Monday, August 20, 2012

Authors Are Rockstars Tour - Robin LaFevers

I am way freaking excited to have Robin LaFevers on the blog today answering a few of my questions and offering an awesome giveaway as part of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour hosted by Fiktshun and Two Chicks on Books. I'm ecstatic to be a part of this tour because..well..authors ARE my rockstars. And if I ever get lucky enough to meet Robin LaFevers I'd definitely have to unleash the fangirl. I'd heard a lot of great buzz about Grave Mercy, but it wasn't until I heard someone say "assassin nun" that I knew I needed a copy of this book. Do you ever have books that you read and you know that you'll read anything that author writes? Yeah, that's Robin LaFevers for me. You can read how much I LOVED Grave Mercy here. You can also add Grave Mercy to your TBR here and the second book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy here!
So with that, I'd like to welcome Robin to the blog!

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Since you write for the young adult crowd, what were you like as a teenager? 

I was one big tangled knot of shyness and uncertainty—about pretty much everything. I had a fairly dysfunctional family growing up, complete with wicked stepmother, three stepfathers, a passel of stepbrothers, and much trauma. When I was twelve, my mother packed up me, my two brothers, and our three dogs and we left in the middle of the night, running away from a womanizing, alcoholic stepfather. Two years later I had a new stepfather who was addicted to painkillers and an all around interesting guy. At that time I also acquired a new stepbrother—who was one of the star players on the high school football team. Talk about awkward!

Suffice it to say, I was so busy adjusting to the emotional drama going on on a daily basis that I never had a chance to get my feet under me. I was terrified a lot, not in terms of physical safety but in an emotional sense. The term hypervigilant springs to mind—I was always bracing for the next disaster and wondering which direction it would come from. I was also utterly powerless with regards to the major influences in my life at the time, which is no doubt where my core theme of empowerment comes from and why I write books for kids and teens.

  I know that you’ve published middle grade novels before, but was there anything that surprised you about publishing a young adult novel? Have you found that your young adult readers are different from your middle grade readers? 

With middle grade books, so very few readers are active online or even choosing their own books! Middle grade authors rely heavily on gatekeepers—teachers, librarians, or parents—to put the books into the hands of their readers. Also, there are few adults who read middle grade books, while there are many, many adults who read and are passionate about YA. The book blogging community, for example, is a HUGE force in YA, but much less so in MG. I’m not used to having my book so visible, and while it is HUGELY exciting and wonderful, it takes a wee bit of getting used to. Especially since one of the mental games I play in order to give myself freedom to tell the most authentic story I can, is that no one is going to read it. The reception the book and blogging community gave GRAVE MERCY pretty much blew that little mind trick out of the water, but it has also been immensely heartwarming and gratifying. 

  Was it hard to convince your agent or your editor to buy this book? Can you talk a little bit about how you sold this book for publication?

No! My agent showed my editor the first 50 pages and after that she could not wait to get her hands on it, but I wanted to give it another rewrite or three. When it was finally ready, my agent felt it was a strong enough project that we could take it wide and generate a fair amount of interest, but I adore my editor and my publisher (Kate O’Sullivan at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and luckily they were able to make a pre-emptive offer that made everyone happy.

  If you were raised as an assassin like Ismae, what would your weapon of choice be? 

I’ve always been drawn to the idea that death can be merciful or a gentle release, so I would definitely want a gentle weapon. A benevolent poison perhaps, or the misericorde.

Women suffer quite a bit in this world you created, and Ismae’s profession seems to be a rebellion against such suffering. Did you intend to send a girl-power message? What would you say is the one thing a girl can do to ensure she has control over her own life? 

I definitely intended to send a message of empowerment. In this book, it was girl power, but in my other books I have also dealt simply with kid power, realizing not every boy emerges from the chute with his own power grasped firmly in hand. 

