Monday, April 23, 2012

12 Days Of Morganville Promo Event

The 12 Days Of Morganville Promo Event

Today Book Monster has a special treat for you.  I have been asked to be a part of this very special promo event for the incredible Rachel Caine, to help her celebrate the  newest release in the MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES series, Black Dawn. 

Every day a different blog will post one of the 12 MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES books on their site, along with an interview from Rachel about that book.  Book Monster has the pleasure of hosting the fifth book, LORDS OF MISRULE.

Check out the blurb to the book and then you'll find Rachel's interview below.

"Lords Of Misrule"

In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn't the only threat.
Violent black clouds promise a storm of devastating proportions. As student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against the elements—both natural and unnatural—the unexpected happens: Morganville’s vampires begin to vanish one by one. Discovering why leads Claire to one last choice: swear allegiance to Bishop... or die.

Interview w/ Rachel Caine on the LORDS OF MISRULE

1. What kicked off the concept for this book?

Definitely the second half of the story started in Feast of Fools -- with Bishop no longer playing nice, Morganville turns into a battlefield, with our friends from the Glass House caught squarely in the middle.  

2. Which character do I think stood out in this book, and why?

I believe that Hannah Moses, fresh off the battlefield from Afghanistan and the newest member of Morganville's police force, really stood out for me as a new and strong-willed character.

3. Five things I loved about writing this book

    A. Shane. There's always fun stuff with Shane. 
    B. Claire's reluctant alliance with Monica -- however brief -- was an interesting way to have both of them begin to respect each other. A little. Briefly.
    C. As the war over Morganville got darker, I really thought it was interesting to explore the history of the vampires' relationships to each other a little more. So we got more about Amelie, more about Oliver, more about Myrnin ... just more, period.
    D. Bishop's hangers-on. I don't think he was particularly taken with either of them, they were cannon fodder for him, but I had fun writing them as bad-vampire as possible.
    E. Michael getting more involved in vampire affairs. I think he thought he could somehow stay out of the fray, but this book sucked him in good.

4. Five things I didn't love about writing this book

    A. It was pretty nerve-wracking, because I'd set up Bishop already as a pretty bad opponent, and I needed to be sure I had a good payoff. Stress!
    B. I wanted more out of Bishop's minions, and I don't feel I was able to get quite as much as I would have liked.
    C. This book was the hardest one thus far; where Feast of Fools just flowed perfectly from fingers to keyboard, this one wandered, balked, and generally caused me loads of trouble in a technical sense.
    D. I had Shane offstage for a good part of the story, and I kind of missed that interaction with having all the characters together
    E. I didn't get enough use out of the Bloodmobile. I love the Bloodmobile. It's sinister!

5. If I could do this book over, what would I do differently, and why?

It's hard to imagine how I'd have been able to steer the course of the story too differently, but looking back on it, I might have kept Claire and Shane together more in this book. 

6. Favorite quoted passage from the book

Eve on Myrnin: "He did a Batman and took off into the night. What is with that guy, Claire? If he was a superhero, he'd be Bipolar Man."

7. What I learned from this book

Never fight a land war in Asia, and also, never bet that Mr. Bishop will defeated easily.

8. Fun research moment

I write another series (the Weather Warden series, in the adult SF/F aisles) that has a great deal of weather research involved, and I got bonus research credit for applying the tornado research to Morganville by adding a violent storm to the mix!

Make sure you visit all 12 stops in the 12 DAYS OF MORGANVILLE PROMO EVENT:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
April 20th: GLASS HOUSES (Book 1) 

April 21: THE DEAD GIRLS DANCE (Book 2) -

 April 22: MIDNIGHT ALLEY (Book 3)

April 23: FEAST OF FOOLS (Book 4)  

April 24: LORD OF MISRULE (Book 5)

April 25: CARPE CORPUS (Book 6)

April 26: FADE OUT (Book 7)

April 27: KISS OF DEATH (Book 8)

April 28: GHOST TOWN (Book 9)

April 29: BITE CLUB (Book 10)

April 30: LAST BREATH (Book 11)

MAY 1: BLACK DAWN (Book 12, NEW!)


Book  Review:

by Rachel Caine

My Review

Lord of Misrule takes place immediately after Feast of Fools, the tension is high and Claire is still in shock. The whole town is picking sides now whether it is Amelie's, Bishop's or, the Humans who are choosing to stand against the vampires. Humans are no longer willingly serving the vampires and the vampires are turning on each other.  Claire is being separated from her friends and doesn't know who to trust.

It was nice to see Monica, the school bully, getting her just desserts. I'm glad Claire didn't kick her when she was down though, it showed some maturity. It was also nice to see Shane putting the breaks on in his relationship with Claire; usually it's the male pushing to take their relationship to the next level and not the one wanting to slow it down.  I find myself liking Shane more with every book; he's really matured over the series so far.  I did find myself second guessing everyone's actions and looking for ulterior motives in every decision yet Rachel still managed to surprise me. One thing is certain - when the war is over Morganville won't be the same.  

I was surprised by the slow start to this book but as the pace picked up so did the action. I ended this book thinking "Did that really just happen?"  I can't wait to pick up Carpe Corpus to discover what happens next.  The Morganville Vampires remains one of my all time favorite Young Adult series and I would highly recommend it!

I award Lord of Misrule 4 Stars. 

Reviewed by Michelle M.


Rachel is offering up a signed copy of the LORDS OF MISRULE and a bookmark for BLACK DAWN to one US member of Book Monster.

1)  Please become a member of the Book Monster Blog by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page.
2)  Fill out the Rafflecopter form above.
Good Luck!!


luana said...

i did you have a cool blog
GFC: Luana Sirbu

thank you so much i love the book is amazing

Wendy Higgins said...

I don't have any of her books and would be great to win...I might even share it with my daughter :)

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Amiee Snow said...

I just entered then saw its only open to the US so my entry doesnt count love rachel caine can't wait to see her on her UK Tour when she comes to Dublin :)

SacredmOOn said...

Thank you for the chance to win!!
I've only read Glass Houses (audio-book) so far, but I'm really liking it.
GFC ~ DeAnna Schutlz

jbon said...

I love Rachel Caine!!!!!

soulunsung said...

This was such a fantastic post, filled with wonderful insight into this book. I really have loved the Morganville Vampires from the start and am anticipating Black Dawn's release, so I can read the next part of the story. Yays!

Thank you, so much for sharing this giveaway and your awesome thoughts on the book. I am in definitely agreement with you. The tension just has a way of mounting up and as you're introduced to new characters, strange and interesting things start happening. I love it and Rachel Caine for writing a series that has managed to stay as consistent as this one has.

I am definitely following your amazing blog. :)

Suz @ A Soul Unsung
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine Giveaway!

RebelYell25 said...

Thank you for another great giveaway!


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Denise Z said...

Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway opportunity. I cannot wait to continue the Morganville journey :)

SiNn said...

i love this series ! i follow as SiNn but entered with my facebook name of beverly