Monday, April 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Vain by Fisher Amelie - Interview, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Vain by Fisher Amelie, hosted by Inkslinger Blog Tours.  I can't begin to tell you how much this book touched my heart and I encourage you to read the interview with Fisher Amelie below.  You can check out all the other stops on the tour here.  In addition, there is great giveaway going on, which you can also enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  

by Fisher Amelie
Published:  December 24, 2012

If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

I’m Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Thanks so much for being here today, Fisher, it is great to have you.

Thank you so much for having me!!!! I’m honored!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a foxy lady. I like to get down with my bad self. I also dabble in the world of writing. I live with one foot in reality and one foot in fantasy. This also leads me to believe that Dwight Schrute’s Second Second Life and I could live happily ever after.

Where did you get your idea for VAIN? 

Three years ago, my hubs and I were sitting on the couch like the lazy gits we are, flipping channels and we stumbled across this interview with Sam Childers, the Machine Gun Preacher. Not many know who he is but the impossibly yummy Gerard Butler portrayed him in the film of the same name. The film was…okay. LOL! Anyway, the interview was nothing short of devastating. It exposed Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army, their deeds and goals and we both walked away from it a little damaged. Immediately after, we decided to give a little money to the organizations opposed to Kony and it appeased our consciences for a little while but the images of these broken and beaten children would stay in my mind. I knew not a lot of America was aware of who Kony was, not even the infamous "KONY 2012" video really put into words or images of just how terrible Kony is. So, last year we began sponsoring a little boy and his family in a dangerous part of Uganda. His story would forever brand itself onto my heart and soul. He is the reason I will forever fight for Kony's capture. He is the reason I focus on Uganda. He is the reason I wrote this book.

Can you tell us a little bit about Sophie Price?

Sophie price is a scandalous witch. She is rotten almost completely through. She is flawed in every conceivable way possible…but she doesn’t want to be. Although she exudes confidence, it’s only a fa├žade. Truly, she is a lost soul.

What is your favorite scene or quote from VAIN?

Great question! Ummm, let’s see. Yup! I have two favorite scenes from VAIN. The first, I can’t gush about because it would give away the climax of the book but my second favorite scene to write was the infamous shower scene. 

Is the story based on your own experience and/or people you know, or is it purely fictional?  

VAIN is fiction based on reality. To clarify though, not my reality. Sophie and Ian and all of Masego are influenced by people I know or have read extensively about.

You have written quite a few books, if you had to choose, which character in your books would you say has been your favorite to write, and which character has been your most challenging?

Ooooh! Another great question! Favorite, hands down? Ian of VAIN. He is my ideal, flaws and all. Sensitive but not too much so. Rugged guy who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. Intelligent and respectful. Cool accent…Oh, yeah, and hot as the surface of the sun. (p.s. Cherry from Callum & Harper comes in a close second.)

My most challenging? Jesse from The Understorey. It was my first book and he was my first ‘villain’. I just couldn’t hash him out all that well for some reason. Poor guy. Poor, creepy, weird guy. LOL!

What are your three greatest strengths?

Well, if I was being honest, I care too much…Do I get the job? I kid. I kid. 
-Okay, I’m pretty easy going. 
-When I love, I love passionately, whole-heartedly, no holds barred. 
-I will break my back to help you, even if you’re a stranger. 

What are your three greatest weaknesses?

-I’m too easy going and people mistake that for permission to take advantage of me or think I lack a backbone. 
-When I love, I love passionately, whole-heartedly, no holds barred and I can’t tell you how many times my heart has been broken brutally because of it. 
-I will break my back to help you, even if you’re a stranger, and much to my own detriment.

If you had to sum up VAIN up in a tweet, what would it say?

I’m Sophie Price...This is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. #VAIN 

This or That:

E-books or print copies? E-books.

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook. No, Twitter. No, Facebook. No, Twitter.

Coffee, tea, or Coke? Coke. With Cherry. Both the flavor and the character.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Milky milky cocoa puff.

