Friday, December 21, 2012

Day Twenty-One - All About Taken + Giveaway

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Book Profile

Name - Taken (Goodreads)
Author - Erin Bowman
Genre - Sci-Fi
Release Date - April 16th 2013 

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?


Available - The Book Depository | Fishpond | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

The Insider's Scoop


1. I listened to a lot of film scores while writing the novel, but John Powell's work for all three Bourne movies saw the heaviest rotation. 

2. Gray was the first part of the story to materialize for me. He walked into my head practically fully formed, voice crystal clear. I knew he was stuck in an isolated town and that he feared his approaching eighteenth birthday, but I didn't know why. I couldn't get his voice out of my head, though, so I started typing and he showed me the plot. 

3. I found this photo while browsing flickr one day and it inspired a scene in the book. Chapter five, to be exact. ;) 

4. My first piece of "fan art" came from an old co-worker who read an extremely early draft of the novel. When I sold the book he gave me a congratulatory card with a doodle of Gray inside. I have it propped up on my desk and look at it whenever I need a pick-me-up. 

5. Post-it notes took over my office wall during the revision process so that I could keep track of the timeline, different colors representing key characters/locations/etc. It was very "unique" wall art. 

6. I have what I call a "Character Bible" that I continue to add to as I write the series. It's basically a folder in Scrivener full of details on everyone in the story--their birthday, appearance, habits/quirks, history, wants, dreams, you name it. (I'd be lost without these notes.) 

7. I never set out to write a trilogy. But after drafting about half of TAKEN I realized the story I was telling was much bigger than Gray himself. It's been amazing to discover that greater story alongside him.



~Giveaway~


Erin is giving away an ARC of Taken + Swag Pack!

Rule of Entry -

- US ONLY
- Ends 21st of January
- Must be 13 or older
- Optional Entries :
   * Leaving comment on either of Erin's posts +1 each
   * Follow Me on Twitter +1
   * Follow Erin on Twitter +1
   * Tweeting Giveaway +1
   * Follow Badass Bookie via GFC/Linky or RSS +2

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Badass Bookie xx

39 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read this. Loved learning more about Erin, especially about the character bible and the post-its.

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  2. This sounds soooo good. Definitely near the top of my to-read list :)

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  3. I'm curious: the girl on the cover, how does she fit in with all of this?

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  4. LOVE the cover of this novel, really breathtaking!
    Thank you!

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  5. So excited for Erin's book, and now I'm going to be on the look out for Ch. 5 because that photo is gorgeous!

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  6. TAKEN!!!!!!! *foams at mouth*
    I just want to say thank you, Erin, for your #namethatbook contest on Twitter. I didn't win, but that was very exciting! I love the contest idea :D

    And now, thank you for this giveaway! Another chance to win TAKEN :)

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  7. And another book to add to my "to read" list. It sounds so good!!

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  8. I cannot wait for this bloody book. Erin is such a sweetie and I love that she's a HP fan :D

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  9. i love to read can't wait to read this

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  10. I have been so excited for this book, as soon as I read the summary a few days ago!

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  11. I knew I wanted this book since I first read about it in summer :) I really want to win

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  12. I love the concept and the cover is gorgeous. I love how the tree is in the floor. I love little details like that. I usually miss little details but love finding them.

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  13. Hahaha, I love post-it notes aka "wall art". That's very cool of Erin's coworker to draw Gray in a congratulatory card for her. How sweet!

    Can't wait to read TAKEN!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  14. I am like a giddy child awaiting Chrostmas with this book! It looks soooo freaking amazingly good!

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  15. Heard a lot about this one and can't wait to read it. Love the colorful cover! Thanks!

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  16. Oopsy.. I thought this one was International.. sorry.. my entries won't count.:(

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  17. One of my most anticipated reads of 2012! <3 I love the bit about the fan art, it's so cute. Even the littlest of things can mean so much!

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  18. The books sounds really interesting, and the cover looks awesome. Thanks so much for the giveaway

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  19. Science Fiction like fantasy is a genre I generally am not "big" on but I do have a penchant for it when it is done well in YA for some reason. Now you have me all excited for "Taken"...thanks for the intro to this book and the chance to win!

    Courtney
    Stiletto Storytime

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  20. What a synopsis, looking forward to reading this :D

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  21. I'm so so so so so excited! Male protagonist, killer plotline, uggggggh.

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  22. This sounds like such an awesome book! I can't wait to read it : )

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  23. Can't wait to read this!! Thank you for the giveaway! (And I love the Bourne movies, too :))

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  24. Something about this really intrigues me, and I love the cover. Unique, the both. Thank you!

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  25. I`d love to win this book, it seems really interesting

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  26. So excited to take part in this! I've been waiting for TAKEN for over a year!

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  27. really looking forward to this one!

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  28. Great book!Thanks for this giveaway.

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  29. One of the top books I'm looking forward to this year! Woot!

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  30. I've heard great things about this book. I'm anxious to read it!

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  31. Can't wait to read this one! And I love SWAG!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  32. GRAY SOUNDS FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Ah. And the fact that we get three books of him? WHEEE! I can't wiat! Thanks for sharing these fun facts and a giveaway!

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  33. Oh yeah! I think I love you, lol, this is one of the books I want to read this year. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  34. Sorry, ignore my entries please, I just saw that it's just for the US.

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  35. That photo makes me really curious about what happens in chapter 5!

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