Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Interview with Rachel Caine, Author of Ink and Bone (and GIVEAWAY!)

Hi, wonderful people! Today, I have a special post for you all! I had the honor of interviewing the one and only Rachel Caine, author of Ink and Bone! And there is a giveaway! You'll want to read this one - I loved it! Off you go, lovelies!


Meet Rachel Caine!


Alyssa: Hi, Rachel! Thank you so much for joining me today on my blog! And congratulations on yet another release! How many times have you been published now? :)

Rachel: Eeek, I think this makes ... 46 novels? *faints*

... WOAH.

Alyssa: Describe Ink and Bone in seven words?

Rachel: Harry Potter combined with The Book Thief! (7 exactly!)

Alyssa: Were there any books or other works that inspired or influenced you when you were writing Ink and Bone?

Rachel: Maybe, very distantly, some of Guy Gavriel Kay's work, like The Lions of Al-Rassan, or Tigana, but honestly, I can't think of anything that directly impacted it. I tried hard to explore the ideas to the fullest, and it led me in new directions.

Alyssa: I need to look these up! So, I know that authors have no control over covers, but I must ask – how do you feel about Ink and Bone’s cover? Did NAL’s design team accurately portray the novel, in the cover? (I personally LOVE the cover, it’s one of my favorites of 2015!)

Rachel:  I adore this cover, I couldn't love it any harder, honestly. It's not just the front cover, but the paper they printed it on, the spine design that looks like an old book ... it's just AMAZING. And I think it's absolutely evocative of the story, without being illustrative. (Love the burning corner, the English lions, the smoke rising up, the debossing ... ). The NAL design team just killed it on this.

Alyssa: It's one of my favorite covers - and I LOVE the old spine type of design! My favorite spine ever! Was there a character in this book that you particularly enjoyed writing?

Rachel: They all had their joys, but I suppose it might be Niccolo Santi. Everybody's got secrets, and so does he, but he's very straight-ahead with his motives, and quite level-headed about everything. A lot of fun, actually.

Alyssa: Mmm, I can see that. He was an... interesting guy :D This is a series, correct? Can you tell us anything about the upcoming novel/novels? 

Rachel: The second book is called PAPER AND FIRE, and I'm working on it right now! I plan for this to be a 3-book series. The second book will be out in summer 2016, and the third in 2017.

Alyssa: WOAH! That's the first I've heard of the title of book two! You heard it here first, folks! And that’s it for today! Thank you so much for letting me pick your brain, Rachel :D

Rachel: Thank YOU for having me! I appreciate you taking the time to do this, and read INK AND BONE!


Find the Author Online:



About Ink and Bone:


Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Book One of The Great Library series
Publisher: NAL
Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…



The Giveaway:

80 comments:

  1. an extremely difficult question- The Time Traveler's Wife is one I can read over and over.

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  2. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book :) I don't know which book I would choose, I have so many that I like.

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  3. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Breannan or a book that is a compilation of a whole series that I love.

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  4. I think I would keep The Lord of The Rings (which might be a cop-out, but a do have the three volumes in one version) just because Harry Potter would never fit in one book. Either way I can read them over and over again!

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  5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak because it's the only book that can make me extremely sad and also extremely hopeful! Thank you for the giveaway! The synopsis of this book seems perfect for a bookworm like me! I think I'll read it soon! ;)

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I think I'd collect a collection of Shakespeare's works so if need be, we can start another era of literature based on the bard's plays.

    I loved Prince of Shadows by Caine, so I'm pretty sure I'll adore this one!

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  8. Something by Victoria Schwab. It's between Vicious and The Unbound, definitely!
    And I love the second book's title already! THank you for the giveaway and the interview!

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  9. I would choose either Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, or The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!

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  10. The second volume of the Lux series special edition because it has both the third and fourth book and JLA is life XD

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  11. As book lovers this is a really tough one to answer. I suppose in order to keep me sane from not having books, I'd want to keep some type of motivational book like 365 Ways to Live Happy by Meera Lester. Every blog I'm visiting today is raving about this novel, so I've got to get it. Love the interview and opportunity to meet such a brilliant author. Hugs...Ro

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  12. That is a hard question, but probably Winger by Andrew Smith!

