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Sunday, September 11, 2011

(Interview + Giveaway) Sarah Beth Durst, author of Drink, Slay, Love

Huge day today, guys! Sarah Beth Durst, the fantabulous author of Drink Slay Love, Ice and Enchanted Ivy is here with us today! She was awesome enough to take time out of her super busy schedule to answer few of my questions! But wait! That's not everything! Sarah was super generous and provided us with one SIGNED copy of her newest (totally AWESOME) release - Drink Slay Love for one lucky US winner!!! PLUS - Thanks to the wonderful people from Simon and Schuster CA, I have another copy just for my beloved fellow Canadians! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!

So, sit back, enjoy the interview and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Guys, please give a warm welcome to Sarah!

E: Evie
SD: Sarah Beth Durst

E: Welcome to Bookish, Sarah! I’m honored and excited to talk to you today! Your newest YA novel, “Drink Slay Love”, is – hands down – the best vampire book ever! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
SD: *blush*  So happy you liked Drink, Slay, Love!  And thanks for having me here!

About myself... I'm medium height, have blue eyes, and curly hair that could rival a sheep's pelt.  I love chocolate, books, and my family (not in that order).  I'm a writer, and I've wanted to be a writer since I was ten years old.  (Before that, I wanted to be Wonder Woman.  Or a prima ballerina.  But given that I lack an invisible jet or any trace of coordination, I'm grateful that I changed career goals.)
E: Who or what inspired you to write "Drink, Slay, Love"?
SD: I was thinking about unicorns one day...  Yes, I think about unicorns often.  And dragons.  And talking cats.  Don't judge me.  Anyway, I was thinking about unicorns, and it suddenly occurred to me, "Unicorns are natural vampire hunters.  Look at their horn!  Built-in stake!"  Drink, Slay, Love grew out of that idea.
E: Do you mind telling us how long did it take for you to write it?
SD: About six months.  And it was the best writing experience I've ever had.  Usually, my process involves several stretches of feeling doomed-doomed-DOOMED and multiple wrong turns that require course corrections, but with this novel... it flowed smoothly, and I loved it from start to finish.  I hope that readers have as much fun reading it as I had writing it!
E: How would you describe the "Drink, Slay, love" in 5 words?
SD:Vampire girl is staked by were-unicorn.

Okay, yes, that's six words.  But two of them are very little!
E: Pearly is one gorgeous and totally bad-ass character – I love her! Are any of your characters based on people in your own life?  Which of them do you think is most like you?
SD: Not intentionally.  I'm sure bits of myself and the people in my life seep into the characters, but the thing that made Pearl so fun to write is how NOT like myself she is.  She's fearless and fierce... and she also sees humans as food.

If I had to choose, I'd say I am most like Bethany, the relentlessly optimistic friend with zero supernatural ability whatsoever.  My family is nicer than hers, though.  :)
E: What’s next in line for you? Are you working on a new book now? When can we expect to see the sequel to “Drink, Slay, Love”
SD: I am working on a standalone YA fantasy called VESSEL.  It will be out from Simon & Schuster in fall 2012.  I don't have any immediate plans to write a sequel to DRINK, SLAY, LOVE, but I do have to admit that I really miss Pearl...
E: Where is your favorite place for writing? Do you have any special writing rituals?
SD: I always wish I could write in artsy, romantic writerly places like by the beach or at a quirky cafe or in the depths of a library.  But the truth is I write best at my own ordinary desk.

I don't have any special rituals... except that I think it's important to write every day and not wait for the muse.  If you show up at your desk every day and write whether you feel inspired or not, then the muse will wonder what you're doing and come join you.
E: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
SDDon't give up!  The most important trait a writer can possess (more than talent, more than intelligence, more than a sense of humor) is perseverance.
E: What genres do you like to read in your free time?
SD: Fantasy.  I adore anything with a kick-butt heroine and a sword/dragon/talking cat/shapeshifter/whatever.  I love the sense of optimism and empowerment that you get in a lot of fantasy -- the theme of love can conquer all and the little guy (or girl) can defeat the massive evil if she's smart enough, stubborn enough, and listens to the talking cat.
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
SD: I don't think there's one book that's right for everyone.  I'm not even sure there's one book that's right for one person at every point in their lives.  People read for different reasons at different times.  That said, I absolutely adore The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, the Harry Potter series, and anything by Tamora Pierce.
E: If you could time travel, where would you go first?
I'd love to see a castle in the Middle Ages... except that I'd probably be disappointed not to meet a fire-breathing dragon or a moat monster or a real wizard.  And I wouldn't want to be burned at the stake for appearing out of nowhere.  And I'd miss indoor plumbing.

