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Friday, June 3, 2011

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Tour Stop & ARC Giveaway!

Welcome to the official stop for Josephine Angelini on The Dark Days of Supernatural tour! Today I'm thrilled to welcome Josephine who stopped by to talk about her debut book, Starcrossed. See details below for your chance to win an ARC of the book as well.


1. This is your first book—why did you decide to write for teens?

When I think back over all the books I’ve read in my life, none have stuck with me as much as those that I read between the ages of 12 and 17.  And I mean that literally.  I still have the many of the actual books I read as a teen—not newer replacements.  I’ve taken my books everywhere with me.  They’ve been lugged up six floor walk-ups in Manhattan or stuffed into the back of my car as I spent some time driving cross-country, getting hopelessly lost while trying to find myself.  When I couldn’t afford an apartment any bigger than a broom closet, I built a loft bed and slept over my books.  (Just a tip… you might want to hire a carpenter for that one.) I write for teens because I became passionate about stories when I was one, and if I get really lucky, I might write something that someone loves enough to drag around the world.

2. Why is ancient mythology still so exciting to read about?

Myths are epic.  Heroes like Odysseus, Aeneas, and Hercules go on fabulous quests full of magic and danger, but the heroes themselves are still relatable, even today.  For example, the hero Perseus was just a teenaged guy, trying to save his mom from an evil king that was forcing her to marry him.  And he had a flying horse and chopped a lot of monster’s heads off.  Perseus in particular reminds me of a modern-day superhero, like Peter Parker or Clark Kent, and I think his story is just as exciting.  In a lot of ways myths are the original comic books; the heroes just wore togas instead of tights.

3. Who is your favorite Greek god and why?

My favorite Greek god is Dionysus.  Party animal, really into the arts.  The guy desperately needed an AA meeting, but he inspired a lot of great plays and a lot of beautiful poetry.

4. What are your favorite books to read?

My favorite books to read are fantasy or sci-fi.  It doesn’t matter what age range they are written for—adult, teens, or toddlers—I love anything that has magic, mutants, replicants, or talking animals in it.  Basically anything that has an original idea.  I like strange things, eerie concepts, and characters that are one step out of step with the world.  But no zombies.  Zombies scare the bejeezus out of me.

5. How do you get through a dark day?

“When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes/I all alone beweep my outcast state/And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries/And look upon myself and curse my fate”… and then my husband usually tells me to stop being so melodramatic, gives me a cuddle, and we go out for burgers or something.  I get down like anyone else, but as long as I have my friends and family close, I’m really easy to cheer up.  All I need is love.


Author Quickfire Questions
What’s the first thing you think of in the morning? I hope that’s a cat biting my toes.  Please, let that be a cat.

Favorite food? Lasagna.  Hands down.

Most embarrassing moment? Umm…This week?  I really couldn’t narrow it down.  I’m constantly making a fool of myself.

In the movie of your life, who would you want to play you? Angelina Jolie, of course.  But her in one of her action movie roles.  I always wanted to be an action hero and drive fast cars and dodge bullets and kick bad guys in the breadbasket.  I look absolutely nothing like the ravishing Ms. Jolie, but what the heck?  It’s all good in Hollywood.

Guilty pleasure? I’ll never tell. 

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer's daughter, Josie graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. 




Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (May 31, 2011)

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

"A gorgeous, haunting saga. I fell for Lucas just as hard as Helen did. OMGods, I can't wait to read more!"
   —Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of FALLEN
"One of the most cinematic books I've ever read. Dramatic and intense! I can't tell you how many times I gasped while reading this book. Starcrossed plays out like a movie in your head."
   —Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of FIRELIGHT


Official Rules:
1.You must be 13 year or older to enter.
2. Open to entrants with a valid U.S. mailing address only. 
3. Entries must be received by Midnight EST on June 12th 2011.
To enter to win, simply leave a comment along with your email.
Good luck!


Vidisha said...

Sounds great
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Denise Z said...

Thank you for participating in this tour. I have been following it and have enjoyed finding several new (to me) blogs and of course would love to win the book - it sounds wonderful!


LindsayWrites said...

this is such a gorgeous cover!

i love it!

