Monday, December 9, 2013



GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! It's a beautiful Monday morning here in the land down under (personally I have no qualms about Mondays since I'm on holidays and it's like Sunday everyday - and I'm not wearing any pants). As part of the Australian blog tour for THESE BROKEN STARS (Allen and Unwin - December), I have Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner stopping on the blog today with a guest post!

Although I haven't gotten around to reading THESE BROKEN STARS yet (it's on my TBR pile for December), this is a book that I hold close to my heart because 1) Amie and Meagan are two of my favourite author friends and 2) they're Australian (well Amie is and Meagan lived here so pretty much the same thing)!

Anyway enjoy the guest post! I know I did!

(Also can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is? That green dress is so magnificent and I wish I could pull off green as well as red heads)


Five Things We Learned Writing These Broken Stars

1. If you want to drop an escape pod through the atmosphere onto a planet, you need it to have a parachute, or the inhabitants will die like flat, flat pancakes. (Thank you, helpful NASA physicist friend Ben for pointing this out!)

2. If you’re out of water and you put snow in your mouth to melt, your body will expend energy trying to warm the water up to your core temperature. This depletes your energy, which is obviously a problem since you’re already in a survival situation. Still, water is better than no water.

3. If you say “That would kill a LOT of people” in a public place (in our case, the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs), the people around you definitely start respecting your personal space verrrry carefully. We promise we were only talking about crashing our fictional spaceship.

4. If you are going to google what happens to dead bodies when they decompose, try to avoid an image search. Trust us on this.

5. If you want to blow something up, where you place the explosives is very important—get it wrong, and you’ll just blow a hole in it instead. So what you want to do is… actually, maybe we better keep the details to ourselves. (But thanks to our explosives expert Nic for helping us out!)


About the Authors:

Left: Amie Right: Meagan

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have travelled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the Skylark trilogy, lives just outside Washington D.C. (though she considers herself an honorary Aussie), while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips and second breakfasts.

You can find them on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner.

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About the Book:

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
Badass Bookie xx 

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