On second thought, maybe I'd better stay home and read a book instead.
E: If you could have a paranormal power, what power would you want and why?
SD: Telekinesis.  It seems so very useful.  I could fetch everyone snacks without ever having to leave the conversation.
Random Questions:

- white or dark chocolate? milk chocolate
- coffee or tea? hot chocolate
- favorite character? Silk from the Belgariad
vampires or were-unicorns?  were-unicorns (less likely to eat me)
- M&Ms or Skittles? M&Ms
- guilty pleasure? Fudge
- ebook or printed copy? Both!

Sarah, thank you so much for joining us today!  
I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing your next books (and the previous ones, too! I am so getting myself a copy of Enchanted Ivy and Ice soon!)
(and I do hope you'll bring Pearly back!!! I miss her, too!)

I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Sarah Beth Durst and her books, please visit her website: Sarah Beth Durst or/and read my review of Drink, Slay, Love.

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Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Expected publication: September 13th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry

     Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire... fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil... until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don't exist), and they're shocked she survived. They're even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl's family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King's feast -- as the entrees.

The only problem? Pearl's starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she's definitely dead if she lets down her family. What's a sunlight-loving vamp to do?

❤❤❤❤ GIVEAWAY ❤❤❤❤
So! I'm trying out this Rafflecopter thing everyone seems to love so much :) it's my first time, so please be understanding and if there's anything wrong with it - let me know! :)

I have TWO copies to giveaway!
One copy was graciously provided by the wonderful author herself. This one will be signed and is for US only.
Second copy was provided by the lovely guys from Simon & Schuster Canada - this one is Canada only.

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About the Author
Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
You can find Evie here: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Shelfari | The Library Thing


Lisa Austin said...

This book sounds like it will be a great read! I've read some great reviews.
The interview was fantastic! Thanks for that and the opportunity for the book!

Ishita aka Fishy said...

This book sounds great ! thanks for the interview and giveaway! :D

Tiffany Mahaffy said...

This bookhad been showing up everywhere!! Seen a lot of good reviews as well:) Thanks for the chance to win this book( I'm a Canadian follower) Good luck to all and thank you again for the giveaway!

Tiffany Mahaffy

Tiffany Mahaffy said...

Has been* sorry got ahead of myself :)

Savanna said...

Sounds like a good book.

Marthapao said...

I soooo want to read this book!

Audrey said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! What an interesting concept for Drink, Slay, Love.

Kereesa said...

I keep hearing about this one. Thanks for the Giveaway!

Kereesa said...

Forgot to mention I'm a Canadian follower! Sorry! :)

Margaret said...

I enjoyed this interview. I find it interesting when authors say to write everyday. I have always written when inspiration strikes(music that is) and assumed writing books would be the same. Good advice! I'm a Canadian!


Book Flame said...

Would love to read this thanks for the giveaway

Janel Mullins said...

great interview this book sounds great can't wait to read it.

Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

Great interview! :D I'm a US Follower!

Cherry said...

Great interview and thanks for the awesome giveaway! I am a Canadian :)

candice said...

Great interview. Love the line,"Look at their horn, built in stake." Cracked me up.


candice said...

I'm from the US. Sorry!


Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

This book looks so awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway! I'm from the US :)


Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

Sorry, I typed too fast! It's

Barbara E. said...

Drink, Slay, Love sounds like a great story, I love the sparkly unicorn and the results of being stabbed by it's horn.

Hoot said...

Thank you for the author interview. Those are my favorite posts.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Great interview. I love the sound of this book so it's totally on my must read list.

Nikki said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Chrystal said...

I loved this book so much and it would be amazing if I could own a copy. :) Thanks for awesome giveaway (I'm Canadian and this kicks butt).


and will tweet!

Casey Plew said...

Thanks for the awesome review, giveaway and interveiw! I have been dying to read this book and now I'm really dying to get my hands on it after reading your review and interview!!

Christine said...

Awesome interview and thank you for the giveaway! I have read several very positive reviews of this book and really want to read it. :)

Christine - from Canada

ceeenndee at gmail dot com

Dina said...

I love her books!!! I really wish to win one of hers sign! Love the way the cover is too! Love the interview by the way... =)

Diana-From USA


Leigh Ann said...

Love that she recommends Tamora Pierce, I love her books.


Judy said...

This looks like a great book to read. I also love the cover.


Judy said...

I really enjoyed the interview. I enjoy learning about the authors who write these books.



Obscured Vixen said...

Thanks for the awesome interview and giveaway!

.Ambur. said...

Oooh, I've been wanting to read Drink Slay Love! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! :D

.Ambur. said...

