I adore Kelly Gay's adult urban fantasy series. Her worldbuilding is lush, her characters captivating, and her plot full of fabulous twists. So, when she told me she had a YA coming out under the pen name Kelly Keaton, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! Take a peek at the summary and the book trailer, and I'll bet you'll feel the same:
Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.
Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.
She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.
Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.
See what I mean? Holy Awesomesauce, Batgirl. The second I turn in my current novel, I'm reading this! I couldn't wait to have Kelly on the blog again, and this time, she decided to take on the Spork of Doom.
|Spork of Doom|
Because DARKNESS BECOMES HER is set in New Orleans, Kelly asked for a Mardi Gras cupcake. My hubby rose to the challenge beautifully (Even though he was disappointed that I nixed his original design because while green and purple boobs are highly appropriate for Mardi Gras, there's something disturbing about the thought of multi-hued breasts made out of cake.) Without further ado, I give you the Mardi Gras cupcake and Kelly's interview with the Spork of Doom.
1. I’m all about world domination, and I’m always looking for good help. Why would you be an acceptable minion in my quest?
Because I like pie.
2. Your answer is acceptable. As long as you don't try to take my pie. Being a Spork of Doom takes moxie. What’s the sporkiest thing you’ve ever done?
Went to the mall in my flannel jammies and slippers. Hey, a dares a dare.
3. I dare you to help me take over the world. When I’m not busy taking over the world, I like to eat pie. What kind of pie do you think is worthy of my Spork of Doom status?
Cheesecake. It’s really a pie, people!
4. So few realize that. You're beginning to look like top notch minion material. What’s your favorite thing to do with a spork?
5. I had no idea pie was a verb. *ponders this* You may be on to something. We should pie the entire world! Mwahahaha! Wait. You did mean "pie" in an evil, world domination sort of way, right? I have the ability to be simultaneously spoon, fork, and weapon of mass destruction. What unique ability do you have?
A stare down of awesome proportions.
6. If you stare yourself down in my shiny, titanium sides, would that cause an existential crisis for you? In this day and age, a savvy spork bent on world domination can’t afford to ignore a good marketing campaign. I’m thinking t-shirts with “Spork or Die.” If you made a shirt with your own slogan on it, what would it say?
Here Comes Trouble.
7. Interesting. Very, interesting. I think I'll use you as an advance guard. If I had to compare myself to anyone in history, I’d have to say I’m most like Napoleon. Only skinnier. And shinier. And smart enough not to lose my empire at a place with a ridiculous name like Waterloo. Who are you most like and why?
Queen Elizabeth I. Anyone who dons a silver breastplate over a white velvet gown to address the troops, rules an empire, and wears the Crown jewels is woman after my own heart.
8. Well, I suppose that's acceptable. But only if you remember all your empires belong to ME. Why is your job just as much fun as world domination?
Because I am a god in my world. I control everything.
9. Through the clever use of pie, no doubt. *is intrigued* In between conquests, I like to read a good story. What can you recommend and why?
I just read this book about the offspring of a spoon mum and a fork dad… very sad, misfit-feeling Spork he was. Could have led to the whole world domination thing *cough, biography! cough*
10. If being cut out to rule the world makes me a misfit, then pie on you and pie on everyone else! Now, BOW before my titanium fabulosity. You need to accomplish a secret, night-time mission as my minion. Cloak? No cloak? Why?
Definitely cloak at first. If I engage any bad guys, though, the cloak comes off in a flourish to flaunt my awesome Elektra-esque outfit as I dole out the whoopins.
11. I like your style. Especially since it sounds like your outfit will be shiny. You can never underestimate the power of shiny. My best piece of advice to others is this: “Fear the spork!” What’s your best advice?
Um, don’t forget to check that all clothing is in its proper place when you leave the bathroom?
Thank you for such a fun interview, Kelly! To learn more about Kelly, visit her site. To order your own copy of DARKNESS BECOMES HER (and you know you want to!), go here.
Of course, the fun isn't over yet! Kelly is giving away a signed copy of DARKNESS BECOMES HER along with some cool DBH swag! The contest is open internationally! Here's how to enter:
1. Earn entries:
*Comment on this post = 1 entry
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2. Tally it up:
Please tally up your entries and leave the total in your comment.
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The contest is open until 8 p.m. (central time) Sunday, March 27th. Please check back to see if you've won and to claim your prize!
Good luck to all, and happy reading!