Thrice Interview: EXTRACTION

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Stephanie Diaz’s debut, EXTRACTION, which came out yesterday!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

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They say: Welcome to Extraction testing.

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, EXTRACTION is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of HUNGER GAMES  ENDER’S GAME and leave them breathless for more.

Now for our interview with Stephanie:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Clementine is a fearless, feisty, short red-head.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

EXTRACTION is a dark, pulse-pounding, action-packed sci-fi novel.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I’m a dauntless, fandom-obsessed, optimistic writer.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

France, Ireland, Italy

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Acting, Astronomy, Vocal Performance

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Singer, actor, astronaut

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Tulips, daisies, daffodils

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Pasta, Reese’s peanut butter cups, enchiladas

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

HARRY POTTER, DIVERGENT, THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Stephanie and EXTRACTION at her website or by following her on twitter.

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On Anxiety

The last three months have been the hardest of my life.

Last November, I tapered off the anti-anxiety medication I’ve been taking for years for general anxiety disorder. I thought I could manage it. I thought I should, because my husband and I were starting to talk about having a baby (a discussion which has since been tabled for a while). I thought I was managing pretty well. And then, one morning in March, right after I got home from NYC Teen Author Fest, I woke up in a panic. I was home, safe, in bed, but my brain and body started sending signals that something was really wrong. I was terrified. My thoughts started to loop uncontrollably – I’d had a healthy doctor’s checkup a month before, but what if I secretly had cancer? What if I never sold another book? What if my husband couldn’t find a new job after his adjunct contracts are up? What if, what if, what if, my brain chanted, determined to find something terrifying to match up with the way I felt terrified. The irrational feeling of it came first, then the thoughts. It was like a constant anxious static that I could only banish for, at most, a few hours in the evenings.

And the thing is – my brain didn’t have to go too far. Writing and publishing do come with a lot of uncertainty. It’s not a stable career. There’s so much that’s beyond my control: book sales, marketing from my publisher, reviews. Will my new project(s) sell? Will it be enough money for me to keep writing full-time? Do I want to keep writing full-time, or would I be happier and healthier trying something different? Is it okay to suggest that? There are so many shoulds and so many people who aren’t shy about telling you The Right Way to Do It, which I’m perilously susceptible to. I should write first thing in the morning, without checking email or twitter first. I should write every day, 1k/day. I should write a book a year – or two, or three. I should be on Tumblr and Pinterest and– It’s so, so easy to feel not enough, never enough. And the anxiety preyed on both of those things – all those not-enough perfectionist feelings and all the things out of my control.

I started seeing a therapist, and that helped. But I was miserable every day, and I felt scared of doing even the most basic things. I stopped seeing friends. Was hardly eating. Definitely wasn’t writing. I couldn’t sleep, but I laid in bed and stared at the ceiling and worried. Sometimes I didn’t get up until evening. I was determined to figure it out without medication. I did make some progress in challenging all those feelings that I was a failure - which, despite the cheery tone of my blog post from six months ago, have stuck around more perniciously than I’d hoped. But it was hard. Really hard. Two steps forward, one step back progress, in tiny baby steps. I was still crying every day.  After two months, at the end of May, I got to the point where I felt — not actively suicidal, but that I would rather die than keep living like that, with every day being so hard. It scared me enough that I made a doctor’s appointment and asked her to put me back on my anti-anxiety medication.

It took a few weeks – and there was a scary weekend when I had a bad reaction to a rescue med and felt like a zombie – but honestly? I think it’s saved my life. I feel like myself again. It’s not magic – I still feel anxious sometimes, but it’s muted enough that I can use the tools from therapy to challenge those feelings. Why am I feeling this way? What do I want to do about it? Is it rational? It’s strange to realize so many of your feelings are just not true, not connected to actual reality. But some of my feelings also pointed out things that I needed to address, parts of my life I wasn’t happy with. Now I’m sleeping and eating. I’m getting up every morning and commuting across the city and teaching summer writing workshops for teens. I’m researching my short story for the PETTICOATS & PISTOLS anthology and I’m doing more around the house and I’m going out with friends. I’m working on a new-old writing project and I’ve set myself only tiny little goals in the hopes of making writing something that feels like fun again. I’m trying to recognize and celebrate my accomplishments. I’m trying to figure out a better work-life balance – because I love writing, and I’ve been very lucky to make it my job the last few years, but it’s not the only important thing in my life, nor should it be. I’m working really hard to learn that I am too enough, and to be kind to myself, and to learn to do things in baby steps, and not compare my journey or processes with anyone else’s. I’m healing – both from this spring and from the wild ups and downs of my first book deal – and sometimes I’m still easily overwhelmed. But I think I’m going to be okay. I couldn’t have truthfully said that two months – a month – even two weeks ago – so that’s kind of awesome.

