Monday, June 11, 2012

GIVEAWAY & INTERVIEW: ANNE BROWN, AUTHOR of LIES BENEATH & GIVEAWAY

 
LIES BENEATH
by Anne Brown
Random House/Delacorte
Young Adult

Anne Brown's debut YA paranormal novel hits the shelves tomorrow June 12th. This is a book you won't want to miss. Also, don't miss the AWESOME GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

1Tell us about LIES BENEATH in one sentence. LIES BENEATH is a paranormal revenge and redemption story about Calder White, a Lake Superior merman, who falls in love with the daughter of his prey.
2What inspired you to write this story? Partly I was inspired by Lake Superior, which is where my dysfunctional family of merpeople live. It's the largest freshwater lake in the world (by surface area), and it is ancient, and clear, and freezing cold. I grew up sailing Lake Superior and imagining all the mysteries beneath its surface. But my main character was the evolution of another character in another Lake Superior novel I was trying to write. That character just refused to act . . . normally. When I finally let him show me what he could do, Calder White was born!
3.  What books did you enjoy reading when you were young? Nancy Drew mysteries (all of them); Anne of Green Gables; A book called The Thyme Garden, which was about time travel via an herb garden. Brilliant stuff! I get very OCD about books. When I find a book I love, I read it over and over (and over). Only when I can practically recite it do I move on.

4.  What books do you enjoy reading now? I love paranormal novels (Shiver, Nightshade, Daughter of Smoke and Bone), but I also enjoy contemporary, and I absolutely inhaled John Green's The Fault in our Stars and Elissa Hoole's Kiss the Morning Star. I love anything with a romantic edge to it, even if that's not the main theme of the story.
5.  Tell us a little about your journey to publication. It was looooonnnngggg. My problem was I was trying to be someone I wasn't and write in a voice that wasn't authentically me. For six years I wrote in every genre, except the one that came most naturally. When I finally found my place with MG/YA, I got an agent on my first query and LIES BENEATH sold in less than 5 days.

6.  What can we expect from you in the future? The sequel to LIES BENEATH will be out in the spring of 2013 (March?). My original title for the sequel got dumped, and I'm not authorized to announce the final title yet, but it is a continuation of the LIES BENEATH story told from Lily's point of view. There is a tentative plan for a trilogy, and Book 3 will alternate povs from Calder to Lily and back again. After that, I've got two or three other stories up my sleeves, but none of them are about mermaids.




Summary from AmazonCalder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

Excerpt: As a matter of context, Calder feasts on emotion, which he sees as various colors. Some colors act as lures; others repel.

She enjoyed teasing me. A trail of happy satisfaction burned like pink fire, then spun out of her like a pinwheel. It was a magnet that lured me to her. My hand involuntarily reached forward. She came closer, not realizing the motivation behind my gesture, and shocked me by weaving her fingers through mine. I watched—horrified, spellbound—as the pink shimmer crept from her fingertips, across the top of my hand and over my wrist. My forearm hummed and heated until the warmth pushed up my arm and broke across my chest, finally bursting through my lips with a sudden, surprising laugh.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

To be eligible to win a copy of Lies Beneath, all you need to do is leave a comment below along with an email address so I can contact you.

This giveaway will run through June 25th.

73 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing - emily joy drake at gmail dot com

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  2. The book sounds great and i think it is cool that the book is write from the guys perspective you don't see that a lot.

    pixiepuff2006@yahoo.com

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  3. I've been dying to get my hands on this since first hearing about it, it seems like a read I'll certainly enjoy. Thanks.

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  4. what an awesome contest! this is definitely on my to read list! thanks!

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  7. I LOVE that they are lake mermaids, and more siren-style than Disney-style. YAY! I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks for the interview and giveaway and trailer. :D

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  8. Sounds so good and very different from other books out there!! jbsmunky at aol dot com

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  9. What a great title and interesting concept. Thanks for the chance to win it! writingonalimb [at] gmail.

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  10. I've had this on my TBR pile for awhile now. It sounds real good and I've only ever read one other mermaid book, so I'm excited to read this one.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    tiffany.webb29@yahoo.com

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like such a great book want to read it for sure! :)

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  12. I'm dying to read this book! I love mermaids. Great interview. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  13. I've also been dying to read this book. Thank you for the wonderful interview and giveaway. I really enjoyed it!

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  14. Ooh la la I love the cover!

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  15. oh my goodness. this book sounds AMAZING. muahaha. thank you for the opportunity to read it. :)

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  16. I'm in love with the trailer, and of course, desperate to read this book! Great interview, and thank you so much for the opportunity!

    Good luck everyone!

