Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SBBS: Day 08 ~ Holly Cupala

Day 08: Holly Cupala Interview and Giveaway

Today's Spring Break Blog Spectacular guest is Holly Cupala! Holly's second book Don't Breathe a Word was released earlier this year. Welcome Holly and thank you!


Hello, and thank you for inviting me to Book Sp(l)ot Reviews!

Ideal spring break destination: ski chalet or tropical beach villa?
Either would be a blast, though it would be great to get out of rainy Seattle for a little bit of beach time!

In high school/college which was more likely: spotting you on MTV’s Spring Break or just  you and your friends enjoying the week off?
Friends, road trips, hanging out at the lake…though usually Spring Break meant more hours at work to save for college. On one memorable road trip, I fell in love with Seattle and ended up moving here.

What was your favorite Spring Break ever (where and/or why)? Or if you didn't go on spring
break trips, where did you always want to go?

I have always dreamed of going on a Mediterranean cruise, but it would have to be a nice long
one so I could spend lots of time at all of the different ports.

Fly and have the fun be at the destination or road trip and have the journey be at least half the  fun?
Flying or driving, as long as I got to be with my loved ones for the trip.

Do any of your characters take Spring Break trips?
No, but maybe they should! Hmm…you’re giving me an idea for a new book… ;)

Where would their ideal Spring Break destination be? (Together or on their own.)
I think Miranda from TELL ME A SECRET would love to go to Hollywood to explore where her sister never could. Joy from DON’T BREATHE A WORD would love to go on a road trip with Creed—they could visit all of the music stops in Oregon, and he could introduce her to his hometown and music routes. End with a visit to beautiful Seaside where they would dig for

Which of your characters (in Tell Me a Secret, Don't Breathe a Word or anything upcoming)  would you most have liked to have met on a spring break trip?
Well, there’s this little tiny cameo appearance in DON’T BREATHE A WORD of a certain “cute East Indian guy with glasses” who introduces the band in Chapter 11. He’s my real-life sweetheart, and I’d go anywhere with him.

Best book to read on Spring Break or a road trip?
I love to listen to audiobooks—some favorites from road trips past include FEED by M.T. Anderson and the Harry Potter books, read by Jim Dale. He does all of the voices to perfection! TELL ME A SECRET, read by stellar award-winning actress Jenna Lamia, is available from Audible, and we’re getting ready to release DON’T BREATHE A WORD on audiobook soon!

About Tell Me a Secret:
It's tough living in the shadow of a dead girl. . . .

In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda's death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams--a best friend to unlock her sister's world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all--Miranda has a secret all her own.

When two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears, Miranda is stripped of her former life. She must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister's demons and her own.

In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future.

Tell Me a Secret on Goodreads, trailermy review

About Don't Breathe a Word:
Joy Delamere is suffocating...

From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out.

Joy can take his words—tender words, cruel words—until the night they go too far.

Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe... if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late.

Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the meaning of love, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.

Don't Breathe a Word site, trailer, on Goodreadstwo chapter preview, my review

Find Holly Cupala on @HollyCupala on Twitter or at her website

If you're in the US, enter to win a signed copy of Don't Breathe a Word below

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  1. i think mine was the fault in our stars by john green : )

  2. Partials by dan wells

  3. Burn by Ellen Hopkins. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  4. The Sky is Everywhere (I am in love with this book)

  5. I liked Me & Earl & the Dying Girl :)

  6. I haven't read anything released in 2012 yet. Boo. But I am going to read Pandemonium this weekend, and I am anxiously awaiting the release of Insurgent.

  7. I haven't read any of the YA Saves 2012 releases, but I am in love with Ellen Hopkins books and Jay Asher's Th1rteen R3asons Why.

  8. I loved Hallowed by Cynthia Hand. It was awesome! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  9. #YASaves: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta!


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