May 14, 2012

Blog Tour & Interview With HarlequinTeen Editor of Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter (+Giveaway)

Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter
March 27th, 2012 from HarlequinTeen

I am happy to have the Editor of the Goddess Test series, Mary-Theresa Hussey, on the blog today!

Name: Mary-Theresa Hussey 
Position: Executive Editor for Harlequin 
You might have seen her: as Matrice on Twitter 

I’m so pleased to be able to share my excitement about Aimée and the Goddess Test series with you! Thank you for inviting me to give the editor’s perspective on a fantastic series and a wonderful author.

When I read the first version of THE GODDESS TEST in 2009, I immediately wanted more. Aimée’s writing just kept drawing me into this world and these people (more than just characters) and I wanted to know everything right away! There was such a quiet intensity and naturalness to this very magical story. I immediately rooted for Henry and mourned with Kate and cheered her courage—both in facing the tests and doing anything she could to fight for her mother—and wondered at the imagination that brought all this together.

And then I found out that Aimée was so young! Still in college! And that amazed and impressed me even more. And once we started talking about aspects of the story and the structure and what her intentions were, I grew even more excited by her potential. When we went to contract there was also a dystopian novel (MASKED, coming in 2013) so I knew she had the ability to write a wide variety of projects with very different characters as well—something that always makes an editor happy!

But as I shared the manuscript with everyone else in the company and we began talking it up, THE GODDESS TEST just set everyone’s imagination on fire. Originally it seemed to be a stand-alone title, but now we wanted more and more in this world. So Aimée came up with Cronus’s escaping and thus the ideas for GODDESS INTERRUPTED (with that terrific cliffhanger!) and the triumphant THE GODDESS INHERITANCE (2013). And still readers clamored for more! So we went back to Aimée and asked what happened between THE GODDESS TEST and GODDESS INTERRUPTED and lo and behold THE GODDESS HUNT came about.

And still we saw the excitement building with fans and thought, okay, how can we satisfy them, build up the anticipation for THE GODDESS INHERITANCE and drive Aimée almost crazy? Why, by sticking another book between GODDESS INTERRUPTED and THE GODDESS INHERITANCE, of course! With just a few months to get it all done she took up the challenge and wrote the backstories of the Calliope/Hera, Ava/Aphrodite, Persephone, James/Hermes and Henry/Hades. She met all her deadlines and delivered fantastic novellas. And what impressed me even more was how the little threads in the first book—the murders of the other girls, a memory of going to Central Park—were woven into this overarching story.

Those following her on Twitter (@aimee_carter) know there were some other complications—aside from dealing with the page proofs for THE GODDESS INHERITANCE and pulling together the other minutia needed for a book, there was a drive to Buffalo to sign over 4,200 titles, a trip to North Carolina to speak with some of our buyers, the release of THE GODDESS HUNT and GODDESS INTERRUPTED, an illness or two and hand cramps for sure! But through it all she persevered and created a vivid and compelling new installment for this world.

I know I’m going to miss the gods and goddesses—but I have the sneaking suspicion that Aimée might be able to return for some other “forgotten” stories at some point. And you know, Kitty from MASKED is a very different heroine, and I think I just might switch allegiance for a while (but not from Henry! Although I might be tempted by Hephaestus—you’ll know why when you read THE GODDESS LEGACY….)

So who will you be rooting for? Please let us know what you think! You can find us on Twitter @HarlequinTEEN and on Facebook. Thank you for following the GODDESS INTERRUPTED blog tour!

Happy reading! --Mary-Theresa Hussey, Executive Editor, Harlequin

Bio: Mary-Theresa graduated from Villanova University with a major in English and minors in History, Education, French and Honors. Those eclectic interests made her a natural for publishing. And since she’d started reading Harlequin series books when she was eleven, becoming an editorial assistant for Silhouette Romance was the perfect job. Twenty-three years later she still loves acquiring for Harlequin series, but also works with authors for Harlequin TEEN, MIRA and LUNA.

Please visit http://www.onceuponatwilight.com/ for the next stop on Goddess Interrupted Blog Tour and Summer Goddess Giveaway.

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Thanks to HarlequinTeen and Media Masters Publicity, there is one super awesome tote full of goodies for one very lucky winner! Here is what you get: a copy of The Goddess Test, a copy of Goddess Interrupted, Goddess French tote bag, Goddess sunscreen, Goddess beach ball, and a $5 iTunes gift card. I so wish I could win this one! US/CAN only. Ends 5/23, midnight EST. Fill out the fancy doo-hickey below to be officially entered. Good luck! 

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54 comments:

  1. Oh this was awesome! It's rare that we get to hear from an editor's perspective about a book. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. OMG I think I did every stop of this blog tour to have a chance to read Goddess Interrupted!!! Just looking at the Book trailer gives me butterflies in my belly!!!! Thanks for this chance!!!!

    Proserpine @ Proserpine Craving Books

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  3. I'm so intrigue about this book, I wanna read it...
    I hope I could Win
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  4. read the first book and enjoy it so much!! Great giveaway!!

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  5. I love hearing things from the editors and the authors! Thanks for having this on the blog. I was sucked right into the story when I got Goddess Test on my nook when I first got it over a yr ago. So glad that they published this, it is a wonderful series and I can't wait to see what happens next!

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  6. I Love Aimee Carter and this series! I especially love that it involved Greek Mythology! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. I just love this book, thank you so much for the giveaway, love all her books.

