Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Million Suns Virtual Launch Party



Today we’re celebrating the launch of Beth Revis’s A MILLION SUNS by participating in the Virtual Party! Each hour of the day, from 9am to 5pm EST, there will be a different feature on a different blog. And each stop, in true party fashion, will have a party favor to give out—in the form of a signed book plus some cool swag—and a party game: a puzzle piece to a truly epic prize for one winner! So read on to find out exclusive information about A MILLION SUNS and enter to win a signed book!

ON MURDER AND MAYHEM

I first wrote ACROSS THE UNIVERSE while I was a teacher at a small rural school in North Carolina. When I say small, I mean small. I happened to be visiting friends in New York City when I got an email from the principal inviting me for an interview at this school. I got off the plane, changed clothes, and went to the interview. Here I was in my fancy business suit and high heels straight from NYC, and the principal took me on a tour of school…including the goat field and the cow pasture!

I loved being a teacher, although it definitely took a toll on me. There were some days when I was too exhausted to write. And there were some days when I wrote and I probably shouldn’t have.

I happened to be working on a scene near the middle of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE where I needed a frozen person to die. This happened to be the day that one of my students had DRIVEN ME INSANE. He’s a decent kid, but a person can only take so much! So, in a fit of author glee, I gave my murder victim my student’s name, and then I described, in as gruesome detail as possible, how he drowned in the cryo box.

Another character based on student was Harley. This was a kid I liked—her name was Charly, and she was an art student who painted me a koi fish. While I was writing, I needed an artist as a side character, and Harley grew from her. I don’t want to spoil the book for people who’ve not read the first one, but Harley’s fate isn’t sunshine and puppies.

Before AtU was published, I told my two students about the book and that I’d used variations of their names. Word spread, and by the end of the year, nearly every student that I ever taught was begging to be in my book—and specifically begging to be killed off in the book!

You meet a lot of new characters in A MILLION SUNS. But I’m happy to say that nearly all the ones that die (with two exceptions) are former students of mine! In fact, there’s one scene were many people die at the same time—and every one of them was named after a student. So, if you happen to have been in my classroom…I hope you enjoy your bloody, gruesome end!



Thanks for stopping by today as a part of the Virtual LaunchParty for A MILLION SUNS! To help celebrate, one commenter on this post will receive a signed paperback of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, the first book of the trilogy, along with some custom swag, including a poster, an art print of a koi fish (made by the student who inspired Beth to write the character Harley), NASA goodies, and more. This contest is open internationally, and will end in 24 hours.

JUST FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND COMMENT ON THIS POST TO ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THIS PRIZE!

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Make sure you go back to Beth’s website for full details on the party. Visit every site in the party to gather clues that will enable you to enter for the GRAND PRIZE—a signed paperback of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, a signed hardback of A MILLION SUNS, an exclusive water bottle, a poster, an art print, and more!

In order to win that grand prize, you need a clue. And the clue for this blog stop is...





173 comments:

  1. Awesome! Don't know what my favorite character is, btw.
    Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  2. my brother is a teacher too and i see how difficult it can be.
    But why did they want to be killed?that's something i don't understand at all

    all the best and thanks you for the international giveaway

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  3. Thanks for providing a stop on this awesome blogfest! I couldn't tell you my favorite Joss character, but one of my favorite Buffy episodes is Once More with Feeling. :)

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  4. I can't wait for the story to continue...and now I don't have to. At least not until I'm finished reading AMS. Then I've got to start waiting again. :] But I'm sure that wait will be worth it. 

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  5. Kids are funny- wanting to be killed off! :D

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  6. Great post! I can't wait to read A Million Suns.

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  7. Beth Revis is my favorite author EVER because she cares about her fans so much! I can't wait to read A Million Suns! :D]
    bethany0728 @ gmail dot com

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  8. Yay. I'm so excited to hear more! :D

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  9. Kids are funny-wanting to be killed off in the book! :D

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  10. How fun for Beth's students to see themselves in the book. That's quite the legacy.

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  11. Lol! I love that you 'killed' off your students!! That makes me ridiculously happy!! Hahaha. 

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  12. That's hilarious! emmegail(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Awww I'm so jealous of all Beth's students that got their names on the book! Although I don't see why they would like to die in it... I mean I would have liked to be the girl that steals Elder away from Amy <3...

    haha just kidding, I totally love Amy&Elder together! <3

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  14. Hmm...favorite Joss Whedon character.. Spike. Definitely Spike. Although River Tam is pretty epic.

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  15. LOL! You're cracking me up with killing off your students! I bet they love it.

