February 23, 2016

Ontario Teen Book Fest Author Spotlight: Alexandra Monir

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Do you live in SoCal and love YA? Come to the sixth annual teen book festival that will feature tons of bestselling authors. All ages are welcome although teens are given preferred seating. Books available for purchase and signing at the event via Once Upon a Time bookstore.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet 15 of today’s best young adult authors through a series of keynote presentations, author panels and more. The event will kick off with three keynote speakers and continue into the afternoon with multiple author panels. Keynotes will feature award winning and critically acclaimed authors Jay Asher (“13 Reasons Why”), Andrew Smith (“Grasshopper Jungle”) and Marissa Meyer (“Lunar Chronicles”). Elana K. Arnold, Alexis Bass, Virginia Boecker,
Jessica Brody, Stephanie Diaz, B. T. Gottfred, Kristin Halbrook, Michelle Levy, Nicole Maggi, Mary McCoy, Alexandra Monir and April Tucholke are among the featured authors that will be participating in this annual event. This event is free and open to the public.

When: Saturday March 12th, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761

The event is sponsored by Once Upon A Time. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well.
About Alexandra Monir

Photo Credit: Author's Goodreads Page

Author and recording artist Alexandra Monir broke onto the scene in her early twenties with the release of her popular debut YA novel, the paranormal romanceTimeless (Delacorte Press/Random House). The book caught on quickly, landing on the Barnes & Noble Bestsellers chart and being named one of Amazon's "Best Books of the Month." The sequel, Timekeeper, was published in 2013. Both books in the series have been featured in a variety of media, from USA Today to teen magazines and websites such as J-14, JustJaredJr, Teen.com and Justine Magazine. Suspicion (Random House; December 9, 2014) marks Alexandra's first novel outside of the Timeless series, as well as her first foray into the mystery genre. Her fourth YA novel for Random House will be published in April 2016.

Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter, known for integrating music into her books' pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany Timelessand Timekeeper, which were released as the album The Timeless EP and distributed by Jimmy Buffett's record label, Mailboat Records. She additionally recorded a new song to be released along with Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Alexandra is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Persian opera singer.

Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She has been invited to speak at middle schools and high schools across the country, and at major events including Comic-Con, Bouchercon, the Iranian-American Women's Leadership Conference, and New York Public Library's annual Teen Author Festival, among others.

A modern-day twist on the classic thriller, Rebecca, with a dash of the supernatural, a powerful romance, and a deadly family mystery. 
“There’s something hidden in the maze.” 
Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.
For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams. In an effort to escape the past, she leaves Rockford Manor and moves to New York City with her new guardians. But some attachments prove impossible to shake—including her love for her handsome neighbor Sebastian Stanhope.
Then a life-altering letter arrives that forces Imogen to return to the manor in England, where she quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind Rockford’s aristocratic exterior. At their center is Imogen herself—and Sebastian, the boy she never stopped loving.

Combining spine-tingling mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Suspicion is an action-packed thrill ride.

Author Interview!
1)    Is your main character in Suspicion based on anyone you know?
Imogen is not based on anyone in my life; however, I always incorporate a bit of my own personality into my characters. 

2)    Do you have any writing pet peeves?
I get bored when a book has pages and pages of exposition- I need the plot to keep moving! I try to live by this rule in my own writing.

3)    Who are your literary idols?
J.K. Rowling is my #1 forever!!!

4)    Have you ever had an embarrassing fangirl moment?
I'm not sure if I've had an embarrassing fangirl moment, because the authors I fangirl over are always so nice! I've even become friends with some of them. :)

5)    What are you working on now?
A TV adaptation of my upcoming novel, The Girl in the Picture, and a science-fiction YA novel.

Lightning Round Question

Favorite food?
I have a weakness for carbs and dessert- eek! But on the healthier side, I'm obsessed with sushi.

Favorite drink? (alcoholic or etc.)
Diet Coke. 

Top guilty pleasure?
Same as my favorite drink- diet Coke! Plus The Bachelor.
Favorite kind of music? 
Everything from movie scores and Broadway cast albums to world music and top 40- I love it all.

Favorite fictional boyfriend?
Can I pick someone from my own book? :) I'm in love with Philip from my Timeless series.

Celeb you’d like to meet? (male, female, or both) 
I love Emma Watson, both for her wonderful portrayal of Hermione and for her amazing work on behalf of women and feminism.

Most overused word in your vocabulary?
I've noticed a lot of instances of the word "all" in my manuscripts. :)

Yoga or jogging? 
Neither! I like cardio workouts on my at-home trampoline. 

Ice cream or gelato? 
Ice cream. 

Cats or dogs?

Favorite day of the week?
Friday- it's still a work day, so there can be exciting news and developments on any of my projects, but it's also the start of the weekend so I have a date night with my hubby to look forward to!

Absolutely go-to candle scent? 
I love Laduree's yummy macaron-scented candles.


Prize: SIGNED poster by attending authors
Rules: For USA residents only, ends on March 13th
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Blog Tour Schedule

February 22nd - Spotlight on Andrew Smith - What A Nerd Girl Says
February 23rd - Spotlight on Alexandra Monir - Me! 
February 24th - Spotlight on April Tucholke - Adventures of a Book Junkie
February 25th - Spotlight on Alexis Bass - A Traveling Book 
February 26th - Spotlight on Marissa Meyer - Read Now Sleep Later
February 27th - Spotlight on Sara Elizabeth Santana - Movies, Shows and Books 
February 28th - Spotlight on Robin Reul - Recently Acquired Obsessions 
February 29th - Spotlight on Katherine Kottaras - iFandoms Collide 
March 1st - Spotlight on Stephanie Diaz - My Fangirl Chronicles 
March 2nd - Spotlight on Virginia Boecker - The Reader's Antidote 
March 3rd - Spotlight on Mary McCoy - Book You Very Much 
March 4th - Spotlight on Brad Gottfred - Seeking Bazinga 
March 5th - Spotlight on Michelle Levy - My Fangirl Chronicles 
March 6th - Spotlight on Elana K Arnold - Read Now Sleep Later
March 7th - Spotlight on Kristin Halbrook - What A Nerd Girl Says
March 8th - Spotlight on Jessica Brody - The Windy Pages 
March 9th - Spotlight on Nicole Maggi - Nite Lite Book Reviews 
March 10th - Spotlight on Jay Asher - A Bookish Escape



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