Weather Witch Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway


I’m thrilled to be part of the Author’s Taproom’s blog tour for Shannon Delany’s new series the Weather Witch. I was a huge fan of Shannon’s 13 to Life series and am really enjoying her new series. My review for the book should be up sometime soonish. Check out my awesome interview with Shannon below, as well as learn about how to win some awesome prizes and learn more about this awesome new book series.


About the book:

In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!

Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!

But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.

Trailer:


Interview with Shannon Delany

Describe your book in five words or less.
A storm of strife.

How does writing the Weather Witch series differ from writing the 13 to Life series? Do you find writing one harder than the other?
The voice and POV of Weather Witch is vastly different than 13 to Life. In 13 to Life you were Jessie, or Alexi… It was 1st person and you saw through their eyes only. Weather Witch is more removed in some ways. I’m tackling hard topics (again) but in a way I hope makes readers ask themselves questions. 13 TO LIFE was easier to write because (having done 5 books in 1st person POV) I have more experience writing that way.

Which character in the Weather Witch was your favorite to write and why?
Oh, wow. I actually enjoyed writing Bran the most. He’s dark and troubled and there’s just so much to him (even beyond the series’ pages). He was like 13 TO LIFE’s Max–a character who was only supposed to be cardboard–a tool to the story’s progression or, at most, another character’s foil, but he wouldn’t settle for that.

Do you outline or just write and see where it takes you? Did you know the how the series was going to end before you started writing?
I don’t really outline. I’m sure I should–I think it’s what grown-up writers really do–but I tend to jot down my promotional ideas, do a synopsis, a few sketches and then I start writing. The most amazing thngs happen when you just write and let them happen. Pieces puzzle together and the “aha! moments” pounce on you.

What is harder to write, the first sentence or the last?
Honestly, everything in between is the hardest to write! I often know the beginning and the end and only need to tweak and tighten them a few times before I’m happy with them, but what many authors call “the soggy middle” is the area of a book where the plot bunnies roam and distractions catch the eyes of your characters.

What is your strangest writing habit?
The fact I don’t currently have any writing habits? I used to, but writing has been a bit haphazard for me recently–many things beg for my attention so my schedule is all wonky and the only thing I do regularly is open the document I’m working on, skim a few paragraphs and dive in to the new writing.

I love the world you created in Weather Witch. What served as your inspiration for this series?
Thank you! I’ve always been fascinated by clouds and thunderstorms and the power they have. Connect that to my early memories of being on a sailboat with my mom and day and my love of history and places like Philadelphia, Herkimer, Bangor, and Salem and my hatred of slavery and torture as a means of gaining a person’s compliance and BOOM you get Weather Witch.

If you could spend a day with a character from any book who would it be and why?
Hagrid from the Harry Potter series. He’s a good-hearted guy, a bit of a bumbler, but tremendously intriguing. Plus he has interesting pets and a garden. I’m cool with all that.

If you had a time machine and could travel to any time and place, where would you go?
I used to say if I had all my immunizations up to date, water purification tablets and Purell aplenty I’d go back to the Renaissance and hope to meet Queen Elizabeth I, Grania O’Malley, and maybe see a Shakespeare play at the Globe. But now? I don’t know. I’m finally starting to like the here and now. Or at least feel like I’m part of it.

What YA book do you wish had been published when you were a teen?
There are actually quite a few. I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed Harry Potter then (though I love it now) but I might have connected to The Hunger Games. I loved The Blue Sword and anything else with female heroes.

About Shannon Delany:

Shannon Delany has been writing fiction since she was a child. Inspired by a teacher in 4th grade and the creative endeavors of her parents, she was frequently encouraged to find her voice. First published in 8th grade in a short story anthology, she caught the writing bug for good and used her teen friends as beta readers but it wasn’t until after being a middle school teacher that she pursued writing seriously. She freelanced for magazines and newspapers and then won the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world with 13 TO LIFE. An agent and a press release followed quickly and she was snapped up by St. Martin’s Press where she has happily remained through 5 novels in the 13 TO LIFE series and three novels in the WEATHER WITCH series. She also contributes to charity anthologies, has a small heritage farm and a blog talk radio show called BOOKED! with Shannon Delany.