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  16. Kassel Fotinos-HoyerJanuary 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I definitely have a few characters of my own whose names resemble those of actual people I know, haha. Too funny :)

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway. I don't know who Joss Whedon is but I do know that Beth Revis is amazing!

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  18. i'd say Spike

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  19. This made me grin so hard, and I'm in bed sick with strep throat. Thank you.

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  20. I bet Beth's students loved the shout-outs in the books!

    Probably Spike is my favorite JW character :)

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  21. I absolutely cannot wait for AMS to be in my hands...uber excited for this release :)

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  22. I'm sure a lot of teacher's would enjoy fictionally making one of their more annoying students be a fictional victim. LOL

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  23. this post was...uh.. I don't know if I would like to be killed in a book.
    Oh wait! Once, my friend draw this cute little comic. And he blew my head off. I was collateral damade.

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  24. Dauntless Seven Of NineJanuary 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    I'm so excited!! Thanx 4 this giveaway

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  25. I wish there was a character killed off in my honor!

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  26. Loving this! *Fingers crossed for this amazing prize pack* Thank you all for being so awesome :) <3Love, Carina

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  27. I love ATU! I couldn't put it down! And enjoyed meeting you at the SCBWI-C conference last fall. I use former student characters and personalities in my writing, too! Thank you for an opportunity to win a book and some swag! I am anxious to read AMS!

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  28. Hop, skip and loving every stop in this tour! Great stuff in your blog post. Thanks for being part of this contest! *crossing fingers* howdymomma @ yahoo . com

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  29. Love love love knowing that the characters are named after students. i do the same thing with my campers.

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  30. I love that the students wanted to be murder victims! LOl Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  31. I love all these atricles. SO INTERESTING. <333

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  32. I love this blog hop. You can learn so much of Beth and the books!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    katie(dot)sijanec(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Thanks for being a party host!

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  34. Awesome post. I can just imagine all those kids begging to be "killed off" LOL. Thanks for sharing that, Beth. And thanks for this awesome Virtual Party!

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  35. That's pretty hilarious, but I'd honestly love to be killed off in one of Beth's books, too.  :)

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  36. Great post! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!

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  37. That's awesome XD I'd love to be killed off in one of her books too. What a funny thing to boast about!

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  38. Thanks for the great giveaway!  My favorite Joss Whedon character is Buffy Summers.   Can't wait to read A Million Suns!

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  39. Every school needs a goat field and a cow pasture! HAHA! Thank you Beth for such great books and awesome giveaways!

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  40. Love your site name Mr. West. Patiently awaiting the arrival of my copy of AMS. ***drums fingers on desk***  0_0 ***realize I have to go home to get the mail, as it was not sent to work*** *drums fingers on desk again for effect***

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  41. LOL. As a high school teacher, I can totally picture your students begging to be killed off in the book!!  :-)

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  42. LOL...everybody wanted to be in your book--but killed in a gruesome way! Kinda weird...I would want a happy ending.
    ~Ana
    bluestar22yl@gmail.com

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  43. Buffy the Vampire Slayer :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    hisladydiaz@yahoo.com

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  44. Hi, My favorite Joss Whedon character is Buffy and I really like Echo from  
    Dollhouse.Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  45. LOL!! I love the students begging to be killed off!! That is too funny!

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  46. COol cool cool!

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  47. Oh, and my farovite Joss Whedon Character is Echo from Dollhouse.

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  48. Awesome! Thanks for the giveaway...as for the favorite character I have to go with Buffy :-)

    californiablue17@aol.com

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  49. All this suspence is killing me! I need A Million Suns, like, now.

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  50. i love it :) I want to be killed off in one of your books, too. does that count?

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  51. I treasure the few signed books I have and hope to add Across the Universe to my collection! :-) Thanks for such a great party and giveaway!

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  52. I need time to finish AMS.

    I've been a character in a book, but I wouldn't complain about being killed in a second book :-)

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  53. Faith is/was my fave :) 
    supagurlheather@gmail.com

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  54. Darn! This is hilarious. Who knew people would be clamoring to read about their gruesome deaths? Only an author can get away with it *chortles*

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  55. I haven't watched any of his series yet, but Dollhouse is on my To Be Watched list the last couple of months.

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  56. Also, answer to that question? Buffy, hands down. I liked Willow too. Helped that she was a witch ;)

    speaktobidisha@gmail.com

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  57. Lol, I think this is one of the few times you'll ever find people clamoring for that kind of fate.

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  58. Okay, reading these tidbits at work causes inappropriate giggles. I love finding out the whys behind the novels. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. I don't think Razorbill would get away with putting he "no characters are based on real people" disclaimer with A Million Suns...

