The time it was about The Winner’s Curse

When I got the invite to be part of the blog tour for The Winner’s Curse, I think I actually said I would do anything. I absolutely love this series, so I definitely wanted to be a part of the promo.

WinnersCurse BlogTour(1)Before we get to my post, let’s check out the books, shall we?

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As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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20443207Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Sounds good, right? {They totally are.}

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The “Winner’s Curse” is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted . . . but at too high a price. For the tour, we were prompted to answer the question:

What would you pay too much for?

Of course, there are a million true real world things that I could list here: love, family, good health. Not to mention ending hunger and achieving world peace.  All of those are valid choices, but I feel like that is a bit too serious for me right now.  So, I’m going to take the question literally and answer that I would pay too much to travel.

I’ve been lucky enough to go to Ireland and London, but my dream trip is Italy.  When it came to our 10 year anniversary, we went to a travel agency early in the year to set up a trip.  I had a ridiculous idea of what I wanted to do {including staying 2-3 days in one city, then taking a train to another city and doing that all over the country} and went to the appointment armed with a list of places I wanted to see and the idea that money was no object.

Thankfully, the travel agent wasn’t scared about my anal retentiveness.  We chatted with her for bit and she assured us that she would put together a fantastic 3 week trip and get back to us.  Fast forward a week later and she called me to tell me that she felt my trip requests were unrealistic and setting it up was far more work than what she wanted to deal with.

I was stunned into silence — which doesn’t happen often.

Sadly, we went to three other travel agencies and they all told us basically the same thing: that the trip was nearly impossible.  None of them understood that I was prepared to pay whatever it cost to take that dream trip.

We still haven’t made it to Italy.  We’re hoping to take a trip this year for our anniversary, this time to Paris.

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1238111Marie Rutkoski is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Winner’s Curse (March 2014). She grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance drama, children’s literature, and fiction writing.

Marie has two small sons who try very hard to make friends with the family cat, only to be snubbed for the dark quiet of a closet. Marie can tie a double figure-eight knot with her eyes closed. She’s learning how to play the violin. She’s a sucker for fancy tea, and her favorite dessert is crème brulée. Or maybe sticky toffee pudding. Tough call.

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Huge thanks to Macmillan for the invite! Make sure you’re checking out Marie’s website, following her on Twitter, liking her Facebook page and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Now. Macmillan has so nicely offered up a copy of either The Winner’s Curse or The Winner’s Crime. Keep in mind, if you choose The Winner’s Crime, you will have to wait until it’s released. Book will be coming from Macmillan, contest is US only, and additional giveaway rules are here.

Be sure to go here to see the rest of the blogs participating and for even more chances to win!

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The time it was bookish mail {15}

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve done a bookish mail post, so let’s take a look at what I’ve gotten in the mail!

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I am a huge X-Phile. I mean, I can’t quote episodes, but I own and have watched the entire series several times.  I was able to see David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson at SDCC in 2013, but at the time, I only lost my shit over bought a signed photo from David. So when Gillian announced a book tour signing date at Mysterious Galaxy, I was beyond excited.

Sadly, Gillian canceled, but I was still able to get a signed copy.

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When Blue Lily, Lily Blue was released, of course I had to pre-order a signed copy.  The awesome people at Fountain Bookstore always have Maggie’s books available. Before I set up my order, I took to Twitter and asked Maggie if she would be able to add an inscription.  She said absolutely, that I just needed to add it in the request form.

Flash forward several months. There was a UPS truck accident and the shipment to Fountain got ruined and then Maggie went on tour.  Needless to say there was a bit of a delay.

When I did get my book, there was a full page letter from Maggie explaining the entire situation.  I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get the inscription I wanted {which was completely understandable}, but BLLB was glorious and the doodle/bookplate combo was pretty cool.  Plus, there’s at least one more book coming so I can ask then.

