Dark Days Tour Stop – Philadelphia, PA + GIVEAWAY from HarperTeen

While I couldn’t spend the whole week at BEA (more deets on the time I DID spend there later!), I was more than thrilled that Elizabeth Norris (author of Unraveling), Aprilynne Pike (author of Destined – Wings series) and Bethany Griffin (author of Masque of the Red Death) were coming to my area! It helped heal my wounded heart from seeing all the BEA tweets this week plus I got to see one of my fave local bloggers — Jena of Shortie Says. The ladies showed up and were super friendly & awesome — even after spending the whole day AT the Book Expo.. and I know how insanely tired you are after one day on the floor of BEA. The kind of tired where you might even pay a stranger to carry you piggyback off the floor.


The ladies gave us the deets on their books and answered some questions and then were so lovely and signed our books, chatted and took pictures with fans. The highlights for me:

On future books: Aprilynne has two books coming out next year — one is the start of a new series about a fallen goddess and one is a standalone. The standalone is kinda sorta based on The Scarlet Pimpernel which I am REALLY intrigued about.  Elizabeth has a standalone coming out and the sequel to Unraveling which is called Unbreakable! Bethany is working on the sequel to Masque.

On the road to publication: They each had a different story but all three really endured some rejection and had to really reevaluate what they were doing. Liz’s story was fascinating because after rejection at a writing conference she joined a writing group and someone in the group read the story and really loved it and that person told an agent and then BING BANG BOOM..she was in!

On inspiration for books: They all had interesting inspirations but I loved Aprilynne’s! As a kid she had a big storybook that had paintings of fairies who lived in flowers and she was OBSESSED with them…thus her faerie love!

Interview Portion

Then I had the privilege to have a quick & fun interview with these fabulous ladies. We started it off with a riveting two rounds of Kiss, Marry, Kill and then dove into some questions!

Finnick, Gale Peeta (totally stole this one from Jenny Han at the S&S party!)

Elizabeth: Kiss Peeta, Marry Gale, Kill Finnick
Aprilynne: Kiss Gale, Marry Peeta, Kill Finnick
Bethany: Kiss Gale, Marry Peeta, Kill Finnick

You guys, I’m appalled at the amount of Finnick slaying!

From Their Own Books

Elizabeth: Kiss Taylor Barclay, Marry Ben, Kill Elijah
Aprilynne: Kiss Shar, Marry Tamani, Kill Barnes
Bethany: Kiss Elliiott, Marry Will & Kill the Prince

Pick A Theme Song For Your Book:

Elizabeth: We Are Broken by Paramore
Aprilynne: No Good Deed from the play Wicked
Bethany: Machine Gun by Portishead

How do you balance your LIFE and writing?

Elizabeth: Says she doesn’t get enough sleep. Hasn’t quite gotten the hang of the whole balance thing. She also stays in a lot more than ever before.
Aprilynne: She watches less tv. She also uses cooking to relax her and provide balance because she loves doing it.
Bethany: “Balance. What’s that?”

Describe Your Book In 6 Words Or Less:

Elizabeth: Roswell meets Fringe
Aprilynne: Faeries: Nothing like the storybooks say.
Bethany: Desire is contagious.

If you could mash up any two books/tv shows/or movies what would they be?

Elizabeth: Gossip Girl meets a YA Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (DO THAT. I’d read it!!!)
Aprilynne: Night Spell by Leah Cypress meets Maze Runner…but with MORE KISSING.
Bethany: She passed and I totally don’t hold that against her after the crazy busy day she had!

Thank you ladies for being so incredibly sweet and answering my questions –even though I’m sure you guys wanted to head back to your hotel and CRASH after the day you’d had!



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  1. This sounds like an awesome, laid back event. Perfect after the crazy of BEA. I’m so glad you got to meet these ladies.

  2. I’m most excited to read Unraveling. I’ve been wanting to read that book for ages! 🙂 But Destined and Masque of Red Death look awesome too! 🙂 Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  3. Unraveling looks great!! Love the pics with the authors!

  4. I am really surprised that everyone killed Finnick! That is ridiculous! LOL

    Personally, mine would be Kiss Finnick, Marry Peeta, Kill Gale. =)

    Thanks for the giveaway and the fun interview!

  5. Fun interview! Reminds me that I need to get back into the Wings series now that it’s all done.

  6. I really can’t wait to read Destined! 🙂

  7. What a cool event:) I have only read Unraveling (but NEED my own copy because I LOVED it:) but would love to win a copy of the other two books. And yes, a mash up of Gossip Girl and a YA VERSION (that’s important) Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo would be fun!

