#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst + Interview

Welcome to Author Sarah Beth Durst. I have an interview and then a book giveaway for Sarah’s newest book Enchanted Ivy.

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?Future. A lot of the past lacked indoor plumbing.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose
Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austen, Kermit the Frog, Bruce Coville, and my husband. I think the first three would be entertaining conversationalists, and I know the last two are.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Food, water, and a working cell phone. If I had those, then I would want a box of matches, a knife, and Chapstick. If all those essentials were taken care of, then I’d want a notebook and pen. Maybe two pens, just in case.

What is one book everyone should read?
Green Eggs and Ham.

What is the last book you read?
The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville. Truly epic win.

What is the last movie you saw?
In the movie theater… ooh, this is embarrassing, but I don’t remember! On DVD, I saw Kung Fu Panda. I think I have a crush on Master Shifu.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Writer Girl. And I’d be able to influence reality with my prose.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’d like the power to keep everyone I love healthy. If that’s asking too much, then a wee bit of telekinesis would be nice. 🙂

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Except for that brief stage when I wanted to be Wonder Woman (but with actual flying power instead of the inconvenient invisible jet).

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Black raspberry. Yum.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
My maternal grandmother. She was an artist who painted on pretty much every surface that held still long enough to be painted: chairs, trays, cups, plates. She died when I was around two years old, and I don’t remember her.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
Ramoth, the telepathic dragon from Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. Seriously, think about it. If I met a dragon, it would be, like, the best anecdote ever. I would be set for all future conversations. For instance: “Hi. How are you?” “I met a dragon. You?” Can’t beat that.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Leftover pizza. Shhh, don’t tell my mom.

How many books do you read a week/month?
Really depends on what stage I’m at with my own novel. Some weeks, it’s just one book. Others, it’s three or four.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
Varies, depending on my mood, but right now a few of my favorite songs are: Bubbly (Colbie Caillat), Unwritten (Natasha Bedingfield), Just a Little Girl (Amy Studt), Black Horse and Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall), I’m Yours (Jason Mraz), and When a Hippo Can Dance (Keith & Sandra Boynton). I like songs that make me happy.

If you could jump into any painting which one would it be?
One of the Monet garden scenes. They look like an excellent place to read a book.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I can’t wait to see Tangled. My first two novels were about Rapunzel’s daughter, and I’m excited to see how Disney handles the tale.

Who is your favorite author?
Tamora Pierce. She writes empowering books about girls who save the day. Also, one of them has a talking marmot, and I think that’s awesome.

Do you prefer to write on the computer or with paper?
Computer. I can type faster than I can write long-hand.

Paranormal or Normal?
Paranormal, definitely.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
Most of them have rather irritating character traits… How about Iris? She pretty much just rides around on rainbows all day. Sounds fun.

What kind of book do you read when you get sick?
Fantasy. Same books I read when I’m healthy. 🙂

What are your favorite comfort foods?
Raisinets (as you may have already guessed). Muenster cheese and crackers (which I prefer to call monster cheese and crackers). Pizza. I pretty much could exist on just pizza for all meals.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
Heron. I love how graceful they look as they fly. Also, I kind of have a long neck, and I really would prefer to think it’s more like a heron’s neck than a chicken’s. 🙂

Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst:

What Lily Carter wants most in the world is to attend Princeton University just like her grandfather. When she finally visits the campus, Grandpa surprises her: She has been selected to take the top-secret Legacy Test. Passing means automatic acceptance to Princeton. Sweet!Lily’s test is to find the Ivy Key. But what is she looking for? Where does she start? As she searches, Lily is joined by Tye, a cute college boy with orange and black hair who says he’s her guard. That’s weird. But things get seriously strange when a gargoyle talks to her. He tells her that there are two Princetons—the ordinary one and a magical one—and the Key opens the gate between them. But there are more secrets that surround Lily. Worse secrets.When Lily enters the magical Princeton, she uncovers old betrayals and new dangers, and a chance at her dream becomes a fight for her life. Soon Lily is caught in a power struggle between two worlds, with her family at its center. In a place where Knights slay monsters, boys are were-tigers, and dragons might be out for blood, Lily will need all of her ingenuity and courage—and a little magic—to unite the worlds and unlock the secrets of her past and her future.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst
Giveaway open to US only.
Last day to enter 12/16

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