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I gränslandet mellan det kliniskt rena och det rebelliskt vildvuxna tvingas Cassia ifrågasätta mycket av det hon håller kärt, men även om hon är beredd att offra allt för att återförenas med Ky kan inget hindra Xander från att återigen ändra spelets regler.
Skickligt berättat ur både Cassias och Kys perspektiv skildras en värld där Samfundet styr minsta andetag, och där kors och dubbla kors gör vägen till ett liv på andra sidan gränsen snårigare än vad någon av dem kunnat ana.
Detta är den andra delen i triologin Matchad och då jag gillade Matchad väldigt mycket så hade jag till viss del stora förhoppningar på den men ändå inte då det kan vara rätt svårt med att göra uppföljare.
Så här ser min kväll ut idag:)
Guest Post by Cindy
Becoming a Published Author by Cindy C Bennett
Being a writer was always a dream of mine. Because it was so near-and-dear to my heart, I believed it was something that could never be possible. I was constantly making excuses as to why it wasn’t a good time to finish a manuscript: I was too young to be taken seriously, I was too busy, I didn’t have the right equipment for writing . . . the list goes on. What it boiled down to can be summed up in one word: fear. Fear of rejection. Fear of being told I didn’t have the talent to write a good story. Fear of failing.
I began many manuscripts then abandoned them without completion. If they weren’t finished, then I didn’t ever have to try to have them published. It wasn’t until I had teenage daughters, and discovered the wonderful world of Young Adult literature that I found the genre I had a real passion for. I wrote both Geek Girl and Heart on a Chain just for fun, for my daughters. Then one of them said, “Why don’t you publish these, mom?” And I thought: why not?
I self-published Geek Girl in June of 2010, and Heart on a Chain in December 2010. In January Cedar Fort offered to publish Geek Girl. I signed with them in March and they re-published it in December of 2011. That means I’ve had the chance to be published both traditionally, and on my own. Both have their good points and bad points. I kind of like having my feet in both worlds.
Rapunzel Untangled is also being published by Cedar Fort through their division called Sweetwater Books. I’m excited by the opportunity to have another book with them, particularly this one because they’ve done a great job publishing some other fairytale retellings.
Publishing and becoming published is a long road that requires lots of work, lots of rejection, and with all of that, lots of high points. It’s something I’m glad I finally had the courage to try because now I can’t imagine my life without being a writer. Have your own dream? Don’t let fear hold you back. Go for it!
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Interview: Cindy C Bennett
As a part of the blog tour I got the chance to do a interview with Cindy C Bennett, the author of Rapunzel Untangled.
1. Welcome to my blog Cindy, I'm honored to have you here with me and my readers today!
Would you like to start by telling us a little bit about yourself so we can get the chance to know you?
Thank you so much for having me! I’m so excited to be on a blog in Sweden. I’m a YA author, mostly contemporary but with a little paranormal or fantasy thrown in here and there. I live in Salt Lake City, which most people know as the place where the 2002 Winter Olympics were held. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and have two sons, two daughters, two daughters-in-law, and two dogs. I love to write (of course), read (when I get the chance), and ride my Harley Davidson motorcycle.
2. Can you tell us something about your inspiration to write this book?
I already had it in my mind to write a series of short stories based on classic fairytales when my publisher approached me asking if I’d like to write a Snow White retelling. I agreed, then due to some confusion, another author was offered the same. So they asked if I’d like to write a different one. Rapunzel had been on my mind, so I chose her story to tell—though very differently than any of the classic tales. My Rapunzel’s story is a bit darker and has a completely different twist than any others.
3. Have you always wanted to be a writer or did you wanted to become something else when you were younger?
I’ve wanted to be a write for as long as I can remember. In fact, my mom found a story I wrote when I was 12. It’s hilarious though I’m sure at the time I found it quite romantic. My dream was cemented when I was in grade 9 and my language arts teacher had us do a “10-minute writing” each day where he’d write a subject on the blackboard, then give us ten minutes to just write. I looked forward to that every day. I lose myself in writing—always have. It took me years, though, to get up enough courage to actually try to do it professionally rather than just for my own personal pleasure.
4. What part was the hardest one to write in the book and what was more easier to write?
The easiest was the first part of the book when Rapunzel first begins talking to Fane on Facebook. Those scenes came very easily to me for some reason. The most difficult was toward then end when Gothel really begins to unravel and her insanity becomes apparent. I didn’t want to make it too obvious, nor not obvious enough. Those scenes and the scenes with Vedmak were the most challenging for me.
5. What do you hope the readers will take with them from this amazing book?
Well, thank you for calling it amazing! J I’d love it if readers take away some hope, that if someone as repressed and naïve as Rapunzel can find the strength to escape a horrible, and seemingly hopeless, situation, that they can rise above their own challenges. In all of my books I try to make my heroines strong and courageous with the desire to rise above their circumstances.
6. Which is your favourite book you have read so far?
That’s a tough one because there are soooo many amazing books out there. My most recent favorite is a short story by Jamie Canosa called Our Own Worst Enemies, which is a sort of zombie romance—but I promise it doesn’t come close to being the story you think it might be.
7. What is your favourite book memory?
Being in elementary school and having read-a-thons, where we could bring snacks and soda pop and blankets and pillows to school, and just read for a few hours without having to do any schoolwork.
8. Do you prefer to read a book before watching the movie? Why/Why not?
As a general rule I do prefer to read the book first. With the exception of two movies, I’ve yet to see a movie that can live up to the book. The only two movies I like better than the book are Stardust (novel by Neil Geiman) and The Notebook (novel by Nicholas Sparks).
9. Did you listen to music when you write this book and if so what music was it?
No, I didn’t. As much as I love music, I write better when I’m surrounded by noise. I’m usually in my living room with the dogs, kids going in and out, and the TV on.
10. What will you do next?
By the end of February I’ll finish my Cinderella and Swan Lake short stories to finish up the five “Enchanted Fairytales” that will be in the anthology (I’ve already written the first three: Beautiful Beast, Red and the Wolf, and Snow White). Then I’ll finish the sequel to Immortal Mine as well as a sci-fi book (my first) that I’m writing with two other authors tentatively title The Collaborative. I’ll also be teaching a course in marketing at the Teen Author Boot Camp held at a university here in Salt Lake for aspiring teen authors, ages 13-19, and doing “Authorpalooza” at a local Barnes & Noble bookstore with about 40 other authors in a massive book signing.
Rapunzel Untangled Blog Tour
Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C Bennett
Fab Fane Fannigan: Are you saying you live at GOTHEL MANSION??? The Gothel Mansion?
RG: My mother calls it Gothel Manor, so maybe that’s different?
Fab Fane Flannigan: No, Rapunzel, there’s only one that I know of. It has to be the same. Are you telling me the truth here?
RG: Yes, of course. Is it weird that I live here?
Fab Fane Flannigan: No, not weird, just . . . never mind. So you live in the tower?
RG: Uh, the tower? I don’t know. Is it a tower?
Fab Fane Flannigan: Yes, it is. I know where it is. I’ll be there Friday at 8.
Rapunzel sensed the difference in his tone. Something wasn’t right.
Fab Fane Flannigan: Rapunzel, promise me one thing.
Fab Fane Flannigan: Don’t Google your house.
Rapunzel is not your average teenager. For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction.
Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.