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Monday, January 13, 2014

Giveaway Interview GOING ROGUE (Also Known As #2) by ROBIN BENWAY @robinbenway @BWKids


Book Description
 January 14, 2014

Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to bring the wrath of the now corrupt Collective down on all of them. Can Maggie and her "new team" defeat their former allies?


Robin Benway is the acclaimed author of Also Known As?; Audrey, Wait!; and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June. Benway’s books have been published in sixteen languages, won international awards, and been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles.

Robin will be signing copies at Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach on January 19.  Details HERE or more dates HERE

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Be warned:  there are puppy pictures so if you get lost in the cute, don't blame me.  


1. Do you have a secret talent?

I don’t know if it’s much of a secret, but I have double-jointed thumbs. Does that even quality as a talent, though? I feel like if I had a really good talent, I wouldn’t keep it a secret. I’d be shouting “HAVE YOU SEEN ME JUGGLE?” at everyone I met, so it’s probably good that I don’t have an impressive talent. People would feel threatened.

2. Is there a song that really reminds you of your book?

I obsessively listened to Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” while writing “Going Rogue” and the song “Dead in the Water” directly inspired a major scene that I hadn’t planned on writing. I can’t tell you what it is, though! (Although, spoiler alert: no one is actually dead in the water in this book.)

3. What was the easiest thing about writing this book?

This was the first sequel I’ve ever written, so getting to return to the same characters after a year was just an absolute joy. It was like going back to summer camp and seeing old friends again. I was so surprised at how they had changed and stayed the same at the same time, and I loved being able to write Roux’s dialogue once more. She always makes me laugh.

4. Is there a word you love to use?

I overuse the words amazing, awesome, ridiculous, and shenanigans to an alarming degree. I ‘m totally the cliché girl who says “That’s a-MAY-zing!” about every little thing. I need a thesaurus.

5. Any real or imaginary pets?

Yes! I have a shih tzu named Hudson, who is currently the star of my Twitter feed. He loves to take naps, snore, and wipe his face on the carpet. He’s the best and I adore him.

When I was younger, I had an imaginary dog named Pepper that I used to pretend to walk around the neighborhood on a leash, so I can safely say that having a real dog is much better.

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Ends 1/21/14

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  1. For some reason A Whiter Shade of Pale and Hey Jude have been favorites of mine for years. I guess I'm just a stoner chick. Smh and LOL; but these are great songs!!

  2. My favs are My Guardian Angel and Ghost of A Rose

  3. I enjoy all of blue Rodeo's songs. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. My favorite is Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler. I like the older music. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  5. The Fox Song because my kids sing it all the time.

  6. I really enjoyed Also Know As! I got Lorde's album for Christmas, and am really impressed with the hole package! And they're playing Ellie Goulding's Burn on the radio a lot right now. We have very eclectic music tastes around here...guess that matches my eclectic reading tastes too! Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Oh good grief...the word I wanted is whole. Don't even have auto-correct to blame!!


  7. Which is why I really want an EDIT button. lol. i LOVE that album also!



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