It’s hard to narrow the advice down to just one thing! But I guess, if I had to pick only one, it would be this: Girls need to exercise their critical analysis skills and question authority. And yes, I know that sounds very radical 60’s feminist, but the thing is, when we give someone authority, we give them power over us. 

Some authorities are non-negotiable, the state, law enforcement, government, etc. But there are many areas of life where we get to choose who we give power—and authority—to. Our friends, peers, boyfriends, the media and cosmetic industry, and after we reach a certain age, even our parents. You don’t have to listen to guys or peers if what they want or tell you goes against your core truth or beliefs or desires. You don’t have to hold yourself to the ideals the fashion and cosmetic industry promote in order to convince you to spend billions of dollars to meet impossible standards. You get to choose. That also, or maybe even especially, applies to life’s Big Questions. We owe it to ourselves to wrestle with our concepts of love and faith and honor and duty. We get to decide for ourselves what those mean and do not have to swallow whole the concepts handed to us by others.


There is actually quite a bit of politics that saturate your novel, yet the political situation isn’t overwhelming or hard to understand. How much of this was made up and how much was the actual situation between France and Brittany? Also, was it hard to insert the political situation while balancing the plot of your story? 

About 90% of the politics and intrigue in Grave Mercy was factual. The tensions between France and Brittany, the twelve year old duchess who inherited a kingdom teetering on invasion, and who had been promised in marriage to at least a half a dozen suitors, if not more. Most often in exchange for promises of aid in her father’s struggle to maintain independence against France. 

All of her councilors were factual, except for one, and they all betrayed her in precisely the same way as portrayed in the book. If anything, I greatly simplified the intrigue! There were actually more of her Breton barons who rose up against her, or contested the duchy passing to her. 

The hardest part of weaving the political intrigue into the book was that all that drama and all those larger than life characters really threatened to swamp Ismae’s story. She kept getting lost. So I switched from 3rd person POV to 1st, which really helped her stand out from the historical background, but her own story still seemed to evaporate when others were around. As a journaling experiment, I tried writing her in a 1st person present tense POV, and that’s when everything clicked and her story became front and center, no longer overshadowed by the other things going on in the book.

Can you dish a bit on what we can expect from Dark Assassin? How will Sybella’s story be different from Ismae’s? Will Ismae and Duval be making cameos at all?

Sybella is such a different character than Ismae! For one, she is noble born, not the daughter of a turnip farmer. But she has had a much darker and more traumatic past. And she is far angrier and more unstable than Ismae ever was, and has far more dark impulses of her own that she struggles to control. For all the bad things that had happened to her, Ismae was fairly innocent. Sybella however, has made some bad choices that have truly haunted her.

For Ismae, love was something that opened up the world and helped her see beyond the simple views she’d been exposed to. For Sybella, love will be a step away from the dark edge she teeters on and, hopefully, mover her toward healing and hope and, ultimately, forgiveness.
And yes, Ismae and Duval will make appearances in this book, as well as Book Three, Annith’s story.

Since this is a celebration of authors as rockstars, I’d love to know what authors you follow, worship, admire, or would just generally fangirl over meeting. 

Well, I am a confirmed introvert, so I would never be brave enough to fangirl over anyone.  I would probably just stand back and watch them from afar, my mouth hanging open in admiration. J But some of my favorite authors are Lois McMaster Bujold, Juliet Marillier, Mary Stewart, Jacqueline Carey, Ann Lammot, Barbara O’Neal, Sarah Addison Allen, Libba Bray, Cate Tiernan, Elizabeth Bunce, Megan Whalen Turner, and Suzanne Collins.

Find Robin LaFevers Online: Website :: Blog :: Twitter :: Facebook

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Robin has generously offered a signed copy of Grave Mercy and a Tshirt to one lucky winner!

So quick rules - you must be 13 or older. Giveaway is US only and will run until 12:01 AM EST on Monday, September 3. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form. 

43 comments:

  1. I love the cover of Grave Mercy and have been wanting to read it since I first heard about it. Sadly I have not been able to locate it in one of my local book strores yet.

