Google+ Reading Teen: Letters from the Titanic & Giveaway of Fateful by Claudia Gray

Monday, September 12, 2011

Letters from the Titanic & Giveaway of Fateful by Claudia Gray


Today we have something very exciting! Letters discovered from the wreckage of the Titanic!  We have a letter from a girl named Andye (my great-great grandmother....?), to a girl named Tess, who boarded the Titanic, looking for a new life, and found a bigger adventure than she ever imagined possible.  And we have a letter from Tess to Andye, which unfortunately, Andye never received.....

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9 APRIL 1912
TESS DAVIES
PLEASE OPEN ONCE ON BOARD THE RMS-TITANIC
Dearest Tess,

I hope this letter finds you well. I still cannot believe that you have left! How exciting to be headed to America! Are you very glad that you will finally be rid of the Lisle family? You must be tired of working for them. How are they treating you on the ship?

AMERICA! How thrilling! What are your plans once you get there? Where will you live? How will you make a living? This must be so scary for you, but also very exciting. I am, at the same time, jealous of you, and glad I am not in your shoes. Does that make sense?

You must tell me about the Titanic as well. Is it as marvelous as everyone says? I hear it is unsinkable! What are your rooms like? How is the food? Have you met anyone famous? What about boys? There have to be some interesting young men, possibly even rich, handsome young men that have caught your eye. You simply must tell me every detail!

Things are not going to be the same here without you. I already miss you terribly! Who knows, perhaps some day I'll save up enough money to come see you. Please start writing me immediately! I cannot wait to hear about your fascinating adventure.

Your friend,
Andye



FOUND AMONG THE WRECKAGE OF THE TITANIC (1986)

10 APRIL 1912

Dear Andye --

How kind of you to write! I stole a few moments away from my duties to read this on the steerage deck; we may be lower down than the first-class passengers, but the sea air is just as fresh here, and the sky just as blue. Every time I look at the horizon ahead I imagine I can see America. Scary though it is to think of starting over in a new country, I'm excited to finally gain my independence. I hope to get work as a seamstress or perhaps again in service. No, I don't want to be a ladies' maid forever, but it's honest work and I'm good at it. If a few more years in service is what it takes for me to begin my life in America, then so be it.

The Lisles -- well, nothing new there. Lady Regina's a beast, Layton's a drunkard, and Irene's as sweet and as helpless as ever. Honestly, I pity the girl. At least I can get rid of Layton and Lady Regina once the Titanic reaches New York City. Irene's stuck with them for life! Honestly, if I thought she could make a living at any trade whatsoever, I might ask Irene if she didn't want to run away too. But then we'd have Lady Regina pursuing us to the ends of the earth.

The Titanic is a palace, no other word for it. I had no idea a ship could be so enormous or so beautiful. Lady Regina's such a cheapskate that she's stowed all us servants down in third class, but even that is clean and bright. Better by far than the attic I had to sleep in before. I have three roommates, all of them foreigners, and before this trip, I would have found that terrifying. But two of them are elderly Norwegian ladies without a word of English between them, quiet as mice; the other, Myriam, is from Lebanon -- she's got a sharp tongue but a good heart, and I think we may remain friends after we reach New York.

I've met no one famous, though I did get a look at John Jacob Astor. Yes, the richest man in the world was not five feet from me! He's as old as the Viscount, but his wife is my age if not younger. I suppose being so wealthy makes all those lines around his eyes disappear.

Having said that, I must admit -- I met a man I can't get out of my mind. It's impossible, of course. He's nearly as rich as Astor, so I doubt he'd get himself mixed up with a servant girl. And he keeps ... peculiar company. There's a mystery surrounding him; I can't guess what it is, and I shouldn't care. I should stay as far away as possible. Yet I can't stop wishing I knew more about Alec --

And now I've gone and told you his name. Letting my imagination run away with me. You know I try not to do that! So rest assured, Andye, that I'm still the same practical girl you've always known. I'm sailing ahead toward my future life as steady and sure as the Titanic herself. The ship's not the only one that's unsinkable!

Your friend always,
Tess

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Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It’s 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they’re sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new life for herself.

Her single-minded focus shatters when she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets of his own. He’s in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say it’s because of the tragic end of his last affair with the French actress who died so gruesomely and so mysteriously. . . .

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves exist and are stalking him—and now her, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.

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You can find Claudia at these other blog tour stops!


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Dark Days Tour Dates
Wednesday, October 12th
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway
Lynnwood, WA
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)



Thursday, October 13th
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)



Friday, October 14th
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover
9315 Dorchester Street
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)



Saturday, October 15th
1:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
2999 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)



Sunday, October 16th
2:00 PM
Anderson’s
123 West Jefferson
Naperville, IL
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)




79 comments:

  1. I seriously can't wait for this! And great letters :)

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  2. Nice!

    I've seen the cover but didn't know anything about this book. Can't wait to read it now.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  3. you just got me even more hyped for this book! i love this post the letters are an awesome idea

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  4. This is the first time I've visited your blog, and I aboslultey love it! Great interview, and great blog. Keep up the awesome work.

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  5. This is such an interesting topic for a YA book!

