Sunday, 29 January 2012

Incarnate Theater Treasure Hunt- Interview with Jodi Meadows

Welcome to the INCARNATE Theater Treasure Hunt!

This week, 48 bloggers are celebrating the release of INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows by participating in a treasure hunt with clues, activities, and lots of prizes including signed books and handknit fingerless mitts. You've reached a CLUE blog, which means somewhere on this page is a clue to finding the hidden page and grand prize entry form on Jodi's website. Follow 26 clues to get there!

For more information on the INCARNATE Theater Treasure Hunt, check out Jodi's post.
There are awesome prizes up for grabs:
Grand prize: Signed, annotated hardcover; fingerless mitts; a Jodi-made mask; character named after them in book 3 (could end up dead); swag
Two runners up: Signed hardcover; fingerless mitts; swag
There are more prizes being added to the list!

Here is my Interview with the lovely Jodi Meadows....

1. How did you come up with the idea for Incarnate?

My original idea for INCARNATE came three years before I started writing the story. I wrote a note with the basic premise and then stuffed it in my "new ideas" folder, coming back to it only occasionally to see if it was ready to be written. The premise was a challenge, something I wasn't sure I'd ever be ready to write because it looked hard, and it was hard when I started writing it! But the best stories usually are.

However, because it's been years since I originally wrote down the idea, I now have no idea what was going on when the inspiration struck!

2. How would you describe your publishing journey?

Difficult! I went through zillions of rejections that sounded like this: "You write very well and I enjoyed this, but I'm not going to offer representation." They were always super nice and complimentary (once I actually did start writing well, that is -- I started out writing lots of bad to mediocre things, just like everyone else), but the nice rejections started to hurt more than encourage. Being so close but not quite there is painful! I wrote, revised, and submitted stories for years before the right people said yes, and in spite of the difficulty, I wouldn't change a thing about my publishing journey. It's made me stronger and helped me become a better writer.

3. Why did you decide to write for the Young adult genre?

This actually took an embarrassing amount of convincing. I started writing with publication dreams when I was twenty. I'd decided that at twenty, I was a Grown Up and should write Grown Up books. For years, I rebelled against my natural voice and stories, in spite of friends and critique partners telling me I belonged with YA. (Clearly I wasn't that much of a grown up; my rebellion phase came late.) 

But then I started reading YA and I realized that I loved it. I began devouring books at an alarming rate, reading more than I had since I was a teenager. Once I realized everyone else had been right all along (sooo embarrassing), I embraced the YAness of my stories and found myself in a much happier place. It still took years before I wrote INCARNATE and all the right people said yes, but accepting my natural style was a huge step.

4. Finally any words of advice to aspiring writers out there? 

Read. Write. Keep getting better. Your first (or second or third or tenth) manuscript may never see the fluorescent lights of a bookstore, but that's okay. Persistence and constant improvement is also important.

My clue for the password is..... First word: t
(There are no spaces in the password)

Make sure to visit all of the other blogs participating in the treasure hunt.Don't forget to pick up your copy of Incarnate out on January 31!

Links to other clue bloggers

Rachel's Book Reviews
The Reading Geek
Fire star Books

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Review- Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Title: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date published: 17/01/2012
Genre: Young Adult

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.
Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

I was really looking forward to the release of Hallowed, i enjoyed reading Unearthly and the sequel did not dissapoint in fact it was even better.
Hallowed starts of with a dream where Clara is at a funeral with Christian by her side, this dream suggests someone close to her will die in a matter of months.

 I loved to see the mother-daughter relationship between Clara and her mom, she is one cool Mom!

 Hallowed explored more of Clara's main purpose and it was exciting to learn more about the part-angels and black angels.
 The love triangle in this book is great I have always been Team Christian so it was a releif reading this book, beacuse there is plenty of him in this book, you really get to see a great side of him. He is a great freind to Clara. Tucker is lovable and supports Clara as a good boyfriend should.
I wont say who she chooses because I am not sure that it is her final choice yet, guess we would have to wait for book 3.
This book is a very emotional journey for Clara, but i think she handles the ups and down very well, she is a strong heroine with a clear voice. Cynthia Hand writes in beautiful prose and has done a great job with Hallowed, one of the best paranormal romances I have read. a bitter-sweet story with amazing characters I would recommend everyone to pick up this book. Honestly cannot wait for book 3.
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