Saturday, November 3, 2012

Books Talk #3 (plus Giveaway!): So Close To You by Rachel Carter

What's this?

Rather than question the author or their characters, why not ask the book?! Surely it knows itself better than anyone? So I provide authors with a list of potential questions (along with explanations), they choose a few to answer and then take on the personality of their book! Thanks to Mandee for the name suggestion :)

So Close To You by Rachel Carter

Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who've disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.

When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she's ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she's in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.

Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices--and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.

I feel incredibly special today, readers. Why? Because here with me is a book who spends its days teasing conspiracy theories and travelling through time, but instead of zipping back to the 1940's and flapping pages with a cute paperback, it's offered to share some inky thoughts on my blog. So without further delay, please welcome So Close To You by Rachel Carter!

What do you look for in a reader, So Close to You?
Someone who has an open mind when it comes to conspiracy theories...and someone who likes dark, mysterious boys. Though honestly, who doesn't like dark, mysterious boys?

Does it make you uncomfortable to think readers may be caught licking your cover?
Kind of! My cover has lots of red hair and apocalyptic clouds. I can't imagine why anyone would want to lick those things.

What's your personality type?
Introspective - with a few twists. At first people think I'm really sweet, but I definitely have some dark moments...

What's your favourite song/music?
I love 1940s big band music, since I spend so much time in the past. Stuff like this: But if I have to hear any more modern, Emo-stuff (the ONLY thing my creator listened to while she wrote me), I'm going to throw myself in the trash. Or throw her in the trash. Though I doubt I can lift her.

Are you a trend-setter or do you follow the crowd?
I don't really fit into any one category, so I guess that makes me a trendsetter. I have romance, mystery, time travel, family drama, and a very twisty conspiracy theory all wrapped up inside of me. It makes me feel a little lonely on the bookshelves at times.

Your race - Books - are generally conceived from a human's mind. But if books bred like humans, who would your parents be?
It would be a three-way, inter-genre relationship between The Time Traveler's Wife, Back to the Future and The X-Files. A little scandalous, but it works!

What do you live?
Right now I live under my creator's desk, but she keeps handing me out for giveaways like this one! Soon there will be none of me left and then she'll be sorry.

Where do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I like dancing the Jitterbug, like my character Lydia does when she goes back to the 1940s. But I have no legs, so it makes it difficult.

Your most treasured possession?
Wes' pocket watch. It's the only thing that reminds him of his past, and it comes to mean a lot to Lydia too. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry, and then I might wreck my pages, so onto the next question.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Obviously! Wes and Lydia have a variation of it, for sure. They fall for each other quickly - for their own specific reasons - and they learn to trust each other right away. But is that necessarily a good thing? Let's just say that trust will definitely be tested over time.

Give us the scoop on your protagonist - do you enjoy her company on every page? Or do you find her intolerable?
I like Lydia! She's loyal and smart and cares a lot about the people in her life. But she's also tenacious and stubborn, which definitely gets her into trouble at times. I have a feeling she learns a lot about life in my pages - and she becomes much more cautious in my sister book, This Strange and Familiar Place.

Many of us female readers can become a little... fangirly when it comes to book boys. Are you just as smitten with Wes as Lydia is?
Yes. Wes is very broody and mysterious. Sometimes too mysterious, but it makes sense considering how he grew up. I'm excited for you all to learn more about him in future books!

If you could travel back in time and tell your younger book self something, what would it be?
More time travel? That sounds exhausting!

You can find Rachel at:

Giveaway Time! 

Because Rachel likes to flaunt the fact that she is 50 shades of Awesome, she's offering one copy of SO CLOSE TO YOU to a lucky US reader!! I know you're just as curious as I am about the Montauk Project... not to mention unlocking the secrets of this broody, mysterious boy named Wes ;)

How do you win? EASY. 

That's IT. Extra entries for commenting, following Rachel on Twitter and adding So Close To You to Goodreads.

If you're an author and interested in me chatting with your fabulous book, feel free to shoot me an email! You can look over some potential questions here, or answer using your own, using whatever personality you adapt for your book. Fun!

If you're a reader and have any question suggestions that you'd be willing to let me add to this list,  you're totally awesome and I love you and you can share them here


  1. I've seen this book around on goodreads. Sounds awesome! Love the cover!

  2. This book intrigued me from the very beginning and the book's description of what happens and the characters inside...itself...only makes me more excited! I love how there are several genres mixed together, and of course the presence of Wes. ;) Lydia seems like a relatable character and it sounds like she grows a lot too. Awesome interview! :)

  3. This book looks so amazing. I want to win it so badly!

  4. Awesome interview! So Close to You had me convinced at the mention of dark, mysterious boys. Really, who doesn't love them? :D

  5. This cover caught my eye months ago. The more I learn about this novel, the better it sounds!!

  6. Jitterbug huh? I know that's a type of dance, but I have no idea what it is lol. Pshhh, old things. Lovely interview! I love getting more insight about the actual book and its author. And this book seems awesome! Complete with a pretty cover, there's no way I'm not reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. This book cover really draws me in, and I cannot wait to read about an alternate reality. This book solunds so good. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Amazing interview, Brodie! YOU'RE BACK! I honestly wasn't too keen on reading this one before, but it sounds SO GOOD. Why haven't I had this on my TBR? *shakes head* I'm off to add it at once! I love how these characters seem so fleshed-out and multiple genres is totally my thing. Not to mention those mysteriously handsome guys... ;)

  9. BRODIE, BRODIE, I LOVE YOU! This is such a fantastic interview and you are so clever, dearling. :) A huge thumbs up to question & answer six- I may have just almost fallen off my chair howling in laughter! I'm so glad to see you back from your mini- hiatus, too. :)
    Now, I really want to read this. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  10. Awesome interview, as always! I've been wanting to read So Close To You for a while now and I hope I get to soon. Thanks for sharing, B! ♥

  11. What a cute idea! And awesome interview. I can't wait to read this!

  12. I LIKE DARK, MYSTERIOUS BOYS! HELL YEAHHHHHHH!!!! I'm obviously the perfect reader for the books :D heheeee
    Great interview Brodieeee!<3


  13. Oooh! This book sounds awesome! Oh, Brodie, why do you tease us so? :( I WANTS THIS! Also, having crazy thoughts - really hope Wes doesn't turn out to be her great-grandfather. That would be a bit weird. And sad. Oh, please, gimmie gimmie gimmie!

    Awesome post, Brodie!

    " It would be a three-way, inter-genre relationship between The Time Traveler's Wife, Back to the Future and The X-Files. A little scandalous, but it works!"

    Let's be friends. Deal? I... kind of think I love you...

  15. This is actually something I would read. Sounds like so much fun.

  16. I remain dazzled by your brilliant mind, Brodie. IT KNOWS NO BOUNDS. I absolutely love this. Apparently, YOU are a trendsetter, because when have I ever seen an interview with a book? NEVER.

    Uh, uh, I LOVE YOU. And this interview. <3

  17. The book sounds great, can't wait to read it!

  18. Brodie, this is a fabulously creative idea and I LOVE it :D

    So Close To You, you sound like an awesome book and I want desperately to be your friend so I better hurry up and order you right now! :)


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