I am absolutely thrilled to be today’s stop on the SOMETHING REAL Blog Tour. This was such an amazing book and I can’t wait for everyone to read it and fall in love with it as I have.
If you haven’t had a chance to do more than take a peek at the book’s description – or if you have but still can’t get enough – I am delighted to be able to give you just a bit more insight into this story through not one, but three, interviews with SOMETHING REAL’s Bonnie™ Baker, Benton™ Baker and Patrick Sheldon.
As you’ll soon learn, if you don’t already know, Bonnie™ Baker prefers to be called Chloe. And I don’t blame her. I couldn’t imagine going through life as a trademark. But whether she’ll always be Bonnie™ to you or you’re happy to call her Chloe, she’s pretty awesome for someone who spent most of their entire life in the spotlight.
Of course, Benny and Patrick are equally as awesome. If you haven’t met them before, check out what they had to say in response to the umpteen questions I asked. And if you don’t think they’re both absolutely adorable, then… I don’t know, I just don’t know.
As I did have quite a few questions for each of my guests, I thought it best that I not include my responses to their answers. But, awww Chloe, I love what what you said about Benny. And LOL Benny, so nice of you to tease Matt for wanting to look good for you.
And Patrick, the answer to your question is “NO.” No it’s not too simple an answer, it’s the perfect answer.
If you’d like to get to know Chloe, Benny and Patrick, keep on reading to check out my interviews with each of them. If you’d like to know more about SOMETHING REAL and its author, Heather Demetrios, those details follow below that.
And if you’d like to enter for a chance to win a copy of this completely captivating and very amazing book, scroll down to the Rafflecopter toward the end of this post.
I’ve also included the tour schedule with direct links to all the stops in case you’d like to check out a few other awesome posts, or get a few more chances to win a copy of the book. Of course my post just happens to be my favorite. But I may be biased… a little. So I’ll let you be the judge.
Hi Chloe – I hope it’s alright if I call you Chloe – thank you so much for stopping by the blog to answer a few interview questions with your brother Benton™ Baker and your… friend… Patrick Sheldon.
I know that interviews aren’t your thing so I’ll try to make this as painless as possible, but in order for my blog’s readers to get to know the real story, your real story, I just have to ask a few.
Q. Growing up on television, having your whole life on display for the world to see and judge, could not have been easy. What advice would you give to anyone who is considering becoming a reality TV star?
A. Don’t do it! The producers are going to show you as they want you to look, not as you really are. You have no control over how “scenes” from your life are edited. And there’s nothing worse than seeing lies about yourself in magazines and online. Nothing.
Q. If you had to try and sum up Baker’s Dozen in twenty words or less, for those who may not have seen the show, what would you say?
A. It’s a show about my family, about what it’s like to live in a house with fifteen people. The cameras pretty much look for drama.
Q. Your brother Benton™, Benny, has been the person who has always been there for you, even when your Mom and Dad weren’t. What has having him in your corner meant to you?
A. It’s meant everything. He has literally kept me alive. The thing about our situation is that nobody has our back. Obviously my parents don’t, or they wouldn’t have put us on the show in the first place. Shit. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that. My lawyer told me to be careful…whatever, it’s the truth. My sister, Lex, and I have a…complicated relationship. Benny’s the only person in my family who gets me. He’s my true north.
Q. In order to try and achieve some semblance of normalcy in a life that was spent mostly on television and in a house with twelve other siblings, you decided to change your name to Chloe. What made you choose Chloe rather than going by your middle name, Elizabeth? Is it because it is your mom’s name?
A. I just wanted something that was mine, you know? I love my mom—even if the cameras make it look like I don’t, I honestly do. And changing my name—and choosing the name Chloe—didn’t have anything to do with her, good or bad. If I’d chosen Elizabeth, then the name wouldn’t have belonged only to me. I’m the only Chloe Baker in the world—well, at least I think so. And the best part is that it isn’t trademarked.
Q. I know talking about Patrick isn’t your favorite thing to do, but I just have to ask one question, as I’m sure my readers would not be happy if I didn’t ask at least one. Of all the boys at Taft, Patrick is the one boy you were drawn to. What is it about him that made you crush on him and when was the moment you knew you were crushing?
