Friday, 28 February 2014

Fangirl Friday (#9, Blogaversary Special): Luc from The Beautiful and The Cursed




It's Day 6 of my blogaversary, and today is FANGIRL FRIDAY! Tomorrow, my character interviews with Nolan and Vander from the Beautiful and the Cursed will go up, but today, this post is dedicated to our favourite gargoyle, Luc!

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After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathi
ng creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

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So this week, I'm fangirling over Luc Rousseau. To those who aren't familiar with the Dispossessed series, here are some reasons why he is fangirl-worthy! Note, this contains spoilers!

About the Boy

Luc Rousseau is a mysterious servant boy who's about 17 years old. He works at the Abbey where the Waverly's are living in, and always has the mysterious ability to pop out of no where.

When Ingrid first meets him, she can't help but deny he is drop dead gorgeous, but she knows there is something different about the boy.

My face claim for Luc is the charming French actor and musician, Jean-Baptiste Maunier:


Not only is he swoon worthy, but he is capable of being dark and mysterious.

The Warrior

Luc's got a secret: he's secretly a gargoyle. He has been alive for thousands of years. Luc was sentenced to a life as a dog-gargoyle after killing a man that hurt his younger sister. There are times when he gets really upset that he isn't human, but those thoughts go out the window when it comes to protecting humans. His humans. Specifically Ingrid.

The Gentleman

As a gargoyle, Luc has the ability to 'feel' his human charge's emotions (think the Rose and Lissa bond in Vampire Academy, minus the threat of going insane). He is in love with Ingrid, his human charge but alas, it is forbidden: she's human, and he is one of the damned.

Luc can feel her emotions, and yes, that does also include when she wants to kiss him. But he does his best to resist his own urges, and doesn't take advantage of her. He knows he can never love a human. But he does briefly join forces with Vander, a book worm who fancies Ingrid and an Alliance member (a secret organization who protects humans from demons when the gargoyles can't) to save Ingrid at one point.

While he does end up saving Ingrid, he still keeps her at arms length because he wants her to find a human love, no matter how much it hurts him. Luc is a gentleman because he wants the woman he loves to be free.

Swoon factor

Sometimes, Luc can be a little hard headed when it comes to him confessing his love for Ingrid, or showing Ingrid he cares. But he does redeem himself with some swoon worthy moments:

Ingrid froze as he grazed his fingers through her hair, scattering a few pins to the floor. Then he gripped the back of her head, his tangled fingers tugging at her hair, and Ingrid thought she could finally read something in the way he looked at her: a longing so tangible that it made her ache.

And: 
"I'll get to you if you need me," he whispered, the press of his fingers a tangible version of his pledge. She wished neither of them was wearing gloves. The feel of his skin against hers shouldn't have been the foremost desire in her mind, but it was. Luc sapped her of all reason, it seemed. And his touch made it difficult to breathe.
"I know you will," she said. 


Now if you're wondering where this is in the book, I actually have no idea. I found these quotes on two blog review here and here. They're good reviews as well :D


 So that's it for today's Fangirl Friday post! Tomorrow is the final day of my blogaversary and I got character interviews with Nolan and Vander from The Beautiful and The Cursed as well! You also get a chance to win an audiobook copy of the book!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Book Blitz: Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison



Thank you for stopping by my stop! Check out an excerpt from Of Sea and Stone and enter to win a $50 Amazon GiftCard (INTL)





Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison
Publication date: February 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:


All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.

When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn her village, Aemi is captured, and enslaved below the waves in Itlantis, a world filled with ancient cities of glass and metal, floating gardens, and wondrous devices that seem to work magic. To make matters worse, her village nemesis, the stuck-up mayor’s son Nol, was captured with her, and they are made servants in the same household beneath the sea.

