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Fall Carnival: Don’t Let Go by Michelle Gagnon

September 3rd, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Don't Let Go, Michelle Gagnon, PERSEF0NE Trilogy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Welcome to the Tilt-a-Whirl! This is a fast paced thrill ride that should be very fun. But before you get on the ride I need to warn you guys that you need to make sure and stay in groups.  Please don’t venture around the carnival alone today. There have been recent reports of kids mysteriously disappearing lately and we don’t want any of you to go missing. Now everyone get in your seat and make sure that your lap belts are secure. Get ready to experience a rush like you have never felt before, one that will test your strength and bravery. It’s not called a thrill ride for nothing. Oh and please try not to get sick, there has been a deadly virus going around and I don’t want you to catch it. Enjoy the ride!!!

Don't Let Go

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DFT: For our wonderful guests that have yet to discover the Persephone series how would you summarize it and where did you get the inspiration to write it?

Michelle: The best description I’ve heard is that the trilogy is, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo meets The Bourne Identity,” which are two of my favorite books (and movies!) I collaborated with an editor on the initial idea, and kind of ran with it from there. But basically, a foster kid pairs up with a rich kid to battle a corporation that’s conducting illegal experiments on street kids.

DFT: Just like the Tilt-a-whirl ride the Persephone series is a high speed adventure that keeps you right on the edge of your seat the whole time.  Was it difficult to keep the action consistently going throughout the whole trilogy? What made you decide to write a young adult thriller?

Michelle:  I love that Don’t Turn Around is basically one long chase scene, that was so much fun to write! The challenge for me was making each book self-contained, but part of a larger story; and I felt a  lot of pressure in the final book to come up with an ending that would leave readers cheering, while still staying true to the characters. Hopefully I succeeded!

I was having lunch with an editor a few years ago, and she pointed out that in my adult novels, there’s always a teenage character who plays a major role in the story. She thought I’d be great at YA; all it took for me to make the switch was finding the right story.

DFT: Noa is such a unique character that I completely adored.  One of the best things about her was how in each additional book I was able to instantly reestablish my connection with her and my fondness for her just kept growing! What is your favorite thing about Noa? Where did you find inspiration for her character?  Did she just come naturally to you or was she a difficult character to write?

Michelle:  I think that of everyone in the book, Noa has the biggest character arc. I really love how she grows into herself over the course of the three books, and ends up accomplishing things she never would’ve expected when she first woke up on that operating table. She’s a tricky character, in that she’s much pricklier and more antisocial that I could ever imagine being. But she’s overcome so many personal obstacles, it’s impossible not to root for her. I already miss her!

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DFT: Peter is such a likeable guy that has lived a fairly charmed life, but he has also dealt with a lot of heartache as well.  When writing his character what was the one thing that you liked most about him? Is he like anyone you know in real life or is he a complete figment of your imagination?

Michelle: Peter is a total figment, but to be honest, he’s probably the character I identify most closely with. I love the way that he manages to stay positive, and to find humor in even the darkest moments.

DFT: Each book is told from multiple POV’s which usually I am not a huge fan of, but I loved it in your books.  You made me love and care about each individual character which is a rare thing at least for me :-) ! Did you always plan on writing it with multiple POV’s? Was it difficult to make each character have their own unique voice?

Michelle: Aw, thanks! I usually write in multiple POVs; I feel like it gives the reader a better overview of what’s going on, and sometimes first person POVs can start to feel claustrophobic, since you’re basically locked into one character’s view of the world. The characters all had pretty distinctive voices in my head, so they basically did the work for me.

DFT: I know that in many books there are lots of scenes that are cut because they just don’t work with the finished story.  Can you think of a specific scene that you wish could have made it into the story but didn’t?

Michelle: Yup- I actually had to cut two scenes with fan-favorite Cody in DON’T TURN AROUND. I loved the scenes, but my editor felt the story should only be told from Noa and Peter’s POV, and that it would be too jarring to jump to another character. I was really sad to lose those sections, though.

