Monday, August 19, 2013

Authors Are Rockstars Tour & Giveaway: Mary Gray

Today I have author of the upcoming young adult novel The Dollhouse Asylum, Mary Gray here at Say It with Books! I'm totally excited for her debut which will be hitting shelves this November! 
So let me tell you why I think Mary Gray is a rockstar....
  • Dystopian is my favorite genre-If you haven't read the blurb for The Dollhouse Asylum you should do it ASAP. It sounds so frigging creepy(in this totally AWESOME way of course). It sounds like the kinda book that I won't be able to forget even after I close the book! To put it simply, I NEED THIS BOOK NOW.
  • She loves Robin LaFevers’ My Fair Assassins series & Supernatural-Anyone who values the awesome-ness of Ismae, Sybella and Dean Winchester are kickass in my book.
  • She can say 'da bomb' and get away with it without sounding like a total dork. She is da bomb.
See I told ya. Creepy in this totally AWESOME way.
Find Mary Gray on:     Facebook    Twitter    Goodreads    Website
So here's a free-hand interview with Mary Gray where she shares 25 fun facts about herself!
  •  I have a book coming out! In October! It’s called THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM and WEEE!!
  • Last year, my husband and I built a pool in our back yard, and it’s the only way to do summers in Texas with little ones. I love my pool. It has a diving board and my husband looks mighty fine diving in or doing his flips.
  • I recently joined the YMCA—all for the kid care, endorphins, brainstorming sessions, and chance to work out (notice how I stated exercise last?)!
  • Vegetables are da bomb!
  • If you ever quote me as saying “da bomb,” I’ll deny it.
  • I went to eleven different schools including four different high schools, one for each year, so if I showed up at my class reunion, I doubt anyone would know who I was.
  • I just took my little ones on a 4500 mile road trip without another adult to help, and it was harder than I could ever explain. The kids got to do some amazing things, though. They saw cousins in Washington, went to the beach and on a boat in California, played with cousins in Albuquerque, and much more.
  • I write like a turtle. It took my five years to write THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM. My next book probably won’t take as long, but I’ll never be the sort of person who can write seven novels in a year.
  • While writing is one of the most rejuvenating activities I know, it still takes energy. Sometimes I’m so wiped out, I just CAN’T. I’ve learned to give myself permission to veg and watch some shows so that I can go back to my kiddos with energy again, because they only have one mom. I offset my laziness by writing one long evening a week while my husband takes the kids.
  • I’ve decided being an introvert can be one of the most difficult things to be when you’re a mom because all you want is a break/to be alone, but you’ve got your little darlings following you everywhere you go! I’ve also learned I have to give myself breaks to bounce back again.
  • I’ve never been a good journaler, but writing in my journal this summer saved my emotional life.
  • Never had a drop of alcohol in my life. Or tried tobaccos (or drugs) so I’m not a drug or alcohol expert!
  • I believe in God, so while my stories aren’t characterized as “Christian fiction” I have a tendency to talk at least a little about him.
  • My biggest fear is having one of my children drown in my pool. That’s why we have two separate locking systems on our back door, I’ve taken CPR, and I watch my swimmers like a hawk.
  • I tend to listen more than I talk… unless I’m talking to my sister. Then sometimes she can’t get me to shut up.
  • I am massively terrified of strawberries and snakes.
  • I’m attending some amazing book events soon! My release party in Dallas, TX October 25th (where people get to dress up as tragic, literary couples just like in my book!), The Houston BookRave November 2nd, YAKFest near Fort Worth in January, and another event I can’t quite talk about yet.
  • Chocolate or die.
  • I used to play Mozart, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff on the piano. Now, I write. Perhaps in the future I’ll have time for both.
  • My day’s not complete without indulging in a story—whether I’m writing, reading, or watching it.
  • My favorite books are Robin LaFevers’ My Fair Assassins series, Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series, and Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth series.
  • The best shows in the world are Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Spike, you stole my heart!), Lost, Alias, Prison Break, and my guilty pleasures are Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Twisted, and The Bachelor/Bachelorette.
  • I’m still waiting for a movie to be as awesome as The Matrix, though V for Vendetta and Inception were close.
  • I tend to write stories where people die. And where people kiss. Romance and violence in fiction are where it’s at!
  • I’m happiest when I’m writing something, and look forward to when my kids are old enough so I can write full time.
Title: The Dollhouse Asylum
Author: Mary Gray
Expected Publication:  Oct 22 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields--a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus--she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.

At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne's heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.

The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now "Persephone," and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.

If they play it right, then they'll be safe.

But if they play it wrong, they'll die

              The Giveaway
Mary Gray will be giving an ARC of The Dollhouse Asylum to one lucky person-How cool is that??!
This giveaway is open to US entrants only.

So tell me what do you think of The Dollhouse Asylum? Are there any authors who you consider as rockstars?


  1. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I am so bloody excited to read this book. I just cannot wait!!

  3. This book sounds great!!! My rockstar authors are JLA & Jus Accardo! They are auto buys for me:)

  4. This book sounds like it's gonna be really cool. I'm part of the tour and my author is Suzanne Young,but I also think that Kimberly Derting, Trish Doller, and Lauren Oliver, among others, are all rockstars too.

    Grace Radford/Anna Pett

  5. I also love all things creepy, so I could see us being friends. Rhiannon Frater is my author who rocks!

  6. Thanks so much for hosting me, Nuzaifa. You made me smile! No, you're "da bomb." :)

  7. The book sounds really good, just my type! I think all authors are rockstars, so I can't pick just one!!

  8. Great post! Thanks so much for being a tour host!


  9. The Dollhouse Asylum sounds like a great read!!
    I think all authors are rockstars!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. The book looks interesting, and I consider authors like Veronica Roth and J.K. Rowling as rockstars because they build such interesting worlds.

  11. The Dollhouse Asylum sounds really strange, but very intriguing. I'm definitely adding this to my TBR. Thank you! :D

  12. This book sounds interesting. I want to know more. An author who I think is a rockstar? Probably Jeri Smith-Ready because she encompasses a lot of musical passion into her books (okay, so I took 'rockstar' literally).

  13. The Dollhouse Asylum sounds like an awesome book, can't wait to read it.
    I think A.G. Howard is a rock star with her book Splintered. An Alice in Wonderland book done right.

  14. I think it sounds like a really interesting concept that I'm excited to read. I think Richelle Mead is a rockstar because she writes such amazing books :)

  15. I think it sounds interesting.
    I think Naoko Takeuchi is a rockstar, since she brought Sailor Moon into this world. ☺

  16. I have had this book on my TBR list like since I can't even remember when. But it's been quite a while. The premise is awesome, I love the cover, and it sounds so unique.

    I consider Suzanne Collins a rockstar because I love both of her series and I love that she writes about the effects of violence on young people.

  17. I've really wanted to read this book for a while, it's on my wishlist. As far as who my rockstar author is, probably Sarah Dessen.

  18. I really want to read The Dollhouse Asylum! It sounds intriguing.
    I consider Veronica Roth a rock star. She is an amazing writer and very funny too

  19. I've seen this book appear on many blogs recently, and it looks really good. I love the cover too! And I would probably go with Veronica Roth or Julie Kagawa because they are both outstanding writers and just awesome people!


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