Desperate to be free, Aemi plots her escape, even going so far as to work with Nol. But the sea holds more secrets than she realizes, and escape might not be as simple as leaving…


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Excerpt #1 for Of Sea and Stone

 
The sea sang to itself in the music of blue water and salt and gulls’ cries as I sat above it, crouched atop the column-like Looking Rock with a spear clenched in my hand and words of frustration crawling on my tongue. The water below lapped at the edges of the rock, foaming over the pebbled shore that ringed the rock, and the foam hid the fish I was trying to catch.
I bent over the water and stabbed the spear into the foaming waves. When I withdrew it from the pool, a fish wriggled on the end, and I smiled with a quick jerk of my lips. I had always been good with a spear, somewhat inexplicably according to Nealla.
I tossed the fish into my sack and moved to the other side of the Looking Rock, where the tide pools were often filled with exotic things washed in from the sea. It was a secret place, and few knew to look here. I came often whenever I had a moment of freedom from my duties, for if I could catch enough things of value, I could sell them in the marketplace and add coin to the stash I kept hidden away, the stash that would one day buy my freedom.
The first tide pools were disappointingly empty except for a few anemone and starfish clinging to the sides of the rocks, and a yellow fish darting away from my face as I peered down.
I moved on. Three more pools, empty. But luck had not abandoned me. At the final pool I stopped, transfixed by the creature I saw beneath the surface.
It was eerie and beautiful, with fluttering fins along its throat and back and tail, speckled blue scales, and a mouth full of teeth. It wasn’t a fish or a dolphin or a snake, but something that looked like bits of all three. I had never seen such a creature. It was some monster from the depths, but a small one.
I bent over the rock, sliding my belly forward by inches, peering into the deep glassy green of the pool beneath where the creature swam in small circles, imprisoned until high tide. I didn’t want to use a spear on such a magnificent creature. For this, I needed a net.
I stabbed my spear into the edge of the pool, marking the fish-creature as mine. Then I scrambled to the edge of the Looking Rock. The wind swirled around me, wetting me with a mist of sea spray as I brought my arms forward and dove into the sea below.
Bubbles exploded around me as I swam through the green-blue water. Below, fish wove between a jewel-colored spread of coral. A dark line at the edge of my vision signaled where the shallow waters ended and the deep water began.
No one ever went out into deep water.
I reached the larger rocks that rose from the water like the spearheads of giants and hauled myself onto a sea-carved shelf of white stone. My master’s house was before me, a collection of caves and hollows in the rock. It was a nice house, with a strip of pebbled beach facing west. Beyond the beach, a shallow place for bathing and washing was surrounded by thin white stones that protruded from the water like fingers and broke the force of the waves.
A hole in the rock wall led to the interior. Strings of shells formed a curtain barrier, and they tinkled and clicked in the wind. I shoved them aside and stepped into the cool stone passage leading to the house.
I needed one of my master’s nets. Just to borrow, to catch that fish.
The master’s father sat on a mat beside the fire, muttering to himself. Beside him were nets, the small ones used for hand fishing. He was mending them, his wrinkled hands moving swiftly as he worked over a hole.
“Hello, Old One,” I said, speaking carefully and respectfully. “I need to borrow a net.”
He lifted his head and scrutinized me. I was dripping from the sea. My hair stuck to my neck and forehead. Droplets fell from my fingers.
He reached for one of the nets and lifted it toward me, but pulled it back before I could take it.
“Don’t go in the deep places,” he said, and his voice creaked. “The Sea People are in the deep places.”
“Yes, Old One,” I said, leaning forward to reach the net.
The master’s father was crazy, but gentle. Sometimes he liked to ramble about fables from his youth, and sometimes I listened, because none of the others did, and I felt sorry for him.
I didn’t have time for it today.
“I saw one of their ships the other night,” he continued, pulling the net farther away and out of reach again. “Came up from the depths, black as a wet stone, bright with lights. They’re watching us.”
“Don’t worry, Old One,” I said. “We’ll keep you safe.”
He harrumphed as if doubtful and handed me the net. “Stay out of the deep places,” he said again.
I snatched the net and hurried outside once more. The wind fanned my face. I stopped at the edge of the water and shaded my eyes against the glaring sun.
Someone else was on the Looking Rock. I saw a figure moving around the pool. Confound that Old One and his stories! I splashed into the water, my heart pounding as I swam hard, kicking my legs. I reached the rock and hauled myself up, hair dripping, leaving wet footprints as I ran to the tide pools. A young man stood at the edge of the pool, his feet hanging in the water, his arms braced behind him and his face tipped toward the sun. He was lounging, waiting for me, stretched out as if to show off his physical perfections and the gold bracelets on his arms and ankles. That handsome, arrogant face, smirking mouth, and long, dark lashes that contrasted with his pale, wavy hair—I’d know him anywhere.
Nol.
I looked past him into the water and stopped in horror.
The creature was gone.
My bag of sad little fish lay at the edge of the rock, looking deflated in the sunlight. My spear lay beside it.
Fury built up at the back of my neck and swept through my throat to take hold of my tongue. Anger licked at my bones.
“You stole my catch.”
Nol opened one eye and looked at me. “What are you talking about? Your bag of fish is right there. I didn’t touch it.”
“No. The creature in the pool—it was my catch. I found it first, as was clearly demonstrated by my spear marking the pool. You took it! Where did you put it?” I was furious, devastated.
Nol straightened and blinked at me. His smile was slow and smooth, like butter being spread across bread.
“It wasn’t your fish,” he said. “It wasn’t in your net, so you had no claim.”
“I marked it with my spear—”
“You aren’t a fisherman, thrall-girl. The rules of the village don’t apply to the likes of you. You have no identifying marker that deserves to be honored, and that thing you call a spear is simply a piece of garbage with a point at one end. It could have washed into the pool on its own, for all I know.”
I wanted to strangle him. My anger was hot and fierce, and it made my legs tremble. But he was the mayor’s second son, and he could do as he liked. Instead, I bit my tongue and turned away.
I’d lost this round, but I would not lose to Nol again.