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I’ve been a fan of Neil Patrick Harris pretty much my entire life.  I watched Doogie Howser when I was younger and who doesn’t love Barney from How I Met Your Mother?

I saw that NPH was going to be doing an event at The Grove and made plans to go.  Sadly, it was one of the few times that work interfered, and I wasn’t able to make it.  However, the lovely staff completely understood and were willing to let me order a book.  I didn’t expect to have it personalized, but definitely wanted to add NPH to the collection.

On the day I got the book, I immediately went to the title page.  Imagine my surprise when there wasn’t a signature… But wait, there was an “autographed copy” sticker on the cover.  So I looked again, turning the first couple of pages to see if it was somewhere odd.  Alas, nothing.  I figured that it was just a mistake, no big deal.

I started flipping through the book {I always look at the photos first} and stumbled upon the greatest page ever.  I highly suggest reading what it says.

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We all know about my undying love and affection for A.G. Howard, yes? I think everyone knows that Anita spoiled me like crazy and I was able to beta read Ensnared right after she finished writing it.  And then again when edits were made.  When it came time for arcs to come out, Anita told me that if she had extra author copies, she would send me one so I could complete my collection.

I wasn’t expecting one, but one day, the prettiest thing showed up with the sweetest inscription.  There’s a little more in the bottom corner and it refers to my boy and it’s glorious.

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We’ve established that I’m a spoiled brat, right?

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What pretties have you gotten in the mail lately?

The time it was about the Lunar Chronicles

The release date for Fairest is almost here and what better way to celebrate than to have a blog tour!

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22489107In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Ooooh… Sounds good, right?

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When I signed up, I had no idea what I was going to post about, but then it came to me.  I don’t think it’s a secret that I am an avid hoarder fan of book boyfriends.  So, it seemed to be a no-brainer to discuss the boys of The Lunar Chronicles.

There may be spoilers below, so tread carefully…

Kai

I’ll be completely honest.  When I first read Cinder, I didn’t jump on the OMG I FLOVE IT bandwagon.  Sure, I liked it, but I wasn’t in love with the story and I didn’t see Kai as swoony. But at the near end of Cress, we get this:

Bending his head, Kai pressed his lips to her knuckles. The plating had no nerve endings, and yet the touch sent a tingle of electricity along her arm.

“Cinder?”

“Mm?”

He lifted his gaze. “Just to be clear, you’re not using your mind powers on me right now, are you?”

She blinked. “Of course not.”

“Just checking.”

Then he slid his arms around her waist and kissed her.  — Cress pg. 544

Considering that’s about 2 pages before the ending, I’m beyond excited to see what happens between Kai and Cinder in Winter. Especially now that he knows her big secret.  I do know that I’m going to need more scenes with them together and a lot more kissing for sure.

Wolf

I was pressured to read Scarlet. Everyone and their mother told me that Wolf was worth it and that I needed to start it immediately and they were right. Never mind that Scarlet herself is pretty bad ass. But I digress.

There’s a tiny thread to Scarlet and Wolf’s story that seems so minute, but it’s definitely my favorite…and it revolves around tomatoes.

“But you’re not in the gang anymore. You don’t have to fight anymore.”

“What else would I do?” he said, with a humorless laugh. “It’s all I know, all I’m good at. Until yesterday, I didn’t even know what a tomato was.”

Scarlet smothered the start of a grin. His frustration was almost endearing. “And now you do,” she said. “Who knows? Tomorrow you might learn about broccoli. By next week, you could know the difference between summer squash and zucchini.” — Scarlet, pg. 166

Yes, there are some scenes that people would say are better than that.  I love that scene because in just a couple of sentences, it shows their true character.  It also doesn’t hurt that in a future scene, Wolf is found losing a fight against a can of tomatoes.  Scarlet fixes it and around that can of tomatoes, they have a fantastic conversation that is adorable and quite swoony in it’s own right.

