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Thursday, April 5, 2012

YA Fiction Spotlight: Author Amy Plum~"Die For Me" and "Until I Die"

Paris and the living dead?  Oh...

Then we have to wonder what it all means...


Published by:  Harper Collins
Genre:  YA Fiction/Paranormal




Summaries:
Publishers Weekly~ "Die For Me"

Angels? Zombies? Ghosts? The revenants in Plum's first novel lay claim to all three titles at one point or another, and 16-year-old Kate Mercier isn't sure she's equipped to solve that riddle. She's recently lost her parents in a car crash, and although she has a warm relationship with her sister, Kate and Georgia couldn't be more different. So Kate is on her own in the museums and cafes of Paris, caught up in an awkward pas de deux with the devastatingly handsome Vincent. Their sweet flirtation goes on for a while—and therein lies a weakness. Plum's pacing is slow, focused on the angsty interior life of a heroine who is not unique. Kate thinks she's not pretty (even though everyone assures her otherwise), she's grieving, she's socially awkward. It's standard stuff, though Plum's conception of the revenants, conversely, is fresh, and once Kate sees Vincent's bluff friend Jules killed by a Métro train, only to encounter him in a museum weeks later, the narrative picks up speed. The lush Parisian setting and gorgeous characters make this an immersing, franchise-ready story.

(See Video Trailer on Sidebar)




Goodreads~"Until I Die"

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.
As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.





Author Profile:

Amy Plum is the author of the International Bestseller DIE FOR ME, which is an Indie Next List pick, Romance Times top pick, and recipient of a starred review from School Library Journal. DIE FOR ME is the first novel in a YA trilogy set in Paris. The second, UNTIL I DIE, will be released in May 2012.

After being raised in Birmingham, Alabama, in a rather restrictive environment, AMY PLUM escaped to Chicago to an even more restrictive environment at a university that expelled people for dancing. (And where she was called to the dean’s office for “wearing too much black”.) After all of that restrictiveness, she was forced to run far far away, specifically to Paris, France, where she only wore black and danced all she wanted.

After five years in Paris, she ventured to London, where she got an M.A. in Medieval Art History, specializing in Early Sienese Painting (1260-1348) mainly because it promised almost no hope of finding a paying job afterward.

Amy managed to find work in the world of art and antiques in New York. But after almost a decade of high-pressure lifestyle in the Big Apple, she swapped her American city for a French village of 1300 inhabitants.

After signing with HarperCollins for the DIE FOR ME series, Amy left her job as an English professor at Tours University to write full-time. She now splits her time between her centuries-old farmhouse in the countryside and Paris’s 11th arrondissement.

She is a huge fan of Edward Gorey and Maira Kalman (and collects both of their books/art), as well as David Sedaris, Amadeo Modigliani, and Ira Glass.



Visit Amy Plum on her website and find out more about her and her "Revenant Weeks" here:  http://www.amyplumbooks.com   She's offering lots of goodies there!

Amy has PLAYLISTS on her website that are killer!!  Each of her characters has a playlist of her and his own....just amazing music!!!
Here's one artist
                                                        Yodelice~ "Safe and Scarred"



 
And "Kate's" playlist song by Taylor Swift  "Enchanting"

Watch for "Until I Die" which will be released early in MAY....

until then, if you haven't read "Die For Me" now's your chance!!


Thanks for stopping by for this SPOTLIGHT on a YA Author~

*And, may I say, just one more point scored for the art historians!! :]

Deborah/TheBookishDame

2 comments:

The Young Book Collector

Hey you,

just stopped by to see your latest post, the changes on your blog are looking lovely by the way :)

Chrissy Peebles

This was such an awesome post! The covers are gorgeous and I LOVED the trailer!!!

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