Monday, December 9, 2013

Day Nine: LANDRY PARK + Giveaway

Book Profile

Name - Landry Park (Goodreads)
Author - Bethany Hagen
Genre - Science Fiction
Release Date - February 4th 2014

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

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The Insider's Scoop

The Inspiration for Landry Park

I'm always fascinated to hear how different authors find inspiration for their stories. For some, it seems to be a single moment or experience that spawns a story, and for others, it's a gradual evolution. I think Landry Park was one of those--something that snowballed over time, just waiting for the right catalyst.

Ever since I started reading something other than Animorphs and Sweet Valley Twins, I've loved stories from the past. I loved Jane Eyre and Jane Austen's oeuvre especially, but also anything to do with King Arthur and Shakespeare. And then, in college, when my husband and I ate lots of ramen noodles and lived in an apartment where the layout of the units allowed me to hear (in vivid detail) my neighbors using the bathroom, I went through a phase where I only watched the Science Channel. Every night, I fell asleep to Paul Gasek droning about the birth of the solar system, and while I studied for my classes, I watched shows about black holes and dark matter and whether or not a super-volcano was going to blow up Wyoming. 

So then, King-Arthur-obsessed, Regency-gown-loving, Science Channel nerd that I was, I got a job at the local museum. Where, when I wasn't terrifying fourth graders with outlawed classroom-control tactics, I patrolled exhibits featuring the Gilded Age and the Edwardian Era. I gave tours of the 1950's All-Electric House and read books about Cold War nuclear hysteria.

And over the course of a year, things started to come together. Atoms and lacy dresses and radiation burns and lavish parties. And during the long hours at the one-room schoolhouse, waiting for visitors, in between bouts of cutting slate rags with pinking shears, I started writing the story. 

And even though it morphed and changed dramatically over time, I can still clearly see how all these ideas melded together to become Landry Park.


Bethany is giving away a Pre-Order of LANDRY PARK! 

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- Ends 9th of January
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  1. I always like learning about the inspiration.

  2. I want to read this book SO incredibly bad! I was denied an ARC, but want to have my hands on it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Yep. Inspiration is always important :)

  4. Wow, this inspiration process is just slightly mind-blowing. When one loves Shakespeare and the Science channel, something wickedly brilliant definitely comes out of it!

  5. This looks incredibly awesome! I can't wait to read it!

  6. I can't wait to read this one. Was very intrigued by it a long time ago.

  7. Super excited for this one, definitely one of the most anticipated releases in 2014. Thanks for a chance to win it! :)

  8. Inspiration comes from some of the strangest places and people, things. Even food and clothes. I love knowing what the inspirations are behind the stories that I love. And Landry Park sounds like a story that will end up being very loved.

  9. It sounds very interesting, thank you for the international giveaway.

  10. I absolutely love that this one sounds like an intriguing mix of the past and the future. I gravitate towards historical fiction a lot so I'm very excited to see how Bethany mixes elements of history with her futuristic world!

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds awesome!!! <3

  12. I wanted to read this badly before, but reading about the inspiration somehow made me want it more! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  13. I would love to win this book because by the blurb it looks really good. Awesome giveaway!! (: (I smiled)

  14. Great giveaway! The book sounds very interesting and I love dystopian books! I can't wait to read it :)

  15. This sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Thank you very much for the Giveaway :D
    Sounds really interesting :)

  17. can't wait to read this book!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  18. I think its so cool you worked in a museum and gave tour in costume. I'm such a big fan of historical tours like that. I can't wait to read Landry Park, it sounds phenomenal.

  19. I love this post! Your museum job sounded incredibly awesome! I've had my eye on Landry Park for a while & can not wait to read it! Thanks ladies!

  20. Working in a museum must be super interesting, even if thinking about giving tours to kids would drive me insane!

    I'm quite intrigued with the half retelling half dystopian feel of Landry Park!

  21. This book sounds fanatic!! Love the cover and so excited for the book.

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! I want to read this book so bad! I entered the good reads giveaway but didn't win.

  23. Landry Park looks so good! It's on my 2014 most anticipated reads list!

  24. I love the cover. Tnx for your generosity

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