Thursday, February 14, 2013

Breathless Reads Tour: Reporting on the Road with Fiona Paul, author of the Secrets of the Eternal Rose Trilogy and US Giveaway!

My good St. Louis author friend, Fiona Paul is off touring with a bunch of other big name authors, and has been kind enough to stop by Ensconced in YA to tell us how things have been going. First, I want to re-iterate HOW MUCH I loved the second book, Belladonna, which I am giving away. And it's SIGNED. So you all want this copy! US only (sorry my INT friends)

Belladonna (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #2)Goodreads Book description: The second book in the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy.

Cassandra follows a trail of clues about the mysterious Order of the Eternal Rose to Florence. There she runs into a few familiar faces, including Falco, who is now working for a nine-fingered woman known as Belladonna. When Cass discovers Belladonna is involved in the Order, she won’t rest until she discovers the shadowy society’s true purpose, knowledge that will put her—and everyone she loves—in terrible danger.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I loved, loved, LOVED this book! You all must read it. I can't wait to buy a hard copy.

Now turning back to Fiona and the Breathless Tour...

1) Tell us a little about the Breathless Reads tour. Can you tell us about the great company you are keeping?

So for the last couple of years Penguin has sent groups of authors on tour in February as part of the Breathless Reads campaign. This year I am lucky enough to be one of them.

The great company includes:

Beth Revis=hilariousness and timely arrivals to the airport
Jessica Spotswood=adorably enthusiastic and able to fall asleep in an instant
Elizabeth Richards=fun, fashionable, and an accent so lovely that it caused a minor commotion in the schools
Morgan Rhodes=laid-back publishing expert with lots of great knowledge to share

2) What has been your favorite thing about the tour?

Meeting everyone has been so great. They're all working as full-time writers and I'm not so I feel really lucky to get to learn from their amazing successes. They are dynamos! :)

3) What cities are you going to? Which ones have you been to and which have you not?
Been to: Chapel Hill and Greenville and Miami
Going to: Memphis, NYC, Connecticut 

4) What has been one of the best questions asked by an audience member? 

One of the high school students ask us to explain exactly what it is about our books that makes them creative. (Tough crowd!)  

5) What will you look forward to most when you get home?

Sleep. Catching up on work and school. Mostly sleep.

6) Tell us a little about Comic Con which is coming to St. Louis and what are you most excited about? I need to get my tickets pronto! 

I am excited to hang with the fabulous Left Bank Books at St. Louis Comic Con. I am excited to talk to readers and maybe see some of my fellow St. Louis authors. I think there will be at least five of us there :) If there's any free time I would love to see Ernie Hudson who played Officer Albrecht in The Crow, which is my favorite movie, and of course to see Inara Serra of Firefly. Honestly my brain has partially melted away and I can't remember her real name right now. I keep wanting to say Mayim Bayalik but that's the girl who played Blossom and so that is totally not right. Morena Baccarin--that's her.

First school visit in Chapel Hill went great! #breathlessreads

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  1. So glad to hear that the touring is going well :)

  2. Excited about this book. Sounds awesome!

  3. I LOVED Venom and am so freakin excited to read Belladonna! Fiona Paul is a writing genius! thanks for the chance to win it early!

  4. I have another favorite thing to add since turning in this little mini-report! In Miami we were lucky enough to speak at the City of Hialeah Educational Academy. Those kids were an author's DREAM AUDIENCE and they are going to rock as the next generation of Florida's firefighters, medics and police officers.

  5. Thank you! This sounds great :D

  6. Wow I'd absolutely love a copy of this incredible book! Venom was ah-mazing! sooo excited!

  7. Can't wait to read Belladonna!

  8. Thanks for that giveaway! That cover is breathtaking! I can't wait to read it!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  9. This looks so good!
    j. strader

  10. Hope I win as Belladonna sounds great.

  11. Belladonna really souds like an interesting book!

  12. It was so much fun meeting all the authors in Miami, especially my writing bud, Fiona! If you can catch the tour somewhere else, make the effort! It's worth it!

  13. It was great fun meeting all the authors in Miami on Wednesday night (especially my writing bud, Fiona.) If you can catch the tour somewhere, please do! So totally worth it!

  14. Great post! I saw the Breathless tour in Greenville. All the authors were awesome! Here's the link to my post, if you are interested.


  15. Wish I could have gone!!! Can't wait for Belladonna :D

  16. love the cover and the description - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  17. Now I really want to read Venom and Belladonna! Can't wait, and I hope I win!

  18. Venom started a bit slow, but really built up the suspense and I ended up really enjoying it! Can't wait to read Belladonna. I got to see Fiona at her Miami stop and asked her when Cassandra picks a boy. Her reply was, "she will, but not yet!" DYING to know! lol

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates

  19. Sounds so good. I have Venom in my TBR pile and I should be getting to it in the next few weeks. I would want to read it anyway but I am raeding it for a YA library grad school course.

  20. Anxious to read this series soon! Venom looks so good and both have beautiful covers! Thanks!

  21. I've really been wanting to red something by Fiona Paul, and I really have no idea why I haven't already! :) Thanks for the chance to win a book by her.

  22. I can't wait for this book. I adore the cover--it's gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. This looks so good -- the cover is gorgeous!!

  24. I never actually commented and thanked you and Fiona for the giveaway. Well, thank you two so much! You rock :)

  25. YAY!! I'm so excited about this giveaway!!! I am SO looking forward to reading this series!! My fingers are double crossed for this one!!! Thank you for a chance at winning this awesome giveaway!!