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  8. My daughter loved the first book and can't wait to read this book! The first book is on my book pile, waiting to be read. Greek mythology ROCKS!

    Wendy/books4me

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  9. I have wanted to read these books forever I love Greek mythology and they sound so awesome!!! Thanks for the review and giveaway!!!!

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  10. I AM GOING TO EVERY STOP ON THIS TOUR!!!!! This is such a cool idea. I have not read any of these books, but they've been on my TBR list forever, and this would give me a good chance to read them :)
    Thanks!!!!
    Alyssa Susanna

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  11. I read both books and absolutely cannot wait for the new book next Spring. She is just too talented a writer and I can't believe she's my age - it makes her writing so much more real to me.

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  12. I read both books and absolutely cannot wait for the new book next Spring. She is just too talented a writer and I can't believe she's my age - it makes her writing so much more real to me.

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  13. I love Greek mythology and have been dying to read this series! Thanks :)

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  14. Can't wait to read this book! I LOVE the Goddess Test! :)
    -JennyC

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  15. This is a series I haven't read yet but having read all the wonderful posts for the second book I have to start it now!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  16. I have been planning on reading both of these books this summer! My son's name is Henry!

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  17. I've been waiting to read the sequel after I first first The Goddess Test last year! This is going to be great.

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  18. I really hope I win this! I finished The Goddess Interrupted so quickly, I couldn't put it down! I can't wait for the next book!!

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  19. I loved the first book1 I hope I win this :)

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  20. Lots of the girls in my class loved The Goddess Test. I know they'd love to read the next book.

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  21. This is too awesome! I love the Goddess Test Books!

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  22. I really loved the way Aimee turned the traditional Greek Gods/Goddesses and the myth of Persephone & Hades into something so original! I mean, she made me love Hades!!! I've NEVER felt sympathy for him in any other mythology story, except for this one!

    I can't wait to see what happens in Goddess Interrupted!

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  23. It sounds like each individual book installment in the series was so good that more, even novellas, were written. The review really stirs my interest and makes me want to get my hands on the first book so I can get started reading. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these "Goddess" books!

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  24. She's in college?! Wow. She's very good at writing for someone as young as her. And the Greek Gods are awesome. :D

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  25. Amazing prize! I still haven't read this book. I know my daughter would love it.

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  26. This is going to be a fantastic series! Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway.

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  27. HarlequinTeen seems to be very proactive in publishing series novellas in between releasing novels. The novellas are amazing promotional tools. (commenting as Justine)

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  28. This sounds like such a fantastic series. I'm super excited.

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  29. I LOVED Goddess, Interrupted - so much more depth and character than I was prepared for. Can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series!

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  30. What a great prize pack! Thanks for the giveaway~

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  31. I adore mythology, and I adore the idea of this book. Can't wait to read it!!

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  32. This is an awesome giveaway! I love greek mythology, always have, which has made this series one of my absolute favorites.

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  33. I love how passionate the editor is about the series. I'm a big mythology fan so I love these kinds of series.

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  34. I would love to read this series, but my library systyem doesn't have them... Awesome Giveaway


    Jenea
    Books Live Forever

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  35. So the books weren't originally planned as a trilogy,the second book and the e-novellas came after the idea of Cronus escaping.:0 Oh this story is so good I am so glad that more came out of it! Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway!

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  36. Oh wow that trailer is great, I'm definitely gonna read this book even though I might not win :)

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  37. Oh, I've been wanting to read these! I would love to win, good luck to me =) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  38. I'm so excited to read these books. Can't thank you enough for this giveaway.

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  39. I read the Goddess Test and it was amazing! I can't wait to read Goddess Interrupted!! And this giveaway is for BOTH BOOKS too!!! :D

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  40. I love mythology, and I was very excited to hear about this series. It sounds amazing!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. I adore books about Greek and Roman gods/goddesses. I'm glad to have found this series. Love the giveaway!

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  42. The Goddess Test has been on my TBR list since I first heard of it. I am going to Greece this summer and I am debating whether I want to read it before I go or savor it while I am there. I am excited about the series because I love mythology.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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  43. I'd love to win this Summer Goddess Giveaway! I adored what I read of The Goddess Test and Aimee's writing. Unfortunately, I had to return it to the library before I could finish the story. So, I'm jumping at this chance to fall in love with the myth on my own time. =D

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  44. Knock, Knock!
    Who's there?
    Cows go.
    Cows go who?
    No, cows go moo!

    HOPE TO WIN!
    I love the background of this blog :D

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  45. Thank you for this amazing giveaway!!
    I love mythology!!

    Good luck everyone!! (:

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  46. Thank you for this giveaway! I love Greek mythology.

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  47. I just read Goddess Test and I can't wait to read the sequels! Fab stop!

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  48. XD Ive been dying to read this series! Thank you so much for the giveaway! I hope Eros makes so appearances in the books and hopeful Psyche!!! Their my favorite Greek Myth couple!

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  49. I really want the book but the bag is super cute, especially for summer!

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  50. Mary-Theresa HusseyMay 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Just wanted to say I'm glad everyone is as excited about the series and Aimee as I was! And I apologize for the belated appearance here--I thought the post was going up later. :) That's the problem with juggling so much in the past, present and future these days! But it's great to support all the readers and see the wonderful enthusiasm.
    Enjoy!
    Matrice

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  51. Nice giveaway!! I reeeally want to read this book; the library list in my town is so long for this series.
    Thanks for the chance to win and good luck to everyone ^_^

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