Blog Giveaway Information

Leave a comment on this post, including a method of communication, to be entered to win a mini-prize pack. Contest open internationally. Mini-prize pack includes:

  • a signed mini poster
  • a signed postcard and more story-related goodies

Tour-Wide Giveaway Information

Shannon Delaney will be giving away the following to a few lucky winners:

  • a signed copy of Weather Witch
  • a Weather Witch coffee mug with special goodies (all connected to the story)
  • signed copies of 13 to Life and Secrets and Shadows
  • a handcrafted mask
  • a special metal and crystal bookmark
  • a mini top hat
  • a silhouette of their own profile cut and matted by me (it’ll take a few weeks after getting their profile before I can get it to them, of course).

Just fill complete the raffelcopter below to be entered to win. Giveaway open internationally.

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YA Spooktacular: Story 2

Welcome to another stop for the second annual YASpooktacular, hosted by Frenzy of Noise and Wicked Awesome Books.

This year, there are three stories written by some of your favorite authors that will be posted throughout the week. Each story is a choose your adventure, where you get to decide what path to send the character down. Sometimes you live, sometimes you die, and sometimes you fall into a pit of no return.

There are also some TRICKS or TREATS scattered throughout the story, where you can enter to win prizes and get bonus points toward the prize packs. The prize pack for 2 will be up tomorrow! On Halloween day, the grand prize pack will be posted. You can click the banner above to see a full list of the YASpooktacular prize packs!


About the Author
Gretchen McNeil writes YA urban fantasy, paranormal and historical fiction. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. She’s a founding member of vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as “Monday” and an active member of both The Enchanted Inkpot, a group blog of YA and middle grade fantasy writers, and The Apocalypsies, a group blog of 2012 (oops) children’s book debuts. Her debut YA horror/paranormal POSSESS was published by Balzer and Bray for HarperCollins in August 2011.

You can find Gretchen on Twitter, on her blog, and on Goodreads. You can order her books at the following places: Amazon, Barnes and NobleThe Book Depository.

To start the story from the beginning, click on this image!

Without opening your eyes, you answer your phone. “What?” you snap. “Des, if this is your idea of a joke I’m going to—“

“Things are about to get…scary.” It’s the same pseudo-male voice as before, whispering and speaking extra slowly so you don’t miss a word. “And you’ll have choices to make.”

“I don’t know who this is,” you say, trying to sound braver than you feel. “But I don’t appreciate the prank calls, okay?”

“Good luck,” the voice says. The phone goes dead.

You stare at the phone in your hand, trying to make sense of what the caller told you. Things will get scary? You’ll have to make choices? Before you can even process, your phone screams again. This time you recognize the phone number.

“Stace!” you say. “Finally.”

You hear your best friend sobbing on the other end, calling your name.

“Stace?” you said. “Stace, what’s wrong?”

“I don’t know where I am.” Her voice high and shrill with panic. “Help me. Help me!”

Holy shit, is this a joke? Stace couldn’t act her way out of a box and her terror sounds so real it sends a chill down your spine.

“Are you there?” she sobs.

“Stace,” you say quickly. “What happened? Where are you?”

“I don’t know!” she screams. “Someone was in my car. Grabbed me when I was coming to your party. I woke up here and…” Her voice trails off. Despite the static on the line, you can clearly hear heavy footsteps coming through the phone. “Oh my God,” Stace whispers. “He’s here. He’s—“ Stace pauses then screams.

The phone cuts out, but you realize you can still hear Stace screaming. And it’s coming from inside the house.

You run down the hall, following the scream, cursing the ridiculously high heels you’re wearing with your Zombie French Maid costume. It dies out just as you reach the stairs leading to the basement. Oh my God, is Stace okay? You pick up your phone to call 911 but when you push the green button, you accidentally answer an incoming call.

This time, you hear Michael’s shaky voice on the other end, saying your name. “Michael, I need your help,” you blurt out. “I need you to call Stace’s phone. I think something’s happened.”

“Listen very carefully,” Michael says. He’s speaking slowly, just like the anonymous caller, and even though he’s not crying like Stace had been, you realize immediately that something is very, very wrong.

“Are you there?” Michael says. This time, his voice cracks. “Are you listening?”

“Yeah,” you say. Your heart is pounding again. Your mind is racing and you have no idea what’s going on, but you force yourself to focus on what Michael says.

“Where are you?” you ask.

