Sunday, March 15, 2015

Day 15 of 31 books in 31 days- Mary Elizabeth Summer book giveaway, Qualify to win a kindle & 25$ giftcard!

Welcome to the 15th day of 31 books in 31 days, where you win prizes for reading.

Recap of Rules

Everyday that you participate in the giveaway of the day, you are eligible to win a brand new kindle.

How to participate
  a) Subscribe via email, so you can get the author & prize of the day sent directly to your email.
  b) Like the author of the day on facebook
  c) Follow the author on Twitter
  d) Read any of the author's books
  e) Answer the occasional quiz on author's interview
  f) Scroll to the bottom of each interview and enter the raffle (you'll have to unlock the raffle with your email first)

That's it- then enter the kindle giveaway!

All giveaways will be sent out by the 7th day in April. Good Luck.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average. But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

                                        Interview- Mary Elizabeth Summer

Hello Mary,

Thanks for volunteering your time to answer some questions. 

1) What do you love about reading? What is the last book you read?

I love how it transports me to another world and someone else’s set of problems. It makes me forget 

my own struggle for a while, and I can focus on reading another person to their happily ever after (or 

at least satisfying resolution ;-)). Fiction just makes so much sense when real life often does not. I 

love connecting with characters on such a deep, personal level by sharing their headspace. If the 

book is particularly good, I’ll actually miss them afterward, as if they really existed and we were 

actually friends.The last book I read was THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie E. Hall.

2) Is there a Young adult book that you wish you had written? If so, what was it and why does it speak to you?

This is a tough one. There are so many amazing books out there that stole my heart and breath away. 

If I have to pick one, I’ll go with RUN TO YOU by Clara Kensie. The emotions that book evoked 

from me were incredible. I haven’t felt that much for a character in a loooong time. 

3) Why do you choose to write young adult books?

I write books for teens, because I was a teen when books were the most magical to me. I still don’t 

find nearly as much magic in adult literature as I do YA. When I open a YA novel, I know I will be 

utterly and completely transported. I’ll face impossible challenges and heroic characters who aren’t 

afraid to leave it all out on the table. Adult books, to me, are too guarded, too self-conscious, and far 

more likely to either bore me or tick me off. YA is where story comes alive. And frankly, I don’t 

have time for books that don’t.

4) Did any one book inspire you to be an author? If so what was it and why?

Every book I’ve ever read has inspired me in one way or another, even the ones I didn’t like (which 

just inspired me to write better). Inspiration is a constant need for me, so I get it from everywhere I 


5)  Why did you choose to write about the bad girls and boys of fiction? What drew you to the 


Honestly, I can’t figure out why anyone would not write about them. It’s the perfect character 

mashup of strength and inner conflict PLUS exciting car chases and guns going off. The bad kids are 

always going to wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s easy to put them there, because 

they’d already be there—no awkward plot devices necessary. Also, the bad kids are going to be 

strong and flawed right out of the gate. They have to be strong to be a villain, and clearly they have 

interesting flaws, because they’re a villain. Then you pit them against an even nastier villain, and 

watch the sparks fly—not just in the plot, but in their own hearts and minds as they try to reconcile 

their bad-kid identity with their atypical heroic actions. LOVE. Also, it may have something to do 

with the fact that my favorite He-Man episodes when I was kid were the episodes where He-Man 

and Skeletor had to team up against a common enemy. Those were the BEST. 

6) What can people expect from your debut novel? Romance, humor, action?

I like to say it’s 90% criminal shenanigans, 5% romance, and 5% ouch. There’s definitely a lot of 

snark, because Julep is just that way. But mostly it’s her trying to figure out what happened to her 

dad and avoiding deadly encounters with her nemesis—the horrible dean of students. Well, and the 

Ukrainian mob. ;-) 

Thank you so much for participating

Thank you so much for inviting me.

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