January 4, 2013

Ficbookreviews Highlight: Author Edition + A Fabulous Giveaway {Closed}

Hello guys, welcome to our Highlight event! Today we have Kathleen Peacock, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Aimee Carter and Laura Bickle to answer 2 random questions. Plus a hardback copy of Deadly Hemlock + signed bookplate and The Assassin's Curse giveaway and a surprise gift for the lucky winner. Thank you so much authors for participating! And enjoy reading my lovely readers. x




Kathleen Peacock, author of Hemlock

 How do you get yourself focused/in the mood when writing a book?
My writing is really dependent on music. I obsessively create playlists and often have specific songs for individual scenes and characters. When I get stuck on a scene or plot point, finding the right music is usually the fastest way to get myself unstuck. When I'm editing, I focus by listening to "My Skin" by Natalie Merchant or "Somewhere a Clock is Ticking" by Snow Patrol on repeat.

What is your favorite book and why?
That changes each day. There are just way too many wonderful books to ever settle on one. Three that rank highly on the list, though, are The Night Circus, Practical Magic, and Howl's Moving Castle. Each makes me believe in magic and true love. I think the world would be a better place if more people believed in those two things (though that may be why I've been accused of being a naïve and hopeless romantic).

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Cassandra Rose Clarkeauthor of The Assassin's Curse

How do you get yourself focused/in the mood when writing a book?
It sort of depends. Sometimes I'm just in the mood to write regardless, so I don't have to do anything! Those, of course, are the best days. But other times I'll really be dragging on getting work done. This tends to happen in the middle of a book the most, I've noticed, and there's really nothing you can do except push through to the end. One way I like to motivate myself is to get out of the house and go work at a coffeeshop. Back when I first started doing this, I would go to Starbucks, because at the time Starbucks charged for Internet access and I was trying to get away from the Internet for awhile. That's no longer the case, but I still find that getting out of the house makes writing more like an official job (albeit a fun one) and so I get a lot more done.

What is your favorite book and why?
I've talked about my favorite adult novel before -- that's The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood. But my favorite YA novel is probably Weetzie Bat, by Francesca Lia Block. It's one of the few books I've read several times, and although it is a bit dated now (it was written in the late '80s), I still love the core story of Weetzie Bat creating a family for herself in the middle of Los Angeles. One of my favorite things about the book (and about Block's written in general) is the way she embues her descriptions of the everyday world with so much glitzy, dreamy magic that the everyday world starts to feel fantastic. It reminds me of how things are when you're a kid, and everything seems magical.
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Aimee Carter, author of The Goddess Test

How do you get yourself focused/in the mood when writing a book? 
 I try to ignore my moods and just get the work done. For me, it's very much sit down, turn off the internet, and write. It takes some amount of will power, but I always get the most work done when I'm not constantly checking my email or Twitter.

Fill in the blank: Oh I wish I were.... - A punk rocker! But only because that's the first lyric of one of my favorite songs by Sandi Thom. I'm very happy being me.

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 Laura Bickle, author of The Hallowed Ones

How do you get yourself focused/in the mood when writing a book?
My favorite place to write is out on the patio, where I can hear the frogs and the crickets. I can’t write very fast or well in front of the television…I have to really shut the door on distractions to get focus. I know a lot of writers who can write in busy coffee shops, but that’s not me. Too much going on, and I can’t get immersed in the work if there’s the constant temptation of chocolate..

What is your favorite book and why?

My all-time favorite is Robin McKinley’s HERO AND THE CROWN. I read it when I was a pre-teen, and fell in love with fantasy ever after. It was the first book I’d read that had a female protagonist who slew her own dragons. I was hooked.


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Prize 1: USA/Canada only for the hardback copy of Hemlock + signed bookplate and paperback copy of The Assassin's Curse

Prize 2: Its International! For the 2nd winner, you will also win a $10 Giftcard from Amazon or $10 book from The Book Depository.

Terms and Condition:

    Must be age 13 yr old and above.
    1st Prize: US/CANADA for the paperback copy of Hemlock and The Assassin's Curse.
     2nd Prize: INTERNATIONAL for $10 Amazon Giftcard.
    Winners will be emailed and must reply within 24hrs otherwise will choose another winner
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43 comments:

  1. 2nd PRIZE. OF COURSE. I come under the international category

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  2. these books sound very interesting.

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  3. 1st prize since I'm in Canada :) But I'd take the 2nd too...

    Suzanne Rogo

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  4. Thank you for the wonderful giveaways!
    I would be happy either Prize 1 or 2.

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  5. 2nd prize, as I am under International :>
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

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  6. I would be happiest with Prize #1 so that I could read those books! YAY books!

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  7. Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway! I'm US so I would love a copy :)

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  8. I'm an international follower so prize 2 please :)

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  9. I'm US, so Prize one would be awesome.

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  10. I'm international, so 2nd prize for me!

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  11. 2nd, a book from TBD, since I'm international.

    Thanks for sharing this, it was fun to read :D

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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  12. I'm entering for a chance to win Prize #1. I'm sure thousands of people want this prize but I really think it's worth a shot. Thanks for the generous giveaway, happy 2013!!

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  13. I'd love to enter for #1! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I've heard fantastic things about both Hemlock and The Assassin's Curse! :)

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  14. Prize 2 since I'm international reader, thanks for the giveaway

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  15. Great giveaway - would have to be prize 2 as I'm international.

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  16. Big move and now I'm international, so prize number 2 :)

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  17. I would like to enter the 2nd Prize.
    Following the blog via email: verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. Either but definitely the first one!

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  19. EEEEEE Lalaine! I read Hemlock and absolutely loved it. And I'm so glad to hear that Kathleen loves The Night Circus and Howl's Moving Castle. I LOVE both books so much too ;) Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with us, Lalaine ♥

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  20. AWESOME! I wouldn't mind any since I have addressed abroad and in THE US!

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  21. Second, because I'm international and also because I already own those 2 books! :)

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  22. I would love prize #1...thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

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  23. I would be happy with either one, but I would have to say I think I like prize one better

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  24. I'd love o win Prize #1 please :) Thank you so much!!

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  25. I would love prize number 1, please :) I loved reading their answers, by the way. Especially when they talked about their favourite books!

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  26. I'm international so would love to enter for the GC. Thanks!

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  27. I'm USA! Prize one is awesome since I have both these books on my wishlist!

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  28. Prize 2 since I live in Norway :) But oh. I very much want Prize 1.. I could help with shipping? :D <3 Anyway. Thank you for amazing giveaway. <3 *hugs*
    Love, Carina

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  29. I would probably pick prize 1.

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  30. 2 prize for meee!

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  31. I would love prize #1! After all, two books are always better than one! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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  32. Thanks for the post! I'm in Canada so I'd like prize #1 but I'd happily take prize #2! :D

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