01/31/12



Author Interview

Author Interview: Cynthia Hand

Cynthia Hand

Books:

  • Unearthly
  • Hallowed

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For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

I am thrilled to be a host for The Dark Days of Winter brought to you by the awesome people at Harper Teen! I get to host the lovely Cynthia Hand, author of the soon to be released sequel to Unearthly, HALLOWED! Hallowed hits shelves on January 17! And it is FABULOUS! Add it to your wish-lists!

I was able to host Cynthia earlier this month as a part of the blog tour for Hallowed. You can check out the interview and my review! Stay connected to all things Dark Days on the Pitch Dark Facebook page, including exclusive content features every Wednesday! Since this is the BIGGEST Dark Days yet I asked Cynthia about some of her BIGGEST things…..

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment, writing wise, to date?

I would have to say finishing Hallowed. Writing Unearthly was fun and slow, no pressure, just my own desire to see how the story happened. Writing Hallowed was an entirely different experience: I was teaching two classes, pregnant, busy with marketing stuff for Unearthly, trying to keep my family in clean underwear, and it was crazy-hard to carve out the time to write, let alone to let my mind settle enough to write well. But I did it, somehow. Not only did I pull off the book, but I thought the quality of the book was just as good, maybe even better, than Unearthly was. I’m so proud of that. Now I have to do it all over again!

What is your biggest fear?

I am most afraid of two things:

1. That I will not be a good mother while I am busy being a good author. When I was writing Unearthly I took my son to the park every day, and I wrote during his naps, and when he was awake he had my full attention most of the time. I can’t give him that now, and I can’t give that to my daughter either, and some days that upsets me a lot.

2. That I will stop writing. This balances out fear #1. Writing is such a huge part of who I am and how I navigate the world. I’m not happy when I’m not writing. So I guess I’m afraid that I’ll get overwhelmed by it all or burned out beyond repair and my ideas will all dry up. Not a good place to be.

What is the biggest book you’ve read and loved?

Hmm, biggest. (does mental check of my bookshelves) The biggest one lately is Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver. I want to use this for my YA lit class this fall but it is almost 500 pages. A big book. I also love Wonderstruck, which gives your arm a workout while you read.

Who was/is your biggest love?

I am fortunate enough to have many great loves: my husband, my children, my parents, but the one that sticks out to me these days is my love for my best friend. So often I think we underestimate the power of a good friend in our lives. I am always surprised at how deep my feelings go for my best friend. I would walk through fire for her. I am fiercely loyal and protective of her. She could ask anything of me, truly, and I would do it. (Don’t go getting any ideas, Linds!) I love her, a true and pure and abiding love. I wish that kind of friendship on everybody.

Do you have a biggest regret?

I don’t want to get into the specifics, but one big general regret I have, having reached the ripe old age of 33 and looking back, is that I wasn’t more careful with my life. I didn’t do so many stupid things, really, (I did an average amount of stupid things, I think) as much as I just floated through a big part of my life, not really paying attention, not being careful with my decisions. So often I was satisfied with mediocre instead of doing the work to make my life extraordinary. I regret that. I’m glad I learned that lesson now and not when I’m 50.

If you have a chance you should defintely attend the Dark Days Author events!! Here is a full list of stops:

Leg 1

Tahereh Mafi (SHATTER ME), Veronica Rossi (UNDER THE NEVER SKY) and Ellen Schreiber (MAGIC OF THE MOONLIGHT)

January 12th @ 7pm | Books, Inc. Opera Plaza | San Francisco, CA | Stories & Sweeties
*Not Your Mother’s Book Club event with Anna Carey (EVE)
January 13th @ 7pm | Mysterious Galaxy | San Diego, CA | Girls in the Stacks
January 14th @ 4pm | Changing Hands | Tempe, AZ | IB Book Blogging
*LIVESTREAM event

Leg 2

Cynthia Hand (HALLOWED), Brodi Ashton (EVERNEATH), Jodi Meadows (INCARNATE) and Courtney Allison Moulton (WINGS OF THE WICKED)
February 16th @ 5pm | Barnes & Noble | Southlake, TX | A Good Addiction 
February 17th @ 7pm | Barnes & Noble | Austin, TX | Mundie Moms 
February 18th @ 4pm | Blue Willow Bookshop | Houston, TX | Once Upon a Twilight

Leg 3

Lauren Oliver (PANDEMONIUM), Claudia Gray (BALTHAZAR), and Dan Wells (PARTIALS)

March 9th @ 6:30pm | Books & Books | Coral Gables, FL | Harmony’s Radiant Reads 
March 10th @ 2pm | Barnes & Noble | Alpharetta, GA | TK
March 11th @ 4pm | Vroman’s | Los Angeles, CA | TK
*LIVESTREAM event 

Leg 4

Kimberly Derting (THE LAST ECHO), Jill Hathaway (SLIDE), and Dan Wells (PARTIALS)

April 18th @ 7pm | Books & Co | Dayton, OH | TK
April 19th @ 7pm | Anderson’s Bookshop | Naperville, IL | TK
April 20th @ 7pm | Barnes & Noble | Burlington, MA | TK

01/31/12



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DAC Giveaway: May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Welcome to another DAC GIVEAWAY!!! Please Note: DAC Giveaway are for participants of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge ONLY! If you are a regular reader of the blog, but not participating in the challenge, I apologize but this giveaway is not open to you! (Don’t be sad I’ll still have plenty of giveaways for non-DAC participants too!)