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  6. Thank you so much for this!

    chelle2006 @ aol .com

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  7. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

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  8. I love that this book is set in the Titanic. It's so original. I can't wait to read it! :)

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  9. This one sounds so good and I've been hearing lots of great things about this one. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

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  10. Oh, I can't wait to read this book! I love Claudia Gray's writing style and combined with the Titanic...it is going to be wonderful. :)
    Great letters! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Aww man, I wish she was coming to AZ!! Can't wait to read this one. Thanks!

    Mickey @ imabookshark

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  12. Wow, this book sounds sooooooooooo good!!!

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  13. I love historic novels as well as novels written with letters.

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  14. I get more and more excited about this book with each review and teaser I find. So excited for Tuesday!!

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway! It's such a cool idea to combine paranormal and the Titanic! I love Claudia Gray's Evernight series(I still need to read the last book)! I can't wait to read Fate!

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  16. This looks like such a great book!!!

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  17. I really want to read this one. The Titanic AND werewolves? Sounds like a great read.

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  18. This book sounds awesome! Never read a book about Titanic.

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  19. I can't wait to read this one. I love stories based around the Titanic! Fateful seems pretty amazing :)

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  20. Great post. Thanks for the chance to win this!

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  21. Oops I just saw US only. Boo! Haha. Remove my entry please :)

    Giselle at Xpresso Reads

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  22. I haven't seen this book before. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Oooh! Claudia Gray is doing a signing near me! yay! :D

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  24. OMG I've been dying to read this book. I love those letters so much! Thanks for this awesome giveaway! :]

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  25. Oh, how interesting! The letters really sucked me in. And how unfair that Claudia gets so near to me, but skips right over Oregon! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. thanks for the giveaway! I just wished it was international or canada xD

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  27. I love these letters! They make me want to read the book even more! I can't wait to read this. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  28. Sounds really good. Im looking forward to reading this one.

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  29. Oh, my! This book sounds AMAZING! I am all but DYING over here now! I MUST read it! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  30. I love Claudia Gray!! :D I'm curious about this book

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  31. Interesting! I'm definitely interested in reading this now :)

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  32. I'm so anxious for this release. I really enjoyed Claudia's other novels.

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  33. amazing post! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  34. I cannot wait for this book, it seems like so much fun to read. Are those actual letters from the ship?? I don't know, but they seem so... normal. Too easy to read for that time period. Haha. If they are, I'm presuming that is where the idea for the book came from?

    Thanks for the post and giveaway!

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  35. I really can't wait to read this book. It sounds awesome. I love the letters. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  36. too bad its only for US again :( i am dying to read this since... forever!!!

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  37. I can't wait to read this book!! It sounds amazing!!

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  38. I can't wait to read this!!! Thanks for the Giveaway:)

    ebbith0115[at]gmail[dot]com

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  39. Oh awesome! Even though I just preordered it I would still love to win a copy! This sounds like an amazing book!!

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  40. This book sounds awesome!! I love reading books about the Titanic. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  41. I am really psyched to read this book! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy :)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  42. werewolves AND the Titanic? I am so there! These letters are awesome, too. <3

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  43. This book looks soooo interesting! Love the storyline idea. THANKS for the giveaway!

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  44. Wow this sopunds like a great book! I can't wait to get my hands on it!!

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  45. loved the letters and can't wait to read this book.

    Jennelle S

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  46. Thinking about the Titanic always manages to make me want to cry... =P ... But I would like to have the chance to read this...

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  47. This sounds to good. Thanks for the chance to win!

    hollyjolly89@gmail.com

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  48. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now. Thanks for the giveaway!

    mysticsandmoonbeams(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  49. This one sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  50. I loved the letters, Andye! And of course, the giveaway is superb. ;)

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  51. i love the letters and i can't wait for this book!

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  52. I can't wait to read Fateful. Finally something that sounds fresh in the YA genre.

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  53. I would love to win this book thanks for the giveaway u guys are awesome :D

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  54. This sounds good! I'd love to read it!

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  55. I found this book on goodreads. It looks really good! I can't wait to read it. :)

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  56. this book sounds amazing! i love claudia gray and with the titanic background it just screams a fantastic story!

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  57. I love all things Titanic. When I was younger I had a bit of an obsession with it... Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  58. Thanks for the giveaway! I love all things Titanic so I downloaded the "sample" to my Kindle so I could check it out. Oh, I sooooo want to read this!! Count me in!

    BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

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  59. Oh my gosh, this looks fantastic! My favourite movie is Titanic, and this looks like the love story with a great twist.

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  60. I have been wondering what Fateful was about. Thank you for the excellent post and for the lovely giveaway opportunity. I am intrigued and would really like to read Fateful:)

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  61. I love Claudia Gray. I can't wait to see how she takes on the Titanic!

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  62. Interesting combo, but I'm curious to see how she'll make it play out!

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  63. Thanks for the giveaway, this one sounds awesome!

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  64. I love the letters. I have to say I must read this. I love all things that have to do with the Titanic and this will be no exception! Thanks for the blurb.

    Mary
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

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  65. Are these letters real? Like some of the real letters from the titanic? Is this book fiction or does it actually contain real letters from the titanic?

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    1. Hey Cheyenne! No, these letters were just for fun! This book is fictional. :D

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