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Friday, September 28, 2012

Giveaway & Q+A FATHOM by MERRIE DESTEFANO @MerrieDestefano


Book Description

 October 1, 2012

Everything is changing . . .

Turning sixteen can be hell, especially if everyone in town thinks your mother killed herself and your sister. All Kira Callahan wants to do is swim, hang out with her best friend, Sean, and ignore the kids who torment her at school. That is, until one day when she gets invited to a party. For three minutes her life is wonderful—she even kisses Sean. Then somebody spikes her drink and some girls from out of town lure her into the ocean and hold her underwater. 

Kira soon discovers that the group of wild teenagers who have come to visit Crescent Moon Bay are not as innocent as they seem. In fact, nothing is as it seems—not the mysterious deaths of her sister or her mother, not her heritage, not even her best friend. And everything seems to hinge on the ancient Celtic legends that her mother used to tell her as a child.

Read an excerpt HERE

About the Author
With twenty years’ experience in publishing, Merrie Destefano left a 9-to-5 desk job as the editor of Victorian Homes magazine to become a full-time novelist. Her first two novels, Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles and Feast: Harvest of Dreams were published by HarperVoyager. Fathom is both her first YA novel and her first indie published novel. When not writing, she loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time. Born in the Midwest, she now lives in Southern California with her husband, their two German shepherds and a Siamese cat. 

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1.    What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?

What I remember most is the actual process of learning how to read. I was sitting in the kitchen, trying to figure out the beginning of the next chapter in one of my Dick And Jane school text books, but I got stuck on the chapter heading which was, Dick And Ann. Every time I tried to read it, what I saw was, Dick And And. I went to all my older brothers and sisters, asking them to help me figure it out. No matter how many times they tried to explain it to me, it still didn’t make any sense. Then finally, it was like a light bulb went off inside my head. I was finally able to understand it. And from that point on, I loved to read.

2.    What are you reading right now?

I happen to be in between books right now, something that doesn’t happen very often. I just finished reading Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, which was incredible! The next book on my TBR pile is Ten by Gretchen McNeil. I’ve already read the first 60 pages and I can’t wait to read the rest.

3.    How does your garden grow?

Oh, my poor garden! When we first moved in, it was glorious. Since then, both of our German shepherds have become novice gardeners, experts at deciding which plants need to be removed and then helping them along. It’s been really hot this summer and almost everything except my bougainvillea has died. Just this afternoon, one of our dogs was in the backyard digging a hole, probably because there were no plants to get in his way. Unfortunately, all the dirt he was kicking up was going on the cat. The cat was not amused.

4.    What is the last thing you Googled?

Great question! I’m working on a blog post about one of the main characters in Fathom, my young adult novel that releases on October 1. This particular character, a seventeen-year-old girl named Riley, is extremely rebellious and has a full-sleeve tattoo. So I was searching for photos of full-sleeve Japanese tattoos to include in my post.

5.    What makes you cringe?

So many things! Where to begin? Bugs, worms, smelly dead things, lizards, snakes, blood and guts, scary movies, bad breath, garbage, car wrecks, violence, dark alleys, guns, cars that break down on the freeway, hospitals, jails, broccoli, needles, dentists, the concept of infinity, outer space, the Mariana Trench, flesh eating bacteria, closets, whatever is under the bed when I’m trying to fall asleep, basements, serial killers, monsters, noises outside when I’m home alone, power outages at night, running out of gas…in other words, I cringe at almost everything. This is probably one reason why I write scary stories—I can definitely identify with the person who’s terrified!

Mary, thank you very much for having me on Bookhounds today!

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Contest ends on 10.12.12 Winner will be chosen by Random.org 
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  1. Nice Q&A and intro to the book. I think the Celtic legends sound intriguing. And I certainly liked her mention of her novice gardeners, her German Shepherds! Thanks so much.

  2. Love the Q&A! Thank you for the giveaway and introducing me to this book. cody(at)wilger(dot)
    I also shared on Twitter and Facebook.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  4. Daily entry 10/2. Thanks!


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