Giveaway: Charley Davidson Series

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Hello, friends!

So, I’m sure you know by now how much I adore this series. I have been obsessed with it since I decided to check it out in February. I’ve featured it as a series that I’ve been obsessively trying to scour heaven and earth for on one of my Friday Finds posts. You can say I’m hopelessly, utterly, smitten with these books. Thanks to Big Honcho Media, I managed to procure myself an ARC of Eighth Grave After Dark, which I read in practically one sitting. I don’t know how else to convince you to read this series.

Today, let me give you the opportunity to try and win this amazing prize pack. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press , you now have a chance to win this entire series and a branded mug! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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In the meantime, keep reading for some more info on this wonderful series!

Eighth Grave After Dark:

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About the book:
“Sometimes I wonder if the purpose of my life
is to serve as a cautionary tale to others.”
–T-shirt

Charley Davidson has enough going on without having to worry about twelve hellhounds hot on her trail. She is, after all, incredibly pregnant and feeling like she could pop at any moment. But, just her luck, twelve deadly beasts from hell have chosen this time to escape onto our plane, and they’ve made Charley their target. And so she takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. Of course, if hellhounds aren’t enough, Charley also has a new case to hold her attention: the decades-old murder of a newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows of the convent.

Add to that the still unsolved murder of her father, the strange behavior of her husband, and Charley’s tendency to attract the, shall we say, undead, and she has her hands full…but also tied. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders like evil sentries, so Charley has been forbidden from leaving the sacred grounds. Luckily, she has her loyal team with her, and they’re a scrappy bunch who won’t let a few thirsty hellhounds deter them.

While the team scours the prophesies, searching for clues on the Twelve, for a way to kill them or at least send them back to hell, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. Their presence is comforting. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life…


Charley Davidson Series

CompleteSeriesIntroduction to the series:

First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper..

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

About the author:

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a RITA Award for best first novel for First Grave On The Right. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Jones lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Connect with Ms. Jones!

Twitter: @Darynda  Website: Darynda Jones  Facebook 


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Fool for Books Giveaway Hop

unnamed-4 Definitely not an April Fool’s joke, but join me and a whole slew of bloggers participating in this giveaway hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mary over at BookHounds.

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Purge! [Giveaway]

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Hello.

I was finally able to sit down and figure out which books I’m purging from my shelves. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only read three books out of this stack. Let’s just say I didn’t enjoy them as much. I figure, there’s no point of me hanging on to them if I had no plans of every reading them anyway, so I might as well give them to someone who would probably give them the love I never could.

There are 17 books in this pile. A couple are popular series that I just didn’t enjoy. There are also 5 ARCs and 5 new releases this year. I hope who ever wins them will give them all the love they rightfully deserve.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
(ARC)Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
(ARC)The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
(ARC)Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
(ARC)The Name of the Blade by Zoë Mariott
(ARC)The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

RULES:

  1. Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
  2. God smites those who will cheat.
  3. US/CAN only (International followers may enter provided that they will carry the cost of shipping).
  4. Host will not be responsible for loss and damage while in transit.
  5. I will probably ask you for your phone number as I will have to insure these books.
  6. This contest will run from December 22nd to January 15th, 2015.
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International followers:

Of course I haven’t forgotten about you! Since shipping will cost me my first born child, I figure I should give you the chance to win something too! So here you go:

RULES:

  1. Two (2) winners of $20 Amazon gift cards.
  2. One (1) winner of two (2) books of choice from Book Depository or Amazon whichever you choose.
  3. OPEN TO EVERYONE. So US and Canadian entrants will have a chance to win in here as well.
  4. Must be 13 years old to enter.
  5. There is a place in hell for those who cheats.
  6. I will not be responsible for loss or damage while in transit.
  7. This contest will run from December 22nd to January 15th, 2015.
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Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

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Margaret K. Mc Elderry Books | ARC, 317 pages
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Young Adult
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


If I have a Ghost living in the underbelly basement of my house (dear God, I really hope not) who grants wishes provided I give it an offering of sorts, I’d wish that I liked this book as much as everybody did. When a book left you apathetic towards the characters’ plights, you know it wasn’t a good read. Under normal circumstances, and given how this book ended, I would’ve been in a state of furor. All I said when I finally closed the book was, huh. 

