17 October 2013

{Blog Tour + Giveaway} Seven Deadlies: GREED

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 October 2013 at 12:31 AM | | | | | | |

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Today’s Sin: GREED

First things first HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY SEVEN DEADLIES!! I am so happy to not just be one of the sins on this blog tour, but to be kicking it off on such an important date!!

You know SEVEN DEADLIES author GiGi Levangle, she wrote that little book called The Starter Wife..the one that became a hit TV show over on the USA Network. Yea, she’s pretty awesome!

I am ever so fortunate to have her on the blog today answering some questions about the book and just general things, but also she’s giving away a signed copy of SEVEN DEADLIES her new Young Adult/Middle Grade (ages 9+) novel!

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REVIEW

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Seven Deadlies
Author: GiGi Levangle
Pages: 256
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Release Date: October 17th 2013
Rating: 4.5 Birds

New York Times bestselling author Gigi Levangie Grazer returns with Seven Deadlies, a witty and wildly different novel set amid the sinful reaches of Beverly Hills, narrated by a captivating, gimlet-eyed Mexican-American heroine.
Perry Gonzalez is not like the other kids in her Beverly Hills high school—a full-blooded Latina on a scholarship, living in a tiny apartment with her mother, she doesn’t have much in common with the spoiled, privileged kids who are chauffeured to school every morning. But Perry is a budding young writer with her sights set on Bennington—and her seven deadly stories are her ticket to the Ivory Tower. To pay her way, Perry’s been babysitting (correction: teenage-sitting) and tutoring the neighborhood kids, and she has seen the dark side of adolescence: lust for the “Judas Brothers” that leads to electrocution at a private birthday party concert; wrath that inspires new and perverse family bonds; and greed, in a young Bernie Madoff acolyte who conceives of a copycat Ponzi scheme involving his own grandmother.

Okay so my focus was on the GREED chapter, so I’m just going to review that, and let you stop in on the other 6 days to check out the others! In the story of GREED, Perry meets young Rodney who is obsessed with getting rich, and doing it fast with as little work as possible. I mean really, it’s kind of what everyone wants – but this kid..oh man. Let’s start with the fact he’s 13. He’s mean and rude and he’s idol is Bernie Madoff. He want’s money and he doesn’t care what he has to do to get it.

When grandma won’t give him any, he takes matters into his own hands. He borrows money from the wrong people, he’s grandmothers health begins to fail due to stress…how will the good old sin of GREED deliver it’s final blow to young Rodney? You’ll have to read it to find out.

I found this whole book deliciously addicting! Every story was a perfect, young adult representation of one of the sins. The delivery of it as an admittance letter to a new school was not only brilliant but made it all the more entertaining! I HIGHLY recommend this book! Grab it for a friend, a young reader who is apprehensive about picking up a book. The stories of kid behaving badly will entertain and intrigue even the toughest to please! I’m passing my copy onto my 9 year old tomorrow and I can’t wait hear what she thinks!!

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INTERVIEW

1. No doubt you did a lot of research on the 7 Deadly Sins when writing SEVEN DEADLIES, tell me what was the most interesting thing you came across in all your research?

The most interesting bit of research I discovered was that the concept of the 7 Deadly Sins predates the bible – the sins seem to have been with us, a part of our physiology, since the beginning of time. I sin, therefore I am. Apparently, the Seven may even predate therapy. It’s comforting to know that we’ve been psychologically screwed since the Dawn of Time.

2. Which of the 7 Deadly Sins do you find the worst of the worst?

I find Envy to be really destructive, because it’s the sin that destroys people from the inside out. To be consumed with others, and what others have, prevents us from being who we are meant to be (Hi, Oprah!). A little envy is fine, and can actually show us the path to greater things, if it motivates us to be better, to improve. Where would my lotus be without envy?

(Actually, my lotus sucks – but hey, I envy other people’s lotuses – or is it lotus-i? So I know that someday, I can get my legs to cooperate. If I want it badly enough.)

Or, I can just nap.

3. The readers will want to know, and really I do too - where did the idea come from for this novel?

Years ago, I had read all the Roald Dahl books to my boys. I was hoping they’d enjoy them as much as I did grown up. Turns out, I enjoyed them as an adult even more than they did. I’d forgotten how vivid his writing was, and I loved how he enjoyed complete freedom with his characters – he killed them off, in horrific ways, he turned children into rats, the evil were sometimes punished, and the innocent sometimes eaten. Well, I wanted to write something similar for kids completely autonomous from what I’ve written before, free from judgment. Something just for fun. So initially, this book was only for my children’s eyes.

And frankly, when I’m afraid of doing something different, it usually means I MUST do it.

Except bungee jumping. There’s no need for me to try that.

4. What's your writing schedule/routine like? Are you a fly by the seat of her pants kind of gal, or are you all timelines and lists?

I try to write five days a week, for several hours, after I drop my kids off at school. I must have a latte at hand. And, I prefer to write half the time at a local café where there’s no internet (only other writers hungry for internet-free writing and conversation). I remember the moment, as indelible to me as any crucial day in history, when AOL first appeared on my computer screen...and I thought, “this is the end.” The interminable billboard stream of information is a creativity killer.

5. Tell me 5 things about yourself that people may not know.

I was born in the Year of the Tiger.

I will kill for my family and friends (see above).

I like being alone.

I meditate.

I am scared of everything, so I dive in.

I roast my own almonds in olive oil and crunchy sea salt and eat them all day long.

I was a fat kid.

That’s seven things. : )

6. What's one thing you always lie about?

That nothing hurts my feelings.

Know this: Everything hurts my feelings.

7. Last but not least, if you could tell GREED one thing, what would you say?

Money can’t buy you love, except in L.A..

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GIVEAWAY

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One Winner will get a SIGNED copy of SEVEN DEADLIES!

Open to the US Only
Must be 13+ To Enter
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gigi Levangie Grazer is the author of three prior novels, including The After Wife and the New York Times bestseller The Starter Wife, which was adapted as a miniseries for USA Network.
She is a coauthor of the screenplay for Stepmom and has written for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and other publications. Levangie lives in Los Angeles with her two children and one miniature dachsund.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an interesting book, I'll have to check it out :)

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