Thursday, January 24, 2013

Giveaway and Interview with daynight author Megan Thomason: Tour Stop

daynight by Megan Thomason
Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.
Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.
Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.
Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.
Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.
Author Megan Thomason

Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan's first published novel, but fourth written one.

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BlueInk Review *Starred Review: "gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”

Looks that had a big impact on me… Pride & Prejudice, Hunger Games, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Crime & Punishment, Anna Karenina, 1984, Brave New World, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Scarlet Letter, Of Mice & Men, and Lord of the Flies. My favorite 50+ reads (of 600+) of the past year can be found here:
Do you still have much time to read?
I read on my phone while waiting (waiting to pick kids up from school; appointments; to fall asleep) or when I need a great distraction or escape from the stress of real life. Last year I read more than 600 books. This year, while heavily writing and book promoting, I’ll probably be lucky to hit 200. But, there are too many great stories not to make the time to read! Plus, I firmly believe that the more I read, the better I write.

If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?

Hard question. It would have to be a place I could either make a huge impact in or learn a tremendous amount within 24 hours. I think a 24-hour tour of all the facilities in Brave New World would be quite educational. Or drop me into the Capitol in Hunger Games so I can check out their extreme fashions and indulgence, and perhaps, with some good weaponry and backup, I can save Finnick.
Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)?
When I’m sugar binging, Hot Tamales. When I’m not, just my 11” MacBook Air :). Sometimes I write to music, sometimes not.
Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?

Uprising by Muse; Undisclosed Desires by Muse; Danger Days album by My Chemical Romance; Irrational Anthem by Plain White Ts; Help is On The Way by Rise Against;Habits album by Neon Trees… Recently Night Visions album by Imagine Dragons. I have an immense amount of music that I rotate through… blink-182, Angels and Airwaves, Dashboard Confessional, Fall Out Boy, Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers, Sum 41, Ludo, Owl City, Mat Kearney are some other favorites.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

Telepathy. Not sure if I’d really want to know what goes on in other people’s heads, but it would be fascinating... particularly as a study of the male mind :). Purely for book research, of course.
Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Spend time with my husband and kids. Read. Lots of volunteer work (producing, fundraising for daughters’ theatre group; community service; church service). Projects—from random (miniatures or world class weapons collection) to useful (plan community Christmas party or a summer girls’ camp). Love hiking, but there’s not as much in San Diego as there was back in Washington where we moved from.
What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self?

That would be one heck of a long lecture lol. Overall I’d tell myself to avoid things I’ll regret. (I might covertly slip myself a list of names, places, and things…)
Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
My readers are awesome! I love them! Thanks for reading and for your support!
Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate!
Edward or Jacob? Edward
Hockey or soccer? Hockey
Ebook or paper? Ebook!!!
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Beach
Phone call or email? Email!
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Dog or cat? Cat (like dogs, but ours are migraine inducing yappers!)
Messy or neat? Messy
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates

$50 Amazon Gift Card
Signed copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Signed copy of daynight

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