A. Well, I feel like my memoir, SOMETHING REAL, goes into this a lot. Obviously Patrick gave me permission to write that stuff and the only reason we decided to have our story out there is because we don’t want to let the tabloids be the ones who define our relationship. I needed a whole book to answer this question, so it’s really hard to put Patrick into a few words. He doesn’t fit into neat little boxes, you know? I think that’s probably what made me fall for him. He’s unlike anyone I’ve ever known. He doesn’t care what people think of him (well, except me, I guess) and he’s wickedly smart. I noticed him right away because he’s cute, obviously. We had English together my junior year. I think it was a gradual thing over the course of that first week or two of school. The stuff he said in class, the way we’d catch each other’s eyes…I don’t know.
One of my friends, Arden Rogow-Bales, wrote a hilarious song about him for the SOMETHING REAL book launch. Patrick and I were dying. It’s called wantwantwant (Patrick Sheldon). There’s even a Book Boyfriends Facebook page dedicated to him and Benny. Craziness! I hope I don’t have to throw down for my own boyfriend, but I will.
Hi Benny, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy life to talk to me today. I’m sorry Matt was unable to join you, but maybe next time… I have a few questions that I would love to ask him.
Q. While you’re not the biggest fan of Baker’s Dozen or MetaReel, you seem to have had a better handle on things than Chloe. You both grew up in front of the cameras, and are practically the same age, but what were you able to do to make it less stressful? How were you able to cope? Was it because you weren’t in the spotlight in the same way she was?
A. Growing up, Chloe was always the one in the spotlight. First it was because she loved the camera and was a total ham. But as she got older, she started to hate it and, well, you know what happened…I guess not getting the kind of attention she had was what helped me to be more relaxed about the whole thing. The cameras weren’t in my face as much until the show started up again. Honestly, if it weren’t for Matt in those last few weeks, I don’t know how I would have dealt. I mean, I knew what Chlo was going through, but when it happened to me, and affected the guy I love—I just wanted to go out and punch a lot of people, you know?
Q. For the longest time it seemed that you were the only one there for Chloe. What has it been like having to be her brother, best friend and sometimes a stand-in for a parent?
A. It’s not “like” anything. I’d do anything for my sister and she’d do anything for me. That’s just the way it is.
Q. If you had one wish that could come true for Chloe, what would it be? And for you?
A. I wish she could have the life she wants – whatever that is. And for me? I wish Matt would hurry his ass up. We have tickets to a Radiohead concert tonight and you know he’s just primping in front of the mirror. Oh, Matt, in case you’re reading this later, I love you, baby.
Q. While you seem closer to Chloe than any of your brothers and sisters, you are, in fact, a twin. It’s typical for twins to share a special bond. Do you have that kind of a bond with Lexie™ or is it only Chloe you’re close with?
A. Lex and I are cool. She just likes to do her own thing, you know? Very independent. Fun twin fact: we’re both ambidextrous.
Q. Without revealing any secrets about what happened during or after, would you have changed what happened on the Kaye Gibbons show? Was the end result worth it?
A. No, I think things played out…the way they probably needed to. But I am gonna sue her ass.
Q. And if you don’t feel like answering that previous question, then perhaps you can answer this one… how did you come up with “cantaloupe”? There are plenty of obscure, not commonly used words you could have chosen, so why a melon?
A. Ha! Matt was eating one at the time and we both loved the randomness of it. For Valentine’s Day, he had the word engraved inside a ring for me. Of course, now we need a new word because it has to be our secret. But we told Chlo she could put it in the memoir, so it’s all good.
Hi Patrick, I hope you’re not upset with me that I asked Chloe to participate in a short interview. I know she doesn’t like the spotlight and you are her biggest protector, but I tried to make it quick and painless. And so I thought the best way to do that would be to take some of the pressure off by asking you a few questions, too.
Q. Most boys would run the other direction when they found out Chloe’s secrets. What made you stay and risk the spotlight, gossip, and paparazzi?
A. Is it too simple to say I love her? Because that’s why.
Q. What was it like wondering whether Chloe felt the same way as you did for all that time? And how long was it exactly that you liked her before actually clueing her into the fact that you did?
A. To answer your first question…it was torture! She was so hot and cold and I had no idea it was because she was trying to hide the fact that she liked me. Argh! We’re idiots. Oh, well, it worked out. As for your second question…I waited way too long. Which is not my style, but for some reason I turned into a gutless weirdo around her. To be more precise, I liked her for an entire year before I finally told her. Like I said, gutless weirdo.
Q. Just how close were you and Benton™? It seems you and he spent much time discussing his sister. What else did you learn from him about Chloe?
