Thursday, October 07, 2010

Party with Becca Fitzpatrick

I've been waiting to get my hands on CRESCENDO from the moment I turned the last page on HUSH, HUSH. The waiting is almost over - it officially releases on October 19... and one of today's lucky readers will win a signed copy, courtesy of the cool and generous Becca Fitzpatrick. (Good thing I have my copy pre-ordered, or I might be tempted to break my own rules and enter this drawing myself!)

Becca knew she wanted to be an author the moment she watched Romancing the Stone in third grade. She grew up, graduated college with a degree in health, and then promptly abandoned it for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely running, prowling sale racks for shoes, or fulfilling her mission to taste every flavor of ice cream under the sun. She lives in Colorado, the lone girl in a house filled with boys. Her first book, Hush, Hush, debuted as a New York Times bestseller. The sequel, Crescendo, hits the shelves in less than two weeks!

Here's the official blurb for CRESCENDO:

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marci Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

Becca's reading and reaction:

Your compound number values are fourteen and forty-one.

Fourteen is a command number, associated with movement, creativity, and changes. It holds a strong element of risk attached to it, usually caused by the actions and foolhardiness of others. These words are all foreign to me. Command? Risk? Chances? Foolhardiness? Okay, so maybe the last one me...a tiny bit...

Forty-one holds power like the single 5, or the "command" numbers 14 and 23. It is associated with lofty ideals and work ethic, resulting in success and international acclaim.

Ha! Love this one. International acclaim? I'll take it! Seriously, though, I would agree with the lofty ideals and work ethic part. If there is one thing my parents taught me as a child, it was to work hard. Because of it, I came out of childhood believing I could do anything. Anyone who knows me would agree that I hold a high standard for myself and those around me. My mom still loves to tell the story of me, as a teenager, asking her in exasperation, “Why doesn't everyone just do the best job they can? I don't understand why they don't try harder!”

The number one indicates someone who is creative, independent, original, individual. Ones are good self-starters and natural leaders. Ones show interest in the arts, such as singing, acting, writing, painting, and love to curl up with a good book.

Aw, this number is speaking to my heart. Writing? Curling up with a good book? I think it's safe to say those are pretty accurate. And while I agree with the being a self-starter bit, and being independent, I would emphatically disagree with the idea that I'm a natural leader. I'm such a lone wolf. I like taking charge of myself and my own destiny, but I tend to shy away from getting involved in others' lives. It has always been this way. As a teen, I loathed team sports. I didn't like the idea that we all had to rely on each other, for better or worse. The sports I was completely committed to and thrived at were cross-country and track. When I'm put in a group situation, I hang back and let someone else take charge.

Birthdate: You are a number three.

The number three indicates someone who is artistic, social, friendly, and in some cases, wasteful. Threes tend to be creative, sensitive, ambitious and intuitive.

Wasteful. Ugh, yes. I'm trying to improve, but I do have the bad habit of buying things I don't need or even want. I think it goes back to my senior year of high school, when my dad left and my family was suddenly thrust into the scary position of not having money. I went from shopping every going on free lunch. It was humiliating and horrible, and now I hate the feeling of “not having.” Which is why I often end up buying things I don't even need! I'd also agree that I'm friendly, sensitive (overly) and intuitive. Social? Only when I have to be!

Today's lucky daily giveaway winner will receive a signed copy of Crescendo!