For those of you participating in the DAC (that means you signed up and have your blog, Goodreads, or Youtube Channel listed here) I hoped you enjoy this wonderful DEBUT THEMED giveaway!

I’ve known it since last night:
It’s been too long to expect them to return.
Something’s happened.

May is helping out on a neighbor’s Kansas prairie homestead—just until Christmas, says Pa. She wants to contribute, but it’s hard to be separated from her family by 15 long, unfamiliar miles. Then the unthinkable happens: May is abandoned. Trapped in a tiny snow-covered sod house, isolated from family and neighbors, May must prepare for the oncoming winter. While fighting to survive, May’s memories of her struggles with reading at school come back to haunt her. But she’s determined to find her way home again. Caroline Starr Rose’s fast-paced novel, written in beautiful and riveting verse, gives readers a strong new heroine to love.

Official Contest information:

  • to enter, please fill out the form below
  • entrants must be 13 years of age or older
  • contest open to US Only
  • the winner will be announced on this blog post at the conclusion of the contest
  • the winner will be notified by email and will have 72 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
  • DO NOT PUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION
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01/30/12



Book Review

Girl Meets Boy: Because There are Two Sides to Every Story edited by Kelly Milner Halls

Release Date: December 28, 2011
Author Info: Website
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Borrow
Pages: 204
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Interest: Story
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon

What do guys and girls really think? Twelve of the most dynamic and engaging YA authors writing today team up for this one-of-a-kind collection of “he said/she said” stories-he tells it from the guy’s point of view, she tells it from the girl’s. These are stories of love and heartbreak. There’s the good-looking jock who falls for a dangerous girl, and the flipside, the toxic girl who never learned to be loved; the basketball star and the artistic (and shorter) boy she never knew she wanted; the gay boy looking for love online and the girl who could help make it happen. Each story in this unforgettable collection teaches us that relationships are complicated-because there are two sides to every story.

I loved how diverse the stories in this novel were! That was probably my favorite aspect. Diversity ROCKS! The writing was also superb. Although I wouldn’t expect any less from this group of authors. The stories were well developed and I wouldn’t call any of them predictable!

I don’t think that the light tone of the cover for this novel worked for these stories at all. I was expecting more romantic stories, and I think that is where my disappointment comes from. I was just expecting… more. I wouldn’t have necessarily called some of these connections “relationships.”

Overall Girl Meets Boy is a diverse and entertaining read.

Blog Tour: Boy Meets Girl & Giveaway

Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story

Featuring:

  • Kelly Milner Halls
  • Chris Crutcher
  • Rebecca Fjelland Davis
  • Terry Davis
  • Terry Trueman
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Sara Ryan
  • Randy Powell
  • Joseph Brochac
  • Ellen Wittlinger
  • James Howe

What do guys and girls really think? Twelve of the most dynamic and engaging YA authors writing today team up for this one-of-a-kind collection of “he said/she said” stories-he tells it from the guy’s point of view, she tells it from the girl’s. These are stories of love and heartbreak. There’s the good-looking jock who falls for a dangerous girl, and the flipside, the toxic girl who never learned to be loved; the basketball star and the artistic (and shorter) boy she never knew she wanted; the gay boy looking for love online and the girl who could help make it happen. Each story in this unforgettable collection teaches us that relationships are complicated-because there are two sides to every story.

I was able to participate in a short interview with Editor of Girl Meets Boy, Kelly Milner Halls.

What did you like most about going from your nonfiction books to writing and editing a YA?

I have long been a YA reader — a fan of young adult literature. So joining the YA ranks is the best part of adding GIRL MEETS BOY to my resume of nonfiction books, without a doubt. To stand with such brilliant story tellers is an honor and a thrill. I hope it’s the first of many, but I still love writing nonfiction, too. Understanding MISUNDERSTANDING better.

Describe Girl Meets Boy in three words.

Understanding MISUNDERSTANDING better.

What is something about Girl Meets Boy that we may not know just from reading the blurb?

Each of the twelve writers created their stories long before we had a publisher or an advance to share. They did the work purely on speculation, before Chronicle Books stepped in to bring the stories to life.

Wattpad Contest

The Girl Meets Boy writing contest is now live on Wattpad!

Wattpad is featuring the guy’s side of the story, and inviting their members to write same scene from the girl’s perspective. Stories should be no more than 300 words long, and the deadline is February 8th. Winners will be announced on February 14th.

One Grand Prize winner will get:

· A copy of Girl Meets Boy signed by all 12 contributors
· A critique of 25 pages of writing by editor Kelly Milner Halls
· A 30-minute Skype consultation with Kelly
· A copy of Kelly’s favorite how-to book on writing

Four runners-up will win a copy of Girl Meets Boy signed by all 12 contributors

And for readers of The Story Siren I have a copy of Girl Meets Boy signed by all contributors for one lucky winner!

Official Contest information:

  • to enter, please fill out the form below
  • entrants must be 13 years of age or older
  • contest open to US/CANADA Only
  • the winner will be announced on this blog post at the conclusion of the contest
  • the winner will be notified by email and will have 72 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
  • DO NOT PUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION
  • check out my Contest Policy/Privacy Policy


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Welcome to In My Mailbox! You can find official information like how to participate, why it was started and other goodies about IMM on the IMM Page.

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