A. Ben and I were pretty good friends, but we never really hung out much outside of school. I mean, I’m kind of a loner like that and he was always with Matt, who was always with the football team and that’s not really my scene. We did talk about Chloe a lot—I thought I was being sneaky, but obviously I wasn’t. What I learned from Ben about Chlo is how loyal she is. If she loves you, she will do everything in her power to protect you from the Vultures or anyone else who’s giving you shit.
Q. Chloe tried to keep you separate from her world as much as humanly possible. But you did get to glimpse what life was like for her. What do you think about what she’d been through, is still going through? What do you think about her Mom, Dad and Kirk?
A. I’m actually not allowed to talk about this too much, for legal reasons. But I will say this: everybody deserves the right to a non-fucked up childhood. Everyone.
Q. One last question. If you could change any one thing about your time with Chloe, would you change anything? And why?
A. That’s a tough one. Because so much good came out of the bad, you know? This is what I would change: I wish I could go back in time and tell the Patrick who sat in English class his junior year that he should stop being a gutless weirdo and ask the pretty new girl out. But he got the girl in the end, so I won’t be too hard on him.
Thank you all for joining me here on the blog. You are always welcome back to share any new developments in your lives. I promise to print exactly what you say and not twist your words for the sake of page views.
And if you happen to run into Heather, please thank her for introducing you all to me. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you all.
Winner of the 2012 PEN New England Discovery Award!
There’s nothing real about reality TV.
Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.
Publication date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Heather Demetrios, originally from Los Angeles, now lives in Brooklyn and various imaginary locales. She is the recipient of a PEN New England Discovery Award for her debut YA novel about reality TV stardom, SOMETHING REAL (Macmillan/Henry Holt), and is the author of the upcoming EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN fantasy trilogy from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray), both out in 2014.
She is currently working on her second novel for Macmillan, a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. When she’s not hanging out with her characters, Heather is working on her MFA in writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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Jan. 30th – The Book Rat – Guest Post
Jan. 31st – Jenuine Cupcakes – Interview
Feb. 3rd – Hello, Chelly – Review + Interview
Feb. 4th – Forever Young Adult – Interview
Feb. 4th – Best Books Ever – Interview
Feb. 5th – Book Chic Club - Review + Interview
Feb. 6th – Falling for YA – Review
Feb. 7th – Live to Read – Spotlight
Feb. 10th – Book Loving Me – Review + Guest Post
Feb. 11th – YA Book Nerd – Interview
Feb. 12th – Queen Ella Bee Reads – Guest Post
Feb. 13th – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Interview
Feb. 14th – That Artsy Reader Girl - Guest Post
Feb. 17th – Michelle and Leslie’s Book Picks - Character Q&A
Feb. 18th – Fiktshun – Character Interviews
Feb. 19th – Novel Novice - Guest Post
Feb. 20th – Book Haven Extraordinaire - Interview
Feb. 21st – Great Imaginations - Review & Guest Post
Feb. 24th – As Told by Rachel - Interview
Feb. 25th – Alexa Loves Books - Guest Post
Feb. 26th – BookYAReview - Q&A
Feb. 27th – Book Jems - Interview
Mar. 3rd – Reality Lapse
Mar. 4th – Paperback Princess - Review
I am so excited that GOLD, the second book in Talia Vance’s Bandia series, has been released and everyone will be able to read it and find out just why I have been dying to talk about it for the many, many months since I first read it.
I am also totally stoked to be a part of the GOLD Blog Tour so that I can help spread the word about this amazing book and series. I absolutely love the mythology in each of these books. I loved the insta-hate and intense reaction Brianna and Blake had when they first met.
And I love how radically things changed in this sequel. Things that I haven’t been able to talk about with very many people. But they are things I’m just dying to talk about.
While Austin plays a bit larger of a role than Blake in this second book in the series I just couldn’t resist the chance to ask Blake a few questions. Which actually proved a bit more difficult since I didn’t want to ask any questions he couldn’t answer for fear of being too revealing about all that went down in this book.
So I tried to keep things just a little bit vague. But for those who have read GOLD I think you’ll be able to figure out just where I was going with my questions.
The interview follows the book’s details, which you’ll definitely want to take a peek at as they shed some light on what’s going on in this sequel. And following the interview is some information about the author and places you can find her online, as well as some information about SILVER, the first book in this series.
And… there is also an amazing giveaway that I desperately want to enter included as part of this tour. The author is giving away to three winners a signed copy of GOLD and there are two signed sets of SILVER and GOLD up for grabs. (US ONLY.) Just scroll on down toward the bottom of the post to enter for a chance to win.
