C.J. Redwine's Blog, page 6

August 16, 2012



1. I know what you're thinking.

2. You're thinking "Holy cow, she's actually blogging?? Are they serving ice cream in hell today?"

3. If they are serving ice cream in hell, it's going to be orange sherbet which looks like it should be tasty ice cream but then turns out to be a whole lot more ice than cream and also tastes disturbingly like frozen Tang.

4. But, I digress.

5. There are some very good reasons why I haven't blogged much for the past two months. I'll give you the condensed version: Bad accident, hospitalized kids, long recovery, book deadline, book rewrite from the ground up (That's totally a euphemism for "fun," by the way), Defiance release plans, back to school shopping and fees and nights and angst, interview questions to answer, guest posts, teen in physical and speech therapy as he tries to manage going back to school with a TBI (traumatic brain injury) that will still take months to recover from, and my own brain which reached the end of each day and just sat there and drooled when I asked it for a blog post.

6. So, my summer did not go as planned, but I can't complain. My kids are alive, and I'm grateful for that. Every other stress comes in a far distant second.

7. I have been sort of mini-blogging on Twitter, though. If you don't follow me over there, here are a few gems you missed. Um. Okay, gems is probably overstating things a bit. But here you go:

Toddler now kisses the top of her shoes before she puts them on. I'm not saying she's her mama's daughter, but ... # shoesFTW

I'm having popcorn for dinner. Because I'm a grown up.

Besides my name, the 2 most common search terms for my blog last month: "Kittens on llamas" and "Squirrel Fight." # klassy

Wasabi candy powder? For the person in your life who deserves a throat full of fiii-yah??? niftycandy.com/weirdcandy.html

Hubby calls: Want to go to lunch since you're presentable? Me: $!%&^ and also *^$% Him: I just meant you showered! Me: KEEP DIGGING.

Just lost track of how many characters are in this scene.  # mathishard   # apparently # sheesh

Son informs me his math teacher has Bieber & Twilight posters on the wall and wonders if sprinkling his tests w/glitter w/help his grades.

My mother just informed me that Jeremy Renner is from the town next to my small hometown. This irrevocably destroys his mystique for me.

Writing yet another action scene involving hot boys and swords. Have decided it's appropriate to yell FOR NARNIA! as I type.

If Word shuts down on me ONE MORE TIME while I'm trying to save these revisions, I will KILL IT WITH FIRE.

YOU GUYS. I was reading my manuscript & lifted my chai frappe up to take a sip w/o looking at it & STUCK THE STRAW UP MY NOSE. In public.

Just grateful I didn't accidentally snort some. THAT would've been cause for shame. Nobody likes a girl with frappe up her nose.

Me: This cd player won't work. *fiddles w/every. single. button.* WHY WON'T IT WORK? Friend: Is it plugged in? Me: *long pause* Oh.

@ Magnet4Books   @ nataliecparker  You're only saying that because I forgot the "no b00bs on the table" rule that one time at dinner.

I want a treadmill desk, but who wants to lay $$ on how fast I get distracted, belly flop, & fly backwards into a wall?

Pirated copies of my ARC on the webz. A couple significant changes between ARC and book. Thieves will be CONFUSED when they steal book 2!

Just spent two frantic minutes searching for the phone I was holding IN MY HAND. # sleepdeprived


Sorry about the weird black background. I copied and pasted from TweetDeck which has a black background and we all know I could never in  a million years figure out how to fix it, so ... there you go.

8. Coming up on the blog, I have some interviews with outstanding authors, along with some fabulous giveaways!

9. Also? Next week will be Dare To Defy week on my blog! It includes spoilers, behind the scenes info, and other goodies!

10. I leave you with this:


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July 18, 2012

Since VH1's exclusive has expired, Harper posted the trailer on youtube so that the regions who didn't have access to view it on VH1 can see it now. Here you go!