“I don’t know how I got here, but… there’s gasoline everywhere. I can smell it. I can’t move. I woke up with my phone and there’s a note that said I had to call you and say you had to make a choice.”

“A choice?” Your mouth goes dry. “What kind of a choice?”

“There’s a candle burning and if it burns too low I think…” His voice trails off and once again, you hear heavy footsteps on the other line. “What are you doing?” Michael says. His calm demeanor has vanished and you can hear the panic in his voice. “Who are you? What are you—“

The phone goes dead. Out of the corner of your eye, through the large window in the dining room, you see a bright orange glow.

The garage is on fire.


If you run to the garage, go to Red House BooksIf you run downstairs into the basement, go to The Book Cellar.

Make sure you visit Lisa M. Potts tomorrow and enter to win the prize pack for story 2!

And visit Frenzy of Noise or Wicked Awesome Books. on October 31st to enter the GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY for a ton of books and a ton of swag!!


Treat
Fill out the form by clicking on the image above or clicking here to be entered to win an ARC of Shifting by Bethany Wiggins and an ARC of Between by Jessica Warman.

Blog Tour: Character interview: Tiki from The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Welcome to today’s stop in the Faerie Ring blog tour hosted by the lovely Mundie Moms. I’m super excited to share with you guys an interview with Tiki, the main character of The Faerie Ring! Kiki’s debut novel is in store NOW and I highly recommend you go pick up a copy. To find out more about the blog tour you can go here.

And don’t forget to go to tomorrow’s stop at Girls in the Stacks with a guest post from Kiki. To find out about all the stops on the tour go HERE.



Hi Tiki thanks for being here today. How would describe yourself in five words or less? 

Hallo Dani, thanks for inviting me over. I guess I would say this: sixteen, orphaned, caring, some say clever and perhaps a bit sneaky at times.
Tell us two truths and a lie.
Do I have to tell you which is which? Since you didn’t say so, I think not. Let’s see if you can figure it out.
1. My parents died two years ago and I was sent to live with my aunt and uncle.
2. My mum would tease me as a little girl and tell me I’d been marked by faeries.
3. Rieker taught me how to pick a pocket.
I know you are an avid reader. If you could live in any book, what book would it be? 
There’s a book called Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen, a writer from Bath, that is quite enchanting. Mr. Darcy seems the prig, but in the end is rather charming.
What is one of your favorite childhood memories? 
I used to love when my father would read faerie stories to me. We’d sit before the fire and he’d read out loud. My mother would do her fancy work in a nearby chair and my cocker spaniel, Scotty, and I would sit on the floor and listen. I loved that time.

What is your favorite place in London to escape from the chaos of daily life?
St. James Park is about 15 minutes from Charing Cross. And then beyond that there is the Queen’s Park and Hyde Park. I love all those parks – the trees and the water – it’s like visiting another world.

What is your biggest fear? 
That I’ll be caught and thrown into the workhouse and separated from the others. That I wouldn’t be there to help care for the little ones.


About the book:

The Faerie Ring
Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen
Released: September 27, 2011

Synposis:

Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

Trailer:

Supernaturally Blog Tour!

I’m really pleased to have Kiersten White here today with a super awesome guest post for the Supernaturally blog tour.. Today we have another IPCA Dossier and artist rendering of another creature from Evie’s world in Paranormalcy and Supernaturally. Read on to learn more about the Elementals in the books.