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  13. How to Smuggle for Dummies--so I could learn how to build for and hide lots MORE books! Mwahaha!

    Many thank you's to the author, the publisher and Alyssa for the wonderful interview and giveaway! I'm pretty excited for this one. :)

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  14. Thanks for the opportunity. I don't think I could ever choose a fiction book, even a fantastic book gets old after reading it 20 times. Maybe a how-to book so if I do reread things, I get better at the activity.

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  15. Protecting Her Royal Baby by Beth Cornelison since my kitties are in it thanks to a silent auction item.

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  16. I would definitely keep my LOTR trilogy in one book (that's not cheating, right? ;) )

    Thank you to Rachel Caine for this fun interview and to the publisher for the chance of winning the book! (And thanks for the lovely blog!)

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  17. I would choose my Bible. I would also find a way to keep Pride and Prejudice.

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  18. For me it would be Twilight, the book that re-inspired my love of reading. Now let's hope paper books NEVER become illegal!
    I loved the interview, thank you Rachel for taking the time to do the interview and to Alyssa for hosting it! :o)

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  19. My immediate thought was Graceling by Kristin Cashore. It's the book that got me hooked on both YA and fantasy. But the second book that came to mind was Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It's new and my first Novik read but it's AMAZING and ROMANTIC and I could just talk about it all day.

    But what a hard question! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  20. Pride and Prejudice and thank you Rachel Caine and publisher for the giveaway!!

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  21. I would probably have to keep Little Women :) Thanks for doing this post!
    Colette

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I would pick Stolen: a Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher

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  23. Why the hard question?!? I think These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, or Their Fractured Light!

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  24. Nice interview. What a hard question. I'd probably pick the Hobbit because memories or Harry Potter. What about you?

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    1. I'd probably choose Fire by Kristin Cashore, my favorite novel of all time :)

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  25. I would probably pick one of Anne Rice's books. Her vampire books really started me reading along time ago.

    Thanks everyone for the giveaway of great books.

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  26. I would definitely pick Of Mice and Men. It is one of (if not only) all time favorite book. I get something new out of it everytime I read it!

    Also-it's pretty amazing Rachel Caine has published 45+ books! Keep them coming! ;)

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  27. Thank you so much for this interview and giveaway! I don't know what book I'd choose! Maybe Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, or Marissa Meyer. There are so many choices!

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  28. I think I would pick Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

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  29. I would choose to keep Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

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  30. It would have to be the fourth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Dead To The World makes me sob out loud every time. I re-read it at least once a year.

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  31. I am really looking forward to reading this book. The Morganville Vampire series is one of my favorites!

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  32. I don't know, so hard to decide! Maybe Twilight, it makes me smile.

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  33. Ohh, that is a tough one but since Pride and Prejudice was the first adult book I read and loved I would have to go with it.
    Can't wait to read this new series, sounds fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. I got myself a Kindle copy of this one, but if I love it as much as I feel I will... I'll end up buying a hardcover because IT'S SO PRETTY!! MY HOME LIBRARY NEEDS IT!

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  35. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone because it was the start of it all. Also, without that book, I wouldn't have known that I'm really actually a wizard... That is some seriously vital information, so... :)

    -Grace :)

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  36. I refuse to even think about it.... How horrible would that be? It would break my heart a little at a time to have to get rid of any of my books. I have an attachment issue! THANK you Rachel for stopping by, and thank you for this awesome giveaway~

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  37. Wow. Probably Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover.

    And thank you, Rachel Caine! For sharing your story with us and stopping by this blog! I'll be looking forward to Paper and Fire!

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  38. I am so excited to read Ink and Bone! I am slowly collecting all of her Morganville books :) And yes, that cover is absolutely gorgeous.

    Haraiah @ Random Things In Action

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  39. Thanks for the giveaway! Oh this is a hard one. At first my go to pick was one of the Harry Potter books but that would probably just make me sad that I didn't have the others. So maybe The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.

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  40. Oh man that is such an impossible question! I'd probably pick The Wrath and The Dawn just because I could read that book forever.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison thank you for the giveaway

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  42. Oh, that question is so hard to answer! Right now, I would take Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

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  43. I don't know that I could pick only one book. So many of my favorites are series books, so picking just one of a series would be almost cruel! Thank you for allowing us to "meet you" Ms. Caine. I am definitely interested in this new series of yours.