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  60. That question isn't even hard! My favorite Joss Whedon character is from Firefly/Serenity - Mal Reynolds. Nathan Fillion is six kinds of delicious, and he played that part oh so well.

    As for Beth killing off all of her students, if I had thought of doing that, I would probably still be happily teaching. :)

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  61. It's hard to pick a favorite Joss Whedon character, but it's definitely from Firefly -- either Mal Reynolds or Jayne Cobb (I love the episode "Jaynestown"!).

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  62. Great background information. I always love learning more about how characters came to be!

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  63. ATU was freaking fantabulous! I cannot wait for A Millions suns! Where is that mailman?!

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  64. I love all these great facts and interviews with Beth! I have my copy waiting for me to read this evening and I can't wait!

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  65. I didn't know that about Beth and her students. I love Mal from Firefly ..and next up would be Spike :) 

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  66. I. Love. This. lol. I love learning background stories on books :] it's awesome. I don't have a favorite Joss Wheadon character.

    Thanks so much for this :D

    xjessirae(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. That's kind of funny. But I've heard from other YA authors that their students want to be in their books.

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  68. My favorite Joss Whedon character is Jayne from Firefly. I can't wait to read A Million Suns.

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  69. That's too funny! I can just see students clamoring to be killed next.  What a way to get them to read!! 

    Also, Buffy.  Of course.

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  70. What kind of a question is that? Captain Mal of course. lol Although every Firefly character would fit as an answer. Oh, God, I better leave before I start my "FOX are the show-killers" rant.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  71. Nathan is my favorite Whedon character.  I love that all your old students die - too funny.
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  72. My favorite Whedonverse character is probably my Captain, Mal.  Though Jubal Early is a fantastic villan, And Badger is pretty awesome too.

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  73. Really excited to read A Million Suns! I feel like I am one of the last to do so.

    rachelibrarian@gmail.com

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  74. thanks for the chance to win!! twimom101@yahoo.com

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  75. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    lmarste@yahoo.com

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  76. I am very excited to read this book! 
    katiebk12 at gmail dot com

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  77. A Million Suns appeared on my Kindle today .... so excited to read it! Crossing my fingers that I win that signed copy :)

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  78. As a fellow teacher,  I can definitely relate to "killing" off certain students, and it doesn't surprise me at all that they'd be flattered. Any attention, no matter what kind. :)

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  79. If only I had been a past student xD Thanks for the giveaway!

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  80. Ha! that's funny. You killed off your former students.
    ajtse@hotmail.com

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  81. yayyyy for a million suns!! thanks!!!!!
    alyssa s.
    lilleetleet@verizon.net

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  82. I wish I'd been a student with you! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  83. I cannot wait to read A Million suns!

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  84. I love that her students show up in the work! Very cool :) Thanks for the contest and interview!

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  85. Across the Universe was great, so I can't wait to read A Million Suns!

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  86. Ha ha how hilarious, at least the students didn't mind. I'd love a character in a book named after me. Killing off people that annoy you in a fictional world must feel very satisfying.

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  87. Umm... Spike! I love Spike from Buffy. Thanks Joss. ;) Also, I can't wait to find out what happens to Elder and Amy! Thanks for the giveaway!
    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  88. Beth, can you kill me off, too? No? Darn. 

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  89. What an interesting post! I think my favourite Joss character is probably River because she's ethereal and tough. Thank you for this giveaway! onpeakhill(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  90. Thats really funny!! I can't wait to finish AMS!! 

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  91. lol, I can't imagine being surrounded by kids all day everyday!  :D
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  92. Ummm. I don't really know what to say either :P Not really. I loved the story behind the character names for AtU and AMS! It was really funny I wished I was one of Beth's students so I could be put in the book. But, dreams don't wlays come true ;) Anyways, thank you for doing this with us! And for the questions of who my favorite Joss Whedon  character is...I don't know. To be honest I don't really remember names that well so I don't really know who you are talking about. SORRY! And thank you again!

    caymanian_girl(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  93. hehe, I would like to be named in a book, but I'm not sure i'd want to have a gruesome end, I'd rather be a survivor, but I suppose it's cool either way! :D

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  94. I love the history of Harley's character! Thanks for the giveaway.

    angelaweber@live.ca

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  95. Yes, just like the Berlin song.. this prize pack is going to Take My Breath Away.  One of my favorite JW characters are Buffy and Spike. I haven't had the pleasure of reading AtU yet but would love the chance to win a copy here. Thanks!

    anya dot sandoval at yahoo dot com

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  96. I love Across the Universe and I'm dying to read A Million suns!

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  97. Michelleconner23456January 10, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway, cait wait to get my hands on the book.

