Conjure by Lea Nolan: Interview and Giveaway

Welcome to Author Lea Nolan.

Believe it or not, I couldn’t read until I was in the third grade.  After a lot of hard work I finally got the hang of it, and quickly learned the best way to get out of doing chores was to tell my parents I was reading.  Soon I was hooked, devouring books by Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Judy Blume, C.S. Lewis, and anything I could find with a shiny Newberry Award sticker on the cover.  Books provided a portal to enchanted lands where anything was possible and characters relied on their wits to wiggle out of sticky situations.  Today, even though I’m all grown up, I write the kinds of stories I sought as a teen — smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history.  I’ve got an undergraduate degree in history and a master’s in public policy and women’s studies, which believe it or not help a lot in my fiction writing.  I live in Maryland with my heroically supportive husband and three clever children, who’ve figured out how to get out of doing their chores.

Write a Haiku about your book

Three kids find treasure,

Demon dogs, and evil curse.

Can love save them all?

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

I listened to Colbie Caillat’s Bubbly a thousand times as I wrote CONJURE. It didn’t inform the plot, but it perfectly captured how the heroine, Emma feels about her hero, Cooper. He gives her the very best kind of tingles!

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Definitely go back to the past. I was a history major in college and I’d love to see what it was actually like during the American colonial period, the Revolution and when the constitution was drafted and debated. Yup, I’m a giant history geek!

What is one book everyone should read?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Although it was written more than fifty years ago, its themes are still relevant today. Plus it’s Ms. Lee’s only published novel so that makes it extra special. I have a secret fantasy that after she passes away someone will find a vault crammed with hundreds of completed works just waiting to be published.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. His prose is so beautiful it kills me. I am not worthy!

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world which would it be?

Hands down, Harry Potter. I want a magic wand from Ollivanders and I want it to work for real!

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

I loved From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg and used to daydream about running away from home and living off coins thrown in a fountain. 

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?

Regretfully, I am addicted to the Real Housewives shows, especially the New York, New Jersey and Beverly Hills editions. I can’t ever get those brain cells back, but somehow I enjoyed losing them as I watched.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

My mom. I’d love one last chance to sit down and talk with her, ask all the things I never got to, and tell her how much I love her.

One food you would never eat?

Escargot. Dis-gusting.

Skittles or M&Ms?

M&Ms all the way. One time I ate way too many Skittles and they gave me the shakes!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Ben and Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie is divine. Unearthing a whole oreo in the middle is the best!

Horror or Romance?

Romance! The last horror movie I saw was Scream. I was so freaked out by Drew Barrymore’s death scene, I lost two nights of sleep.

Regular or Diet?

Diet, preferably Coke Zero, even though it was supposedly formulated to appeal to men, ‘cause you know, Diet Coke is such a lady drink.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

My laptop, a solar charger to rejuice said laptop, and an extra pair of undies.

CONJURE: Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.
When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.

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