HEX HALL by RACHEL HAWKINS: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
Today we welcome my agent-mate and authoress extraordinaire, Rachel Hawkins, to The Fort. Rachel's book, HEX HALL, debuts on March 2, 2010. It's already been called a BIG BOOK (and they don't mean word count) by Publishers Weekly, and having read it, I can tell you I CONCUR.
Read more to find out about HEX HALL, Rachel, and HOW TO WIN AN ARC of HEX HALL and a VERY HEXY T-SHIRT!!!
Favorite comfort food?
Some form of cheese dip. I am the Appetizer Queen, and I find few things make me happier than a giant crockpot of cheesey Rotel goodness! ;-)
Favorite game (think snowy, below wind chill day)?
I actually don't like games! It's because I'm an only child. Nothing sadder than an Only with a board game! So...something on the computer, maybe? Oregon Trail? Always fun to see how long it takes my party to contract dysentary... Fleece, flannel, chenille or Snuggie?
Siiiigh. To my ETERNAL DISMAY, I still don't have a Snuggie. Because if I did, that is SO WHAT I WOULD PICK. Let's go with chenille. Have several lovely chenille throws.
Oooh, fluffy socks! I have about ten pairs of fluffy socks in various shades/variations of pink. Love.
Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
I love, love, love coffee, but if we're chillin' in The Fort, I would like to be nice and relaxed, so hot tea. Preferably the Lavender Versailles blend from Miss Rosemarie's Specialty Teas in Birmingham, AL. It is heaven in a cup.
Ghost story or Truth or Dare?
Have you READ my book? ;-) Ghost story all the way!!
Truth? Or dare?
Truth. I'm bascially an open book anyway, so that's easy for me!
What singer/musician/band is a must have for The Fort soundtrack?
Soothing, ladylike music would be nice, so let's go with Loreena McKennitt.
Who's the ideal male mascot for the fort and why?
Well, everyone knows how I feel about Prince Caspian...er, I mean Ben Barnes. But I have good reasons that have nothing to do with shiny hair and big swords! (Ahem.) Prince- Ben Barnes has been in a TON of literary adaptations (Narnia, obvs, Easy Virtue, Dorain Gray, etc.), AND has an English degreee, so really, what better qualified hottie is there to represent a Fort full of Writerly Types? (Also: Shiney hair! Sword! Pretty eyes!) Marshmallows, lightly toasted or burned to a crisp?
Set on fire, baby! This always grosses out my husband, but that's how I like them!
Awake all night or first one to sleep?
Sadly, first one to sleep. Mama likes her rest.
If awake all night, practical joke or no (and what kind)?
Oh, no! A practical joke would violate the sanctity of The Fort! ;-)
If you could have any YA author visit the fort and tell stories, who would it be and what story would you ask them to tell?
Judy Blume. Mostly I would just want her to tell me stories about how awesome she is. Because she is so very, very awesome. Or Lois Duncan, who would tell the scariest ghost stories EVER! Or Cassandra Clare, who could tell us stories about Jace and Clary making out...
So there you have it! Now, here's how to win a copy of the HEX HALL ARC and a HEXY t-shirt:
1. Be or become a follower of this blog.
2. Comment with a HEXY HAIKU of your own creation. Don't know how to write a haiku? Click here for some directions.
THAT'S IT! Rachel herself will pick the winner. This contest will close on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, and is open to US residents only. We'll announce the winner as soon as all entries are judged!