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Fall Carnival: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

September 19th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Gena Showalter, Horror, The Queen of Zombie Hearts, The White Rabbit Chronicles, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock! Welcome and come inside our booth. Make sure to watch your step as you enter I don’t want anyone to accidentally trip and fall down the zombie hole!  Did you know that zombies were real? They are hideous creatures that feed off of human souls.  If bitten by one you will become infected and soon turn into a zombie yourself.  They only come out at night and their favorite place to hang out is in cemeteries. Well if you are here today you must in some way believe that zombies are real. Dealing with the undead is a serious and dangerous business to be in.  Would you like to learn to defend yourselves? The only way to truly prepare yourselves is to be trained by none other than a zombie hunter and you are in luck because one of them has agreed to come and help us today.  He is the leader of a zombie slayer group and also happens to be devastatingly gorgeous!  Please welcome Cole Holland.

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DFT: Now listen up I know that Cole is a very fine specimen to look at with those piercing violet eyes and killer body! But try to remember that we are here to learn how to fight zombies, not to drool over Cole (as I wipe drool off my face ?). So Cole what is the first thing we need to know when it comes to fighting zombies?

Cole Holland: My word is law.  If one slayer falters, the rest of the team falls.  If someone takes a wrong turn, the rest of us can end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.  If anyone loses focus, even for a second, the rest of us can lose everything.

(You don’t have to worry about me listening to you I would gladly follow you anywhere!)

DFT: What is one piece of advice you can give us that may save our lives if we ever have to face a zombie on our own?

CH: Zombies hate fast food.  Run.

DFT: Can you tell us what it was like for you the first time you had to fight a zombie?

CH: I was a kid, but my dad had trained me well.  I knew what to expect…and yet I wasn’t exactly prepared.  When those red eyes focused on me, those rotting hands reaching for me, I knew it was do or die.

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DFT: As I already mentioned you have a fantastic body! How often do you have to train to keep in such good shape? How important is it to be physically fit when fighting zombies?

CH: If I’m not training, I’m patrolling, and if I’m not patrolling, I’m fighting.  Nothing matters more than stamina.  If you can’t go all night—go ahead and get your mind out of the gutter—you’re dead by morning.

(I wouldn’t mind seeing how good your stamina is :D )

DFT: On top of having to fight zombies you are also the leader of your group of slayers. That must be really stressful at times. What is something you like to do to try and relieve some of that stress?

CH: Ali.  Enough said.

(I don’t think you could have answered that better!)

DFT: What is the best part about fighting zombies? What is the worst part?

CH: Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I’m a product of war, so what the hell.  The best part about fighting zombies is standing among their remains when it’s over.  It’s proof I’ve fought hard, and I’ve won.

The worst part?  Finding a friend lying among the carnage.

DFT: These next few question have nothing to do with zombie hunting, but I couldn’t stop myself from asking them. You and Ali are so epic together and I want to know what is it about her that makes you so drawn to her?

CH: Rather than tell you, I’ll let Showalter show you.

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“Ali.” His voice, so husky and deep, was temptation and silk, stroking over me. “Did I ever tell you all the reasons I love you?”

“No.” I licked my lips and shook my head, gathering the courage to face him. His eyes were heavy-lidded, smoldering.

He liked the tattoo.
“Tell me now,” I commanded softly.

“I’ll tell you the top ten. One,” he said and kissed my forehead. “You are brutally honest. It’s such a rare and precious trait.”

Major points for my man: he’d led with personality rather than appearance.

“Two.” He kissed my eye. “You have the perfect sense of humor…perfect for me. It’s a little warped, and a lot twisted, and you can make me laugh when no one else can.”

I almost melted. Almost. I had to hear the rest. “Go on or I’ll hurt you.” Had I sounded as breathless to him as I had to myself?

He chuckled. “Three.” He kissed my other eye, gentle, so gentle. “You’re smart. I want to see your brain naked.”

Ha!

“Four. You are freaking hot.”

“Obviously.” And okay, yeah, he got points for that, too.

Maybe because I so very rarely felt hot. Or maybe because I so desperately wanted another kiss. A harder one. On my lips. With tongue and teeth. And roaming hands. Or maybe because I wanted him to want all of me.