IPCA Employee Handbook Section 3.1.9
Elementals
Level Six
Ancient Origins, Separate Evolution, Various Forms
Immortality: Insofar as such things can be considered alive, yes
Breeding: No breeding threat
Types: Earth (gnomes), Water (nymphs, ondines, etc), Air (sylphs*), Fire (salamanders**)
*Visual confirmation has never been successfully achieved
**Fire salamander birth from flames has yet to be witnessed
Myths: Personification of various types of elementals; no known extensive human-elemental interaction. Little is known of origin or types. Though IPCA officially recognizes these four elementals, their existence (with the exception of gnomes and a few localized nymphs) is not proven. Additionally, some feel faeries are classified as elementals under “spirit.” (See Appendices: Elementals, Discussion of, 89.745.)
Facts: Few undisputed facts about elementals. Please see further information on Gnomes and Salamanders, as well as supplemental pamphlets “My Time with Ondine” and “Digging for Gnomes” (both pre-dating IPCA, from APCA).
Dangers: Unknown.
Information contributed by Evelyn age 15 (please see Appendices Catalog, Section 7, for details on glamour-piercing abilities), transcribed from the original audio:
Elementals? Like, what do you mean? [interviewer unintelligible] Oh. Yeah, I don’t really want to talk about elementals. Do you know what they had me do when I was thirteen? I had to sit on the banks of this river in Greece for THREE WEEKS just staring at the water trying to see something! Do you have any idea how boring it is trying to see a nymph? They tell me a trip to Greece, and then that’s all I do. It sucked. So when they asked me to sit on a mountainside for a couple of weeks staring at the air—the bleeping AIR—looking for evidence of a sylph I faked sick. Don’t sigh like that, Raquel. You would have, too. As far as salamanders, I asked for one for Christmas last year. Still waiting.
Artist rendering of Evelyn’s Salamander description:
How cool is that? I personally would love a salamander as well!
Make sure you follow the rest of the tour to find out more about the creatures in Evie’s world. The next tour stop will be over at Good Books and Good Wine on Friday, September 23. 
I really love Paranormalcy (my review) and Supernaturally (my review) and I love the background information we are getting with this tour! 
And here’s a bit more about the book in case you haven’t heard anything about it.

Supernaturally by Kiersten White
(Paranormalcy #2)

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.

Kiersten White



Kiersten White is the NYT Bestselling author of Paranormalcy.  She has one tall husband and two small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal.  This abundance of normal led her to a fascination with all things paranormal, including but not limited to vampires, faeries, and pop culture. Visit her at http://kierstenwhite.com.

Kiersten White is also going on a physical tour where you can meet her in person. To learn more about the tour, where she is visiting and who she’s traveling with visit here.

Paranormalcy and Supernaturally are in stores now! I highly recommend you go pick up a copy!

Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars Blog Tour – ON THE FRINGES: The Skyship Community

I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Nick James’s Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars. This book is pretty awesome and I am excited for it’s release. Below we have some additional information about the Skypship community, a major part of the book, so check it out! You can learn more about the book over at Goodreads and you can pre-order it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the Book Depository.


The Skyship Community began as a separatist movement. In protest to the changes in America’s government, a band of rebels hijacked the Skyship Program (a series of large ships developed to ease population control) and set sail for the skies. The ensuing war resulted in the signing of the Hernandez Treaty, which declared the Skyship Community a sovereign nation, essentially hovering on top of another sovereign nation.
The community is comprised of over a hundred ships, though only a few are large enough to be classified as “floating cities.” Most are mid-sized, capable of housing around one to two thousand passengers.  Some are not residential at all, though each has an overriding purpose (ie: agri-ships, storage ships, hospitals). The nation’s capital is Skyship Atlas, which hovers symbolically over the ruins of Washington D.C.  Skyship Academy, where much of the book’s story takes place, is known to outsiders as a selective college for liberal arts. In reality, it’s a training ground for Pearl Agents.
Author’s Inspiration: I’ve always been in love with the idea of cities in the sky. Of course, the idea of skyships, or floating cities, has been around for a long time, but usually with more emphasis on the technical side. I wanted to humanize the types of people that would live above the clouds. Specifically, the isolation one might feel living in the sky really appealed to me. 
Terms to know:
The Hernandez Treaty – resulted in the creation of the International Skyline, an invisible, horizontal border that keeps the Skyships and the Surface separate.
The Tribunal – the Skyship Community’s acting government, comprised of three representatives.
Skyship Academy – a training ground for would-be Pearl Agents. After all, the community relies on Pearl Power to keep its ships aloft. 

Sound cool doesn’t it? And don’t forget to check out today’s other stop on the tour over at http://www.prationality.com/were Poisoned Rationality has an interview with Author Nick James. The tour continues tomorrow over at Reading Fever so make sure you stop over there!

And don’t forget to visit each blog each day to find the answers to the 8 clues. How the clues work:  Throughout the tour’s 15 stops, there will be 8 clues scattered on the blogs. Make sure you go to every stop on the tour so you can find the clues. These clues spell out a secret coordinate and you need this coordinate so you can win on the last stop of the tour over at Frenzy of Noise.
If you win, you win a supplemented copy of the book a bonus Skyship diagram and bonus chapter or annotation. A pretty cool prize if I do say so myself.
So go ahead an make you check out all the stops on the tour and pre-order Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars out September 8, 2011.