Don’t get me started on the mention in Cress of Wolf cradling a can of tomatoes.  That’s something else entirely.

Thorne

I don’t even know where to begin with Thorne.  He’s flirty and fun and a maybe a bit flippant. Let’s not forget that he does mildly selfish things like cutting Cress’s hair while blind because it’s in his way or a particular thing that Cress sees and it causes her to leave…there are several good qualities about him. Not to mention, I feel fairly certain there’s something about a theatrical kiss, but I couldn’t find the exact passage.

However, on page 485 in Cress, he says “I guess it’s time.”  Four little words don’t seem like much, but in context, they’re fabulous and I’ll just let you find them on your own.

If the boys aren’t enough to sell you on this series, there are a bunch of awesome girls and quite the fairy tale retelling.  I’m super eager to get my greedy hands on Winter.

So tell me: who is your favorite boy from the series? What are you hoping happens in the future books?

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Huge thanks to Macmillan for the invite! To get all of the details on The Lunar Chronicles, check out the Facebook or Tumblr pages for the series. Don’t forget to visit Marissa’s website, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page.

You can go here to read my recap of Marissa’s San Diego tour stop for Cress. And definitely check out the other tour stops for all sorts of goodies.

Now.  Thanks to the awesome ladies at Macmillan, I’ve got paperback copies of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress up for grabs! Contest is US/Canada only and additional giveaway rules are here.

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The time it was about Tear You Apart

I read Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross last year and I don’t know why I waited so long because I loved it.  When I saw that Sarah was coming out with another book in the same world, I jumped all over it.  And of course, I was eager to be part of the blog tour.

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But before we get to Sarah’s interview, let’s check out the book.

Tear you ApartIf you want to live happily ever after, first you have to stay alive.

Viv knows there’s no escaping her fairy-tale curse. One day her beautiful stepmother will feed her a poison apple or convince her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Henley, to hunt her down and cut out her heart before she breaks his. In the city of Beau Rivage, some princesses are destined to be prey.

But then Viv receives an invitation to the exclusive club where the Twelve Dancing Princesses twirl away their nights. There she meets Jasper, an underworld prince who seems to have everything—but what he really wants is her. He vows to save her from her dark fate if she’ll join him and be his queen.

All Viv has to do is tear herself away from the huntsman boy who still holds her heart. Then she might live to see if happily ever after is a promise the prince can keep. But is life as an underworld queen worth sacrificing the true love that might kill her?

Faced with a possible loophole to her “Snow White” curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who’s fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrificing the love that might kill her?

Sounds good, right?

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1. Where did the idea for Tear You Apart come from?

Viv was introduced in Kill Me Softly, but we only get glimpses of her screwed-up life in that book. I wanted to write her story in full. And I wanted to open up the world of Beau Rivage, take readers somewhere new, and the fairy-tale underworld seemed like the perfect place.

2. Why do you love Viv and Henley and why should we root for them?

I love them because their relationship is broken. We’re not meeting them as they’re falling in love, we’re getting them as they’re falling apart, but they have so much history that they can’t make a clean break. When you get to the end of a book where the characters have finally fallen in love, it’s easy to believe in (or hope for) happily ever after, even though the relationship is just starting. But most loves are tested. Will this love last? Should it? To me, that’s as interesting as “will they get together at all?”

3. What makes a good villain and how did you incorporate that into Tear You Apart?

My favorite villains are deliciously evil; they have no moral qualms about doing bad things. (In a fantasy, or a larger-than-life story, anyway.) There are multiple villains in Tear You Apart and I definitely enjoyed their villainy, so hopefully I met my own standard there!

4. Without spoilers, is there anything that had to be cut that you wish would have stayed?

No, even if I’m reluctant to cut something at first, once I make the decision to do it, it’s because it feels like the right choice. (My editor is very wise.)

5. Describe Tear You Apart in 5 words.

Poison apples and broken hearts.

