Friday, March 6, 2015

Day 6 of 31 books in 31 days- Sherry Ficklin book giveaway, kindle giveaway, & past winner.

Welcome to the 6th 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) Like the author of the day on facebook
  b) Follow the author on Twitter
  c) Read any of the author's books
  d) Answer the occasional quiz on author's interview
  e) 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! Good luck, below are our winners and our author/raffle of the day.

-Congratulations to Sean Chou who won the book Giveaway by Peter Lerangis & the 50
 gift card.

- Congratulations to Thahn Tran Bao the winner of the autographed copy of Rysa Walker's Chronos series 

- Congratulations to Thahn Tran Bao the winner of the autographed copy of Lamar Giles' Fake ID

-Congratulations to Thanh Tran Bao who won the autographed copy of Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman.

Please stay tuned and enter- the more options you enter for the more you can win. Sherry Ficklin's giveaway is below.

Today we are interviewing Sherry Ficklin, the bestselling author of our featured book, Losing Logan. Additionally, she is the author of Queen of Someday, The Lost Imperials, and The God's of Fate series.

What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, is the one thing you can’t let go of?

Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead.

As the only person he can make contact with, he talks Zoe into helping him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on.

Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

                                                              Interview with Sherry Ficklin

Hello Sherry,

Thank you so much for participating

1) How hard is it to work with a coauthor? What is your strategy to ensure that both of your voices

are heard?

It’s really fun, actually. There are some challenges, mostly because we have different visions for

things sometimes, but it’s also neat to be constantly looking at things in new ways. For us, we

told EXTRACTED from the pov’s of a brother and sister. He wrote the boy, Lex, and I wrote the

girl, Ember. Then we went over each other’s chapters and smoothed things out. It’s very much a


2) You have written adult books, what made you want to write for young adults?

I love writing YA. It is by far the most open, exciting, challenging time in your life. I think it’s

about experiencing things, maybe for the first time, the things that shape the person you will

eventually become. It’s why I wanted to write Queen of Someday. I saw this incredible,

powerful, clever Queen in Catherine the Great, and I wanted to tell the story of how she became

that person, the good and the bad, the things that defined her.

3) Do you read YA books? What is the last one you read and what did you enjoy about it?

I read so much. The last one was probably Anne & Henry. It’s not out just yet, I got an early copy

(perks of being an author) and I totally loved it. It takes the story of Henry the VIII and Anne

Boleyn and re-imagines it in modern day. It was just a heart breakingly good teen romance.

4) What is your favorite YA series to read, and what about the series made you fall in love with it?

I like the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I mean, the City of Bones books were good, but I

like the Clockwork books better, I have a soft spot for steampunk aesthetics.

5) What is the best part of being an author? What has been the most amazing part of the author

Journey for you?

I think the best thing is when I get feedback from the fans, especially when I meet them in real life. It’s so humbling to think that people have read my books, and liked them. Especially Losing Logan. It was very personal for me, so to hear that people are loving it, or that it is helping them in some small way, that’s huge for me.

6) I read in another interview, that you wrote the extracted series because the Romanov story

spoke to you. What is it about the Romanov’s that grabbed your attention?

My mind works in weird ways. I hear, missing children, and my brain screams, time travelers! Lol. How could you resist? It’s such a cool story to begin with. An entire royal family found dead except for two siblings who are still missing? I’m IN.

7) Tell us a little bit about your latest series. How is it different from other books in its genre?

The Queen of Someday series was my first real historical fiction. There’s nothing paranormal or

supernatural, it’s just real, dirty, scandalous, history. It was such a meaty story to begin with, I had so

much fun playing with it. Really, there’s nothing like it in YA right now. You can get adult historical

fiction, but it’s the only one on YA shelves right now. I think that, with real history, you have to be totally

fearless. You can’t push something aside or gloss over it just because it’s written for teens, you have to

just go for it. I tried really hard to keep as much accurate history as possible, only adding a few

characters and filling in gaps where I needed to. The biggest change I made was just the timeline. I took

some things and some people from later in her life and brought them into play sooner, to keep the story

moving. But Catherine, the person she is and the choices she makes, is very accurate.

8) What does reading mean to you?

For me, especially growing up, reading was home. I was a military kid and we moved all the

time, but I could always crack a book and have friends and adventure and mystery. Reading also

taught me to look at the world in new ways, to challenge the ideas and opinions of the world

around me. It opened me up to things I never thought possible. Yeah, when I open a book, it just

feels like coming home.

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