Sawesome Book of the Month: The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens (Giveaway)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Welcome to the 
What is SAWESOME? Well its pretty easy actually its what you get when you add
 (a super special thanks to my friend Miss Vain for telling me about such a fun word)
So at the end of each month we will be picking our favorite Sawesome Book and we will feature the book (sometimes with an interview, excerpt or something else) and we will also do a giveaway. 

Our Pick this Month is
The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens 
This Month along with the Giveaway we will also have an interview with Amanda. 

See Our Review HERE
Deep in the shadowy foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a dying town…My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I've been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I'm coming to think I have another purpose here.Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I've discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town—this withering kingdom—and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth


Do you believe in ghosts?
A character in a movie once remarked that she didn’t necessarily believe in ghosts but she was afraid of them anyway. That’s kind of where I stand.

Who is your favorite character in the books?
I would have to say Amelia because I relate to her so well. I don’t see ghosts, but I’m a bit of a loner and I live inside my own head most of the time. I also like Dr. Shaw. He reminds me of Donald Sutherland. I think he has some deep, dark secrets and I look forward to revisiting him in the next book.

We here at awesomesauce think this series is one of the best this year, what is your favorite book this year?
You guys really are awesomesauce!!!! I’m a little behind, sorry to say, so my current reads actually came out last year or the year before. I’m just getting started on Daughter of Smoke & Bone, but I love it so far. Also catching up on the Beautiful Creatures series. I just read somewhere that they’re currently casting the movie, so I’m super excited about that. What else? The Replacement, which has the coolest, creepiest cover ever.

Are any of the characters based off people you know?
Not really. I was born and raised in the South so there are bits and pieces of me and my upbringing in all the characters, but that’s about it.

What was one of your favorite scenes to write?
The love scene in The Restorer was tons of fun. Someone emailed to say they didn’t know whether to be turned on or creeped out. That was the best compliment ever, lol. Also, I have to include the scene in The Kingdom where the guy in the coat slithers under the fence and crawls away on all fours because that’s actually based on something that happened to one of my best friends.

If you could Hollywood cast any of the characters in The Graveyard Queen books who would you pick?
Even though she’s a little young, Amanda Seyfried has an ethereal quality that I think would work well for Amelia. Also, you just know she could see ghosts with those big eyes. ;) Devlin is tougher for me, but I think he looks a little like the Matt Bomer character in In Time, which, ironically, stars Amanda Seyfried.

Can you tell us anything about the upcoming books?
The fourth book, tentatively titled The Keeper, takes right up where The Prophet left off. Amelia is haunted by a ghost that followed her back through the veil. She continues to deal with the consequences of breaking her father’s rules and the terrifying prospect of her destiny. Meanwhile, Devlin has a few more secrets that will come out in Book Five: The Order.

Out of the 3 books in the series that you have wrote which one do you like the best and why?
The Restorer because I think it really captured that sort of modern Gothic feel I wanted.

If you had to pick a little teaser from any of The Graveyard Queen books to draw people to read them what would you pick?
Sometimes as I wandered alone—and often lonely—through the lush fern beds and long curtains of silvery moss, I pretend the crumbling angels were wood nymphs and fairies and I their ruler, queen of my very own graveyard kingdom.

Has there ever been a scene you cut out of the books, that you wish people got to read, if so tell us about it?
I don’t think I cut out any whole scenes at all. I added to certain scenes for clarity and cut certain paragraphs to tighten, but for the most part, the final draft is just a more fleshed out version of the first.

When I try to describe your books I use words like, creepy, beautiful, mysterious, what would you use?
Dark, dreamy, withering. But I like yours better! :)


 Amanda Stevens is an avid reader, a wannabe taphophile, and a collector of all things Alfred Hitchcock. When she’s not writing, she likes taking road trips to Austin.  And to Marfa.  And to old cemeteries.

Giveaway Time
1 Book of any of The Graveyard Queen Series
The Restorer/ The Kingdom/ The Prophet(will pre-order)
18 and Older
Open International
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Ends 4/12/12

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read this series but you make it sound really good!

  2. Great interview! Now I can't wait to read the fourthn more ghosts, more secrets, what more can we ask for?

  3. Loved the interview! Thanks for the giveaway Ms. Sawesomesauce ;-)

  4. I have not read any books in this series yet but it's on my wishlist for sure! And I totally agree with her answer about ghosts :)
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  5. Yes you are SAWESOME and so is the interview xoxo

  6. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  7. Thanks for the giveaway. And I Love the new word! Sawesome:)

  8. Thanks for this post! I was just checking about her website last night! I've heard good things but would like to see for myself. Thank you for the chance.


  9. Great interview! I'm really looking forward to reading this series!

  10. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway! I've read such wonderful reviews for this series, I would love to read it.

  11. Hi! This series sounds really good, I would love to read it. Nice pick of the month and thanks for this chance :P


  12. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  13. This book sounds amazing! I really hope i win it =D

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  14. I have not read these, but I have been reading your reviews on it and it sounds great.
    That was a fun review and thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  15. Totally enjoyed this interview and now I HAVE to read these books! I went back and checked out the Amber's reviews and, of course, it made me want to read the books even more! Very nice of you ladies to host the giveaway! Count me in as an entrant!! Paige

  16. Great interview! I absolutely love this series and Amanda's gothic and sexy writing style. I recently finished The Kingdom and can't wait to read the next book. I really missed having Devlin in the story but Amelia thought about him throughout the entire book which made it a bit more bearable for me...and that last sentence...OMG!

  17. Sounds great. Thanks for the chance!!

  18. I'm dieing to jump in and read the GRAVEYARD QUEEN SERIES.

  19. Hi Sawesome!!!

    Awesome interview!! Loved it!;)

    Thanks for the shout-out!! Keep em comin cuz it makes me feel special!!;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  20. thanks for the giveaway, sound great :)

  21. I'm obsessed with the Graveyard Queen Series. I'm currently reading The Kingdom. I haven't been this into a book series in a very long time. I'm anxiously awaiting The Prophet.

  22. I love the covers. These definitely sound like a good read. :)


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