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Monday, December 19, 2011

A Christmas With… Brodi Ashton

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You guys know how much I like featuring new authors, so I was really happy when Brodi Ashton, author of the upcoming Everneath, accepted to join us on our Christmas-y countdown =) Please welcome her warmly!

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1- Everneath, your first novel, hasn't even hit the shelves yet (due January 24th, 2012), but it has already received a lot of attention from the blogging community. Did you ever expect that?

No! The blogging community has been so supportive, and I'm lucky to have so many of them in my corner. The response has been overwhelming.

2- A setting with two parallel world (see human world vs Everneath) hasn't been explored much, how did you decide to take that path?

EVERNEATH started with one scene in my head, about a girl who's come back to her high school after a long mysterious absence. This scene was actually inspired by real events in my life, but I used mythology to tell the rest of the story. In order to explore Nikki, and how she got to the point she's at, I had to show where she'd been and why she left. That meant exploring both worlds.

3- We can read about Jack and Cole in the synopsis, how will their interactions stand-out from our classic love triangle?

Well, the classic paranormal romance involves a human and a non-human, and the things that are keeping them apart are the differences in their two worlds.  But in my book, the enduring romance is between two humans, and there's no doubt how they feel about each other. That alone makes it stand out.

I never intended there to be a love triangle, because only one of the relationships is about love. The other relationship is about a lot of things, but love isn't one of them.

4- If you had to give our readers your top 3 reasons to read Everneath, what would they be? (time to shamelessly brag ^^ )

I'm really bad at promoting my own books, but here goes:

1. If you've ever made a bad decision, you'll be able to relate to Nikki.
2. You might laugh a little. You'll probably cry more.
3. There are hot boys. :)

Now onto some Christmas-y questions!

5- How was a typical Christmas when you were a kid? 

Fun and simple. We always opened one present on Christmas Eve, and it was always pajamas. The following day, we'd open presents from Santa, and every one of his reindeer.

Ex: To: Brodi

From: Vixen

6- What's your best Christmas memory?

A few Christmases ago, my dad was in the middle of battling Pancreatic Cancer. Christmas fell right after all of his chemo/radiation treatments and right before a major surgery. That Christmas, we all went over to my mom's house and helped her wrap the presents she was giving us. Even the kids wrapped their own gifts. Presents didn't seem to matter much that day! Family did.

7- Is there one gift you receive that really stuck to your memory?

One year, I got this giant wooden dollhouse. It was painted red, and the entire face opened up. I played with that thing for years. I still have it. We couldn't afford any furniture for it, or any actual dolls that would fit in it, so I had to be creative. 

8- What's Christmas like in the Everneath?

Probably like Christmas on the Surface! Only dark. And lonely. And there are no presents. And there is no Christmas. 

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If it got you curious, here’s a bit more about Everneath

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

Purchase: Amazon | Book depository

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Brodi would like to offer one of you a pre-order of Everneath!

Open to US & Canada

Giveaway Ends January 4th, 2012.

All you have to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is to provide your name and email addy =)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Because of two parents who were Greek myth geeks, I grew up thinking the latest fashion trends were inspired by Aphrodite, and a good conversational opener was, “So, which mythological character do you most resemble?” Despite these social shortcomings, I found a great husband who’s always my first reader. We live in Utah with our two young boys, who still have no idea why I'm at the computer all the time.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

You can visit Brodi here.

 

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

Follow Tynga on: Facebook | Twitter

57 People left their mark' :

  1. Everneath sounds like an interesting read. [makes note on TBR List...] ;)

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  2. I just saw this book mentioned on another blog today. Congrats to Brodi on becoming a published author.

    GFC follower Anne38.

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  3. Oooh this sounds so interesting & I love the cover. Can't wait to read! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I wouldn't mind trying your book!

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  5. New author and book for me. Adding this one to my want list. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. "There are hot boys. :)" I'm sold! Well, I was already sold before, but that definitely makes me want to read it even more. haha Everneath sounds like an amazing story, Brodi. Thanks for the chance to win a pre-order, and thank you Tynga for sharing Brodi's interview. :)

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  7. This has been on my wish list since the first time I read about it online!

    Margay

    Margay1122ATaolDOTcom

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  8. This sounds like a good read. Love the cover.

    sgiden at verizon.net

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  9. I've been seeing this book around quite a bit. It looks very good. I like that it is a little different. Thank you.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Nikki's world sounds so interesting and I love the cover.

    GFC follower.

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  11. Wow, I am really sorry this one is also Canada/US only. I love the blurb of your book, and that cover is gorgeous!

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  12. Everneath has hot boys in it? I'm totally there!

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  13. This sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

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  14. first I have heard of this book. I love dark and this sounds fabulous :)

    sstogner1 at gmail dot com

    GFC,email follower

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  15. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  16. I've seen this book a lot lately in the blog world. It sounds like a great read & the cover is so pretty! I'm adding this one to my TBR list :-)
    Thanks very much for the giveaway!

    Ambercruz1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I follow by:

    GFC: Amber Hughes
    Twitter: @ReadingAddict17
    Email

    (didn't see a space to put this info on the Rafflecopter form)

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  18. I have definitely had my eye on Everneath for like ever lol. I am so excited for this book to be released I am dying to read it.