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July 16, 2012

I am so excited to announce that today VH1.com premiered the DEFIANCE book trailer. I love love love what Harper did with the trailer (and how they let me make choices and be such a part of the process the entire way). Check it out! What do you think?[image error]
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July 11, 2012


Thank you to all who entered to win a pre-order of DEFIANCE! There were a total of 940 entries, and as always, I used random.org to choose the winners. And the winners are:

Hannah Taylor
Nikki Wang
Congratulations! You will receive a confirmation email from my assistant shortly. Thanks so much for entering and happy reading!


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July 9, 2012

It's been quite a while since I posted any kind of personal blog post. Some of that has to do with the fact that my personal life has been in a state of upheaval lately due to two of my kids having back to back serious medical issues. Some of that has to do with the fact that writing the sequel to Defiance nearly broke my brain. But I wanted to take a moment and talk about something that is important to me.

Reviews of Defiance and why I'm not reading them.

First of all, you should know that I wander around in a state of queasy wonder at the thought of so many people being excited to read my book. It's both thrilling and sort of scary. I've always believed that once a book goes out into the world, it becomes the property of those who read it. Defiance is no different. It's DONE. I did the best I could, sent it out into the world, and no matter what anyone says about it now, it's DONE. :) My focus is on the next book (Which may yet kill me. We'll see ...) because that's the story that needs my attention now. Defiance no longer belongs to me. Readers are interacting with the story, living in the world, and forming attachments to my characters. I am completely blown away by that. It's AWESOME.

But as awesome as it is, I choose not to read those opinions. I choose not to read any opinions, good, bad, or indifferent. I have a couple of reasons for this. One, the review isn't for my benefit. The book is out of my hands. Reviews are to give one person's opinion about the story for the benefit of other readers trying to decide if this is a book they'd like to read. There isn't any room in that process for the author of the book to interject her own opinion. Second, I function best with a high level of oblivion. I am determined to worry about only that which I can control. (Book two, I'm looking at YOU.) I love, love, LOVE that readers are passionately discussing Defiance, but I know myself. If I started reading reviews, it would derail my momentum on the next book. I'd worry that I hadn't put in enough X or I'd wandered too far away from Y or wow, someone really really hates Z. I can't do that. I write best in a bubble where nothing but me and the story exist.

I know other authors post about reviews and why they won't read them, and I'm honestly not saying anything new here. But because there are so many of my awesome online peeps reading and commenting about Defiance now, I wanted to respect that and tell you that I am GRATEFUL, and that I hope you understand why I'm choosing not to click on links or interact with your reviews. I hope you enjoy your time within Defiance's pages. In the meantime, I'm going to pull a few kung fu moves on Book 2 and teach it who's boss.

Edited to add: I may not be able to go to your blog and comment on your review, but I try my best to respond to Twitter comments and blog comments. :)[image error]
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Published on July 09, 2012 07:41 • 35 views

June 29, 2012

Once again, I bring you a transcript of a very disturbing run while you can! chat I had with Jodi Meadows. Read at your own risk.



Jodi Meadows: AND NOW A BUG KILLED ITSELF IN MY ORANGE JUICE


C.J. Redwine: GROSS

Jodi Meadows: I have possibly the grossest story ever to tell you

C.J. Redwine: that is exactly the reason why I cannot drink without looking in my glass

Jodi Meadows: it does involve bugs

C.J. Redwine: OH NO

Jodi Meadows: (yeah, I always look)

C.J. Redwine: *gags preemptorily*

C.J. Redwine: bring it

Jodi Meadows: okay

Jodi Meadows: so it all starts on Thursday night

Jodi Meadows: at my mom's

Jodi Meadows: My brother and I are in the kitchen cleaning up

Jodi Meadows: and he jumps back

Jodi Meadows: and shrieks

Jodi Meadows: (my brother is not what you'd call a manly boy)

Jodi Meadows: because a GIANT COCKROACH just crawled under the ledge of the counter

Jodi Meadows: we both try to destroy it

Jodi Meadows: but it escapes into the crevice between the dishwasher and the counter

