Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Author Interview + Book Giveaway: Jessica Shirvington and Embrace




Hey guys!! 

Today we're joined by the lovely Jessica Shirvington, author of EMBRACE, for a quick Q&A. 

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1. Twook It! (Tweet your book): Describe your book Embrace in 140 characters or less. Go!
It’s an ancient battle: light and dark. Now Violet is a part of it. Sacrifice, heartache, consequence chase her as she must choose; Embrace her Grigori destiny or not.

2. Where did the inspiration for Embrace come from?
It started with simply writing a scene - an introduction to the main characters and discovering who they were. From there, I knew I wanted to write a story that was based on choice and consequence. This is often at the heart of coming of age stories - I just wanted to delve deeper. The concept of angels worked brilliantly for this as they are often caught up in the predetermined destiny vs freewill debates. And then the research began and the story took shape.

3. Name 5 items in your author survival kit?
1. Laptop 
2. My notebooks that hold all my research
3. Coffee
4. Excellent backup systems
5. Bull clips

4. If you could have dinner/drinks with any fictional character, who would it be and why??
The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Hey, a tea party would never be so much fun!

5. What book best represents your life? Why?
I have no idea. I think every book represents an emotional aspect of my life - there are few I can't find some way to relate to, but I haven't ever read a book and thought - wow, that's a lot like my life. Probably because most people would fall asleep a quarter way through reading it! :)

6. Who is your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
I do love the relationship between Yelena and Valek in Maria V Snyder's Magic Study Series. I'm also never averse to spending page time with Ethan Sullivan of Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampire Novels.

Pardon this Q&A interruption, but did she say VALEK???!!! SQUEEEEE!!

*drools*

Uh...and back to the interview :D

7. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Write. Go for it. Be interested and excited about the prospect of rewriting - it isn't just something you should be prepared for. Invite opinion and advice, and know when to stand your ground when you believe in what you have written. 


Giveaway Time!!!

Thanks to the AMAZING folks over at Sourcebooks (Thanks Taylor!!!), I'll be giving one of you fab readers your own personal copy of Embrace.

**Giveaway is Open to US/Canadian residents ONLY**

To enter, leave a comment below with your Name and Email.

Winners will be chosen on March 21, 2012

43 comments:

  1. I am so excited to read this book! It sounds really good and I love the cover :). Thanks for posting this fun interview...I would love to have a tea party with the Mad Hatter also, especially the Johnny Depp rendition :).

    Fingers crossed that I win the giveaway too :)
    Email addy is: thelitbitch@me.com

    Cheers!

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  2. This book looks so fabulous. Purple is such a good thing.

    hopelovehappyendings(at)gmail

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  3. The book sounds so good, and I love the cover!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    sarah_sal90(At)yahoo(Dot)com
    SarahS. @ WondrousReadings

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  4. The interview totally rocked and I'm excited about the giveaway. I'd love to win.

    Zee, FirePagesEditor@yahoo.com

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  5. I loved this interview! And what a cool angel twist.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

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  6. Great interview! Ok...I'm going to have a Squee moment my self: Ethan!!!

    I'm not entering the giveaway because I'm just waiting for Amazon to ship my copy out! They need to hurry up! LOL

    Love the cover :-)

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  7. Good one on the Mad Hatter choice. You would never forget that day lol if you ever were able to leave :) Fun interview. Thank you for the giveaway :)

    t.mahaffy25(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I've been excited about this book for a while!

    theabibliophobic@gmail.com

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book =)
    paigebradish(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books
    http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jessica

    booksatruestory at gmail dot com

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  11. Great interview!

    Sign me up!!!

    Stacey Donaldson
    writetomakealiving(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Thanks a bunch!

    ashtreygonesmokeya@yahoo.com

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  13. KRISTIN! YOU! YOU NEVER TOLD ME YOU WERE INTEVIEWING JESSICA!

    *gigglesnort* "4. Excellent backup systems". YES.