But now, without
any further too much more ado aside from some brief details about GOLD, let me share my interview with Blake Williams.
About GOLD (Bandia #2)
Release Date: September 8, 2013
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.
Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.
Q. For those who didn’t get the chance to meet you last year can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
BLAKE: I’m a pre-med student getting ready to start my sophomore year, I play a little poker on the side, and I accidentally bound my soul to the girl I was supposed to kill. She turned out to be nothing like I expected and I would’ve done anything to keep her alive. I thought she felt the same way about me, but things got weird after she accidently killed me and then used some ancient magic to bring me back. Without the soul bond, it was hard to know how she really felt. I still don’t know…
Q. When you first met Brianna things got just a little bit intense. Just a little…. What were your first impressions of her?
BLAKE: She was the most gorgeous and dangerous thing I’d ever seen. I was terrified, and maybe even a little in love:
When I feel confident that I can handle it, I let my gaze shift to the dark-haired girl.
It takes all my concentration not to lunge for her.
She’s not going to blow me up in the middle of a party. That’s not how it works, right? No. She’ll lure me in first. Make it personal.
I let myself breathe.
Damn, she’s something.
Our eyes meet and I can’t stop staring. Even without the claiming. I would know what she is. Anyone would. She’s a freaking angel on earth with that hair and that face, and oh my God, those lips. But that’s not what makes me ache for her. It’s the power. It pulses off of her like liquid fire. I want to wrap myself inside of it. In her.
The only thing she wants is me dead. I can’t let myself forget it.
Q. And after getting to know her, how did your feelings about her change?
BLAKE: I was still a little scared, but once I got to know Brianna, there was no question that I was completely in love with her. She was smart and funny and she had no idea how to use her power, but she fought like hell for the people she cared about, even me.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about the Sons of Killian and what it means – for you, for your relationship with Brianna – to be one of them? And if you could not be one of them, would you choose to give it all up?
BLAKE: As a Seventh Son of Killian, a descendant of the gods who can manifest their power, I have a lot of responsibility. We’re the last line of defense between humanity and the gods who want to return to earth to rule it. Brianna is a bandia, one of Danu’s descendants, the last of the gods’ warriors. We’re soldiers in a centuries’ old war we didn’t start in the first place. I would give it all up if I could, but the fact is I never can. The best I can hope for is to help keep her alive.
Q. What has been your favorite moment with Brianna?
BLAKE: There was this moment on the beach, before we were bound. She had no reason to be with me, every reason not to, really, but she was there, not as a bandia, but as a girl who joked about electricity and looked at me like I was someone who mattered. But I think my favorite moment was when she doused Jeremy with a wall of water and messed up his hair. I haven’t laughed so hard since.
Q. Things between you and Brianna got complicated. What would you say is your biggest regret?
BLAKE: That I let myself doubt her, even for a second.
Q. When Brianna left for Ireland what was your plan? To bring her back? To let her go?
BLAKE: When she first left, I was just going to let her go, but within a day I knew it was hopeless to think that I ever could. Everyone was convinced that she burned down my house, and the only way to protect her was to find the bandia who did it. Beyond that I didn’t really have a plan. In retrospect, maybe I should have…
Q. What do you really think of Austin? And would you feel the same way if he didn’t seem interested in Brianna?
BLAKE: Austin and I were friends once, but the dude did try to get me killed. There’s no going back from that as far as I’m concerned.
About Talia Vance
Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry.
Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that’s what she writes.
About SILVER (Bandia #1)
Release Date: September 8, 2012
Formats: Paperback, eBook
“As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”
Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can’t resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna’s charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she’s been hiding even from herself.
Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.
But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.
Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.
There are some amazing prizes being offered up for giveaway during this tour. (I want one!)
***Giveaway is US Only***
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Sept. 9th – My Guilty Obsession – Guest Post
Sept. 10th – Fiktshun – Blake Interview
Sept. 11th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post
Sept. 12th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post
Sept. 13th – Tater’s Tall Tails – Austin Interview
Sept. 16th – BookPics – Brianna Interview
Sept. 17th – What the Cat Read – Interview
Sept. 18th – The YA Sisterhood – Guest Post
Sept. 19th – A Book Obsession – Interview
Sept. 20th – Two Chicks on Books – Quarters Scene from Austin’s POV
Getting to be a part of the THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS Blog Tour and getting to interview Cole Holland is a dream come true. No, really. It is. I feel a little like I might have fallen down a rabbit hole and ended up in some crazy mixed up world where nothing makes any sense.
