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Friday, June 4, 2010

Interview & Contest: Lee Nichols (Author of DECEPTION!)

I'm thrilled to be participating in the DECEPTION blog tour and to have the opportunity to conduct a brief interview with the novel's author, Lee Nichols. Be sure to check out my review too!

A Brief Bio
Lee Nichols is the author of five novels for adults, including the bestselling TALES OF A DRAMA QUEEN. She makes her YA debut in this month with DECEPTION: A Haunting Emma Novel. Follow her on Twitter at LeeXNichols or Friend her on Facebook at Lee Nichols.

Give a short statement describing DECEPTION.

When seventeen-year-old Emma Vaile's parents go missing, she discovers she can see and control ghosts, and that her parents knew this all along. She's thrown into a secret world of ghostkeepers and has to solve an other-worldly mystery. Oh, and lose her best friend and fall for the wrong guy, while trying to maintain a B average at an exclusive prep school.

Emma doesn’t seem particularly worried about the disappearance of her parents, which surprised me. Is the situation one that Emma is accustomed to from years of similar trips? If so, what does this reveal about Emma’s parents? If not, what does Emma’s lack of anxiety reveal about her?
They have gone on long trips before, without being much in touch with her. They're techno-phobic, so she isn't shocked they aren't answering their cell, and she's kind of overwhelmed by everything else that's happening to her. I don't think there's a lack of anxiety. She's constantly trying to figure out where they are and then worries that they're involved with some terrible things that are happening. But yes, their relationship is essentially flawed, even though she loves them and they love her.

Why did you choose to write ghosts into Emma’s story, rather than another paranormal creature or twist?
Because I wanted to write something sort of Gothic, and to me that meant an old house, mystery, and ghosts.

How many novels do you intend to write about Emma? Are you currently working on any other projects?
There are three books total in the Haunting Emma series. Deception is out June 8th, Betrayal in March 2011, and I'm currently writing Possession, which will be published late 2011

My blog is dedicated to my personal hiding spot, books. Who, what, or where can be credited as your personal escape from reality?
Oh, definitely books.
Prizes provided by Bloomsbury!
There will be two winners. Each will receive a finished copy of DECEPTION. This contest is open internationally, so one copy will go an entrant from the US and one will go to an International entrant.

How to Enter:
You MUST comment on my review of DECEPTION or the interview with Lee Nichols. (Only one comment is required.) Then you MUST fill out this FORM. If you neglect to comment on at least one of the posts or fill out the form, you will not be entered to win.

Extra Entries:
Not required. Extra entries are detailed on the entry form as well.
+5 entries - Comment on my review or interview (whichever you did not comment on for your original entry)
+4 entries - Old Follower/Subscriber (Thank you!)
+2 entries - New Follower/Subscriber (Welcome! You will gain 4 entries in the next contest you enter at The Hiding Spot as an Old Follower/Subscriber!)
+2 Follow me on Twitter (@thehidingspot) Leave your @name for verification.
+2 Follow Lee Nichols on Twitter (@leexnichols) Leave your @name for verification.
+3 Tweet this contest. (Leave a link.)
+3 Link this contest on your sidebar, in a post, or on FB. (Leave a link.)

Contest will close June 25th 2010. OPEN INTERNATIONALLY.

Good luck!


  1. Tks for offering one to international readers! much appreciated.

  2. ARG! I can't wait until March! I don't have that kind of patience left. But I am soo glad there's going to be more of these books :) Can't wait!

    Awesome interview!

  3. My friend loves Gothic stories and she hasn't been seeing them, I'll be sure to suggest it! I'm happy that Lee decided to write Gothic!

  4. Awesome interview! I am pumped to read Deception now.

  5. Thanks for the interview! I would love to read this book. It sounds good. And now there will be even more books to read since she is planning 2 more:)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. THanks for hosting the interview!

  7. I cant wait to read this book and discover Emma's powers.

    Thanks for the contest, interview and review! At first I thought it was historical xD

  8. Wow! This sounds like a great book. And she sounds really cool.

  9. Review Comment (+5)
    Old follower (+4)
    Twitter follow (+2) @TeenageBkLvr
    Follow Lee Twitter (+2)
    Tweet (+3)

    Thanks for the awesome contest!

    alexreadsbooks at gmail dot com

  10. I love a good ghost story and I really want to read this book! Great interview, she sounds so nice and cool!I loved your questions too!