I didn't even know there was going to be a sequel to Drink Slay Love, but now I know! haha :D I'm from Canada, too, forgot to say that in the last comment! lol

wanda f said...

Great interview I would love to read this book.I also love fantasy. I love to escape into a world where vampires ,wtches,shifters, talking animals and all other creatures of lore exist :0)
Im in the US

Denise Z said...

Thank you so much for the invite to share the fun. I am having a hard time keeping a straight face and looking forward to reading this book. I enjoyed the interview today and appreciate your sharing with us.

Giselle said...

Great interview. I love the concept of this book and the cover is also great! Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I'm a Canadian follower.

Giselle Cormier at Xpresso Reads

Aislynn said...

Great interview!!
I loved this book :) Would love to own a copy of it ;)

I'm in Canada!


SweetShenanigans said...

Awesomeness! This looks like a kick butt book-Loved the interview especially :)
From Canada
girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

Nikki said...

Sorry about the earlier comment Evie. My phone messed up. I loved a wrinkle in time and would love a chance to read your book. Were-unicorns sound original and awesome! :) Thanks so much for the interesting interview and giveaway! I live in the US!

Munnaza said...

"SD:Vampire girl is staked by were-unicorn."

I think if this was all I knew about this book, it would be MORE than enough to compel me to read it.

And YES to fudge and m&ms and hot chocolate!

Great interview! And thank you so much for the giveaway!

P.E. said...

Great interview! Hooray for milk chocolate & M&Ms (though sour skittles are so good too.) And yes, always listen to the talking cat.

I loved Enchanted Ivy and from what I've seen, Drink Slay Love is just as awesome. Thank you got the giveaway!

Oh, and I'm Canadian!

Janae said...

Haha.. what a fun interview! I love it!
Thank you for the giveaway! Im from the US. Thank you again :)

samantha35 said...

This book looks so great!
I am from the us
great giveaway
follow via gfc

titania86 said...

I never thought unicorns would be vampire hunters! I can't wait to read this. :)


Holly said...

Great interview! Vampire hunter being a unicorn? Truly unique! Can't wait to read it :)

Bethie said...

Thanks for the great interview. I loved A Wrinlkle in Time also. I haven't thought about that book in ages.

Lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Awesome giveaway and even more awesome Interview! You are so great at those :)

Boriquaz said...

Sounds like a great book, great interview! Thanks for the giveaway. Love the cover.

Marjie Pride said...

this book looks really good!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I'm from the US and this book has been on my wishlist from blurb one.


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

therainhouse said...

Didn't know there are wereunicorns? Maybe the wereunicorn is an uber hot guy!


Katharyn said...

Thanks for the giveaway and great interview! I didn't know there was such a thing as wereunicorns!

SpadesHigh said...

That's funny, I don't think of unicorns all that much. I guess in my culture it's considered bad luck, but it got me curious what a were-unicorn is and how it looks =)
I have yet to read a wrinkle in time but for some reason I have a feeling that I would really enjoy it. *Child at heart* .... Great review!! I would have to read the stand alone novel, Vessel, and since Drink, Slay and Love is somewhat stand alone I would love to read it too. I get overly anxious when I have to wait for the next book in the series.

GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads

LadyVampire2u said...

This is a new author to me but after reading the interview and book blurb, I definitely am interested in reading this book. Thanks for the chance!
LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Book Love 101 said...

Awesome Giveaway! I'm dieing to read this book! : )

Amber Elise said...

This interview made me love Ms. Durst! She loves Tamora Pierce, wants to travel to the middle ages, loves talking cats and wants telekinesis. Just marry me already!

And thanks for this giveaway! This book looks (and sounds) AMAZING! I'm from the US!

amber.hrkns at gmail dot com

Valeria I said...

Great interview! Hope i win :D

Library Lady said...

I've heard great things about this book. I'd love to win it!
adsanders77 at gmail dot com

LindsayWrites said...

great giveaway!! thanks!!!

americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

Angie said...
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Angie said...

Drink, Slay, Love sounds really intriguing. Very few vampire novels, well any YA novel in general, seem to have such in interesting idea. I can't wait to read this book. It seems that Pearl a like an anti-hero. Very few anti-heroes in the books that take place in the modern times.

I am from the US

Darlene said...

I love that you made Pearly a strong female character!

Thanks for the giveaway!

I'm in Canada.

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

Bonnie said...

I am now really excited to read this book and have heard some fantastic things about it! Thanks so much for the chance to win Evie!!

usagi, said...

In terms of her writing advice and the muse - I hadn't thought of it that way before, with you writing and the muse getting curious and joining you. I'll have to keep that in mind from now on! <3

Maria Behar said...