Jodi Meadows: we admit defeat

Jodi Meadows: but LATER

Jodi Meadows: one of the cats starts staring at the ceiling

Jodi Meadows: and I see THE COCKROACH on the ceiling

Jodi Meadows: fortunately I have an empty cup

Jodi Meadows: so I get on a chair, grab a napkin, and trap it in the cup

Jodi Meadows: and then toss it outside

Jodi Meadows: (I can't squash them. I can't take the crunch)

Jodi Meadows: and then I think all is well

Jodi Meadows: FAST FORWARD TO FRIDAY

C.J. Redwine: crunch is bad

Jodi Meadows: Mom and I are in her bathroom brushing our teeth

Jodi Meadows: everything is great

C.J. Redwine: oh please no

Jodi Meadows: my teeth are clean

Jodi Meadows: it's wonderful

C.J. Redwine: gag gag gag already

Jodi Meadows: and then I get the cup that I'd been keeping my toothbrush in (bristles down)

Jodi Meadows: and using to rinse with..

C.J. Redwine: GAG GAG

Jodi Meadows: AND THERE IT IS

C.J. Redwine: STOP

Jodi Meadows: IN THE CUP

C.J. Redwine: I'M BEGGING YOU

C.J. Redwine: OMG

C.J. Redwine: HOLY VOMIT

Jodi Meadows: SNUGGLING UP TO MY TOOTHBRUSH

C.J. Redwine: AIDOHEIOANIOEW8U3029UR09 J

Jodi Meadows: WHICH I'D ALREADY USED

C.J. Redwine: YOU JUST KILLED ME

C.J. Redwine: DEAD

Jodi Meadows: COCKROACH COOTIES ON

Jodi Meadows: MY

Jodi Meadows: TEETH

Jodi Meadows: ON

Jodi Meadows: MY

Jodi Meadows: TONGUE

C.J. Redwine: did you puke?

Jodi Meadows: YES

C.J. Redwine: because I would totally puke

C.J. Redwine: I'm puking NOW

C.J. Redwine: on your behalf

Jodi Meadows: me too

Jodi Meadows: gag

Jodi Meadows: gag gag

C.J. Redwine: aaaaahhhhhhh

Jodi Meadows: I YELPED

Jodi Meadows: and trapped it

C.J. Redwine: my tongue doesn't know what to do with my teeth!

Jodi Meadows: and took it outside again

C.J. Redwine: blech blech

C.J. Redwine: JODI

Jodi Meadows: and then rinsed with peroxide

C.J. Redwine: KILL THE COCKROACH

C.J. Redwine: KILL IT

Jodi Meadows: THAT IS WHAT MY MOM SAID WHEN I GOT BACK

Jodi Meadows: SHE SAID WHY DIDN'T YOU PUT IT DOWN THE TOILET

C.J. Redwine: see???

C.J. Redwine: drown the sucker

Jodi Meadows: AND I SAID BC AT MY HOUSE, ONLY POOP GOES DOWN THE TOILET

Jodi Meadows: I HAVE A SEPTIC

Jodi Meadows: AND I ALWAYS FORGET

C.J. Redwine: did it lay eggs on your toothbrush, do you think?

C.J. Redwine: is helpful*

Jodi Meadows: GROSS

C.J. Redwine: you're going to unfriend me on FB now, aren't you?

Jodi Meadows: I PUT PEROXIDE IN MY MOUTH

C.J. Redwine: it whitens teeth!

Jodi Meadows: yes!

C.J. Redwine: and kills cockroach eggs!

