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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blog Tour: 12 Days of Morganville Madness

Welcome fellow Morganville fans!  Don't worry!  You are not being sought out by Ada the computer for leaving the lovely town of Morganville.   You are however invited to join in the fun for the blog tour featuring Rachel Caine and the wonderful town history.  Each stop is featuring one of the books in the series with a review and a contest that will lead up to the main attraction of Black Dawn.  We ask that you keep all pulse points inside the tour bus or Oliver will think you are volunteering to donate blood for his own nourishment.
So let's get this show on the road!

My part of the tour features Carpe Corpus , Book #6


In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace-until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants-the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

Since I am a loyal follower of the town, I have read and reviewed this story in the past.  You can find my review HERE


Now I would like to introduce you to Ms. Rachel Caine as she explains more about the book!

1. What kicked off the concept for this book?

In my original story arc for Morganville, this was the BIG BOOK. The one where everything came together, where the war with Bishop got real and visceral, where everyone and everything we loved was thrown into chaos and danger. And also, I felt that I needed to really move Claire and Shane's simmering relationship forward.

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

Sam. Michael's grandfather's character arc still echoes through the rest of the books, so I think I have to say he was the most important even if he didn't have the most screen time.

3. Five things I loved about writing this book

    A. Shane stuck in a cage is fun to write, but Shane stuck in a cage and having to make nice with his father for months? That's a high wire act for both him *and* me.
    B. Michael's struggle to resist Bishop's control of him.
    C. Claire's tattoo, magically applied. (It also ties into a short story I did called DEAD MAN STALKING, in which Shane's father is the first one to make use of those magical tats.)
    D. I quite liked the pact between Amelie, Oliver, Myrnin and Sam to take Bishop down; we don't see it from Claire's POV, but it's a pretty important step for them to take to each have an equal risk of death in order to save the town.
    E. Okay, I loved writing the fragile, tentative scene of Claire and Shane's first time together. I was really, really concerned about doing it justice.

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

    A. The last one above is also one of the things I *didn't* love about this book; writing that first really intimate encounter between my characters felt right and organic for the story and how far they'd come together, but it was also highly nerve-wracking. I had to get it right, and I had to make it feel real and imperfect. I also was taking a pretty big risk of losing readership by going there, and I knew it.
    B. Sam. Sam, Sam, Sam. That was hard.
    C. By the time I was done with this book, I *really* hated Bishop. And normally I don't feel that way about a character, but was really despicable. And he really would have killed everybody, all the time, forever, if I'd let him.
    D. This was also a tough book to write for personal reasons, because of things that were happening in my personal work life. Lots of stress. I can see it in the story when I read it again, even though I don't think anyone else could decipher the code.
    E. I wanted to do more with Claire's parents, but I never could find a way to work it in. 

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

I keep thinking I'd save Sam. But I don't know. If the great Joss Whedon taught me anything, it's that to make danger real, you sometimes have to be willing to let go of a character to prove the point. So I'd probably keep it in, and still regret it at the same time.

6. Favorite quoted passage from the book

"What was the use of being a main evil minion if you couldn't even enjoy it -- or save your own friends?" That pretty much sums up Claire's existence in this book.

7. What I learned from this book

Incredibly, when I showed the Claire/Shane intimate scene to 10 self-selected conservative parents to determine what they thought, I got 8 out of ten absolute ok votes, 1 that felt a bit uncomfortable but was willing to discuss it with their teen, and 1 who flat-out vetoed it. I thought that considering the charged nature of the material, that was a pretty decent up vote -- and it's also really critical to me as a writer to validate some of these things with outside sources so I know what kind of hot water I'm jumping into.

8. Fun research moment

Ada. I'd known all along that I was going to create a vampire-computer who ran many of the less normal functions of Morganville, and I knew that it was run essentially by a brain in a jar, but in deciding to flesh out her character, I got to research the amazing Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and widely acknowledged as one of the key figures in early computing. I loved working her into the story. Even though she was a little bit dangerous. (Okay, more than a little bit.)


Now for your lovely parting gifts if you were lucky to have survived the tour with your blood still.

Thanks to the lovely people of  NAL, I have one copy of Carpe Corpus and a signed bookmark for Black Dawn for one lucky entrant!

Follow the rules or Myrnin might decide to use you for his next experiment!

Contest will end on Sunday, April 29th, 2012.
One entry per person!
Contest is for the USA only
Must be 13 years of age or older
Leave a comment with an email address for your entry!


Blogger Juana Andrade said...

johanna_chicana(at)yahoo(dot)com Thanks for the giveaway and I agree Rachel I miss Sam 2 I am still hoping for a come back * wink,wink*

April 25, 2012 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger BBW No More said...

love this book and love this series!
my email is feelingwitchy11@gmail.com

April 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Fenryr said...