Speed [ish] round:

1. You get the call/email/letter that says you’re being published for the first time. Describe the next 5 minutes.

I think I spent the next 5 minutes taking notes as my agent went over the terms of the deal. Not very exciting, I know! It didn’t feel real or official to me until the contract was signed, which was months later.

2. What three things would you take to a desert island?

A knife, a machete, and a fishing net―assuming I wanted to survive. Otherwise I’d bring a giant cake, a pizza, and a bottle of poison.

3. You can only read one book for the rest of your life. What is it?

Wuthering Heights, maybe? I don’t know. The idea of reading only one book for the rest of my life is kind of horrifying.

4. Who are your favorite swoony boys/girls?

I am blanking on this one, but I could give you a whole list of cute animals. Some faves: Lil Rufio, Lil Bub, Sarah Dessen’s dog Roxy, Darcy the flying hedgehog (R.I.P.)

5. What is the one thing about publishing you wish someone would have told you?

Unexpected bad things will happen along the way, but there will be good surprises, too.

6. You wake up and discover you are Bella in Twilight. You know how it plays out. What do you do differently? {Thanks to Bookish Broads for letting me borrow this question.}

Move somewhere sunny immediately. If that wasn’t possible, I’d put bars on my windows, get a big dog, and skip biology until Edward graduated.

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Sarah Cross is the author of the fairy tale novels Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart (coming January 2015), the superhero novel Dull Boy, and the Wolverine comic “The Adamantium Diaries.” She loves fairy tales, lowbrow art, secret identities and silence.

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Huge thanks to Sarah for taking the time.  Make sure you’re checking out her website, following her on Twitter, liking her Facebook page, and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Now.  Can’t wait to get your hands on a copy? Egmont is so nicely offering up a signed copy of Tear You Apart! Contest US only and additional rules are here.  There will be a giveaway on every stop of the tour so, go here for the complete tour schedule and more chances to win.

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The time there was waiting

I went to the Pierce Brown signing for Red Rising after being pushed into it. Of course, he was delightful and it was a fun event. So, when I saw that he was going to be at MG again for Golden Son, it was a definite thing.

Michelle and I got down to the store a bit early, after grabbing Starbucks. We were able grab front row seats and we settled in, reading while killing time.

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By 3:30, the store was packed with people. Pierce came out right at 4pm and said he was going to read a small portion from Golden Son. He didn’t want to spoil anyone just in case people in the crowd hadn’t read the book yet.

He asked people not put him on the spot with spoilers, or he would throw things. Someone asked if he was going to throw books and he said no, there were gummy bears somewhere.

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It was then opened up to questions.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Wars

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

PC or mac?

I go both ways.

Batman or Superman?

Batman {This started a whole conversation about Batman and nipples on the bat suit.}

Now that the movie rights have been acquired, do you have any thoughts on cast?

Lots. It’ll be closer when the script is developed. I know that Daniel Day Lewis can’t play Darrow and that’s the only person I would want.

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Was the screenplay hard to write?

Yes. The book took me a month, the screenplay took me over a year. In the book, Darrow has a lot of inner monologue. And with movie, you show instead of tell.

When you’re writing, what wakes you up at 3am?

My neighbors dog. Or the idea that I’ve layered my plot wrong and I’ve stolen the idea and the real person who wrote this stuff is in a closet somewhere.

Do your characters ever go left when you want them to go right?

Yes. I’m a pantser and I don’t write great outlines. My editor will tell me how he’ll get outlines from other authors that are 30 pages and mine was on a napkin.

At what point will we learn why The Forbidden Song be forbidden?

I think it’s been talked about in the culture. It was used during the rebellion. I still can’t tell you.

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Favorite book from childhood and one book that you read over and over again?

I really like A Night in the Cupboard because they fought giant rats. I also really love the abridged copy of the Iliad that my parents gave me when I was six. One that I constantly read is Dune.

Does Darrow have a last name?

