Monday, August 5, 2013

Burning by Elana K. Arnold Blog Tour

Burning Official Blog Tour
* A special “Thank You” to Elana and Random House for making this tour possible.

Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It's good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he's headed to San Diego, where he's got a track scholarship at the University of California. But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don't have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447.

Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash--especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.

ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse--a gorgeous mare named Rainbow--and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of the East/West Literary Agency. Sacred is her debut novel.

Top 10 Favorite Things with Elana
Favorite author (dead or alive): Phillip Pullman
Favorite Chocolates: Bordeaux, from Sees Candies, and Trader Joe’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite books that inspired you to write: Twilight inspired me to write SACRED.
Favorite songs to listen to while writing: I don’t listen to music when I write… but often my kids are watching SpongeBob in the adjacent room, so I hear a lot of its theme song! Does that count?
Favorite destination to live: Somewhere tropical, but without too many bugs
Musicians/bands/groups: James Taylor, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles
Favorite movies of all time: The Princess Bride, The Bourne Identity, Anne of Green Gables (the PBS miniseries)
Favorite TV program/series: Mad Men. I’m obsessed.
Favorite movie moments: When Jason Bourne takes that girl by her face and kisses her for the first time; when Anne Shirley swears to be Diana’s bosom friend; every second of The Princess Bride
Favorite Super Villain: Hmm… I don’t think I have one… Squidward, maybe?
Favorite gadgets: The washing machine and the dishwasher. And my laptop.
Favorite dream destinations: The Italian Riviera, the French Riviera, the Caribbean, Hogwarts


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