DFT: I honestly think that this series would make fantastic movies. So if it ever did hit the big screen who do you imagine playing Noa? Peter? Amanda?

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Michelle:  NOA: There’s an AMAZING Australian film called, “Tomorrow, When the War Began,” (if you haven’t seen it yet, put it on your to-be-watched list immediately!) The lead actress in it was incredible; the whole time I was watching the movie, all I could think was that if you chopped her hair short and dyed it black, she’d be a perfect Noa. Her name is Caitlin Stasey, and I’d be shocked if we didn’t end up seeing a lot more of her in the future.

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PETER: I really love Dylan Minnette, the actor who played the son in the (sadly) short-lived series AWAKE. He didn’t have much of a chance to display humor in that role, but he’s such a talented actor that I believe he’d be a perfect Peter.

AnnaSophia Robb

AMANDA: AnnaSophia Robb. She’s got the right look, and I think she might manage to make Amanda more sympathetic. I get A LOT of emails from Amanda-haters; she’s a tricky character, in that she’s moralizing and judgmental; but a lot of that is a cover for her insecurity and vulnerability. So a really likeable actress like AnnaSophia could help humanize her.

DFT: Noa and Peter are both pretty handy when it comes to figuring out computers and they both possess a rather competitive side. So I was wondering who would be the most likely to win a carnival game that is part luck and part skill, say like the ring toss game?

Michelle:  Noa would dominate, no question. Peter is too full of self-doubt, he’d end up tripping himself up.

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DFT: Don’t Let Go is the final book in this amazing trilogy. What was it like to finish out the series? What can you tell us about other projects you may be working on?

Michelle: It kind of felt like getting off a really epic carnival ride: I was exhausted, slightly nauseous, relieved, and yet a little sad. I’m currently working on a book for Disney/Hyperion called, “Zero Hour” about the kidnapping of the President’s daughter.

Quick Fire Questions (Which do you prefer?)

Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indie Book store? Honestly this is a tricky one, since some of my favorite booksellers manage Barnes & Noble stores, and I’ve had wonderful events there. I’d say it’s a tie between B&N and the indies.

Reading YA, NA, or Adult books? Argh, this is so hard! I’ve actually never read a NA book, so YA or adult for me. I tend to switch back and forth between them.

Hot guy, smart guy, or funny guy? Funny, for sure. Although I was super lucky to find a guy who’s hot, smart, AND funny.

Sarcastic girl, shy girl, or confidant girl?  Confident

Judge a book by its cover, by its blurb, or by its reviews? By the reviews; I know from personal experience how little input an author has into cover design, and blurbs don’t tell much.

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Michelle GagnonAbout Michelle:

Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, dog walker, bartender, freelance journalist, personal trainer, model, and Russian supper club performer. To the delight of her parents, she gave up all these occupations for an infinitely more stable and lucrative career as a crime fiction writer.

Michelle’s novels have been published in North America, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Argentina, and Australia, and have been IMBA top 10 bestsellers. Her debut thriller THE TUNNELS, about a series of ritualized murders in the abandoned tunnel system beneath a university, has been described as “Silence of the Lambs meets The Wicker Man.” The following book in the series, BONEYARD, depicts a cat and mouse game between dueling serial killers in the Berkshires. Michelle’s third book, THE GATEKEEPER, involves a domestic terror plot by anti-immigration hate groups. The fourth and final book in the series, KIDNAP & RANSOM, is based on the real life abduction of a renowned hostage negotiator by Mexican drug cartels.

Michelle Gagnon’s Young Adult technothriller DON’T TURN AROUND was nominated for a Thriller Award in the Young Adult category by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. It was also selected as one of the best YA books of the year by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Kirkus, Voya, and YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association); and was chosen for teen reading lists in Texas and Florida. DTA is also a finalist for the Black Eyed Susan Award in Maryland.

Michelle Gagnon’s Young Adult dystopian thriller STRANGELETS was released by the new SoHo Teen imprint in April, 2013. Publishers Weekly described it as, “”Well-executed survivalist horror… Pulse-pounding;” and Kirkus said, “Three very different teens on the edge of death get firsthand experience of the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics.”