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  2. Thank you for the great interview! Gave me some more insight into this book that I have been hearing so much awesomeness about!!

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  3. The cover of Grave Mercy is so amazing. I have been wanting to read this book for a while, but none of my local bookstores seem to have it in stock >_< Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

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  4. Really enjoyed the interview!! I just love the cover for this book. And I really love historicals. Being a fan of the darker side of YA this sounds brilliant.

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  5. What a phenom interview! I love the questions you asked and the depth that the author went into for each of her answers. I loved Grave Mercy and I did end up checking out a few Wikipedia pages about the true history in the region at the time because of it. It was such a fascinating and amazing story.

    Thank you so much for hosting such an amazing author as Robin LaFevers and being a part of our tour!

    And thanks so much to Robin for sharing such personal details of a teenage life that sounded challenging to say the least. And for giving us just a little insight into Sybella's character and what can be expected in the next book.

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  6. I really enjoyed Robin's interview and I'm a fan of most of her favorite authors (especially Juliet Marillier). I have been hearing a lot of positive things about Grave Mercy and I look forward to reading it. I love novels with strong heroines :)

    Thank you so much for the interview and the giveaway!

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  7. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    I love how Ismae and Duval will reappear in the next book! It was one of my favorites this year - I loved the characters and the plot and the paranormal aspect of St. Mortain.

    Thank you so much:)

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  8. Absolutely fantastic interview, both the questions and the answers. I loved getting to know Robin a bit more and also about Grave Mercy. I have definitely moved it up on my TBR pile :)

    Thanks so much for being a part of the tour, Hannah!

    -Patricia♥

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  9. Great interview! Grave Mercy is one of my favorite books of this year - maybe an all-time fave. It was SO amazing! I can't wait for the next book to come out. Thanks for the epic giveaway!!

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  10. Grave Mercy was literally my absolute favorite read so far of 2012 and we are now almost in Sept so I'm thinking it will continue to be my top one of the whole year! I loved Ismae and Duval, the story, her brokenness, everything!

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  11. I still need to read Grave Mercy but awesome interview!

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  12. Grave Mercy is one of my favorites of the year. I raved about it (and Duval) so much that even my best friend got tired of it. Then she read it and loved it of course :).

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  13. I loved Grave Mercy it was beautifully written and the story was so intriguing!!! Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!!!

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  14. Wonderful interview!
    I cannot wait to read Sybella's story. It sounds amazing.

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  15. I actually hadn't heard of this book before and I'm glad I saw this post, because it sounds awesome! I'd love to win the giveaway but even if I don't, this book is going on my 'to-read' list!

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  16. I loved Grave Mercy. It was such a great book. I can't wait for the next one.

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  17. Grave Mercy is a book I can't wait to read, plus that cover is really, really beautiful!!! Kudos to Robin for her deserved success <3

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  18. Oooh I absolutely adored this book! I borrowed the library's copy but have been meaning to pick up my own so this is a great opportunity :) Thanks so much!

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  19. What a great interview. Can't wait for book two and three <3

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  20. This is in my top 5 books for the year, and I seriously CANNOT wait for the next book! Bravo. To have a signed copy and t-shirt- SWOON!

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  21. Wow, I am glad you do what you do. Because that is a lot of writing and rewriting and I don't know if I could do that. I have only heard great things about this book and I can't wait to read it either. Thanks for writing it!

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  22. Great stop. I haven't got to read this book yet, but it sounds amazing.

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  23. Thanks so much for the contest and being part of such an awesome tour!

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  24. I loved Grave Mercy, and this interview was really great!

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  25. Ms. Robin, you know I love you and GRAVE MERCY to pieces... literally to pieces, if I had the time to reread GM as often as I wished.

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  26. Robin! I <3 you and your book! I actually have your book, and it's signed. I have a signed ARC and a signed, finished copy. But I'd love a T-shirt :D
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Alyssa Susanna

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  27. Thank you so much for the great interview and this giveaway!

