In case you need a refresher: This is the first ever Halloween Book Trail, featuring your favorite YA & MG authors! This trail is based on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes presented by the Apocalypsies. In THIS trail, you’ll find all kinds of posts, and discover new authors and their work.
How do you play? Every post contains information that will lead to killer prizes! Books, swag, skype sessions, locks of hair (jk jk)! At the end of each blog you’ll find a link that will take you to the next stop in the trail. By the end, you’ll find a quiz. Now you’ll be happy you read all the posts! Submit your entry to the quiz for a chance to win a grand prize! Accuracy matters here, so take your time, or go back and refresh your memory! One quiz entry per trail.
Hi! I’m Marissa Burt, and I write middle-grade fantasy novels about readers being written in to book worlds and talking cats and alchemy and the magic of stardust. You can find out more about my books here.
When I was a girl, I would always get notes sent home from teachers about reading novels during class, and I still would rather read a good story than do just about anything else. I live in the Seattle area with her husband, three sons, and heaps of books.
Some things I like: British mysteries, cats curled up on blankets, the smoky smell of autumn, cold rainy walks along the Pacific Ocean, and roasted sweet potatoes.
If your MC went trick-or-treating, what would she dress up as and why?
If Una went trick-or-treating, I think she might dress up as a cat just to give Sam a hard time. Sam is a talking cat, and even though he’s one of Una’s best friends, he’s full of mischief and, like all good cats, never does what people expect. So on Halloween, Una could finally play some pranks on him. And Sam? Sam doesn’t need to dress up. Surely everyone always knows he’s the king of cats. 🙂
Would you rather be covered in slime or in blood?
Ew. Slime I guess. As long as it’s good smelling slime. Chocolate slime, maybe? Or pumpkin spice slime? That’s perfect for Halloween!
If a zombie apocalypse happened (and it will), what will be your weapon of choice?
Need I say more?
What magical creature do you secretly want to be?
Oooh, that’s a tough one. It probably would depend on the book I’m reading at the time. Right now, I’m re-reading Robert Jordan’s epic WHEEL OF TIME series, so I’m going to have to go with an Aes Sedai. Which I’m kind of ambivalent about, because, if you’ve read the books, Aes Sedai aren’t always the good guys.
What is your favorite paragraph from your novel?
So it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite, but because it’s Halloweenish I’m going to include a paragraph from the final battle scene, where Villain-in-training Snow and her cousin Horace are surrounded by enemies:
The characters were fighting valiantly. Across the way, Snow could see fairies flitting above their foes, aiming fiery arrows at their heads. Dazzling volleys of spells halted many of the half-dead before they even reached the lines of battle. But Snow’s side was outnumbered. The sheer volume of the Enemy’s forces gave him the advantage. And his minions were determined. Like the Taleless at the Ranch, their current flesh was rotting away, and Snow had no doubt that they had been promised the bodies of those they killed.
“I think it was a stupid idea to stay,” Horace grumbled, and Snow could hear the soggy sound of his fist striking Taleless flesh. “We could’ve been halfway home by now.”
“Just shut up and be a Hero, Horace,” Snow said as she heaved her branding iron at a snarling beast.
Thank you for participating! But before you go, there’s a bonus contest, open to all readers. I’m giving away a digital copy of STORY’S END that can be downloaded to most e-readers with the exception of Kindles. To enter, click here for a Rafflecopter giveaway.
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