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

The Near Witch
Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1423137876
Format: ARC
Pages: 288
Ratings: 5 Stars
Wow. The Near Witch is such a lyrical, beautiful debut. I cannot even describe the awe I was in while reading this book.
The first thing about this book that will capture your attention and hold you captivated is the writing. The writing is impeccable. From the first line, the writing captivates your senses: “It starts with a crack, a sputter and a spark.” I found myself in awe of the beauty of the writing. Victoria Schwab is able to write such beautiful descriptions, I literally could picture everything There are so many beautifully written passages. I felt wrapped up in the story because of the writing. Victoria’s writing captivates the senses, literally making you think you can hear the wind and feel the breeze on the moors. It’s amazing the effect her writing has. There are just such beautiful passages and phrases. One of my favorite lines from the entire book is “The wind is lonely.” I think that is such a beautiful sentiment and makes complete sense. Wind is an extremely important element in this book and Victoria is able to capture the many different aspects of wind spot on. While the writing is so beautiful, it does not seem forced. Victoria’s writing seems so effortless, a fact a bet was not true, but it just flows so seamlessly and effortless, a skill some writers can never attain in their writing.
While I could continue on and on about how the writing left me in awe and literally gave shivers because it was so good, I will continue on to the other aspects of the book. I loved the character of Lexi. She is such a strong heroine. In a town were women are supposed to stay at home and take care of the children, Lexi is not afraid to defy authority or her family to fight for what is right. I loved that even though Lexi’s uncle would expressly tell Lexi to stay home and even force her to stay home, she would still manage to escape and try to figure out the mystery of the disappearances. Lexi always had the best intentions in mind, keeping those she loved safe, and would not be influenced by the towns irrational fear of outsiders. When Lexi knows something is wrong, she is willing to stand up a fight, no matter what the consequence. I really loved Lexi’s relationship with her younger sister Wren. You could really feel how much Lexi loves and looks out for her younger sister. Wren is what motivates Lexi to fight for the truth; she is willing to do anything to keep her younger sister safe. That type of love is hard to fake and their relationship immediately jumps off the page and is extremely relatable to any person who has a sibling, or loves some enough to do anything to protect them.
Then there is Cole. Cole is this mysterious enigma. Lexi knows little about him and so do the readers. He is a strange in the town of Near, an outsider, and instant scapegoat. He is a mystery. I loved how his role was unraveled and slowly the mystery behind Cole was peeled away. Cole was definitely a mystery that I liked unraveling. He was so secretive and very sad and I wanted to know why. I also sympathized with him because the people of Near automatically jumped on Cole as the culprit of the disappearance even as he was helping Lexi try a solve the problems. The length that Cole ends up going to help Lexi is extraordinary. You really end up sympathizing with him and hating the men of Near for what they do to him because they think that because he is a strange and arrived right as the disappearance occurred that he must be responsible and he is the only thing that could be responsible.
Once I started this book, I found it nearly impossible to put it down. I was engrossed in the story. The mystery of the disappearance was intriguing and had me turning pages until Lexi figured it out. I really enjoyed the sections of the plot that dealt with Lexi deifying what naturally expected of her and the conflict between herself and her Uncle Otto. Those scenes were some of my favorites. Towards the end of the book, the action really picked up and the last couple of chapters flew by until the book was over. I really liked how Victoria Schwab was able to wrap up everything in the end and I was satisfied with how she chose to end everything.
This book is a must read. It’s stunningly beautiful. I will definitely be picking up a finished copy to have one my bookshelf because it is just so beautifully written and captivating. It left me in awe and I felt I would never be able to explain how this book made me felt. 

Sarah Rees Brennan Week!

Sarah Rees Brennan Week

Today kicks off the first day of Sarah Rees Brennan week on the blog. This lovely little event is hosted by Heidi at YA Bibliophile and Jacinda and Jasmine at The Reading Housewives of Indiana. To find out more about this week visit here or click the button at the beginning of this post.

Basically, since the final book in the Demon’s Lexicon series, the Demon’s Surrender comes out this week, we are celebrating the awesomeness that is Sarah Rees Brennan by talking about the books, posting reviews, having giveaways and such.

So I really love the Demon’s Lexicon series, like I love it a lot, so I was immediately on board. I have reviews of the series coming up this week along with a giveaway at the end of the week. So stay tuned!!

