Friday, October 26, 2012

Author Interview & Giveaway: Sarah Fine

We are excited to welcome author, Sarah Fine, to the nest today. Be sure to check out the giveaway details at the end of this post. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Why did you choose to write YA? 

Sarah: It wasn't an intentional decision. I wrote a book with characters who were in their 20's, and someone commented that I had a youthful “voice”, which kind of caught me by surprise. But then I started writing teen characters, and there was no going back. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Can you describe your novel in five words? 

Sarah: Dark, psychological, scary, romantic, hopeful. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What was the last book you read? 

Sarah: Deviants by Maureen McGowan. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Were you a reader as a child? 

Sarah: Yes. I was raised in a house full of books, and my parents, most often my dad, read to me and my sisters every night. That’s where my love of the written word began. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Who is your current book boyfriend? 

Sarah: I confess an intense fondness for Four—I recently finished Insurgent. I love the male YA heroes who aren't “bad boys”, but who are quieter, maybe a little damaged ... and deadly. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Who are three of your favorite authors? 

Sarah: Salman Rushdie, Sarah Beth Durst, Brigid Kemmerer

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What is your favorite bird? 

Sarah: Er … Roseate Spoonbill. Someday I’ll probably give a character that name. Seriously—is this bird not both magnificent AND ridiculous? 

This or That?
 - Batman or Superman? Easy—Batman. I prefer heroes who don’t have supernatural powers, who can get beat up and hurt just like the rest of us. 
- Necklace or Bracelet? Bracelet. I don’t like to have things around my neck that much. 
- Cookies or Cupcakes? Cupcakes. Unless the cookies have icing on them. 
- Summer or Winter? Winter. I hate heat. 
- Fantasy or Reality? Depends on which professional hat I’m wearing.

"My plan: Get into the city. Get Nadia. Find a way out. Simple."

A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos's best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance – hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn't just anyone – she's determined to save her best friend's soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife. 

As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she's captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city's endless streets. Their all-too-human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn't – the dark city isn't the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate.

We have one copy of Sanctum up for grabs. In order to win you must:

* Be 13+ years old
* Be a U.S. or Canadian resident
* Fill out the Rafflecopter below

The giveaway runs from October 26-November 2. The winner will be contacted via email on November 3.


  1. I really want to win this book because I"m curious not only to how the story plays out but also to why Nadia kills herself in the first place. Thank you for the chance to win!

  2. i really would like to win this book b/c i find the book really intriquing and i also want to know why nadia kills herself

  3. This book sounds really interesting, a female buddy story among other things. I think there's a lot going on here.

  4. God, honestly Sanctum sounds fantastic!!! Right off, the Suicide Gates grabbed my curiosity & attention - I've got to read this book! <3 Thank you for the awesome giveaway :)
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  5. This looks so good and I've read a few great reviews on it too! Thanks!

  6. I'm soooo interested to read this book! Reminds me of the movie, Constantine.

  7. To put it simply, it's sounds like a wonderful and riveting read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I want to read this because I read multiple reviews saying that this is a really unique read.

  9. Thanks for all the comments. I agree that this book looks like a fabulous read. I need to add it to my Kindle Wishlist. :)

  10. The book sounds awesome. She had me at dark, psychological and scary. My favorite kind of story. I am totally a cupcake girl, but let me tell you I make a MEAN, from scratch, chocolate chip cookie! AND, she loves one of my favorite authors, Sarah Beth Durst! Thanks so very much for the interview and the giveaway!

  11. The book sounds fantastic, it reminds me a little bit of the Soul Screamers series.

    Plus the author is a fellow Batman fan :).

  12. This books sounds like a great read i like YA that has some romance for sure and adventure and a darker side! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. It really looks good and well it does sound interesting. So I am now wishing I'd win it because I'm super curious:)) Thanks for the giveaway :D


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