MFT Interview and Giveaway with Ann Aguirre

For Day 2 of Dystopian Week, I’ve got the lovely Ann Aguirre on the blog. Ann is the author of the Jax and Corine Soloman series, as well as the Razorland series for young adults (and much more.) Ann has also generously offered a copy of Enclave to one lucky winner (see giveaway details at the bottom of this post.)


In Enclave, you created a chilling post-apocolyptic landscape that Deuce, Fade, and their friends had to navigate. Were there any particular films or books that helped you in your visualization of that world?

  I’ve always been a fan of apocalypse movies. The first one I saw on my own was NIGHT OF THE COMET. (Don’t laugh!) As a young teen, I was alone at the mall with a friend for the first time, and we decided a zombie movie would rock. The flick was awesome, campy, and it imprinted me for life. Later, I took a film class as part of my English degree, and I wrote a paper analyzing the themes in George Romero’s seminal work NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
  Since then, I can’t get enough of the genre. I haven’t read many dystopian novels, mostly because I’m superstitious. If I think I’m ever going to write something in that genre, I don’t read it, because I want any similarities in idea, treatment or theme to come from a collective zeitgeist, not from my unconscious fangirling. This way, I can honestly say that any likeness between my work and someone else’s is GMTA.                
  Most of the apocalypse movies I’ve loved over the years haven’t been as silly as NIGHT OF THE COMET. Some of my favorites include: Terminator (the future is bleak indeed), any Resident Evil film, 28 Days Later, Undead (a wicked awesome indie Aussie film), Daybreakers (by the same directors who did Undead), Zombieland, 12 Monkeys, Children of Men, Road Warrior, Shaun of the Dead, Logan’s Run, Blade Runner (some might argue its inclusion), Equilibrium, Tank Girl, The Postman, Escape from New York, The Blood of Heroes, Reign of Fire… hm. I should stop now.

The cover of Enclave is very evocative of the coldness of the Enclave itself, and creates a sense of foreboding before you even open the book! Do you have any input on your book covers, or collaborate on the design?

  I love the cover, but I do wonder how many people know it’s a sewer lid behind the crossed knives. That’s pretty compelling, I think. I’m totally in awe of Rich Deas, the artistic director at Feiwel, who did the cover redesign. I was so stoked to have a cover by Cliff Nielsen, and I loved his design. The detail was just amazing. But the marketing folks thought that having a couple on the cover might limit my readership, and they wanted to do everything possible to set me up for a big launch, so they decided to retitle and repackage the book. I’m thrilled with the cold, evocative look, and I understand there will be special effects used on the actual book jacket, like embossing and metallic ink. My editor, Liz Szabla, said my first finished copy of the book should arrive by the end of the week, and I am beyond excited to see how it all looks.
  I don’t have too much input in terms of what the cover looks like, but they did talk to me about the kind of mood that should be conveyed. Since I’m not in art or marketing, I’m content to let my publisher handle these matters, generally. My business is writing the best story I possibly can. Theirs is figuring out the best way to make people hungry for it.

I’ve read that some authors visualize actors as they create their characters. Are there any actors that fit your visualizations of Deuce and Fade?

Deuce – Saoirse Ronan. She proved she has the chops in THE LOVELY BONES, and she’s a little older and Deuce is 15 in book one, but the actress looks young, and it’s pretty common for people to play younger than they are. In appearance, she’s perfect.
Fade – Paul Dano. He stole the show in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE without ever speaking a word. He has exceptional presence and the right look. He -is- Fade. He radiates that brooding energy even in his photos.
Thimble – Ellen Page. She has the right look, and it would be interesting to see what she did with the role.Stone – Chris Evans. He’s a little old, but yum. Enough said.
Stalker – Taylor Kitsch. He can definitely pull off the wild blend of honor and brutality that Stalker embodies. He’d just need to blond up a bit. Yum, Gambit! I know I don’t need to say more.
Tegan – Evanna Lynch. She has such an otherworldly charm that she would be wonderful in this role.Longshot – Jeff Bridges. If you saw TRUE GRIT, you don’t need to ask why.
Momma Oaks – Kathy Bates. Just because I loooove her.
  There are more characters like Silk, Copper, Twist, Whitewall, and the Wordkeeper, but I’m not going to cast them. Once you read the book, you can do that on your own, and then you’ll have some thoughts on how well I did.