But I am not going to complain. Because being a part of this tour is awesome.
I only somewhat recently had the pleasure of meeting Ali Bell and Cole Holland. And it’s been only a few weeks since I was able to continue their adventures in THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS. Though I am still trying to recover from everything that happened in that sequel. It has not been at all easy.
I love, love, love the White Rabbit Chronicles. This series is not at all what I imagined it to be. It’s so much better. And this sequel? It shredded me and left me in pieces. Over and over and over again. I was heartbroken, I was devastated, I was anxious, I was angry. This book put my emotions on one heck of a roller coaster.
I have not yet written my review but this book has more than earned my off-the-menu six-star rating. It gave me everything I want in a read and so much more. Kick-a** fight scenes a plenty. Nerve-wracking suspense. Surprises. Heartbreak. Frustration. Angst. And, yes, there were tears. Especially when….
Well, maybe I shouldn’t say exactly when that was.
And I should probably get back on track. Because my stop on the tour today is not for a review but an interview. I had the pleasure – and oh yes it was a pleasure… mine anyway – of interviewing Cole Holland, a bad boy who is all sorts of awesome. If you haven’t met him yet, you are seriously missing out.
I knew from the moment I met Cole that he would make it onto my top five favorite YA bad boys list. And even with everything that happened since I first met him, he is still a top fiver. And I am so totally stoked to have been able to ask him quite a few questions for my stop on the blog tour today.
As this interview is one of my favorite character interviews I just had to include it before all the bookish details. But if you want to learn a little bit about this story and about Ali and Cole first, just scroll past the interview for the descriptions for both books in this series.
Or you can head over to the White Rabbit Chronicles WEBSITE for a whole bunch of information about Alice Bell, Cole Holland, Kat Parker, Frosty, Reeve, Bronx and some of the other Slayers and characters or to learn more about Anima Industries and Asher High School.
This tour also comes with a ton of amazing giveaways. Details and a chance to enter the Daily Giveaway are just a bit further below, along with information about the awesome Grand Prize Giveaway.
But if you just can’t wait to see what Cole has to say about himself, Ali, the Hazmats, his hopes for our survival, and his ink….
First let me say thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog, Cole. I know that your job as a Slayer leaves very little time for you to do much else. Especially take part in an interview. So I will try to keep this as brief – and painless – as possible… though I might not succeed at either. You are way too intriguing.
Cole: I’d rather go down fighting than stand back and stay safe.
Fiktshun: I wouldn’t doubt that for a second.
Q. I’m not sure if you knew this, but Ali’s sister hinted that things were going to get difficult for you and Ali. If you had known, would you have believed her? And is Ali someone worth fighting for? Or is she someone you’d walk away from just as easily as you had your previous girlfriends?
Cole: Ali is worth…anything. Everything. And past girlfriends are not up for discussion. Sorry.
Fiktshun: Awww. I’m so glad to hear that… well, what you said about Ali. But as far as your exes? If you ever feel like talking about them I have a lot of questions.
Q. What of Ali’s many endearing qualities are your favorites? Is it the fact that she can make you smile? Is it her unending questions? Is it because she’s hot? Is it because she stands up to you?
Cole: When Ali loves, she loves with her whole heart. There’s nothing held back. You never have to wonder how she feels. She’s open, honest. Oh, is she honest. She will give you the brutal truth every time. And you can trust her with your life—I can trust her. Do you know how rare that is? How precious?
Fiktshun: I do know how rare trust is. And honesty. I just wondered, given what happened….
Q. You and your group of Slayers have a deep hatred for the Hazmats. What is it about what they’re doing that you despise the most?
Cole: They endanger innocent people. They hurt innocent people. And they do it all in the name of science. But the truth? They do it because of greed.
Fiktshun: What they’re doing is despicable. And what they did with… well, you know. I can’t imagine you were happy about that. At all.
Q. Do you still have hope for our survival? What motivates you to keep on fighting?
Cole: Hope for our survival? Sweetheart, I fight from a place of victory. The zombies are the ones fighting from a place of defeat. They’re already dead. So, yeah, I have hope.
Fiktshun: I am so relieved to hear you say that. What with the increase in their numbers and all… I’ve been more than a little bit worried. But if you have hope, that’s good enough for me.
Q. You’ve lost a lot of friends along the way. What made you choose to memorialize them in ink on your body? And does it help you to get over their deaths?
Cole: What we carry in our hearts is always manifest in our bodies. If you love, it shines on your face. If you hate, it etches itself into every line of your skin. Tattooing is my way of bringing what’s inside to the outside.
