Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dazzling Debuts 2015: Love Fortunes & Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius (Interview + Giveaway)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters

Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance
Expected publication: May 12th 2015 by Swoon Reads
Pre-order via AmazonBarnes & Noble

In the tradition of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, one girl chooses to change her fortune and her fate by falling in love. 

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

The author of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, Kimberly Karalius, gave me the wonderful chance to interview her. Check out my interview with her below:

    1. Love Fortunes & Other Disasters is your upcoming debut novel. For those who don't know much about it, could you tell us more about your novel?

    Kimberly: My novel is about Fallon Dupree, a girl who’s been waiting for her chance to attend high school in Grimbaud, a magical town said to have been blessed by Love. Generations of Duprees have followed the 100% accurate love fortunes they received from Zita’s famous love charms shop and married their high school sweethearts. Fallon intends to do the same… until she finds out that her fortune says she’ll never find love.

    Fallon decides to take her fate into her own hands when she joins a rebellion of fellow teens with terrible love fortunes. Among them is Sebastian, a notorious heartbreaker – a boy she can’t fathom liking, let alone working with for the sake of the rebellion. Will they be able to work together to break Zita’s hold over the town? Will they fall in love?

    2. How did you come up with the idea of Love Fortunes & Other Disasters?

    Kimberly: The first germ of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters came from the silly conversations I had with my fellow English major friends in college. With classic literature texts on our laps, we used to joke about how we’d end up like the spinsters in the stories we read – but glamorous spinsters, with butlers and mansions, of course. I always wanted to turn that idea into a novel, but since I love writing YA, I wanted to write it from a teen’s perspective. Then, the idea of 100% accurate love fortunes came, along with Love and a magical, romantic town, and Love Fortunes developed from there!

    3. Fallon Dupree, the main character of Love Fortunes & Other Disasters, seems like an interesting character based on the synopsis. What trait of Fallon do you love the most?

    Kimberly: Fallon’s preoccupation with the idea of quality is probably my favorite trait of hers. She cooks her own food, stays away from anything prepackaged, and pays a little too much attention to details, a skill she learned from her health inspector parents and older brother. As someone who is not as disciplined, I couldn’t help but admire her resolve while writing her.

    4. What's the best thing about writing Love Fortunes & Other Disasters?

    Kimberly: Developing the town of Grimbaud was my favorite part of writing Love Fortunes and Other Disasters. Grimbaud is very much Love’s town, so creating the shops, gardens, and even tourist attractions that make this town tick was so much fun. I wanted to create the feel of an old, European town, and Bruges, Belgium became a huge inspiration for Grimbaud.

    5. Recommend your novel [Love Fortunes & Other Disasters] to the readers.

    Kimberly: I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys whimsy and magic, as well as readers who have ever felt, or currently feel, that finding love is an unreachable goal.

    6. What's next for Kimberly Karalius?

    Kimberly: I’m currently writing my next novel for Swoon Reads. And… that’s probably the most I can say about it at this point.

    Fast talk...

    Twitter or Facebook? o Twitter
    Chocolate or vanilla? o Vanilla
    Cookies or cupcakes? o Cookies!
    Pepsi or Coke? o Coke
    TV series or movies? o Movies

    Don't go yet! Here's a giveaway for you, my lovely reader.


    Open to US residents only. Sorry, INTL folks!
    [INTL folks may join this giveaway as long as you know someone within the US who could temporarily accept the prize if you win and they will be the one to forward the prize to you.]
    Must be 13+ or have parents' permission to enter.
    Cheaters never prosper. Be honest with your entries. 
    This giveaway is made possible by Kimberly Karalius herself.