Come one come all to a magical show you will never forget! While everyone takes their seats I am going to introduce our guest of honor! Her name is Danica and she happens to live in the magical kingdom of Versailles where the residents dress, eat and act like its the 18th century! Danica is engaged to the ruthless young ruler of Versailles but she will do anything to escape her fate of becoming his wife. She is even willing to sell a deadly drug called glitter. One taste of the drug will leave you addicted for life! So be careful around this mesmerizing beauty she isn’t as innocent as she looks!
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Dark Faerie Tales: Hi Dani! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today! To start things off can you introduce yourself and explain how you came to live in Versailles?
Dani: Thank you so much for having me! The answer to your question is just a little bit complicated and, sadly, involves geography. The Palace of Versailles sits on an eighteen-acre complex, which Sonoma, Inc. bought one hundred years ago and turned into a sovereign territory. Its own little country. It’s called Sonoman-Versailles. However, the palace itself was named after the city in which it was build five hundred years ago called … Versailles. Sonoma tried to get France to change the name of the city, but of course, they wouldn’t. So stubborn. But names cannot stop culture, so the City of Versailles is quite steeped in the 17th Century culture of Sonoman-Versailles, even though it’s not technically part of the country of Sonoman-Versailles. So when I tell you that I was born in the City of Versailles, now you understand a little better what that means. When I was fourteen my father inherited voting shares in the company he already worked for, and officially became Sonaman-Versailles nobility. Thus, we acquired an apartment in the Palace of Versailles. No one turns down that sort of opportunity. We moved right in and I’ve been there ever since.
DFT: Can you tell us a little bit more about the drug glitter and the side effects that come from using it?
Dani: I confess, I can only tell you from hearsay. I’ve never tried it—it seems a very bad idea. Glitter is a new drug that is a complex blend of opiates and gengineered belladonna that can be absorbed right through the skin. It has a glittery appearance, thus its street name. It basically gives you the euphoria associated with a drug called heroin, while maintaining full grasp of one’s conscious state. Bliss without crash, essentially. It’s exceptionally addicting and because it doesn’t interfere with mental cognition … much … it’s in very high demand.
DFT: You have a rather ruthless mother who will do pretty much anything to gain political power! Obviously your relationship is rather strained but was there a time perhaps during childhood that you have fond memories of your mother?
Dani: I wish there was. I myself keep trying to remember a time when we were simply happy and content. But I honestly don’t believe such a time ever existed. My mother is a natural social climber, and as such, was always looking for that next upward step. She always wanted more from me; I was never enough. I suppose when I was little I thought she was encouraging me to be my best, but I’m afraid those memories have become poisoned with the realization that, in truth, she was encouraging me to be her best.
DFT: Your father is a kind man but he has unfortunately become addicted to the drug glitter and now that’s all he cares about. Before your father inherited his title I imagine he was a different person. What was something you two enjoyed doing together?
Dani: My father always encouraged my love of math and programming in a way my mother never did. We would sit at the dinner table and he would throw out complex math problem and I would try to solve them without having to write down my calculations. He supported my dreams of working the tech industry when … well, when my mother had other plans.
DFT: The king is a brutal man and unfortunately you are engaged to be married but you have to admit that he does have a certain charm about him. Do you think he has any redeemable qualities?
Dani: Certainly. He’s exceptionally handsome and charismatic, and despite his brash actions, I think he’s very smart. His parents died when he was fifteen, but I know how much influence a parent can have before that age and everyone says his parents were brilliant and cutthroat. He was raised to be an incredibly effective CEO. And I suspect he will be. But that is very, very different than being a good person.
DFT: Saber is your supplier for the drug glitter and let’s be honest he is totally dreamy. Out of all the times spent with Saber which had been your favorite?
Dani: My time with Saber always feels so tainted by Glitter. The best moments are when we can be alone and try to forget—just for a little while—that we are both so embroiled in an industry we’ve come to loathe. Unfortunately, because it’s the industry that brought us together, neither of us can bring ourselves to completely regret our choices …
DFT: I know you want to escape Versailles but is there anything you will miss if you ever do actually escape?
Dani: Almost everything and there is the great tragedy. I love the culture of Sonoman-Versailles! The clothes, the dancing, the elaborate manners and rituals. I truly do adore it. And the people. Of course I will dearly miss my friends. But I can’t live here as my mother’s puppet anymore. I can’t live in fear.
DFT: If given the chance to attend a carnival like the one we are hosting what would be the first food/game/ride you would try?
Dani: Oh, caramel apples! We would never do something so messy in Sonoman-Versailles as try to eat a huge round object on a stick that’s covered with such a sticky substance. Surely it would never come out of my hair!
DFT: The ending of your story was pretty abrupt and I’m going to be honest I’m a little worried about what’s going to happen next! Can you give us any clues as to what we can expect from book two?
Dani: My author is constantly issuing apologies for the ending. While cackling gleefully, so I’m not entirely certain I believe her. And maybe you shouldn’t either … Regardless, like a train going full speed, there’s not much I can do about it now. Going into book two there’s a brief interlude, but then the story picks up a couple days later. Nothing has changed, and yet everything has changed. Everything in book two gets bigger … and I don’t just mean the panniers.
Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.
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Available October 25, 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
About this Book:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
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