#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan + Author Interview Open Internationally

Welcome to author Sarah Rees Brennan.  I’ve got an interview with Sarah and then a giveaway of her book Demon’s Covenant which is open Internationally!


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The past. It definitely wasn’t ruled by monkeys, I could find out whether Richard III killed the Princes in the Tower, and I could buy many cartons of my favourite discontinued ice-cream to take back with me to the present.

What is one book everyone should read?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I think it would teach anyone about romance: how to show people that characters are attracted to each other, with no mention of bodies. Just their dialogue, and the way it fits together and sparks off each other.

What is the last movie you saw?
EASY A. It was the greatest movie I’ve seen in a long time, a teen movie like Clueless, Mean Girls or Ten Things I Hate About You: it starred a smart, funny girl, had a zillion one-liners, had a loving, non-traditional family (stepfather and adopted different-race brother), and both made literary references and made funny references to literary references. I recommend it with all my heart.

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer. 27 YEAR OLD SARAH: oh my god, high five! 12 YEAR OLD SARAH: *sniff* What took you so long?

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Toffee chocolate chip. Which has been discontinued: that’s why I need a time machine!

One food you would never eat?
I would never eat daffodils again. That one time I was dared to went very badly. (Of course, I’m not sure daffodils technically count as a food. That was my first mistake…)

If you could trade your life for that of a fictional character, who would that character be?
Is there any book called ‘Sally Goes To The Park, It Is A Beautiful Day, She Meets A Handsome Gentleman and Falls – Into a Giant Puddle Full of Money’? If so, I will trade my life for Sally’s. But mostly, oh my god no. Books are about terrible, terrible things happening to people. Imagine being Katniss ‘The World Just Fell On My Head And Exploded (Twice)’ Everdeen. Or Bella ‘Baby’s Kicking A Little Hard’ Swan-Cullen.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, Red Glove by Holly Black, Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews, Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell… Wait, there are movies coming out next year? Uh. Let me know if they’re good, you guys. I’ll be the girl in the Book Castle.

Do you prefer to write on the computer or with paper?
Paper? Oh! Now you mention it, I suppose I could use some sort of ‘writing device’ and make primitive markings upon this paper that you speak of… No, I used to write just on paper, but transcribing 400 pages in 2 weeks will put you off fast.

Paranormal or Normal?
Paranormal! You can have all the things you have with normal, plus extra awesome things. Para is like the sprinkles on the sundae of Normal.

What kind of book do you read when you get sick?
Romance novels. I love characters interacting, fun dialogue and happy endings: I’ll hit up Georgette Heyer, Meredith Duran, Jennifer Crusie, Sherry Thomas. I read thirty-two Nora Roberts novels last time I had flu. I quite enjoyed flu!

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
Cricket. I find it so soothing. You watch, you wander out of the room, you come back two hours later, so little has changed. It makes me aware of the serene beauty of eternity. Also the serene beauty of dudes in their cricket outfits: those outfits are very attractive.

If you could be any author, who would you like to be?
Maybe Suzanne Collins? She doesn’t get hit by wheelbarrows full of ‘I LOVE EDWARD’ messages like Stephenie Meyer, or mobbed by people in wizard hats waving wands that might get you in the eye like JK Rowling, but she has piles of fans, writes great books, and you know, it’d be lovely to have the money trucks in line down your street. ‘BUT SARAH I MEAN SUZANNE, WE MUST TIP MORE MONEY INTO YOUR YARD.’ ‘Guys I’m sorry. The yard is full. Go tip the money onto the island I just bought. I call it… Money Island.’

Demon’s Covenant
By Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster)
Released on May 18th, 2010

Book Summary:
Mae Crawford’s always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she’s even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse? Jamie hasn’t told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick’s powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save everyone she cares about from the power-hungry magician’s carefully laid trap?

A copy of Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan.
Giveaway is open until 12/16/10.
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