Saturday, March 3, 2012

Emerald City by Alicia K. Leppert - Fun Facts & Giveaway

Emerald City by Alicia K. Leppert
Expected publication date: April 10, 2012
Publisher: Sweetwater Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort

Olivia Tate is a broken shell of a girl haunted by the tragic events that fill her past. She has closed herself off from the world, each day grasping at something—anything—to live for. Convinced there will never be a way out, she seeks solace in the depths of her medicine cabinet. When she wakes up days later in the hospital she is introduced to Jude, the quiet stranger responsible for saving her life. She never could have guessed then that her mysterious rescuer would end up saving her life a second time, while simultaneously turning her world upside down. A modern-day romance with a twist, Emerald City has a little bit of something for everyone!

Fun Facts from Alicia K. Leppert:
I had so much fun creating Olivia and Jude and their world in Seattle. I thought you all might like to know a little more about them, outside of what the book reveals. Here are some fun facts about the two main characters of Emerald City:

  • loves Asian food, especially sushi
  • likes alt/rock music
  • has a passion for movies, especially comedies
  • hates green vegetables
  • dreams of traveling the world
  • had her first kiss outside a 7/11 her sophomore year of high school
  • despises algebra
  • got sick at the top of the Space Needle on her 4th grade field trip
  • fears public speaking, abandonment, and spiders
  • wishes she could speak French
  • loves American food
  • likes classic rock music
  • develops an unnatural obsession with vintage tees
  • has only ever kissed one person
  • doesn't like coconut
  • fears falling from great heights
  • loves nighttime
  • likes independent films
  • is overly sensitive of people's pain
  • dreams of having a family

Now, 10 Fun Facts About Alicia:
1. I started writing because I loved the idea of having control over how the story played out, and not being at the mercy of another author’s choices.

2. I have two sisters and two brothers and I dream of being like the siblings on Parenthood. (Although I guess I’d be the odd man out.)

3. I started and abandoned at least ten stories before coming up with the idea for Emerald City.

4. I laugh like a big ol’ truck driver. I get lots of stares at funny movies.

5. When people hear I’m from Washington state, they automatically assume lush, green forests. I laugh and tell them I live on the other side, the brown side with all the tumbleweeds.

6. I got engaged to a man I’d never met. He had no idea what I looked like. We had chatted online for one week. Three months later we got married. 11 years later we’re still going strong!

7. I am addicted to gum. It’s in my mouth unless I’m eating or sleeping.

8. I’m also addicted to sleeping. There’s not much I’d rather do than take a nap.

9. I have a beautiful 10 year old daughter, and the cutest little 8 year old boy ever.

10. I’m 32, and I still feel 20.

About the author:
Alicia K. Leppert always knew she wanted to be a writer, ever since Career Day in first grade when she walked around carrying a notebook and pencil. Twenty-some odd years later, after a short stint in high school where she dreamed of being an actress, a whirlwind Internet romance including a blind proposal that led to a fairytale wedding and two pretty-near perfect kids, her lifelong dream came to fruition with her first novel, Emerald City. She lives with her small brood in her beloved hometown of Pasco, which is located in the only part of Washington state that isn't green. When she is not writing, she can be found decorating novelty cakes and taking naps--her other two passions.

You can find Alicia on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

One winner will receive a copy of Emerald City by Alicia K. Leppert. Per Cedar Fort's policy, winner will have the choice between a print or an e-book if in the U.S. and an eBook will be sent if the winner lives outside the U.S.

How to enter:
Just leave your name and email in the form below. For an *extra* entry, please leave a comment.

Giveaway Details:
Giveaway is open internationally. (See details above.) This giveaway will run until midnight EST on April 1. Must be 13 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen using Winner will be emailed and this blog post will be updated to include the name of the winner. Winner has 3 days to contact me or a new winner will be selected.

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed.

Winner: Sallie M.


  1. Sounds like a good book and just from the little background on the characters, they seem like people I'd like. ;)

  2. So so proud of you Alicia!

  3. I didn't know Washington had a brown/tumbleweed side! Every time I visit my parents it's raining! I figured all the rain would reach all over... start doing the rain dance in your area!

    I'm pretty excited about your book, I love the characters names and Seattle has always seemed a huge mystery in literature, so I'm interested to see what you incorporate into the setting/storyline. :)

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    This book sounds great!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    This book sounds great!

  6. Thank you for this giveaway. I enjoyed reading about the characters. Sounds like a great read.
    :) Jeanne,

  7. Wow! The cover is so pretty! The title is just fan-girl worthy! I am so excited!

  8. It was really interesting to see the two main characters' likes, dislikes, etc. broken down like that. It seems like a good way to keep track of them throught the book.

  9. Definitely up to reading Emerald city!

  10. I like the fun facts bit. Sorta different twist to posts about a book! :)

  11. I'm so excited to read this! Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. Would love a chance to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I like how the author isn't afraid to laugh her guys out :D

  14. I really like the blog info regarding author and book :)

  15. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the glimpse we get about the characters with their lists! Sounds like a promising book!


  16. sounds like something I would love to read... thanks for the chance and it was interesting to read a little background info on the characters too.

  17. Thanks for being on my tour! It was super fun doing the character facts, can't wait for your review!

  18. I love the character facts!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. I loved this post! I always love getting an extra glimpse into characters' lives. I'm so excited for this book, thank you for the fun interview and giveaway!

  20. Wow--sounds like an awesome story to read! (and I enjoyed the extra facts about the character and Alicia) I heard about the book through Alicia's sister Amy who made a digikit inspired by the book's cover.

  21. Sounds interesting. Oliver sounds like a depressed person and I can sort of relate to her. Well this is all based on her character I inferred from the synopsis. I would like to read this book as it will be a change from the happy stories I am currently reading.
    Thanks for having this awesome giveaway!!:)

  22. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I hope I will win the book!

  23. I'm excited for this giveaway, the book sounds great and I love the insight to the characters!

  24. This is a book I'd really love to read.

  25. I'd love to read this book. Sounds like a winner.

  26. I'd love to own and read this book!

  27. I'd love to own and read this book!

  28. sounds like a great read full of romance and suspense

  29. Love the sound of this book and the cover is beautiful. Definitely going on my wishlist!

  30. Olivia and Jude were wonderful characters. I truly enjoyed Emerald City and would love a chance to win it in print :)

  31. The author came from a big family of 5 children. She was also able to list a likes and dislikes for her main characters. She knows them well!

  32. I live in the Emerald City =) & I love to read books that take place here, this one sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. People should lock up their medicine cabinets :[ Poor girl D:

  34. I love the fact you met your husband online, was married 3 months later and after 11 years you're still together. I love stories with happy endings!

  35. The book and the author sound equally interesting. I love the way you met your hope to us who haven't found "Mr. Right" yet.

  36. Thanks for the giveaway

  37. Whoa! I guess the online dating thing really can work. That's comforting for those of us who don't seem to be having any luck the old-fashioned way.

  38. Great giveaway!
    I really enjoyed getting to know a little about you.

  39. I like the blogs where the author's pop in and tell us random facts. It sometimes helps explain parts/plot twists in the books.
    Great giveaway. Even if I don't win, will add it to my TBR pile. thanks for the chance to win

  40. I love the fun facts. I especially like that Jude has an obsession with vintage tee shirts.

  41. I live near the emerald city and would love to read this author.



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