Do you listen to music while you write, and if so, are there any particular songs that helped you while writing Enclave?

I do sometimes listen to music while I’m writing. It’s wonderful and crucial and can definitely help to set a mood. But I wrote Enclave in Fall of 2009, and I didn’t make a playlist. It didn’t occur to me back then that anyone would wonder what I was listening to. I’ve learned otherwise since then, so I do have a playlist for OUTPOST, which is book two in the Razorland trilogy. I’ll offer that instead. You can check it out HERE. Here are the actual songs on it in case anyone has trouble with the link: 

Nico Stai – One October Song 
Leonard Cohen – The Future 
Sisters of Mercy – Black Planet 
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – The Weeping Song 
Leonard Cohen – Waiting for a Miracle 
Kate Bush – Breathing 
Drowning Pool – Bodies 
Coldplay – Death & All His Friends 
Radiohead – Exit Music 
Deathcab for Cutie – I Will Follow You Into the Dark 
Dawn of the Dead’s – Hangman Song

Finally, do you have a favorite writing spot, or are you good to go as long as you have your laptop on hand?

I write in different places, but I work best at home. I have worked while I’m on the road, but it’s tough. Even in a quiet hotel room, I find it hard to focus. On airplanes or in airports, it’s even worse. At home, I write one of three places–the loveseat, my bed, or the patio swing. I know, right? I’m mad coordinated that I can hold a Macbook on a moving swing and get my work done. But it’s lovely to be able to get some sun while I write.

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS
*Giveaway is for a *Signed* copy of Enclave to one lucky winner!

*To enter, please leave a comment on the post with a way to contact you.

*Open INTERNATIONALLY
*Must be at least 13 yrs old to enter
*Giveaway Ends July 10th, 2011
 

108 Comments:

  1. Chris Marie Green/Christine Cody/Crystal Green

    Can I just say that I love NIGHT OF THE COMET, too? No shame here! ; )

  2. I am your fan, Ms Aguirre – thank you for two incredible series featuring very kick-ass (Sirantha Jax and Corine Solomon). I would love to have a signed copy!

    portiabridget@yahoo.co.uk

  3. I LOVED Enclave and am really looking forward to the next one! I have not read any of the other series but plan too. Thank you so much for the chance at this signed copy! :0)

    luvswdw(at)telus(dot)net

  4. I'm a HUGE Night of the Comet fan too! I used to watch it over, and over, and over…

  5. I haven't picked up Enclave, but I'm hoping to do it very soon. I read some reviews and they all say what a wonderful book it is.
    (I looove "I will follow you into the dark" by Deathcab for Cutie. I'm pretty it's in the playlist of a Twilight book.)

    tamara525 [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. I really want to read it.
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  7. Enjoyed the interview and I would love to read Enclave!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    myra0502 at yahoo dot com

  8. Thank you for the giveaway.
    NC
    Truly Bookish
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  9. Karen Mae Bautista

    Hope I could read Enclave.
    btw, thanks for this great giveaway.

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  10. I love the Enclave dream cast, especially Paul Dano & Taylor Kitsch. I think they go perfectly with how I imagined the characters too. 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jennie
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  11. Krazzyme(Young Readers)

    I want!!!

    I'm in <3 with MFT

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  12. Wow, Night of the Comet was always one of my favorites. Brings back memories.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Enclave was a truly fabulous read. I loved Deuce –she struck me as so real. Her naivete about everything and her reluctance to give up the beliefs that she grew up with was very believable.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  14. Been wanting to pick up a copy of Enclave. It looks so good.

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  15. Both that list of movies as that laylist sound very familiar. Seems like our tastes are very much alike.
    Will have to get hold of Enclave as I love post apocalyptic stories and if its even half as good as Nightfall I must have it!

