Monthly Archives: May 2012

Revenant Road Trip: Nashville Stop

Once in our Nashville hotel, Kim and I ordered dinner from room service and watched 40 Year Old Virgin until we passed out from road fatigue. Bright and early the next morning I dropped her off at the airport (yes, I cried – I hate saying goodbye to friends) and went back to the hotel to work. And late that afternoon I set off across Nashville to meet fellow authors Myra McEntire

and C.J. Redwine.

As I’ve said before, I have a purely online relationship with most YA authors, the fact being that most of them live in the U.S. and I live a kazillion miles away. Attending the RT Conference last month was a HUGE treat for me, because I got to meet all of these authors I already been chatting to on the internet but had never met in real life.

Well, let me tell you, Myra and C.J. turned out to be exactly what I had imagined from our Twitter chats: hilarious, super smart, and really friendly. In that kind of way that makes you want to cancel your plane ticket and stay a few extra days to hang out.

After chatting for a while, we headed over to Parnassus Books where we were met by the events manager, Nikki, who immediately asked Myra and me if we could interview with a BBC reporter who was doing a story on indie bookstores. We agreed, and the first thing Myra asked the guy was if he could get her a personal audience with Dr. Who. And then she mentioned something she wanted to do to him—like licking his forehead, if I remember correctly. (Dr. Who’s forehead, that is, not the reporter’s.)

The reporter blushed a bit, but looked like he might have heard that a few times before (or maybe he’s interviewed other YA authors and knows how weird we can be), and sat us down to tape. I had to say “cut” once, because I was blah-blah-blahing—something I do when I don’t have time to think of an answer. Which is fine at a dinner party, but not that great on camera.

Parnassus crowd (Photo: Vania)

And then we were led to a packed-out room equipped with 2 cushy chairs. (C.J. came to the event, but since her book DEFIANCE doesn’t come out until August, she sat in the audience and sent us positive author vibes.)

Myra & Me on cushy chairs with our color-coordinated books behind (photo: StartingTheNextChapter.com)

Myra and I introduced our books, read a section of our Book 2s (this was Myra’s first public reading of her 2nd book, TIMEPIECE), and then answered questions.

Judging from the look on my face, I'm probably saying something I shouldn't be. Photo: StartingTheNextChapter.com

I couldn’t resist asking a couple of questions of my own. (I’m always interested in finding out whether other authors are plotters or pantsers).

Reading from UNTIL I DIE (Photo: StartingTheNextChapter.com)

Afterward, a few book bloggers accompanied us to to Cheesecake Factory, where I feasted on pure calories (mac & cheese, a pomegranate mojito, and coconut cheesecake) while chatting with Vania about her writing and Courtney Potter about her book-to-be, Faking Normal, which sounds AWESOME.

And then the next morning I waved goodbye to Nashville, hopped on a plane with my over-stuffed suitcase, and headed back to the land of baguettes and revenants!

Here is an account of the evening from Starting The Next Chapter.

And another from The Housework Can Wait.

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Revenant Road Trip: Birmingham Stop

(This tour journal starts in New York City, continues through the Appalachians, and last post was Lexington, Kentucky.)

Kim and I spent the next day driving through the rolling hills of Kentucky, past vast green pastures dotted with grazing horses. The horse-racing vibe was so strong, it made me want to wear a huge hat and hold opera-glasses to my eyes as we drove through the state (à la Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady).

We arrived in Nashville around lunch time and drove around the downtown until we found a neighborhood that had decent-looking restaurants.

Fried green tomato and bacon sandwich on white bread, left. Pulled-pork barbecue on jalapeno cornbread with sweet potato fries on right. (Washed down with lots of good ol' southern iced tea!)

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Revenant Road Trip: Lexington stop

Ready to hear about PHASE 2 of the Revenant Road Trip? (Phase 1 here: New York City launch party and quick picture of me freezing my booty off while driving through the Appalachians).

Well, to get from New York City to Lexington, Kentucky, Kim and I had a LOT of driving to do. Especially since we got lost LOADS of times. Getting lost is kind of a specialty of mine, and I hadn’t realized before that Kim is pretty good at it too.