Theater or DVD? Oooooooh, uh, DVD.

Beach or Mountains? My multiple personalities are fighting over this one. Winter: Mountains. Summer: Beach. Both great reading vaca’s.

Thank you so much for being here today Fisher.  I have to say your cause and your book have captured by heart and it has truly been an honor to participate in this book tour.  

My Thoughts:  When I read the synopsis for this book I thought that it sounded like it would be another good New Adult Contemporary Romance.  Truly, I wanted to read it, but wasn't overly excited about it, but let me tell you, this book is not like any other.  It is in a class all by itself and it totally and completely captured my heart.  Trust me, it is not what your are expecting, and you get so much more than you could ever imagine from this story.  It is an exhilarating, heartfelt, and humbling experience, and I feel totally privileged to have been able to read it.  Yeah, I cannot rave enough about it.  

That said, Sophie Price seems like one of those girls you will love to hate when you first meet her, but as you come to know her, know her pain, know where she is coming from, and see the "beauty of her heart," you will absolutely love her.  Caught up in a world of the rich and famous where drugs, sex, lies, money, appearances, and position rule, Sophie has become a beautiful shell that is hollow on the inside.  When trouble catches up with her, she finds herself in Uganda, serving a 6-month sentence at an orphanage, an experience that completely and totally changes her life forever.  It is here that she finds out what love, happiness, and family are all about.  It is here that she finds Ian Dingane (Din-John-E) Aberdeen, one of the hottest guys you will ever want to meet.  Dingane also works at the orphanage.  For the first time in Sophie's life, she meets a guy who is not falling over their feet to have her.  In fact, Ian Aberdeen seems to not be able to stand her.  Needless to say, their's is a relationship that is built over time, in the midst of heartache, sorrow, danger, and unspeakable joy, and I kid you not, there are some romantic moments that will curl your toes.  

The story line itself is like none other I have read.  To quote Fisher Amelie, "VAIN is fiction based on reality. To clarify though, not my reality. Sophie and Ian and all of Masego are influenced by people I know or have read extensively about."  This is truly one of the best books I have ever read.  It gripped my heart, opened my eyes, and accomplished just what I think Fisher Amelie desired it to, and it is my sincerest hope that when you read this book, it will do the same for you.  If you love the New Adult books that are out there, then this is for you, and if you are looking for something unique and different, then VAIN most definitely for you.  I cannot stress enough how much I loved this book and how much I recommend it to every reader who will take the time to pick it up.  I guarantee you will not be disappointed.  Thank you Fisher Amelie for the wonderful gift you have given your readers in VAIN.  I loved it!!

Author Bio:  
Fisher Amelie is the author of The Leaving Series, Callum & Harper and Thomas & January. She began her writing career as a copywriter for an internet marketing company wherein one of their client's said, 'Hey! You're funny. You should write books'. Which in turn she said, 'Hey, get out of here! This is the lady's restroom.' While washing her hands and the embarrassment from her face, she thought they may have had a valid point. So, she took the thousands of hours of writing stories growing up, tucked them into her pocket and began writing and writing and writing.


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  1. I would love to get a copy of this one. I really like the fact that the relationship was a slow building one. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. Alright your review convinced me to totally give this one a try, plus, I really love that synopsis!

  3. Whoa, that is an awesome interview and an AMAZING review! I'm definitely intrigued, this one is going on my WL for one day when I can fit it in. :)

  4. I am looking forward to reading this because it is not the same cookie cutter type of book out there.

  5. Oh this sounds really different I love how intriguing the whole "based on reality" is I really want to find out what that's all about! Great review, muffin, I'm loving NA books and I just put another one on my list! :)

  6. I adored Vain. I honestly had no idea the story would go in the direction it did, and I was amazed by what I got. Wonderful review and interview, Ellen!

  7. It sounds interesting and something I would love to read.

  8. I'd like to read it because it sounds so completely different from what's out there right now.


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