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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Guest Post + Giveaway: Inara Scott (The Candidates: Delcroix Academy)

Today, we have the lovely Inara Scott, author of The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, Book #1). Thank you so much for giving me the chance to interview you. This book will be released on August 24th, so everyone run out and support Inara's debut! It's the first book in this seemingly awesome series I can't wait to devour!

She just let me know that she would love for you guys to comment below and once you do you'll be entered for a chance to win The Candidates!
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In Inara's words, "I grew up in winter wonderland of Buffalo, NY. Consequently, I spent much of my childhood complaining about being cold. To spare the world my whining, I fled the cold climate and eventually wound up in the Pacific NW. I love it here — we get occasional snow, tons of rain in the winter, and lots of sun in the summer. The forests are huge, and the old Douglas Fir trees and thick ferns make you think you’ve wandered into a fairy tale. I would be surprised if there weren’t fairies and elves living here. Seriously. I love to hike, canoe, and play outside. I am addicted to yoga. I have a deep affinity for water (I used to believe I could learn to breathe underwater, if I stayed down there long enough). I’m a geek through and through. I fear deep, intellectual books and love romance and fantasies. I listen to cheesy, happy music. When I was in high school, my friends considered having a clothing intervention for me because I insisted on making my own clothes and shopping at thrift stores. Somehow, I survived."

For more info on Inara, visit her site(s):
-Website
-Twitter
-Facebook
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The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, Book #1) by Inara Scott
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: August 24, 2010
Publisher:
Hyperion Book CH
Pages: 304

Summary:
Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that's not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia's mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just...happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden. But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia's days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats' kids and child geniuses--not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she's special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome. And then there's her mysterious new friend Jack, who can't stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn't convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her "gift" than they're letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it...But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.
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Guest Post:

1) Thank you Inara for giving me the chance to feature you. I cannot wait to read your book and look forward to your great success! Now on to your novel, what inspired you to write Delcroix Academy: The Candidates?

IS: Thanks Eleni -- I'm still amazed by the fact that people are reading my book, let alone wanting me to do interviews! As for my inspiration to write young adult, I think it probably had a lot to do with my short attention span. ;-) I had already written a couple of adult novels, and was itching to try something new. I got a copy of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries at a conference and within a few pages, I was hooked. I've always written things I love to read, so I figured if I loved YA that much, I needed to give it a try. My favorite books, and the books I read as a teen, were all fantasy (Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, Piers Anthony) so I had to have some paranormal elements to my story. As as I started plotting, I thought about how all my favorite fantasies had a strongly defined good guy and bad guy. I wondered what a book would be like if you couldn't tell the good guys from the bad guys -- or better yet, what if you couldn't tell if the heroine's gift itself was good or bad? The story has come a long way since then, but that's where it started.

2) Since this is the first book in the series, what can we expect from your next installments?

IS: Book Two of the Delcroix Academy series will be out in August 2011, and while I can't reveal too much of the plot, you can be sure there will be even more action, romance, and lots of dark secrets to uncover. (mwahahahahaha.....)

3) Who is your favorite character creation so far?

IS: And, is there a character in Delcroix Academy: The Candidates that shows glimpses of someone you know or even your own personality traits? That's a great questions -- I love everyone in the book, so I can't say that I have a favorite, but like everyone, I've got a special place in my heart for Jack. The great thing about him is that I don't have an ounce of "bad boy" in me. I'm much more like Dancia: a little insecure, wise-mouthed, and at heart a girl who wants to be loved and included, but isn't quite sure how to go about it.

4) I see in your bio, you consider yourself a geek (me too by the way!) What is the most geekiest thing about yourself?

IS: Ooo, you too? Awesome. We geeks need to stick together. :-) How about this -- I loved high school. I loved school in general (even law school -- and no one likes law school!). I was a hard-core geek (debate team, mock trial, drama club, friend of all my teachers) but I still managed to enjoy myself immensely. Looking back, I can't believe I got through it without someone sticking my head in a toilet. *VBG*

5) Besides this novel, are you currently working on other projects?

IS: I am. I recently finished writing my first chapter book for younger readers, and am scheming about a new YA book, but that's too far off in the distance to discuss!

6) Finally, do you have anything you want to say to your current and future readers?