Much has been said about how wonderfully original this book is (Phantom of the Opera set in a slaughterhouse). And while I can appreciate that  undertaking, it really came down to how very little I felt for Wen. She has a predisposition to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders. Admirable when warranted, irritating in copious amounts. Wen is a puzzling character. She’s shown so much potential to be a strong character, but it’s as if she never got there. She sympathized for the oppressed; sacrificed most of her priceless gowns to buy medicine and pay for the Noor’s debts; and with very little self-preservation, she defended the Noor against the prejudices of her fellowmen. And yet even with all these fine traits, I felt that all were nullified by her constant “woe-is-me” attitude.

The world Wen lived in is predominantly male; and with it comes the constant threat of being sexually assaulted. This is also the part where I thought Wen could’ve used a healthy dose of calcium in her backbones. She kept waiting for someone to save her; and sometimes, she was even expecting it. I understand the desperation of being in somebody else’s mercy, and the fact that she grew up relatively protected from the world she knew now. But I thought that this is where the author squandered the chance to empower her character. Instead, Wen was saved time and again by either Melik, the Ghost, or her father. She saved herself once…by using her feminine wiles and implying that she was another man’s property. Sigh.

In a manner of speaking, there is a love triangle here. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who’d seen/read/heard of The Phantom of the Opera. For me to explain why a love triangle didn’t really exist would be to reveal the identity of the Ghost. So I’m just going to leave it at that. So we come to Melik, the Noor that Wen felt such a strong attraction to since day one. However, I felt impervious towards this pairing. No stirrings of fondness, even. None.

The one thing I felt a strong emotion for were the mechanical spiders; granted, that emotion was abhorrence. I felt as much repugnance for them as I did for the men who treated the women here as objects.

So I’m in a bit of a conundrum. My blogger friends, Alexa and Bethzaida loved this book. Me? Not so much. However, that’s two against one. So I think, you should put this review at the very, very, very back of your mind and give this book a chance anyway.

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Giveaway: Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel

Hello, lovely readers!

Today, Random House wants to give you all a chance to win a copy of the last book to the American Fairy trilogy, Bad Luck Girl! If you’re looking for some diversity in your shelves, the American Fairy trilogy is the perfect example of what’s been lacking in our reading selections lately. And if you’re a fan of fantasy – most specifically of the fairy world – this series offers one set in the era of Depression. How much more original could this book be?

Open to all readers, and all you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter form which can be found in the link below.

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After rescuing her parents from the Seelie king at Hearst Castle, Callie is caught up in the war between the fairies of the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit Kingdoms. By accident, she discovers that fairies aren’t the only magical creatures in the world. There’s also Halfers, misfits that are half fairy and half other–laced with strange magic and big-city attitude. As the war heats up, Callie’s world falls apart. And even though she’s the child of prophecy, she doubts she can save the Halfers, her people, her family, and Jack, let alone herself. The fairies all say Callie is the Bad Luck Girl, and she’s starting to believe them.


Fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners will love the blend of fantasy and jazz-hot Chicago in this stylish series.
A strong example of diversity in YA, the American Fairy Trilogy introduces Callie LeRoux, a half-black teen who stars in this evocative story full of American history and fairy tales.

Praise for Bad Luck Girl

“All the powers that be want to use Callie’s magic to win the war for their side, and nobody cares what happens to Callie, Jack or the Halfers, raising the stakes to frighteningly high levels. Callie and Zettel bring this stellar trilogy to a satisfyingly sentimental conclusion.” –Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“[Zettel’s] strong characterizations, historical detail, and carefully constructed fantastic elements create a high-energy literary fusion that fans will devour.” –SLJ

Rules:

Giveaway is International.

Must be at least 13 years old to enter.

Random House will send the prize for the US/CAN winner.

Host will send the INTERNATIONAL winner.

Host will not be responsible for lost or damage goods during transit.

Winners will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond.

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Scan by Walter Jury and S.E. Fine [Review and Giveaway]

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Putnam Children | ARC, 336 pages
May 1st, 2014
Young Adult | Science Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Tate has lived his life on a strict regiment under the careful watch of his father; so strict, that it’s as though he lives in a military barracks instead of the place that he calls home. He’s always known that he’s being trained for something; he just didn’t know what. He’d silently rebelled by reciprocating his father’s coldness. Through his minute rebellion, he found a way to break in to his father’s heavily secured study where he stores high grade weapons of his invention. It was during one of his break-ins that he finds a hand-held device that would serve as a catalyst for a discovery of an alien invasion years in the making.