  8. Nobody killed Gale?! I’d totally Kiss Finnick, Marry Peeta, and Kill Gale.
    Oh well. Great questions and answers. I saw them yesterday in Columbus and they were all great! I haven’t read Destined or Unraveling yet, so I’m most excited about those.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. So excited for Unraveling!! It’s one of the releases I’ve been waiting for a long time.

  10. I love that Elizabeth said her book is Roswell meets Fringe! Just started watching Roswell on Neftlix and love it! Now I definitely have to read her book.

  11. Kali Skittles says:

    I can’t wait to read Unraveling. Thanks!!

  12. Ahh! I have reallllllly been wanting to get my hands on Destined! I want to know how the entire story is wrapped up, and I’m so excited for her next few books coming out! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Candice says:

    All 3 books look great and sound good!!

  14. OMG Poor Finnick! LOL Great interview questions. 🙂

  15. I’m so looking forward to Masque of the Red Death! and I love the cover on Unraveling! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I’ve already read Destined, so I guess Unraveling! (Masque of the Red Death looks great too, though.)

  17. I’m excited about The Masque of Red Death

  18. I’m excited for Destined because out of these three books, that is the only one I haven’t read yet 😀

  19. Fun interviews! It was definitely super nice of them to do that with you.
    Oh, and I had to LOL! at the Finnick kills!!!

  20. This sounds so amazing! Thank you for sharing! I love the little mini-interviews you did. I will hopefully be going to a Dark Days Tour stop in July, but unfortunately Elizabeth Norris and Bethany Griffin won’t be there 🙁 So I really appreciate the opportunity to win one of their books! Fingers crossed. 🙂

  21. Madeline R. says:

    I met Aprilynne two summers ago at a writing conference in Oklahoma. She was so nice and funny and I loved hearing about how she first decided to write a novel! I’ve only read Wings and Spells so far, but I will have to check out her new books as well.

  22. Loved the interview questions! Fun!
    Masque of Red Death looks so awesome! I really want to read it!

  23. I’m excited for the Masque of Red Death. I loved Poe’s story.

  24. Love the questions answered in this recap! Though I think I’d kiss Finnick, marry Peeta, and kill Gale personally (am I the only one who remembers the crazy crackers of Mockingjay?). I already wanted to read all three of these, especially Bethany’s, and now that I know she’d pick Portishead, my suspicions that she is awesome have been confirmed. Thanks, Jamie!

  25. Natasha says:

    I am most excited for Masque of the Red Death, but all of them sound really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. catherine c says:

    most excited about Unraveling

  27. Chelsea says:

    I love kiss, marry, kill questions 😉 All three of these books sound great!!

  28. Veronica W. says:

    I’m excited for Destined! 🙂

  29. Dude, I was excited for Unraveling before this, but reading that Elizabeth described it as “Roswell meets Fringe” makes me absolutely giddy! I adore both those shows 😀

  30. Dana C. says:

    I read Destined and loved it I cried I swear! I want to read Unraveling so much!

  31. I can’t believe everyone killed Finnick haha. The poor guy has a dodgy history, but that’s totally not his fault 🙁

  32. I’ am excited to read “Unraveling” Thanks for the chance to win

  33. Jennifer Haile says:

    I’d love to read all of these, but i’m most excited about Masque of Red Death! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  34. Christy Mullins says:

    I’m most excited about Masque of the Red Death! I also can’t wait to read Unraveling or Destined either! Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. Jamie, I am SO jealous that you have all these great events in your area! Central PA is such a lonely place (lol), you Philly/Philly-area folks are so lucky. These ladies seem like so much fun! 🙂

  36. Maritza Robinson says:

    Thanks for sharing the interview. Love to know a little about the authors of books that I read. A book I want to read in Unraveling. It sounds like such a great book. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  37. Unraveling has gotten so much positive buzz that I’m dying to read it! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  38. Brianna S. says:

    Wonderful interview and I’m looking forward to reading these books 🙂 thanks so much for this giveaway.

  39. brookea_2006 says:

    Fun interview! I’m most looking forward to Masque of the Red Death, but the other two look fantastic also 🙂

  40. Most excited for Masque of Red Death! Who doesn’t love Poe!

  41. I enjoyed the responses to the Kiss, Marry, Kill questions. Those are always so much fun.

  42. Bahaha, I love the Kiss Marry Kill answers. SO much fun to read 🙂 I also am jealous you have meant Jena. as I have not. Stupid Irene last August messed up my plans to meet her

  43. Emily Drake says:

    Poor Finnick! 🙁 Also…I thought it was interesting that Elizabeth referred to her book as Roswell meets Fringe. That sounds like something I’d definitely want to check out!!!

