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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

SBT12: The Awesome Interview of Awesome: Grover from Vamplayers by Rusty Fischer & GIVEAWAY


Southern Book Tour 2012

Today I’m honored to interview Grover, one of the most beloved – or, at least, one of the kookiest – characters from Rusty Fischer’s new book, Vamplayers [check out the blurb at the end of the interview, before the GIVEAWAY!]:

The Awesome Interview of Awesome

First off, I have to ask: did you believe in vampires before you, you know, actually “met” one?
Grover: I wanted to believe, because to me vampires were always the coolest of the undead creatures. But I suppose if you really put me on the spot and ask me if I “believed” in them, as I like literally showing up on my doorstep one day inviting himself in, I’d have to say “no.”
Why do you say vampires are the “coolest” undead monsters?
G: I guess they have the most attitude, is all. Werewolves always seem to feel so guilty about everything, you know? Like they wake up the next day covered in blood and feel remorseful. A vampire would never feel that way. And zombies? I don’t know what they feel, if they feel anything. At least with vampires they own it! They’re undead, they need blood to feed, we have the blood they need so… what’s the big deal? It’d be like us feeling guilty over eating a Big Mac.
Speaking of “owning it,” and try not to get offended but… how comfortable are you with your geek status?
G: Very, and I’m not offended. It’s fine, I get it, I’m not everybody’s cup of tea, but I like me enough to fill up my very own tea party, so it’s cool.
So, I have to ask, we see a lot of ways to off a Vamplayer in this book. What’s your personal favorite?
G: My favorite wasn’t used in the book, actually; that would be a fire truck full of garlic sauce from my favorite Chinese restaurant, Mr. Fong’s, so I could stand about a mile away from the nearest Vamplayer and spray him with it. Pretty much I’m in favor of any way of killing a Vamplayer that doesn’t involve me being in close proximity to said Vamplayer.
Do you have any tips for would-be Vamplayer slayers?
G: Yeah: stay home! Seriously, let the Sisters handle it; that’s what they’re here for. The only reason I got sucked up in their drama is because how are you gonna let one Sister go up against all those Vamplayers, right?
Speaking of sisters, what do you think about Lily?
G: She’s the tops, really, and not just because she’s dating my best friend. I mean, look at me. How many chicks do you think I get to hang around with, right? But Lily, she hopped right into the Grover Cave and never looked back; you gotta respect a girl who knows the difference between Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett, you know?
Speaking of Lando and Boba Fett, let’s do a quick round of Geek Q & A. I’ll start: Star Wars or Star Trek?
G: Wars! Next…
Buffy or Vampire Diaries?
G: Buffy! Next…
Twilight or Underworld?
G: Please; you insult me: Underworld!
Last question, who do you think would win in a fair fight: Zander or Lily?
G: [Chuckles] There’s nothing fair about that fight! I know I’m supposed to have my boy’s back but it’s Lily with a knockout in Round 1. And Zander in the ER for the rest of the week; case closed!
Thanks, Grover! Best of luck and thanks for stopping by to visit with me today!  You’re awesome!
About the author: Rusty Fischer is the author of several YA supernatural novels, including Zombies Don’t Cry, Ushers, Inc., Vamplayers, I Heart Zombie and Panty Raid @ Zombie High. Visit his blog, www.zombiesdontblog.blogspot.com, for news, reviews, cover leaks, writing and publishing advice, book excerpts and more!

At the Afterlife Academy of Exceptionally Dark Arts, the vampires in training follow one of two tracks: they become either Sisters or Saviors. Of course, everyone wants to be a Savior, swooping into infested high schools in matching red leather jumpsuits and wielding crossbows, putting down swarming vampires with deadly efficiency.

But Lily Fielding is just a Sister—a Third Sister at that, a measly trainee. When Lily and her two Sisters, Alice and Cara, are called out to their latest assignment, she figures it’s just another run-of-the-mill gig: spot the Vamplayer (part vampire, part player), identify the predictably hot, trampy girl he’s set his eyes on, and befriend her before the Vamplayer can turn her to do his bidding.

Finding the sleek and sexy Vamplayer, Tristan, and his equally beautiful and popular target, Bianca, is easy. And when Lily meets the adorably geeky Zander, she too falls under a lover’s spell. But this assignment turns out to be trickier than most when the Third Sister must battle the baddest vampire of all

Now for the…

The Awesome Giveaway of Awesome

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  1. I am very excited about this because I just finished reading Ushers Inc on your recommendation and really liked it.

  2. I loved this so much!!! I have a huge smile on my face from reading it:)

  3. AWESOME interview & I LOVED Vamplayers. I'm also giving it away on my blog because I want everyone to be able to read Rusty!

    Thanks for stopping by & following too!

    Jenny @ Into the Morning Reads

  4. "Please, you insult me" LOL hahaha, that's the kind of reaction I like to see in reply to "Twilight or Underworld" hahaha LMAO, LOVE Rusty!! LOVE Grover, too! and love you, Richard, for spotlighting this wicked awesome book yet again~ :D I already have a copy, but will definitely tweet about your giveaway! Cheers!

  5. I know I probably shouldn't horn in on my own giveaway but, I just had to say this: U GUYS ROCK! SO MUCH!

  6. Love the interview Rusty! I can't wait to read this one. Your stories are all so entertaining.


  7. I found myself sucked into this book quickly and cruised through it in a short period of time. I never grew bored and it was pretty much steady action going on keeping me turning those pages. I really enjoyed Lily and her view point on things as well as her ability to kind of let things roll off her shoulders. She's been going into schools to look for these vamplayers for a very long time and when you've been a student for that long you really learn a lot.


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