Michelle is President of the Northern California Chapter of the MWA, and is also a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.

In her spare time she runs errands and indulges a weakness for stale cinema popcorn and Hollywood blockbusters. She splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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

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Don't Let Go

Available August 26, 2014 from HarperCollins

About this Book:

In this pulse-pounding final installment of the Don’t Turn Around trilogy, which in a starred review Kirkus called “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens,” Noa and Peter race across the country in their search to destroy Project Persephone before time runs out.

After a devastating loss, Noa Torson is out of options. On the run with the three remaining teens of Persephone’s Army, she is up against immeasurable odds. The group is outnumbered, outsmarted, and outrun. But they are not giving up.

When Noa and Peter realize they can’t run anymore, and that Noa’s health is failing, they know they must go back to where this began. But when they come face-to-face with the man who started it all, the question becomes, can they win?

This riveting final book in the Don’t Turn Around trilogy ratchets up the action as Noa and Peter confront the evil that has chased them and won’t let them go.

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Fall Carnival: The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

September 2nd, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Kiki Sullivan, Paranormal, The Dolls, The Dolls Series, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Do you like snakes? They can be rather fascinating can’t they? With so many different species and the possibility that they may or may not be poisonous makes snakes a very interesting creature. Legend says that at one point in time snake pits were used as a type of torture for people, but it has never been proven to be true. But today instead of our pit being full of deadly snakes it will feature something that can be just as venomous: beautiful, rich high school girls known as The Dolls.

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Imagine the most popular girls in your high school—and then imagine them with dark magical powers. Or call to mind the typical complications of female friendship—and add in a supernatural twist. Or think of what it feels like to be new at a school, at a job or in a town—and imagine that while you’re getting acquainted with your new life, you learn that you have powers beyond your wildest dreams.

Take those elements and roll them together and you’ll have the inspiration for THE DOLLS, the first book in the DOLLS series, which is about a 17-year-old who moves back to the strange, isolated Louisiana town where she was born and learns that there’s something dark simmering beneath the surface—and she’s a part of it.

I actually came up with the idea for THE DOLLS in conjunction with a wonderfully creative guy named Nick Harris, who runs the Story Foundation, a company that specializes in bringing books to the small screen and the big screen. We wanted to come up with a sexy, dark, romantic concept that was a little bit Pretty Little Liars, a little bit True Blood and a little bit Beautiful Creatures – with a voodoo-like magical tradition at its core. We were both really attracted to the idea of giving the main character and her friends abilities that weren’t exactly supernatural but that were still fascinating and powerful. So instead of having vampires or witches or werewolves running around, we created a plant- and herb-based form of magic that could actually exist. Setting that magic – which is called zandara – into motion on the page was fun and exciting!

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The inspiration behind each of the characters was equally fun. The main character, Eveny Cheval, has always felt just a step away from normal. She grew up in Brooklyn, but she never really fit in 100 percent, which I think should resonate with most readers. Most people I know – myself included – worry or worried about fitting in. When she arrives back in Carrefour (after leaving at the age of 3, following her mother’s death), Eveny begins to slowly discover the reasons why she’s always felt a little different from everyone else. She’s smart and kind, but she’s also a little awkward and unsure. She’s amazing and powerful and truly beautiful, but at the beginning of the book, she doesn’t see any of these things about herself. I think this adds up to a likable, easy-to-identify-with main character.

I had a ton of fun creating Eveny’s two sister queens – Peregrine and Chloe. On the surface, they’re typical popular girls – elite, beautiful, above the rules, lusted after by all the boys – but beneath the surface, they’re so much more. Peregrine, who’s easily the most gorgeous and sought-after girl in town, has had her heart broken before, so she keeps everyone at arm’s length. She comes across as bitchy, but as Eveny and the reader get to know her better, it becomes clear that some of that is an act; she just has her defenses up. She’s super high-fashion, and she wears her pet snake, Audowido, around her neck like an accessory. Her best friend, Chloe, is a little sweeter, although she’s almost as beautiful, almost as popular, and almost as lusted-after by the boys in town. She’s also a romantic, although she’s learned to keep that to herself, because Peregrine tends to mock her for her innocent hopefulness.

