11-21-2011: Never to be forgotten! Today is the day that Ian Somerhalder responded to me on facebook! Hey, that may not be a big deal for you, but for me.. HUGE. *swoon*
Conversation copied from FB:
ME: Finally! After an hour of searching facebook, I find the REAL you. Hi Ian!
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you.Nice to meet you
ME: My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to notice. :)
Ian Somerhalder: you're welcome
Ian Somerhalder: I try not to disappoint my fans!
ME: Well, you're doing a wonderful job. :) It's nice (and a bit scary) to talk to someone like you!
ME: lol... (I'm secretly freaking out cuz I got to talk to Ian! *sigh*)
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you Theresa!
ME: lol... you're welcome! Just do me a favor and don't knock when you invade my dreams tonight. The husband probably wouldn't like that. hehe!
Ian Somerhalder: well I will not:)
ME: Perfect! Thanks. LOL
Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway: RENEGADE by J.A. Souders
by J.A. Souders
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.
Her memories have been altered.
Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.
And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb… and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.
Please welcome the fabulous J.A. Souders to the blog!
Hi y’all! I’m super excited to do today’s post. I have managed to snag a recording from an interview an unnamed reporter (the poor dear) did with my character Evelyn Winters. I have transcribed them below. While I’m not positive of the exact date, from certain things Evelyn says, I do believe this interview takes place just before the events of RENEGADE.
In fact, I’m fairly certain this interview takes place the day before RENEGADE starts.
REPORTER: Thank you so much, Ms. Winters, for agreeing to do this interview with me and, of course, to Mother for allowing it. We all know this wouldn’t be happening with out Mother’s…er…graciousness. How are you today?
EVELYN: My life is just about perfect.
Reporter: Um…okay, then. I’ll just be asking some basic questions about you and your life here. Is that all right?
EVELYN: Of course. I am here to serve. *smiles, smoothes skirt over knees*
REPORTER: Evelyn–do you prefer Evelyn?–tell me a little about yourself.
EVELYN: It is a pleasure to meet you. Actually, most Citizens refer to me as Miss Evelyn, which is as Mother likes it. However, I much prefer Evie for some reason. Even though I don’t ever recall anybody actually ever calling me by that name
…hmm…how very odd.
I don’t suppose it matters.
Anyway, I am the Daughter of the People in our wonderful city of Elysium. Mother hand chose me to be the heir to her position as Governess. It is both a privilege and an honor to serve our city so completely.
REPORTER: Elysium? Where is that, Greece?
EVELYN: Greece? That was a Surface city. Before The War, right?…Are you a Surface Dweller? *looks around for Mother* How did you get down here? How did you get passed the turrets?! SDs are strictly forbidden. You had better leave before Mother finds out what you are and sends an Enforcer.
REPORTER: Umm…no. No, everything’s fine. No need for…Enforcers, did you say? Never mind all that. Why don’t we talk a little more about you?
What are you into?
EVELYN: Into? *frowns, looks down* It’s just a dress. The same as all female Citizens. You don’t wear dresses? That’s against the dress code. Are you sure that you aren’t a Surface Dweller?
Well, I suppose it IS a pretty dress. Mother had the dressmaker sew it just for me. Do you like it?
REPORTER: Your dress? Oh yes, it’s nice. But I was wondering about your interests. What do you like to do? You know, what kind of music do you like? What’s your favorite movie? That sort of thing.
EVELYN: Oh, I apologize for misunderstanding. I had never heard of that word “into” used like that before.
I like the music that plays in my gardens. Father had them built for me, you know. It relaxes the mind and spirit and, of course, I enjoy the classics. Mozart. Beethoven. It is very rewarding to play them on my violin. I do not get to the Cineplex very often, so I do not have a favorite movie, I’m afraid. I am much too busy with my duties and learning how to rule this city.
REPORTER: Ohhhh-kaaaay. So, you’re like, the princess, huh? What do you have to do?
