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It's Been Ages Since I Did A Giveaway

And I'm not doing one now, but Saundra Mitchell asked if she could, and of course I said yes absolutely! She also said smart things about boys and girls: about which I agree completely. a) A girl is not a machine you put kindness coins into until a relationship falls out and b) a girl is not responsible for a dude's feelings.

She puts it more stylishly, of course. She writes historical: she wouldn't say dude.

"Do you know what I've missed since coming here? Books. I do miss reading novels, don't you?"
-Zora, The Springsweet

Even though there are two guys and one girl in THE SPRINGSWEET, it doesn't feature a love triangle. Instead, what it features is—I'll be honest—my reaction to a weird pop culture insistence.

Namely, the insistence that if a guy really, really likes a girl, she's somehow obligated to be his girlfriend.

If he makes a crazy big grand gesture like, I don't know, watching you sleep every night, or watching your whole life through a telescope, or following you around with a boom box*, then obviously, that's true love and you must respond in kind.

Except, no. There are lots of perfectly great people, but the brilliance of being an individual with agency means you get to decide your own destiny. You're in charge of yourself and your feelings. Other people's persistence isn't currency. They don't get to buy your love with enough extraordinary acts of attention.

So, I haven't written a love triangle at all. (I'm not sure I could, they're pretty complicated to get right.) But I have (I hope!) written a young woman who has agency and who uses it. I think if she weren't stuck in 1891, Zora would get along splendidly with Mae, actually.

You can make up your own mind, though. Enter to win a copy of Sarah's THE DEMON'S LEXICON, and a signed set of Saundra's THE VESPERTINE and THE SPRINGSWEET. All you have to do is comment in this entry, and leave an e-mail address where we can contact you.

And tell us about your favorite book, too. Growing a TBR pile is the best gardening there is! This is the only stop on the blog tour that will be open to international entries.

A Companion to The Vespertine
by Saundra Mitchell
Hardcover & E-book
From Harcourt

“A high-quality, absorbing drama.”

– Kirkus Reviews, 02/01/12

* A boom box? Whoa, this IS historical fiction... - SRB


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Apr. 19th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
You can reach me anytime: elucreh AT gmail DOT com ; I must admit I'm very intrigued by the premise of ladies who make up their own minds, and I never turn down a (fourth? fifth? ...maybe sixth) copy of Sarah's books to hand out to all the literate people I know
Apr. 19th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes please! ravelingv.unravelling@gmail.com - a girl finally getting to say no to the Nice Guy sounds great.
Apr. 19th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Please count me in facecat_1@yahoo.com - Thanx!

I don't have a fave book & the one I just finished reading is SciFi.
Apr. 19th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
I am going to send that kindness coin quote to my neice, non-historical or not. I wish I'd known that earlier in my life! Such truth! Maybe I should send her some books that illustrate it, too :) naiadkitty at gmail
Apr. 19th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Absolutely adore Saundra's other books, so: Want want want. twistedlilstar@gmail.com
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, count me in! lochnessasaur at gmail. Also I can't pick a favorite book, I'll..I'LL TRY TO DECIDE AND GET BACK TO THIS.
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Apr. 19th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hear good things about that one. ;)
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
I've gotten so tired of love triangles, because usually it's just the two guys fighting over the girl like she's a piece of meat, without even caring what she thinks. So gross.

I'd love to enter, you can reach me at prollabee_a_wallabee@hotmail.com

As for favourite books...aside from The Demon's Lexicon? ;)
One of my favourites is Into The Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville. A girl and her grandmother get chased through a church, grandmother tells the girl to jump off the roof...she does. But wakes up in a different world. Also featuring a teenage unicorn with an attitude problem, and scary conspiracy things with unicorns. And unicorns!

Another of my favourites, Animist by Eve Forward. A school of people trained to connect with the minds of animals, a boy who accidentally binds his mind to that of a rat. Boy accidentally does terrible things and tries to set them right.
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Love triangles are like most other writing things for me: terrible when done badly, awesome when done terribly. But I've never been able to write one I think of as a proper love triangle yet. So. One day!
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
I could not agree more and would love to be entered in. My e-mail is drabsalom@gmail.com and a favorite book is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. There is a movie, but I wouldn't recommend seeing it (ever) because I think it misunderstands the most important part of the book and the reason it always banished my nightmares when I read it under the covers as a child - Ella saves herself.
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
I looooooooove that book. I fangirled all over Gail Carson Levine when I met her. Em-barrassing!
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Oh man, spork.of.fire at gmail dot com.

Recs, recs, recs...um...The Knife of Never Letting Go, which is the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, was extremely good. Couldn't put it down.
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Ladies with minds of their own, huzzah! I must thank you for the recommendations; my TBR pile is slowly piling up and I'm delighted.

My favorite book of all time is Little Women, with wonderfully flawed Jo determined to blunder her way through life on her own terms, thank you very much, Teddy! While I ruthlessly ship Jo/Laurie, I admire her strength in standing her ground, even when it would have been so easy to just say yes.

Also, yay to international entries! Thanks for remembering the fans in far-flung areas, very much appreciated indeed. charisma3377@hotmail.com

Apr. 19th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
I would love to say that The Demon's Lexicon trilogy is my favorite book, but that would be pandering.

So assuming that what you're asking is my favorite book OTHER than by the authors in question... Just about anything by Peter Beagle. The Last Unicorn is an obvious choice, but I recently got to fall in love with Folk of the Air again, plus who could forget Tamsin?

Try me at fey queen mab @ yahoo dot com (remove the spaces, of course.)

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Apr. 19th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Saundra Mitchell is soooo smart, wants all her books (ditto for SRB). An ultimate favourite book is so hard to choose, so I'll just pick one I loved very much - 'Liar' by Justine Larbalestier. Soooo good! My e-mail is bakerjodie at googlemail dot com .
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Two books I always like to encourage people to add to their TBR piles are Jeri Smith-Ready's "Wicked Game" (first in her WVMP series- I know it's vampires but it is so good, and the characters are complex and flawed and get called on their BS and are not teenagers!) and Lynn Flewelling's "Bone Doll's Twin" (first of a YA fantasy trilogy that is awesome... the romance in this trilogy is very understated but is one of my favorites, and the world-building is awesome).
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hey, I love vampires. AND Jeri Smith-Ready. And Bone Doll's Twin, too--you have excellent taste.
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Apr. 19th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, man; favorite books, favorite books.... too many to list! Just re-read "Sorcery and Cecelia" and the two following books, because they are awesome and I adore them, and especially with the first one, you can just see these two fantastically skilled authors writing back and forth and building this world as they do it-- it was originally just the two of them playing the Letter Game, not thinking, "Hey, we are writing a book!" so there are all these terrific moments where they are sort of volleying ideas to each other, back and forth.

Also, those statements about boys and girls are SO VERY TRUE. And useful to have on hand when needed!

ETA: Gah, bother: janedrew@hotmail.com

ETAA: Patricia Wrede, Caroline Stevermeyer, Regency England with magic, in case you are wondering-- real fore-runner for the "fantasy with manners" sub-genre.

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