And then there are the boys. Eveny is immediately attracted to Caleb Shaw, a strong, quiet type who likes to surf, is very intelligent, and has an uncanny knack to see Eveny for who she really is, even when she can’t really see herself. There’s also Drew Grady, a charming boy-next-door with whom Eveny shares a past and is instantly comfortable. I wanted to make the two boys similar to each other in some ways and very different from each other in others, so that they get along but there’s always a sort of underlying competition between them that only gets stronger when Eveny arrives in town.

To find out more about the characters, visit KikiSullivan.com/cast

I had a ton of fun writing THE DOLLS (and its sequel, which I just completed and which will be out in 2015), and I hope you have fun reading it! I think it’s an exciting, interesting blend of real high-school dynamics, magic, fate and romance, and I hope you agree! Happy reading!

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Kiki SullivanAbout Kiki:

Kiki Sullivan is the author of The Dolls series. Like the main character Eveny Cheval, Kiki used to live in New York and now calls the American South home. Unlike Eveny, she finds it impossible to keep her rose garden alive and has been singlehandedly responsible for the unfortunate demise of countless herbs. She may or may not have hung out with queens of the dark arts, strolled through creepy New Orleans cemeteries at night, or written the first book of this series with a red-headed Louisiana voodoo doll beside her computer.

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

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The Dolls

Available September 2, 2014 from Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen

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Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.

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Early Review: The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher

September 1st, 2014 @ 7:00 am
Posted by Kaitlin under Review Tags: Chelsea Pitcher, Faerie Revolutions Series, Fantasy, Review, The Last Changeling, Young Adult

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Author: Chelsea Pitcher

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Faerie Revolutions (Book #1)

Publication Date: November 8th, 2014

Format: Paperback, 360 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738740843 (Flux)

ISBN-13: 978-0738740843 (Flux)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin

Synopsis:

Elora needs a sacrifice. What she gets is love.

Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”

Enter seventeen-year-old Taylor, an exile in his own home. Unable to forgive himself for the accident that took his little brother’s life, he has spent the past year living in the carriage house above his parents’ garage to distance himself from his deteriorating family. When Taylor meets Elora, who he believes to be a runaway, he senses a kindred spirit and lets her crash in his room. Elora is overjoyed that she may have found her sacrifice so quickly . . . until she finds herself falling in love with Taylor.

Quick & Dirty: There were many things I enjoyed, though the romance was too insta-love for my favor.

Opening Sentence: I was seventeen when death first crossed my path.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Taylor is a boy with a dead brother, abandoning family, and hard life. Elora is on a quest for the chance to save the land of the fae from an oppresive reign. But when Elora enrolls in high school to find what she needs, she finds that high school is much like the fae land. Popular jocks rule over those who don’t fit in with an iron fist. Soon, she is leading not one, but two revolutions, and falling in love.

I had high expectations for this book. For one, that mind-blowing cover. Look at it! The colors and shapes and brightness! And the synopsis got my excitement growing even faster. Did The Last Changeling deliver? It was not everything I had hoped and dreamed, but there were parts of it that I enjoyed. It didn’t unfold at all the way I had thought at first it would. There is more emphasis on the main character’s relationship than the plotline, most of the time: while it made their romance more powerful, it also swallowed lots of pages that could have otherwise have been filled with richer details about the plotline that were more relevant.

The duel point of views were Elora and Taylor. One thing I really appreciated about Changeling was that the chapters from the two different characters were written differently enough that I could tell who was who, which is pretty rare. I never got confused from who I was reading from. They each have pressing problems, Elora’s being the safety of the faerie race, and Taylor’s being his family and the recent death of his brother. Like I said before, it was very centered on their relationship, which by the way was insta-love. I am not a huge fan of insta-love, preferring instead a gradual buildup like Tris and Four (Divergent). The fact that humans are told to be despicable creatures in faerie lore isn’t helping Taylor in his quest for Elora. Let me tell you, also — they pine for each other 80% of this book and in the last 20% their kisses begin.

