Thursday, March 19, 2015

Day 19 of 31 books in 31 days- Lauren Kate Giveaway & chance to win a kindle

Welcome to the 19th 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.

Today's featured author is Lauren Kate, the New York Times Best Selling author of the Fallen series. She has recently released Waterfalls, the sequel to Teardrop-- our featured book of the day. Her Fallen book has over 500 four and five star reviews. Her teardrop series is an innovative departure from the norm, and definitely something to add to your to be reading pile.

Featured Book
Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before. But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From the Hardcover edition.

                                              Interview with Lauren

What role did reading play in your life as a youth? What role does it play in your life now?

I was and still am a voracious reader, constantly losing myself in other people's stories. Reading taught me the basics of what worked in stories in terms of narrative progression, how to make dialogue unique and specific, and how to trust my characters.

 Who is your favorite young adult author? Why does his or her writing resonate with you?

I have a long-lasting love for the work of Roald Dahl. His books are timeless and appeal to the very core of my imagination and sense of humor.

What is the last book you read that had an impact on your life? What made it different? 

 All the Light We Cannot See. It was brave and beautiful.

What makes a story memorable to you? What makes a character feel real?

I find my favorite stories have humor, heart, and an unexpected journey. Real people grow, and that growth is what tends to be the most interesting thing in a story. I ask myself what each one of my characters wants, and what stands in the way of them getting whatever it is. Desires and ambitions shift constantly, so to keep characters fresh, I’ve had to learn not to be afraid of these shifts. I’m always catching up to my characters, letting them determine which road to take.

 Why do you write YA?

 I like inhabiting seventeen-year-old protagonists because of the liminal nature of their voices. Teenagers are on-the-brink: hurtling out of adolescence, approaching—but not quite at—maturity. The space between the world of the child and the world of the adult is dramatic, chaotic, and violent. Liminal characters take risks. They make mistakes. They are destined for fabulous highs and lows. These are the kind of characters I want to spend time with—both when I’m reading and when I’m writing.

 Tell us about your series Teardrop. What makes it different from other YA books?

Eureka's story is wild and uncontrollable. I tried to tackle the idea that sometimes in love we become our own greatest enemy. The blurred lines between Eureka as the protagonist and villain made this a challenging and exciting book for me.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

 Read. Never push ideas away. Give them space and time to grow up into stories. Live curiously, ask questions, understand that writers can find even boredom fascinating. Hold onto your mystery. Make writing friends. Keep the good ones. Finish your stories. Finish your stories. Finish your stories. All my love, Lauren

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