“Five.” He kissed my cheek, and I moaned. More. “You are unbelievably kind.” He kissed my other cheek. “Six. You love with your whole heart, nothing held back.”

“Come on. Kiss me for real.” Did he want me to beg? Because I would…after I made him beg a little, too.

“Seven.” He pressed his lips against one side of my jaw, skipping my lips, dang him. “You are such a good fighter, I could stand back and watch you do all the hard work, and I wouldn’t feel like a wuss. I’d feel like a genius.”

“I’ll believe that when I see it.”

“Eight.” He kissed his way to the other side of my jaw. “The way you sometimes look at me… It’s as if I’m the sweetest dessert in the bakery and you are desperate for a bite.”

Yes, yes. A big, delicious bite. “At one time,” I said, the huskiness of my tone surprising me. I wrapped my arms around his neck. “That look of mine scared you.” With good reason. I’d been loaded with zombie toxin and had literally wanted to eat him. Well, not me but my zombie twin. Z.A.

“Nine,” he went on and nibbled on my ear. “You’re like the world’s most perfect drug. One hundred percent pure, guaranteed to addict after the first taste. I can’t imagine my life without you in it—don’t want to.”

My skin tingled, and my blood flashed white-hot. “Cole,” I said on another moan. I tangled my hands in his hair, angled his head, trying to take over. “Please. Stop talking, and start acting.”

“Ten,” he said and finally—blessedly—pressed his lips against mine. Only it was soft, far too soft. “You would die for me, the same way I would die for you.”

“Yes, yes, I would.” I waited for hard.

He didn’t give it to me. His face hovered directly over mine as he…deliberated his next move?

Happy to help with that. “Take off your shirt,” I commanded, already pulling at the material. “Now.”

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(Wow just Wow! I’m pretty sure that everyone just fell even more in love with you!)

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DFT: If you could bring Ali to a carnival like the one we are at today, what ride would you want to take her one first?

CH: Do I count as a ride?

(Ok girls you can drool now I know that I am :D )

DFT: I know you’re not the kind of person to kiss and tell, but if you would be so gracious to humor me just this one time. What was your first kiss with Ali like?

CH: Life changing.

(AHHHHHH!!!)

Thank you so much for coming and visiting with us today. We all learned so much more about fighting zombies and hopefully if we ever encounter one we will be a lot more prepared. 

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Gena ShowalterAbout Gena:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, the Angels of the Dark, the Lords of the Underworld, and the Otherworld Assassins series.  In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.  She lives in Oklahoma with her family and menagerie of dogs, and truly believes love conquers all.

You can visit Gena around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Gena Showalter?

The Darkest Night The Darkest Kiss The Darkest Pleasure The Darkest Whisper The Darkest Passion The Darkest Lie The Darkest SecretThe Darkest Surrender  (Lor...The Darkest Seduction (Lord...The Darkest Craving (Lords ...Awaken Me Darkly Enslave Me Sweetly Savor Me Slowly Seduce the Darkness Ecstasy in Darkness Dark Taste of RaptureHeart of the Dragon Jewel of Atlantis The Nymph King The Vampire's Bride The Amazon's CurseIntertwined Unraveled TwistedAlice in Zombieland Through the Zombie Glass The Queen of Zombie HeartsWicked Nights Beauty Awakened Burning DawnPlaying with Fire Twice as HotThe Stone Prince The Pleasure SlaveLast Kiss Goodnight Black and BlueRed Handed Blacklisted

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The Queen of Zombie Hearts

Available September 30, 2014 from Harlequin Teen

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I have a plan.

We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

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Fall Carnival: Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

September 18th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Fantasy, Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes, Snow Like Ashes Series, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Welcome to the snow cone booth where you can get a delicious frozen treat bursting with flavor. Today we are going to introduce a great new flavor that is bound to be a best seller. Ashes is a magical flavor that is sure to bring sunshine into your otherwise gloomy day. Do you want a sample? Then make sure to check out the goodies and prizes we have below, I’m sure you will be back for more. Enjoy your day at the carnival and be sure to stop by again soon because we have so much more in store for you.

