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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Story Secrets: ETERNAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith + Giveaway!

I'm very excited to welcome author Cynthia Leitich Smith to the blog today to chat about ETERNAL, now available in paperback and which debuted on the NYT bestseller list! Congrats, Cynthia!

Cynthia is not only a popular and beloved YA author, but she is a champion of literature. She runs a fabulous industry blog for Children's and YA at Cynsations - definitely worth a few hours of fascination!

Welcome, Cynthia!


ETERNAL (Candlewick 2009, 2010) is the story of shy, quiet Miranda, who dreams of being an actress but withers on stage, and Zachary, the guardian angel whose job it is to watch over her. When Miranda’s life is in danger, Zachary breaks the rules and shows himself, unintentionally triggering events that result in a far worse fate for “his girl,” becoming “adopted” by the vampire king.

This Gothic fantasy novel is two parts love story and one part political thriller. It takes place in a multi-creature verse that includes not only angels and vampires, but also various kinds of shape-shifters.

I love to hear the stories behind the story – from where did the idea for ETERNAL come?

ETERNAL is part of a larger series, which debuted with TANTALIZE (Candlewick, 2007, 2008), and the two casts will crossover in BLESSED, which picks up where TANTALIZE leaves off...

Read the rest and enter to win ETERNAL here!


Enna Isilee said...

I commented to enter the contest, and even though it says my comment was posted, I can't see it! So I'll just say it again here, in fewer words.

I'd have my urban fantasy in New York or Paris. But seeing as I've never actually BEEN to either of those places, some preliminary research must occur.

~Enna Isilee

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