Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Debut of the Month - All About The Forsaken + Giveaway

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Book Profile

Debut – The Forsaken (HERE)
Author - Lisa M. Stasse
Release Date - 10th of July 2012
Genre – Dystopian
Official Book Trailer - HERE
Available - The Book Depository | The Nile | Fishpond

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.

The Insider's Scoop

8 secrets about THE FORSAKEN:

1. The original title of The Forsaken was "The Shore," which then got changed to "The Wheel," which finally got changed to "The Forsaken."

2. Liam's name was "Luis" in the very first draft, and Alenna's name was "Alinna."

3. The designer who did my book's cover (Lizzy Bromley) also did the cover design for Wither and Level 2. Her work is really amazing. She's a great artist.

4. I just finished writing the second book in The Forsaken series a couple weeks ago. I'm hoping it's just as epic and intense as the first book—if not more so!

5. I wrote most of The Forsaken listening to music. I have pretty eclectic and strange taste in music according to my friends. Here's some of the stuff I was listening to along the way: Cat Power, Feist, The Dirty Projectors, Neil Young, The Black Crowes, Deadmau5, Taylor Swift, Tom Waits, Ariel Pink, Joni Mitchell, MGMT, Salem, Arcade Fire, Pixies, Radiohead, and Camera Obscura.

6. When my book sold, and I got the call from my agent, at that exact moment I was walking home from the local Whole Foods and Starbucks, daydreaming about my book selling.

7. In the first draft of the book, the feelers (the machines that snatch kids on the island) didn't fly. They sucked kids down into tunnels in the ground instead.

8. At one point when I was writing The Forsaken, my laptop crashed, and I thought I had lost about 100 pages of the book. But thanks to my husband (who is really good about backing up our computers) the pages were all saved! I still owe him for that one. J

~Giveaway~


Lisa is giving away (1) Signed First Edition Copy of The Forsaken + A bevy of Bookmarks!

Rule of Entry -

- International 
- Ends 11th of August
- Must be 13 or older
- Optional Entries :
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Badass Bookie xx

74 comments:

  1. I agree that Lizzy Bromley is an amazing artist. All the covers I've seen so far made by her have impressed me.

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  2. I can only imagine the horror of a laptop crash when you're writing a book! I was paranoid while I was drafting...
    About #6: I would have dropped everything ^^
    Thanks for sharing! I love to find out about how books evolved and names/titles/details changed during the writing/revising process :)

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  3. Lizzy Bromley is an amazing cover artist. I was in the book store earlier today and came across this book by the cover!

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  4. Her cover is amazing, i love the colors and the hues. I entered the giveaway, hope I win!

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  5. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to win

    -Dannielle

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  6. The UK cover is more pretty :) Have you seen it ?

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway! The cover is so gorgeous and extremely unique; I really love the sound of this book. :)

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  8. Would love to read this book! Thanks for the givaway.

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  9. Lizzy Bromley is an amazing cover designer! I love hearing about title and character name character name changes too. I am really looking forward to this one and thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  10. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I've read such great buzz about this book already... I'm dying to read it :)

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  11. I love the cover!!! Which makes sense since I love the cover for Wither.

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  12. I prefer the UK cover than the US and the book trailer is really good. Really looking forward to reading this.

    Thanks for the giveaway! =D

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  13. Holy crapping poop!!
    I was excited about this one before, but now I'm FREAKING OUT.
    LOVE the post, LOVE the concept, and now I kind of love the author :D

    Also, err... the cover? I love it. My inner designer is having a fangasm :D

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  14. Sounds kinda creepy and totally realistic. I'm sure if the adults got totally sick of teens, they could do that to us. *Shutters What a thought.

    Can't wait to read it. :D

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  15. You always have awesome giveaways, and to me this book sounds great!

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  16. This book sounds really interesting. I test to see if you could be violent?! crazeeeeeeeeeeee. I definitely want to read this :-D

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  17. Awesome giveaway!
    I totally want this!!! :D

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  18. Thank u for this awesome giveaway. The book sounds really great, and the cover is amazing! Love love love the cover. I have to read this book, definitely!

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  19. Lizzy Bromley is an amazing cover artist....thx u for the chance of win this book...

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  20. I think the choice of title as The Forshaken is alot more catching and was the better choice!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    --Markella

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  21. I am particulary interested in YA with incarceration/prison themes. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. The book looks like it will be a good one. Thanks for featuring it.