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  16. Ishita aka Fishy

    I really want to read enclave…like really/ desperately want to…lol sorry 🙂

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  17. The Story Queen

    I've heard such great things about this book, I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the interview and giveaway 🙂

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  18. Damla (Sweepstake Lover)

    Thank you very much for the giveaway. Please count me in!

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  19. Awesome! Count me in 🙂

    Vivien
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  20. Undead is awesome, but nothing beats Zombieland for me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. Mickey @ imabookshark

    Thanks for the giveaway!! Great post :o)

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  22. Great interview! I had to get on a waitlist at the biblioteca, but it was worth the wait. Just finished Enclave last night. Couldn't put it down. Listening to your playlist right now, now I can't wait for Outpost!

    Thanks for the giveaway, count me in.

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  23. Great interview! This sounds like a really interesting story. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Thank you for the excellent giveaway! I have been trying to get my hands on Enclave for far too long. I am getting a wee bit desperate 🙂

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  25. i am IN LOVE with Enclave. I am desperate for a signed copy!!! =] thank you!!

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  26. I've been eyeing this book since it came out! But I've been forcing my "clear off the shelves before you buy more books" ban (for once!) & so I haven't let myself buy it… of course if I happen to win it, that totally doesn't count! lol.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  27. I love this book! One of my favorite reads!

    Kira
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  28. I loved Enclave so much! And I admire Ms. Aguirre so much! I'd love to win a signed physical copy!!

    Kara
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  29. What a great interview! I didn't realize that the cover of "Enclave" was a sewer cover. HOw cool!

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  30. I really liked to read about the casting of characters for Enclave. 😉 I've been hearing (actually, reading) nothing but rave reviews about this book, so I'm looking forward to read it! Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!

    catarina_romeira at hotmail dot com

  31. I have enjoyed all of Ann's books that I have read and I am a dystopian fan so this is the giveaway for me.

    Thanks for making it International

    Carol T

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  32. I love when authors cast their books! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  33. I've heard SO many good things about Enclave. In fact, I haven't read one negative review about it yet.

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  34. I really want a copy of this book. Having it signed would be beyond awesome.

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  35. Great review. I like apocalypse movies too, and I'm looking forward to checking out Enclave, it sounds fantastic.

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  36. I can't wait to read Enclave! It sounds great!
    thanks a lot for the chance.
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  37. YzhaBella's BookShelf

    I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of Enclave! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  38. Thanks so much for the giveaway! This have been on my wishlist for a while!

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  39. I really want to read Enclave. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. I love Ann's other books so I'm really looking forward to reading Enclave. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. I would be honored to have a signed copy of Enclave!

    Rachel Leigh
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  42. Lisa ~ Bookworm Lisa

    This book looks fascinating!

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  43. Enjoyed the interview and I would love to read Enclave!Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Offbeat Vagabond

    What an amazing interview. Aguirre is my movie soulmate. The majority of those movies I have watched more times than I care to count. I too love the cover, it does work even if it is a sewer lid LOL! Love the actors you chose for your book. Bridges is the man in everything. One of two things that was good about Tron: Legacy LOL! Great interview and giveaway, thank you guys so much 🙂

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  45. Amy (ArtsyBookishGal)

    I would love to win this! Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway!

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  46. Great interview!

    I'd love to win a copy, please count me in.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  47. I am a huge fan of this author! I love Enclave so so so much! The idea behind that novel was phenomenal 🙂 edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom Thank you! GFC Krystal Larson

  48. hedgerhousehold

    Thanks for the giveaway
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  49. Thanks for sharing this interview! 😀 And for the chance to win a copy of Enclave, I've been wanting to read it. 😀

    Ambur
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  50. Clarissa P (Clary)

    I've never read any of her books but I'm always game for something new. Thanks for the interview and the suggestions. Please enter me for the giveaway.

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  51. Jessica ( frellathon )

    Wow as if I haven't heard a million awesome things about Enclave but it's signed too. Awesome 🙂

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  52. I also love the cover for ENCLAVE. I would stop to delve further. Great interview.

