GIVEAWAY: Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules

In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters.Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for. [via GoodReads]

GIVEAWAY: I have 1 hardcover copy up for grabs.

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Rules: This contest is open to U.S. & Canada residents only. International followers feel free to enter giveaway as long as you have someone in the U.S. or Canada willing to accept the book for you.  Winners will be drawn Friday, April 6.


A Q&A with
New York Times Best Selling Author Julie Kagawa

After writing the Iron Fey series for so many years, how difficult was it to immerse yourself in a futuristic world filled with vampires, rabids and an enslaved human race?

It was...very different. I think the hardest thing for me was the fact that this story does take place in the real world -- a futuristic, vampire-infested world, but the real world nonetheless. Things had to make sense, for example: how far can a large group walk in a single day if there were no roads, they were going through thick woods, and there were children in the group? I had to have logical reasons for everything; I couldn't just make something work "because of faery magic," lol.

Just like Meghan Chase in the Iron Fey series, the main character in The Immortal Rules, Allison Sekemoto, is a “take charge and kick butt” kind of girl.  Is this intentional? What woman – real or fictional, alive or deceased – do you look up to or admire?

Yes, Allison comes from a very different world than Meghan Chase. Meghan's upbringing was pretty normal; Allison grew up among vampires and monsters, where every day was a fight to live, so she couldn't afford to be weak. While Meghan had to learn to "take charge and kick butt," Allison's first impulse is stab first, talk

As for female role models, the first that comes to mind--when it comes to kicking vampire butt, anyway -- is Buffy Summers. Thank you, Joss Whedon, for making me love feisty, snarky, heroines who can dust all sorts of nasties but who also look good in a cheerleading outfit. ;)

You mention in your acknowledgements in The Immortal Rules that at the  beginning of your writing career you promised yourself you wouldn’t write a vampire book. What changed your mind?

Well, there were already so many really good books about our favorite bloodsuckers, so many stories and ideas, I thought I didn't have anything new to add to the masses. I was actually toying with a post-apocalyptic YA novel when my agent mentioned I might want to try writing a vampire series. I wasn't intrigued
with the idea at first, but then I thought about combining vampires with the post-apocalyptic novel and then rest sort of fell into place. Allison claims she hates vampires and believes they are monsters yet when
faced with a choice of die or become one, she becomes a vampire. Would you have made that same decision?

Me personally? No. I'm like Zeke in the belief that there is something better waiting for me beyond this life, and I just have to do my best until it’s time for me to go. Besides, I love pizza and Mountain Dew too much to give it up.  

Who do you think the most complex character is in The Immortal Rules?

Probably Kanin, Allie's sire. He's a vampire who has made his peace about being a monster, yet chooses to live by his own set of moral rules. He warns Allison about getting too close to humans, yet he does not kill unless he absolutely has to. He is tormented about something in his past that he refuses to share with anyone.
He is certainly the most mysterious of all the characters, if not the most complex.

How many books will be in the Blood of Eden series? When will the next book be coming out?

At the moment, there are three books planned, with the second coming out sometime next spring, after the release of the new Iron Fey series this fall.

Before you starting writing full time you were a professional dog trainer. Do the professions share any similarities?

Lol, well you have to think on your feet a lot. And some of the small dogs could be compared to tiny snapping goblins, but writing requires less dodging skills, though perhaps the same amount of creativity and problem solving.

When starting a new series, like Blood of Eden, do you have the entire series mapped out in detail or do you let the story develop book by book?

I have a high point that I write toward in each story; I know this and this has
to happen, but getting from point A to point B usually develops as I go along.

And for the speed round:
What book have you read and re-read, and read yet again?

Any of the Harry Potter books.

Favorite song to play when writing a fight scene?

My "favorites" change daily. Right now its "Awake and Alive" by Skillet.

Working a kiosk in the mall during Christmas. It sold glass figurines, and the maneuvering space around the hundreds of very breakable merchandise was quite small. I was like a bull in a china shop.

One thing most people don’t know about you – and would never guess!

I used to play the flute when I was a kid. I was really good at it too, but my instructor stopped teaching to have a family, and I never went back to it.


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alittlebookish said...

This is a great giveaway! I'm glad to see you're back blogging. My email is meaghan_smith222 at hotmail dot com and I follow Julie on twitter and facebook. Happy Reading!

Tynga said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway! I'm a dystopian fan so if you add vampires to the mix, it should be interesting!


Christa said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love the Iron Fey series & can't wait to get into this new world!
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Carmen Shaw said...

Ahh! I've been pining for this book for the longest! I haven't read a bad review for it yet! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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Chrystal said...

YAY! Nely and Julie - two of my fave peeps!

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Valia Lind said...

Seriously cannot wait for this book! Julie is fabulous! Also, thanks for the great interview!


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This sounds like a great read and I love hard copies. :)

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Candace said...

Love Julie and am so excited for this book!
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Unknown said...

Thanks for the awesome give. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Tiffany Drew said...

Definitely count me in for this please! So excited to read it :) Thank you!!


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EFC Chrissy said...

I'm with Julie --- I have read, reread, and will read many times again Harry Potter!

This book sounds like a really good read. I would love to win a copy!

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basma aal said...

I really want to read that book

Maidenveil said...

thanks so much for the giveaway! i am a fan of Julie since Iron King's release! :)

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Kim said...

The book sounds really good...would love a chance to read it.
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Thanks for the giveaway!

Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

Soo looking forward to this book. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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Jessy said...

I'm in for reading another one of Julie's series. Iron fey was great and I can't wait to see what she's done with the vampires.

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Teril said...

That was an awesome Q&A!
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Jenny N. said...

Great interview! I can't wait to read Julie Kagawa's new series :)

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donnas said...

Great giveaway! Cant wait to read it.

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whitewolfreads said...

I'm desperately looking forward to readin this new series by Julie Kagawa. I loved the Iron Fey series and I'm sure The Immortal Rules will be just as good!

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Bookish in a Box said...

I'm looking forward to this because The Iron Fey series was so great. I can't wait to read The Immortal Rules!

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Sophia said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway! :) I am so excited for this book. It sounds incredible and I've heard the best things. :)

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm reading The Iron Fey right now and this one sounds every bit as good!
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Tawni said...

Nice Q&A! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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