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AUTHOR BIO









I live in Georgia with my wonderful husband and two spoiled cats. When I'm not writing, I'm usually catching up on my extensive Netflix queue, reading a book, giggling at something funny online, or trying to convince my husband to give me just ONE bite of whatever he's eating.

Learn more about my writing and books at my blog (http://thesouthernscrawl.blogspot.com/), find teasers for upcoming works on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/kateaveryellison), and subscribe to my new releases newsletter to be notified of new novels as soon as they hit stores (https://tinyletter.com/kateaveryellison)!


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Six Months of Sleepless Reading: an interview with Cat Winters + US/CAN giveaway


It's Day 5 of my blogaversary, and today I get to share with you my interview with Cat Winters, author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Also, you can enter the chance to win a signed copy of her book bellow! Note, this giveaway is US/CAN only!

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time

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Hello Cat! I'm so glad to have you here on Sleepless Reads to celebrate my blogaversary! I'll start off with some easy questions: do you like tea or coffee?
 
I’ve never been a big coffee fan, but I enjoy a good cup of tea, prepared the English way with cream and sugar. I also LOVE hot chocolate.
 
Are you a candy person (eg. Sweetish Berries, Sour Patch Kids) or a chocolate person?
 
Chocolate, definitely!
 
If you were able to travel back to any time-period, which would it be and why?
 
I would love to visit the 1920s. The fashions were wonderful, literature, movies, and music flourished, and women in the U.S. were finally given the vote and some independence.
 
I just finished In the Shadow of Blackbirds and was completely blow away from the ending! I totally didn't those people causing Stephen's downfall. Did you do a lot of research on shell-shock and ghost photography for this book? Were there really desperate people out there during the war who would do anything for money?
 
