Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Interview & Giveaway with Chloe Neill

In the honor of the recent release of Firespell (Jan 5th, 2010), Chloe Neill generously accepted to answer my questions, and also offered a signed copie of her book and Firespell gift pack, how amazing is that?

Shall we find out some more about this fabulous author?


Firespell is the first installment in the Dark Elite series, how would you describe it?


FIRESPELL is a little like Harry Potter meets Nancy Drew. We meet Lily, a brave and curious 16 year old girl who's thrown into a strange city and an even stranger boarding school.


Three books were announced so far, are you hoping to publish more in that series?

I really enjoy writing about Lily and Scout, her best friend. I love Merit, the heroine of my Chicagoland Vampires series, but I think Lily is a little braver than Merit, actually. She's always willing to take a chance, and that's a very fun thing to write about.

Most people know you for your Chicagoland Vampires series, what's been the readers reaction so far to this new series?

So far, so good! I think some folks have been surprised by the age difference. FIRESPELL is a true young adult novel.
Our heroine is 16, and tends to act like it, unlike Merit's 28. :)

Now let's get to know you better =)



I read you like baking, what's you favorite meal?

I actually don't cook much--I tend to bake mostly sweets. My favorite type of food is probably TexMex. Give me some beans and a tortilla, and I'm in heaven!

Your favorite TV show?

That's a tough one--there are so many good shows out there right now! In terms of comedies, I really love 30 Rock and Community. For hour-long shows, Leverage and Caprica are at the top of the list.

Favorite book ever?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. That entire series is fabulous.

Favorite movie ever?

Probably the A&E version of Pride & Prejudice. :)

A bit morbid, but answers are always so interesting! If you could choose your gravemark, what would it say?

Hmm. Probably something about a live well-lived and a girl well-loved.

The craziest thing you ever did?

Four years ago, I started writing. Never took a class, didn't have an agent. I had a lot of practice writing papers and such, but not writing fiction. That was pretty crazy, but it worked out well, I think! :)



Thanks for having me today! Good luck, commenters, with the contest!
 
On to the giveaway!

Chloe nicely offered a signed copy of Firespell and a gift pack,
 here are the easy steps for your chance to win!

Contest open INTERNATIONALY (thank you Chloe!)
You MUST be a follower
You MUST leave a comment on this post
and Fill the FORM below.

Easy enough?
Contest ends February 16th, 2010.

No way to earn extra entries, but spreading the word is always appreciated =)

Tynga is a 28 years old mom 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 blogging about them. You might also catch her watching an hockey game. Make sure to say hi on twitter!

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  1. Ooh, I LOVE baking, too! I don't know what TexMex is...It intrigues me. And wow, beans + a tortilla makes my stomach grumble.

    :)

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  2. I love A&E version of Pride & Prejudice. One of the best ever!

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  3. Oh no. I think the one I checked in the last question was NO. But I'm commenting.
    I liked the craziest thing she ever did. I'm actually doing that now. :)

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  4. I love author interviews. It makes you know the writers more and the idea behind the book they wrote, makes you understand the story better. I wish I could bake but TexMex food definitely hit the spot, yum!

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  5. Firespell sounds like a great book. It's interesting how it's a bit like Harry Potter and Nancy Drew.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  6. I can't wait to read this! Love how the author and I share first names :) And the Harry Potter/Nancy Drew comparison is really intriguing...

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  7. I've tried TexMex, but I don't have a flair for the spicing I don't think. Which is okay--I'm so focused on learning Japanese and Korean cooking that I can't worry over anything else!

    And Caprica love!!!

    Lexie

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  8. Great interview! mmm texmex..yummy

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  9. great interview! i too LOVE the a&e version of pride and prejudice (lol though i can't decide if i like that or the keira version better--i've watched both a gazillion times). thanks for the giveaway :)

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  10. Hm. I'd like to read Chicagoland Vampires series someday, but Firespell is the one which is on my wishlist. She's pretty sweet! Great interview!