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  17. This sounds great! I've never read a story about a mermaid. Thanks for the interview, and opportunity to win this book. :)

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway and I love the cool cover.
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  19. Sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  20. LIES BENEATH is already on my wish list. It looks like such a fabulous read.

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  21. I think being true to yourself is what you learned from your writing so far. It's so interesting that you wrote and wrote but didn't have luck in publishing a book until you wrote Lies Beneath. Congratulations! That's what I've learned in all my years of life. When I'm true to myself things seem easier and more enjoyable. Congratulations to you and Lies Beneath!

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read many mermaid type fiction, but this one has been on my wishlist for a long time!

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  23. Great interview. Book sounds great! julierupert@gmail.com

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  24. Ah! I been so excited about this book! XD
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  26. WHY! Why do we have to wait so long?! Oh well, :D I can't wait to read this book first. :D Sounds better and better with each review. :D

    Thank you!

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  27. A lot of mermaid books coming out. Most of them seem pretty good so far. Would like to read this one too.
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  28. I used to live on the shores of Lake Superior as well. Thunder Bay, Ontario for a little while. Beautiful but I'm not surprised that there might be murderous mer-people there. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but there are a ton of mermaid books all of a sudden. I just finished Wrecked by Anna Davies (beautiful and bittersweet), and now I'm going to read Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, and Lies Beneath of course!!! Thanks for the post and giveaway!!!

    Alyssa Susanna
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  30. I've been hearing great things about Lies Beneath. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  31. Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway
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  33. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I would love to win a copy. :)

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  34. Ooo, I didn't know that Lies Beneath was a trilogy! I thought it was just the two books, so that makes me super excited :)

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  35. I really cant wait to read Lies Beneath!! Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Amber
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  36. Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway! Mermaids is definitely the supernatural creature of 2012. :)
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  37. awesome interview!

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  38. Thank you for the chance.,
    Jennifer Rote
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  39. I would love to win this book, thanks so much for the review.
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  40. I really like the concept of this book. Something original at last. Very cool.
    Thaks for the giveaway.
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  41. Lies Beneath seems AWESOME! :)

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  42. Awesome! I've been wanting to read this one :3

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  43. Heard so many great things about this book, so I can't wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win it.
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  44. Now this sounds like a great read. I can't wait to get my hands on it :) Thanks for the interview and excerpt.

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  45. I'm really curious to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway! ^^
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  46. I'm always leary about swimming in lakes and ponds because of what might be under me...lets add mermaids to the list!

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  47. Sounds great!!!

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  48. Really want to read this mermaid book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Leanne
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  49. great interview! i've been wanting to read this book for a while now : ) thanks for the giveaway!!

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  50. Would love to win a copy of Lies Beneath! It sounds awesome.

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  51. Lies Beneath sounds like a great read and will be putting on my TBR list :) Thanks for the chance to win!
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  52. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

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  53. Thank you for the giveaway chance :)
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  54. Sounds like a great book for a summer read. I just love the cover. Please enter me. Thanks!
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  55. That sounds like a very interesting book! Love the merman story idea. THANKS for the chance to win it!

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  56. You have the very best giveaways, Laurisa! Thank you for being so awesome. *hugs*

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    1. Hey, thanks Kayla. I love giveaways, too, so it was only natural for me to offer them on my blog. I just can't get enough of good books.

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  57. Mermaid books are awesome. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  58. This book is DEFINITELY at the top of my to-read list! I can't wait to get my hands on it. Mermaids have always been part of our fantasy, and I love it when an author takes that subject and puts a TWIST on it! :D

    Thank you very much for this amazing giveaway opportunity! :D

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  59. Thank you for the giveaway!
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  60. Thanks for the giveaway, I have been wanting to read this book for a while! It looks great, I would love to read my first mermaid book.
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  61. Thanks for the giveaway. Having grown up on one of the great lakes (Lake Huron) I love the idea of a book set there.

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  62. OMG! This books sounds awesome! Not to mention how cool the cover looks.... :) thank you for giveaway!

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  63. So excited to read a book about merpeople! Definitely unique and fun! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  64. I have been wanting to read this for awhile and I live in MN and love going to Duluth to spend time on Lake Superior ;)

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  65. Great Interview! My email is christy_n_jesse12@yahoo.com.

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  66. I really want to read this book. I'm intrigued about it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  67. Thank you for the giveaway. I am looking forward to reading this book.

    :).

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  68. Sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway!

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  69. I love a book that is written from the guy's POV

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  70. It sounds awesome! :D
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  71. Thank you for the opportunity to get my hands on this one! I've been eyeing it for quite some time, especially since reading my first mermaid book not too long ago and really enjoying it. Also, this has one of the best covers I've seen so far this year :)

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  72. thank you!!
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