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Snow Like Ashes Sneak Peek

I aim my chakram at the captain, the one with his boots mucked up in sewer gunk. His eyes swim over me. “The Winterians are sending girls to do their dirty work now?” he sneers. “Why don’t you put that thing down before someone gets hurt?” I push out my bottom lip and widen my eyes. “This?” I lower the chakram. It’s now aimed at the captain’s left thigh. “They gave it to me and said throw! I don’t even know how it works—”

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The soldiers jeer, a deep-throated chuckle that says this is a fight they’re sure they’ll win. I let my chakram fly as the captain moves forward, my body bending into an arch. The chakram soars through the sewer, slices clean through the captain’s leg, and continues its spin back to me in one elegant circle of purpose. He screams and drops into the sewage, grabbing his thigh like, well, like I just sliced through it. “Oh.” I run one hand down the flat side of the blade. “That’s how it works.”

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Sara RaaschAbout Sara:

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, comes out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

You can visit Sara around the web here:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

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Snow Like Ashes

Available October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen

About this Book:

Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self.  Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Fall Carnival: Talon by Julie Kagawa

September 17th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Julie Kagawa, Paranormal, Talon, Talon Series, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Come one come all the world renowned exotic creature show. Today we have a very special treat in store for all of you.  We have one of the most extraordinary creatures to ever walk the face of the earth, a dragon. But this is not just your ordinary dragon, no it also has the ability to change into human form and hide right in front of your eyes.  Right now at this moment it is seated somewhere in the audience with you.  Look at your neighbors do they look human to you? I can assure you that you are all safe at least for now. But do you want the dragon to come out and play? Well then read on to find out more about this mysterious creature.

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DFT: Hi Ember I wanted to say thank you for agreeing to talk to us today.  For all of us that haven’t had a chance to read your story yet do you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

Ember: Um, sure! Well, my name is Ember Hill, and I like surfing, junk food, volleyball, shiny things, and having fun.  Also, I like flying.  And fire.  I guess I should probably mention that I’m a dragon.

DFT: For all of your life you have been kept in hiding and the only companions you have ever had were your trainers and your brother.  I imagine that got quite lonely so I was wondering what you would do to try and pass the time?

Ember: Ugh, I didn’t have a lot of free time, because it was usually spent in classes and training, learning how to fit in and be human and all.  There was even a class called “Human Games and Sports,” and we had to learn how to have fun as a human, which kinda defeated the purpose if you ask me.  We did have a small rec center at school, so I played a lot of ping pong and pool with Dante.  But there were a lot of time where I was just. So. Bored.  There was literally nothing to do.   I spent a lot of nights lying outside, watching the stars until curfew, just wondering what life would be like once I got out of here.

DFT: After sixteen years you finally had the opportunity to test out being a normal teenager. What was the one thing you were most looking forward to in your new life?

Ember: Just everything.  Waking up when I wanted to.  Not having to be in classes all the time.  Actually having friends.  Yeah, that sounded pretty perfect to me.

DFT: For all intent and purposes you and your brother are twins.  You came from the same hatching which is very rare for your kind.  Growing up he was your best friend, but now things have started to become strained between you two.  Do you think it is possible to repair your relationship with him or do you think there are too many scars now?

Ember: Dante’s my brother.  Growing up, it was always us against everything.  We may have disagreed on a lot of things, but he’s my only family.  I’m not giving up on him now.

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DFT: Garret is a very good looking guy that saved you from a bad situation.  As you spent time together you really started to fall for him, but he wasn’t the person you were expecting him to be. I know things with Garret are confusing right now, but could you tell us one of your favorite moments you spent with him?

Ember: The time we went surfing together.  I think he really started coming out of his shell and having fun for like the first time ever.  He actually started to tease me, which was amazing if you’ve ever met him.  He’s usually so guarded and serious, but that day I felt like I finally caught a glimpse of the real Garret.

DFT: Scary Talon Lady is your trainer and for the most part you two really don’t get along.  But you don’t have a choice when it comes to training you either do it or they will ship you back to hiding.  Is there anything you like about training or do you hate all of it?

Ember: Nope, pretty much all of it.  The only thing that makes it even slightly bearable is that sometimes I can be in my real form, but even that’s no fun when you’re getting chased around and shot at by fake soldiers of St. George.