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  23. I just love love love this cover!! Can't wait to read it!!

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  24. I'd love to get my hands on this book :)

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    Rafflecopter name - Rosemarie D

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  25. That cover is amazing

    Thanks for the giveaway

    -from bookville1.blogspot.com

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  26. I totally can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance, guys! :)

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  27. I so want to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  28. I just saw this book in a book vid on youtube looks amazing!

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  29. I LOVE this cover! Sounds like a good book, too. :}

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  30. It sounds really interesting but I have to say that I liked the other cover(UK I think) better.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  31. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. This book sounds so good! I'm not a big fan of this cover, the UK one is better (I think) but this one still draws me in that's for sure! Cannot wait to read this : )

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  33. The cover is so pretty and the blurb is fascinating! Thanks for the giveaway (and the fact that it's international! :D)

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  34. I was instantly drawn to the book because of the cover!!!! I want it!! >.< thanks for this!

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  35. I canNOT wait to read this book :D

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  36. The book sounds good. I can't wait to read it.

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  37. Would love to read this book, 'cause i've heard so much contrary opinions about it.

    greets
    licai

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  38. Would love to win! The cover is absolutely gorgeous & the plot sounds amazing.

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  39. I'd love to win this book. The plot seems really interesting!

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  40. MGMT lover? AMAZING. This one is on my wishlist so winning would be even more than amazing.

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  41. Thank you for the chance to win The Forsaken!

    Cherry Mischievous

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  42. Oh, I would love to win this one. Thank you for the chance.

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  43. This one sounds really interesting, I want it!!

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  44. Very interesting book secrets!! Love that idea. Yes, the cover is amazing!

    Thanks for the giveaway offer.

    Jenna
    The Book Snoop

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  45. Wow cool fact about the book designer! I'm a bit of an art geek myself so that's cool to know! I love the covers of The Forsaken, Wither, and Level 2! They're all so eyecatching and unique. :)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! My fingers and toes are crossed!

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  46. This book sounds amazing! The book secrets were interesting, it's cool to see what goes into writing a book that's sure to be a best seller =)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  47. Now this is my kind of read - sounds fantastic, engaging and very intriguing wow! xx

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  48. Sounds like a fun read. :) Thank you for the giveaway. I love the books cover.

    - Beckie

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  49. Ooh, the cover artist is very talented indeed! This so unique!

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  50. This book sounds so good! Can't wait to pick up a copy soon!

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  51. The cover of The Forsaken is so unique and awesome!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. Thank goodness your husband is good with computers! That would've sucked! And the cover is absolutely gorgeous, much like the artist's other works.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :o)

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  53. I absolutely love the cover of The Forsaken! And I believe it's the best title out of the three. ;)

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  54. Love this cover! Not the typical pretty girl in a dress. It addes intrigue!

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  55. Sounds scary how all "would-be" criminals are sent to an island. Wonder what it'll be like if we actually have tests like that in the real world.

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  56. Looks interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. Thanks for the awesome giveaway *crosses fingers* :)

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

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  58. The US cover is so different from the UK one, I'd love to win a copy :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. I want to read this book badly! Looks absolutely amazing, and I agree about the cover artist! She did a fantastic job :)
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    Catriona @ Little Book Owl

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  60. Heard only great things about this book, plus the cover is utterly amazing!

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  61. Interesting to see what changes were made to the book's final copy... and I love all the music she listens to :D Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  62. Would love to read this book, thanks for the (international!) giveaway!

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  63. I'd love to read this book! :)

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  64. Would love to read the book, am liking the cover :)

    Kelly L
    K.a.lawton@hotmail.com

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  65. Would love to read this book!

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  66. The cover rocks! I can't wait to read this one. It sounds really cool!

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  67. I actually have this book sitting on my shelf from the library, but I think it is going to be great enough that I will want a copy all for myself. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  68. Final day everyone, Good Luck!

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  69. This seems to be a really promising book and I am very excited to enter this giveaway. Hopefully I'll be lucky enough to get the chance to read this wonderful book

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  70. OMG! This book sounds like a super awesome read! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  71. This is definitely one of the books I can't wait to read, thanks for a chance to win it. :)

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  72. Thank you so much for all the awesome giveaways you do!! I don't think I have mentioned that!! Also my previous comment has gone MIA lol I am super excited about this one and love that you have given us all the chance to win it <3

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