MFT Guest: Interview with Kimberly Derting and Giveaway of The Pledge and swag (CLOSED) and a Mini Review

Today I got super duper lucky and I have Kimberly Derting on the blog for a short interview along with a Giveaway of THE PLEDGE (Woo hoo!).  I just finished it and it was FABULOUS!  Absolutely amazing story.  I can’t wait until everyone can get their hands on it and read it! It comes out November 2011 (I know, a long wait).

The Pledge:

Words are the most dangerous weapon of all… 
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed. 
Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

Mini Review:
This book did not disappoint!  All the elements in the story were perfectly balanced and the world that Kim created was just amazing, and I feel like it’s just the tip of the iceberg, there’s so much MORE to come.  To see, to discover, etc.
I loved the characters, they were well developed and easy to relate to.  I didn’t always know what to expect from them (which is a good thing!) and didn’t always know who could be trusted.  Although at times I had a good idea of who was who I was still surprised by the way a lot of things turned out or who someone ended up being.
The romance was pretty awesome. It all played out in a way that I just wanted to reach and smoosh their faces together forcing that kiss already.  But really, it was perfect.
I could so easily go on and on but this is suppose to be a teeny tiny mini review.  It seems it’s a bit of a challenge.  I kind of just want to go on and on telling you guys how awesome the book is…

Let’s get on to the interview already!

In all your books who was your most favorite character and why? 
This question is like asking me to choose which of my kids I like best…but I’m totally gonna do it (the character, not the favorite kid!).  Here goes…
You have no idea who I’m talking about, do you?  That’s because she’s Charlie’s little sister in The Pledge, and as I wrote her, I completely fell in love with her too.  

Having just read The Pledge I can totally see where you’re coming from.  There’s no way anyone could ever dislike her.

In The Pledge what was some of your favorite parts of the story to write?
It might surprise those of you who’ve read my kissing scenes to hear that I love writing action scenes best. The more tension and drama, the better!  So in The Pledge, one of my favorite scenes is when the city is under attack and Charlie is trying to get to her family while bombs are destroying homes and the air raid sirens are blaring all around her.  

Oh yes, that was a great scene!  Though there’s a particular kissing scene in my mind that I had been just sure you would mention… 😉

What are some of Charlie’s favorite things?  
Her sister, voices, the feel of silk, bright colors, and breaking the rules.  (Okay, that last one might not be one of her favorite things, it just sort of happens.)

What are a few of your favorite things?  
This will be really random, but here goes:  My bathrobe, mascara, bubble gum, books (surprise!), watching crime dramas with my familys’mores, lotion (is it weird that I like unscented?), and beach towels.  There, now you have a glimpse into how simple I really am!

What are 5-10 of the best books you’ve recently read?
The VespertineI just finished The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell (totally loved it…she’s incredible!), Possess by Gretchen McNeil (one word: DEMONS!), City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (I didn’t think it was possible tolove Jace any more than I already did, but yeah…),Graveminder by Melissa Marr (okay, so I read this a while back, but I’m super in love with it, so I’m just going to keep listing it!).

I can’t WAIT to read Possess!  But I’ve heard a lot of good things about Graveminder as well… I’ll have to get my hands on it.

Huge thank you to Kim for fitting this interview into her very busy schedule!  

Go find Kim on her website:

The Giveaway: CLOSED
One very (VERY) lucky person will win a *signed* ARC of THE PLEDGE along with a passport tag on a lanyard, bookmark and some stickers.
Open Internationally (yeah, I figured I can manage to mail this one overseas since I KNOW you all want it!)
Must be 13 or older.
Ends July 10th

 To Enter: CLOSED
Leave a comment with contact information.  

Extra Entry: *please leave it in a separate comment!*
This is the only giveaway through the My Favorite Things Event that I’m doing an extra entry.  For this entry you can tweet the giveaway.  Please add @candacemom2two onto it and then leave a comment linking to your tweet.

This is just one giveaway of this great event!  For the schedule of The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!

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  1. Awesome! I’m really excited to something different from Kim. I really love her BF series so I know it will be amazing!

  2. I love how simple Kimberly’s favorite things are! Mine would look much the same. Thanks for the interview, and OH MY FREAKING GOSH for the giveaway! I think I would just about die (well not really, because then it would be kind of anti-productive- but you get what I mean) for a copy of The Pledge. I cannot wait to read this one, so thank you for the chance!

    Ilikethesebooksblog @

    Best Wishes,

  3. I like the sound of Charlie’s favorite things! Thanks for the amazing international giveaway :)


  4. November seems so far away and I’ve only read good things about this book. I’d love the chance to read it sooner! Thanks very much for making this international.

    rusted ivory (at) hotmail (dot) com

  5. I wasn’t aware she had written another book. This is really exciting. It sounds like a fabulous read. Thanks for the heads up.

