Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Where in the World are...Leah Cypess, Gwenda Bond, & Kami Garcia?

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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Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Set in: In a maze of underground caverns

Why did you pick this setting?
I wanted Death Sworn to be a self-contained, claustrophobic murder mystery, and what better place to create that atmosphere than in a series of dark, underground caverns? I'm also generally fascinated by caves, and have written descriptions of every cave I've been in since I was a teenager - this seemed like a fabulous excuse to use them.

What makes your book's setting unique?
In the original version of the book, the caves had bats, mostly because I once walked into a cave full of bats and wanted to use that description too. However, my awesome caving expert friend Leah Clifford was kind enough to read the book and point out some minor inconsistencies, like the fact that the cave system I had set up wasn't really equipped to keep bats alive. So they had to go.

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Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond
Coming October 2014

Set in: A glamorous modern circus.

Why did you pick this setting?
I've always been obsessed with circuses and books set against that backdrop, but never thought I'd write one of my own. Then, of course, I had an idea I could not resist. GIRL ON A WIRE is an epic family drama in which a daredevil high-wire walking heroine and a gifted male trapeze flyer, the latest generation of two rival families, are forced to work together to solve a dangerous and possibly magical mystery. And thus my own personal modern day dream circus, the Cirque American, was born.

What makes your book's setting unique?
There may not be big cats or elephants at the Cirque American, but secrets, danger, and buried history are in plentiful supply.

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Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Set in: Washington, DC

Why did you pick this setting?
UNBREAKABLE begins on the Georgetown University campus, a few blocks away from my 17 year-old heroine's row house. Kennedy is a regular girl. But when her mother dies, she discovers that her mom was a member of a secret society of ghost hunters, who protect the word from a vengeful demon. Kennedy has to join four teens and take her mother's if she wants to learn the truth and stay alive. I chose Washington Dc -- and Georgetown -- because I know the area well. I grew up in Maryland and attended school in DC. Georgetown University is steeped with folklore related to the supernatural, and Dc is a historic and romantic city. With Lukas and Jared, two hot twin boys in the novel, a romantic setting is a must.

What makes your book's setting unique?
Georgetown University was built around a tiny Jesuit cemetery that is still in the center of the campus. But Healey Hall is the building with the most haunted history. There's a video on my YouTube Channel where I'm on the campus talking about it.

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