Yes, I studied quite a bit about both shell shock and spirit photography, using books and online resources, as well as chatting with photography collectors. Sadly, numerous people did turn to phony spirit photographers and mediums for comfort as a result of the widespread grief that occurred during WWI. The same thing happened during the U.S. Civil War, which is when spirit photography scams first showed up. Online collections of these historical “ghost” photos can be found at http://photographymuseum.com/believe1.html and http://scienceandsociety.co.uk.
 
Your character's name is Mary Shelley- did you try incorporating yourself and/or Mary Shelley herself in her?
 
Mary Shelley Black is much more outspoken than I was as a teen, and I don’t completely share her scientific and analytical mind, although I was always good at biology, and my dad is an engineer. When I was a little kid, I once tried inventing a doorbell out of my toys in my bedroom, but I couldn’t do it, which frustrated me. In one of the early chapters of In the Shadow of Blackbirds, Aunt Eva refers to Mary Shelley inventing an improved version of a doorbell for a science fair project, and that came straight out of my desire to do such a thing as a child.

Although my character is named after the author of Frankenstein, I didn’t specifically want to make her similar to the novelist. However, I did enjoy adding Frankenstein elements into the book, namely the use of lightning as a catalyst for the supernatural, as well as the dangers of going too far with scientific experimentation. 
 
Are any of the other character's based on other people in your life?
 
Not consciously. I would have loved to have been friends with a book-loving photographer boy growing up, but Stephen was purely a fictional creation. Aunt Eva is a worrier like all of the women in my family (myself included), so in some ways she’s probably the most like the people I know. I can also see a little bit of both of my kids in Mary Shelley.
 
I really need to know: did you make those anagrams (boy, I hope that's what they're called) for Stephen's photographs before hand, or was that something you later incorporated in later drafts? (Because to be honest with you, they were pretty genius!).
 
Thank you! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the anagrams. Originally, there were no anagrams in the novel, and Stephen hid his message for Mary Shelley by writing the words in French. I realized that was an unfair advantage for French speakers—they’d know the answer to his puzzle immediately, whereas everyone else would have to either look it up or wait until the end of the book. Finally, it hit me: I should make Stephen a fan of anagrams. I made up the anagrams that appear in the book the old-fashioned way: by writing out the word I wanted to hide and crossing off letters until I found a fun scrambled version of the word. Yes, there are online anagram decoders, but I wanted to create the puzzles the way my characters would have in 1918.
 
Did you already have the ending scene for Stephen and Mary Shelley planned out before hand, or did it take you a couple of times to get that scene right? (That scene had me crying like a baby at 2am by the way!).
 
Yes, that ending was always a part of the book. Some details about it changed, including the addition of the blackbirds, which actually weren't a part of the original draft. Reading Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach a couple months after finishing the first draft also helped me figure out the motivations of one of the characters involved in the ending.
 
In the Shadow of Blackbirds is a standalone novel, am I correct? Do you have any upcoming projects coming up soon?
 
It is indeed a standalone novel. I have a few upcoming projects in the works: The Cure for Dreaming, a YA novel involving hypnotism in 1900 America (coming October 2014 from Amulet Books), and a short story that will be published in the YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys (coming Fall 2015 from Dial). In addition, William Morrow will be publishing an adult novel of mine called The Uninvited. Like In the Shadow of Blackbirds, that one is also a paranormal tale set in 1918.
 
What's one thing that you wish to accomplish six months from now?
 
I need to turn in my draft for The Uninvited by June, so that’s my biggest goal for the upcoming months.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Six Months of Sleepless Reading: an interview with Josin L. McQuein +ARC Giveaway




Welcome to Day 4 of my blogaversary! I got the chance to interview Josin L. McQuein, the author of Arclight & Premeditated, and enter the chance to win an ARC of Meridian! And YES, this ARC giveaway IS international!

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Hello Josin! I am so happy to have you on my blog! I really am a fan of your books! What is your favourite genre to read?




Hi Allison! Thank you so much for letting me participate in your blogoversary. (And I'm so happy you've enjoyed my books.) 