Hi, and thanks for this giveaway!! I'm entering, of course!

I'm having a blogoversary giveaway. Come and check it out!
Also, I have two blog awards for you! Here's the link (you can also check out my giveaway on this page, since I have the giveaway button in my sidebar):

ebaker said...

This book sounds awesome!! I love unicorns too : ) and I love that you decided telekinesis would be a great power! That would be a great power but somehow I never think of that when asked...I always say breathe underwater : )

ebaker said...

oops...US : )

Krysykat said...
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Krysykat said...

I love the cover :) so awesome! (US)

Sydney said...

1st, I'm in LOVE with the cover! Alot of good reviews have been said about this book and i havent heard about a book with Vampires AND Unicorns! Thanks for the interview and Giveaway! I'm from the U.S.!

Mickey @ imabookshark said...

Great interview! I've never read anything with a were-unicorn!! lol

Angel Snyder said...

Thank you for the interview AND giveaway! You're awesome! :)
This book sounds so awesome, and I LOVE that it is not just another vampire book. This one seems different, and I can't wait to read it! I will DIE if I somehow win this! :) And I live in the US. Virginia. :)

Brenna said...

I love your interview with Sarah, Evie! Her sense of humor really came through well in her answers and your questions were great! I always like reading the random little questions at the end of interviews.


Canada :)

Kimberly Callegan said...

I would LURVE to have this book in my hands!!! Thanks for the giveaway and the interview was awesome! I'm a new blog follower.

Blogger Name: Krystal Larson said...

I have been dying to read and review this book for my own blog! I love the interview, the author's personality really shines throuh-I have read her past books and loved them as well, thank you so much for this giveaway! (USA)

Bookish Brunette said...

AWESOME interview chick! Awesome giveaway! xoxo

Shae Carcar said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway. Eat, ray, love sounds good... and slightly disturbing... but I'LL TAKE IT! lol shae_carcar (at) yahoo (dot) com

shorevalerie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

As soon as I read the first blurb on this book I rushed to Amazon to put it on my wishlist.

C.V. Hunt said...

This looks like an interesting read. said...

I am reading Drink Slay Love now and am loving it so far. Grabbed your button Evie.

juhinareadsitall said...

this cover.. im in love. Best cover for this month's releases. I didn't even know what the story is about but i needed to have it! thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway!! <3

Nicole@The More the Merrier said...

Great interview. I love that this book has unicorns. I'm also a fan of kick but heroines, those are the best kind.
By the way I'm from the US.

inmyshelf said...

Thanks alot for the giveaway!
oh and im in the US :D

Kristi said...

Thanks for posting this interview. I've seen other giveaways of this book and most had nothing about the author. Really like her sense of humor. I haven't read this book yet but would love to. :)

I'm in the US.

The Story Queen said...

Loved this interview and LOVED this book!

I can't wait to read Vessel - more awesome from Sarah? Yes please!

I liked the answer to working best at her regular desk - I'm like that too. I wish I had a more glamorous location, but I can't deny the convenience of my current one.



Reading Inspired Writing said...

I've heard great things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Amy @

Carly Waid said...

Twilight was the first vampire book that I ever read. I haven't found one since that I could actually get into. This book sounds like the one for me! I have heard nothing but great reviews.
Thanks for the opportunity!
I live in the U.S.
-Carly W.

SweetestLittleBookworm said...

The concept of this story is so fun and interesting. I remember seeing you rave about this one twitter. This was a great interview too, by the way. I love fantasy and kick-butt heroines too. :)


SweetestLittleBookworm said...

Sorry, I didn't tell you that I live in the US. :)


Reading Angel said...

Great interview, can't wait to read this one!

frunchezzcuh said...

Great interview! I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book. Hope t get my hands on one soon! :)

Thanks for the giveaway.



Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

I'm a fan of talking cats myself. ;-)

Great interview and thanks for hosting this giveaway! I've heard great things about this book. Hoping I have a shot at winning. *crosses fingers* =)

Misusedinnocence said...

This sounds great, I've been hoping to read this ever since I first heard of it. Thanks for the great giveaway. I'm in the US.

Ramblings of a Part time Druid said...

I've read a lot of really interesting postitive things for this book and I'm excited to read it.

Kara said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
I am from the US.

Cesya MaRae Cuono said...
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Cesya MaRae Cuono said...

Such a great interview. when I had my blog tour, that was one of my favorite things to do!

I'm from the US.

Khyla said...

I've heard great things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
I'm from the US.

Angie said...

Great interview! Sarah seems awesome! I love how she came up with the idea for this book, and I'm sooo excited to read it!

Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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