For hundreds of years, these aliens have lived amongst us; undetected and indecipherable. As the invasion continues on over the years, the human population is quickly and subtly being eradicated. That’s what a group of “pure” humans are trying to protect. Aside from working to conserve the remaining known human population, they are also trying to find ways to take Earth back. But with so many of them perfectly concealed, and entrenched in numerous government agencies, the group is practically a dying breed. This is when Tate learns about his role and what he needed to do to keep the fight alive. And with the help of his estranged mother and his girlfriend, they will do what’s needed to be done to keep “them” from obtaining a technology that is sure to exterminate human civilization.

The tag team writers of Walter Jury and Sarah Fine penned a Sci-Fi book palatable enough for non-readers like me. It was action from the get go that did not relent until the end. With a tagline like “Mac Gyver meets War of the Worlds”, this book was impossible to resist – and it did not disappoint either. For the romance reader in all of us, this book presents one that is not really forbidden but dangerous for all parties involve. I’m curious to see where it’s headed, but from what I’ve read  so far, it looks to be a bumpy ride.

Tate made a very convincing boy-genius. I appreciated the fact that his intelligence did not all came from text book; at least, the authors didn’t make it seem so. He was book smart, street smart, and yes, smart aleck. He was emotional when it calls for it, fierce and explosive. I enjoyed his point of view. There’s still a lot to be gleaned about the invaders, but nothing is at seems. I feel like a huge twist is in the offing, and I’m really excited to find out.

All in all, this initial offering to what proved to be “Sci-Fi for the masses”, is undeniably solid. A true page-turner in all sense of the word, it features (somewhat) realistic characters and truly engrossing plot.

Thanks to Alexa of Collections and Beth of BookittyBlog for lending me their ARC. Check out their reviews as well. 🙂

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You Never Know Who Might Show Up at Your Front Door: A Guest Post by Heidi Garrett

As long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with the truths that my physical senses cannot explain: the mystical things occurring on this planet. Writing fantastical stories is my testament to these other layers of reality.
There are many ways of looking at our world. Imagine sitting at home, perhaps in your living room. There’s a knock on the door. When you open it, a funny little woman is standing there. She is about half your height, and a plaid crimson kerchief—knotted under her hooked chin—covers her head. Her dress is sack-like over her square body. She’s wearing an apron that could use a good ironing and she’s carrying a battered brown suitcase that’s almost as big as she is.
“As long as you’re staring, a glass of water would be nice,” she says.
Despite her gruff manner, you sense something mysterious about this stranger, and to be honest, you’re dying to know more about her. When she crosses the threshold of your home, a strong wind slams the door behind her. You both jump. There hasn’t been a breeze all day. In fact, it’s sweltering and heat waves have been rising from the melting pavement for weeks.
When you offer it, she almost grabs the glass from your hand, and you can’t stop your staring—even though you know it’s rude—as she drinks in noisy gulps.
“What? You’ve never seen a spring faerie before?” she asks.
Before you can answer, she wipes her mouth with the back of her hand. “Guess not, there aren’t many of us left. And I haven’t been to the Mortal World, since…”
She stops. Her deeply etched face softens. Something like sorrow pools in her dark brown eyes. She waves her hand. “That’s not what I’m here to talk about.”
Your heart tugs. You want to pull her from that sad place. “What’s in your suitcase?”
She points to the table. “I’ll show you.”
The suitcase is filled with eyeglasses. There are so many. Some have square black frames, others have round wire frames; there are a few speckled frames with octagonal lenses. You spy a pair of purple ones.
She shoves a pair of thick black glasses into your hand. “Put these on. Tell me what you see.”
With the eyeglasses settled on the bridge of your nose, you can’t see anything but yourself. You blink. You can see your hands and feet, your legs and toes. But the spring faerie—if that’s really what she is—is just a blur. You pull them off. She trades them for a pair of wire rims. With these glasses you can see her and your home.
“What’s your name?” you ask.
“Flora.”
“Like flowers blooming.”
She nods and looks away with that whiff of sadness.
Again, there is something about her that pulls at your heart. You think of the miracle of spring after a long hard winter, and that she shouldn’t be sad—if she really is a spring faerie.
“But…you don’t have any wings,” you say.
She smoothes the wrinkles in her apron. “Not all faeries do.”
“But—”
She almost jerks the wire-rim spectacles from your nose. You reach for that purple pair. She doesn’t stop you. Now, you can see down the street; your eyes travel the highway. Your view elevates, as if you are a bird. Soon you see the entire city you live in. With each pair of glasses, you see the bigger world.
When Flora tucks the temple arms of a pair of red frames behind your ears, perspective zooms around you. It’s like the lens pulls you into outer space, and you can see the entire world and all the billions of people who live on Earth.
Your heart flutters in your chest; it’s a lot to take in.
“Now—” Flora hands you a pair of fuchsia glasses with tiny rhinestones embedded in the frames. “Try on these.”
When you put them on, you’re able to see beyond the physical entirety of the world into the things that you’ve always known exist, but since you can’t see, touch, smell, or hear them, sometimes you’ve doubted. But you’ll never doubt again, because now—with these special glasses—you can actually see the bonds of love that death can never sever, the strings of fate that wrap the brown paper package of all our lives with twine, the tide of time that alters us, even as we never change…
But most importantly, you’ve seen that you belong here, on this planet. And you know—without a shadow of a doubt—that everything fits. Including you.
“I don’t ever want to take these glasses off,” you say.
Flora is already cramming the rest of them back into her bag. “Then don’t.”
Don’t you wish life offered a pair of glasses that can magically make everything clearer? You’ll see your path brighter than the burning lights of the Vegas Strip. Decisions become infinitely easier to make and you’ll have the ability to see everyone for who they truly are? Sigh. – Joy

