PROMISED Blog Tour and Giveaway


Today I am honored to be part of the PROMISED Blog Tour. Thank you Macmillan Kids and Caragh O’Brien for this opportunity. Please check out the awesome interview that Caragh and I have have had and visit the other blogs below to catch up on all the PROMISED Blog Tour goodness. Then when you are done please enter the giveaway for all three copies of this series; BIRTH MARKED, PRIZED and PROMISED.

Promised Blog Tour Schedule

Monday 9/24                     The Book Muncher
Tuesday 9/25                     Mundie Moms
Wednesday 9/26                 Ravenous Reader
Friday 9/28                      Two Chicks on Books
Saturday 9/29                    The Book Monsters
Monday 10/1                     A Reader’s Adventure
Tuesday 10/2                     Starting the Next Chapter
Wednesday 10/3              Birth of a New Witch
Thursday 10/4                  The Ninja Librarian
Friday 10/5                    IB Book Blogging



Since earning a master’s in writing at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh O’Brien has been a high school teacher, a published author of romance novels, and now a novelist for teens. Her first young adult novel, Birthmarked, was a Junior Library Guild selection and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, and was nominated for the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list as well as the 2010 Amelia Bloomer list.




1) What motivated you to write stories for young adult readers?
First, Nancy, let me say thanks for inviting me by The Ravenous Reader. It’s nice to be here!
I love writing for young adults, but that isn’t what I started out to do. I was trying to write the best novel I could, and it happened to have a teenage protagonist, so it naturally fell in the YA window. I like writing about teen characters with their guts and humor and integrity.  I like trying to nail the pace of a fast adventure.
2) What can you tell me about your upcoming novel, PROMISED?
Promised is the third novel in the Birthmarked trilogy, which involves a teen midwife in a futuristic, dystopian world.  Gaia Stone has become the leader of an exodus, and when she brings her clans back to the Enclave, needing water and resources, she finds the Enclave has become even more cruel than it was before she left. The Protectorat has begun new experiments with surrogate mothers, and the story works a lot like a train wreck, where you can see a crash coming and can do nothing to avoid it. It was fun to write.
3) Gaia is such a strong, fearless and memorable character. Where did you get inspiration for her personality?
I was definitely inspired by teens I knew when I was teaching, and by my own children. If she captures a fraction of the strength in real teens I know, that would be great. 
4) Who is your favorite character of this series and why?
Gaia’s my favorite character, and she frequently surprised me.  I liked writing her because she was choosing who she could become. She could make courageous choices to save others, but she also had to figure out how to survive and how to stay true to herself.  That’s not always simple, and I liked how she made miserable mistakes along the way.  Leon’s a favorite of mine, too.  He’s very uncooperative and difficult to work with.  Together, their relationship has intrigued me.
5) What books are on your nightstand now?
I have a pile: Children of Men by P.D. James, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham. I just finished Toni Morrison’s Home and very much liked how it works in layers.
6) How do you feel about your series ending?
I’m pleased about where Promised ends up, so that’s very satisfying, but I’m also a little sorry to see the project end. It has been fascinating to work on Gaia’s story for four years, and I’ve come to care deeply about my characters.  They are still rattling around in my head a bit, wondering why I won’t play, and I don’t have the heart to tell them I’m finding new friends now.
Thanks again for having me by, Nancy, and thanks for the great questions! THANK YOU! for stopping by.

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Christina Fiorelli wrote: September 26, 2012 at 12:42 AM

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Thank you very much! I love author interviews:)


Jessy wrote: September 26, 2012 at 7:40 AM

I'll be going to one of the stops on the Fierce Reads Tour, I am sooo excited!


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RICK YANCEY
Rakestraw Books in Danville
Wednesday, September 17 @ 7pm

WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN and MARK HUNTLY PARSONS
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, September 17 @ 7pm

RICK YANCEY
Book Passage in Corte Mdera
Thursday, September 18 @ 6:30pm

GRETCHEN MCNEIL , KATHERINE LINKA and ANNA CAREY
Books Inc. San Francisco
Thursday, September 18 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON book launch

Books Inc. SF
Friday, September 19 @ 7pm

KIM CULBERTSON and CATHERINE LINKA
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, September 19 @ 7pm

MEGAN SHULL *The Swap*

Rakestraw Books in Danville
Tuesday, September 23 @ 10am

JANDY NELSON and NINA LACOUR
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Tuesday, September 23 @ 7pm

OCTOBER

LAUREN OLIVER
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, October 1 @ 7pm

LAUREN OLIVER
Book Passage in San Francisco
Thursday, October 2 @ 12:30pm

LAUREN OLIVER and JANDY NELSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 2 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON, NINA LaCOUR and STEPHANIE KUEHN
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, October 3 @ 7pm

SARA FARIZAN
Books Inc. on Market St.
Friday, October 10 @ 7pm

JAMES FREY with John Hanke, VP of Google's Niantic Lab
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Saturday, October 11 @ 6pm


BECCA FITZPATRICK, CHRISTINA LAUREN & KIERSTEN WHITE
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Sunday, October 12 @ 3pm


FIERCE READS TOUR with GENNIFER ALBIN, NIKKI KELLY, JESSICA BRODY and MARISSA MEYER
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Monday, October 13 @ 6:30pm

PAOLO BACIGALUPI and A.S. KING
Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz
Wednesday, October 15 time 7pm

RICK RIORDAN (ticketed event)
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Wednesday, October 15 @ 7pm

CORY DOCTOROW and JEN WANG

Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Thursday, October 16 @ 7:30pm

MARIE LU
Face in a Book in El Dorado
Thursday, October 16 @ 7pm

A.S. KING and PAOLO BACIGALUPI
Sports Basement on Bryant in SF
Thursday, October 16 @ 6pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
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Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF
Wednesday, October 22 @7pm

GARTH NIX and MICHAEL GRANT
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 23 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, October 24 @ 6:30pm

SARA RAASCH, KASIE WEST AND CORRINE JACKSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, October 27 @ 7pm

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