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Ricki said...

This cover is beautiful!

Carina L. Tai said...

Starcrossed is an AMAZING BOOK!!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

GFC: Carina L. Tai

Bethie said...

Great interview. You're one of eight! WOW. How cool is that.
Thanks for the giveaway. Please count me in.
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Taffy said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like an interesting book!


Lieder Madchen said...

Thank you for the great giveaway and fantastic interview, Starcrossed looks wonderful!


Kara_Malinczak said...

Zombies scare the bejezzus out of me too, but I'm different because I like to read about things that scare me. Great interview!


Vivien said...

I love the sound of this novel. Thanks :)

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Erinberry said...

I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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hedgerhousehold said...

Thanks for the giveaway
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heykiddego said...

Wow, first comment?!

I've been very curious about this book...would love to win a copy!

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Arlette Rodriguez said...

this book sounds greaat!

debbie said...

I would love to read this book, it sounds really good. It has one of the best covers I have seen in a long time.

mbreakfield said...

This book sounds really good. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Jessy said...

I would love to see a picture of that book bed. Sounds like something I might need soon considering I'm running out of room.

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Nikki said...

I can't wait to read this is sounds so good!

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Margay said...

I really want to read this book!


Virginia C said...

Congratulations!!! "Starcrossed" looks and sounds so gorgeous that I can't wait to read it : )

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Maryann said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win! This book looks awesome..


Katie said...

thanks for the giveaway!haha love Q. #5!

Sandy Jay said...

I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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StuckInBooks said...

Great interview. I love Josephine. She is fun to follow on twitter.

I'm not surprised that she is a fantasy/Sci-Fi reader.

I'm so glad she decided to write YA - they are the best books out there!


Hoot said...

I would love to win this book.

I love to hear personal things about an author. Our tradition is to have Lasagna every Christmas (Wierd but oh so good)

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throuthehaze said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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pandasrule said...

Thanks for this contest.


Martha Lawson said...

This book looks absolutely amazing. I'd love to be entered to win.

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Tore said...

I have really wanted to read this book. Please enter me in contest. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

Mandi said...

The cover is so pretty! I would love to be entered!


mamabunny13 said...

Starcrossed sounds like it's gonna be a good one! I'd love to read it.
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Denise Z said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway. I have been following the book tour and it has been fun. I love this cover and would love to read the book.


Soultified said...

Aw, I would love to read this book!

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Robin Blankenship said...

That was a nice review. Book looks cool

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Ash said...

Thank you for the giveaway first of all!

And second I love the new trend of YA books involving mythology. I just eat this stuff up.

And much like Josephine Angelini I drag my books everywhere. xD


Erin said...

Starcrossed looks fantastic. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!


samantha35 said...

great giveaway
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Saiiツ said...

Awesome Giveaway!


hernameisavril said...

I have been wanting to read this book ever since I heard about it. The title caught my attention and I just gotta read this. Thanks for the giveaway :)And I am older than 13

Tara said...

I've read so many great reviews about this book!

I would love to read it!

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Sarah said...

This book sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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Alicia said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
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Asenath said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Please enter me :)

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Kaci's Loves Books said...

Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway. I love this book & would love to win an arc of it.


Amy said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


minhchieu said...

love the cover!

Lirael said...

Angelina Jolie is ALMOST an anagram of the author's name.

Kailia Sage said...

I love the cover and I've heard great things about this book! Thanks for the chance!

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linaramz said...

Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Breanne said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds great.

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emerald_Evi said...

I am one of those readers who drags loads of books with her in the most impractical places and situations, and I'd love this one to add to my collection. Plus, who doesn't love a good Greek Myth twist?


Melinda said...

sounds great...


Carol M said...

I'd love to read this! It sounds really good!
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sunonglass said...

Angelini is spot on about the power of books we love as teens! Another follower who is a lover of mythology here. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the contest!


Meredith said...

Sounds like a great story. The cover is awesome!

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Jolene and Family said...

OMG, amazing giveaway. I am dying to read this book, I would love love love to win this. Thanks so much for the chance


wyantebay said...

looks good ... enter me


Jordy said...

This looks so good!!


Jordy said...

this sounds so good!!