Breathless Reads Tour Kick Off in NYC

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of going to NYC for the kick off of the Breathless Reads Tour.  A bunch of bloggers buddies (Gail of Ticket to Anywhere, Danielle of Frenzy of Noise, Nikki of Wicked Awesome Books, and Jen of Secret Life of a Bibliophile) travelled many hours from Boston to New York to see Ally Condie, Beth Revis, Kristen Miller, Brenna Yovanoff and Andrea Creamer signing at Books of Wonder.

It was a long trip, but extremely fun and eventful. The car ride was filled with talks of books, authors, blogging and lots of other fun stuff. Oh, and we had cookies. LOTS AND LOTS of YUMMY cookies!

Beth Revis, Brenna Yovanoff, Ally Condie, Andrea Creamer and Kristen Miller

Here are some highlights of the event (thanks to Jen who live tweeted as much of the questions and answers as possible! ):

Andrea and Kristen

Q: Which is the hardest line to write, the first or the last?
Kristen said the first line is the hardest line to write because everything starts there. Andrea says the last line is the hardest because you have to end on the perfect note and leave the right impression. Ally said the last line as well. Brenna said the first line. Beth said the line in the middle is the hardest. LOL

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?
All the authors loved English, but that did not mean it was their favorite subject. Brenna really loved PE in high school. Andrea went for extracurriculars and said Drama was her favorite, along with history. Ally said that she really loved biology because they had “lots of dead animals” she could cut up. Beth said history and science along with typing. And Kristen loved chemistry. “We had an expensive, fancy lab and I really wanted blow things up!” (blowing things up became a constant theme during this signing)

Beth and Brenna

Q: What book do you wish had been published when you where a teenager?
Beth really wished Harry Potter had been published when she was growing up so she could grow up with Harry as he grew up in the books. Ally Condie said she wished Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson had been published when she was growing up because there really were not any books like that dealt with issue like rape when she was growing up. Andrea Cremer said she wished John Green’s books had been published when she was growing up.

Brenna and Ally

Q: Can you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ally Condie told us about her first story called The Party. It was about how Ally had a plastic unicorn necklace and she dropped it in the stable and it became really. Not only did she have a real unicorn, it was also pregnant! So she had a party to celebrate. Andrea Cremer wrote a story about a boy with three arms who realizes that the third arm is scary so it needs to go.

There were many great questions and the authors provided great answers! You can check out the Breathless Reads tour dates to see these fabulous authors if they come by you!

Jen, Andrea, Gail, Beth, Nikki, Brenna, Danielle and Me
Nikki, Jen, Ally, Me, Gail and Danielle
Jen, Nikki, Gail, Kristen, Danielle and Me

And what would a signing be without some sort of giveaway? I have two signed books to give away from the tour! I have a signed copy of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer and a signed copy of Across the Universe to giveaway. I will also be choosing one other winner to receive a signed Breathless Reads poster. Complete the form below to be enter to win. Giveaway ends 2/18.

The "Launch" of the Good Ship Godspeed

Today marks the release of Across the Universe by Beth Revis!! I have previously reviewed Across the Universe and you can read my thoughts about it here. This book is pretty awesome and will draw you in immediately. If you don’t know anything about the book here’s a short summary:
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship—tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
Since today, 1/11/11 is the release of Across the Universe, it’s publisher Penguin Teen is launching an awesome site for the book. When you visit the book’s site (http://www.acrosstheuniversebook.com) you will be able to explore the ship Godspeed, the ship where the action of Across the Universe takes place. I suggest you explore the ship and search around, who knows what secrets you might find on the Godspeed. 

In the video below, author Beth Revis talks about Across the Universe  and explains more about the good ship Godspeed.

Along with the awesome website for Across the Universe, i09 will be hosting an exclusive 111 page excerpt from Across the Universe. But hurry up and read this excerpt because it will only be available for a short amount of time. This 111 page excerpt will be available for 12 hours only, from 11:11am EST until 11:11pm EST on January 11, 2011. Make sure you check it out!

Across the Universe hits shelves today 1/11/11! Buy the book online or visit a book store today and pick up your own copy. Oh and did I mention it has two fabulous covers? Do not forget to go “like” the Across the Universe facebook page where all sorts of cool things occur.

