Monday, August 06, 2012

PSC: Interview & Giveaway with Veronica Wolff

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Today’s PSC guest is Veronica Wolff. She has written books in many different genres, including contemporary romance, historical romance and time travelling romance. However, today she’s here to promote her YA paranormal series called The Watchers. The third book of this series, BLOOD FEVER, will be released tomorrow and to celebrate, she has been kind enough to offer a copy of this newest book, for giveaway. Veronica has also agreed to answer a few questions, to let everyone know a little bit more about her YA series. Welcome Veronica!

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Many YA authors choose to write about vampires, so what do you think makes your vampires standout from all the others out there? Tell us a little bit more about your vampires.

My vampires are more snarl than sparkle, for sure. On the surface, they’ve brought teens to the island in order to train them as protectors (the girls) or fellow vampires (the guys), but their true motives and history will only be revealed over time.

Many are attractive, and some are even darkly sexy, but by and large they are vicious and terrifying and wouldn’t make good boyfriend material…at all. Of course, rules are made to be broken, and in BLOOD FEVER, our heroine, Drew, breaks that boyfriend rule big time.

Drew is the perfect main character for a YA book with her intellect, her strong character and her smart aleck comments. Is her character based on someone you know?

Thanks! Honestly, I don’t know where Drew came from. As a teen, I felt like the nerdy, self-conscious, out-of-place girl—and also happened to proclaim Emma Peel of The Avengers as my personal hero—so who knows? Maybe I’ve got a bit of Drew deep down.

What made you choose an island in the North Sea as the setting of your series?

That part of the world is one of my absolute favorites. My early books were set in old Scotland, and for research I’ve traveled throughout the Highlands and Islands. Visiting one historical site in Orkney, we were warned not to get too close to the edge because people have been blown off by the gale-force winds. Grey skies, roiling seas, howling winds…I love every bit of it.

How many books, in total, have you planned for this series?

Many! There’s not an exact number, but I feel like I could write them for a while. Book four is written, and I’m currently plotting out numbers five through seven, and that still doesn’t put me at the end. Just think of all the missions Drew can go on! All the vampires there are to meet!

Even if money wasn’t an an issue, Drew seems like the type of girl that would take summer classes instead of going to summer camp. Personally, what would you choose?

I never had that option myself, so it’s hard to say. I’ve got school-age kids now, and honestly, I kind of envy the traditional “sleepaway” camp they got to try this summer! That said, I’m a geeky city girl at heart, and I think fifteen-year old me would’ve preferred a summer of reading and rock music to ziplining.

What is your favorite summer camp or summer treat?

I live in San Francisco, which means I spend most of my summer months in the fog, wearing my winter coat. (See my answer about the North Sea, though, and you’ll know I love it!) But our cold Julys also mean I like to get away in the summer, visiting family in places where I can actually wear a swimsuit.

Oh, and Fudgsicles. I love Fudgsicles.

Thank you Veronica for stopping by our summer event and for the great interview!

Thanks for having me, and for the awesome questions!

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More about BLOOD FEVER, which will be released tomorrow, August 7th, 2012:

veronica wolff - blood feverIt’s the start of the fall semester, and a new crop of Acari and Trainees has descended on the Isle of Night. Watcher training has intensified, and Drew has a new roommate named Mei-Ling. But Mei-Ling harbors a dangerous secret that drove the vampires to abduct her against her will. Drew knows she shouldn’t get involved, but she can’t seem to leave her roommate to fend for herself.

Luckily, Drew has other things on her mind—like vampire Carden. A blood bond to a brawny, eighteenth-century Scottish bad boy tends to preoccupy a girl. And though she’s still figuring out what this bond means, one thing has become clear: She craves him in a major way.

But then bodies start turning up on the island. All the evidence points to the existence of a rogue vampire, and the sinister vampire Alcántara is gunning for Carden, even though Drew has proof that Carden had nothing to do with the murders. Now she has to find the true killer—without endangering Carden, Mei-Ling, or herself…

My thoughts on the book

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

More books by Veronica:

The Watchers

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Sierra Falls

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Clan MacAlpin Novels

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Highland Heroes

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Veronica is offering one (1) copy of Blood Fever and bookmarks to one (1) lucky winner

To enter the giveaway, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

Open to the US & Canada only

Ends Wednesday, August 5th, 2012
(like all of our Paranormal Summer Camp giveaways)

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

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veronica wolff

Veronica Wolff is an award-winning, bestselling author based in Northern California. She writes for the Penguin Group in several genres, including Scottish historical romance, time travel, small-town contemporary romance, and young adult.