IS: First, I want to thank you, Eleni, and all the other book bloggers for what you do. I am absolutely stunned by how dedicated and organized you all are. I have no doubt if there was such a thing when I was in high school (you know, back before they had computers), I would have been one of you. :-) And for everyone else - I hope you liked Delcroix Academy! If you ever have time, drop me a line! I'm on email, Facebook, and Twitter (@inarascott) and love to hear from readers.
CONTEST IS CLOSED.

Added Giveaway:


-Comment below with your e-mail address to enter!
-One person will win
The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, Book #1.)
-Contest is open to U.S. + Canada residents only.
-Deadline will be on August 22, 2010 at midnight EST time.

Thank you to Inara for adding this awesome contest for readers!


105 comments:

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

I won a copy of this a while back, and I'm really looking forward to reading it! Enjoyed the interview! :)

Vixen Pearl said...

How funny, Inara, that you used to think you could "learn to breathe underwater". So did I! :) I enjoyed this interview. Look forward to reading your novel. Best wishes with it!

Myra C said...

I enjoyed the interview. Your book sounds great and I look forward to reading it!

Inara said...

Hi Leanna! I am thrilled that you have a copy of Delcroix - I sure hope you enjoy it. Please let me know what you think!

Inara said...

Hey Vixen - did you really think you could learn to breathe underwater? How cool! Maybe we are part of a lost tribe of mer-girls. Hope you enjoy Delcroix, and please keep in touch!

Inara said...

Hi Myra, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview - can't wait to get Delcroix on the shelf and into everyones hands.

Take care!

Inara said...

Let's give a book away, okay ladies? I will randomly select a winner from the comments to receive a copy of Delcroix. Y'all are so kind, I want you all to have a copy, but unfortunately that would be very expensive for me ;) !!

Robin K said...

Thank you for posting. I would love to be entered if it is not too late :)

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Kailia Sage said...

Great guest post!I really want to read this book, it sounds so good! I'd love to win this book!

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stacey said...

I may be a adult but there is some part of me that is still and will always be a teen girl.So I still love theys types of book and yours looks like a good one.
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Orchid said...

Nice interview! Oh my gosh, I'm a huge Anne McCaffrey fan, glad to hear you enjoyed her books too.
Ooh, sounds like an interesting read, plus the cover is awesome.

Orchid
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Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

Great interview! And thanks for the fabulous contest!

Alex
alexreadsbooks at gmail dot com

ally said...

The book sounds VERY interesting :D! Awesome interview :)!!!

Alannah
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brandileigh2003 said...

Thanks!
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Monica said...

Thanks! :)

Monica
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Pamk said...

wow sounds like a great. And I love to win or get books I can share with my boys.
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Inara said...

Thanks for stopping by, Robin, and its definitely not too late. Drop by sometime on twitter and say hi!

Inara said...

Hi Kailia! Gorgeous name - are you one of us mer-girls by any chance?

Glad the book sounds good to you! I sure hope you like it.

Inara said...

Hi Stacey - you know, there's no age limit on a good story. I love young adult literature, and I'm so glad other adults enjoy it as well. :)

Inara said...

Hi Orchid - I am not just a huge Anne McCaffery fan, I would say she's one of the people who inspired me to write. Dragonflight is still my fav book of all time, though I also loved all the Dragonsong books. If you have never read the Belgariad, you should give it a try. Its fabulous. If you do read it, write me and let me know what you think of it. :)

Inara said...

Hi Alex! Nice to see you here and I hope you enjoy the book!

Inara said...

Hey Ally, I'm so happy that the book sounds interesting. I think its great fun, but then, I'm a little biased ;-)

Benita said...

What a fabulous interview! I so look forward to reading this book. Please include me in this awesome giveaway. Many thanks.

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Kristen said...

This book sounds great. Can't wait to read it.

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Karen said...

Awesome giveaway!

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Onge said...

Sounds like a great book!! I can't wait to read it. Awesome interview. chickenherder@hotmail.com

Vampires and Tofu said...

Count me in!

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Chantel said...

Great review, I'd love to win!

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donnas said...

Cool interview. Sounds like a great book. Looking forward to it.

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Tore said...

Great interview. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Melanie L said...

