Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Played by Liz Fichera

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 27th 2014
Series: Hooked #2

This Game Is Getting All Too Real

He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me. 

She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can't get over, I'll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.

1. What inspired you to write Played? and did the characters come first or the story?

The two main characters in PLAYED are introduced in HOOKED: Riley and Sam. Riley and Sam were also my most favorite secondary characters from HOOKED. They are an unlikely pair and I knew that I had to intersect their stories.

2. What was the last book you read and loved?

The last book that I read and loved was ROGUE by Lyn Miller-Lachmann, which is the story of a girl with Asperger’s. I read about 2-3 books each week. My list of faves is very long.

3. What would you prefer: happy ending or sad ending or open ending and why?

I am open to either but I’m always intrigued when an author does something unexpected.

4. If you could be any character from a book who would it be and why?

Oooh, that is a tough question. I think I would love to be Claire in OUTLANDER, only because I think it would be so cool to time travel and relive the history that you thought you knew. And, let’s face it, love interest Jamie is pretty darn compelling hot.

5. What are you hoping your readers will take away from Played?

I am hopeful that they can empathize with these characters, even if they might have a different set of life experiences. Also, I hope they fall in love with the American Southwest.

Thanks for hosting me, Amie!

"The book stands out in its nicely realistic portraits of the teens." (Kirkus)

"The plot is the perfect mix of real-life scenarios and swoon-worthy romance, while the issues of race and class that Fichera interweaves into the story add substance. In an alternating first-person narration style similar to Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park, readers are given insight into the characters' thoughts and feelings. The tale sticks to the formula but the captivating ways in which the sequence of events plays out keep this take fresh and exciting." (School Library Journal)

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I'm an American author living in the American Southwest by way of Chicago.  

Born and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, after college, never expecting to live more than one year among cactus and people who’d never seen snow. I was wrong. It certainly didn't hurt that I met my future husband in Phoenix too. 

Most of my stories are set in the American Southwest because I think the desert is a cool place. Living in Phoenix, I'm surrounded by Native American culture and influences, not to mention intriguing Hohokam petroglyphs and centuries-old canals. There are over 20 tribes in Arizona and I'm lucky to be neighbors to the Gila River and the Salt River Indian Communities. 

When I'm not busy writing my next novel, I like to travel, visit museums, support local theater productions, hike, and pretend that I'm training for a triathlon. I post a lot of photos from my desert and mountain hikes on my Facebook and Twitter pages. In no particular order, I've been chased by javalinas, rattlesnakes, coyotes, and even one curious black bear.

Win (1) signed copy of PLAYED by Liz Fichera (INT)

 Question: Tell me one book in your TBR that you want to read this year?

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