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  28. I absolutely LOVED this book. So hard. I would also love a signed copy of it and shirt.

    I also loved that I learned so much about Brittany! Im so happy to learn that it was factual too.

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  29. I absolutely LOVED this book. So hard. I would also love a signed copy of it and shirt.

    I also loved that I learned so much about Brittany! Im so happy to learn that it was factual too.

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  30. Ismae is my favorite female assassin ever! She is fabulously awesome. And you are awesome for creating her!

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  31. I think I'm one of the few who still hasn't read Grave Mercy but I've always wanted to!! Thanks for the awesome interview! I'm always impressed by how open and personable authors are.

    Bring on the female assassins!! Thanks for the giveaway and for hosting!!

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  32. Love, love, love, love, love, love, LOVE! Serious, copious amounts of love! Grave Mercy is one of the best books I have ever read. I am a fan for life, Robin, and I can't wait for whatever else you have in store for us!

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  33. Great interview! Loved Grave Mercy, and super excited for Dark Triumph!

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  34. I think that is a great message for young readers (like me).

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  35. I enjoyed this interview, and can't wait to read this book!! Robin, You ROCK!! I love the concept of the book!

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway, and for the great interview! I love reading behind the scenes stuff about Grave Mercy because it was one of my favorite books this year. :)

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  37. awesome interview! Indepth and informative!

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  38. Love the interview! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! =)

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  39. Great interview :D Loved Grave Mercy and simply cannot wait for the next book ~

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  40. Great interview! I loved that Robin put so much factual information into this book! The story sounds so original and interesting to me and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    Suz Reads

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  41. I love the cover of Grave Mercy and have been wanting to read it since I first heard about it.

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  42. I had no idea so much of Grave Mercy was based on fact! I feel like I need to go back and re-read with a fresh set of eyes now. Great interview =D

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  43. i loved loved loved this book when i read it! i own an e-copy of it, so i would love to win a hard copy!!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Authors Are Rockstars Tour - Robin LaFevers

I am way freaking excited to have Robin LaFevers on the blog today answering a few of my questions and offering an awesome giveaway as part of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour hosted by Fiktshun and Two Chicks on Books. I'm ecstatic to be a part of this tour because..well..authors ARE my rockstars. And if I ever get lucky enough to meet Robin LaFevers I'd definitely have to unleash the fangirl. I'd heard a lot of great buzz about Grave Mercy, but it wasn't until I heard someone say "assassin nun" that I knew I needed a copy of this book. Do you ever have books that you read and you know that you'll read anything that author writes? Yeah, that's Robin LaFevers for me. You can read how much I LOVED Grave Mercy here. You can also add Grave Mercy to your TBR here and the second book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy here!
So with that, I'd like to welcome Robin to the blog!

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Since you write for the young adult crowd, what were you like as a teenager? 

I was one big tangled knot of shyness and uncertainty—about pretty much everything. I had a fairly dysfunctional family growing up, complete with wicked stepmother, three stepfathers, a passel of stepbrothers, and much trauma. When I was twelve, my mother packed up me, my two brothers, and our three dogs and we left in the middle of the night, running away from a womanizing, alcoholic stepfather. Two years later I had a new stepfather who was addicted to painkillers and an all around interesting guy. At that time I also acquired a new stepbrother—who was one of the star players on the high school football team. Talk about awkward!

Suffice it to say, I was so busy adjusting to the emotional drama going on on a daily basis that I never had a chance to get my feet under me. I was terrified a lot, not in terms of physical safety but in an emotional sense. The term hypervigilant springs to mind—I was always bracing for the next disaster and wondering which direction it would come from. I was also utterly powerless with regards to the major influences in my life at the time, which is no doubt where my core theme of empowerment comes from and why I write books for kids and teens.

  I know that you’ve published middle grade novels before, but was there anything that surprised you about publishing a young adult novel? Have you found that your young adult readers are different from your middle grade readers? 