 

She loves to meet readers! Visit her at:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

 

 

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Stéphanie is a 25 year old Optometrist living in a small community in Northern Ontario and even if she liked living in Montreal for 5 years, she believes the small town life is more for her. Ever since she was little she loved books and stories. It's no surprise that today, you'll always find her with a book within arm's reach.

33 People left their mark' :

  1. I just have always been fascinated with vampires ever since I can remember. I love reading about all the different lore that authors choose to use. It's so different every time.

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  2. As an adult, I still enjoy reading about teens deal with the super natural. Great giveaway I love the Watchers.

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  3. Ooh I love this series!

    I've always loved vampires! I guess because my first vamp was a dark and moody guy, bent on killing a girl but ended up falling in love with her!

    It was Aubrey in Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes!

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  4. I think I like them because it reminds me of young innocent love before we're grown up and become tainted. I like to remember :).

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  5. I've been reading YA vampire stories since I was in high school, and I think for the most part they are fun reads that are usually just a touch romantic! <3

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  6. I love the young immortal love angst of teenager vampires

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  7. I love vampires in general but it's a change to see YA ones trying to cope in an adult world.

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  8. Quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of vampires. That being said...

    I LOVE that this is dark. I love the setting. Always wanted to go to northern Scotland. SO jealous. I think the setting alone is what is drawing me to read this!

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  9. With vampires, different stories can be told, and their myth can be rearranged so many times. :D

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  10. Thanks for a fun post!!! I like vampires... as long as they don't sparkle ;) I think that I really like YA vampirs b/c you get all of the scare w/out some of the excessive gore/scariness... but they are still scary :)

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  11. Thanks for the giveawa! I like YA vampires because you generally get a more emotional side. You get many different takes on the vampire lores and history, and many of them are without the gore some with. I guess you tend to get a nice vampire who can still scare the crap out of you lol.

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  12. I like all the twists and variations that authors have come up with. They are so imaginative.

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  13. I love any vampire books, YA or not. I prefer YA though because I relate more to the young adult group. I'm almost 30 but I refuse to accept it so I enjoy staying behind in the young adult world. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  14. I love vampires and I love reading about them. I find YA vampires and the story line more interesting and exciting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. I usually like the dark and mysterious setting in YA vampire books. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. I like the characters.

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  17. I've only started reading YA books and I love the struggle that YA vampires have with the "good and bad" nature within them. Also, the inevitable romance! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. I love reading about vampires and I like the relationships and the characters in the YA ones. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. I love vampires books in general so I enjoy reading both YA and Adult vampire books. I like the dynamic in YA books.

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  20. I am an avid vampire fan Ive read adult for a long time and only recently started reading YA but I love the YA genre .I find that some of todays adult romances are just too much when it comes to details and love scenes I much prefer the ya books in that sense more story more emotions they are great.

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  21. It was a Young Adult vampire series (Twilight) that actually turned me on to the YA Genre! It also awakened my love of vampires, which I haven't read since I was a teenager. I love vampires any which way, YA or adult genres!

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  22. Vmapires have always appealed to me. The ones that choose to be good. they are sexy and dangerous and live a very different life.

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  23. I love Vampire Romance. I love my Vampires hot,sexy,dangerous,sarcastic and just a little cocky

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  24. I love reading vampire books When I started to read a few years ago fell in love with Ya paranormal! Thank you for the great giveaway can't wait to read this book!

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  25. They are so fresh with great stories and characters.

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  26. Honestly, I prefer adult vampire books to YA paranormal because the adult versions tend to have darker, scarier vampires as opposed to the merely misunderstood. That's why I like this series--it's aimed at a younger audience but the vampires aren't exactly rainbows and sunshines. It's more like Battle Royale....with vampires!

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  27. I have always been interested in vampires. I like to see how different authors picture them. I also like YA because I can share it with my younger sister.

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  28. i like adult ones better but the ya ones are cool too

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  29. YA Vampire novels interest me because of the mystery, sexy smirk and of course the protectiveness of the vampire towards the love interest but also just love the comedy that follows :P I love VAMPIRES!! lol

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  30. Vampires bite... I'd tell them to bite everyone I hate. Haha. But anyway, they're cool. ;D

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  31. I like reading about vampires. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  32. I love how there is hot guys in it! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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