I’ve really admired the posts that Stephanie Perkins and Myra McEntire wrote about battling depression, and how open Lauren DeStefano is about her struggles with anxiety, so I wanted to write about this. It’s so easy, when you’re in the midst of it, to feel all alone in it and embarrassed or ashamed. When your brain is already a bully, it’s so easy to feel like somehow it’s your fault – like if you were only stronger or better, you wouldn’t have to go through this. But those thoughts aren’t true, either. You aren’t alone in it, and you are awesome. I promise.

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Thrice Interview + Giveaway: ALL FOUR STARS

Hi! Thanks to everyone who entered to win ARCs of SISTERS’ FATE this week in my twitter giveaway or via the blog! I’ve chosen winners — but there will be more contests next week — one here, and on Instagram and the Cahill Witch Chronicles’ Facebook page. You can also enter to win a copy AND read an excerpt (a scene between Maura & Cate) at Ex Libris Kate! Stay tuned for another excerpt (with Finn?) next week!

Today we’re celebrating Tara Dairman’s debut, ALL FOUR STARS, which released yesterday!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

all four starsThey say: Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. (Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.)

Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated, but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world. But to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City—all while keeping her identity a secret. Easy as pie, right?

I say: This was a totally delightful middle-grade read! Gladys is such a winsome heroine; I was rooting for her from the first pages, when she almost sets her parents’ kitchen on fire trying to make crème brûlée! I love her character’s arc as the cooking ban forces her to get creative and make new friends – but I love that she never wavers in or sacrifices her passion for cooking, even in the face of her parents’ disapproval. The book is warm and funny and smart, and there are mouthwatering descriptions of everything from Gladys’s parents’ microwaved kitchen disasters to delectable desserts from around the globe to her friend Parminder’s family’s delicious Indian dinners. Recommend!

Now for our interview with Tara:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Gladys Gatsby is a shy, sneaky, determined foodie.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

ALL FOUR STARS is a fun, funny, mouth-watering story.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I’m a short, tenacious, well-traveled person.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

Bhutan, Iran, and Sweden

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Mandarin language, carpentry, and some sort of martial art

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Computer scientist, editor, or translator

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Coxcombs (so fuzzy!), hibiscus (so tasty!), and jacarandas (so purple!)

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Pesto, cherries, and hummus. (Though not all together, please.)

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

PRIDE & PREJUDICE, JANE EYRE, and the HARRY POTTER series (if you’re really forcing me to choose)

Thanks for stopping by, Tara! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Tara and ALL FOUR STARS at her website or by following her on twitter or Facebook.

To celebrate Tara’s release, I’d like to give away an ARC of ALL FOUR STARS – and a bonus ARC of M.A. Larson’s PENNYROYAL ACADEMY. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter below. Contest open until next Friday, July 18, at noon EST. Open only to residents in the US. Thanks to Penguin Teen for the prizes!

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Witchy Giveaway: SISTERS’ FATE & CONVERSION

Hi! Guess what? We’re down to 6 weeks left till SISTERS’ FATE releases! I can’t wait to share the end of Cate and Maura and Tess and Finn’s story with you all!

To that end, I’m going to be doing a bunch of giveaways over the next few weeks – some here, some with the help of some bloggers who have been hugely, amazingly supportive of the series and who will be also revealing exclusive excerpts, and some across various social media. So if you’re interested in winning signed ARCs of SISTERS’ FATE or signed paperbacks of STAR CURSED, you might want to follow me on twitter and Instagram, and follow the Cahill Witch Chronicles on Facebook!

Also – SISTERS’ FATE got its first trade review – from Kirkus – and it’s so happy-making! Most of it’s basically summary, but it ends like this:

…an explosive ending. Actions have real consequences, and… the fulfillment of the prophecy is dead-on…The riveting, ambitious plot and strong, moral-yet-fallible heroine are a winning combination.

Hooray!

So I’m celebrating by giving away two witchy ARCs – one of SISTERS’ FATE & one of fellow Putnam author Katherine Howe’s CONVERSION, which looks awesome and creepy! You had me at PREP meets THE CRUCIBLE, basically. Check it out:

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible
 
It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
 
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
 
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .
 
Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below! Open only to the US & Canada, but some upcoming social media giveaways will be international, I promise!

