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Once Upon An Author: Anita Grace Howard | Giveaway (INTL)

Posted July 21, 2016 in giveaway, Interview / 9 Comments

OKAY, so I have been planning this for months, but unfortunate circumstances came up and it delayed this amazing new feature that I have been planning on Once Upon A Story. Let me introduce you to…..

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Once Upon An Author is a new feature on the blog, which showcases an author every month. It could be pertaining to anything, from interview questions, to silly games. This feature hopes to let introduce more books and authors to the readers out there!

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Yep, that’s right! The first author to be featured is Anita Grace Howard, who is famously known for her Splintered series, which is basically the dark and twisted version of Alice In Wonderland. If you have not read that series, go and read it right now, because it was definitely one of THE BEST fairy tale retellings I have ever read. Also, it helps that the fonts are not in their usual black color. In light of Anita’s new book, Rose Blood, I interviewed her to get her thoughts on it, and also find out the reason behind her writing this Phantom of the Opera retelling.

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1. Most of your readers actually love how the Splintered series was a dark, twisted version of Alice in Wonderland. So I’m sure we would all be curious to know: would Rose Blood have that same dark and twisty feeling?

ROSEBLOOD definitely has that twisty feeling. But there is one major difference: where my Wonderland series is based on what has often been considered a children’s story, ROSEBLOOD is based on a romantic horror/ drama. So the mood is even darker. There aren’t any *whimsical* underpinnings or snarky netherlings in this book. Instead, it’s darkly romantic and Gothic with subtle elements of horror, and the relationships are more tortured / complex because it’s inspired by THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA — a book about the obsession to be accepted and loved, and unrequited passion turned to madness. So it will appeal to readers of SPLINTERED, but also hopefully to people who like an even more mysterious and haunting read.

2. Out of all the retellings you could have chosen, what attracted you to Phantom of the Opera? Or rather, what made you want to retell it in your own voice?

As for the move to Phantom, just like all things Alice, I’ve always been a huge PoTO fan. From the time I first discovered Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera in high school, I was captivated by the tragic, dangerous, and often sardonically humorous anti-hero, Erik. I can’t get enough of Leroux’s novel, the movies, and the musical. And since my AiW spinoff was so well received, it gave me the confidence to tackle the Phantom’s spinoff possibilities, something I had been toying with in my imagination even before I wrote SPLINTERED. I’ve seen other adaptations of The Phantom — a lot of them actually — and one prequel that I adore (Phantom by Susan Kay) but not many spinoffs or continuations. So after thinking it through — mentally twisting and twining the original backstory into the here and now — I fell in love with Erik’s maniacal brilliance and wit, broken soul, and talent all over again. I had to give him a modern stage on which to perform, so I could see what horrors he might stir up for one unfortunate occupant of an opera-themed boarding school.

3. With a finished series, and several more upcoming books, what would be the hardest part about writing, be it the Splintered series or Rose Blood?

Honestly, at this point, finding the time to write is the hardest part for any book. Sometimes I wish I was two people. Balancing edits, social media, traveling book events — along with everyday life with my family — while fitting in 1K or more new words a day toward a deadline, takes some juggling. But I’m not complaining, because I’m doing what I’ve dreamed of doing for years, and my books are being read. I couldn’t ask for anything more. However, if you know someone who’s close to successfully cloning a human, I’d be very interested in speaking to them. 😉

*Unfortunately, due to her busy schedule, Anita could only answer three of our questions.

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Click on the pictures to go to their Goodreads pages.

I will also be putting up the links on where to get in touch with Anita Grace Howard below, if you’re interested to get to know more about her and her books. And as a bonus, I’m having a giveaway, in which the winner gets a pre-order of Rose Blood.

Rules of Giveaway:
– Internationally (Books will either be ordered on Book Depository or Amazon depending on where you live)
– only 1 winner, and if he/she doesn’t reply within 48 hours, I will choose another winner

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About A. G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write Splintered -- the first book in her bestselling gothic Alice in Wonderland spinoff, the Splintered Series -- while working at a school library in her Texas hometown.

When writing, A.G. is most at home weaving all things melancholy, magical, and macabre into everyday settings and scenes. In her downtime, she enjoys rollerblading, gardening, and visiting 18th century graveyards or abandoned buildings to appease her muse’s darker side.


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SST August: All The Feels by Danika Stone | GIVEAWAY and Review

SST August: All The Feels by Danika Stone | GIVEAWAY and Review
Posted June 5, 2016 in blogtour, giveaway, review / 5 Comments

Review Okay. Omg. Okay, WOW. HAHA wow. Seriously? That was AMAZING. Like not super duper amazing, but still, pretty darn cool. I have never read a book that RELATES so much, maybe not to me, but to some friends that I know. If you’re the kind of geeky, fandom person who LOVES writing fanfics, and treat movie characters like they’re your best friend, then this book is for you. Refreshing, spontaneous, and just a whirlwind of awesomeness, this book is MADE for those kind of people. I’ve never really understood them, but I totally understand them now. The mood swings, […]

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Nefarious Tales: What if Villains Rule the World?

Nefarious Tales: What if Villains Rule the World?
Posted April 19, 2016 in blogtour, giveaway / 6 Comments

HULLO and welcome welcome to my evil laaaair, MUAHAHAHA. Jkjk. Of course I don’t have an evil bone inside of me. I’m all cute and cuddly. AHEM ANYWAY, today is the SECOND day for the Nefarious Tales blog tour, and I’m going to introduce y’all to a world where villains actually rule it ALLLLLL. And of course I’m not going to lump them all into one world, where’s the fun in that? I’m going to split them into alternate realities, or rather alternate possibilities, of worlds in which they actually win. WORLD #1: DOLORES UMBRIDGE YEP, I just had to start with Dolores Umbridge, […]

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SST April: The Island by S. Usher Evans | Giveaway

SST April: The Island by S. Usher Evans | Giveaway
Posted April 3, 2016 in blogtour, giveaway / 2 Comments

  THREE REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO READ THE ISLAND Reason 1 Star-crossed love. I’ve always been interested in stories about star-crossed lovers, because I find it intriguing to read about how two different people on the opposite sides when from hating each other to falling in love with each other. When I read the synopsis and realised that two enemies would have some sort of budding romance with them, of course I was interested HAHA. Reason 2 If you love Arrow, or being stuck on an island is your kind of thing, you should read this book. Because the […]

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SST March: Liars and Losers Like Us | Review and Giveaway

SST March: Liars and Losers Like Us | Review and Giveaway
Posted March 27, 2016 in blogtour, giveaway, review / 0 Comments

I love love LOVE Liars and Losers Like Us from the very beginning till the very end. I mean, WOAH. My need to reread this book is so bad right now. Bree, the main character, got me hooked since the start. She was down-to-earth, the typical girl next door. But at the same time, she was also not perfect. She wasn’t the queen bee, but she wasn’t the outcast either. She was the in-between and that’s what made me love this book. For the first time, we need a book about people who are neither here nor there. Reading this […]