The information you receive about the character’s backstories are extremely staggered. You really don’t know fully what had been happening until towards the end. But, another thing I liked was the fae. The way their world was built was unique, and lots of fun to read about. Though it took a while to really understand the faerie world, since as I said the world building was staggered, I was happy when I did.

Was I happy with The Last Changeling? It was a good beginning to a series, for sure. It dealt with sensitive subjects: bullying, death, war, abandonment, betrayal. Something that it did have and I was pleased that it did was bi-sexual and gay characters. As gay pride becomes more celebrated, it seems natural that gay characters should be cropping up more in books. I liked how Taylor’s strained relationship with his family changes as the book goes on, thanks to Elora and the new strength she gives him. I like how Elora fights the bullies at the school with the same fire that she does the evil fae in the final battle — it made me smile. The misfits team up to fight the jocks and the populars. A character that I love, love, loved was Kylie’s girlfriend, who was such a tremendous surprise when she was revealed thanks to reasons you will discover if you read the book. Altogether I enjoyed The Last Changeling, though certain problems made it less appealing. Namely the insta-love romance.

Notable Scene:

“In the created social order of high school, we are required to project very specific identities in order to be accepted. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of trying to fit in.”

I paused, letting the gravity of my words sink in. Half the crowd had risen to their feet and those enthusiasts were nodding.

“I’m sick of trying to mold myself into someone else’s definition of acceptable, beautiful, valuable. I know I’m valuable. Why must I spend every day of my life proving it to other people? And at night, as I lie in bed, I think about the efforts I made that day to fit into an impossibly narrow standard, and I feel like I’m living a lie.”

Faerie Revolutions:

1. The Last Changeling

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FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of The Last Changeling.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Fall Carnival: Deliverance by C.J. Redwine

September 1st, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: C.J. Redwine, Defiance Trilogy, Deliverance, Dystopian, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Do you have what it takes to be a master in this strategic obstacle course? It’s not as easy as it looks and the stakes in this game could mean life or death. You have to trust your instincts and skills to be successful.  Sometimes you may have to change your strategies, or even rely on untrustworthy allies to succeed. But winning means you will get the reward you have so desperately worked for and that will make all the difference.  Are you up for the challenge?

Deliverance

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DFT: To start things off can you please tell us a little bit about the Defiance Series and where you got the inspiration to write it?

C.J.: The DEFIANCE trilogy is a post-apocalyptic fantasy about Rachel, a stubborn, loyal girl skilled in survival, and Logan, a protective genius of a boy skilled in inventing gadgets and thinking his way out of any scenario, who team up (reluctantly at first) to rescue Rachel’s father only to uncover a conspiracy that will start a war two decades in the making.

DFT: The reason I picked an obstacle course for your booth idea was because your characters have so many obstacles they have to overcome throughout the series, but I loved how much it made them grow.  If you can without spoiling anything, tell us which obstacle you feel was the most significant for each Rachel and Logan to have to overcome?

C.J.: Rachel’s ultimate obstacle is overcoming her grief, both over personal losses and over her own mistakes, so that she can come to terms with who she really is and with how to end the war without losing herself. Logan’s ultimate obstacle is his own fear of failure and the paralyzing amount of responsibility he constantly takes on. He has to learn how to allow other people into his life, how to recognize when people care about him and are loyal to him, and how to let others take their own risks.  Of course, the fact that they are up against an army of creatures who can’t be killed and are also caught in the middle of two powerful leaders who have their own agendas doesn’t help.

DFT: One of my favorite qualities about Rachel is that she can take care of herself. She doesn’t need a man to defend her and I loved how independent she is.  What was your favorite quality about Rachel? Least favorite?

