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Bloggers' Choice:
Under the Never Sky + Giveaway

About the Author:
Veronica Rossi's debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, will be published in over twenty international markets, starting on January 3rd 2012 in the United States. Film rights to the trilogy have been optioned by Warner Bros. When not writing, she chases after her boys, who make her laugh every day, and who teach her about love that's "a million gazillion times bigger than the ocean."
Under the Never Sky has been the talk of the blogosphere for quite a while. I may not have read the book, but I feel like I already know and love Perry and Aria and ROAR. Last month, I asked which February release you were craving and you answered Under the Never Sky.

Congratulations to Veronica Rossi for winning this month's Bloggers' Choice Award! Veronica was happy enough to answer a few of my questions and throw in a VERY AWESOME surprise! Please welcome Veronica Rossi!
Out of more than ten novels up for the voting, Under the Never Sky won out among all of them. How does it feel to know that tons of bloggers are so excited to get their hands on a copy?

A. INCREDIBLE. Flattering. Amazing.Thank you guys!

Under the Never Sky is about a girl named Aria, who has been banished and thrust into an unknown world where the chance of survival is slim, a wasteland that is sure to kill her one way (cannibal attacks) or the other (intense energy storms). Her future is pretty bleak until hope materializes in the form of stranger named Perry. Was this story a surprise thought that took root? Or was it one you’ve always wanted to tell? How did it all start?

A. It started with the desire to pit characters from totally different backgrounds together. I knew I wanted a girl from a very advanced, technologically sophisticated society, and a boy from a primitive society. It started from there, and grew from research and just lots of staring at the walls and imagining.

A wild, savage man like Perry spells delectable to me. Does hate spark immediately upon his and Aria’s meeting due to their differences? What are some things they have in common?

A. Their first meeting is pretty confrontational for many reasons, not just because they come from different societies. They do have some similarities, though. Both Aria and Perry are tenacious and loyal. Those are qualities that start to shine through as they come to know each other.

Is there anything special about Aria that doesn’t make it into the books and you would care to share?

A. She loves sushi, and as a young girl,she sang herself to sleep!

What are some of the downsidesto being a debut author for the young adult market? Some of the positives? Whatkind of future projects can we expect from you?

A. Downsides? I can’t think of any!Positives are the fans, the amazing bloggers—like you!—and other authors I’ve gotten to know. I’m sooo lucky to do what I do. I have a few projects I'm developing for after this trilogy that I'm REALLY excited about, but I've been sworn to secrecy by my agent, unfortunately. Sorry! I'll tell you more as soon as I can.

Finally, looking over the candidates for next month’s Bloggers’ Choice Award what are some of your picks for March’s winner?

A. I have to go with SLIDE by Jill Hathaway…. She’s a friend, and SLIDE is aterrific book!

Thanks so much for having me!

Thank you so much, Veronica! And Veronica is such a fantastic person, as she's offering up TWO hardcovers of Under the Never Sky and some bookmarks in the giveaway below!

Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

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elena said...

If I were exiled, I would bring money! 

Reading_by_Kindle_Fire said...

I was gna say computer, but elene is right. Definitely Money! 

Lady Vampire said...

I would bring my family if possible. If it was an object I had to bring, I would say a survival kit with knife, tarp, first aid, etc.

Kelly said...

Aside from any essentials, I think I would probably bring a photo album with photos of my family in it.

Rhee Obaid said...

I honestly don't know. Could I bring a person?

Monica Lopez said...

If you were exiled to live away from the only home you've ever known and could bring one thing with you, what would that be?
I would bring my "M" necklace that my mom bought me because it was a gift from my mom, my sister always admired it, and my Dad always notices when i don't have it on :)

Jasmine Rose said...

Does my husband count as a thing? Or my dog? Those are the only two things I would desperately want if I was away from everything I knew. If those don't count, I'd go with a really good pair of shoes.

Brodie said...

Even though she's sworn to secrecy, damnit, she's still made me excited about the MYSTERY PROJECTS! Hmm, where to find a partner-in-crime to extract the knowledge from her brain? *taps  dangerous mind-probing tools against leg*

Fantastic interview! I love hearing more about this novel and especially what first inspired it. And I cannot wait for you to read it, Asher! You're so on the right track, though. You capslock roared ROOOOAAARRRR's name. I like :D

Kelly Mills said...

I would say I would bring my cat, but I have 4!  So, assuming I would leave my cats behind to live together in peace, I would bring my boyfriend (if he counts as a thing that is).  If it has to be an object, I would be more practical and bring a Swiss army knife!

Lexie@Bookbug said...

Thats a tough one. Maybe a satellite phone?! Haha!

Samantha R. said...

I hope my boyfriend counts as a things, because that's my answer.

Hrose2931 said...

I'd leave my husband behind to take care of the kids though he is my rock. I think I'd take my Kindle. Reading helps me escape reality and I have a feeling I'd need to escape reality big time!


Ileana A. said...

Money, for sure!

Shae said...

Ummm... my iPhone, assuming we're allowed modern items. I can still keep in touch via internet. If "modern" items are not allowed, then I would have to bring my pet tarantula. No one at home would feed her.

Azure said...

That is a tough question!! Umm...I would bring with me photos or maybe a yearbook.

Alyssa @ Books Take You Places said...

Can I bring my cat? If so, then that is my choice. If that is cheating then probably Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.

Montana G. said...

I would probably bring a cell-phone. Then, at least I could possibly call for help :)