    Email: sthrnsweetie115@aol.com
    GFC,email,twitter follower

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  19. Love your response to what Christmas in the Everneath is like. Dark, lonely, no presents, no Christmas. It's like an un-Christmas! Ha!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Beautiful cover! I've had my eye on this one.

    GFC: ML

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  21. I'm dying to read this book! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! Brodi, my family used to open one gift on Christmas Eve, and it was always pajamas, too! I wonder if all parents from that generation pulled that one on their kids so they would be doubly excited with the actual toys and presents they got the next morning! LOL

    The form would't let me put in this info:
    Name, email: Julie Witt, jwitt33 at live dot com
    GFC follower: Julie Witt

    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  22. I want this book
    audie(at)wickerness(dot)com
    Audra Holtwick
    I an a follower on GFC

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  23. This sounds like a great book. Thank you for coming on and introducing this coming soon release to us readers.

    GFC Teril
    terilhack at gmail dot com

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  24. I've been dying for this book! I LOVE the cover!
    GFC: ebaker

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  25. The more I read about Everneath, the further to to top of my wishlist it goes. Congratulations on a book so well received.

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  26. I'm so excited about Everneath and especially excited because Brodi Ashton will be on the Winter 2012 Dark Days tour! I would love the chance to read Everneath ahead of time. :) Thank you for the great giveaway!

    GFC Name: DJ Librarian

    ~DJL
    djlibrarian3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Thanks, this is one of my wishlist books so would love to get it for Christmas.

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  28. Love the cover! This book sounds fantastic! thanks for the giveaway!

    Happy Holidays! (the Rafflecopter didn't let me fill out GFC name: erin or that I also follow by e-mail)

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  29. Hi!
    This YA is on the top on my TBR pile! Really love the cover with the smoking dress....Thanks for this giveaway!

    GFC: Proserpine

    proserpinecravedfor(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. This looks like an awesome book!
    Rafflecopter didn't fill out GFC name either but mine is Kara DiDomizio

    supersonic182@gmail.com

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  31. People are talking about this book all over the place! I can see why - it looks awesome. Can't wait to read it!

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  32. Thank you for sharing with us. I am very excited about this series and think it sounds like a great ride. Everneath is definitely on the wishlist :)

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  33. Thank you very much this sounds so good can't wait to read this book!
    Great giveaway and Happy Holidays too you!
    GFC-latishajean
    Twitter-latishajean
    tishajean@ charter.net
    Latisha D

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  34. GFC jennifer (did not see place on form to enter this).

    I have been hearing a lot of buzz about this book. Cannot wait to read it. Congrats! And the cover is beautiful.

    jennifer k.

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  35. Thanks so much for this opportunity :)

    ~ Lecea
    GFC: Lecea

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  37. Is there hot boys in the book? SOLD!! hahaha! That cover is gorgeous!!
    GFC follower: Gisele Alvarado

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  38. *SQUEE!* I've been trying to get a review copy of this foreverrrr!!! I've heard so many awesome things about this one! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  39. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this. LOVED IT! I'm definitely going to make sure I get a finished copy. Epic!

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  40. Ooooo this book looks great I can't wait to read it. You pretty much sold us all at "hot boys". I loved your favorite Christmas memory, it really touched me. Thanks for the giveaway.

    stephanie eckstein
    email subscriber eckstein 99, gfc follower stephjx, and fb follower.

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  41. this sounds like an interesting book.

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  42. Doll houses. I remember those. I use to have one, but then we sold it since I didn't play with it any more. I have to say, that was one of my favorite presents too. :D

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  43. I am dying to read this book! Thank you for the interview and for the givewaway.

    I follow in GFC (Liza)

    readingwabc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!!

    GFC: red_tigergirl2
    email: red_tigergirl2 (at) hotmail DOT COM

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  45. I have been pining for this book for months! So happy Everneath is gonna hit shelves soon! <3

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  46. I've been dying to read this book. The cover is amazing & so many of the blogs I follow are raving about it.

    (I follow on the blog & twitter)

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  47. Congratulations, Brodie! I cant wait to read Everneath.

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  48. Everneath sounds amazing, and you have a gorgeous cover! Also, it is very neat that you got to open presents from the reindeer. That is all kinds of awesome =)

    I follow on GFC and Feedburner.

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  49. Thanks so much for the giveaway! This book looks so good! :)

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  50. Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds really interesting. Can't wait to read it.
    GFC (Joanne B) and email follower.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  51. I follow via GFC: MannaB

    crazypplrok at gmail dot com

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  52. This sounds like a great take on the Hades theme - and love the Underworld attachment. Can't wait to read it.

    pams00 @ aol.com

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  53. This looks like it could be a great read. Definitely going on my TBR list.

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  54. Is this book going to be a series or stand alone?

    elizabethcerna2011@gmail.com

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  55. I've seen this book talked about on every book blog there is. I'd love to win and read it for myself. Thank you for the giveaway! DeAnna Schultz
    sacredmoon1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. This book sounds amazing.
    GFC follower CrystalGB
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  57. Can't wait to see Brodi at the author singing in Houston next month. It's gonna be EPIC!

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