Fiktshun: Well that totally answers the one question I had but didn’t ask. *Grins.*
Q. If Ali was one of those who didn’t survive, what would you do to honor her memory?
Cole: I can’t think like that. There’s being smart and planning ahead, but there’s also planning ahead and worrying. Worry eats you alive and does no good, so I refuse to do it.
Fiktshun: You say you refuse to worry, but weren’t you just the teensiest bit worried when that thing happened? I think you know which thing I’m talking about. I know I was worried.
Q. You treat Ali as if she’s fragile and breakable. But she’s proved to you time and again that while breakable, she is anything but fragile. Do you not trust her abilities? What is it you fear most happening that hasn’t already happened?
Cole: I trust Ali’s abilities more than I trust my own. But I also value her life more than my own. I protect what I value. That’s all there is to it.
Q. You keep pushing Ali away or keep her at a distance. Is it because your feelings for her are conflicted? Or is there some other reason?
Cole: When it comes to Ali, I am not conflicted about my feelings. I know exactly how I feel. But I know how mercurial feelings can be, and just how untrustworthy, so I also know to proceed with caution. But Ali is throwing me for a loop. With her, I’m on new ground, trekking through uncharted territory. I hate it as much as I love it.
Fiktshun: Would you say Ali scares you just a little then? Or is it just your feelings that scare you?
Q. How would you describe Ali in fifteen words or less?
Cole: I can describe her in one. Mine.
Fiktshun: *Swoon* x10.
Q. If you had any advice you could give to those of us who don’t have the ability to see zombies, what would it be?
Cole: Start praying.
Q. Favorite weapon?
Q. Favorite fighting maneuver?
Cole: Delivering the deathblow.
Q. Favorite Ali moment?
Cole: Every kiss. Every touch.
Fiktshun: *Sigh* … *swoon* … *sigh.*
Q. Favorite tattoo?
Cole: My newest one.
Q. Biggest regret?
Cole: If you’ve read the book, you can guess.
Fiktshun: I have read the book and I am pretty sure I know the answer to this question. But I am glad to know that it is a regret and a big one at that.
About THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (White Rabbit Chronicles #2)
Release date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home.
After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things.
The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.
About Gena Showalter
GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Intertwined novels and several other popular YA and adult series. Her stories have been featured on MTV and in Seventeen magazine and have been praised as unputdownable.”
Growing up, she always had her nose buried in a book. When it came time to buckle down and get a job, she knew writing was it for her. Gena lives in Oklahoma with her family and three slobbery bulldogs.
About ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
Release date: September 25, 2012
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.
Giveaway #1 - The Daily Giveaway
Each stop on this tour has an awesome giveaway for the winner’s choice of either a paperback copy of ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND or a hardcover copy of THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS. (Giveaway is US/Canada.)
So be sure to visit all the stops on tour for more chances to win a copy of either book in the series.
And to enter today’s giveaway, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter, below.
Giveaway #2 - The Grand Prize Giveaway
Go and see a scary movie, buy your favorite scary series or movie on DVD and make these days perfect with a pizza and some coffee to calm your nerves!
“Look for the White Rabbit Contest”
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the White Rabbit will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the White Rabbit, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the Tour Stop!!!
Where could the Rabbit appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranomal Romance Blog. So now go and hunt the Rabbit. Will you find it?
Oh Cole! How we love him, if you wanted to get his attention what would you do?
Sept. 2nd – Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance Blog
Sept. 3rd – Bewitched Bookworms
Sept. 4th – Parajunkee
Sept. 5th – IB Book Blogging
Sept. 6th – Julie Kagawa’s Blog
Sept. 9th – Fiktshun
Sept. 10th – Harlequin TEEN’s Facebook (Tab)
Sept. 11th – Katie McGarry’s Blog
Sept. 12th – Gena Showalter’s Website
Sept. 13th – The Irish Banana
Sept. 16th – Supernatural Snark
Sept. 18th – Reading Lark
Sept. 19th – Aimée Carter’s Blog
Sept. 20th – Tater’s Tall Tails
Visit the THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS tour page at Kismet Book Touring for more details – HERE.
I am over-the-moon excited to be on the DESCENDANT Blog Tour. I absolutely love Lesley Livingston’s writing and her characters and I fell madly in love with STARLING when I read it last year. Of course I already adored the Fennrys Wolf when I met him in the author’s Wondrous Strange series. So I kind of already knew I’d love this new series before I read word one.