Count me in please. This sounds like a great book.
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Martha Lawson said...

Really enjoyed the interview! I envy you living the Pacific NW, I've always wanted to live there. I can't wait to read this one. Maybe I'll get lucky. Good luck.

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Kemendraugh said...

I heart this cover. Truefax.

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baddict17 said...

The Pacific NW sounds like my dreamland! Great interview! Your book sounds great.

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linaramz said...

Hi Inara! I really enjoyed the interview. I have The Candidates on my wish list and can't wait to get my hands on it. It sounds like it's going to be really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

linaramz at yahoo dot com

Krystal said...

Hey! Great interview! The books looks awesome, I'd love to read it.

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Meg, Caitlin and Laurie T said...

Thanks for the interview. This is one book I want to read!

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Meg

infertility goddess said...

I really enjoyed the interview and want to read this book now. If I don't win I will be reading it anyway. Thanks for the contest.
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littletinkerbell1995 said...

OOOOOO!I REALLY want to read this book looks AWSOME!:D

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kjovus said...

Sounds like an interesting book, telekenisis would be an awesome power.
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Camilla45242 said...

I would love to win this book
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Beverly said...

Thanks for hosting! I would love to win this book. Please enter me.
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Dani. said...

I want soooooo bad! :)

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lulilut said...

Thanks for the interview and the giveaway! I'm looking forward to a new series!
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Elizabeth Briggs said...

Ooh haven't heard of this book before, but it looks good. Thanks for the contest! ebriggs23 at gmail.com

Inara said...

Hi Benita, so glad you're looking forward to Delcroix Academy! It's not long now until release day -- August 24th! can't wait! :-)

Inara said...

Hi Kristin -- super sweet of you to say, thanks! I hope you enjoy it!

Inara said...

Thanks Karen -- giving away books is so much fun! There will be many more Delcroix giveaways in the next couple of weeks. You can follow me on twitter to find more: @inarascott

Inara said...

Thanks Onge! (RU a chicken herder? Really? We had chickens in our backyard for a while and my kids loved to heard them around.)

Inara said...

Mmmm, vampires and tofu, thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the book!

Inara said...

Hey Chantel, I'm glad you enjoyed hearing a little about the book. Hope you enjoy the read!

Inara said...

Hi Tore -- thanks for stopping by, you are definitely in the running to win!

Inara said...

Hi Melanie, glad the books sounds good to you -- let me know what you think after you read it!

Inara said...

Hi Martha! Growing up in Buffalo, I thought Oregon was some foreign land filled with cool forest people and elves. And you know what? I was right! :-) It's awesome out here. You should visit.

Inara said...

Oh Kemendraugh, you just made my day. I ADORE the cover. I had nothing to do with it but I was thrilled at what they did. It's even more amazing in real life. The colors are goregous and the Delcroix crest is embossed and feels cool. You must stroke it to believe it. ;-)

Inara said...

Hi Baddict17! It is a little dreamy out here. BUT I should share with you a headline from the local paper this winter that pretty much summed things up:

Dear Rain,

You win.

Sincerely, Portland

****

It CAN get a little gray around here, come March...

Inara said...

Hey Linaramz, glad to know you're looking forward to Delcroix. I expect a note from you when you're done reading, okay?

Inara said...

Hi Krystal, I do hope the book ends up as awesome as it looks (which could be hard, because the cover is amazing, I know).

Inara said...

Hey readergirls -- love the idea of a joint email. Do you share the books, too? Super idea. Three times the books for everyone! :-)

Inara said...

Oh infertility goddess, that is music to my ears. Glad to hear you are going to end up with Delcroix either way, but I'll definitely keep you in the random number generator for the contest.

Inara said...

Hey tinkerbell, the excitement is palpable! Whew! I really WANT you to win! I want more exclamation points! :-)

Inara said...

Kjovus, glad the premise sounds interesting -- I think telekenisis would be great, but what about invisibility or flying? Also fabulous superpower possibilities, no?

ossmcalc said...

This sounds like a really interesting book. Of course I would have to read it first before I could let any of my students read it. Please enter me into this giveaway.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

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justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

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Inara said...