With middle grade books, so very few readers are active online or even choosing their own books! Middle grade authors rely heavily on gatekeepers—teachers, librarians, or parents—to put the books into the hands of their readers. Also, there are few adults who read middle grade books, while there are many, many adults who read and are passionate about YA. The book blogging community, for example, is a HUGE force in YA, but much less so in MG. I’m not used to having my book so visible, and while it is HUGELY exciting and wonderful, it takes a wee bit of getting used to. Especially since one of the mental games I play in order to give myself freedom to tell the most authentic story I can, is that no one is going to read it. The reception the book and blogging community gave GRAVE MERCY pretty much blew that little mind trick out of the water, but it has also been immensely heartwarming and gratifying. 

  Was it hard to convince your agent or your editor to buy this book? Can you talk a little bit about how you sold this book for publication?

No! My agent showed my editor the first 50 pages and after that she could not wait to get her hands on it, but I wanted to give it another rewrite or three. When it was finally ready, my agent felt it was a strong enough project that we could take it wide and generate a fair amount of interest, but I adore my editor and my publisher (Kate O’Sullivan at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and luckily they were able to make a pre-emptive offer that made everyone happy.

  If you were raised as an assassin like Ismae, what would your weapon of choice be? 

I’ve always been drawn to the idea that death can be merciful or a gentle release, so I would definitely want a gentle weapon. A benevolent poison perhaps, or the misericorde.

Women suffer quite a bit in this world you created, and Ismae’s profession seems to be a rebellion against such suffering. Did you intend to send a girl-power message? What would you say is the one thing a girl can do to ensure she has control over her own life? 

I definitely intended to send a message of empowerment. In this book, it was girl power, but in my other books I have also dealt simply with kid power, realizing not every boy emerges from the chute with his own power grasped firmly in hand. 

It’s hard to narrow the advice down to just one thing! But I guess, if I had to pick only one, it would be this: Girls need to exercise their critical analysis skills and question authority. And yes, I know that sounds very radical 60’s feminist, but the thing is, when we give someone authority, we give them power over us. 

Some authorities are non-negotiable, the state, law enforcement, government, etc. But there are many areas of life where we get to choose who we give power—and authority—to. Our friends, peers, boyfriends, the media and cosmetic industry, and after we reach a certain age, even our parents. You don’t have to listen to guys or peers if what they want or tell you goes against your core truth or beliefs or desires. You don’t have to hold yourself to the ideals the fashion and cosmetic industry promote in order to convince you to spend billions of dollars to meet impossible standards. You get to choose. That also, or maybe even especially, applies to life’s Big Questions. We owe it to ourselves to wrestle with our concepts of love and faith and honor and duty. We get to decide for ourselves what those mean and do not have to swallow whole the concepts handed to us by others.


There is actually quite a bit of politics that saturate your novel, yet the political situation isn’t overwhelming or hard to understand. How much of this was made up and how much was the actual situation between France and Brittany? Also, was it hard to insert the political situation while balancing the plot of your story? 

About 90% of the politics and intrigue in Grave Mercy was factual. The tensions between France and Brittany, the twelve year old duchess who inherited a kingdom teetering on invasion, and who had been promised in marriage to at least a half a dozen suitors, if not more. Most often in exchange for promises of aid in her father’s struggle to maintain independence against France. 

All of her councilors were factual, except for one, and they all betrayed her in precisely the same way as portrayed in the book. If anything, I greatly simplified the intrigue! There were actually more of her Breton barons who rose up against her, or contested the duchy passing to her. 

The hardest part of weaving the political intrigue into the book was that all that drama and all those larger than life characters really threatened to swamp Ismae’s story. She kept getting lost. So I switched from 3rd person POV to 1st, which really helped her stand out from the historical background, but her own story still seemed to evaporate when others were around. As a journaling experiment, I tried writing her in a 1st person present tense POV, and that’s when everything clicked and her story became front and center, no longer overshadowed by the other things going on in the book.