The Queen of the Realm of Faerie is a fairy tale fantasy series that bridges the Mortal and Enchanted worlds. The main character, Melia, is an eighteen-year-old half-faerie, half-mortal. She lives in Illialei, a country in the Enchanted World, with her two sisters and their mother. Melia’s father has been exiled to the Mortal World, and her best friend is a pixie.
When the story opens in the first book, Melia is troubled by her dark moon visions, gossip she overhears about her parents at the local market, and the trauma of living among full-blooded faeries with wings—she doesn’t have any.
As the series unfolds, the historic and mystical forces that shape Melia’s life are revealed. Each step of her journey—to find the place where she belongs—alters her perceptions about herself, deepens her relationships with others, and enlarges her world view.
In The Dragon Carnivale, book 3 of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie, energies in the Enchanted World are shifting and new alliances are forming; the Battle of Dark and Light has begun. Melia is desperate to make things right with Ryder, the young priest from Idonne, but first she must warn the half-bloods in the Mortal World that Umbra is coming for them, and face the powerful Dragonwitch and her spectacular Dragon Carnivale.
The first two books in the series: Nandana’s Mark and The Flower of Isbelline are currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. Nandana’s Mark is free.
The Dragon Carnivaleis scheduled for a June 18, 2013, release.
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Tour Stop: A Twisted, Tangled G!veaway!

Looking for some deliciously creepy reads? Well, you’re in luck! Rhodi Hawk’s books which feature a psychologist with a family history of madness are not to be missed. Here’s your chance to win copies of both books. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below!


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Psychologist Madeleine LeBlanc has spent her whole career trying to determine the cause of her father’s schizophrenia. She always felt that she could unravel its origins and cure the man who left her and her brother, Marc, to practically raise themselves on the Louisiana Bayou. But when Marc takes his own life on a fishing boat in the middle of Bayou Black, Madeleine embarks on a journey into her family history—to a time when the antebellum era was crumbling, and the line between servant and master was starting to fade. And the more she pries the more she reveals her family’s dark past, rife with conjured demons and river magic gone awry. Madeleine’s only hope to save herself is to face the ghosts of the past, the dangers of the present, and the twisted ladder that links them all together.



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Psychologist Madeleine LeBlanc is desperate to escape the madness that has followed her family for a century.  She’s struggling to adjust to her new-found power and to stick to the pact that protects her sanity. 

But an innocent little boy is being hunted—by Madeleine’s half brother and her great-grandmother, Chloe, and by the demons they control.  The boy is a threat to their bloodline, to their very nature, but Madeleine cannot let his young life be callously destroyed.
Thrust into an age-old battle of dark versus light, Madeleine dives deep into the history of her family and into the vast paranormal underworld of New Orleans, a world seemingly controlled by her great-grandmother.
The only way to stop Chloe lies past the tangled bridge that could lead to great power…or total 
destruction.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Rhodi Hawk has been fascinated by storytelling since her earliest memory, when her grandmother read to her from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Rhodi has been reading or writing ever since, and began her career as a transcription linguist in US Army intelligence. She later made a living as a technical writer during the Internet boom, working on her first novel in the early mornings and at night.  Rhodi Hawk won the International Thriller Writers Scholarship for her first work of fiction, A Twisted Ladder. She is represented by Peter Miller of PMA Literary and Film Management.  A compulsive traveler, she lives in Magnolia, TX with a host of critters, including her husband, Hank.