To learn more about the fabulous author, Beth Revis, you can visit her at:

Across the Universe is published by the wonderful people of Penguin Teen. Find them online at:
Check out the beautiful book trailer below!! 

Congratulations to debut author Beth Revis with today’s release of Across the Universe! Don’t forget to pick up your copy and check out my lovely review of Across the Universe today!

YASpooktacular Story 2: A Soul Laid Bare Part 10

Welcome to the first ever, and super awesome, YA Spooktacular event hosted by Danielle at frenzyofnoise.blogspot.com and Khelsea at onceuponareview.com . This event has been pretty awesome far and I’m so glad to be a part of it.
So, before I share the next part of the story, I just want to reiterate what is going on. There are currently two different stories being told, each in 13 parts. Each part of the story is written by a different author (some currently published, some aspiring) and posted on different blogs. On October 29th, when both stories have been completed, you will have the chance to enter to win a grand prize pack. There are two grand prize packs, one for each stories, and one open internationally. In order to win a prize pack for one of the two stories, you must comment on each part of the story you are reading to be entered. Along the way you can win extra entries and extra prizes through various Tricks or Treats. To learn more about entering and where each part of the story is being hosted visit here.
Okay, so on to the story.
I’m super excited to share part 10 of the story 2, a Soul Laid Bare. This part was written by the awesomely fantastic Heidi R. Kling. It’s pretty awesome. I hope you like it.
If you’d like to read the story from the beginning until now make sure you check out the first post over at Page Turners Blog.

A Soul Laid Bare – Part 10 by Heidi R. Kling
“My body?” Sami droned, sarcastically, fingers arched and pointing at herselfin jest. “Maybe if I had chest implants he’ d want mine. I’m going to suggest he go for Rosie. She has more to offer. In that, er, area.”
Jareth was gazing down at her with a slant-eyed expression closer to kindness than to mocking. Like he felt sorry for her. Silly kid who just didn’ t get all this murderous witchcraft stuff so she had to blow it off with a joke.
“Oh, I get it just fine,” Sami responsed to his condescending look, which she clearly didn’ t appreciate. And the ‘I get it just fine’ part? Yeah, that was pretty much a lie. She had no idea what was going on in this reality or in Tonya’s for that matter. In fact, how did she know for sure that was Mr. Cooper? Why would the town psychologist, and her old coach to boot, want to KILL her?
The one thing Sami did know? Was that a gorgeous warlock time traveling Hottie Mc Hottiepants was staring down at her, offering his hand, and even though it unnerved her and left her fingers trembling under her skirt in shame? What she really wanted to do, more than anything, was to accept it.
“Hey,” she said, her voice wafting above his head and twisting into a puff of smoke once it hit the dried needles on the evergreen behind him. “If I ask you something, something sort of crazy, you promise you won’ t a) laugh at me or b) say no.”
His look was ridiculously intense, and dark, dark as the sky above them. She waited nervously for his answer. When he finally opened his full mouth his voice was light, so different from his eyes. “I can’t promise you I won’t say no, Samantha. After all, I have no idea what you’ re going to ask.”
A small smile crawled up the corner of Sami’ s mouth. It felt nice to smile, to hear her given name stretched out and roll off his tongue like he was born to utter it. His voice sounded almost Southern in its lilt. Southern and something else. European maybe. The smile, and her real name felt odd, like it’ d been forever since she felt one, since she heard it.
This magic boy took her seriously.
And in that moment she felt powerful, too.
Pressing her palms into the cool, wet dirt she felt the sizzle—a sensation similar to one of those zapper toys you get from the joke aisle of a large Super Store. He watched the ground tremble beneath her hands, he caught her eye, eyebrows raised asking a question she wasn’t sure how to answer.
“ Touche’,” she said as the sensation—the magic—ripped through her blood making her more courageous, and more dangerous, than she ever felt possible. “So, sexy magic boy. Do you want to go to a party?”
You can catch the next part in the story tomorrow over at http://christinasbooks.blogspot.com
Oh, and remember those TRICK or TREATS?? I’m hosting a TRICK.
Here is your trick:
Write a blog post/facebook note/email about your favorite Halloween memory (costume as a kid, best ToT experience, candy, traditions, Halloween book) 1 entry
Click the button above or click HERE to enter.
Also, don’t forget to check out the other story currently going on as well. Check out Frenzy of Noise for part 1 of the other story, Darkness.