    AND AAAAAAAAAAAAH! SHE SAID VALEK! AND ETHAN! OMFGOMFGOMFG!!!! I friggin LOVE ETHAN SULLIVAN! KRISTIN! GO READ SOME GIRLS BITE! NOW!

    *sobs* US ONLY? NO FAIR!!!

    EEEEEE! This interview! PERFECTION! LOVE!

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  14. Would love to read this, thanks for the giveaway!

    Littopandaxpress(At)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Awesome interview! I love the advice about standing your ground and believing in what you have written.

    mleger0546 AT rogers DOT com

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  16. This cover is GORGEOUS...have been seeing it all over the place lately and would love a copy!

    kristi(dot)chestnutt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Great interview! I enjoy seeing how unique each authors answers can be :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    mama(dot)bookworm(dot)2011(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. This cover immediately caught my eye, and it is on my Wishlist! Can't wait to read it!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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  19. Whether I win the copy or not, I WILL be reading the book. It sounds awesome.

    Michelle :)
    Michelle@michelle-pickett.com

    www.michelle-pickett.com

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway!

    embogem(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  21. Great giveaway!

    SP: ohpaperpages[at]gmail{dot}com

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  22. Thanks a ton for the giveaway! :)

    - Brittany, brittanylovesbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. this book sounds really good! thanks for the giveway.
    Nilsa R. -nilsardgz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Sweet giveaway!
    klearboredom at yahoo.com
    kati lear

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  25. Twook it??? I love that phrase.

    And author Jessica Shirvington did an excellent job of condensing her plot line. 140 words is hard to do, let alone 140 characters!

    Thanks for sharing the great interview.

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  26. Awesome giveaway!
    Emilyfay11(at) gmail(dot)com
    Emily Fay

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  27. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

    Amanda
    readingforaliving.amanda@gmail.com

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  28. This looks so great! Great interview too :)

    teddybrgrrl@sbcglobal.net

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

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  29. Thanks for the giveaway

    Nicole Roberts
    nikki8240@gmail.com

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  30. Ahhh this book has been on my to-read list for SO LONG. I'm dying to get my hands on a copy.

    Becca H
    omfgbooks@gmail.com

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Brianne @ memoriesovertakingme at gmail dot com

    http://memoriesovertakingme.blogspot.com/

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  32. Great giveaway!!

    Kimberly
    kimberly-m_R@hotmail.com

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  33. I really want to read this book! Thanks for this giveaway opportunity,

    - Megan (meganconwy @ gmail . com)

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Emily (doodlesbookblog(at)gmail(dot)com)

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  35. I can't wait to check this one out! Thanks!
    carole(dot)mckenzie(at)yahoo(dot)com

    http://thelifeoffiction.blogspot.com

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  36. Haha! Wow, great interview, and thanks for the giveaway!!!

    Vivian, viyemelle@yahoo.ca

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  37. Thanks so much for the giveaway! This is one book I am very excited to Read! The cover alone is one thing that drew me in! I can't wait to read, and LOVELY interview!

    my name is Krystel and my email addy is :myheroin01@gmail.com

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  38. I'm so excited for this book and I'm so glad I finally found a giveaway for Canadian residents ya!it only took me about 3 weeks ...lol

    My Name is Lisa
    miz_maliciouz@hotmail.com

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  39. This is definitely on my TBR list! so excited!

    Nancy

    ntaylor228 AT yahoo dot com

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  40. VALEK. ETHAN.
    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Looooooooooooooooveeeee.

    And wow, having tea with the Mad Hatter? Best. idea. ever.

    Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway!

    Sonia
    thestoryqueen(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  41. I'd love to enter! thank you!!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  42. Not sure if this is still going on, but would love a copy to read. Always looking for something new.

    Heather
    rosehnas@gmail.com

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  43. Assuming you are still giving it away a copy. Always enjoy reading new books and new authors.

    Heather
    rosehnas@gmail.com

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