Can you dish a bit on what we can expect from Dark Assassin? How will Sybella’s story be different from Ismae’s? Will Ismae and Duval be making cameos at all?

Sybella is such a different character than Ismae! For one, she is noble born, not the daughter of a turnip farmer. But she has had a much darker and more traumatic past. And she is far angrier and more unstable than Ismae ever was, and has far more dark impulses of her own that she struggles to control. For all the bad things that had happened to her, Ismae was fairly innocent. Sybella however, has made some bad choices that have truly haunted her.

For Ismae, love was something that opened up the world and helped her see beyond the simple views she’d been exposed to. For Sybella, love will be a step away from the dark edge she teeters on and, hopefully, mover her toward healing and hope and, ultimately, forgiveness.
And yes, Ismae and Duval will make appearances in this book, as well as Book Three, Annith’s story.

Since this is a celebration of authors as rockstars, I’d love to know what authors you follow, worship, admire, or would just generally fangirl over meeting. 

Well, I am a confirmed introvert, so I would never be brave enough to fangirl over anyone.  I would probably just stand back and watch them from afar, my mouth hanging open in admiration. J But some of my favorite authors are Lois McMaster Bujold, Juliet Marillier, Mary Stewart, Jacqueline Carey, Ann Lammot, Barbara O’Neal, Sarah Addison Allen, Libba Bray, Cate Tiernan, Elizabeth Bunce, Megan Whalen Turner, and Suzanne Collins.

Find Robin LaFevers Online: Website :: Blog :: Twitter :: Facebook

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Robin has generously offered a signed copy of Grave Mercy and a Tshirt to one lucky winner!

So quick rules - you must be 13 or older. Giveaway is US only and will run until 12:01 AM EST on Monday, September 3. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form. 

43 comments:

  1. I love the cover of Grave Mercy and have been wanting to read it since I first heard about it. Sadly I have not been able to locate it in one of my local book strores yet.

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  2. Thank you for the great interview! Gave me some more insight into this book that I have been hearing so much awesomeness about!!

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  3. The cover of Grave Mercy is so amazing. I have been wanting to read this book for a while, but none of my local bookstores seem to have it in stock >_< Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

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  4. Really enjoyed the interview!! I just love the cover for this book. And I really love historicals. Being a fan of the darker side of YA this sounds brilliant.

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  5. What a phenom interview! I love the questions you asked and the depth that the author went into for each of her answers. I loved Grave Mercy and I did end up checking out a few Wikipedia pages about the true history in the region at the time because of it. It was such a fascinating and amazing story.

    Thank you so much for hosting such an amazing author as Robin LaFevers and being a part of our tour!

    And thanks so much to Robin for sharing such personal details of a teenage life that sounded challenging to say the least. And for giving us just a little insight into Sybella's character and what can be expected in the next book.

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  6. I really enjoyed Robin's interview and I'm a fan of most of her favorite authors (especially Juliet Marillier). I have been hearing a lot of positive things about Grave Mercy and I look forward to reading it. I love novels with strong heroines :)

    Thank you so much for the interview and the giveaway!

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  7. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    I love how Ismae and Duval will reappear in the next book! It was one of my favorites this year - I loved the characters and the plot and the paranormal aspect of St. Mortain.

    Thank you so much:)

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  8. Absolutely fantastic interview, both the questions and the answers. I loved getting to know Robin a bit more and also about Grave Mercy. I have definitely moved it up on my TBR pile :)

    Thanks so much for being a part of the tour, Hannah!

    -Patricia♥

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  9. Great interview! Grave Mercy is one of my favorite books of this year - maybe an all-time fave. It was SO amazing! I can't wait for the next book to come out. Thanks for the epic giveaway!!

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  10. Grave Mercy was literally my absolute favorite read so far of 2012 and we are now almost in Sept so I'm thinking it will continue to be my top one of the whole year! I loved Ismae and Duval, the story, her brokenness, everything!