Jodi Meadows: and then I brushed again with a new brush

C.J. Redwine: darn it, now I'm all gaggy and pukey

Jodi Meadows: I warned you

C.J. Redwine: I will tell you a story in return

C.J. Redwine: BRACE YOURSELF

Jodi Meadows: oh man

C.J. Redwine: this is worse

C.J. Redwine: because of the insidious nature

Jodi Meadows: (the cup was dark blue, otherwise I would have seen the sucker)

C.J. Redwine: of my parental unit

C.J. Redwine: well, there's your problem

C.J. Redwine: CLEAR CUPS, JODI

Jodi Meadows: YES
C.J. Redwine: ok, so

Jodi Meadows: your story

C.J. Redwine: my parents have multiple cats

C.J. Redwine: and after I moved out to go to college, somehow the cat box ended up in our bathroom

C.J. Redwine: right below the window against the wall

C.J. Redwine: which is fine

C.J. Redwine: my sister was the only one using the bathroom and she could use my counter

Jodi Meadows: oh

C.J. Redwine: my mom told me this story YEARS after it happened

C.J. Redwine: which is disturbing

C.J. Redwine: because WHAT STORIES ISN'T SHE TELLING ME?

C.J. Redwine: anyway, she told me she was cleaning the bathroom

C.J. Redwine: and she accidentally knocked my sister's toothbrush INTO THE CATBOX

Jodi Meadows: ...

Jodi Meadows: WHAT

C.J. Redwine: what would you do with said toothbrush?

Jodi Meadows: THROW IT AWAY

Jodi Meadows: THROW

Jodi Meadows: IT

Jodi Meadows: AWAY

Jodi Meadows: IT IS TAINTED

C.J. Redwine: of course!

C.J. Redwine: NOT MY MOTHER

C.J. Redwine: she WASHED it and PUT IT BACK

Jodi Meadows: DEFILED

Jodi Meadows: NOOOOOO

Jodi Meadows: NO NO NO GROSSSSSS

C.J. Redwine: and didn't tell my sister!

C.J. Redwine: !!!!

Jodi Meadows: D:

C.J. Redwine: so of course, I begin to scroll back through my ENTIRE CHILDHOOD

C.J. Redwine: and wonder

Jodi Meadows: RIGHT???

C.J. Redwine: how many times did MY toothbrush get washed and put back?

C.J. Redwine: HOW MANY, JODI?

Jodi Meadows: AT LEAST FIVE

C.J. Redwine: the bathroom grout was always clean

C.J. Redwine: now I find that suspicous!

Jodi Meadows: probably a reason for that

C.J. Redwine: I finally told my sister

C.J. Redwine: she didn't take it well
Jodi Meadows: seriously

Jodi Meadows: GAG

C.J. Redwine: now I don't know what to do with my mouth

C.J. Redwine: if I open it, I gag

C.J. Redwine: this is your fault

C.J. Redwine: this is like the time I felt a spider on my face at night

C.J. Redwine: and panicked and slapped it GOD KNOWS WHERE

Jodi Meadows: AGAHHHH

C.J. Redwine: and then I was terrified to sleep because where did it go?

C.J. Redwine: those suckers hold a grudge

Jodi Meadows: INDEED

C.J. Redwine: what if it crawled into my mouth?

C.J. Redwine: up my nose?

Jodi Meadows: we know how those things go

C.J. Redwine: oh yes

Jodi Meadows: O__O

C.J. Redwine: lay eggs in my brain
Jodi Meadows: OMC

Jodi Meadows: that's where defiance came from!

C.J. Redwine: one day I sneeze and BAM! spiders

C.J. Redwine: ahahahahaha

C.J. Redwine: yes!

C.J. Redwine: spider in the brain

C.J. Redwine: Incarnate came from cockroach in the mouth

Jodi Meadows: BRAIN SPIDER

C.J. Redwine: *pukes*

Jodi Meadows: GAHHH

C.J. Redwine: *gags*

C.J. Redwine: revisits dinner*

C.J. Redwine: why do you do this to me?