  6. So cool! Thanks a ton! Great interview, too.
    Want the book, and the bookmark definitely makes it even more ttantalizing 😉
    Thanks again!

  7. I loved The Body Finder, and I’m dying to read this one! 😀 Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!

    catarina_romeira at hotmail dot com

  8. -Thank you for this giveaway! I’m dying to read The Pledge! I see a load of giveaways for just the swag alone, and I’m so ecstatic that you included the book with this giveaway! :)


  9. This book is a book I want to read the most and I am looking forward to the most so it would mean so much to me if I won! Thanks a lot for the opportunity!

  10. I’m not really sure if I understand the premise, but it sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Ooh, how lucky are you?!
    You got to read The Pledge already and I’m totally jealous.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    I’d love a chance to win. I’m so anxious to read this book. I love Kim and her Body Finder series.


    Lisa @ Fic Talk

  12. Amazing interview! I have been seeing this book all over the internet. On my wishlist because I just love the cover. It is stunning. Man this book sounds exciting. Bombs, raids, sirens’ can’t wait to read this. I love your favorites, they are simple, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Although I do question the unscented lotion LOL! Great interview, I am putting the books you mentioned on my wishlist too, Possess sounds like my thing LOL! Thank you for the giveaway :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. First: THE PLEDGE AHHHH!! I cannot wait to read this. I want to even more now, what with the kissing scenes that you love Candace and the action scenes that Kim loves. And little sisters to love too! I don’t have any sisters, so I love reading them in books. Kim’s answer about Charlie’s favorite things makes me think I’m going to adore this character. I mean she loves voices!

    Thankyouthankyouthankyou both for the giveaway! I’d be thrilled to win :)


  14. I love the author’s list of random things! I love the author (adored her fist series), thank you so much for this giveaway! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  15. This is the first post and review I’ve read regarding The Pledge and it sounds really good. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  16. OMG I can’t wait to read this! i’ve read the Body Finder and I know Kim’s writitng is awesome. I’ve no doubt this will be just as great :)

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    entrelibros_blog at hotmail dot com

  17. Thanks for the giveaway. I love Kimberly’s writing so I can’t wait for The Pledge.


  18. This sounds like a really good book! I love the cover, too! Very eye catching. Thanks for the great giveaway:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  19. I am sooo going to enter this! thank you soo much!! you’re so lucky!! to get to read this waay before it’s release. Kim’s one of my favorite authors EVER!! ~crossing my fingers~



  20. International giveway yeahhhhhhh !
    I love Kimberly derting’s the body finder series, the pledge sounds so different, I’m really looking forward to reading it, I’d be super happy to get it before it comes out he he he he. Thank you !!!!!!!

  21. !!! Ahh! I want to read this book SO bad! LOVED The Body Finder Books! I’d LOVE to win this one! :)

    basicallyamazingbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  22. “The more tension and drama, the better!” I agree with that one. I love actions scenes better than romantic scenes.. anyway, this is a great interview. Glad to know more about Kimberly.

  23. WOW, that’s a lot of comments! I can’t wait to read this book and especially the kissing scene 😉 Thanks for making it international!


  24. OMG CANDACE!!! You know how much I’ve been waiting for this giveaway! Yay!! Thanks for the that and for the awesomesauce interview!! :)

    Miss Lauren
    misslaurenwilk at gmail dot com

  25. Oh, I’ve so been wanting to read this! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Dani @ Refracted Light
    dani AT refractedlightreviews DOT com

  26. Bathrobe! Yeah, Thats my favorite thing too! Haha. Wearing it was like being wrapped in a big,fluffy towel that just came out of the dryer.

    5 Toadstools! How exciting! I want I want! Can’t wait to get a hold of The Pledge.


  27. This book sounds absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to read the action scenes (and the kissing scenes).

    candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

  28. Eeek! This is one of the books I am most excited for this year- it sounds SO great!

    Thank you for the giveaway! :)


  29. Gah! So excited for this one. The characters and the romance sound amazing!! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway :)


  30. Thanks so much for the great giveaway. I really enjoyed The Body Finder and can’t wait for this new series :)


  31. Thanks for the awesome mini review, the book sounds great and I can’t wait to read it!! And by the way, I love Jace too! :) Artesia at comcast dot net

  32. I am so freaking excited for The Pledge and I’m going to buy it even if I don’t win but everyone knows winning just feels so much better, so I hope I’m that ‘VERY lucky person’ to win – though most likely not considering the amount of people that entered.

    Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com

  33. Oh my God! Someone pinch me, so I know that this is really happening! I can’t wait to read this book the synopsis sounds just like pure awesomeness!
    So thanks a lot for making it international (yay!)

    (P.S.: I also loooved City of Glass ;D)

  34. Please, please, please!!! Me!!! :) I really love the sound of this book! Thanks for opening the giveaway to international entries too! 😀 It’s so lovely of you to do so!


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