Hi Christine/ossmcalc -- love to see teachers around! There's a study guide on my website if you're interested. I've previewed it with a couple of 7th grade english classes and the teachers had no concerns. But I'd love to hear what you think. Please email after you've gotten a hold of it, and let me know your thoughts, and if you have any suggestions for the study guide, I'd love to hear em!

Inara said...

Hey Simply Stacie and Justpeachy36 -- you're in! Check back to see if you're the winner. :-)

xochitl said...

Wow, thanks for the giveaway, I hadn't heard about this book before so I thank you for introducing me to it! :)
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silverphoenix said...

the interview was great! thanks for sharing it with all of us! please count me in on the contest!

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Kelsy Alexandra said...

I really want to read this book!! please enter me.

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Thanks, Kelsy

Brooke said...

This sounds great, and I love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

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(Bookish)InABox said...

Thanks for the chance! This sounds like a great book.

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.Ambur. said...

The cover is gorgeous!!! And the book sounds amazing too :)
Thanks for the contest! I'd love to win! :)

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Donna Gambale said...

Is it bad that I totally checked out this post because the phrase "the candidates" reminds me of LOST? But the book summary looks great! Count me in!

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Alex said...

Didn't know you had a giveaway for this book! Epppp! Can't wait to read it!

Alex @ More Than Just A Book

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eireannoir said...

Wow, this sounds really intriguing! Thanks for the interview and the contest.

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Jessy said...

I am intrigued to see how well the idea of not knowing the good from the bad goes. Thanks for the interview, I'm looking forward to reading The Candidates now.

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YzhaBella (aka Kate) said...

Ooooh! This sounds like a great read! Please enter me!

Have a great day every one!
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Pokadots1121 said...

The Candidates have been a book I've been wanting to read for sometime. I adore the plot, so I hope it will be a fantastic book. Thanks for this chance!
Don't you just heart the cover?
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Reena Jacobs said...

Great interview. The Candidates looks like an awesome book.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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kujen said...

Please enter me, my emails in my profile. Thanks!

Ladytink_534 said...

I don't think I've ever heard of this one before but it sounds SO cool! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Julie said...

This book sounds really good. I'd like to read it.

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k_sunshine1977 said...

this sounds like the beginning to a wonderful series! please count me in the drawing!

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Cathie said...

I'd love to read this!

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Julie! said...

I LOVE that cover! So pretty! *Gushes* The book sounds great, too! :D

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pointy star said...

I really liked the interview! Author interviews always interest me XD

Anyway, I'd really like to join the contest! This book sounds very awesome ^^

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Amber said...

Great feature! Would looooooove to be entered :D

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Claire @ YA Bookie Monster said...

Awesome interview! Would love to be entered in the contest! My email is yabookiemonster[at]gmail[dot]com!

thebookwurrm said...

I, too, would love to be entered into the contest as the book looks amazing. fizzlicious@gmail.com

Alexa said...

I've seen this book around on several blogs and on this one. It sounds like a good book. I would love to be entered to win a copy. Thanks for the contests.

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aurora M. said...

I would really love to read this one!
Please enter me.
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Thanks for the giveaway ♥

Leilani @Leilani Loves Books said...

This sounds really good! Ive heard so much about this book!!


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latishajean said...

This book sounds so good great giveaway thank you for the chance!
great interview can't wait to read it now on my wish list :)
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Tynga said...

Please coutn me in =) i'd love to win a copy!

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Kaitlyn (Kaitlyn in Bookland) said...

This book looks so good! Thanks so much for the contest :)

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Annie McElfresh said...

This looks AWESOME!!

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Literary Cravings said...

Thanks for the contest!!!

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Palindrome said...

Great interview!

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Vidisha said...

Great Giveaway!!

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BrittLit said...

I can't believe book 2 won't be out until Aug 2011. Maybe I should wait a really long time to read this... Thanks for the interview and contest.
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Tara said...

Great interview!

My email is fictionfolio@gmail.com.

Inara Scott said...

Hey everyone -- I am just blown away by all your comments! Yay! I lost track of the past couple of days but please come by my blog, visit me on Facebook, or send me a tweet! If you don't win the book here, there are other contests roaming around the internet this week, and I'm running a couple of my own! :-)

Good luck and happy reading!

Hugs,
Inara

Book Monster said...

So want to read this book awesome XD

Thanks for hosting giveaway

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