Just son of Dale. He’s more proud of his clan than what his last name would be. The reds are all about the clan where the golds are all about the name.

Do you have a little more say in the movie since you wrote the screen play?

That’s a cute question. I’m able to keep a little bit of control, but it’s all based on the relationship that I have with the director. Plus, I know where he lives.

The most drastic thing you’ve done for a deadline?

I’ll tell you the 3rd most drastic. Does it have to be about writing? I wrote a horrible paper about Russia. My professor was an ex-CIA agent and I didn’t read the entire set of directions. I thought it was 1 or 2 topics of 7 listed and it was 7 of 7.  We stayed up and drank probably 5 pots of coffee.  When I was done, I had to go for a walk and ended up at the gym, where I fell asleep.

A few weeks later, I got the paper back and it wasn’t a bad grade, but there was a note to look at a specific page.  At one section, it said “Vladimir Stinky Dick Putin”.  I guess my friends got a little bit of revenge while I was sleeping.

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I’ve heard you’ve read a lot of stuff before Red Rising…

Yeah. Stuff would be accurate. There was one about people flying around on stuffed animals, throwing lances at each other.

What are you reading right now?

Station 11. Wait. Was the correct answer, nothing I’m just writing the 3rd book?

How far are you into book 3?

Pretty far? Did my editor send you?

Will you be at SDCC?

Yes. My first time, I was so nervous that some one handed me a beer and told me to shotgun it.  Someone saw me and ran and told them that we were doing it.

Do you cosplay?

No, but I appreciate it.

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How long was the character in your head if it only took you a month to write?

Literally like 2 days. We were mountain climbing at night and the stars were so bright. It’s the most beautiful thing and the most agonizing. I was reading Antigone {and I don’t know where this went} and the character was pretty much fully formed.

If you hit a road block because the characters are so intelligent, how do you get around it?

I take a lot of walks. And I eat. Or I’ll decide to clean my tires and then decide that I should clean my car too. That I need to take care of my stuff. Sometimes I’ll try to push through it and then fix it later.

I’ve written a letter in the character’s voice. If they’re writing a confession to someone, what would they say? It might not be the best decision, but at least they made a decision.

There was a question about his current non-fiction reads, but I wasn’t fast enough. He talked about loving things that were based on history, that if the characters are interesting, he’ll care about history.

What’s your favorite incarnation of Batman?

I thought we covered this. Nipple gate. I like Christian Bale. It might not be the most accurate, but I like how it works with my imagination.

You don’t like Adam West?

I like Adam West on Family Guy. That’s probably my favorite.

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Did you have a playlist?

Yes.  I should probably get that out there.  A lot of Of monsters and Men, Ben Fold, a lot of Johnny Cash.

I just finished my first novel. Do you have any editing advice?

Find some readers that you trust and let them read it. Know that if they don’t like your writing, it doesn’t mean they don’t like you. Your writing will get better.

It has been about 30 minutes of Pierce answering questions before the signing portion started.  We were told to line up by number {Michelle and I were 34 and 35}. We ended up being right in front of Keiko and we pushed The Wrath and The Dawn as hard as we could chatted about all of the books she needed to read immediately.

After about an hour, Michelle and I got up to Pierce.  Introduced himself and shook our hands. He loved the mustache post its we used, so he took a photo with Michelle while both of them were wearing the post its.  She asked him one song to describe the writing process and that prompted an entire conversation about music and Mars Volta and I sort of stood back and watched Michelle sort of swoon all over him.

While I was watching, Pierce grabbed my book right out of my hand.  He started laughing and said “Ha! She didn’t even see me coming!” When he handed it back to me, he told me what the inscription said and then explained that it was something the golds say at dinner before they starting killing people.

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As always, Pierce is delightfully charming and his smile should definitely be illegal.  I haven’t had a chance to read the books yet, but as excited as tonight’s crowd was, I need to get to them soon.