These books are the best ^_^...
My email is torch13@live.com

April 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger alicia marie said...

love these books! thanks for the giveaway : )
ame1184 at gmail dot com

April 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Kimberleigh said...

love love love this series!!


April 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger molly.frenzel said...

Thank you for the interview and giveaway. I love this series!


April 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Great interview! :) Thanks for the give-a-way opportunity!


April 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger whitewolfreads said...

I love the Morganville Vampires (Myrnin is obvioiusly my favorite). Thanks for the giveaway!

whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

April 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger barmybex said...

I absolutely love the Morganville Vampire books! Rachel Caine is a legend.
Myrnin rocks! :D

April 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger jbon said...

I love Rachel Caine!! Thanks for the giveaway!! jbonoma4ATcomcastDOTnet

April 25, 2012 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Christina Fiorelli said...

This series sounds incredible! Love the post:)

ccfioriole at gmail dot ocm

April 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have so much love for this series. You wrote such a fantastic review for the book and share an awesome interview with Rachel Caine that shed some light on the behind-the-scenes of Morgangville Vampires that I enjoyed immensely. Thank you, so much for this giveaway!

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

April 25, 2012 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Sill said...

Thank you for the giveaway! :)


April 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Tallah_H said...

That's so weird, I had made the same comparison between Joss and Rachel to a friend the other day.... Ada!!! So fantastic. I wish we could have seen more Myrnin Ada interaction in the books. Or like a flashback to what she was like when she was alive (or undead).

My email:

April 25, 2012 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Sarena said...

I really enjoyed Sam's character... His fate was just depressing. Anyways, thanks for the giveaway!

April 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Sarena said...

Oh, and my email is chacelilyvale(at)gmail(dot)com

April 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Amy S. said...

I really liked reading the author's 5 things I loved about writing this book, and 5 things I didn't love about writing this book. Very interesting! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
amy dot swihart at gmail dot com

April 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Texas Book Lover said...

Love this series...Myrnin took me a little while to get into but absolutely love him now! You never know what to expect from him.

Thanks for the giveaway!

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

April 25, 2012 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Texas Book Lover said...

Love this series...Myrnin took me a little while to get into but absolutely love him now! You never know what to expect from him.

Thanks for the giveaway!

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

April 25, 2012 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I love this series! Thanks for the giveaway!


April 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

i just love the books i am crazy about them thank you so much

April 26, 2012 at 2:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I really would love to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter. Tore923@aol.com

April 26, 2012 at 4:41 AM  
Blogger ForensicMeow said...

I am so addicted to this series! Myrnin is definately my favorite! I want a pair of bunny slippers with fangs just like his...I just might have to make some..lol

Please come to Savannah, GA for a book signing, we just adore you down here. Let us show you our city and southern hospitality.

Kat Lawson

April 26, 2012 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger vadeluna07 said...

Absolutely love this series! Just cannot get enough! Thanks for the chance to win one of these wonderful books!

Veronica De Luna

April 26, 2012 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Gale Nelson said...

I love love love these books!!! Gale

April 26, 2012 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger BritneyN_0518 said...

Would love to win, fingers crossed! BritneyN(underscore)0518(at)yahoo(dot)com


April 26, 2012 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger Pat Cochran said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Pat Cochran

April 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Denise Z said...

Thank you so much for participating in this fun tour and for the awesome giveaway opportunity. I really want to know more about the brain in the jar LOL

April 26, 2012 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Arianne said...

this is one of the best series I've read!
email: cruz042 at cougars.csusm.edu

April 27, 2012 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Jill Watkins said...

This is the first YA series I ever read- I love it!

Thanks for the giveaway!

jill (dot) watkins (at) gmail (dot) com

April 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Denise Z said...

I am having so much fun following this tour. I have read the first two in the series and cannot wait to continue on. Thank you so much for sharing and for this generous giveaway opportunity.

April 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger vadeluna07 said...

Loving this tour so very much! Thank you for the chance to win one of these awesome books!


April 28, 2012 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ahhh I absolutely love this series as well as Rachel Caines other series (: Myrnin is such an amazing character & i'm always looking forward to reading what he'll do next. He's so unpredictable!!! I love it. Thanks for this giveaway!


April 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Gale Nelson said...

This is one of my favorite series of all time. Thanks for the giveaway

April 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I loved Sam's character. And the Shane/Claireness. And this series. And this book. And...well, you get it ;)


April 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

Enjoy these books - please enter me!

April 29, 2012 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Elvina H. said...

Thanks for the chance to win.


April 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Violet Sanchez said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love this series!

April 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Maria_M. said...


April 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I don't know how this series skipped my vampire radar! Thanks for the chance to win.


April 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM  

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