Jodi Meadows: I don't know

Jodi Meadows: I'm sorry
C.J. Redwine: this is a blog post

C.J. Redwine: you realize this
 
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June 28, 2012



Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city's brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father's apprentice, Logan--the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city's top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor's impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
 
 
Before a book goes out into the world, it gets placed in the hands of a few select readers with the hopes that those readers will love it enough to pimp it so that others will want a piece of that action. (That is totally NOT how Harper explained it to me, but ... there you go.) These select readers craft a sentence or two recommending the book, and that is called a blurb.

DEFIANCE has some very shiny blurbs. Some of those blurbs are official pimpage. Some are friends and family. And a few are the result of a rather brutal shakedown involving ninjas, a dark alley, and one very determined Were-llama.

I'm excited about these blurbs! And everyone knows being excited about something all by yourself isn't nearly as fun as being excited with a group! (Plus, you no longer look like you might need medical help.) So, I'm going to share my blurbs with you--the real, the not so real, and the downright fake. And then I'm going to give you a chance to win a pre-order of DEFIANCE!

Ready for the blurbs? Here they are!

THE OFFICAL BLURBS:

“Spellbinding, romantic, and impossible to put down.” (Julie Kagawa, New York Times Bestselling author of the Iron Fey series and the Blood of Eden series. )


“C.J. Redwine’s DEFIANCE is a gritty, thrilling adventure sprinkled with moments of breathtaking tenderness. I read it in one sitting.” (Rae Carson, Morris Award finalist for THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS )

“DEFIANCE defies all reader expectations, giving us both a post-apocalyptic setting rife with history and a plot that’s as much about the discovery of one’s own humanity as it is about survival.” (Lisa Mantchev, author of EYES LIKE STARS )

THE UNOFFICIAL BLURBS:

"This is actually good." (C.J.'s mom)

"Although DEFIANCE is sprinkled with fantastical elements, it's the raw, genuine intensity of the characters' emotions that makes this book so compelling. CJ Redwine doesn't shy away from talking about loss, grief, and guilt when she's not writing dizzying action sequences and hilarious, sweetly awkward love scenes. This book basically cut out my heart and drop-kicked it, and then hugged me, wiped away my tears, and showed me how to heal." (Alison Cherry, author of RED, coming Fall 2013 from Delacorte)

"Rapid-fire action, a badass heroine, and a plot that moves so quickly I couldn’t catch my breath. In the very best of ways. Try putting DEFIANCE down once you’ve started. I dare you ." (Sara McClung, up and coming author and beta reader extraordinaire)

"Where are the zombies?" (C.J.'s son)

"I never was one to have a "book boy crush," but I must admit I have the biggest one on DEFIANCE's Logan McEntire. It's almost as if CJ wrote him just for me. Don't get me wrong, I love Rachel too. She's feisty and headstrong and braver than I'll ever be. But if I got the chance to fight her for Logan's affections, I so totally would. Not that I'd win. Rachel's father taught her everything she needs to know about survival, and that includes hand-to-hand combat. She'd lay me flat, just like this book will do to you.


DEFIANCE isn't your typical sweeping adventure. Nor is it your typical Dystopian. It's real. It's gritty. And it will break your heart time and time again as you follow Logan and Rachel into the depths of the Wasteland. I can't wait to see where this series ends!" (M.G. Buehrlen, author and amazing critique partner)
 
"The world building is fabulous. The intermingling of technology and fantasy elements makes me absolutely giddy." (Shannon Dittemore, author of ANGEL EYES)
 
THE BLURBS GAINED IN A BACK ALLEY SHAKEDOWN:
 
"When the Boogeyman goes to bed every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris, but Chuck Norris checks his closet for DEFIANCE." (Source must remain anonymous for fear of having a near-Chuck Norris experience)
 
"Hey Girl, I'd defy my leader and fight assassins any time for you." (Ryan Gosling, or someone who looked just like him.)
 