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  98. Annie_llavedetintaJanuary 10, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Awesome! I would love to read this series!

    annie__xx at hotmail dot com

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  99. I love that your former students wanted to be killed off - I definitely have a few of my own that would jump at the chance to be killed in a book =D And I refuse to answer who my favourite Whedon character is - there are too many to name! (though I adore Spike and River). Thanks for the giveaway!

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  100. I can't wait until I can read Across the Universe! I feel like I'm the only one that hasn't haha 

    booksaremagic44@yahoo.com

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  101. Aw, I love that she used to be a teacher. I'm sure, despite the hard days, she enjoyed meeting so many kids. Anyway, thanks for being a stop on this tour. I'm enjoying it.  :)

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  102. Thanks for the giveaway. I can't wait to read A Million Suns

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  103. My favorite Joss Whedon character is is a tie between Angel and Spike, although I think if I absolutely had to choose one of them it would be Spike! He was SO cool! Thanks for the very awesome giveaway:)

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  104. Great series and very excited to get my finished copy hopefully soon.

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  105. Oh and my favorite Josh Whedon character is Lorn from Angel.  :)

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  106. I can't wait to read the book and I miss Harley :(
     
    Sequoia
    s.cartwright0915@gmail.com

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  107. i remember when i started the first book...i didnt think i'd like it. bu ti was wrong O.O so wrong.

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  108. Thanks for the giveaway, I can't wait to read the book.

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  109. Those students must be thrilled, lol=)

    kathleendotdoyle88atyahoodotcom

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  110. Oh god hahahahaa. Weird requests, but so nice to see your students wanting to be involved in your work! 

    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

    nadiacoradin at gmail dot com 

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  111. Great post :) And although I haven't seen all of Joss Whedon's works yet, I do love Spike :)  So excited for A Million Suns!

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  112. I am so excited for A Million Suns! After the last word in Across the Universe, I wanted to get my hands on the sequel!! 

    monicascat (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

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  113. So excited for A Million Suns! 

    jellybear7 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  114. Megan at Book BratsJanuary 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Love this post! And yes, rural NC is a totally different world, LOL. Thanks for the contest!

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  115. Haha! You have morbid students. I think I would have wanted a non gruesome less painful death awaiting me in your books.

    Gabbie-ethela(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  116. I think that is really funny that your students wanted to be killed off in a book. I suppose that would be cool...

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  117. Angel for sure ( sigh ) lol.. thanks for the wonderful party and cant wait to get my copy of A million suns.. ! Had a giggle at beths murder and Mayhem . Id hate to get on her bad side.. lol.. kat
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  118. Spike ofcourse!

    I cant wait to get my hands on A Million Suns! I need to
    know what happends next to little Fish!

    X Renée
    reneevossen@gmail.com

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  119. Ahhh! Absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on A Million Suns!

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  120. Harley was my favorite character in Across the Universe!

    Sarah
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  121. Thank you so much can't wait to read heard so many great things about this book!I have to say Buffy for sure!  Great giveaway thank you so much for the chance!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  122. Cannot wait to read this latest installment!

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  123. I think it's great that so many students wanted to be killed off in the book! As to Joss Whedon... well, I'd probably have to say Mal Reynolds. But I have an almost equal love for Simon Tam.

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  124. Hilarious! I absolutely would've loved for Beth to have named a character after me and then killed me in a gruesome way *in the book, ONLY* 
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    melissa_rob16(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  125. I loved Across the Universe and can't wait to read A Million Suns!
    amanda.douglas.creative@gmail.com

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  126. Book Sp(l)ot ReviewsJanuary 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    My favorite Joss Whedon character?! Now that's an evil question - how am I supposed to pick a favorite?? I think it would have to be Buffy . . . though I really do love Spike . ..  and the Dr Horrible characters :) (See, it's not really possible to pick!).

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  127. Christi the Teen LibrarianJanuary 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Um, please don't hate me, but I had to go to IMDB to find out who Joss Whedon was. And I haven't seen anything that he's done. Please don't hold that against me.

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  128. This is awesome!! Best giveaway ever!! I love Across the Universe and BETH!!! omg she's great!! Time to start A MILLION SUNS!! YAY \^o^/

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  129. Thanks for the giveaway.  Can't wait to read A Million Suns :)  !!!!
    would have to be Buffy as my favorite Joss Whedon character
    amelno(at)gmail(dot)com

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  130. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Never watched Buffy very much so not sure on my fav character lol
     princefluffbelle (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  131. Angel, he's the first vampire I liked.

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  132. I'm so excited for this book!

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  133. This is so much fun. Thanks for participating!