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  11. I can't wait to read Firespell! I love the boarding school setting.

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  12. Great interview! Hmm, "Harry Potter meets Nancy Drew"? I'm SOLD! :D I can't wait to read Firespell and I enjoyed getting to know more about Chloe and her writing!

    Great giveaway, thanks! :)

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  13. Harry Potter meets Nancy Drew? I would love to read this!

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  14. Great interview! NOw I want to know what her favorite thing to bake is.
    And it's fun that she likes her YA character more than Merit.
    I've never even heard of any of her favorite shows.

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  15. Hi, Tynga! The book sounds great!
    Thanks for this great opportunity!
    I also wrote a little post on my blog about it! ^_^

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  16. Awesome interview!!!! :)

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  17. The craziest thing you did was writing with almost no experience? I must be crazy too! :D

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  18. I'm so excited about this book! Tynga this is an awesome interview, learned lots about Chloe :o)



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    violetskiez@gmail.com

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  19. I love Chloe's books.Great Q&A
    Thanks for the opportunity to win Firespell

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  20. I love Chloe's books.Great Q&A
    Thanks for the opportunity to win Firespell

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  21. Im glad Chloe's craziest thing she ever did was write because look where it got her!! :)

    best of luck.xx

    bianca.

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  22. Wow. Great interview. Thanks for Sharing :D

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  23. Well I loved Nancy Drew a very long time ago (NO - I won't tell you how long) and I read all the Harry Potter books with great enjoyment so then this must be the book for me.

    Thanks

    Carol

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  24. Love her answers. I can't beleive shw only started writing 4 yrs ago!

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  25. I love how you described it as Harry Potter meets Nancy Drew. Those are unique series, and them combined will be...wow.

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  26. I love it when authors let us know their favorite things. Great interview!

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  27. What a brave thing to just start writing like that. I am so glad you did!

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  28. Harry potter meets Nancy drew! gotta love that :D

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  29. I love Community! Definitely one of my favorite shows!

    Great contest! This book sounds really good!

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  30. Great interview!Can't wait for the new Chicagoland Vamps! Have been trying to get my hands on Firespell since it's release but my evil bookstore(s) doesn't have it in.

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  31. Good interview! I love Pride and Prejudice too as a movie.

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  32. Oooh this book sounds great - and it's always lovely to see what the author looks like :)

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  33. I love the chicagoland vampire series and am looking forward to trying the new series as well. I like reading books that take place in cities I'm familiar with, it makes it easier to imagine the setting where all the action is taking place. And I'm a big fan of Chicago..just not in the winter..it gets so cold!

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  34. Harry Potter meets Nancy Drew... Two of my favorite book series. :] I really wanna get this book.

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  35. Hooray for A&E's P&P!

    Great interview.

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  36. I like that description: "Harry Potter meets Nancy Drew." That's an interesting way to think about it.

    And as for TexMex...it's awesome. Chloe Neill just went up a few more points in my book. :-)

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  37. oops.. I mean BBC. I don't think I've ever seen an A&E one...

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  38. Harry Potter meets Nancy Drew. haha. That makes things even more intriguing for me. :)

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  39. "Harry Potter meets Nancy Drew."
    hahaha!!
    I would like to read it.. (=

    Thanks 4 the interview!

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  40. Aloha Chloe!!!! *waving*


    My friends have been recommending the Outlander series to me for a while now. Mahalo for confirming they are indeed great!!=)

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  41. Thanks so much for the contest! I really want to read this one!

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  42. :O I didn't realize about the age difference between TCV anf Firespell until now...
    I'm really looking forward to reading this.

    Thanks!