"Defiance? Wait. Isn't that a type of liquor?" (Some bum in an alley)
 
"Read DEFIANCE. Read it or weep. If I let you keep your tear ducts." (the Were-llama)
 
 
There they are! Aren't they shiny? Now, it's time to give away two pre-orders of DEFIANCE! To enter, simply write a fake blurb of your own for DEFIANCE! You can base it off the synopsis, the cover, or your Aunt Mildred's famous banana bread. As long as you tie it in to Defiance, it counts. The more dramatic or hysterical or whimsical, the better. Go wild. Truthfulness does not matter here. Put your entry in the comment trail but be sure to fill out the entry form a) so you have extra chances of winning and b) so I know how to contact you if you win!


I'll use random.org to choose two lucky winners! Each will receive a pre-order of DEFIANCE. The contest is open internationally and you have until midnight, central time, July 9th to enter.

Good luck to you!



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It's time to announce the winners of both the SO SILVER BRIGHT and FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS giveaway! As always, I used random.org to choose the winning entries.


Thank you to all who entered! There were a total of 112 entries for SO SILVER BRIGHT. And the lucky winner is:

Kris 



Thank you to all who entered! There were a total of 288 entries for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. And the lucky winner is:


Lauren 

Congratulations!! You will receive a confirmation email from my assistant shortly. Thank you for entering and happy reading![image error]
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June 13, 2012




Today, I'm super excited to have Lisa Mantchev return to the blog. I've been a fan of Lisa's since I received an ARC (advance review copy) of her debut novel, EYES LIKE STARS. I fell hard for that book with it's incredibly unique premise, hilarious secondary characters, and wide scope of imagination that just took my breath away. SO SILVER BRIGHT is the third and final book in the Theatre Illuminata trilogy, and it's just as imaginative, just as sweeping, and just as full of hilarious moments as the first two. (She even gives us an army of zombies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland ... a delightful surprise for those readers who love post-apoc stuff!) Lisa's writing is full of fantastic imagery, literary references, and wit. Here's a peek at SO SILVER BRIGHT:

Things are never easy for Beatrice Shakespeare Smith. Something’s happened to the Théâtre Illuminata, putting the only home she’s ever known in limbo. Her mother’s sanity is fraying under the strain, her father has vanished and an angry goddess is out for revenge. Bertie is caught between her duties and her dreams, just as her heart is torn between Ariel and Nate. But hope glimmers in a Distant Castle, and if Bertie can put on the performance of her life, maybe she can win the magical boon that may save them all.


Now that you've had a taste of the book, let's meet today's guests. Lisa has been a regular on this blog, so she chose to be interviewed by our newest cast member, that conceited pink sock monkey, Giselle.


Giselle

Lisa Mantchev

Of course, before we dive into the interview itself, we get to reveal the incredible cupcake my hubby made in honor of Lisa. (And yes, every piece of this is edible. He really has TALENT.) Lisa asked for a quill and moleskine journal, both to represent the book of stories Bertie writes in and to represent herself as an author. My hubby complied. Without further ado, I give you the gorgeous quill and journal cupcake and Lisa vs. Giselle.


Quill and Journal Cupcake
1. I believe a girl should be able to describe herself in a single word. Naturally, the word I’d use for myself is “perfect.” What word best describes you?


Caffeinated. Either by coffee, tea, or chocolate (the three prongs in this writer's power plug.)

2. A common misconception about sock monkeys is that we adore socks. This is foolishness. Speaking only for myself, I adore Jimmy Choos and diamonds from Tiffany’s. What are a few of your favorite things?

Dusty antique stores. Anything art nouveau. Costuming (Corsets! Bustle skirts! Fairy wings!) Dessert. Quiet moments early in the morning with just myself and a cup of coffee. Loud moments with the family and dogs and laughter.

3. The only item on your list that looks remotely appealing to a girl of my particular proclivities is dessert. You can keep the rest. Many crave my approval, but few are clever enough to win it. What are you willing to do to win my favor?

*presents you with diamond-encrusted stilettos*

4. Your offering has been deemed acceptable. If I was a dessert, I’d be a French macaron. Strawberry, of course. Why? Because I am French and pink and altogether lovely. What kind of dessert best describes you and why?