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Thrice Interview + Giveaway: WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Kym Brunner’s debut, WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE, which came out on Monday!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

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They say: Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father’s Roaring 20′s dinner show theater. When she cuts herself on one of the spent bullets from her father’s gangster memorabilia collection, she unwittingly awakens Bonnie Parker’s spirit, who begins speaking to Monroe from inside her head.

Later that evening, Monroe shows the slugs to Jack, a boy she meets at a party. He unknowingly becomes infected by Clyde, who soon commits a crime using Jack’s body. The teens learn that they have less than twenty-four hours to ditch the criminals or they’ll share their bodies with the deadly outlaws indefinitely.

I say: I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but what a fun premise! I love that Monroe’s dad has a Roaring 20’s dinner show theatre!

Now for our interview with Kym:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Monroe is an impulsive, feisty, on-the-run teen.

Clyde Barrow is a charismatic, calculating, romantic outlaw.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Suspenseful, riveting, satisfying thriller

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Industrious, friendly, and laid-back reality TV lover

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

Italy, Greece, and Switzerland

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Wine tasting, chocolate truffle-eating, and movie watchers’ clinic (JS: love these!)

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Movie critic, reality TV producer, wine connoisseur

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Lilac, Hyacinth, Bleeding hearts

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Rare filet mignon, Rumaki, homemade chocolate chip cookies

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

My own of course! :) But if I have to pick others, I’d say HUNGER GAMES, GONE GIRL, and WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Thanks for stopping by, Kym! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Kym and WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE at her website and you can follow her on twitter or on Facebook.

Kym is being generous enough to give away one copy of her book (open only to residents of the US & Canada). To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below by next Tuesday, July 8, at midnight EST.

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Thrice Interview + Giveaway: THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Tracy Holczer’s debut, THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY, which came out last month!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

secret humThey say: Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she’s found it her mother says it’s time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. She can’t imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

Lyrical, poignant and fresh, THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.

I say: I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but once again, check out these starred reviews!

“A lovely and captivating debut…Holczer writes with depth, heart, and a poetic lilt…nuanced characters engage from beginning to end.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Holczer expertly crafts the characters and dialogue to create a story readers will identify with, and thoroughly enjoy… More than simply a book about grief and the death of a parent, Grace’s story is about the search for identity. An essential purchase for middle-grade collections.”—School Library Journalstarred review

Now for our interview with Tracy:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Grace is a self-sufficient, practical, loyal pre-teen.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY is hopefully a poignant, mysterious, hopeful story.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I’m a stubborn, whimsical, friendly goofball.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

Africa, Portugal and Australia

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Meditation, pottery and surfing

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Pre-school teacher, coffee barista and ski instructor

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Daisy, lilly and peony

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Tacos, tacos and tacos

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and WALK TWO MOONS

Thanks for stopping by, Tracy! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Tracy and THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY at her website and you can follow her on twitter or on Facebook.

Tracy is being generous enough to give away one copy of her book, internationally! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below by next Tuesday, July 1, at midnight EST.

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Thrice Interview: OTHERBOUND

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Corinne Duyvis’s debut, OTHERBOUND.

First – I wanted to mention that the awesome Jenni Cooke is giving away international copies of BORN WICKED & STAR CURSED over at her blog Live to Read, Love to Read this month because she is awesome. Thank you, Jenni!

Also, in case you missed it, because I was out of town and not online much, I interviewed Kate Ormand about DARK DAYS last week, so you should also check that out!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

 

otherboundThey say: Amara is never alone. Not when she’s protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they’re fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she’s punished, ordered around, or neglected.

She can’t be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes. 

Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he’s yanked from his Arizona town into Amara’s mind, a world away, which makes even simple things like hobbies and homework impossible. He’s spent years as a powerless observer of Amara’s life. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she’s furious.

All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan’s breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they’ll have to work together to survive–and discover the truth about their connection.

I say: I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this. And um, check out these fab starred reviews from Kirkus and PW, which both rave about the world-building and the fabulous diversity:

“Duyvis smoothly transitions between the two main characters’ thoughts and emotions while realistically conveying the individual alienation and terror of two very different people. Rich worldbuilding, convincing nonheteronormative relationships, balanced class issues, and nuanced, ethnically diverse characters add to the novel’s depth. The well-paced action builds toward an unexpected, thrilling conclusion that will leave readers eager for more from this promising new author. Original and compelling; a stunning debut.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Debut novelist Duyvis smoothly integrates elements of diversity and disability into her cast without letting them stand in for deeper characterizations … Numerous plot twists drive the story along, and it’s grounded in worldbuilding that creates a believable, authentic setting. Duyvis makes ingenious use of a fascinating premise.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

Now for our interview with Corinne:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Nolan Santiago is a diligent, well-intentioned, self-loathing liar.