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Please make sure to check out the last two stops for this tour! 

Nov 21: The Qwillery
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Blogfest 2012 G!veaway Hop

Hi there, followers! This is the very first time I’m participating a giveaway hop so not at all sure what I’m doing here. Anyway, here’s your chance to win your choice of THREE books! A very painless, easy to enter giveaway which will run for the next three days only. So hurry and enter below!

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Tour Stop: Meg Medina Interview and Giveaway.

I don’t really sign up on a lot of blog tours; I make sure that the book is something that I’d enjoy before I sign up on one. Upon reading the synopsis of this book, I knew then that this is something I’d like to read but as well, it was something that would toe the line outside my comfort zone. The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind didn’t disappoint. It was an education about a life I wasn’t fully aware of, about culture, and family. It was an eye-opener and a dose of reality outside the bubble that I live in. I’m so grateful I got to read it, grateful for Meg Medina for writing it.

Today, Meg Medina, the talented author of The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, graciously offered her time for a quick Q & A about her book and her writing.

1.  Take us to your humble beginnings, Meg. How old were you when you decided to bare your soul through the medium of writing? 

I was in the third grade the first time someone told me I was good at writing. (Thank you, Mrs. Zuckerman!) That was definitely the seed, but it took 30 years after that before I found the courage to write novels and picture books. At age 40, after I had tried to do every other sort of responsible job (teaching, writing grants, being a freelance journalist), I realized that I was really risking getting to the end of my life never done what I really wanted to do. I don’t know what sparked me at last, but one day, I quit my job and announced that I was going to work on my novel full time. Thank God things panned out in the end because, let me tell you, my husband was a very frightened man for a while there.
2.  Has any of your work ever been rejected? If so, what drove you to persevere? 

Oh sure. I’ve written a couple of picture books that haven’t gone anywhere. There’s also a middle grade novel that my agent completely despised. It is in my Drawer of Shame. But here’s the thing: I expect to continue to write things that will be rejected from time to time. There’s no guarantee – even when you’re published – that what you write is going to resonate with an editor or readers. The important thing to me is to keep writing and exploring limits. 

3.  Do you have a writing ritual?  

None, except that I try to write every day.
4.  If you’re not writing, what are you doing? (Hobbies? Work? Family? ) 

It’s amazing how much of a writer’s time is spent on things that are not, technically, her writing. There are a million details that go along with writing that you can’t ignore: maintaining a blog, commenting on your Twitter account, doing school visits, conferences, presentations, making trailers for your next work, designing marketing materials. The list is endless, and the tasks are extremely time-consuming. However, when I do have added time, I also do a lot of work in the community to support Latino youth and/or literacy. Sometimes it’s a natural offshoot of a book I’m working on. This April, for example, I’m doing The Hope Tree Project, which is part of how I wanted to launch The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind into the world.  I’m working with eight high schools across Richmond, Virginia to decorate five crape myrtle trees at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  I asked the students to create a hope charm –or milagros – that represents a hope or dream they have for themselves or for our community. Those charms – almost 800 or them—will decorate the trees. Details here.
5.  What book are you reading now? 

I am reading like a fiend right now because I’m working on my Girls of Summer blog with my friend and fellow Candlewick author, Gigi Amateau. Every summer we pick 18 books that we have loved that feature strong girls – definitely not your teacher’s reading list. (See the 2011 Girls of Summer list.) Anyway, I just finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which will definitely be one of my picks. Wow, wow, wow. I want it to win all sorts of awards. I’m also reading an older title: The Year of the Sawdust Man by A. LaFaye. Just started it.
6.  Describe your new novel in a five-word sentence. 

Burdened muchacha runs; can’t hide. 
7.  Your book, The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind is heavy on superstitious beliefs. Are you superstitious? 

Not in the traditional sense. I’m not especially religious, either. But I do believe that what we put out into the world matters, that when we put light out, light reflects and grows.   
8.  I realize that this book is a work of fiction, but how much of this book is close to reality? 

Sadly, the dangers of crossing to the north are very real. Atrocities are committed every day against young people who are trying to cross the border, including being kidnapped and held for ransom.
9. What are Sonia and Pancho doing right now? 

Drinking warm milk and cookies in their garden and telling one another stories.  

Thank you so much for coming over to my blog, Meg! I can’t wait to read more of your work. Keep on writing! 

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