Meet The Authors: Mary Taranta, Author of Shimmer and Burn - Would You Rather? + Giveaway

Hi Everyone and welcome to day four of Meet The Authors! I'll have one more author for you tomorrow, and then an absolutely stunning line-up in September. I'm so glad you guys liked the Indian author, Anuja Chandramouli on the blog - I'm thinking about showcasing more Indian books and since you guys have been entering her giveaway and commenting, I'll try and bring on more!

Today I have with me debut author, Mary Taranta whose novel, Shimmer and Burn is filled with Magic and Sisterhood and I cannot WAIT to read it myself!

Mary Taranta is here doing a FUN Would You Rather (with some amazing and awful bookish situations) and is also hosting a gorgeous international giveaway. I hope you love this post as much as I do.

1. Spend the Day with Your Favourite Character or Your Favourite Author?

A1) Favorite character! I'd love to see the world from their POV, especially if they're from a fantasy world with no link to ours. I feel like it'd be more of an adventure whereas spending the day with another author would be fun, but it'd also be more grounded in our shared reality. 

2. Read one Book a Year and remember everything or read 100 Books In A Year are Remember Nothing?

A2) One book. I'm often inspired by what I read/hear/see, so remembering details and emotions and why a particular scene resonated with me (or didn't work for me at all!) would be more important than churning through my TBR pile and walking away empty-handed.

3. Have Your Favourite Book Turned Into A TV Show Or A Movie?

A3) Ooh. My instinct is to say movie, but then I think about a TV series like Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell that was so perfectly executed and beautifully cast.... But I guess a movie, so I know the story will be complete and not potentially cancelled mid-season due to low ratings! 

4. Read The Last Chapter Of A Book First Or Watch The Movie?

A4) Watch the movie. I hate spoiling the ending!

5. Have Unlimited Books For Free or Live Inside Your Favourite Book?

A5) Fifteen years ago, I probably would have picked living in my favorite book, but these days, I'm actually pretty happy with where I am and the life I have. (Ugh, so "grown up" of me, I know!) Having access to a library (unlimited books for free!) would be a better choice for me. 

6. Spend A Day With Harry Potter or Newt Scamander?

A6) Newt Scamander. He seems to be more my speed in terms of personality, and I have a weakness for animals--the uglier they are, the cuter I find them. (Although to be honest, I'd spend the day with Neville Longbottom over both of them, if I could!) 

7. Meet Your Own Character In Person or Meet Your Favourite Fictional Character In Person? (not your own)

A7) I'd rather meet my own character, because I know them inside and out and they won't surprise me, whereas if I met a favorite fictional character, they might not match the version of them I created in my mind while I was reading. I'd hate to be disappointed because I imagined them differently than the author did, if that makes sense? 

8. Read Only The First Page In A Book or Only The Last Page?

A8) First page only! That way I can get sucked into thinking, what happens next? If I know how everything ends, there's no mystery left to explore! 

9. Get Locked In A Bookstore or In A Library?

A9) A library, especially if it's an older one with awesome architecture and comfy sitting areas. Plus, libraries tend to have a bigger selection of books from years ago, while a bookstore sticks with what's new or perpetually popular. 

10. Read A Book With A Cliffhanger Ending or Read A Book With Your Favourite Character Dying at the end?

A10) Life over death! A cliffhanger ending can be resolved--either through a sequel or through fanfiction. Death is far too permanent. 

Thank you again for hosting me! I enjoyed these. :) 
Title: Shimmer and Burn (Shimmer and Burn #1)
Author: Mary Taranta
Publication Date: August 8th 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books // Harper Collins
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1/2 of the Shimmer and Burn Duology
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Blurb Description: To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.
Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.
Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.
With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.
 Mary Taranta grew up playacting her favorite stories and writing some of her own in the woods behind her family’s farmhouse. Originally from Ohio, she moved to central Florida at the age of fifteen, where she still remains with her husband, two cats, and library cards in two counties.

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