  44. MaryKate says:

    It sounds like you had so much fun! I like that you placed the three authors’ answers right next to each other for comparison. I always love great interview questions 🙂

  45. I am most excited to read Destined by Aprilynne Pike because I’ve read the rest of that series. BUT Masque of the Red Death LOOKS awesome!

  46. I would totally kiss Finnick. I saw Elizabeth and Bethany speaking on a panel at BEA – gosh these ladies had a busy week! Glad you got to see them back home in PA! Sorry I didn’t get to see you more in NYC!

  47. I love the interview questions and responses!

  48. I’m really excited about Unraveling.

  49. If I were asked the kiss, marry, kill question I would say kiss Finnick, marry Peeta, and kill Gale 😀 Great interview!

  50. Frankie Diane Mallis says:

    Just popping in to say how funny it was that these ladies were in our area when I was in NY. I missed their signing line that day bc it was insane. But I did walk by. Also…I am appalled at the Finnick slaying! The correct answer is KISS Finnick–duh! Marry Peeta. Kill Gale. Save Prim. The last two go together. Anyway love this post and miss you!!!! Hope we get to hang out soon!

  51. Amanda W says:

    I’m excited about Masque of the red death.

  52. Sounds like fun! I’m looking forward to the standalone novel that’s based on The Scarlet Pimpernel. That’s one that I haven’t ever seen remade (since Wishbone anyway).

  53. Great post, I love the format. I try to make it to author readings as often as possible, it’s always great to hear the writers talking about their books. Super excited about Unraveling, it’s been getting such positive buzz. (Also, super jealous that you’re reading Level 2 already!!)

  54. I have been eyeing Masque of the Red Death for a while now.

  55. laceyblossom says:

    I’d love to read Masque of the Red Death!

  56. Really can’t wait to read Masque of Red Death 🙂

  57. Great post! I think I’m most excited to read Unraveling. I’ve heard nothing but great things, and haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

  58. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway! That looked like a totally fun event to attend and there was some really good information shared (I’m most looking forward to what the authors have coming up next, the scarlett pimpernel one sounds AWESOME!).

  59. Um, I would totally kill Gale. DUH! Kiss Fin, and marry Peeta. These ladies might be awesome, but they got it wrong here. lol!

  60. Yes, the obvious answer is Kiss Finnick, Marry Peeta and Kill Gale.

  61. Cordelia says:

    What’s with all the Finnick slaying???!
    Finnick was def one of the most illustrious characters.

  62. Thanks for the giveaway and the delightful interview! I am so excited to read about the authors upcoming projects, and it’s lovely to get to see a bit of their personalities. I am worried about all the Finnick slaying though! :O

  63. Thanks for the cool post and giveaway! I’m most excited about Masque of the Red Death, though that upcoming book based on The Scarlet Pimpernel sounds really interesting…

  64. I’m dying to read Masque of the Red Death. Where is the love for Finnick?! I have to say, he’d probably be my “marry” after seeing his “softer side” in Mockingjay. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  65. XD Bethany’s answers were DA BOMB. it’s so exciting that you got to meet Aprilynne in particular! But, DUH, I’d love to meet Bethany and Elizabeth, FO SHO. Especially after I FINALLY read Unraveling and Masque of the Red Death (which sounds like total creepfest and way too crazy for me, but I’ll endure).

    Ah, authors. Don’t you just love it when they show up practically next door?

  66. I totally can’t wait to read Unraveling!

  67. I really am excited about Masque of the Red Death. Thanks for the giveaway.

  68. I am excited to read Destined

  69. Unraveling looks really interesting. I’m sad/surprised that nobody wanted to kiss Finnick and kill Gale!

  70. Oh man, all of these look so fantastic. But I think I’m most excited about “Unraveling”, I’ve been hearing good things and can’t wait to read it!

    Also, I can’t believe they all killed Finnick! 🙁 I’d probably have: Kissed Finnick, Married Peeta and Killed Gale. (I’m still mad at Gale for the end of Mockingjay and could never marry him).

  71. Masque of the Red Death ^^ Thanks!!

  72. Ashley Siegle says:

    “Unraveling” is the book that looks the most interesting me and caught my eye right away but they all look great! 😀

  73. Carrie V says:

    I can’t wait to read Destined. There needs to be more fairy books.

  74. These three ladies were FANTASTIC troopers at the BEA event. There were SO many people in line to see them. I was actually one of the last few, and they were still so upbeat and so nice! It sounds like their event in your town was pretty awesome 🙂

  75. This looks like so much fun! I wish stuff like this came even remotely close to where I live lol


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