DFT: I know that it is extremely important to keep the fact that you are a dragon hidden from the general public, but have you ever wished you could live freely among humans? If it was possible what is the one thing you would do more often?

Ember: Fly, definitely fly.  I miss flying a lot; nothing else really compares.  Surfing is the closest I can come right now, but if I could be myself without fear, I’d go flying every day.

DFT: The ending of your story was pretty crazy and heartbreaking.  I am pretty sure everyone is dying to know what is going to happen next. Are there any hints you can give us on what we can expect in the next book?

Ember: Hm, more soldiers, crazy romance, secret organizations, and fire-breathing dragons?  I think that covers a lot of it.

DFT: Given the fact that I’m pretty sure you’ve never been to a carnival until today I thought I would ask a couple fun quick fire carnival related questions. Which one would you try first:

Funnel Cake, Deep Fried Snicker, or Tiger Ears?

Wait, they can make a candy bar even more unhealthy?  That’s awesome!  Deep fry my Snickers, please.

Farris Wheel, Tilt-a-Whirl, or the Haunted House?

Haunted House.  Just try to scare me.

Attend a Magic Show, Talent Show, or Hypnotist Show?

Magic Show.  Hey, want to see a great trick?  Behold, this human will turn into a fire breathing dragon.

Skee Ball, Shooting Gallery, or Ring the Bell?

I know Garret would pwn the Shooting Gallery like a boss, but I think I’d have a better chance at Skee Ball.

Hand Dipped Corn Dog, Corn on the Cob, or Hamburger?

Ick, veggies. I’m a carnivore, after all.  Gimme a hamburger any day.

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JulieAbout Julie:

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon.

You can visit Julie around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Julie Kagawa?

The Iron King (The Iron Fey...Winter's Passage (Iron Fey,...The Iron Daughter (The Iron...The Iron Queen (The Iron Fe...Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey...The Iron Knight (The Iron F...Iron's Prophecy (The Iron F...The Lost Prince (The Iron F...The Iron Traitor (The Iron ...'Til the World Ends (Blood ...The Immortal Rules (Blood o...The Eternity Cure (Blood of...The Forever Song (Blood of ...Talon (Talon, #1)

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Talon

Available October 28, 2014 from Harlequin Teen

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Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sparks Rise by Alexandra Bracken

September 16th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Blog Tour Tags: Alexandra Bracken, Dystopian, In the Afterlight, Sparks Rise, The Darkest Minds Series, Young Adult

Alexandra BrackenDark Faerie Tales is excited to hosting an excellent giveaway to celebrate the release of Sparks Rise and In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. Sparks Rise is a brand new eBook novella that connects the last two novels in The Darkest Minds series. The novella was released on September 2, 2014 and also includes a bonus chapter from In the Afterlight. The final novel in the series will be released on October 28, 2014.

A very big thank you to Disney-Hyperion for today’s awesome giveaway! One very lucky winner will win a floating bookshelf and The Darkest Minds series & tote bag!!

About Alexandra:

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books. 

You can visit Alexandra around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

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*Keep an eye out for more giveaways!* This campaign includes prize packs to represent each of the 5 Psi groups. Seek out all 5 color pack prizes – there will be a total of 50 Psi-group giveaways across the book blogosphere throughout September & October leading up to the release of In the Afterlight!

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Sparks Rise

Available September 3, 2014 from Disney Hyperion

About this Book:

Don’t miss the thrilling novella that connects the last two novels in the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy.

Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood. Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her.

Includes a bonus preview chapter from the final Darkest Minds novel, In the Afterlight.

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In The Afterlight

Available October 28, 2014 from Disney Hyperion

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Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

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Fall Carnival: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

September 16th, 2014 @ 12:04 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Chasing Power, Paranormal, Sarah Beth Durst, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Contortionists are known to be able to bend their bodies in unnatural positions and some might say they are a freak of nature. Well you folks are in for a real treat today because trust me when I say you have never seen someone like Kayla. She can’t bend her body in weird ways but you better believe she can do unnatural things that mold her life into what she wants.  Like check your back pockets, is anyone missing a wallet or purse? Kayla is known to be pretty sneaky and one of her extraordinary talents is being able to move things with her mind.  She likes to practice on things like wallets, jewelry and anything of value.  She has agreed to join us today for a wonderful demonstration of her unique powers.  She has promised to be on her best behavior, but be careful to check you have everything when you leave!