I'm a giant nerd, so Sci-Fi and Fantasy are definitely my favorites. I'm the kind of person that doesn't mind hand-waving the details for sci-fi, so long as they make narrative sense, and there's nothing better than a fantasy that's "out there" but still follows its own rules! Give me alien landscapes and descriptions of new cultures I'd want to experience if they were real.
 
What's your WOW (Waiting on Wednesday) book for today?



CRESS, by Marissa Meyer. The whole Lunar series is wonderful, and I can't wait to read about Rapunzel in a satellite. Also DREAMS of GODS and MONSTERS, the final Daughter of Smoke and Bone book by Laini Taylor. Her writing is like art on paper, painting itself in your head as you read.
 
Your characters in your dystopian/sci-fi series, Arclight, don't really know much about their past (our present). If you can give Tobin, Marina, and Anne-Marie book recommendations, what would they be?



I'd have to recommend non-fiction for someone in that situation. Novels are great, but if you're filling in the blanks of a missing past, then you need to start with facts before fiction. I don't think it's possible to truly enjoy a piece of fiction unless you have the factual context to compare it to, anyway. (Imagine reading something like The Hunger Games and not knowing that it wasn't set in a real time or place in US history.)

Encyclopedias, magazines like old Time or Life, and newspapers or news broadcasts would be the best place to start.
 
If you had the chance to write a Tobin/Marina short story of them plotting where to escape to in the world (eg. Paris, Las Vegas, London etc), where do you think they would go?




I think Marina would head for the desert, because that's what she sees in that snowglobe that Tobin gave her. Santa Fe or or Phoenix, since they're in the US, and those would be the closest options for them. It's a place that both would feel reasonably safe.

Tobin, however, would probably try and find a way to Paris, since that's the snowglobe that he likes to wind up and listen to. The desert may be his favorite, but the Paris landscape is tied to his memories of his mother. That's a powerful motivator.


Are there only two books to the series? Arclight and Meridian?












To me, there are four. There's the trilogy starting with Arclight, and then a prequel focusing on Honoria's teen years as she watches the world fall to the Fade. My UK publisher has bought three books, but my original US deal was for the first two. Since Meridian ends on something of a cliffhanger, I hope that Greenwillow will want to go ahead and finish the trilogy.
 
Arclight left Marina in a difficult decision, choosing between two different lives and guys. Will Marina's decision fuel more tension between the Fade and the Arclight, or will she finally be able to unite them?



Marina's about to find out that there's more behind her difficult choices than she realizes. She's literally not the person she was before she entered the Arclight - she's not even the same species - and that created a situation where she wasn't just choosing between the boys; she was also choosing which life she would be able to live. However, going through those changes doesn't mean that all of her old life is over, or even out of her biological systems. Honoria warned her that the Fade don't let go of a body easily, and Marina's going to find out that there's a lot of truth in those insights.
 
How will Marina's relationship change in Meridian with her friends now that her secret is out?



Meridian has a lot of changes that come hard and fast. A LOT. Letting the Fade into the Arclight at the end of the first novel has some serious repercussions that extend beyond the Arc itself. The kids set some things in motion that they can't see, yet, but once those things become clear, they'll have some choices to make - ones that take them beyond the boundaries of the world they know, and even beyond those of what they call the Dark.

There will be changes in family dynamics, and changes to friends, because it's going to be hard to determine who can and can't be trusted. 
 
On a scale of one to ten, how emotionally crippling will Meridian be?



It depends on which part you're talking about. Some of it's funny - Rue and Tobin like to take shots at each other, and do so at every opportunity. But in the end... well, I've said they venture out of the safety of the Arclight. No one's safe. So lets say it runs the scale from 2-9.


I want to say thanks again to Allison for letting me stop by, and I'll also say that these are some of the best interview questions I've seen. They're not the usual fare, and I hope I've answered them adequately. I'm looking forward to Meridian's release in two months, and I hope all of you who venture back into the world of Light and Dark enjoy the journey.