And while I haven’t yet finished reading DESCENDANT at the time of this post’s creation, I can say with certainty that this follow-up is even more epic than the first book in the series. For those of you who have already read STARLING, just check out the description and you’ll see just how much more epic DESCENDANT promises to be. And for those of you who haven’t, perhaps you’ll want to take a peek at the first few pages of STARLING as they’re rather eye-opening.
For my tour stop today I had the chance to ask the Fennrys Wolf a few questions. It may have been more than a few, but Fenn didn’t seem to mind too much. At least I hope he didn’t. It was such a fun interview to conduct and I loved his answers and just had to respond to a few of them.
The interview follows below the book details and links to places you can find it online. I’ve also included some information in this post about Lesley Livingston and STARLING, the first book in this series, which has its very own book trailer that I may have watched one or two or several times.
There is also an awesome giveaway included with this tour. Details on that are toward the end of the post. So be sure to check it out.
And finally, I included the full tour schedule with direct links to tour posts at stops prior to this one at the very bottom of this post. So if you’d like to read a few reviews, check out an interview or two, or see what else the author and her characters did at the other stops on the tour, be sure to check them out.
And if you’re in Toronto tomorrow, August 27th, Lesley Livingston will reading and signing books at The Dominion on Queen. More details can be found on her BLOG.
I will be super jealous if anyone can go.
Release Date: August 27th - tomorrow
Formats: Hardcover, Audio, eBook
The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.
The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.
Q. How would you describe yourself to someone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure of meeting you?
That it’s only a pleasure if you aren’t in my way, on the wrong side, or trying to mess with the people I care about. There aren’t many of those, so I tend to get very cranky when that happens. As for some kind of physical description? I think my buddy Rafe put it nicely when he told me: “Remember when I said you looked like nine miles of bad road? You’re into double digits now.”
Fiktshun: I will definitely try and stay on your good side. Though I do have a question or two that may *gulp* toe that line. And I’m not so sure that’s Rafe putting it nicely….
Q. What would you say is your best attribute? And you can only choose one.
My easygoing, blithe disposition. And my sword arm. Yeah, I know. You said I could only choose one. My very best attribute? I don’t follow rules very well.
Fiktshun: I knew you wouldn’t be able to stick to the rules. I am not surprised. At all.
Q. You made quite an entrance in STARLING. Are there any scenes or moments in DESCENDANT that are quite as appealing… I mean revealing? If so, details would be lovely.
I’m not sure I know what you mean. I will say this though: my lifestyle is hell on a wardrobe. And I owe Rafe a shirt.
Fiktshun: Oh I think you do, Fenn, I think you do. But oooh.
Q. In STARLING you and Mason have to take up arms to battle a number of threats. Is there just as much swordplay in this next part of your story as the first or is there more? Has the action heated up?
What can I say? New York, New York, it’s a hell of a town. And as for the rest of it – Asgard and Aaru and the Between and all that East River nasty business – it isn’t always a sword you find yourself on the wrong end of. Sometimes it’s teeth. Or talons. And anyway, I always start to lose count of the scraps I get in once I get past half-a-dozen or so. At least Mase doesn’t stab me this time. Of course, she’s not the only one walking around with pointy implements…
Fiktshun: You just can’t seem to catch a break in New York City. First all of that trouble with Sonny and Kelley. Now this situation with Mase. Life is not easy for you, is it Fenn? But I’m glad to hear that Mase doesn’t stab you this time around.
Q. What can we expect from the Fennrys Wolf in DESCENDANT?
Pants. The unexpected. Probably periodic mayhem. Beyond that? You’ll have to ask Mason.
Fiktshun: See? I knew you knew what I was asking about a couple of questions ago. But I do enjoy the unexpected. And as long as it’s not happening to me, I enjoy mayhem. So I am up for whatever you have planned.
Q. What was the moment you knew that you were falling for Mason?
Might have been when she buried three inches of cold steel in my shoulder…
Fiktshun: Aww, you’re a true romantic at heart.
Q. And what do you think is Mason’s best attribute?
That she seems willing to put up with my worst.
Fiktshun: That is a great attribute. Not everyone would be quite as willing.
Q. What would you do to protect Mason? What do you think you’ll have to do to keep her safe?
What would I do? Do you mean how far am I willing to go? I’m just going to give you my best stone cold stare and assume you can extrapolate from that.
As for what I think I’ll have to do? I don’t like to overanalyze a situation before I’m already ass-deep in alligators. Or, in this case, crocodiles. And I think it would be dangerous to underestimate Mason Starling. One of these days, she might just be the one doing the saving.
