I have been a fan of author Aprilynne Pike since the moment I first discovered her Wings series. There was something just so magical about the world and the characters that I instantly fell in love. So when I learned that she had a new series in the works I couldn’t have been happier.
And when I received an ARC from the publisher shortly before EARTHBOUND‘s release I couldn’t wait to read it. And it was every bit as exciting as I hoped it would be. It was very different from Wings but that is part of what I love about it.
EARTHBOUND introduces new characters and a new world. While it may not be filled with faerie magic, it is actually quite magical. The author’s characters – Tavia, Benson and Quinn – are ones I loved getting to know and want to know more about as the series progresses.
Which is why I was totally stoked when I was invited to be a part of the EARTHBOUND Blog Tour and got the opportunity to ask Tavia some of those not-spoiler-y questions I wanted answers to.
But just in case you haven’t yet read the description for this book, I thought I’d include it before the interview – which is awesome by the way. But then again I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Tavia Michaels.
Following that is some information about author Aprilynne Pike along with places to find her online… because you know you want to.
This tour also comes with a few awesome giveaway prizes, so be sure to check that out, below.
The EARTHBOUND Blog Tour runs through August 18th and I’ve included the schedule at the bottom of this post with direct links to the previous stops on tour. So be sure to check those out to read an interview with the author, see a dream cast and to see what a few reviewers are saying.
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.
Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them–and that she may have been the true intended victim–she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.
Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.
Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn’t know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson’s love. And that’s the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she’d never do.
Hi Tavia, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me and to answer a few questions for my blog’s readers. I know you must be super busy… what with that plan you have in place to… okay I probably shouldn’t ask you about that. But here are a few… or more… questions that I hope aren’t too revealing that you can answer.
Q. For those who haven’t yet had the chance to meet you or to find out what happened to you after the crash, could you, in a few words, tell us just a little bit about yourself?
A. I’m an artist. Or, I was. But in my head I still am, and will be again. I’m not super social—I prefer to get lost in a blank canvas. But I love to read and I particularly like history and historical fiction. I love trail mix and chocolate and I walk a lot. A lot. Doctor’s orders.
Q. The plane crash turned your world upside down. But just when you thought things might be returning to some semblance of normal things start to unravel. Quickly. Would you have preferred to remain in the dark or are you happy to know the truth, even with everything it cost you?
A. The only thing worse than knowing the truth is not knowing the truth. Sometimes I think I would rather go back to my life before the plane crash, when my mom and dad were alive and I could still draw. But now that I know everything I know, and have met everyone I have met, how can I say I’d give all of that up. I guess now that everything has happened, I value the truth.
Q. Since the accident there is only one person you really share your secrets with, and that’s Benson. What is it about him that made you want to tell him everything? And what is it about him that made you crush on him?
A. I don’t even know how to answer that. I’m not sure I can put my finger on what makes him so easy to talk to. He’s a lot like me . . . but not entirely. I think he’s hot, but I recognize he’s not your typical hot-guy. He’s just so comfortable. And his smile; it melts me every time.
Q. You liked Benson for months, but the moment you meet Quinn you are drawn to him. What is it about Quinn, aside from the fact that he is a hottie, that made you instantly like him? Just your initial feelings, first impressions, that sort of thing. You don’t have to talk about… well… you know….
A. Those eyes. I think more than anything else, it’s the eyes. He is striking. I can’t deny that. But when I look into his eyes I know that he knows me. Really knows me. That he would do anything for me. I don’t know how I could say no to that. But then . . .
Q. When you found out that your life was filled with secrets, lies and betrayal, it had to be devastating. Do you have any regrets for being as trusting as you were? If you could go back and change one thing, what would it be and why?
A. I think that you have to trust. Maybe you set yourself up for disappointment, but even the pain of being betrayed can’t compare to the way I would feel if I just simply couldn’t trust anyone. What a lonely life that would be! So even though right at the moment I’m feeling like I can’t trust anyone . . . the truth is, I will again.
Q. Wow, in trying to be somewhat cryptic with my questions, I’ve made it seem like your life is all doom and gloom, which is not entirely accurate. So as not to leave readers with that somewhat false impression, would you share with us a moment in your life that you consider to be one of the “best ever” moments?
A. I was really close with my mom and every time I would win an award for my art she would celebrate with me. But my very favorite painting I ever did was of her. And when I won first prize in a county art contest my mom took that painting and got is specially framed and hung it up in our front room, ribbon attached. And even though sometimes I would blush when a new person came to our house and she would gush about it, I always loved that my best painting was of her, and that she was so proud of it.
And if you have a moment or two, I have just a few “Quickie” questions….
Past or present?
Present. If I held on to the past I would slowly shrivel away and die.
Blonde or brunette?
I like my dark brown hair. I don’t really have a preference for guys.
Normal or Earthbound?
I’ve never met another Earthbound! I really can’t say!
Curatoria or Reduciata?
Where’s my choice C!??!?!
Benson or Quinn?
If you could tell me the answer to that question it would really help me out!
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of my questions, Tavia. You were a great interviewee and are always welcome back to the blog. Especially if you want to talk about Quinn, Benton, secrets, heartbreak, betrayal. You know, the “fun” stuff. Or if you’d like to share just what your plans are for the near future, I’d be more than happy to turn my blog over to you.
And I’d be more than happy to tell you the answer to that last “Quickie” question. Of course I have a feeling it wouldn’t be as easy as all that.
About Aprilynne Pike
Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula.
Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.
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To ONE Winners: A SIGNED copy of EARTHBOUND + a SIGNED copy of LIFE AFTER THEFT + a set of swag + Chapstick.
To TWO Winners: A SIGNED copy of EARTHBOUND + Chapstick
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