Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Where in the World are Christina Garner, Myra McEntire, & Jessica Spotswood?

Due to popular demand, this feature is extending by one more week! You still have one week to enter the contest, too! 

All this month, I'm featuring authors and the settings of their books, showcasing a variety of locales and characters from around the world--and sometimes off it!--in order to show readers new places and people.

Don't forget to enter the contest for a signed Across the Universe trilogy and swag from lots of authors--not just those featured this month! The contest is open internationally, and is super simple to enter--just tweet or share with a friend some of your favorite unique books, and enter in the Rafflecopter embedded below (or at this link).

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Gateway by Christina Garner

Set in: Los Angeles

Why did you pick this setting?
I chose to set Gateway in Los Angeles because I've lived here for many years and know it better than any other city. I wanted L.A. to be more than a setting; I wanted it to add to the mood of the book. Growing up in Los Angeles has definitely shaped the personality of Ember, the main character in the novel.

Also, if you've lived in Los Angeles--especially if you've attended a few Hollywood parties--it's pretty easy to believe that a mansion in the hills could house a gateway to a demon world...

What makes your book's setting unique?
It is illegal within the city limits of Los Angeles to place two children under the age of two in a bathtub at the same time.

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Hourglass Series by Myra McEntire

Set in: Franklin, Memphis, New Orleans

Why did you pick this setting?
Because I was born and raised in the South, and I think we get a bad rap. It seems like Southerners are the only people group who are still free game for reality television and media. I chose the fictional town of Ivy Springs (which is actually Franklin, Tennessee) because it's historical and hip at the same time. Is hip the right word? Do the kids still say hip? Memphis = barbecue so that's a win all around. And New Orleans? You can fill in the blank. It has BOURBON STREET and The Originals takes place there!

What makes your book's setting unique?
Carnton Plantation is located in Franklin.

"Beginning at 4 p.m. on November 30, 1864, Carnton was witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Civil War. Everything the McGavock family ever knew was forever changed. The Confederate Army of Tennessee furiously assaulted the Federal army entrenched along the southern edge of Franklin. The resulting battle, believed to be the bloodiest five hours of the Civil War, involved a massive frontal assault larger than Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. The majority of the combat occurred in the dark and at close quarters. The Battle of Franklin lasted barely five hours and led to some 9,500 soldiers being killed, wounded, captured, or counted as missing. Nearly 7,000 of that number were Confederate troops. Carnton served as the largest field hospital in the area for hundreds of wounded and dying Confederate soldiers

A staff officer later wrote that "the wounded, in hundreds, were brought to [the house] during the battle, and all the night after. And when the noble old house could hold no more, the yard was appropriated until the wounded and dead filled that....""

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Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Set in: alternate New England in the 1890s

Why did you pick this setting?
In the Cahill Witch Chronicles, I wanted to play around with the notion of witches as women outside the Victorian norm in some way -- too educated, unmarried, poor, not straight, not Caucasian. In my books, New England is its own country bound by the Spanish territories to the south and Indo-China to the west and ruled by the patriarchal priests of the Brotherhood. Magic has been outlawed. If a woman is suspected of being a witch (or caught with banned books, or caught kissing another woman) she'll be thrown into an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave. Women have to announce an intention to marry before they turn 17 or the Brothers will choose a husband for them. Dancing and music have also been outlawed. This creates an environment where powerful, frustrated witches might be secretly seeding rebellion...which is brewing in STAR CURSED and comes to a boil in SISTERS' FATE.

What makes your book's setting unique?
In STAR CURSED, the Brotherhood rules that women should no longer be allowed to work outside the home - or learn to read. They call on the faithful to bring books to burn in town squares across New England. One of my favorite scenes takes place during a book-burning in Richmond Square in the capital city of New London. The notion of tossing books in a bonfire horrifies me, so it was easy to make it terrifying for Cate!

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