Thursday, September 1, 2011

Giveaway: Signed copy of Weathercock by Melissa Crandall, 5 winners!!

Welcome to my stop on the Back to the Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Buried In Books. My giveaway is for a signed copy of Weathercock by Melissa Crandall as well as a Weathercock bookmark. Thanks to the author’s generosity, there will be FIVE winners! Thanks Melissa!! You’ll find the details on how to enter at the bottom of this post.

Weathercock. The name evokes flames and chaos, and a mythic hero who will one day change the world. Young Kinner - betrayed by those he loves and sentenced to die - knows only one thing: in a world where women hold all the power and men are nothing but property, heroes are hard to come by.
Determined to find a life on his own terms, he flees execution only to discover he knows nothing about survival. Used to relying on others, he dreams of rescue. Instead of the Weathercock, what he gets is Rai and Bayna, mercenary soldiers on the run from the determined (and increasingly psychotic) Commander Remeg.
The last thing they need is to play nursemaid to a half-grown whelp, but a madwoman's dark secret soon ties their fates. For a while, things actually go their way until further treachery casts a dark wing over the travelers. Alone once more, Kinner must discover within the bravery and skill to save not only himself, but also his friends.
And what of Weathercock? Can someone who doesn't even exist appear when Kinner needs him most?

I just finished reading Weathercock and will be posting my review shortly. I thought it was an amazing fantasy novel and I loved how the author created a world completely run by women. I was thrilled when Melissa agreed to answer a few questions about Weathercock, some of the answers she ended up texting to me by flashlight after losing power during Hurricane Irene! Thanks Melissa, and I hope  you’ve been able to return home and have your power restored!

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THB: Describe Weathercock in just a few sentences. Melissa "Weathercock" is the coming of age story of a young man name Kinner, living in a world where women have all the power, men are nothing but property, and sterility is a crime punishable by death.

THB: Weathercock is an unusual title, what inspired that?  Melissa: Actually, a Jethro Tull song of the same name.  I was driving near Albany, NY a few years back and that song was playing on the radio.  There's a bridge in the song that has a very martial sort of beat, and as that part was playing, I looked up and saw a billboard advertising Jagermeister with a big-boobed warrior woman like something out of Frank Frazetta riding a polar bear and I thought, "I can do something with this!"  (Just to let people know, there are no polar bears in the novel.  There is a big-boobed warrior woman, but she looks nothing like a Frank Frazetta painting.)

THB: Who is your target audience, YA or Adult?   Melissa: The book is appropriate for ages 15 to 100.  I do know of a couple of younger kids (particularly precocious 12 year olds) who have read it.  There's a bit of salty language in it (two of the women in question are warriors; they don't say "Gee, shucks") and some sexual innuendo (although absolutely no graphic sexuality).

THB: Which chapter, part, or character was your favorite to write and why?  Melissa: Wow, that's an extremely difficult question to answer (and hard to talk about without giving away the plot.)  As for the characters, I think my favorite is the one I'm writing about at any given time, even the so-called villains.

THB: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Melissa: I like to have a clean desk when I start writing.  Also, I'm much better off if I write in the morning.  I'd rather begin writing at 3 or 4 in the morning than 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

THB: What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your book?  Melissa: A secret that one of my characters had buried deep within her.  I was on the third draft before she let that one slip, and it was a profound moment because it drastically changed the course of the book (plus adding incredible emotional depth).

THB: Music: What would we find on your playlist?   Depends upon my mood.  I have very fluid taste in music -- everything from Def Leppard to movie soundtracks.  I'm also very big into Celtic/folk music.

THB: What do you do to unwind and relax? Melissa: Read, watch movies, play music, walk, go to the beach.  When my dog was alive, a long walk with him was a great way to unwind.  (With any luck, there'll be another dog in my life soon.)

awww..I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. As an animal lover myself, I know how hard that particular loss is. I hope you do find another furbaby to love!

THB: If you were to take Kinner on a shopping spree, which stores would he want to visit and what would he buy? Melissa: The thought of going shopping for himself would be so foreign to Kinner that he'd have mo idea where to begin.    And by the end of the story, his priorities have changed so he'd probably opt for EMS or some other camping supply place.

THB: Tell the readers anything else you would like them to know about Weathercock: Melissa: I guess I'd like readers to know going into the book that it's a story about choices -- those we make for ourselves, and those we allow others to make for us.  It's about self-determination and claiming our place in the world.  And I hope it's one heck of an enjoyable read!