EVELYN: Oh…um…well, I…I am in charge of request day! It is a VERY important task to make sure the Citizens have everything they require to lead full and productive lives, so they may serve our city completely.
REPORTER: Okay, maybe we should move on. Tell me about Elysium. Where is it?
EVELYN: You are very strange. Are you SURE you’re not a Surface Dweller? Why are you so concerned with where we live? *sigh* Well, I don’t suppose it would hurt to tell you.
Elysium is a fully self-sustained city located on the ocean floor and nestled cozily in a volcanic trench to best use the natural resources provided to us by the geothermal energy of the volcanic tubes.
*Smiles* Since I know what your next question will be, let me just continue.
The city is spilt into several Sectors that are separate, but connected to each other through various glass tube walkways. This is in case of a leak. Each Sector can be separated from the rest of the city until Maintenance personnel can locate and repair the problem. Each Sector designates a different function needed by the city. Medical, engineering, science, etc.
In turn, they are all filled with Citizens who’ve been Sorted into their Designations by their genetics to ensure only the very best are servicing our city in the most suitable way possible.
REPORTER: *blinks* Oh. Right. Bottom of the ocean. I…forgot. So, um, let’s get back to you. Do you have a boyfriend?
EVELYN: *blushes* yes I suppose that is the common term. As Daughter of the People, and a designated Breeder, my MOST important duty, now that I’m 16, is to provide Mother with another heir after me.
Only the most suitable young men have been chosen to be my suitors and I have narrowed the list to one young man in particular.
*smiles* His name is Timothy and he’s a metal worker from Sector Three. His genetics are a perfect match for me.
*leans forward and whispers* Between you and me, we’re supposed to be meeting each other later. I have a feeling he’s going to ask me to Couple with him. Isn’t that fantastic? *big sappy smile*
REPORTER: *mutters* Yeah, that’s not creepy. *clears throat* So, uh…tell me more about these…what do you call them? Surface Dwellers? You don’t seem to like them much.
EVELYN: According to Mother, Surface Dwellers are beasts who live on The Surface. Surface Dwellers are forbidden. The War has corrupted and turned them into savages. Surface Dwellers are contemptible. Nothing more than heathens who’d just as soon kill you as look at you. They will taint our city with their hate and violent ways and should be shot on sight. *frowns* Are you sure you’re not one?
*door slams open* *sound of multiple feet rushing into the room*
REPORTER: Hey! What are you doing? That’s my equipment. Who are you people?
*sound of a gun shot, then a body hitting the floor*
Another woman’s voice, presumably Mother: Come along, Evelyn. Let the Enforcers clean up. Dr. Friar says you missed your appointment again. You know how much I detest when you don’t keep appointments.
Thanks so much to J.A. for stopping by and sharing Evelyn’s interview with us!
*note: This review will be in the new format I have been thinking about trying. I tend to enjoy shorter reviews that are to the point and hope that this review format will allow me to write reviews in a fun new way. Let me know what you think!
R enegade is a breath of fresh air in a sea of YA stories. J.A. Souders has blended new ideas with rich charaters, resulting in a story that stands out from the rest.
E lysium is an underwater compound, but the glass walls do not limit the complexity of the environment. The author has created a world full of rules and ideas that were both surprising and interesting.
N ot another mermaid story. Far from it, actually. There are no paranormal beings in RENEGADE. It’s a beautifully crafted dystopian that happens to take place at the bottom of the ocean.
E ven though I enjoyed this story, I felt it could have been better. I was intrigued and kept turning pages, but there were points in the story that seemed a tad slow.
G avin was my favorite character. He was real. J.A. did a fanatastic job creating a down-to-earth, realistic young man.
A ppropriate for any age audience. RENEGADE was written in a way that I would happily pass it on to a younger teen or an adult friend. The writing wasn’t overly complicated, and the story was crafted in a way that would be appealing to many age levels.
D evious Mother. Seriously! Who does that stuff to a little girl? Or all little girls, for that matter?! #crazy
E nforcers. CREEPY. ’nuff said.