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  43. I miss TexMex! I have to go home and visit my fav Mexican restaurants! Great interview

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  44. Superb interview and I would sure love to get away with this one.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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  45. Great interview and giveaway!

    p.s. Mmmmm, TexMex. I just made vegetarian chili. :P

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  46. Great interview! Can't wait to read this book! TexMex is awesome... ironically I've got a bean bake sizzling away in the crock-pot. :)

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  47. Great interview! I really love the sound of Firespell & can't wait to read it :o)

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  48. Nice interview. I really like what she did that was crazy - just deciding to write a book! I'd say it worked out really well for her.

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  49. I have heard SO many great things about this book!

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  50. I haven't read anything by this author yet, but I've read nothing but good reviews about her books. I guess I should bump these up a few places on the TBR list? Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!

    P.S. I think I might have accidentally clicked no on the entry form as to whether or not I left a comment on the interview post. Oops! Sorry about that!

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  51. I really enjoyed this interview. Harry Potter meets Nancy Drew? Count me in!

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  52. Fun interview : )
    Sweets are my idea of baking, too.

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  53. Congratulations to Chloe!
    Thanks for the giveaway, can't wait to read this.

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  54. I can't wait for the next book!

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  55. Thanks for sharing! I'm currently reading Some Girls Bite and its great! I only started yesterday and I'm already half done., I can't seem to put it down! I am sure FireSpell will me just as great!

    Wonderful interview!
    Kate aka YzhaBella

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  56. That was great! I love the "craziest thing" question!

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  57. I like reading interviews. It's always interesting to learn more about favourite authors.

    This book sounds really interesting and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  58. I loved this book, I bought it on a whim and it turned out to be exceptionally good! I can't wait to read more about Lily and Scout.

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  59. Great interview!! I love TexMex also!! This book is one I've been wnating to read. Please count me in.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  60. Reading her Chicagoland books now, very fun!

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  61. I've been hearing good things about the book!

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  62. Great Interview :)
    Please enter me at icejew at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the opportunity to read this book :)

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  63. Wow from start to published in only 4 years - that's impressive!

    Great interview

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  64. Cool interview and giveaway! This book is on my TBR list. :D

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  65. Awesome interview as always. It actually made me want to read the book even more now. =]

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  66. Great interview:) I like 30 Rock and Leverage too))

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  67. Great interview. I love her Chicagoland series, so I would love to read this one.

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  68. I'm dying to read firespell, I've heard so many awesome things about it.

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  69. Great interview! I can't wait to read this! I haven't read any Nancy Drew, but I loved the Harry Potter series, so if this is even half as good...!

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  70. Great interview!!!I cant wait to read Firespell!!!

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  71. Ooh, I'd have to read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon! I've been hearing good things about it.

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  72. great interview! A mix between Harry Potter and Nancy Drew? This book must be awesome!!

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  73. I'd like to read this book, I love Chloe`s humor

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  74. Great interview! I also love to bake sweets so I can relate. I have a big sweet tooth. Looking forward to reading Firespell,

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  75. I liked her last answer. This interview should be read by everybody wanting to become a writer.

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  76. Looks like a great book, would love to win a copy

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  77. Mmmm... Mexican food is the best. I'm hungry now... ;-)

    Thanks for offering this contest!

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  78. Great interview! What an interesting combination-Harry Potter and Nancy Drew...

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  79. Great interview... I love hearing more about the authors.

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  80. Great giveaway,
    thanks! :)

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  81. Agree about the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice, cannot ever get enough!

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  82. This book is on my Wishlist! I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the contest!

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  83. I love Outlander! It truly was one of the best books I've ever read (I'm also more of a baker than a cook). Thanks for the great giveaway and interview!

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  84. Great interview and love Chloe's answers! Thanks for a great contest!

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  85. That's just awesome! Totally unexpected! I just adore Nancy Drew, though I don't really like Potter maybe this book might even get me interested in him :-p
    Thank you for the introduction to it

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  86. great interview, id love to try it

    kai

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  87. I've read so many recommendations of this book on several blogs !