Salted caramel chocolate tart. Because… er… I'm complex and rich and have a buttery crust. O.o

5. How ... delightful for you. I understand you write stories. Please tell me why the hero of your book would be my perfect boy toy for a day.

Ariel would be able to whisk you away to any city you desire. Paris, for instance, and a day of shopping.

6. Really? Any city? I'm afraid I'm going to need to keep Ariel for the foreseeable future. You Americans love your movies. One day, when Hollywood tells the story of my life, it will be called Gone With The Perfect Pink Monkey. If your life was a movie, what would be the title?

"Coffee and Chaos"

7. Pink? Or some lesser, inferior color?

Black. *STAGE NINJA*

8. Darling, black isn't even a color. I love fairy tales. If I was a fairy tale character, I’d be Snow White. The fairest in all the land. Which fairy tale character would you be and why?

Pretty sure I'm whichever one gets eaten by grues straight off. I have that kind of luck.

9. Well, maybe it's because you're busy wearing black instead of pink. Everyone knows all the handsome heroes willing to protect you from beasts love to see a girl in pink. Especially if the girl has puffy lips like mine. Angelina Jolie tried to imitate me, of course, but anyone can see I'm still the definitive example of the puffy pout. I am, of course, a fashion trend setter. (Glitter eye shadow? Six inch heels? Retro gowns making a comeback? Yes. You may thank me with your undying adulation.) If you were to start a trend, what would it be?

I would love to see pop culture trend back toward music and books and movies with substance. I've had enough crap reality television to last me two lifetimes, and I'm tired of celebrities famous for being famous. Give me artists and poets and thinkers of deep thoughts, please!

10. We are in agreement. Even though a reality show titled "Giselle Steals Your Shoes" would be a hit. (Who am I kidding? Anything starring moi is bound to be a hit.) I am addicted to all things French—baguettes, macarons, Chateau Lafite, moi … the list goes on and on. What is your favorite thing from France?

The food, of course. *swoon!* The architecture. The language (I took four years of French in high school, and my husband's first language is French.) The history! My house is decorated in a style I jokingly refer to as "Parisian Flea Market" with a mix of wrought iron, wood, shabby antiques, and vintage glass.

11. Ahh ... a woman who appreciates the glory that is Paris. We shall be friends. Even if you refuse to wear pink. A smart woman always maintains an air of mystery. Often the art of being mysterious involves doing the unexpected. What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever done?

I wrote a novel on a dare… does that count?

12. I suppose it will do. I also believe a smart woman always gets the last word. Any last word you’d like to leave with my readers?

Eat dessert first!



Thank you, Lisa, for such an entertaining interview! To learn more about Lisa, visit her site. To purchase your copy of So Silver Bright (which just came out in paperback) or to get started on the trilogy from the beginning, head to Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

The fun isn't over yet, though. Lisa is offering a hardcover of SO SILVER BRIGHT to one lucky blog reader! The contest is open to North America and runs through 8 p.m. central time Thursday, June 21st. To enter, simply fill out the form below. Good luck, and happy reading!

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June 12, 2012




Because Diana and I share an editor, I was privileged enough to get an advance copy of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS several months ago. I didn't know what to expect from it as I started reading, but I was instantly captivated. It's a re-imagined PERSUASION in a dystopian-ish setting, and it is lyrical, heartbreaking, and wonderful. I don't even think I have the words to describe how unique and special this book is. I couldn't finish it fast enough, but I wanted to slow down and just ... savor. Here's a peek:

It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.



Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen's persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

Intriguing, yes? As soon as I finished the book, I jumped at the chance to have Diana on the blog. She chose to be interviewed by the inimitable Captain Jack Sparrow. Let's meet today's guests.


