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Thursday, September 11, 2014


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13 yrs ago. 
I still remember the exact moment I heard the news.
The 1st World Trade Center was hit.
Then the next. 
Then news broke of the Pentagon.
Then another plane was down.  
I remember the flood of emotions that I felt that day. 
I remember that feeling "of what is happening", to "how could this happen", to anger, to wanting to drop everything and go fight to protect my country, to heartbreak, and being so moved by the heroic stories that were emerging that day, and for days to come. 
Not once did I feel fear. 
If anything, I felt a greater sense of American Pride.
I witnessed a nation come together and stand taller, and closer together. 
In the midst of all the hell, the chaos, the heartbreak, and witnessing the unthinkable happen, Americans united in pride, in love, and stood taller in our faith of our great nation.
In all the horrible things that happened that day, we also witnessed a world unite through love.
The memories of many live on. 
We are left to tell the story of how a day so tragic, moved so many of us to action, and to do more.
As a nation we cried together, we prayed together, we mourned together. 
We came together to help each other. 
WE WILL NEVER FORGET the events that happened that day.

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien; Blog Tour: Author Interview

Hello & Welcome to todays The Vault of Dreamers blog tour! I'm so thrilled to have author Caragh M. O'Brien on Mundie Moms today. Before I shared our recent interview, here's a little bit about the book:

By: Caragh M. O'Brien
Published by: MacMillan/Fierce Reads
To Be Released on: September 16th, 2014
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The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.
From Caragh M. O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

Hi Caragh! Welcome back to Mundie Moms. Congratulations on The Vault of Dreamers. How would you describe your book in 5 words or less?
Thank you so much for having me back again!  It’s great to be returning to Mundie Moms.
As for a brief description of the novel, here goes:
Evil, dreams, and fame collide.

How did the story for The Vault of Dreamers come about? Was this one you've been wanting to write for awhile, or was it one was inspired from a particular event or TV show/movie?
Rather than one thing, it was a combination of ideas that came together to spark this novel.  I’ve been intrigued by reality TV shows, dreams, and the creative potential of students for quite some time.  In my novel, The Forge School doubles as a reality show where each student stars in his or her own feed, and this proved the perfect setting for me to play around with art, dreams, and evil power.  
What is something you admire about Rosie's character? Do you think fans will find some similarities between her and Gaia, from your Birthmarked Series (which I really enjoyed)?
Thanks, Katie! Rosie is a quirky, perceptive, honest person, and I admire how tenacious she is about discovering the truth, even at the risk of her own safety.  She’s definitely her own person.  She has some similarities to Gaia, who is also honest and brave, but Rosie seems more imaginative and creative to me.  She has to be, and that’s part of why she’s in danger.
I totally love the cover for your book. I think it's a cover that really stands out, as it's so unique to your story. We know that often times authors don't have a say in their book covers. Did you have any say in your cover? 
It is striking, isn’t it?  Elizabeth Clark, the Associate Art Director at Macmillan, designed it, and no, I didn’t have any input.  The team asked me if I liked it, and I did.  I’ve been known to run my fingers over the lettering and the dial marks to feel how they’re raised.  They effect is very cool.

There are a lot of fabulous book hitting shelves this month, The Vault of Dreamers included. What are some fall titles you're looking forward to reading?
I’m very curious about Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer and Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.  I’m also planning to read Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl.

Can you please tell us what you're working on next?
Sure! I’m working on the sequel to The Vault of Dreamers.  So far, it’s a challenge, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thank you for being here today Caragh! Congratulations on The Vault of Dreamers's upcoming release! 
Thanks again for having me by, Katie!

Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels. Visit Caragh’s here. Don't miss seeing her on the Fierce Reads Tour. The schedule can be found here.

·         September 9 | Ex Libris Kate The Book Monsters
·         September 10 | Book Hounds & Candace's Book Blog
·         September 11 | Mundie Moms & Word Spelunking
·         September 12 | My Bookish Ways & Working for the Mandroid
·         September 13 | Fiction Fare
·         September 14 | Icey Books & My 5 Monkeys
·         September 15 | SciFi Chick & Supernatural Snark
·         September 16 | YA Interrobang & I’d So Rather be Reading
·         September 17 | Fiktshun & Book Briefs
·         September 18 | Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks & The Irish Banana Review
·         September 19 | Alice Marvels & Forever Young Adult
·         September 20 | Good Choice Reading & Step into Fiction