Monday, December 15, 2014

Interview + Giveaway: Alexandra Monir and Suspicion


I'm hugely pleased today to welcome author Alexandra Monir to the blog to answer a few questions about her newest paranormal young adult release, Suspicion. The minute I saw the gorgeous cover on this one I knew I had to have it in my hands, and once there, I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable. It was a one-sit kind of read for me – I don't think you can ever have enough of those! I hope you all enjoy the interview, and don't forget to check the bottom of the post for all the giveaway details :-)

Imogen, when on the grounds of Rockford Manor, has the ability to manipulate the elements, particularly plant life. If you had the same ability, what unusual colors might you make the various plants and flowers in the landscaping around your home?

Ooh, that’s a fun question! I’m a big candy and chocolate fanatic, so I’d probably make all the plants and flowers edible treats- like something out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory!

What’s one room a sprawling estate like Rockford Manor has that you wish could be found in your own house?

Without a doubt, the library! I’ve envied those kind of palatial libraries since I saw Beauty and the Beast as a six year old.

If allowed, I could spend hours (or likely days) exploring the stunning manor homes and castles that can be found all over England. If you were given free rein to wander through one particular real or fictional castle/manor/estate, which would you choose and what would you most hope to find there?

I’ve actually been dying to tour Buckingham Palace, but both times I went to London recently, they were closed for tours since the Queen was in residence. Sigh! I did visit Windsor Castle though, which was amazing, and the incredible Blenheim Palace, which I actually based Rockford Manor on.

Let’s say you wake up tomorrow in the middle of the Shadow Maze on Rockford Manor’s grounds. What fictional character would you try hardest to wish into being beside you in order to help you find your way out?

Definitely Sebastian! ;)

If, like Imogen, you suddenly found yourself living a life in the public eye, having to make numerous social appearances and play host to the wealthy and privileged, what would you miss most about the life you have now?

Hmm, I think probably the hardest part would be not having much time for yourself, and sitting through endless dinners with aristocrats could potentially get old!

Thanks so much for stopping by Alexandra!

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SUSPICION


Haunted by her parents' deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin's untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion's aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself--and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

Combining a fresh twist on the classic REBECCA with a spine-tingling mystery and powerful romance, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.



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ALEXANDRA MONIR

 Photo courtesy of Neal Preston

Author and recording artist Alexandra Monir broke onto the scene in her early twenties with the release of her popular debut YA novel, the paranormal romance Timeless (Delacorte Press/Random House). The book caught on quickly, landing on the Barnes & Noble Bestsellers chart and being named one of Amazon's "Best Books of the Month." The sequel, Timekeeper, was published in 2013. Both books in the series have been featured in a variety of media, from USA Today to teen magazines and websites such as J-14, JustJaredJr, Teen.com and Justine Magazine. Suspicion (Random House; December 9, 2014) marks Alexandra's first novel outside of the Timeless series, as well as her first foray into the mystery genre. Her fourth YA novel for Random House will be published in April 2016.

Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter, known for integrating music into her books' pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany Timeless and Timekeeper, which were released as the album The Timeless EP and distributed by Jimmy Buffett's record label, Mailboat Records. She additionally recorded a new song to be released along with Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Alexandra is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Persian opera singer.

Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She has been invited to speak at middle schools and high schools across the country, and at major events including Comic-Con, Bouchercon, the Iranian-American Women's Leadership Conference, and New York Public Library's annual Teen Author Festival, among others.


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GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the amazingly generous people at Penguin Random House, I have one finished copy of Suspicion to give away on the blog today! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to US addresses only. 

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27 comments:

  1. I would want Maxon Schreeve to assist me ;)

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  2. I'd want Christopher Maloney with me =) - Danielle

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  3. Oooh, what a great interview! Edible flowers and hugs libraries, YES PLEASE!!

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  4. LOL It's funny but when I figured out what Imogen's powers the first thing that came to my mind is to grow plants of chocolate :D That's would be amazing to have in your garden. Great interview, Jenny :)

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  5. I so want to live in Monir's world where plants and flowers are edible treats! Then again, it would be even more difficult to resist temptation, so... maybe not. Wonderful questions as usual, Jenny, and I loved reading her answers.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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  6. I love the idea of edible flowers! Great interview Jenny. I so loved this read and can't wait to read more by this author.

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  7. I think anyone of us in the blogging and reading world would want a library! :D As for someone to assist me, I would probably take Katniss with me. She has the experience needed to protect me! ;)

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  8. Great questions, Jenny! I would want to explore the library as well, but oooh, those grounds and maze outside would be calling my name, lol. Thanks for sharing : )

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  9. What a hard question on the rafflecopter! I guess I'll go with Katniss, she's just so smart I'm sure she'd figure it out, lol.
    I want this book! And I want to tour some castles!

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  10. I would love to explore the library and eat edible flowers with tea..even though I prefer coffee. Fantastic interview Jenny :)

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  11. Probably Alice from Alice in Wonderland – because it sounds like something she’d be used to from Wonderland :P Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  12. I love her author photo. The vintage flapper look. I can't wait to start my copy I have it and Snow Like Ashes planned for the holiday break.

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  13. What character? Any one with a good sense of direction. LOL

    Oh I would so take the Beast's library and the Willy Wonka garden any day of the week! :D

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  14. Hmm, good question. How about Indiana Jones, he could find his way out of anything.

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  15. Sarah Parsons from Amber House, she has navigated the hedge maze at her grandmothers a few times

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  16. What a hard choice! Off the top of my head right now, the one fictional character that I can think of is Iolanthe from "The Burning Sky" ... she could just burn the maze if worse comes to worse ;)

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  17. LOL! If the author feels that Sebastian would be her best choice of companion in the maze, I would feel better with him too! Thanks for the chance!

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  18. Hmm...Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. One of the two. :D Thank you!

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  19. Katniss/Indiana Jones or Clarke from The 100 (book and show) maybe Klaus from TVD & The Originals ;)
    Beautiful cover, fabulous post, can't wait to read this book!!

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  20. I love visiting castles! I've been to a ton in Scotland and England, though I haven't been through Buckingham Palace yet (technically, a palace versus a castle but still a pretty damn big place with lots of gold leaf and forbidding-looking ancestral oil paintings).

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  21. I love the idea of turning my garden into edible treats! And omg I want a manor just so I can have Beast's library too. I've been dreaming about that since I was six. :-) Awesome interview! I can't wait to read this, I'm really loving the reviews I've seen so far.

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  22. Hmm maybe someone from the Maze Runner? lol get it? For real though I think I would pick Vaas Montenegro from FarCry3 bc honestly I just want to hang out with him! Even if we never get out at least I will have someone really interesting to chat with!
    Mary G Loki

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