Friday, March 30, 2012

SBBS: Day 10 ~ Sara Wilson Etienne

Spring Break Blog Spectacular Day 10: Sara Wilson Etienne Interview, Harbinger Trailer and Giveaway

Today's guest is author Sara Wilson Etienne, author of Harbinger. released this past February by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, a Penguin Imprint. I have an interview with Sara and, thanks to Stacey at Putnam, a giveaway of Harbinger.

Ideal spring break destination: ski chalet or tropical beach villa?
I’m more of a mountains and forest kind of girl. Give me a tent, an inflatable mattress (yes I’m a wimp), a creek, and I’ll be happy. Oh, I’ll also need chocolate.

In high school/college which was more likely spotting you on MTV’s Spring Break or just you and your friends savoring the week off?
Definitely me and my friends hanging out. Maybe some popcorn and a Buffy marathon?

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?
When I was a kid, we’d road trip to the beach in Florida. One year, on the way home my Dad suddenly said, “Let’s stop at Disneyland!” And we did, even though it meant he had to drive all night long to make it back in time for work the next day. Best. Trip. Ever.

Fly and have the fun be at the destination or road trip and have the journey be at least half the fun?
Trains! I wanna take a super schmancy train to an exotic locale. That way I can enjoy the trip in luxury.

Do any of your characters take Spring Break trips?
No. Unfortunately in Harbinger, Faye is locked up at Holbrook Academy, surrounded by razorwire and taser-toting guards.

Where would their ideal Spring Break destination be?
I think Faye would choose somewhere quiet and beautiful, maybe a beach, so she could enjoy the feeling of being free and with no one shunning her.

Which of your characters (in your recent/upcoming novel or anything you’re working on) would you most have liked to have met on a Spring Break trip?
My main character in my new book really kicks some ass...I bet she’d be a great person to travel with. Guy bothering you on the beach? Bam! Restaurant closed? Not anymore! I just wouldn’t want to be the one to make her mad!

Best book to read on Spring Break or a road trip?
I’m gonna go with Lola and the Boy Next Door. A perfect book for a little beach reading. Sweet, funny, and sexy!

Thank you!

 and since it is Friday, the day when I usually post book or movie trailers, here's the fantastic trailer for Harbinger:

Harbinger's synopsis:
Plagued by waking visions and nightmares, inexplicably drawn to the bones of dead animals, Faye thinks she's going crazy. Fast. Her parents beleive Holbrook Academy might just be the solution. Dr. Mordoch tells her it's the only answer. But Faye knows that something's not quite right about Dr. Mordoch and her creepy, prisonlike school for disturbed teenagers.

What's wrong with Holbrook goes beyond the Takers, sadistic guards who threaten the student body with Tasers and pepper spray; or Nurse, who doles out pills at bedtime and doses of solitary confinement when kids step out of line; or Rita, the strange girl who delivers ominous messages to Faye that never seem to make any sense. What's wrong with Holbrook begins and ends with Faye's red hands; she and her newfound friends--her Holbrook "family"--wake up every morning with their hands stained the terrible brown of dried blood. Faye has no idea what it means but fears she may be the cause.

Because despite the strangeness of Holbrook and the island on which it sits, Faye feels oddly connected to the place; she feels especially linked to the handsome Kel, who helps her unravel the mystery. There's just one problem: Faye's certain Kel's trying to kill her--and maybe the rest of the world, too.

A rich and tautly told psychological thriller, Harbinger heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in young adult fiction.

or you can find the book on Goodreads, Amazon, or Book Depository - or read my review here

Sara Wilson Etienne is on Goodreads, her website, @wilsonetienne on Twitter

and now for the giveaway . . .

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  1. I really like the trailer. My favorite - non Potter - book sets in a boarding school are Evernight series by Claudia Gray and Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins.

  2. I actually love the trailer! It sounds so creepy! I haven't read a lot of books set in boarding schools but like Katrina, I do enjoy the Evernight series! :)

  3. I loveeeed the trailer. <3 It's definitely VERY creepy but totally makes me excited for the book at the same time! :D

  4. My name is Diana M.
    I liked the trailer very much. My favourite book set in a boarding school would be Looking for Alaska by John Green.

  5. I like the Hex Hall series. And awesome trailer!

  6. i love the creepy trailer!! my favorite book set in a boarding school is probably the hex hall series or the gallagher girls series : )

  7. Loved the trailer! Had to watch it without sound though..

    My favourite non-potter book set in a boarding school is Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep.

  8. I love the trailer, and the book sounds wonderful. I really like the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. It's a fast, cute, and quirky read. Thanks for the lovely contest!

  9. love the trailer! creepy as I like it!

    I loved Callagher Girls series! it was really amazing!

  10. Oh wow, I loved the trailer! I got chills just watching it. Just added it to my TBR list. Haven't read any books set in a boarding school yet.

  11. My favorite book at a boarding school is The House oF Night Series!

  12. Love the trailer! I would have to say my favorite boarding school book (series) is either House of Night or Gallagher Girls.

  13. The trailer looks AMAZING! I watched it a couple months ago, and it totally blew me away! fav. boarding school book will have to be VA or Night School :)

  14. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. :)


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