C.J.: I love how utterly loyal Rachel is. It might be hard to earn her affection, but once you’re in her heart, you’re there for life. She’ll sacrifice anything for those she loves. There are no limits to the lengths she’ll go. My least favorite quality about her is her impulsive nature. It gets her in a lot of hot water, and I often wished she’d just take a moment to step away from a decision before jumping in head first.

DFT: I think Logan is such a dreamy guy.  He is handsome, honest, smart, and humble which are all such important qualities in a great male character.  Did you base him off a certain person in your life, or is he just someone you completely made up?

C.J.: My characters generally show up in my head already fully formed. I just get the task of discovering who they are. I don’t base my characters on people in my life as that would cripple my ability to write them without any bias. And yes, I adore Logan too.  :D

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DFT: Logan and Rachel couldn’t be more different. Rachel is so passionate and very regularly acts before she thinks. Logan has a very analytical mind and he always has a plan.  The book is told from both of their POV’s was it difficult to switch back and forth between such different characters?

C.J.: At first I really struggled with switching POVs. I’d written half of DEFIANCE from Rachel’s POV only before realizing that Logan had just as much at stake in the story, and that the things he was going to do while away from Rachel were too compelling to keep from the reader. I had to consciously switch how I approached everything in a scene—from what I noticed about the other characters to how I interacted with the setting because Rachel and Logan do those things so differently from each other.

DFT: The world you created was a mix of high fantasy and dystopian genres. Was it difficult to combine these two elements or did it just come naturally?

C.J.: It wasn’t difficult at first, but it became more difficult as my editor and I had to work to decide just how much of the post-apocalyptic nature of the world we would show (For example, I took out a couple of direct references to old city signs that would’ve told readers exactly where in North America they were) and how much we would keep hidden so that readers who just wanted a more fantasy-oriented story could have that. It was sometimes a guessing game!

DFT: If you can tell us without spoiling anything what was your favorite scene to write in the series? Which one was your least favorite to write?

C.J.: I actually don’t have just one favorite because over the course of three books, there were a lot of moments I really enjoyed. From DEFIANCE, I loved writing Rachel’s and Logan’s first kiss. In DECEPTION, my fave scene is the one where Quinn tells Rachel the truth about his past. And in DELIVERANCE, I loved the reunion scene with Logan and Rachel.

DFT: Since we are having this fun Carnival themed event I have to ask a question that goes along with the theme.  If Logan and Rachel were to attend a Carnival together in our day and age what would be the first thing they would try? Which ride would be their favorite? What food would they like best?

C.J.: Rachel would try the scariest ride possible without ever thinking twice. And she’d eat funnel cake like it was going out of style. Logan wouldn’t go on the rides because he’d be too busy analyzing their structure so he could figure out how they work. I think he’d love caramel apples, though his fascination with the mechanics of the rides would probably make him forget to eat.

Deliverance

DFT: I am sad that this is the end of The Defiance Trilogy, but I am excited to see what you come out with next. Can you tell us anything about what you are working on next?

C.J.: Saying goodbye to the DEFIANCE trilogy is definitely bittersweet! Right now I’m working on a dark epic fantasy that is inspired by a fairy tale. It has an evil queen, a desperate huntsman with a secret, and a fugitive princess.  :-)

DFT: Finally, I wanted to ask you a few fun Carnival questions! Have you ever been to a Carnival?

C.J.: I have!

DFT: What was your favorite Ride?

C.J.: Well … I went on The Zipper on a dare (because God forbid I back down from something, ugh) and that … was a terrifying mistake. I was honor bound not to cry, scream, or beg for my mama, but it was a close call. I also went on the Ferris Wheel which was even more terrifying because it’s one thing to whiz around in a metal cage high up in the air. It’s another thing to STOP mid-air and just sit there swinging. Waiting to die. Horrifying.

What was the question? Oh right. Favorite ride. I guess it has to be the bumper cars because I’m not stuck in the air and I get to ram into strangers and send them careening into the wall. Mwahahaha!

DFT: What was your favorite Game?

C.J.: I never played the games because I pretty much suck at all of them.

DFT: What was your favorite Food?

C.J.: Funnel cake!

Thank you so much for participating in our event and allowing us to interview you. 