  11. Great interview! I hadn't heard of this book before, so now I'm excited to read it!

  12. Thanks for the interview.cant wait to read the book.If I have the chance LOL

  13. It's fantastic the contest! Maybe, I'll participate =)
    The interview is very good too

  14. You asked some great questions, very nice interview. :)
    And awesome contest!

  15. woot thanks for this giveaway!

  16. Congratulations on the release of Deception, Lee! The book sounds amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

    -Lisa B

  17. I like that she called it a gothic type of story. This definitely has a gothic mood to it and I'm looking forward to reading it!

    Grat interview! ;)

  18. Great interview. And I definitely agree on books being a great escape from reality.

  19. Late 2011?! *groan* don't wanna wait that long!!

  20. Sounds like a brilliant read, I'd love a copy! Thanks for running the giveaway :O)

  21. i cant wait to read this one!

    thanks so much for making this international

  22. Ohh, I kind of wish she hadn't said the third book was called Possession, cos now I totally feel like the book will be about these ghosts possessing humans, which (a) that's meant to be demons, not ghosts, and (b) is just awful. Just is. Ergh. Yuck.

    I mean, it probably isn't that kind of possession, but it just makes it sound like it....

    Nice perceptive question about Emma's lack of worry about her parents, Sara. :) I'm glad you asked that - if I'd read the book and a question like that hadn't been answered, it would've driven me crazy (or undermined my confidence in Emma's ability to think/care).

    The book sounds good though. I wonder if the huge green pendant Emma's wearing on the front cover is symbolic in the book in some way? It seems almost highlighted on the cover, even though it's relegated to the bottom corner!

  23. Enjoyed the interview, sounds good!

  24. Great questions! Thanks for the contest!

  25. Great interview! This book sounds very interesting :)

  26. Her parents are techno-phobic? How stranger. Technology is such a common thing now in our day, I think that they might as well accept it. Oh well, to each his and her own. And the author's idea of gothic is really interesting. Thanks for the interview!

  27. Oh, cool interview and contest.
    Thank you!

  28. Good interview with a clear explaination of the relationship between Emma and her parents.

    This looks interesting I want to read it.

  29. Oh thank you !

    I must admit I am getting just a bit weary of vampires,werewolves, shapeshifters et al.

    Ghosts would be a nice change to read about.

    And I appreciate the giveaway being worldwide as well.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  30. +2 entries - New Follower
    +5 entries - i left a comment on your review

    please enter me in the contest - i really want to read this bad!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  31. Thanks for the interview! Nice to get some more insight about this book. I haven't read a ghost story in a long time, so the more I learn about this book the more excited I am about checking it out for myself.

  32. Thanks for the interview. I really love books about ghosts. Now I know if I like this one there are still two more on the way!

  33. I love books with a gothic setting. I so wanna read this now!

  34. Loved the interview. You asked some really great questions :) This book sounds interesting.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    Twitter @TotalBookaholic


  35. Interesting interview!

    I've seen this book mentioned on a few blogs now, I really like the sound of it.

    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  36. Great interview, I've heard such great things about this book lately that I'm really anxious to read it and the fact that she's planning on three books at least in the series get me excited, I love a good series, ya never have to say goodbye to the characters!

  37. OMG Ive been wanting to read this book since I saw it at Amazon. Now you are giving away a copy of this book, and its open internationally?? Im really entering this contest lol

    Anyway, great interview, Im happy to know that are more books to come telling Emma's story. And my personal escape from reality is also books, well that and music ^_~

  38. I love that the author refers to her book as a Gothic novel, this used to be my favorite genre to read long before paranormals came out.

  39. I've heard a lot about this book, I'm definitely going to have to check it out! The author seems very sweet too.

  40. Thanks for this giveaway and for making it international!

    I have seen this book in the past couple of weeks, it was the cover that grabbed my eye: it is really fantastic: gripping and exciting!

    Off to read your review and read a bit more about Deception.

  41. Great interview! I've been interested in this book for a while, and now I'm even MORE interested.

  42. Awesome contest! I've been wanting to read this book! :D

  43. Great contest and a great interview! I really want to read the book now

  44. Lee is an inspiring writer and I would love a signed copy from her.


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