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DFT: To start things off can you give us a short synopsis of Chasing Power and where you got the inspiration to write it?

Sarah: CHASING POWER is the story of Kayla, a sixteen-year-old girl who can move things with her mind, and Daniel, a boy who can teleport across continents and who lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on an Indiana-Jones-style adventure to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family, and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive… or survive.

This novel started with one of those questions you ask your friends really late at night after you’ve dissected everyone’s personal life and finished speculating on the health of everyone’s relationships.  Namely: “If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be?”  And it can’t be ending-world-hunger or something equally impressively selfless.

I chose telekinesis, simply because it would be fun.  And that’s where this story began.

DFT: Kayla is a very witty heroine with a smart mouth, but she is also has a really big heart.  I loved all the funny things she would say to try and lighten the mood. Do you have a favorite line of hers that you could share with us?

Sarah: I loved writing Kayla.  She has a very loose grasp on the concept of personal possessions — with her telekinesis, she’s an excellent pickpocket and shoplifter — and she isn’t close to many people, but the ones she does love (her mother Moonbeam and her friend Selena), she loves fiercely.  This is one of my favorite non-spoilery moments with her and her mom:

“You and me, we could do it cheap.  Stay in hostels.  Camp.  Backpack around.  I heard you can get a train pass around Europe for not too much.  Or maybe we could go to Asia.  Or South America.  See the rainforests and commune with the medicine men, or whatever you want.”

“Aren’t you supposed to be in some teenage rebellion stage and not want to be seen in public with your highly embarrassing mother?”  Moonbeam brought out a canister of tea leaves.

“That’s so eighties. But if you want, we can schedule in some time for me to cringe in between climbing the Eiffel Tower and shopping on the Champs-Élysées.”

DFT: Selena and Kayla have been best friends since the third grade and even though they are unlikely friends they are inseparable. They always have each other’s back no matter what. Growing up did you have a friend like Selena? 

Sarah: Yes, I had two best friends growing up, one I met in nursery school and one I met in sixth grade.  I named the best friend character in my first book (INTO THE WILD) after one of them, and I dedicated CHASING POWER to the other.

DFT: Daniel was totally a swoon worthy boy that I instantly fell for.  I don’t know which one was better his stormy grey eyes or his determination to find his mother!  If you can without spoiling anything can you tell us your favorite Daniel moment from the book?

Sarah: I rather love the moment that Kayla first meets Daniel, because he’s trying so hard to be cool and mysterious, but inside he’s completely terrified that she won’t agree to help him save his mother:

“Okay, Danny, now that we’re best buds, how do you know who I am?  Have you been stalking me?  Because that’s not what friends do.”  She tried to ignore the prickly feeling that walked over her skin.  He couldn’t know what she did, what she could do.  Also, you couldn’t get more public than the center of State Street.  She was perfectly safe.  This had nothing to do with Dad.

“Daniel.  Not Dan.  Not Danny.  And how about I tell you a story?  You can buy me a coffee.  It might take a while.”

“I don’t buy guys coffee.  You seem to be unclear on how this works.  You’re hitting on me.  I’m not obliged in any way to supply the beverages in this situation.  Besides, I have to meet a friend soon.”

Daniel stood.  He blocked the sun, and the light framed him, obscuring his features.  She wasn’t certain if he was smiling or smirking.  He looked a bit like a dark angel, dressed in all black with the sun halolike around him.  “You’ll want to make an exception for me,” he said.

(I should note that Kayla puts up with this attitude for about thirty seconds.  If that.)

DFT: The mother/daughter relationship between Kayla and Moonbeam was really sweet.  Ideally I think all parents would love to have such a good relationship with their children, but most of the time that’s not the case.  Was there a real mother/daughter relationship you used to inspire the one in the book or was it just a figment of your imagination?

Sarah: My mother isn’t anything like Moonbeam, and I’m nothing like Kayla.  But I did draw on my close friendship with my mom to fuel the emotions behind Kayla and Moonbeam’s relationship.

