The Debut Dish: Marci Lyn Curtis (+ Giveaway), Mackenzie Lee, & Mikaela Everett (+ Giveaway)

Posted September 20, 2015 by Jana in Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway / 4 Comments

The Debut Dish, a Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?

The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
September 8, 2015 from Disney-Hyperion
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Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie’s whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she’s ever met.Ben’s life isn’t easy, but he doesn’t see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn’t have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she’s currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben’s brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future… before she loses everything she has grown to love.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Troubled blind girl sees boy.

Why should readers pick up your book?
The story has a little something for everyone. Hilarity. Tears. Romance. Friendship. Family.

If you were to turn the book on end and give it a shake, you’d probably rattle out an Everest’s worth of emotion (every sort of emotion, really—intense, lighthearted, and otherwise), so readers who are fans of “the feels” will probably like this story.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
I’m a character-based writer, so hands down the best thing is sharing my characters with everyone. It’s like introducing my best friends to the world.

What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
Oh, man. Dark chocolate M&M’s.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Ha! Well, my “desk” is wherever I lug my laptop, generally the kitchen table, which currently holds 1) a garage door instillation manual, 2) a note for my next book that says, “Don’t forget the naked guy,” and 3) a screwdriver. I don’t know which one of these is the oddest. Which probably says a lot about me as a human being.

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This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee
September 22, 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books
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In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

Describe your book in five words or less.
Steampunk Frankenstein starring two brothers.

Why should readers pick up your book?
1. It is a steampunk book that is not set in Victorian England and has no magic.
2. The story centers around a sibling relationship, not a romantic one.
3. There are old-school cyborgs.
4. It is set in steampunked alternate history 1818 Switzerland. STEAMPUNK SWITZERLAND.
5. It features more gears, Coleridge, dissections, half-human monsters, book throwing, automatons, clock towers, unsexy kissing, spiced wine, and Christmas markets than almost any other YA historical fantasy book out there. 99% Guaranteed.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
Getting to meet and talk to people (both online and in person) who are excited about the things I am writing.

What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
REDVINES. Always Redvines. Which are sadly very tricky to find on the East coast.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Two plastic dinosaurs, a t-rex and a stegosaurus, a la Wash in Firefly.

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett
September 22, 2015 from Greenwillow Books
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For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person.

The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates do not—two versions of the same thing cannot exist. They—and their whole planet—are slowly disappearing. Lira has been trained mercilessly since childhood to learn everything she can about her duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.

An intricate, literary stand-alone from an astonishing new voice, The Unquiet takes us deep inside the psyche of a strong teenage heroine struggling with what she has been raised to be and who she really is. Fans of eerily futuristic and beautifully crafted stories such as Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, and Fringe will find themselves haunted by this unsettling debut.

Describe your book in five words or less.
A coming-of-age assassin story.

Why should readers pick up your book?
The Unquiet is about a girl who has been trained to be an assassin in a war between two Earths and wonders how much of her humanity she is willing to give up to win.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?
Finally sharing one of the stories that has lived inside my head for years and years now.

What’s your favorite movie theater candy?
Maltesers. White chocolate ones, especially. They’re hard to find but so worth it!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A jar of wooden ladybugs from one of my closest friends for good luck.

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4 responses to “The Debut Dish: Marci Lyn Curtis (+ Giveaway), Mackenzie Lee, & Mikaela Everett (+ Giveaway)

  1. Kim

    Oh my gosh, I’m so excited to read The One Thing because I’ve read two blind girl Wattpad books before, and I absolutely adored both of them! I’d love the chance to read one that’s actually published.

    I’ve already read The Unquiet since I received a copy from Harper Collins, and oh my gosh, it’s one of the most unique books that I’ve read. Despite it being a really long book, I still really enjoyed it. I ended up giving it 4/5 stars.

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  2. The One Thing sounds super interesting. I’ve never read a book about a blind character, so I think it’d be very interesting to check that out!

    The Unquiet sounds and looks so intriguing! I love that cover and I love the concept of parallel Earth’s!

    Thanks for the chance to win copies!
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  3. The One Thing sounds like a unique story. It am definitely interested to find out more about the characters.

    The Unquiet definitely has an interesting concept to it, and sounds like it wound be a little bit of a thriller.
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