It certainly is!! If you’re not one of the five lucky winners to receive a signed copy from this giveaway, you can get your copy of Weathercock at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


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The entry is very simple for this giveaway. Just leave a comment with a way to contact you and that’s it! If you’d like an extra entry, follow my blog via GFC or Facebook and let me know. Winners will be chosen by on Sept. 7 at 11:59pm and will be announced sometime Sunday morning. Good luck and be sure to visit all of the other amazing blogs also participating.

(I was going to do a simple Rafflecopter, but I didn’t realize that Rafflecopter was by invitation only. If one of you could PLEASE send me a Rafflecopter invite, I would very much appreciate it!)


Mary said...

This sounds like a very interesting book to me. I would love to win this. I love fantasy books so this is right up my alley.

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lgm52 said...

Intriguing! Please enter me!

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Vivien said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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buddyt said...

Sounds like an action packed novel.

Thanks for the giveaway and please enter me if it is open worldwide.

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Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Sounds great and super nice of the author to be so generous.

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marybelle said...

WEATHERCOCK looks wonderful. Love the cover for a start.

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debbie said...

I would love to read it, it sounds really good.

Bailey said...

Oooh this book sounds awesome. Great interview and giveaway! =) I would enter but I already have too many books to read. =o

bison61 said...

world completely run by women-this book does sound interesting!

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Tee said...

Hi! Thank you for entering my contest and following. Im a new follower as well. Hope to have many bookish talks with you in the future

Judy said...

Thanks for the great giveaway.


Judy said...

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kimyunalesca said...

I love your interview great Q&A segment.Thanks for posting ^_^

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winnie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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AshleyS said...

following via gfc :)

AshleyS said...

oops meant facebook not gfc sorry!!

ebaker said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!!

ebaker said...

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Pabkins said...

Very generous of you! Thanks for the change to win. fyi - following on FB.

That's interesting to know about rafflecopter! It's a neat widget!

shirleytemple83 said...

Thank you so much!! GFC follower- shirleytemple83

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Bekka said...

I just read your reviews and I was like 'OMGWANT.' Then I saw that's what you're offering for this giveaway and I basically squeed!! Awesome and THANKS =)


Jenny Q said...

I didn't know Rafflecopter was by invite. I don't get that. Anyway, great interview! I love her inspiration for the story! Please enter me: I follow via GFC and Twitter.

Jules@OneBookShy said...

This sounds like one I would enjoy very much. Thanks for the chance.

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Darlene said...

Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the giveaway!

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Darlene said...

+1 following on GFC (Darlene)

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Squeak - MamaMouse said...

Thanks for participating in the Back to Books giveaway. I followed you via GFC. If you get the chance, stop by my blog and enter my part of the giveaway too!

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AmyS. said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Ricki said...

Awesome giveaway!
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JHS. said...

Hi Donna! Please enter me.

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Mr. O said...

Very cool giveaway! Thanks!!

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BJ said...

Sounds like a great read!
thanks for the giveaway!


Michele said...

THanks for the giveaway
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ann said...

I usually dont read this type of book but this one sounds really interesting - sign me up

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Janelle said...

An intriguing read!
Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this fabulicious giveaway!

Janelle said...

Longtime GFC follower here!
Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this fabulicious giveaway!

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Manda said...

Ooooh, I've really really been wanting to read this! I have a friend friend absolutely loved it. And 5 autographed that's awesome. :)

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Leigh Ann said...

Sounds interesting!
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Lisa said...

Sounds great, thanks!!

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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

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Krystal said...

Looks like an intriguing book, I would love to win, thank you!

Krystal said...

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Sherry said...

Looks like a very interesting book.
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Cindy said...

Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.
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sweetstaker said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I am a GFC follower - Sweetstaker

Sweeststaker at yahoo dot com said...

Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway. I am participating in the blog hop as well. Looking forward to staying connected.

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mandala said...

GFC follower (mandala). Thanks for the chance!
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Amy (ArtsyBookishGal) said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway!
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SarahSparrow said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds good.

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Liz Z said...

Sounds like an interesting read!

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Tara W said...

Sounds interesting!
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AEKZ2 said...

I'd love to read this!

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Alison said...

Thanks for the chance to win :)
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poisnivyred said...

Looks like a great book. Thank you!

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nayjf said...

i follow via GFC-nayjf

thanks for the giveaway

Krysykat said...

Great giveaway!
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Ashley G. said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
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Jessica said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
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Shadow Girl said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!!:)

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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I'm a new follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

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Lisa said...

Thanks for this and happy hopping, GFC is working I will try again Lisa GFC thanks lisapeters at yahoo dot com

Rebel said...

Thanks for the giveaway1


- Melissa - said...

FIVE winners, oh my!
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Amanda said...

Sounds great!


Alyce said...

This looks like a fun read!
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Audrey said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!
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