Sunday, November 11, 2012

1 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway (Day 4) & Author Interview

Another day has passed us by and I have another amazing giveaway to bring to all you amazing followers out there. What could I possibly have for you all today???

Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
Release Date: November 11, 2012

Trapped in the underground theater world of 1890s New Orleans, Hale Ferrer has only one goal: escape. But not without Teeny, the orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect.

Freddie Lovel, Hale's wealthy Parisian suitor, seems to be the easy solution. If only his touch could arouse her interest like Beau's, the penniless stagehand who captures her heart.

Denying her fears, Hale is poised to choose love until an evil lurking in their cabaret-home launches a chain of events that could cost her everything.

Isn't this cover just absolutely gorgeous. Rouge by Leigh T. Moore is her second published book, The Truth About Faking her debut novel published September 01, 2012 (not that long ago at all). Leigh has generously gifted me with The Truth About Faking which I can't wait to start reading and she has also generously given me permission to gift away 1 eBook copy of Rouge to all of you lovely people.

BUT! first.... We have an Author Interview with Leigh. <3.

First off, tell us more about yourself.

Well, I'm originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I lived there until I married my husband, who I met when we were students at LSU (Geaux, Tigers!). I love south Louisiana, although now I'm living in the Midwest. I've got two little girls, who I love and who crack me up.

Umm... the last place we lived was in south Alabama, along the Gulf Coast. We were there seven years, and it was an unexpectedly wonderful experience where I made many dear, lifelong friends. (LSU and Alabama are big football rivals.)

Before I became a writer, I worked as an editor for 15+ years. I was also a freelance journalist during that time. Now I'm a novelist, and I feel so lucky to be doing this today! Writers have so many options for getting our stories to readers and connecting with readers. It's a great time to be working in literature!

1. Where did the inspiration for Rouge come from?

When I wrote Rouge, I had already started two other stories—one was a YA science-fiction and the other was a companion novel to The Truth About Faking. But it was a cool, fall day, and I got this idea about two orphan girls, one older and acting as the sort-of protector for the younger one. I thought about Oliver Twist and them living on the streets, being tough and street-smart and facing terrible threats. Then I set it in New Orleans and added theater elements… and it just took off from there. I couldn’t resist writing it! =D

2. Is there anything you would like your readers to take away from Rouge?

Well, the main character Hale is a very loyal person. She feels responsible for bringing Teeny into the cabaret theater where they secretly live. It’s a front for prostitution, and Hale promises to protect the little girl from being sent to the back rooms to work in the sex trade. Hale suffers quite a bit and has to make some hard choices as a result. It’s the first of a series, so maybe the biggest thing I want readers to take away is the need to know what happens next - LOL! =D

3. Who are your inspirations as a writer?

It depends on what I’m writing. When I focus on classic YA, I’m thinking about authors like Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti. I love Caletti’s gorgeous descriptions and humor and Dessen’s unique take on situations. When I’m working on more mature YA, I start thinking about writers like Barbara Kingsolver and Margaret Atwood. I’m not as literary as those guys, but I love their storytelling style.

4. Have you always wanted to write?

Yes! And I actually have always written - yanno, since I was a freelance journalist and all. But I never believed I could write something as long and complex as a novel. Then one day, four years ago, I sat down and started my first book DRAGONFLY. And three books later, I had The Truth About Faking. And here I am now!

5. If you could be any one character from a book, who would it be and why?

Oh, this is a great question. I finished that YA science fiction novel I mentioned above, and I have to confess. The main character in that book Prentiss is my absolute favorite character so far. She’s smart and spunky. She’s forced to be sort of an action hero, and I just love her. It needs some revision, but be watching for that one in 2013!

Something fun:

Pepsi or Coke?

Coke! Pepsi tastes funny.... LOL.

Watermelon or Pear?

Ew. Hmm… If it’s a really, really hot day in the south, Watermelon. A fall day is a good, crisp pear day. =D

California or New York?

New York. (<----- I totally agree. I miss living there. =D)

Monkey or Giraffe?

Giraffe! Monkeys are mean! LOL!

How much wood would a Woodchuck chuck if a Woodchuck could chuck wood?

Well, first you have to take the square root of the wood and divide that by the size of the chuck times the sum of the remaining parts of the tree… Oh, wait. I was thinking of the Wizard of Oz…

Thank you once again for taking the time to give my blog an interview and for also generously donating an ebook of ROUGE for a giveaway!

THANK YOU, Cassie for having me here! I hope readers enjoy my books!

Wife and mom by day, writer by day, reader by day, freelance editor when time permits, chocoholic, lover of YA romance, lover of new adult romance, lover of great books, beach bum, occasionally I sleep.

Now for the giveaway! You can enter via the Rafflecopter below! Good luck =D

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LTM said...

Thanks so much for having me here, Cassie! Good luck to all the participants! Happy blogiversary!!! :o) <3

Megan Hand said...

Don't need the free copy, already plan on buying it, and I LOVE supporting my beloved indie authors. I have no problem paying fraction-of-a-print price :)

p.s. I also an a Coke girl. Pepsi does taste funny, lol.

PK HREZO said...

Oh cool I'm entering this for sure! Can't wait to read it. And duh I didn't even realize it was set in a theatre... my latest story is set in a theatre as well so cheers to that!

Congrats again, Leigh!

Unknown said...

I like that it feels like home! Thanks and congrats!