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I am thrilled to be part of The Midnight Gardens Blog Tour (be sure to visit their kickoff post and the other stops) for This Shattered World. Last year they released These Broken Stars which was an easy favorite for me. I was eager to read this companion novel and get to know more characters and more about the world they’ve created. I was incredibly impressed with this installment (my review) and can’t wait for the release so everyone can read it (and I can get my hands on a shiny hardcover).

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Artwork created by the talented Tiffany Fay.

13138734About the book:
The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner. This Shattered World is available for pre-order (with fun swag!) and will be released in North America on December 23, 2014.

Giveaway:
5 hardback copies of THIS SHATTERED WORLD
or a Grand Prize consisting of
— autographed copies of the first two books
— Starbound swag
— a secret letter from Tarver to Lilac, which may be kept private by the recipient, or shared publicly on a blog, etc.
— coffee with the authors at one of their upcoming US tour stops in January, OR a Skype chat!

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And don’t miss the special pre-order offer! I’m most excited about the signed copy from both authors

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Interview with Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman + Giveaway

Today I am honored to have Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner on My Friends Are Fiction. If you follow me on Twitter or this blog you know that I absolutely adored their book, These Broken Stars. This is a must read for anyone that enjoys great characters, a sweeping story with a good helping of science fiction thrown in.

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Thank you both so much for being here and answering my questions.

I read that you two have been writing together for years for fun but just recently have delved into doing it professionally. How does the publishing experience differ between doing it with a partner versus alone?

Co-authoring is a tremendous amount of fun when you find the right partner. One of the best parts is that you’re never alone; if you get stuck or you’re not sure something’s working, you have someone right there beside you who’s as intimately familiar and invested with the story as you are. It’s one thing to ask a critique partner for advice when you’re writing solo, but there’s absolutely nothing like having someone literally inside the story with you. And we’re so closely-linked that we’ll often get the same exact idea for a plot solution at the same time. We have dozens of time-stamped emails and IM chats where we’ve proposed the same twists and revisions to each other at the same time.

As I read These Broken Stars I felt that the entire book flowed beautifully and couldn’t help but wonder how you two co-write. Does each of you take on a character or work on the entire novel in tandem? Could you tell us a bit about the process?

We each take one of the two main characters as our own. In THESE BROKEN STARS, Amie wrote Tarver and Meg wrote Lilac—along with any of the characters associated with them. For example, Amie was in charge of Tarver’s brother, Alec, while Meg was in charge of Anna, Lilac’s cousin, and of course, Lilac’s father. We will play with these characters and act out the dialogue with each other via instant messenger, and get a feel for the development of the relationships, and then we alternate chapters based on POV. That said… once we hit revisions, we both rewrite and revise each other’s chapters heavily. So by the time the book is done, there are whole sections of it where we actually literally don’t know who wrote what. By the end, it’s a true melding of both our styles.

I felt that you were able to transmit such an amazing atmosphere throughout These Broken Stars, on the ship and once they had crash landed. Was there a certain setting that you found more inspirational?

We’re both big fans of survival adventure stories. Shipwreck stories are endlessly fascinating, but the best ones are always the ones where there’s some mystery about the place the heroes are stranded. So we knew straight away that we wanted the planet Lilac and Tarver crash on to be almost its own character in the story, a third character with even more mystery and back story than our main characters. Our decision as we wrote and planned the book was that no idea was too out there to propose, so this world took place with strange beasts and plants and a moon that didn’t make sense and voices and apparitions and general insanity. The planet itself was a big inspiration to us, in that way. We loved tying it all together and finally revealing what had happened to make it what it was.

I have heard that there will not be a direct follow-up but a companion novel; could you tell us anything about it?

THIS SHATTERED WORLD is, indeed, a companion novel. It’s set in the same universe, about six months after the events of THESE BROKEN STARS. It follows a rebel named Flynn Cormac, who’s fighting for the rights of the colonists on the newly-terraformed Avon, and a military captain named Jubilee Chase, who’s obsessed with ending the rebellion and protecting her people. Where THESE BROKEN STARS is a survival story, THIS SHATTERED WORLD is much more a war story, a rebellion story. It’s all about whether you’ve chosen the right side, and what you really want to fight for.  And, because we could never resist, it’s very possible you might see a couple of familiar faces on Avon, as events transpire…

What did each of you want your readers to take away from their experience reading These Broken Stars?

As authors, we’re both all about what you can make your reader feel. We wanted a story that would take readers on a roller coaster ride, full of ups and downs and twists, because that’s the kind of story we both love to read. A fast-paced plot or mystery is all well and good, but to us, if you don’t deeply care for the characters involved, it doesn’t grab you quite as much. So we wanted people to come away feeling like they actually knew Lilac and Tarver, and to carry them around in their hearts like old friends.

About the Authors:
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are the authors of These Broken Stars, a young adult science fiction novel forthcoming from Disney-Hyperion. They’re longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the Skylark trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, NC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.

More about These Broken Stars:
Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner. You may also sign up for their newsletter as well!

These Broken Stars is now available at your local bookstore, or online at your favorite retailer.

