Thursday, June 16, 2011
Cinder and Ella Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway
Welcome to the Cinder and Ella Virtual Book Tour!
In Cinder and Ella, the familiar tale of Cinderella is told in a new and very different way. With all the usual fairy tale elements, Cinder and Ella manages to rise above the usual fairy tale with some very unique ideas. I'll be posting a review later, but for this book tour I thought I'd talk about what I thought was one of the most interesting ideas in the book.
Cinder and Ella tells the story of two sisters who have a poor home life since their father disappeared. The prince, a man who surely seems to be involved in something dark and sinister, began to visit their home. After their father disappeared, things began to fall apart at home. A dark cloud settled over their home, and their family was never the same. The only thing that gave Cinder and Ella hope was the fact that their father's tree still stood. It was said that every life essence was tied to a tree, and if your tree was healthy and thriving then the person was alive. If your tree is ever killed, then you can no longer survive.
Cinder and Ella's father was a willow tree, with branches that could shade and protect them. Ella's tree was a fruit tree, giving good fruit to sustain and restore people. Naturally, this got me thinking. What would be my tree? I've always loved willow, and I'd like to think that I provide protection to my family. Or maybe a Loblolly pine. They are native to where I grew up, and they always remind me of home. We are currently trying to nurture a plumeria tree. Plumerias will always remind me of living in Hawaii and all the experiences I had there. It makes me think of friendship, fun, and love.
So what tree would you be? Something practical? Something fun? Let me know what you think!
And now, the giveaway.
I have an ARC or e-book of Cinder and Ella up for grabs. If you are from the US or Canada, you can have your choice of ARC or e-book. If you are from any other country in the world, your option is e-book only (to save on shipping).
To enter all you have to do is one of the following:
-Become a fan of Melissa Lemon on Goodreads
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You must do at least one to enter, but you will get 1 additional entry for each additional one you do. Additionally, you can get one entry for Tweeting about this giveaway.
This giveaway will go from June 17th to the end of the book tour on June 30th. The winner will be picked by random.org on July 1st. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
To enter, just fill out the form below. Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!