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About the Author

Josin L. McQuein

YA and MG writer repped by Laura Rennert of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. I have a habit of doodling things that turn into actual pictures. I toss them up at random intervals for readers to point and laugh at. She is the author of Arclight and Premeditated.


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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Six Months of Sleepless Reading: an interview with Natalie Richards +US Giveaway



It's Day 3 of my blogaversary week, and today I share with you my interview with Natalie Richards, author of Six Months Later! Also, to those from the US, you can win a copy of the book bellow using the Rafflecopter widget!



Synopsis (from Goodreads):



She has everything she's ever wanted. But not her memory...

When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. 

Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.


What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows...

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Hello Nat! I'm so happy to finally have you on Sleepless Reads! I'm going to start off with some easy questions: what's your favourite thing to snack on while writing? 

YAY!  Me too!  It’s so awesome to be here at last!  My favorite things are so weird.  I love chocolate (Ghiradelli chocolate and caramel is a favorite) but I’m also often sushi-powered.  And all of my writing is thanks to a frequent supply of Starbucks four-pump non-fat mochas.  ;-) 
 
How's Tumblr? 
 
Tumblr is amazing and shiny and I have literally had NO time to play on it.  Which makes me sad and stuff.  *sob* 
 
Who's your author/fictional character crush? 
 
Oooh….so many.  So. Darn. Many. I could write a book on crushes.  For authors,  I can go with Rainbow Rowell, Libba Bray, John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Jay Asher to name a few.  My most recent book crush/author crush is Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Sepetys.  Holy moly that is a book that cuts you to the quick.  Powerful stuff. 
 
How long did it take you to write the first draft of Six Months Later? 
 
Ironically, probably right about six months. HA! 
 
What made you want to write a cool, plot-twisty novel? Did it take lots of planning to write it? 
 
Um…my brain is twisted.  I know, way to keep the interview classy! But seriously, it is.  The book sort of felt like a web to me when I started it and the more I thought about it/wrote/outlined/planned (I’m a plantster by nature so I do a little “flying by the seat of my pants” with my writing and a little planning/plotting) the more threads my brain came up with.  I really enjoy books that keep you guessing and thinking.  
 
What advice would you give to your main character, Chloe, if you were able to write yourself in your book? 
 
Hmmm…it’s hard to do this without giving stuff away.  But I would tell her to believe in herself, that she’s not crazy. 
 
Did you have a specific character you related to the most while writing? 
 
Wow, this is a great question!  I think I’d actually have to pick Maggie.  Maggie drove something similar to what I learned to drive in – her room was a bit like mine.  She wasn’t based off of me or anything, but we have the most in common, I think. 
 
Since the book is called Six Months Later, and I am celebrating six months of blogging, what did you imagine your life six months before, and does your life now surprise you? 
 
WOW!  I love that question!  Okay, the biggest surprise?  I thought that maybe I’d get used to talking to readers and it would stop being so exciting to hear that people enjoyed my book.  But it’s not.  Quite the opposite.  I’m just so blown away and touched to meet so many great people that have enjoyed it.  It’s been amazing. 
 
Any upcoming projects? 
 
YES!  My next book is complete and scheduled (I think!) to be released in January of 2015.  It’s called Choose One Name and it’s a book that deals with vigilantism and a lot of moral ambiguity.  My main character, Piper, is in an incredibly tough position (geez—I must love to torture my poor heroines, huh? LOL!) and her journey is both scary and emotionally gutting.  I’m super excited about it! 
 
Thank you so much for having me on the blog – I'm really happy to be here and wish you ALL THE BEST in the next six months, six years, who knows….maybe even the next SIX DECADES…of blogging!  May it bring you lots of amazing people and books! 



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About the Author


Natalie Richards

Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. When she's not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog.

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As stated above, this is a US ONLY giveaway, because the author herself will be giving away this awesome prize! But don't worry international fans, I have 3 giveaways for you to enter here, here, and here! And tomorrow, is an ARC giveaway as well!

 


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