Extras:
My review of These Broken Stars
Click here to see Lego recreation of the cover and fun tidbit about how Tarver got his name
Giveaway:
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The Best Books of 2013

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, trying to determine how I would narrow all the books I’ve read this year into my favorites. I’m going to challenge myself and limit the number to five, otherwise this list would go on forever.

My Favorite Books Published in 2013

This is not by order of my affection

 World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)Siege and StormIn the Shadow of Blackbirds

World After by Susan Ee-I loved this book so much because Ee’s writing is evocative, lush and just heartbreaking. Every scene between Raffe and Penryn was absolutely perfect. This book impacted me to my core as did Angelfall.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo-Bardugo knows how to weave a story that is gripping and rich in world-building without any information dump. I love her cast of characters.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters- Winters about broke my heart with this story. I was nearly traumatized but I loved it so deeply. I had to sit my husband down to tell him in detail about the characters and story. Not only that it gave me an interest in this time period.

 In the AfterThese Broken StarsThe Bone Season

In the After by Demitria Lunetta- While reading this I actually had a few nightmares. This rarely happens to me but Lunetta’s writing and depiction of how it would feel to be alone and in fear really crept into my mind.

These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman– I immediately knew I wanted to read this based on the cover. I feared that the cover would betray me as so many of the lovely ones do. Turns out the content of the book was able to exceed the beautiful cover. I loved this story start to finish.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon- Shannon created such an in-depth world that quickly mesmerized me. Warden’s character was incredibly interesting and I needed to read more to find out about him. Paige was a main character I could stand behind.

Ok, that’s 6 books. I couldn’t narrow it down any further than that.

Favorites that don’t release until early 2014:

 The Winner's Curse Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski- This book. I instantly fell in love with Rutkoski’s writing style, characters and this story swept me off my feet. It was everything and more I wanted it to be. So. Much. Love.

Cress by Marissa Meyer- Meyer’s story gets better with each book. I absolutely adore her characters and she is capable of creating unique personalities and dialog.

Closer to the new year I’ll be posting my Blogger Resolutions.

Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop-International

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December 18 marks my one year anniversary of book blogging. I’d say I jumped in on an amazing year of books with some of my favorites releasing. I had to join this giveaway hop to share with you, my readers, some of my favorites along with the chance to win one. This is an international giveaway and you can request and earlier book in the series if you would like to. I’ve selected all of my 5 star reviews for books that released in 2013. Click on the title to read my review.

  World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)These Broken StarsThe Bone SeasonScarlet by Marissa Meyer
World After by Susan Ee, These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

 In the Shadow of BlackbirdsCrown of MidnightNot a Drop to DrinkThe Burning Sky
In the Shadow of Catbirds by Cat Winters, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis, The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

 The Dream ThievesSiege and Storm
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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These Broken Stars: Fun Facts Tour Stop & Cover in Legos

I am very excited to be a stop on the These Broken Stars Tour hosted by The Midnight Garden sharing a fun fact from Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman. I adored this book (my review) and it is easily one of my favorites I’ve read this year.

In These Broken Stars both of the main characters have names I found to be very unique: Lilac and Taver. To me, a character’s name becomes incredibly important as a reader journeys alongside them.  I am always curious how the author(s) came up with the names they use, especially if I’ve never encountered it before. Meagan and Amie share where and how they came up with Tarver:

A lot of people have asked where Tarver’s name came from. The answer is that we made it up–and then later discovered it’s a real, but rarely used old English name. It means ‘tower’ or ‘tower on a hill’, and we thought that was a pretty great fit!

I couldn’t agree more that Tarver and it’s old English meaning fits his character perfectly.

Now for something incredibly random but fun. Here at My Friends Are Fiction we are obsessed with Legos. Every time we stumble upon a beautiful or unique book cover we immediately start dreaming up what it would look like if the people were Lego mini-figures. The first time I saw These Broken Stars’ cover I knew that we would have do a Lego version.

Be sure to check out the other covers we have done here.

Author Bio:
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the Skylark trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, NC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.

Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner. You may also sign up for their newsletter as well! These Broken Stars will be available in North America on December 10, 2013.

If you pre-order the book from Malaprop’s Bookstore, you can also get a collectible TBS poster autographed by the authors!

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)Synopsis:
It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

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Tour Schedule
Visit each stop of the THESE BROKEN STARS tour for more exclusive content and additional chances to win prizes, including an Grand Prize of one autographed/annotated ARC + limited edition necklace + swag!

Monday, 11/11     The Midnight Garden
World-Building for the Future

Tuesday, 11/12     Love is Not a Triangle
Author Interview

Wednesday, 11/13  The Perpetual Page-Turner
Using Technology to Write with a Partner

Thursday, 11/14     Good Books and Good Wine
Audiobook Sample + Narrator Interview

Friday, 11/15          The Starry-Eyed Revue
Character Interview with Tarver 

Monday, 11/18       Cuddlebuggery                 
Author Interview

Tuesday, 11/19       Books With Bite
Amie & Meg’s Favorite Things

Wednesday, 11/20  Xpresso Reads
Establishing Characters with Role-Playing

Thursday, 11/21     Great Imaginations
Co-Authoring Books

Friday, 11/22          Nawanda Files
Lilac’s Gorgeous Dress: A Look at These Broken Stars’ Cover Art

Monday 11/25        Promo stops (fun facts about the book!)

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