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  134. I only found out about this virtual party after joining the Twitter party.  It was intense.  So excited for the book.

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  135. I feel like I've been waiting for this book for ages, or at least light years...wait, those go by quickly, don't they?

    See? I need more Godspeed! ; )

    Blessings,

    G.C.

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  136. Wow, fav Whedon character...That's such a hard choice but I'll say Wash. It's always gonna be someone different depending on my mood, etc :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  137. The coolest thing my English teacher has written is a master's thesis on Shakespeare. Still cool, but not NEARLY as cool as getting be a character in AMS!

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  138. Loving this release party! Congrats on the release on A Million Suns!

    Joss Whedon? I love Cpt. Malcolm Reynolds! He's the best!

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  139. I love Angel and Buffy. I really enjoyed that show and I must have this book. I really enjoyed the first book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  140. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!  My favorite character? hm....definitely gonna have to be...ANGEL!

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  141. This will sound weird, but I would be honored if you killed me off in a book as well :-)

    safaripoet@live.com

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  142. Gotta love Angel! Thanks for the giveaway.

    vi3ti3abe at gmail.com

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  143. Hmmm... favourite Joss Whedon character. While Buffy would be the obvious choice (or someone from the Buffy-verse) I will have to go with Echo or Topher Brink from Dollhouse. However, to be fair, I have yet to watch Firefly. :D

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  144. Haha, that is seriously awesome! Now I kinda wish I'd been one of her students!

    As for my fave Joss Whedon character...ummmm...I don't think I can choose. I love waaaaaay too many, especially so many of his Firefly characters!

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  145. I am so excited for A Million Suns. Can't wait to get my hands on this!

    thegirlonfire27

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  146. Oh those poor students LOL. Great little post! <3

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  147. I'm sorry to say, but I have no clue who Joss Whedon is. But, I can't wait to read A Million Suns. :D Thanks!

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  148. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Can't wait to read A Million Suns. =]
    Michael
    thebookshelfreview@gmail.com

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  149. This is hilarious! Oh my goodness, I'm so excited for A Million Suns! Just have to wait for my copy to get to me... EEE! Thanks for the awesomeness!!

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  150. Haha! It's hilarious how all the kid wanted to achieve their claim to fame by getting killed off in your book. But it also shows how much they love and appreciate you:) 

    Joss Whedon- is that the guy who created Buffy! I <3 her! 

    sarah.setar@gmail.com

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  151. I would love to be killed off in a novel...teehee=)  Thanks for the interview!

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  152. I haven't read any of these books yet but I hope to soon. And the swag looks pretty sweet! I'm not familiar with Joss Whedon. :/

    amberr610[at]gmail[dot]com

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  153. Coolies! I loved Across the Universe so much I own three copies, and now I can't wait to read A Million Suns.

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  154. thenightbookmobilebloggerJanuary 11, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    I'm laughing about the characters being named after students being the ones to die. Lucky them though. I would love to be a character in a book, even if I did kick the bucket!

    Also my favorite Whedon character is Willow. Of course. Buffy too.

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  155. Who's Joss Whedon? ;)

    This is a seriously epic giveaway! Thanks!

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  156. Haha, the first thought I had was "who is Joss Whedon?". If I am one of your students, I would definitely be begging to be in your novel. :D :P

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  157. I want this book!!!email-priya.1dt@gmail.com

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  158. I have no idea who that [person's name] is. I'm not very in the loop with names. :S Anyway, wow. I'd love to have been a student of yours, Beth! Having your namesake being killed off in a book sounds like fun, and the anticipation of WHEN and WHERE and HOW would be motivation enough to get me to read AMS.

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  159. Who wouldn't want to be killed off in one of your books?

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  160. Harley's one of my most favorite characters in AtU that I cried my eyes out, maybe because of what happened to him or because of what he chose to do and the reason why. I always loved reading guest posts like this! Always nice to know new things about a book I love!

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  161. Not from a distant past, I came across Across the Universe in a bookstore. I was totally attracted by the short synopsis at the back of the book. A worthy buy. 

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  162. Looking forward to reading the sequel to Across the Universe. Would love to win. 

    bubalana@hotmail.com

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  163. I loved reading this post. That's awesome that you named characters after your students, even if they did have to be killed off.  lol. 

    As for my favorite Joss Whedon character... Hmm I'm not quite sure because its so hard to choose.  There's just so many.  I love Buffy and Angel, of course.  I also love Echo from Dollhouse, as well as pretty much all of the characters from Firefly. 

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  164. I like this post!! New to the blog here so hello everyone!!!

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  165. I loved Across the Universe, and I can't wait to read A Million Suns! :) 

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