Monday, October 22, 2012

{Interview & Giveaway} Anne Greenwood Brown, author of Lies Beneath

Hey guys! So today the special guest of honor on the blog is Anne Greenwood Brown!!! :D
She is the author of the chilling, romantic mertail recently released this past summer.
Stick around for an awesome interview and a fantastic giveaway at the end!
Shall we begin?....

The Author:

Find her at:
Anne Greenwood Brown writes YA fiction from an upstairs room on a quiet cul-de-sac in Minnesota. She likes lattes and stinky cheese. But not at the same time.


The Interview:
  • There are a lot of vampire, werewolf, angel, and dystopian books flying around now. What made you choose mermaid lore? I really didn't consciously "choose" to write about mermaids. I had a dream about Calder White, and I got up in the middle of the night and started writing. Before then, I hadn't given mermaids much thought, so it was a big surprise to me. At the time, I thought I was the only one writing about mermaids and then all of a sudden--BAM!--it's the "summer of the mermaid????" What has been most intriguing to me is how vastly different each mermaid book is from the next. There definitely isn't one standard creature on which we're all basing our characters.
  •  I heard that you like romance movies..(which woman doesnt pshh!). Which is your favorite classic, new release, and all time favorite? I love Pride & Prejudice (the Keira Knightley one), that final scene when Mr. Darcy is walking toward her in that loose white shirt, with the sun just starting to rise, and the fog coming off the meadow . . . . *sigh*
  •  Speaking of romance...Calder and Lily don't quite hit it off in that department off the bat...Lily plays a bit of hard to get/not-so-into you. But when they do BA-BAM! Fireworks! How did you keep their romance original? Well, there does tend to be a lot of "insta-love" in YA, and I wanted Calder and Lily to develop a bit more naturally--or as naturally as a human girl and a paranormal creature can develop as a couple. That's a good thing, I think, but the slow burn does require some patience on the part of the reader. It's definitely a trade off! In fact, just between you and me, Lily's not so sure how she feels about Calder. Sure, he's hot and all, but Lily's interests run a bit deeper than that. Book 2 (Deep Betrayal) is told from Lily's point of view, so you'll get to know Lily better and watch her work through her feelings for Calder.
  •  Did you need to do any research before writing Lies Beneath to get more in touch with the mermaid legends? I did a little research into all the different mermaid legends around the world. I was amazed to find that just about every culture has a mermaid story. It makes the whole thing so much more believable! For example, in China, mermaids are said to smell like happiness. I turned that around and made my mermaids crave happiness--which they absorb from their unsuspecting human prey.
  •  Pavati has her own history with human lovers. Will we get to see more into that story in the next book? Yes, a bit! But even more so in Book 3 (Dark Descent).
  •  Lies Beneath is in Calder's POV and book two, Deep Betrayal, is set to be in Lily's. What was it like transitioning from these two characters? Why did you decide to change? Ugh! So hard! After being in Calder's head for so long, it was really, really difficult to switch to Lily. I cried a lot about it, actually. Then after a while I settled in, and I was able to get writing again. I switched POVs because I like writing in first person, but there are some severe limitations to it. Lily does some strange things in Lies Beneath, and without being in her head it's difficult for the reader to completely understand what got her to that point. By switching points of view, you get to understand her better. Dark Descent alternates every other chapter from Calder's POV to Lily's.
  •  Can you give us a one sentence "newspaper headline" sneak peak into what we can expect from Deep Betrayal? Hmmmmm…. How about: JACK PETTIT "OUTS" THE MERMAIDS
The Book(s):
Lies Beneath 
Series: Lies  Beneath
~My Review~
Release Date: June 12, 2012
by, Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Buy at: ~Amazon~B&N~
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother's death.
It's going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder's job is to gain Hancock's trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love--just as Lily starts to suspect there's more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.
One thing's for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won't be pretty. {Goodreads}
 Coming Soon:
Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2)
The Giveaway:

YAY! Super fun giveaway thanks to Anne!
Ready?? Here's the....
~Audio-book of Lies Beneath
and (so cool)
patchouli/orange (Calder/Lily) scented soap!

But before we get to the rafflecopter here are some....
 You must be 13 years or older.
Please refrain from leaving any personal information in the comments section
There will be winner(chosen by Rafflecopter).
Each winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email/tweet. If not, a new winner will be chosen
This is an International giveaway!
Giveaway ends November 5.
Have fun!!! <3

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Good luck you guys!
Thanks for stopping by!! :D
Have a great day/week!


  1. This book looks awesome and has been on my TBR list for a while now! Thanks for the giveaway!


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