The time it was a real book challenge {2}

As you may or may not know, I participated in the 2014 real book challenge.  The ladies at Swoony Boys & Fiction Fare are doing it again for 2015, so here we are for another year of real books!

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This is my sort of challenge — there aren’t a lot of rules except to put down the Kindle and pick up some books from my TBR piles.  And since I didn’t make my challenge number in 2014, I’m going to go for the same number in 2015.

I’m going to challenge myself to read 150 real books in 2015.

You guys should join me! Besides being a fun and laid back sort of challenge, there’s a Goodreads group and monthly giveaways. Click here to go to the page at Swoony Boys for full details and a way better explanation.

I hope to see some of you signing up!

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The time we had a gag order

When Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner announced a US tour, I was really hoping they would do a SoCal date because I didn’t get to see them when they were at MGRB. So of course when a date at MG was announced, Michelle and I were going.

We met at the new store {OMG SO GORGEOUS!} and we got books before heading to Cocos for pie.

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They set up the seating in the New Event Area and got front row seats. The authors came out right at 5 and MaryElizabeth called me out for typing on my phone. When I said that I was typing up my blog post, MaryElizabeth said that I could add to the post that she called me out.

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MaryElizabeth introduced them and asked them about how the trilogy wasn’t traditional.

M: A traditional trilogy is same world and same characters. Like The Hunger Games. Our trilogy is a little different. The main characters change in each book.

{At this point, Meagan knocked over her water bottle, but caught it.  I said she was a ninja and Amie said that Meagan’s superpower was recovery.  That she is the biggest klutz, but has the best recovery.  She will do a crazy windmill type motion, but never hits the ground.}

{To Amie:} What is your answer to superpowers?

A: Great persuasion. I can talk anyone into doing anything they don’t want to do. Things that are outside their comfort zone.  Just ask Meg.

Do you have to have read These Broken Stars first?

A: You don’t have to, but if you have you’ll get more out it.

M: There are some big things from book 1 that you’ll get spoiled with if you haven’t read it.

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What is the attraction between rebels and soldiers?

M: It’s all about opposites. It’s a guy and a girl and they usually hate each other.

A: It’s totally different worlds, they have different morals and values.

{There was a conversation about Lilac and how people were quick to judge her.  There were even some readers who mentioned that they were upset with themselves for judging Lilac. One person even said that they realized that they are unfair to women in real life.}

A: We did the journey before the characters did. Are the soldiers oppressing us or helping us? We both had different views.  And we argued about it.  Here’s this rational person that you respect and see eye to eye about things most of the time…

M: But you could honestly see where the other person was coming from.  No one had to change their opinion.

How does the partnership work?

M: I know it wouldn’t work with just anyone. There has to be chemistry. For me, it’s a lot of fun and there’s instant feedback. If you think something is bad, that other person can tell you if it’s great or it’s bad.

A: There’s someone in the trenches with you.

M: Amie writes the male POV and I wrote the girls. She’ll write a chapter and I’ll lightly revise it. During revisions it’s a free for all, we both rewrite each other’s things.  We get to a point where neither of us remember who wrote what.

A: We’re on opposite sides of the planet, so when I’m going to bed, Meg is waking up. We do a little hand off.  I’ll tell her what I’ve been working on and if she wants to keep me working on my part, these are the things I need her to work on.

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How did you find each other?

A: Online. We met writing fanfiction online. When Meg’s series got published, we thought it was maybe something we could do.

M: We have so many things that we’ve written that no one has seen. We played with the characters for about a year before we showed anyone.

What are you reading right now?

M: Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley. It’s a graphic novel and it was amazing. If anyone is looking to get into comics, pick it up.

A: Now That You’re Here by Amy Nichols. I blurbed it and I loved it.

M: I just realized that we didn’t talk about what are books were about. A reader told us that it’s that it’s like the movie Titanic, if it were in space and the ship crashed within 15 minutes and they landed on the planet from Lost.