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  53. I love that Ann loves Shaun of the Dead and Tank Girl! How cool is that! This book is at the top of my TBR list so thanks so much for the giveaway:)

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  54. I would love to read Enclave.
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  55. Thank you so much for the giveaway!! I love Enclave, and I've been planning to reread it soon!! I just can't wait for the second book!!

    Thank you!!!

    Madiha
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  56. Looking for summer reads and this sounds good. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

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  57. OMG! Wow. A SIGNED copy of Enclave? And international to boot? Sounds almost too good to be true–thank-you!!!

    Count me in =D

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  59. This is amazing! Thanks so much for the chance !!

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  60. Enclave has an amazing story! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  61. I really want to read this book, so please enter me in! And thanks for the awesome giveaway!! :o)

    Kaitlin
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  62. That is some talent to be able to write on a porch swing… =)
    Enclave sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  63. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)

    Enter me please

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    Thanks for the giveaway

  64. +JMJ+

    The Terminator is my favourite apocalypse movie of all time, and Ann Aguirre mentioning it first on her own list sends her up a million notches for me! =D Enclave sounds wonderful!

    Please enter me in this giveaway and thanks for making it international. =)

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  65. great giveaway
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  66. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read any of your books yet but Enclave sounds really good.

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  67. The Lovely Getaway

    woo whoo! please count me in! Thanks for hosting 🙂

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  68. methom@earthlink.net

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  69. I'd love to read this book! I've been hearing lots of positive comments about it.

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  70. I'm just getting into the dysptopian genre, but have heard some great comments about this book.

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  71. I've had Enclave on my TBR list since I first heard about it. Love dystopian fic.

    Leslie
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  72. Linda: By the Book

    I borrowed Enclave from a friend and I loved it! Now I can actually get my own copy! The cover is very cool and definitely puts you in the mood of the book.

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  73. I would be sooooooooooooo excited to win a signed copy of this book! Ahhhh!

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  74. oooh I want this book so badly and is signed, fingers crossed! 😀

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  75. Ah I've been wanting to read this so bad!

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  76. Sierra Cullen.♥

    I really want to read this book! So freaking bad! Thank you for this chance! I hope random is on my side. ♥

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  77. i LOVE LOVE LOVED Enclave!!!! Can't wait for the next one!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  78. Looks good! 🙂

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  79. michellesheavenlyreviews

    wow this book looks great! i've never read it before, but it looks really interesting! 🙂

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  80. Natasha Areena

    Been looking for this book for so long! Enclave sounds so awesome. The trailer is just amazing!

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  82. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  83. I really want to read this book! I have seen so many good reviews of it.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
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  84. I've heard tons of great reviews of Enclave. Would love to read it!

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  85. I Loved Enclave and I cannot wait till Outpost!
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Enclave:)

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  86. The Library Page

    Sounds great!

    Clara

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  87. Michelle @ The True Book Addict

    I have heard some good buzz about this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  88. Logan E. Turner

    Holy giveaway of awesome! Thanks so much!

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  89. I've been dying to read Enclave. It sounds amazing!

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  90. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  91. Mare/TommyGirl

    Count me in! thank you!

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  92. Nice interview, Enclave sounds great so count me in for the competition! 🙂

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  93. Jenn of Frequent Reader, Infrequent Blogger

    looks like a great book
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  94. Sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway

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  95. Both my son and I want to read this one, it looks good.

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  96. Thanks for the giveaway. I've had my eye on Enclave for some time now! :))

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  97. Cialina at Muggle-Born.net

    How awesome! I love how Ann casted the characters. :0 I love having a distinct mental image of them while I read!

    [edit]
    Oops, forgot my contact details:
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  98. I've heard so many great things about this book.. I'm dying to read it! And a signed copy? Gosh, pure awesomeness~!!! Thanks for the chance!

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  99. katklaw777 at yahoo dot com
    Great giveaway, thanks.

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    Can't wait to read this book!

  101. Really want to read this book too!!! Thanks for the great opportunity!!!

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  102. I want to read this book even MORE now, after having read the review!
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  104. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    I am really looking forward to reading this book!
    Hope I win it!!
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