Fiktshun: *Shudders.* Message received loud and clear. Crocodiles? Uh oh…. And I would never underestimate Mason Starling. However, even the strongest, including Mase, need a savior now and again.
Q. If you got the chance to do one thing over again what would it be? And why?
I wouldn’t just break his arm. I think you know who I mean. Why? I think the answer’s fairly obvious…
Fiktshun: I know exactly what you mean. No further explanation is necessary.
Q. Do you think there will be a happily ever after for you? For Mason? For you AND Mason? If so, what would that be?
I don’t know that I necessarily deserve one. Mason damn well does, though. And if her version of happily ever after includes me, then you can take it to the bank that I’m going to make that happen. I’m going to try, at least.
What would that be? It’s up to her. Me? Honestly… I’m not sure if I believe in the whole “ever after” thing. But the “happily” part? I’d settle for a midnight walk through a park, holding Mason Starling’s hand, on a night where nothing tries to kill us. That would be heaven.
Fiktshun: I certainly hope Mason’s HEA includes you. Otherwise I will have to have words with her. You totally deserve one. Believe it or not you are a hero, Fenn. And awwww, the walk through the park sounds super romantic. Although if you mean Central Park, in NYC, well… that park seems to be a magnet for trouble. Maybe Battery Park instead?
If it’s got a beat I can fight to, I’m good.
I’m still waiting for my burger and Blue Moon beer.
Favorite move… (I’m referring to fighting of course.)
Of course you are. I find that a punch in the mouth with a fist holding a dagger usually works. Especially if the thing you’re punching has lots of nasty breakable teeth.
I’m just happy to have any of the damn things these days. I’m not gonna play favorites.
Faeries or Norse gods…
Equal pains in my ass.
Fighting or kissing…
Fighting. Then kissing.
Kelley or Mason…
You’re kidding, right?
Fiktshun: Thank you so much for taking a few minutes away from taking care of Mason… or having her look after you… to answer my questions. You are welcome back any time. Any time at all….
And I promise you, I was not at all kidding about that last one. After all, I haven’t yet heard about what went down in DESCENDANT. Yet….
About Lesley Livingston
Lesley is a writer and actor living in Toronto, Canada. Captivated at a young age by stories of mythology and folk lore, past civilizations, and legendary heroes, she developed into a full-fledged Celtic Mythology Geek, steeped in stories of the Otherworld, Faeries and King Arthur. Lesley went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto specializing in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature.
For almost three years, Lesley hosted weekly late-night movie marathons on the nationally broadcast television show, SPACEBAR, as the Waitron-9000, a sparkly holographic waitress with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure B-movie trivia. She is also a founding member and principal performer with Tempest Theatre Group.
Lesley is an unrepentant egghead – a character-trait that somehow doesn’t interfere with a love of shoes and shiny things. WONDROUS STRANGE is her debut novel, the first in a trilogy published by HarperCollins. The second book in the series, DARKLIGHT hit stores in 2009, and the third, TEMPESTUOUS came out in 2010. In 2011 Lesley released ONCE EVERY NEVER, an historical time-travel of epic adventure, published by Penguin Canada. STARLING is her new title in a trilogy spin-off of her Wondrous Strange world, and it’s in bookstores now!
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Formats: Hardcover, Audio, eBook
Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason’s world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn’s identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason’s family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.
Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston’s epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.
This tour includes an awesome giveaway for two sets of STARLING & DESCENDANT and they are SIGNED!
The giveaway is open to US/Canada. All other details are in the form.
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Aug. 19 – The Happy Booker – Guest Post
Aug. 20 – Bewitched Bookworms – Interview
Aug. 21 – Icey Books – Review
Aug. 22 – Tater’s Tall Tails – Guest Post
Aug. 23 – [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E.] – Review
Aug. 26 – Fiktshun – Character Interview: Fennrys
Aug. 27 – Wholly Books – Review
Aug. 28 – Book Jems – Review
Aug. 29 – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
Aug. 30 – About to Read – Interview
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.
There are some AWESOME prizes being offered for giveaway on this tour.
It is US only and you must be 13 or older to enter.
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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Aug. 10th – Ex Libris – Review
Aug. 13th – Chapter by Chapter – Review
Aug. 16th – A Dream Within A Dream – Review
Aug. 17th – Fictitious Delicious – Review
Aug. 18th – Mundie Moms – Spotlight/Excerpt