It looked like this much of the way...

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UNTIL I DIE riddle & signed bookplates offer

Yesterday marked the end of the UNTIL I DIE blog tour, which means that you finally had all of the clues you needed to put together the riddle. A couple dozen people successfully completed and sent it to me. And from those names, Randomizer.org chose Emily Rencich as the grand prize winner! (Congratulations, Emily!)

So here is the correct riddle:

Dark Way or guérriseur? Two ways to send
Vincent and Kate toward their happy end.
Lilies are white. Violettes are blue.
Who disappears when this story is through?

As I mentioned at the beginning of the contest, the riddle was just the first part of this giveaway. You now have two months to read UNTIL I DIE and email me with the answer to the riddle. (See my Contact Page for my email address.) If you answer it correctly, I will send you a signed book plate to stick inside your copy of the book! Be sure to include your mailing address in the email.

And, as I did with DIE FOR ME, if you leave a review of UNTIL I DIE on Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com, I will send you a second signed bookplate!

This is my little thank you to all of you for reading UNTIL I DIE, and for your support and enthusiasm for the DIE FOR ME trilogy. A big MERCI to you all!!

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GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY!!! (and the end of the UNTIL I DIE tour)

Today’s the day!

It’s May 12, and the official end of the UNTIL I DIE blog tour, hosted by the oh-so-lovely Mundie Moms.

And do you know what that means? You have all of the words to put together the riddle for a chance to win this Longchamp bag:

Longchamp tote bag! (And yes, I have the same one.)

Each day of the blog tour you have been given one or more secret words that, when put into the right order, compose a riddle about the plot of UNTIL I DIE. For a chance at winning the bag, put the words together in the following format and email them to me at amy at amyplumbooks dott com :

____ ___ __ __________? ___ ____ __ ____
_______ ___ ____ ______ _____ _____ ___.
______ ___ _____. _________ ___ ____.
___ __________ ____ ____ _____ __ _______?

And here are the places to find the words:

Day 1: Book review with Hypable

Day 2: Interview with Novel Novice

Day 3: UNTIL I DIE Excerpt with Fire & Ice

Day 4: UNTIL I DIE book review with Mundie Moms

Day 5: Kate’s Character Interview with Page Turners

Day 6: UNTIL I DIE book review with The Story Siren

Day 7: Guest Post – Amy’s Favorite Spot in Paris with Reading Lark

Day 8: Summary + Book trailer on Eve’s Fan Garden

Day 9: UNTIL I DIE exclusive KISSING SCENE teaser on Jean Booknerd

Day 10: Review from Reading Teen

Day 12: INTERVIEW WITH VINCENT at Once Upon a Twilight

Day 13: UNTIL I DIE Playlist with GReads

Day 14: Review at Teens Read & Write

Day 15: Author Interview with Supernatural Snark

Day 16 Over-the-top Jules character interview on Books Complete Me

Day 17 UNTIL I DIE steamy excerpt on We Fancy Books

Day 18 Teaser on Good Choice Reading

Day 19 Guest post about shooting the video trailer on Xpresso Reads

Day 20 Author interview with Mundie Moms

Day 21 Guest post about American food vs. French food on Girls in the Stacks

Day 22 UNTIL I DIE review at YA Bibliophile

THE RULES:

The contest is international, and all submissions must be received by 9pm EST (New York time) on Sunday evening, May 13. I will put all correct submissions into Randomizer.org to choose the winner!

But that’s not all. After the complete riddle has been posted here on my blog (on May 13), you will have two months to email me with the ANSWER to the riddle (after reading UNTIL I DIE). If you answer it correctly, I will send you a signed book plate to stick inside your copy of the book!

If you haven’t yet pre-ordered your copy of UNTIL I DIE, you can do it here!

For a SIGNED copy, order here from Books of Wonder.

IndieBound
Amazon US Amazon UK
B&N
Book Depository (Worldwide)

And thank you ALL for following the UNTIL I DIE blog tour and supporting my new book!

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