Sunday, May 27, 2012

Guest Post with Josephine Angelini

Photo Content from Josephine Angelini
I was supposed to be a boy.

At least, my mother was convinced I was going to be a boy when she was pregnant with me. She claimed that I "carried" like a boy, but since I'm the youngest of eight, and I have six sisters and only one beloved brother, it is reasonable to assume that my mother was simply suffering from a massive case of wishful thinking. Whatever the reasons, my parents were so convinced I was going to be a boy they had even decided on a boy name for me—Joseph.

But I'm a girl.

My mother, always a frugal woman, figured, why throw out a perfectly good name just because the gender's wrong? She put a handy "ine" on the end of Joseph, and I'm rather glad she did. I like my name, or at least I realize it could have been much worse. They could have been planning on calling me Ralph or something. Not much you can do with Ralph.

I grew up surrounded by women.

And not just normal, average women, either. My sisters are, without exaggeration, a pack of Amazons. They are all tall. They have masses of thick hair, gigantic smiles, ringing laughs, and unfortunately for me, they all have fiery tempers. You see—I'm not only the youngest, but the smallest as well. I also happen to be a natural wiseass. Not a healthy combination.

Lucky for me, I'm fast.



I guess the most significant change since STARCROSSED was published was the amount of time I have to write. It’s gotten considerably smaller.

I know this seems counterintuitive. I’m a real-live writer now, people pay me to do it and everything. I should have plenty of time to write. Right? Heck no! I spent two hours on Pinterest this morning. I’m embarrassed to even say it, but it’s true.

But here’s my dilemma. I have to do it. As in, both my US and UK publishers gently insisted that I join and start pinning stuff, just like they lovingly demanded that I get a Facebook page and join Twitter when my first book came out. So, technically, hanging out on Pinterest is work for me.

This is BAD. I can honestly say to my husband that I’m working as I look at cupcake porn or pick out shots of cute skirts. I’m obsessed. And I’m not writing as much as I should. Eventually, I’m going to have to learn how to balance my time using social media with my time writing.

Maybe I’ll get an egg timer to help me stick to a schedule. I saw a super-cute one on Pinterest…

Can true love be forgotten?

As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Josephine Angelini's compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestsellingStarcrossed delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds all expectations.

Praise for DREAMLESS

“One of the most cinematic books I’ve ever read. Dramatic and intense! I can’t tell you how many times I gasped while reading this book. Starcrossed plays out like a movie in your head.” 
Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of FIRELIGHT

Romance alternates with fast-paced action from above and below. There is a healthy dose of classical deus ex machine and tantalizing hints of a third book in which all-out war erupts. Dreamless and its sequel will be well-liked by fans of contemporary renderings of classical mythology. VOYA

This fantastical dual-world page-turner introduces more abhorrent mythological creatures while reuniting readers with Helen’s supportive high-school friends, as well as the crazy Delos family, who anchor her between the real and mythological worlds. Booklist

“Compelling…Brutal…This romantic, action-packed tale will appeal to ‘Percy Jackson’ fans who are ready for more mature fare.” School Library Journal

You can purchase Dreamless at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you JOSEPHINE ANGELINI for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Dreamless Swag by Josephine Angelini


  1. I am so looking forward to this book!

  2. I'm so looking forward to this one. And being the youngest of eight is definitely tough. But so is being the oldest of a lot of siblings (that's me)...

  3. I can't wait to read this! I was told that it was already on shelfs! :D

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

  5. Oh wow, youngest of 8, you'd really would have to be fast to make it through childhood.

    I'm counting hours til my kindle copy of DREAMLESS arrives!

  6. Wow, youngest of eight... that must be tough, especially since they're mostly girls!
    And social media can most definitely be addicting... :)

  7. Great review!! Love the background on Josephine!

  8. That is exactly why I stay away from Pinterest. I know it will completely take over my life. This cannot happen.

  9. Hi Jean! Awesome guest post with Josephine! I've been dying to read this series! (:

  10. Love It Cant Wait To Read It.

  11. I can't wait for this book to come out! I still need to catch up by reading Starcrossed. They sound so good & I love the covers!

  12. Convinced by bookstore to sell it to me early on Saturday!! Amazing book! Starhearts you will not be disappointed!

  13. Lol in moments when you decided to be a wiseass you need to be the fastest :) LOVE that little bit about yourself!!

  14. I was able to get the book Saturday and couldn't put it down! soo amazing, cant wait for the next book! :)

  15. My mom thought I'd be a boy too!

  16. Loved this Guest Post!! Ahhh... I also seriously want to stalk her on Pinterest :)

  17. I love the story about supposed to be a boy. My family is the opposite and is filled with boys. I think if I didn't turn out to be a girl my mom would have kept having kids until she got one. Then when my brothers all had boys the pressure was back on me to have a girl. Which I did, phew.

  18. As I've said time and time again, there is something amazing about Josephine Angelini; something that makes her very relatable. Is it any surprise that she has written characters like Helen and Lucas. Self-deprecating, charming, funny and sarcastic characters that you absolutely fall in love with!?!? To me, it's no surprise. Love her...and her honesty too! :) Thank you for hosting this guest post, and for being part of the blog tour...

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. I'm really liking these interviews and guest posts, it's great to hear from Josephine--she's witty, sweet, and real. I personally find it so easy to relate to her, which is amazing for a reader. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

  20. I'm short too! :D and I'm the oldest, so I've got a middle sister who's taller than me -___- anyway, great guest post and I can't wait to read Dreamless!

    Confessions of a Readaholic

  21. I definitely have to add this to my tbr list and I found a new author to follow. Yay!

  22. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I Tooooootally LOVE HER! She's so adorable n how she shares her "a bit personal" part of her life! Joseph? Josephine! Nice!

  23. Thank you all for being a part of the blog tour!! <3