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C.J. RedwineAbout C.J.:

C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and Sherlock. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day.

You can visit C.J. around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Outcast (Defiance 0.5)Defiance (Defiance #1)Deception (Defiance, #2)Deliverance (Defiance, #3)

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One lucky winner will signed bookmarks for each book in the Defiance trilogy!
(US only)

Deliverance

Available August 26, 2014 from Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen

About this Book:

Everything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.

Fighting through her pain and embracing the warrior she’s become, Rachel will do whatever it takes to escape her enemies’ clutches and join Logan in his fight. But when she learns a secret that changes everything, she realizes that escaping Ian and his tracker friends is no longer an option if she wants to save the people she loves. Instead, she’ll have to destroy Rowansmark from the inside out—if she can survive the journey through the Wasteland.

Logan needs allies if he wants to thwart Rowansmark’s power grab and rescue Rachel. But securing allies will mean betraying his beliefs and enlisting the help of the man he hates more than anyone: Commander Jason Chase. Driven by his fierce love for Rachel and his determination to make their world safe, Logan may be just the weapon the city-states need to defeat the Cursed One.

But as Rowansmark bears down and uneasy alliances are tested, will Rachel and Logan’s love for each other be enough to surmount the unbelievable odds against them?

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Fall Carnival: Sister’s Fate by Jessica Spotswood

August 31st, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Jessica Spotswood, Paranormal, Sister's Fate, The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

There are hundreds of different games that have been invented to help you improve your memory, but what about a game that helps erase memories you don’t want.  Do you have things you just wish you could forget? Experiences that would make your life so much happier if you didn’t remember they happened? Well if that’s the case then you have come to the right booth.  You see we have a witch that has the power to erase whatever memories you don’t want.  She is very skilled and has quite a bit of practice erasing other people’s memories.  But know once the memories are gone there is no getting them back so be wise in choosing what you don’t want to remember. So who wants to go first?

Sister's Fate

*Enter to win 1 Book from the Cahill Witch Chronicles (Winner’s Choice!!!) at the end of this post*

*Don’t forget to enter the grand giveaway for your chance to win 2 books featured during the Fall Carnival Event!!! Click HERE for your chance to win!*

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In the Cahill Witch Chronicles, the rarest and most dangerous type of magic is mind-magic. Using it, a witch can compel her subject to do her bidding – or erase the subject’s memories. Though witches sometimes resort to compulsion in order t?o protect themselves in a country where magic has been outlawed by the priests of the Brotherhood, it’s also misused to control their enemies. Having one’s free will – or favorite memories – taken away is a fearful thing. But what 3 memories do each of my main characters wish they could erase? (Warning: big spoilers for STAR CURSED and mild spoilers for SISTERS’ FATE below)

Born Wicked

Cate Cahill:

1. my mother’s funeral

2. the look on Maura’s face when Elena told her she didn’t care for her like that

3. the blank confusion in Finn’s eyes when he asked me if this was his carriage, and called me “miss”, after Maura did what she did

Star Cursed

Maura Cahill:

1. Elena telling me she didn’t care for me (even if it was a lie)

2. Sister Inez telling me that we’re so much alike, she and I (and the way I agreed with the old cow!)

3. spending Christmas without Cate and Tess and Papa (but I’d never tell them that)

Sister's Fate

Tess Cahill:

1. my nightmares all fall

2. what I did to Vi’s kitten

3. what happened on the rooftop of the National Council building with Cate and Maura

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Jessica SpotswoodAbout Jessica:

I grew up in a tiny one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where I could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or—most often—with my nose in a book. I’ve been writing since I was little but studied theatre in college and grad school. Now I live in Washington, DC with my brilliant playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey.

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

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Born Wicked (The Cahill Wit...Star Cursed (The Cahill Wit...Sisters' Fate (The Cahill W...

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One lucky reader will win one book in The Cahill Witches Chronicles! Winner Choice!
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Sister's Fate

Available August 14, 2014 from Putnam Juvenile/Penguin

About this Book:

A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

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