Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Blog Tour, Interview, and Giveaway: Arbitrate (Megan Thomason)

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It's one year later. And everything has changed.Remember The Second Chance Institute (SCI). Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. They’ve stepped up their game on Earth and on Thera—infiltrating political parties, preying on the downtrodden, and planning offensive maneuvers. The SCI’s abuse of their charter leads to Arbiter oversight and bitter consequences.
Remember Kira Donovan. Broken, burdened, and evading those who wish her harm, Kira enlists the Arbiters’ help when forced to return to the clutches of the SCI and her angry, estranged love.
Remember Blake Sundry. Exiled, determined, and packing an agenda, Blake seeks assistance on Earth and Thera to use his newfound knowledge to bring down the SCI.
Remember Ethan Darcton. Overworked, emotional, and holding a grudge, Ethan hunts down his stolen property, but finds himself in awkward territory, stuck between the Arbiters and the SCI.
Full of action, competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, arbitrate is Megan Thomason’s third installment in the award-winningdaynight series after daynight and clean slate complex (a daynight story).
Praise for arbitrate: "There are a lot of books I finish and feel happy, this one I finished and my head is swirling, in a totally awesome way! Not only does it have a great story with characters that you like (and some you just hate as they are the enemy) but the book also gets you thinking, thinking about the implication of effects of different actions and courses in life. This story has action, fighting, plots and plans, romance, love triangles, family, betrayal - has it all." --Emily Barton, Emmy Mom One Day at a Time blog, 5 stars "You have hit this one out of the park." --ARC Reviewer "For the record, I LOVED Kira's choice!! And the whole thing just blew me away! Very, very well done!! Now when can I get my hands on generate?! Can't wait " --ARC Reviewer "Read my ARC of Arbitrate and consider my mind blown! I started it the minute it was sent and couldn't put it down." --ARC Reviewer
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  daynight Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth's benevolent non-profit by day, Thera's totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving--forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death. Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead. Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother's death, Blake's been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner--Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan. Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan's forced to do his SCI elite family's bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs. Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is an award-winning, bestselling novel and first in thedaynight series.  

  Praise for daynight: 2012 Book of the Year Award Finalist-Young Adult Fiction, ForeWord Reviews "Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story" —Kirkus Reviews "Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review) "Thomason's description of Thera's totalitarianism will make fans of Brave New World shiver... SCI, her fantasy corporation, has disturbing parallels to actual companies and regimes that claim to do good while harming people... The author deftly appeals to both romance-loving teens as well as those intrigued by young adults fighting the establishment.”—ForeWord Clarion Review, 4 stars  

   Author Megan Thomason Bestselling, award-winning author Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone--over 600 in the last year--or attending to the needs of her family. Megan's fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac.   

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I got the idea for daynight (book #1 in the daynight series) while I was hiking in the canyons of San Diego on a particularly hot day. I wondered how hot it would have to get before days and nights were forced to be switched (sleep at day and use the night for productive hours). From there, I pondered what kind of government would rule the night and the idea for The Second Chance Institute was born.

With arbitrate, I wanted to make sure that it was not a rehash of the daynight plot. The tone needed to be different, the characters had to adapt to harsh circumstances and grow from them, and the story arc needed to be fresh. I had a very distinct idea of where I wanted it to start (one year later), end, and for a pivotal scene in the middle. From there I brainstormed for weeks, writing down ideas as they came to me. I loosely plotted it, and then as I started writing I adjusted the plot as I had better ideas. One key difference between daynight and arbitrate is that while daynight mostly takes place in Garden City, Thera, arbitrate’s scenes take place across dozens of cities on both Earth and Thera.

Who is your favorite character in the book?

I love comic relief and so, in arbitrate, Jax, Joshua, and Blake were all fun to write in that respect.

Which came first, the title or the novel?

The title. In a series, readers want to know what book to look out for next :).

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

My favorite scene is the last. I cried buckets over it. It is bittersweet and makes me run the full gamut of emotions from sorrow to hope; it has tender moments, irony, and defiance. A major character “grows a spine,” and it is glorious to see.

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

The editing process is critical. Use professional editors and proofreaders. Have beta readers read and provide feedback.

What do you like most about the cover of the book?

The image of the scale of justice weighing (judging) the two planets—Thera and Earth. It represents the book perfectly, as justice is rained down upon the SCI on both planets in arbitrate.

What new release book are you looking most forward to?

That is a tough question. I’m definitely looking forward to the third book in the Remember When series (thanks to the huge cliffhanger at the end of the second book). The Edge of Always is out soon, and I loved The Edge of Never.

What was your favorite book you've read this year?

I read so many books that it is tough to pick a favorite. The three tops would be Making Faces by Amy Harmon, the Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons, and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 

Other standouts are Red Hill by Jamie McGuire, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, Don’t Make Me Beautiful by Elle Casey, Two Roads by L.M. Augustine, The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred, In the Stillness by Andrea Randall, theRemember When series by T. Torrest, Take Care, Sara by Lindy Zart, and Hate List by Jennifer Brown.

What’s up next for you?

I have started to plot book #3 in the daynight series and will release it in 2014. I also have two novella spin-offs from arbitrate in mind and two standalone books in the works.

Is there anything that you would like to add?

Thanks for hosting arbitrate and thank you to all my awesome fans! I’m so grateful for your support.

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