Thursday, October 13, 2011

Parallel by Claudia Lafeve: Giveaway & Character Interview!

Stopping by The Book Faery today is Claudia Lafeve to support her new YA release Parallel. I have a character interview with Etta, the main character in Claudia's book, Parallel.

Destiny has a way of catching up.

Saddled with powers she doesn’t understand, Etta Fleming’s world turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of.One minute, she’s an orphan living in Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.

Plucked from the only world she’s ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn’t know, and a best friend who can’t know.

Etta! I am so pleased to have you here at The Book Faery! I have a few questions for you and I promise to keep it short!

1.Do you believe in destiny?
If you’d asked me a couple of months ago, I would have totally said that destiny doesn’t exist. You make your own choices and that’s that. But now, I’m beginning to realize that maybe we’re all just bit players in this big universe and if you take a wrong turn, life will ultimately guide you towards the path your were meant to take. It’s kinda like a GPS system. If you take a wrong turn, it will recalculate and reroute you, but the destination is still the same.

2.Tell us how you felt about the strange things that happened around you every time you got angry or frightened?

For a long time, I thought there was something wrong with me! The counselors and social workers at Dominion House all thought I was just this troubled kid that caused bad things to happen. The worst part was not being able to talk to anyone about it. It made getting close to people difficult because I didn’t want anyone to get hurt, not to mention admitting I was some kind of freak.

3.Talk about culture shock! What was it like to be pulled from the grim Dominion House to the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy?

Sure, it might seem like a dream come true, to be able to go from living your life in orphanage to living in a huge house and attending a posh private school, but it was pretty scary actually. Sure, everyone loves a good rags to riches story, but it was more intimidating than anything else. I mean, I got used to being a foster kid, you know? That and I had to pretend I’d been part of this new reality all along.

4.How did you feel about some of the changes that happened in your new life? How did it feel to suddenly have an Aunt and a boyfriend-people that actually cared about you?

I’m still figuring things out here in my new reality. Now that I know a bit more about my past, I don’t know if whether or not I wish things could go back to the way they were. But I am so grateful to have my Aunt Maggie in my life. As for the boyfriend situation, I’m still not sure what I want to do about that.

5.What were the positive aspects of traveling to this new dimension? What were the negative?

Getting to meet my family. I was only five when I thought my parent’s died in a plane crash. So being reunited with my dad and finally having someone like my Aunt Maggie around in my life is the best part about coming here. The worst is knowing some things aren’t the same. Can you imagine, finding out that all the books you’ve read don’t exist in other realities? Switching realities also put a damper on watching all my favorite TV shows.

6.If you could travel to your *perfect* dimension, what would your world be like?

To be able to meet my mother. I don’t remember much about her, but if there’s a reality in where I can be with my dad and Aunt Maggie, there has to be one where my mother is still alive. Now that I know that alternate worlds exists, I’m pretty much determined to find her.

To find your mother would be awesome-so many changes and so many different things to have to deal with! You're pretty amazing, Etta!
I can't thank you enough for stopping by my blog to chat with us, you're welcome to come by anytime!

About Claudia Lafeve
Claudia Lefeve was born and raised in the Gulf Coast border town of Brownsville, Texas; a curious place where folks see curanderas in lieu of shrinks, tortillas are served at every meal, and even gringos speak Spanish. PARALLEL, the first book in The Travelers series, is her debut YA speculative novel. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two pugs.

About Parallel
Parallel by Claudia LefevePublication date: End of August
Book I in the Travelers series

•Claudia’s Website and Blog
•Claudia on Goodreads and Parallel on Goodreads
•Claudia on Twitter

Now for the MOST FANFAERYTASTIC GIVEAWAY!!! Claudia is giving away an e-copy of her book, Parallel and I will be giving away a print copy ONLY to those who don't have a way to read an e-copy! The daily winner will be chosen from comments that you leave!

In addition to the daily give-away, each comment will enter you into the grand prize give-away for a chance to win a Parallel prize pack complete with a gorgeous bracelet, a travel coffee mug with the Battle Grounds logo (Battle Grounds is a fictional coffee shop that figures throughout Parallel), an eCopy of the book and a eReader skin (Nook, Kindle or Kobo – winner’s choice) and a signed, hard copy of Parallel!