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  44. Ahh, no idea. That is a tough question.

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  45. That is a very tough question and changes almost daily. Right now I would have to say Pride and Prejudice. It is one of my all time favorite novels and one which has inspired so many others to write sequels.

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  46. Yup, I would make one huge book of all seven harry potter books!

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  47. I love so many book, so picking just one would be very difficult! But if I had to, I would choose between these five: #1 The Selection by Kiera Cass, #2 The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski, #3 Rook by Sharon Cameron, #4 The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and #5 This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway, and I cannot wait to read Ink and Bone!

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  48. It's hard choose just one, an anthology might be nice, but just one? (whine, whine, whine) the LUX series -- I love that series, but picking one.. geesh!

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  49. That would be absolutely terrible if owning books became illegal!! If I had to pick just one book, I would have to go with one of the Harry Potter books. I could reread those forever!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  50. Thanks so much for this giveaway! I am so excited to read Ink and Bone. Wow. This is so hard. I don't really have an all-time favorite book at the moment, but I think if owning books became illegal or so rare like in the Tearling books I would love to have Harry Potter or A Song of Ice and Fire series because I could happily keep re-reading them. Especially GRRM's series because it's so complex and detailed.

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  51. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett. Funny, deep, and just a great book.

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  52. If owning printed books were illegal, I'd probably become a literary criminal kingpin. But---if I HAD to pick one book, it would probably be The Complete Works of T.S. Eliot.

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  53. I think I would pick The Stand by Stephen King. Thank you for the great interview and giveaway!

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  54. I think I would pick The Stand by Stephen King. Thank you for the great interview and giveaway!

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  55. My bible... there's something about actually holding its leather-bound pages that makes the experience of reading it so much more. Thanks for the giveaway- I'm so excited to read this one!!

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  56. (Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

    I would definitely save my Bible. But I could find a way to hide my some of my other books too. There are lot of hiding places around and I have enough other books to fill in the shelves so it didn't look like there were stuff missing. lol

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  57. I would have to choose the bible that was my grandmas and my mom let me have. Thanks fir the giveaway.

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  58. I'm fairly certain I'd end up in jail for breaking the law in this scenario! But I think I'd pick the final Harry Potter book, because I've held off reading it so the series doesn't have to end. I just don't want it to.

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  59. If this were real, and it was punishable by one year in prison for every book you smuggle, I'm fairly certain that I'd probably spend the rest of my life in prison lol. If I had to choose just one, though, I guess it would be To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han... But then again, you can just get an e-reader and download a bunch of books there, right?

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  60. Wow this is such a hard question because I have lots of favorites I can't choose just one. Hmm, well if printed books became illegal I would probably choose the last printed book by Ilona Andrews.

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  61. Gorgeous interview Alyssa :D Thank you so much for sharing. <3 I am curious about this book. Might have to check it out a bit more, hih ;p

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  62. Loved the interview and this post, and I can't wait to start this series! I'm going to cheat and keep my iPad, which is loaded full of great books, I cannot just choose one!

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  63. Great interview. I don't know what ONE I would keep that is an insanely hard choice to make!

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  64. I would choose Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta because it's a standalone that I can reread over and over again.

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  65. I would choose Nicholas Sparks books. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. I would totes have a speakeasy for books! >:) I'll be Ally Capone! lol To answer I think I would keep my signed copy of Inheritance by Christopher Paolini.
    Mary Loki

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  67. Um. So I had a whole long comment and my browser glitches and it deleted.. Sighs. So it was HP and the Chamber of Secrets because I could read it over and over! Hi Rachel, I adore you and your books! And thanks for an epic giveaway! :)

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  68. What an impossible question!! It would have to be something really long...Heir of Fire or The Deathly Hallows, Thank you for this amazing giveaway!!
    <3 Britt

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  69. This would be insanely hard, but I would choose Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    -Amber Terry-

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  70. I have no idea which book I would choose, its too hard of a question!!!

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  71. Oh my goodness, what a tough question! I would probably choose a Jane Austen book. But honestly, I'd find a way to keep them all.. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  72. Either the unadulterated Grimm's Fairy Tales or Lord of the Rings

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