Captain Jack Sparrow


Diana Peterfreund
Before we get to the interview, we get to reveal the amazing cupcake (and I do mean amazing!) my hubby made in honor of Diana's book. Elliot's grandfather left her a compass, and it's both important to Elliot's journey (metaphorically and literally) and serves as a motif throughout the book as Elliot and Kai both try to find their bearings in a world that insists on changing beneath their feet. So, my hubby made a compass cupcake for today's interview (And even ensconced it in a midnight sky w/glittering stars). Without further ado, I give you Diana vs. Captain Jack and the compass cupcake.


Compass Cupcake
1. Would you classify yourself as a pirate or a member of Her Majesty’s Royal navy? Why?


Let’s be honest, here. Pirates or privateers, it’s a matter of semantics and whether or not your pirating is royally approved. Captain Wentworth, for instance, made his fortune out of capturing enemy ships and looting them.

2. Are you telling me there's an officially sanctioned pirate in your book? My dear, where have you been all my life? What’s your favorite thing to do in Tortuga?

Eat Tartufo. Mostly for the story.

3. As long as you're willing to share. I’m offering you free passage aboard my ship to anywhere in the world. Where shall we go, love?

New Zealand. I know it’s a long trip, but it’s SO beautiful there. I mean, check out these pictures from my last trip:









4. As I see a notable lack of His Majesty's accursed navy, I will agree to this suggestion. Who is the hero of your story most like: me (savvy, debonair, and unquestionably smooth with the ladies), the insufferably honorable Will Turner, or that deceptive little minx Elizabeth?

Kai’s a little bit Jack and a lot of Elizabeth, and Elliot definitely plays the Will in that relationship.

5. A sanctioned pirate who is a mix of my rather glorious self and that minx Elizabeth? I don't know whether to cultivate his acquaintance or leave for safer waters before the world comes to an end. Rum? Or more rum?

Just rum for me, please. That’ll leave more for you, Jack.

6. Which leads me to the age old question: Why is the rum always gone?

Probably because my husband used it to make Painkillers, which is properly only made with the Official Rum of the British Royal Navy: Pusser’s.

7. A husband, eh? Well, if he absconds will all of the Navy's rum, he's welcome to join my crew. At least until the next port.What’s the most piratish thing you’ve ever done?

Are you kidding? I stole the entire plot and most of the characters for my latest book from Jane Austen. Avast.

8. I am suitably impressed. Are they rules? Or more like guidelines?

Guidelines. There’s no such thing as rules.

9. I think I might be in love. And not just because of your husband's rum. I understand you’re a story-teller. Any undead monkeys in your stories?

Obviously, there should be!

10. A matter of some debate. Any curses? Heartless monsters? Irritating women who insist on taking matters into their own hands?

Especially that last one. In spades!

11. *locks away the rum and keeps a weather eye on his hat* One of my favorite words is “egregious.” Care to share one of yours, love?

I love maelstrom. Also, encrusted.

12. I've seen plenty of encrusted ... things ... in Tortuga, and I'm afraid I cannot share your enthusiasm. Parlay? Or draw your sword?

Sword. It’s probably not good to admit this, but I’m more of a shoot-first kind of gal.

13. I'll be sure to remain on your good side, then. You’ve got a crowd of cursed sailors and a nasty sea monster on your trail. How do you escape?

Pit hem against each other. Cursed sailors are the favorite snack of many of the more common species of leviathan and/or kraken. Everyone knows that.

14. I do admire the way you think. Romantic night in? Or adventure on the high seas?

You’re talking to the girl whose honeymoon was an adventure on the high seas, so I fail to see the distinction.

15. My personal motto is: Take what you want, give nothing back. What’s yours?

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” Also, “Everything is better with Alan Rickman.”



Thank you, Diana, for such an entertaining interview! To learn more about Diana, visit her site. To purchase your copy of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS (and you really, really should) head to Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

The fun isn't over yet, though! Diana is giving away a copy of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS to one lucky reader. The contest is international and is open until 8 p.m. central time Wednesday, June 19th. To enter, simply fill out the following form. Good luck to you and happy reading!










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