This is a tremendous give-away! I want it for myself!  Check it out:


  1. Great interview! Makes me more anxious then ever to get a hold of this book and read it. Thanks for the chance. Congratulations on Parallel!
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  2. Wow, what an amazing giveaway! This book sounds great.
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  3. Wow... This sounds great!! I cant wait to read it. Sort of has that Fringe element to it (FOX TV show in case you dont know).

    This giveaway is amazing... one of the best of seen in a while! The bracelt is amazing and definitely the type of thing I would wear. Is it available to buy?

    Hope I'm in for the chance!

  4. This is a wonderful opportunity. Thank you for the great post.

  5. Love your comment about destiny! And Parallel sounds like a great read, I'm so intrigued by the blurb. Super cool prize pack, too! :D -at- gmail -dot- com

  6. this giveaway is amazing please count me in

  7. Amazing giveaway! the books sounds great!!

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    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  8. Etta, family sounds really important to you. I'm glad you've had the chance to reconnect!

    Thanks for the giveaways! Can't wait to read Parallel

    missie at

  9. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love character interviews. Parallel sounds like an interesting read. I would love to win a e-book copy!

  10. Great interview Kristi ! I will be def checking out this book !! Thanks for the great giveaway !! and look forward to reading Parallel in the near future ;)


  11. Thank you for hosting Etta today! She was a bit nervous about appearing on your blog!

    @ladyvampire - thanks!

    @joanne - I'm glad you like the giveaway :)

    @imyoursweet - my tour promoters have a person that designed the bracelet. I wish it were available to buy! (I'd get one for myself!!)

    @regina - thanks for stopping by! Good luck!

    @k.c. - that was all Etta. She's smart like that!

    @blackwolf - so glad ya'll are liking the giveaway :)

    @Melissa - thank you

    @Missy - Etta is pretty happy to reunited with them, although it's still a readjustment for her :)

    @Fantasy Books - I hope you win! I wish all ya'll could win!!!

  12. I will be reading regardless of winning or not! Love Death Before Decaf! I think I might get it tattooed on me somewhere!

  13. That's one amazing interview! I love her answer to question #1. I believe in destiny too. I agree that no matter what way or direction you choose to take, the destination is the same.

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway... I'm not sure though if I can enter for the grand prize... Is it open internationally? =)

    xoxo, april

  14. The book definitely sounds awesome and I can't wait to read it! I love the perfect dimension question, that is fun to think about!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  15. Hi! Count me in as a new Pay It Forward follower! LOVE your blog!! :-)

  16. Great interview with Etta, even for a smart and quick-thinking teen, she sounds poised and grounded. I loved Parallel, and really expect to hear more about her life. Clearly, Etta has an even bigger adventure coming her way!!

    Claudia, excellent work as always, I love reading your work! Thanks for giving the interview, and btw, smashing give-aways!

  17. Hi Kristi. I'm here as the co-host from the Pay It Forward blogfest. Thanks so much for signing up.

    And I wasn't following your blog until just now, so the fest is working!

  18. What a fun interview! Actually it doesn't bother me too much that books I have read aren't in the new dimension... as long as there ARE books! :)

    What a great prize pack! *crosses fingers*
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  19. Great character interview!! I'd love to read this book, but you know I'm entering for the paperback copy! No e-reader! Thanks for the chance to read it. Every time I read a review of it, it sounds awesome!


  20. missed the pay it forward blog, so stopping by fashionably late! nice to meet you :)

  21. Loved that character interview and now I'm totally intrigued. I'll be adding this to my wishlist for sure! Thank you for a great, entertaining post.

  22. Awesome!!! Sounds like a great read!

  23. Such a great interviw! :) I really felt I got a feel for the character and now the book sounds like a wonderful read. :) Thank you!

  24. I really love it when we as readers get a chance to get insider a character's head. Thanks for the interview and post! I am a follower
    Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway!

  25. Loving all things alternate (Fringe) this sounds like a must read for me.
    GFC-Lisa Richards

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  26. I really need to read the first one, I will be the last person who doesn't have read it I think. I'm a new follower.
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