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  11. I still need to read Grave Mercy but awesome interview!

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  12. Grave Mercy is one of my favorites of the year. I raved about it (and Duval) so much that even my best friend got tired of it. Then she read it and loved it of course :).

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  13. I loved Grave Mercy it was beautifully written and the story was so intriguing!!! Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!!!

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  14. Wonderful interview!
    I cannot wait to read Sybella's story. It sounds amazing.

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  15. I actually hadn't heard of this book before and I'm glad I saw this post, because it sounds awesome! I'd love to win the giveaway but even if I don't, this book is going on my 'to-read' list!

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  16. I loved Grave Mercy. It was such a great book. I can't wait for the next one.

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  17. Grave Mercy is a book I can't wait to read, plus that cover is really, really beautiful!!! Kudos to Robin for her deserved success <3

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  18. Oooh I absolutely adored this book! I borrowed the library's copy but have been meaning to pick up my own so this is a great opportunity :) Thanks so much!

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  19. What a great interview. Can't wait for book two and three <3

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  20. This is in my top 5 books for the year, and I seriously CANNOT wait for the next book! Bravo. To have a signed copy and t-shirt- SWOON!

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  21. Wow, I am glad you do what you do. Because that is a lot of writing and rewriting and I don't know if I could do that. I have only heard great things about this book and I can't wait to read it either. Thanks for writing it!

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  22. Great stop. I haven't got to read this book yet, but it sounds amazing.

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  23. Thanks so much for the contest and being part of such an awesome tour!

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  24. I loved Grave Mercy, and this interview was really great!

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  25. Ms. Robin, you know I love you and GRAVE MERCY to pieces... literally to pieces, if I had the time to reread GM as often as I wished.

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  26. Robin! I <3 you and your book! I actually have your book, and it's signed. I have a signed ARC and a signed, finished copy. But I'd love a T-shirt :D
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Alyssa Susanna

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  27. Thank you so much for the great interview and this giveaway!

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  28. I absolutely LOVED this book. So hard. I would also love a signed copy of it and shirt.

    I also loved that I learned so much about Brittany! Im so happy to learn that it was factual too.

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  29. I absolutely LOVED this book. So hard. I would also love a signed copy of it and shirt.

    I also loved that I learned so much about Brittany! Im so happy to learn that it was factual too.

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  30. Ismae is my favorite female assassin ever! She is fabulously awesome. And you are awesome for creating her!

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  31. I think I'm one of the few who still hasn't read Grave Mercy but I've always wanted to!! Thanks for the awesome interview! I'm always impressed by how open and personable authors are.

    Bring on the female assassins!! Thanks for the giveaway and for hosting!!

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  32. Love, love, love, love, love, love, LOVE! Serious, copious amounts of love! Grave Mercy is one of the best books I have ever read. I am a fan for life, Robin, and I can't wait for whatever else you have in store for us!

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  33. Great interview! Loved Grave Mercy, and super excited for Dark Triumph!

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  34. I think that is a great message for young readers (like me).

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  35. I enjoyed this interview, and can't wait to read this book!! Robin, You ROCK!! I love the concept of the book!

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway, and for the great interview! I love reading behind the scenes stuff about Grave Mercy because it was one of my favorite books this year. :)

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  37. awesome interview! Indepth and informative!

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  38. Love the interview! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! =)

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  39. Great interview :D Loved Grave Mercy and simply cannot wait for the next book ~

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  40. Great interview! I loved that Robin put so much factual information into this book! The story sounds so original and interesting to me and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    Suz Reads

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  41. I love the cover of Grave Mercy and have been wanting to read it since I first heard about it.

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  42. I had no idea so much of Grave Mercy was based on fact! I feel like I need to go back and re-read with a fresh set of eyes now. Great interview =D

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  43. i loved loved loved this book when i read it! i own an e-copy of it, so i would love to win a hard copy!!

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