A: When the initial synopsis for This Shattered World came up, they didn’t mention the sex of the soldier so everyone thought it was a same sex couple. No one thought the solider could be a girl.

M: We wanted two completely different characters.

A: Lilac is a girly girl. She’s strong and proving herself, but liked dresses. Jubilee would punch you if you tried to put her in a dress. Tarver is a total solider and Flynn hates war.

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Can you tell us something about the dress?

M: The covers are based on real photographs. The dress is custom made and they sent it to us.

A: The model on the cover, look at how serene she looks. She’s on a trampoline, like 6 feet in the air and there are all sorts of people spotting her.  Afterwards, I asked them what the people were actually going to do if she fell.  They told me that they would have probably all jumped out of the way, but it made the model feel better.

At this point, Meagan and Amie told us that they had gotten the okay to sort of talk about book 3.  We were put on a strict gag order.  We were not allowed to post the name of the title {which we learned} or anything about book 3 {which we got a slight idea}.  I raised my hand to ask a question a MaryElizabeth asked if I needed to be sent away from the room.  I asked if we were allowed to brag about the information without being specific and they said yes.

INSERT ALL OF THE AWESOME STUFF ABOUT BOOK 3.

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M: Marie Lu asked us if we like writing action or romance more. It’s like action! Romance! Action! Romance! I decided I wanted kissing and explosions all the time. The best part is that we don’t have a budget. We don’t have to worry about something plummeting about of the sky and bouncing.

A: But now it’s being optioned for tv and they’re like “good lord”. The way the Icarus fell was correct. People think that because there’s a girl in a dress on the cover, it’s not a real sci-fi.

M: These books were checked by physicists and biologists and a Irish language specialist.

A: A lot of stuff isn’t possible yet, but we wanted to make sure it was as close as we could get.

M: We get a lot of people who claim these books are romance. And that’s fine, it is. But it’s also sci-fi.  But, in some places, it’s getting taken out of the sci-fi section because it’s written by female authors with female characters on the cover.

{There was a lot more to this section. There was an entire conversation about female characters and how Amie used to be a mediator and the assy thing an electrician said to her.}

A: We need to stop making characters who do things that we don’t know how to do. We have a friend who is a doctor who gets emails randomly: I need to make someone lose an arm, but they need to be in a action sequence later… And she’s a big reader, so she doesn’t even flinch.  She’ll just start answering me.

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Who is your favorite character?

A: It’s whoever I’m writing at then moment. This guy for book 3 is a lot of fun.

M: The girl in book 3 is also a lot of fun. When I started writing Jubilee, it was so much fun because I was so deep into writing Lilac and Jubilee was new.

{There is a lot of stuff that came after this, but I was enjoying the conversation, and I sort of stopped typing. Sorry that this is just such a hot mess of a recap.}

Each author then talked about what they had coming up.  Meagan’s info was included under the gag order. Amie’s upcoming stuff sounds amazing.

Will any of the characters from the other books be in book 3?

M: We don’t want to say yes or no and spoil anyone. But I will say that all of the surviving characters from each book will be in book 3.

A: And they all come together. They all have histories that you won’t learn until book 3.

From there, MaryElizabeth thanked them for coming and the signing started.  I ended up being the first person in line.  I gave Amie my arc of TBS and Meagan my copy of TSW.  Meagan asked if I was from the internet and I gave them my Twitter handle.  They both said it was so nice to finally meet me.  I thanked them for coming and grabbed some gorgeous bookmarks.  I also thanked them for the awesome tote bag {not pictured because it’s still in my car}.  Amie said going to the signings were the only way to get one — so if you’re planning on seeing them, make sure you pick one up!

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Meagan and Amie are adorable together.  They finish each other’s sentences and their presentation was captivating to listen to.  I can’t recommend their books enough… And if you get a chance to see them? Drop everything and go.