Amara is a terrified, angry, damaged healer.

(JS: just these brief descriptions make me want to read this book.)

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

OTHERBOUND is an unusual, ambitious, twisty fantasy.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Corinne is an opinionated, excitable, sleep-loving martial artist.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

New Zealand. Iceland. The United States. (I’ve visited the US several times before–I’d just like to save on flight costs for next time!)

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

First aid. Animal psychology. Neuroscience 101.

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Portrait artist. Editor. Activist.

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Zantedeschias, for their elegance; orchids, for inexplicably thriving under my care; lavender, for being so soothing. (JS: I had to Google zantedeschias, otherwise known as calla lilies, which I also love!)

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Grilled ham & cheese sandwiches. Cupcakes. Kroketten.

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

You’re making me CHOOSE? Okay–let’s do some underappreciated books I read in the past year. ORLEANS, by Sherri L. Smith; A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge; VESSEL by Sarah Beth Durst. 

Thanks for stopping by, Corinne! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Corinne and OTHERBOUND at her website or by following her on twitter!

 

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Thrice Interview: DARK DAYS

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Kate Ormand’s release DARK DAYS, which came out June 3.

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

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They say: The future world has been divided into sectors–each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.

I say: Ooh, this sounds super intense! (Also, shallow, but I love the pink cover font!)

Now for our interview with Kate:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Sia is a troubled, yet fierce and determined girl.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

DARK DAYS is an exciting, dark, and bloody book.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I am a friendly, grateful, and happy author!

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

I love to travel to France and the US. I’d also like to visit Australia.

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Art (which I have my degree in!), French language, and Education

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Librarian, dog groomer, or teacher

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Sunflowers, pansies, and lilies

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Toast, cheese, and grapes

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

ACID by Emma Pass, WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT (AND WE WERE IN LOVE) by Ingrid Jonach, and THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater

Thanks for stopping by, Kate! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Kate and DARK DAYS at her website or by following her on twitter.

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Giveaway: SISTERS’ FATE + DARK METROPOLIS

Eep! We are officially less than 3 months away from the release of SISTERS’ FATE and I can’t wait to share the story with you!

Today I’m giving away a signed ARC, along with a signed (and doodled-in, because she’s an amazing artist) ARC of DARK METROPOLIS by my friend Jackie Dolamore!

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Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder’s mother is cursed with a spell that’s driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.

Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city’s secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they’re not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too. DARK METROPOLIS is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don’t always seem to stay that way…

DARK METROPOLIS comes out June 17 from Disney-Hyperion. I read it a few weeks ago and fell in love with the stunning setting, which is unlike anything else I’ve ever read – like a dark, magical 1920s Berlin! Jackie excels at world-building; I’m always fascinated by the fashion and food and the other tiny touches that make her worlds come alive. I especially loved the glam scenes at the Telephone Club, but Thea, Freddy, and their friend Nan also have some incredibly creepy adventures beneath the city!

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Thrice Interview: PANDEMIC

Hi! First – I’m at the Romantic Times convention in New Orleans this week! Will you be there too? Check out the Events page to see where you can find me! And if not – check back here next week, because I’ll be giving away a signed ARC of SISTERS’ FATE!

Today we’re celebrating Yvonne Ventresca’s debut, PANDEMIC!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

PandemicThey say: Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil’s worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak–her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey–Lil’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she’s more alone than she’s been since the “incident” at her school months ago. 

With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons. 

I say: Ooh, this sounds like a really intriguing, fast-paced thriller!

Now for our interview with Yvonne:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Lilianna is an isolated, traumatized, pessimistic fighter.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

PANDEMIC is a contemporary, realistic, frightening survival story.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I’m a persistent, creative, research-loving writer.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

France, Ireland, Italy

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Social media, genealogy, martial arts

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Librarian, English teacher, genealogist

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Stargazer lilies, honeysuckles, lilacs

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Cheese (all kinds), chocolate, guacamole

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

THE GIFT OF FEAR (Gavin de Becker), ON WRITING (Stephen King), and OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS (Anne Lamott).

Thanks for stopping by, Yvonne!

You can find out more about Yvonne and PANDEMIC at her website or by reading her blog, or by following her on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

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