISIBLE as I write this post. I will be finished by the time it goes “live” on the blog, but for now I’m not quite done reading. I plan on writing a review after my tour stop, but I will be posting it on Reading YA Rocks where I’ll be posting most of my YA reviews from now on.

But I did post my review for FALLING INTO PLACE and have written my review for GET EVEN which I’ll be posting over on RYAR on its release date, Tuesday.

And I did end up finishing and loving THE GIFTED DEAD and I hope to have a review written for it here on its release date, the 23rd.

I also managed to write and post my reviews for BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins over on RYAR. And I should have my review for BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin on that blog either today or Sunday.

Things were a lot less crazy this week at work, but I took the time to completely veg and binge watch The Witches of East End and catch up on Teen Wolf. So I didn’t get much reading done. (Yes, I’m glad I only added one book to the pile!)

But I’m back to adding two books to the pile and I hope to read more than that. We shall see.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I didn’t request a single eARC from anywhere or anyone this week. I’m very proud of myself. Though I really want to search through old MRP posts to request some of those books I wanted to request but didn’t.

Trying. To. Refrain.

Anyway… there are a few interesting-sounding books on NetGalley this week.

Here are this week’s finds…

THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING by Rachel Harris (Spencer Hill Contemporary, Sep 30 2014)

EVERY UGLY WORD by Aimee Salter (Alloy Entertainment, Jul 29 2014)

IMITATION by Heather Hildenbrand (Alloy Entertainment, Jul 29 2014)

SHADOW CREATURES (Lost Worlds #2) by Andrew Lane (Pan Macmillan, Sep 11 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**


I did not take the opportunity to blog a few hours each night this past week. While I did put some time into updating my features and review pages and writing a few reviews, I did not get ahead of things. I still have a ton of reading and a ton of post formatting to do for the upcoming tours I’m on.

But part of the reason for my slacker-like qualities was that both the tweaks to Reading YA Rocks and the final design elements were completed. So I couldn’t resist spending some time figuring things out over there.

It’s tough preparing to say goodbye to the blog that is Fiktshun. It’s a place I’ve been blogging at regularly for the past (almost) four years. It’s kind of crazy to even think about blogging somewhere new, especially with a viable blog here that I love. But a fresh start, something a bit less serious, with (hopefully) zero plagiarism incidents is something that I desperately need. And when the time comes to walk away for good, it might be just a little bit easier to say goodbye.

I haven’t decided yet whether or not to move My Reading Pile over to the other blog or just post a sort of “Book Haul” and list my current reads. But in the next couple of weeks I’ll decide… I hope.

Anyway… I hope you had as amazing a week at the mailbox as I did, that you read way more than I did, and that the books you read were awesome. And if you’d like to share what you’ve been reading and what you received, leave a comment or link so I can check it out.

Happy reading!

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

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