Saturday, March 23, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Scarlette by Davonna Juroe [Author Interview + Giveaway - Sort of!]

Today we're taking part of the SCARLETTE Blog Tour hosted by AToMR's Book Tours! For the FULL TOUR Schedule click the banner above.
I already had the lovely pleasure of interviewing Davonna on the blog for THE HOT SEAT [See the FUN interview HERE]. I also already read, reviewed, & LOVED her book on here too! [Review Here]. She is awesome and her book more so :) Now a bit about her book...

SCARLETTE BY Davonna Juroe:
PUB DATE: October 12th 2012
Publisher: BumbleB Media, Inc.
Age Group: Upper YA/New Adult
Genre: Paranormal historical fairy tale retelling
Pages: 326
Find the Beast ~ Find the Cure
Scarlette, an 18-year-old peasant, lives under a dark threat. A nightmarish creature lurks in the surrounding forest, killing the villagers one by one. When Scarlette’s grandmother survives an attack, Scarlette learns that her grandmother hasn’t suffered the bite of just any normal animal.
Now desperate, Scarlette searches throughout her province to find a cure. But there are those who want to keep their pasts hidden. As she begins to uncover the dark secrets of her village, Scarlette is befriended by a local nobleman and a woodcutter who share a gruesome history with the beast. To save her grandmother, Scarlette must unravel their mystery and solve an age-old crime. But as she pieces together the clues, Scarlette finds herself torn between the two men, both of whom want to be more than friends and hold the key to the cure.
What if Little Red Riding Hood was Real?
Based on both the Grimm and Perrault versions of Little Red Riding Hood and set against the terrifying, historic Beast of Gévaudan attacks, this dark YA retelling blends two epic legends, giving the fabled girl-in-the-red-cloak a new, shockingly real existence.

Now, the INTERVIEW:
1) This book is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. How is it different than the fairy tale?
Scarlette differs from the fairy tale in that it is set against one of the most famous alleged werewolf attacks in history. The Beast of Gévaudan was a supposed wolf-like creature that terrorized the southern region of France in the 18th century. I used the Beast as the wolf from the Little Red Riding Hood story to bring the fairy tale to life.
2) What research did you need to do in order to write SCARLETTE?
A boatload. One of the most interesting, and readily available sources, was a creepy special called The Real Wolfman that ran on the History Channel back in October of 2009.
The show centers on the great mystery surrounding what the Beast of Gévaudan actually was. Many theories have been thrown around, but no conclusion has been reached. Cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard and veteran criminal profiler George Deuchar launched an investigation in France to learn what the Beast might have been.
Their search brought them to the Paris Museum of Natural History. And just like the giant government warehouse filled with countless crates in the Indiana Jones movies, there is speculation that the Beast's remains can be traced to the secured underground storage facility inside the museum. Absolutely fascinating, freaky, and a must see for werewolf fans everywhere.
3) This version has a mysterious element and sleuth-ish. Do you enjoy mysteries?
It's funny. I've never been into mysteries, but somehow I wrote one.
4) What was the most difficult part in writing a mystery?
It takes meticulous planning to write a successful mystery. Keeping events, everyone's backstories, and motivations straight is not easy. I couldn't have done it without a detailed outline.
5) What is something interesting or noteworthy about the main characters that readers may find interesting and didn’t make it into the book?
He's not a main character, but the Marquis de Sade shows up in the novel, and is worth mentioning because he was a real historical figure. Some people may have heard of him. He was a controversial French aristocrat, and we actually derive the English term sadist from his name.
What others may not know is that there was a popular theory that he was blamed for the Beast of Gévaudan's carnage. One of the reasons for this is that most of the victims of the Beast were women who appeared to have been sexually assaulted. The theory was later disproved, but I could not resist having him make a cameo in the novel.
6) Is there anything in the story readers might not pick up on that you want to point out or make sure they take away after reading?
As a fun fact, Scarlette's first encounter with the werewolf is based on an actual French eyewitness account of the Beast of Gévaudan. The werewolf supposedly stood up on its hind legs and waded through a river. Creepy fun




About the Author:

Davonna Juroe stays up way too late, has a severe garlic food allergy, and loves all things 80’s. She wonders if all this could actually mean she's a vampire.
In high school, she wore way too much glitter eye make-up. And in between many Disneyland visits and reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Series, she joined the high school drama department and may have developed crushes of the serious kind on many a theater boy. After many a broken heart (*sigh*), Davonna moved to the quaint, wooded village of Kalispell, Montana.
When she’s not writing, she shops @ thrift stores for hot-pink-Jem-and-the-Holograms-inspired-outfits, eats gluten free desserts, drinks tea out of antique teacups, and spends too much time on deviantArt, Pinterest, and Goodreads.
Scarlette is Davonna’s debut novel of epic-historical-fairy-tale-proportions, which she knows the Brothers Grimm would say is wicked cool. Currently, she's represented by fabulous independent agent Roxanne McHenry who is waving wands to make all of Davonna's dreams come true.
Find and Follow her on: Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Website
GIVEAWAY Time...SORT OFF...
There isn’t a traditional tour giveaway. The author is making the book FREE on Amazon the last day of the tour, March 23rd, for anyone interested to download instead. Want your OWN copy just click the banner BELOW!
Thanks for stopping by and what do YOU think? Comment! :D

1 comment:

  1. Lisseth! Thanks for being part of the blog tour! You are awesome, as always! :) I love the pics you used for the interview! Just wanted to let you know that SCARLETTE is being re-released this weekend and includes a new short story from the woodcutter's (Francois) perspective, which brings a new take on the ending, along with a new author's note on the history of Red Riding Hood. All of this is of course free to download this weekend (23rd AND 24th) on Amazon. Thanks again! :)

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