Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Starcrossed & Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Welcome to Author Josephine Angelini

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer’s daughter, Josie graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
If I could just pop in on the past, and leave, that would be great, but on the whole I’d rather go into the future. There was no indoor plumbing for most of the past, and no antibiotics, so if you got a splinter you could be dead in a week. Not romantic. Plus, women weren’t treated very well anywhere in the world until just a few decades ago. I’d end up a slave, probably, for opening my big yap. All in all I think I’d be much better off in the future. I don’t have any illusions about “the good old days”, which I think is just a fancy way of saying, “we’re trying to make the feudal system look good, but it’s hard, because people kept dying of plague.”

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
I would want a good pilot, a working plane, and plenty of fuel. I don’t do captivity. Nor do I like giving in to my apparent fate. I’ll fight to the last.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I’m not an ice cream kind of girl. A few bites and I’m over it. Same with cake, or anything like that. After that initial, “oh my god, it’s so good I want to rub it all of my body” moment has passed, I’m done.

One food you would never eat?
Milk-fed veal. It’s just cruel.

What is your favorite Quote?
I don’t know if it’s my favorite or not, but in high school, my pal Matt Mitchell left this quote from Robert Frost and line of advice in my senior yearbook:
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” Never sleep, Josie.
Kind of awesome, right?

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
The first thing I ever wanted to be was a Jedi Knight. My sister Martha blew it for me though. She told me Jedi Knights weren’t real. I was devastated. (And yes, I realize that I’ve always been a giant geek!)

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
I wrote a short story about a monster that haunts this one tiny apartment in Soho, NYC. The monster is made up of the dust of decades of miserable tenants, and it pulls itself together with each new inhabitant’s misery. Dust is mostly skin, by the way, so the monster looks like a patchwork of the all the people that have lived there before, stuck together in this really unpleasant manor. My Skin Monster is probably one of my craziest ideas.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
“Don’t stop believing! Hold on to that feeling!” Journey.

Hidden talent?
I can juggle.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“The Long, Slow, Hard, and usually Stupid Way.”

Hot or Cold? 


Print or Ebook? 


Horror or Romance?


Action or Drama? 


Sweet or Salty? 


PC or Mac? 


Shoes or Sandals? 


Cats or Dog? 


Truth or Dare? 

Dare. Always.

Text or Talk? 

Text. Unless it’s in person, and then I love to talk.


Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.
Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?


Can true love be forgotten?
As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.
Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out–a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.
As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.
Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling “Starcrossed” delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds all expectations.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of both Starcrossed & Dreamless
Open to US only
Ends 8/15/12

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