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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Authors Are Rockstars: Lissa Price Guest Post + Giveaway



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Hi Everyone! Today we are hosting Lissa Price author of Starters. Starters is Lissa’s debut novel.

Jaime and I (Patricia) both met Lissa at Veronica Rossi’s Launch for Under the Never Sky here in Northern California, which was way cool. I certainly got excited about Starters then. Lissa was giving out some awesome business cards with the cover of Starters on it which definitely made me want to know more. So when I asked Lissa about the book and she told me what it was about I got even more excited. I thought the premise of the story sounded pretty fantastic and entirely creepy. Lol. My kind of book!

Lissa has written a guest post for us about Starters, what it’s about and even some fun trivia you may not know. So without further delay here it is…
What do you know about Starters? By Lissa Price

Maybe you know the basic premise of Starters, how it is set in a future Los Angeles where desperate teens rent out their bodies to seniors so they can enjoy being young again temporarily. But one senior plans to do more than party, she plans to murder someone.

It’s told from 16 year old Callie’s point of view, a regular, middle-class girl who has been forced to live off the streets with her sickly young brother when her parents, like most middles, died because they weren’t vaccinated against the deadly spores. Her only way out is to head to Prime Destinations where they will rent out her body to a wealthy senior.

And then things go wrong. Lies. Secrets. Enders in Starter’s bodies. A boy named Blake, a boy named Michael. Who can she trust enough to tell the truth?

Does she even know the truth?

And here’s a few things you probably don’t know:

1. There is a Starters glossary on Amazon.
2. The concept was kept under wraps for the first eight months after it was sold.
3. There are two e-shorts set in the world of Starters – the first one is called “Portrait of a Starter,” the second “Portrait of a Marshal” – available in all e-formats.
4. There is a free Starters game app available via www.StartersBooks.com where you can apply to rent out your body.
5. The video trailer for the book is a tight 30 seconds.
6. In the U.K., you can point your smartphone to the cover and see that video trailer.
7. The name Michael was used because I have a good friend by that name.
8. The original title of the manuscript was “The Body Bank.”
9. My agent thought that sounded like dead bodies. Not good.
10. I got the idea for the book at Costco.
And if you want to meet Lissa in person, she will be speaking at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Century City this Friday and Saturday. There will also be a signing party on Sunday. For all dates and times for the events, check out the SCBWI website HERE.

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Also Lissa has offered to give away a signed and personalized copy of Starters, and we here at Two Chicks will also be giving away a HC copy of Starters as well as an ARC. So that’s three winners!! Good Luck and enter below…

Need to know Giveaway Deets: 
  • U.S. Only (sorry)
  • Must be at least 13 years old
  • Three winners (First winner will get a signed & personalized HC of Starters; Second winner will get HC copy of Starters; Third winner will get an ARC of starters)
  • One entry per household
  • Ends on Aug 9, 2012 at 12:01 am    
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out the rest of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour HERE We've already had two stops: Jus Accardo here on Two Chicks and Karsten Knight at Fiktshun!!!

60 comments:

  1. I love this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I love the concept for this book! It's both intriguing and somewhat frightening(I mean seriously how desperate would you have to be to let someone else stay in your body like that). it is definitely going on my to-read list.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  3. Sounds a little disturbing, I love it! Can't wait to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. This book sounds like such a great read. I love the concept of the story line, I don't think I've read anything like it. Thanks for the giveaway!:

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  5. Interesting little tidbits. I wonder how the idea came about at Costco...

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  6. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile! Thank you for the opportunity to win :)

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  7. I've been dying to read this book!

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  8. Those tidbits have me dying to read Starters!

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  9. This cover never ceases to amaze me! It's so freaking cool. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  10. I love all the little details the author gave! So interesting!

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  11. This is one of my favorite YA dystopian books!

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  12. I keep seeing that eerie cover but really had no clue what it was about. I loved the summary AND the facts.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  13. The Body Bank is definitely really creepy. That with the cover might have been too much!

    thanks for the giveaway!
    markella.whetzel@gmail.com

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  14. I loved and adored Starters! Thanks for the post! ^__^

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway! I loved the part of the post that had things you probably didn't know about Starters. I'll have to get the e-shorts!

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  16. Oh man, I have been dying to read Starters for months now!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  17. I really want to read Starters. I've read many great reviews. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  18. Another awesome one to feature! I agree with what someone noted above - would LOVE to know more about how this idea came to her at COSTCO!!! These were great tidbits to learn, most of which I did not know. I've had this on my TBR list for a while, can't wait to read it. Oh, and I LMAO when I read the original title and the agent's response!! I tend to agree...like the title "Starters" much better ;-)

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I have heard great things about Starters!

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  20. I have read this book and it is AWESOME!!!!
    -JennyC

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  21. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    How cool Lissa named a character after her friend:) Great facts, with the Amazon item:)

    Thanks so much:)

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  22. Thanks for the great post. The story sounds great and I love the cover.

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  23. I haven't read this yet but I definitely plan to. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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  24. I want to read this so bad. Thanks for the chance!

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  25. Hmm... The Body Bank is what Starters are called in Czech version :D

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been dying to read this!

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway! This was one of my favorite reads this year!

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  28. This sounds great! Can't believe I haven't heard of this before.

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  29. I actually listened to "Starters" on audio & really loved it! It would be beyond fabulous to be chosen to win one of these copies!!!

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  30. Wow -- looks good! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  31. O_O if only I lived in the UK lol

    This post is awesome!! You both are so lucky you got to meet Lissa!! ~sniff~

    I actually found out about her via Mike Mullin-author of Ashfall- and then I was doomed, I really really want to read this book! It sounds so different and amazing and fresh that I seriously need it, again wishing I were in the UK hahah, and 'The Body Bank'???
    O_O that was catchy but it definitely sounds like dead bodies ready for you to pick them up and trade them or something hahaha

    -trying my best here to stop by all the blogs and failing miserably- :D

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  32. Wow! That's a lot of interesting facts! And, thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  33. Awesome giveaway! And you were right, I didn't know those things, so everything was really interesting!

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  34. That's pretty cool that Starter's premise was kept under wraps all that time!! I've really been wanting to read this, thank you for the sweet giveaway! <3
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  35. This has been on my TBR list, thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. Didn't really know what this story was about. I can't say I like the cover, so I never bothered to look at the book. Not quite what I thought it would be about, could be interesting (definitely different from other stuff that's out there). Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  37. Thanks sooo much for this giveaway!!

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  38. Would love to give this one a read!

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  39. I haven't read it yet but looking forward to it.

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  40. I've wanted to read this ever since I first saw the cover but haven't been able to buy it. Well here's to hoping I'll win one!:D

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  41. I'm excited for this book! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  42. Wow~ Such awesome prizes. Thanks :)

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  43. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this one!

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  44. How comes she got the whole idea at Costco?? That is a story I want to hear.

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  45. Interesting! I've heard a lot of great things about this one, so I'm eager to check it out. :)

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  46. Thanks for the giveaways. You definitely rock.
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  47. They were actually talking about this book on a local morning radio show in D.C that is pretty popular with the 20s crowd. They don't usually talk about books, but apparently they think Starters will be the next big thing.

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  48. Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway, I can't WAIT to read Starters... I've heard so much about it! :D

    Rabiah (name on Rafflecopter)

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