    I'd like to read this Nancy drew meets harry potter :)

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  88. Thanks for the chance to win what sounds like an interesting book!!

    Great interview too :)

    (LOVE that its international!!!)

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  89. I've never read anything by Chloe Neill yet. But I've seen her work around the webysphere. I always meant to try it but somehow never gotten around to actually doing it... :)

    Please count me in! I would like to have my chance at a signed copy please!

    Re-posted your contest at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2010/02/win-firespell-at-tyngas-reviews.html

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  90. great interview!!! this book sounds gook

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  91. Great interview, looking forward to reading Firespell.

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  92. Brilliant interview! It's always great reading author interviews, and Chloe Neill is just awesome!

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  93. I love author interviews! This is a great one :) Just found your blog, glad I did :)

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  94. Wow I love Harry Potter and Nancy Drew both and I am sure that I will love this book! Fabulous interview!! I too love the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice too..

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  95. I am so excited to read the book!!

    frndz.debas@gmail.com

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  96. Lovely interview. I haven't had a chance to read any of Chloe's books yet, but I'd sure like to. I'll be checking out her Chicagoland Vampire series as well as this new Dark Elite series.

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  97. Thanks for this giveaway. I haven't read Chicagoland series although they are at my TBR pile (too many books and so little time :P). This new book sounds great and I would like to read it.

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  98. Oh nice contest! I love the Chicagoland Vampire Series and have just read Firespell and loved it as well.

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  99. What an awesome interiew and contest!

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  100. I love her comment on TexMex and beans!! lol
    I also agree I adore A&E'S version of Pride and Prejudice!!

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  101. i put this on my awesome contests blogpost.

    as for the interview...i loved it!

    i love getting inside authors heads and seeing how they view their characters, which will always differ to us because its like their babies.

    and yeah i agree picking up a pen and writing a book is pretty crazy..im glad it worked out though

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  102. I've always been meaning to pick up Chloe Neill's books. They all look so good :)

    Thanks for the interview

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  103. Great interview and the book sound great

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  104. Wow!
    Firespell sounds great.
    This interview was great.
    You even asked her about her interest.
    :)

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  105. This book is at the top of my to read list!!!

    crazypplrok@gmail.com

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  106. No class, no agent & yet here you are with books published. That's awesome!

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  107. thanks so much for the contest!!
    can't wait to read this book and the intweview just made me want it more!! :)

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  108. wow she's like me^^ we didnt studied but we love writing so much!!!!!!

    Firespell looks awesome! i love the title page^^

    kisses

    blogatlantico@gmail.com

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  109. Fun interview! Firespell is on my To-Read list! Thumbs way up for the mention of the A&E Pride and Prejudice! :)

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  110. Great interview, can't wait to read Firespell. I love her writing.

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  111. Great interview Firespell sounds like a great book.
    I a follower
    alba47@gmail.com
    have a good one.

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  112. Great interview! I've been wanting to read this book!

    Jennifer

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  113. I see you like Pride & Prejudice. How do you feel about Pride, Prejudice, and ZOmbies? :)

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  114. This sounds like a great book, I like the idea of a Harry Potter type setting with a female protagonist.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  115. Great looking book, am intrigued now! Nice to read the interview, I know a few people who would love to get their paws on this.

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  116. I am anxiously awaiting this read! Great interview. Thank you for sharing!

    Robin K

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  117. "So far, so good! I think some folks have been surprised by the age difference. FIRESPELL is a true young adult novel.
    Our heroine is 16, and tends to act like it, unlike Merit's 28. :)"

    This! This makes me want to read it even more. Thanks for the AWESOME interview!

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  118. I am sooooo glad you started writing! I'm really looking forward to reading Firespell as I LOVE Merit!!! Texmex is the best by the way.

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  119. I have to say I really like the cover. I am a nerd like that, I get excited about covers, haha!

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  120. Her book sounds interesting! I'm adding it to my list of books to read!

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