In general, I try not to base my characters on real people.  In order to sink into the story as I write, I need my characters to feel as if they exist (and could only exist) in their particular world.  That said, I do know that bits of myself and my life, things that I think are important or funny or frightening, do sneak into my stories.  It’s inevitable.

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DFT: The characters in your book have some amazing magical powers that would be fun to have. If you could possess any type of magical ability what would it be and why?

Sarah: I have given this WAY more thought than I should have…  Not flight (because I’m not so fond of heights, or crashing down into power lines).  Not invisibility (because dangerous — you could be hit by a car).  Not talking to animals (because they’d mostly say, “Feed me!  Feed me!  Feed me!”).  Firestarting seems alarming.  Ice powers seem cold.  Mindreading seems headache-inducing, ditto other forms of telepathy.  Teleporting… only if you could guarantee you didn’t appear inside solid rock and instantly die.  So that leave telekinesis.

DFT: There are carnivals held all over the world.  If you had Daniel’s ability to teleport, where is the one place you would love to visit a carnival?

Sarah: Antarctica.  Those emperor penguins know how to party.

DFT: If Kayla, Daniel, Selena, and Sam were to go on a double date to a carnival what one food would each of them want to try?

Sarah: Kayla… cotton candy.  It’s light enough for her to control with her mind.

Selena… candy apple.  Her nail polish would match the color.

Daniel… fried pickles.  I have no idea why I think that, but I’m convinced he’d like them.

Sam… funnel cake with Nutella.  And now I’m suddenly hungry…

DFT: Since Chasing Powers is a standalone like most of you works can you tell us what we can expect to see from you next?

Sarah: My next book will be THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM, coming from Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in fall 2015.  It’s about a girl whose family owns a secret store where they buy, bottle, and sell dreams, but who can’t have any of her own, and the adventure that she and her pet monster go on when someone starts kidnapping dreamers.

Quick Fire Questions:

Favorite movie?  You mean besides Star Wars?  Because that’s really the only answer.  I first saw Star Wars at such a formative age that it pretty much defines the concept of storytelling for me.  I also love The Princess Bride, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth.

Favorite book?  Ooh, this one is tougher.  I’m going to cheat and choose three: Alanna by Tamora Pierce, The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, and Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane.  Favorite series is The Belgariad by David Eddings.

Favorite food?  Raspberries.  And chocolate.  Also Raisinets — they’re my writing muse.

Favorite TV show?  Of all time… Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Of current shows… So You Think You Can Dance, also Project Runway.

Favorite genre to write?  Fantasy.  I was the kind of kid who always checked her closet for an entrance to Narnia, so it was kind of inevitable that I’d write fantasy.

Favorite sport?  Ice skating.  I’m clumsier than a newborn giraffe when I try to do it, but I love to watch it.

Thanks so much for interviewing me!

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Sarah Beth DurstAbout Sarah:

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of eight fantasy novels for teens and adults. Her YA titles include Conjured, Vessel, Drink Slay Love, Enchanted Ivy, Ice, Out of the Wild, and Into the Wild. Her first book for adults, The Lost, came out in June 2014 from Harlequin/Mira, and her next book for teens, Chasing Power, comes out in October 2014 from Bloomsbury. She was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature and has been a finalist for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award three times.

Sarah was born in Northboro, Massachusetts, a small town that later became the setting for her debut novel. At the age of ten, she decided she wanted to be a writer. (Before that, she wanted to be Wonder Woman, except with real flying ability instead of an invisible jet. She also would have accepted a career as a unicorn princess.) And she began writing fantasy stories. She attended Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and two children.

You can visit Sarah around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Sarah Beth Durst?

Into the Wild (Into the Wil...Out of the Wild (Into the W...IceDrink, Slay, LoveVesselEnchanted IvyConjuredThe LostThe Missing (The Lost, #2)

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Available October 14, 2014 from Bloomsbury

About this Book:

Sixteen-year-old Kayla was born with the ability to move things with her mind—things like credit cards and buttons on cash registers—and she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again . . . which would mean grave danger for them both.

When she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel—a boy with the ability to teleport—he needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family—and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive . . . or survive.

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