(And yes - ALEJANDRO'S SORCERESS is in the process of posting, so it should be available by the weekend!)
So, with no further ado, let's meet the fabulous Ann Aguirre!
OUTPOST, catapulted Ann onto the USA Today bestseller list & she's now on tour for the book, hopefully somewhere near you!
Deuce’s whole world has changed. Now living topside in a community called Salvation, she has a whole new set of problems. Down below, she was considered an adult, and she contributed to the whole. Now, topside, the people of Salvation think she’s a brat in need of training. She hates school, and she doesn’t fit in with the other girls. They’ve spent their lives learning to cook and sew–suitable woman’s work. Deuce only knows how to fight. To make matters worse, Fade keeps her at a distance, and the band of four has broken into fragments.
Stalker presses for a closer relationship, but Deuce sees him as a training partner, and she’s busy trying to find her place in Salvation. She refuses to accept that she’s wrong for being who she is, but tensions rise as she struggles against the status quo. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
Once she’s free from school for the year, Deuce pursues a chance to serve in the summer patrols–those responsible for making sure the growers and planters can work the fields without danger of Freak attack. It should have been routine, little fighting, but things have been changing on surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks are smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning.
The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it will take a girl like Deuce to turn the tide.
So, go forth immediately and try the sample chapters! And try Enclave, too (the first book in the trilogy, although Enclave does stand alone), because they're both terrific!
Without further ado, the Frivolous Five:
Q: You just added a baby dachshund puppy to your family. Do you intend to eventually have a herd of Dachshunds, like my all-time favoritecommercial?
AA: I do not. We already have one other dog; she's half basset, half beagle. Since we have two cats and they do really well together, it occurred to us that our dog might be happier if we got her a friend, too. Since we're moving into much bigger house, one tiny dachshund won't take up much space. I hear they can be a challenge to deal with, though. Here's hoping I'm up to it.
Q: You are currently writing 79 books per year. Is your goal world domination or simply the need to have enough author copies to build furniture for your new house?
AA: World domination has always been my goal. Always! Mwahahaha! But I have down shifted from 79 books to three. Next year I'm writing one steampunk with my husband (so that actually only counts as half), an adult SF title, and one YA. So that's 2.5, really. Of course, with all that free time, I might write 65 books for fun. You never know.
Q: Is it true you time-traveled here from the future, and that’s why you know so much about spaceships and post-apocalyptic reality?
AA: If I told you, I would wreck the space-time continuum and therefore the world as we know it. Is that what you want? IS IT? I didn't think so. Besides, the alpacas will destroy us soon enough.
Q: If you could cast actors for a movie of Outpost, will you invite me to the premiere? Oh. And who would play Deuce & Fade?
AA: I will totally invite you to the premiere. For Fade, I'd pick Jake Rose. Nobody will know who that is, but he played a younger version of John Cusack in Hot Tub Time Machine. Maybe the internet can help you find a picture of him. Maybe. As for Deuce, I'd love to see Saoirse Ronan tackle the role.
Q: I will buy the popcorn. Peanut butter M&Ms or Twizzlers?
AA: Why do I have to choose one kind of candy? I promise I won't hurl. Okay, fine. Peanut butter M&Ms.
Clearly you can see why I love her! For a chance to win a copy of OUTPOST, please answer the following question: If you could travel through time, where would you go? And when? One lucky winner will be drawn randomly from comments. Thanks!