Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Susannah Applebaum Author Post (giveaway)++++

Today we welcome Susannah Applebaum. 










My name is Susannah Appelbaum, and I am the author of The Poisons of Caux trilogy from Knopf. The first in the series is The Hollow Bettle, and the second, The Tasters Guild, was just released. The books are a dark adventure in botany—the story of poisons and tasters, and ultimately, the battle over ancient knowledge of nature. They feature a girl named Poison Ivy, and her taster-friend Rowan.


They also feature ink.

The first book, in the hardcover edition, was printed in green ink (even the illustrations!). The Tasters Guild follows in blue. But this time the story itself revolves around ink, from a deadly and powerful plant—long thought extinct. A plant called scourge bracken.

Scourge bracken has fallen into the wrong hands—first, into the capable yet duplicitous ones of a forger named Dumbcane. But soon the weed tires of the man, and searches out someone with more power. And since this is Caux, there are no shortage of wicked people. Scourge bracken has another name, one that a few dare only whisper: Kingmaker. For one thing is true: scourge bracken will stop at nothing to rule.

As the wise man Axlerod D. Roux says, “It will leave the fields burnt and smoldering, the forests blighted and crumbling, the rivers poisoned and black, and then—as you stand amid the rubble—only then, will you be king.”

Now, that’s some ink!

Here’s a recipe for another one from Axle’s famed Field Guide to the Poisons of Caux—followed by a warning no one should ignore.

A good and durable ink may be made by the following directions: 3 drams of clear rain water, a vessel of powdered galls and a sizable bath of eau de vie. Add gum Arabic and rasped logwood. Warm with summer’s sun or winter’s fire for 2 days. Strain.
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Under no circumstances should you distill an ink or dye from an unknown weed or untested recipe, for this might very well result in unforeseen and highly unpleasant consequences.



Thank You Susannah for dropping by and giving us a little knowledge.   I personally think it's kicking the books are printed in color. That doesn't happen often.

There are some other great stops on this blog tour you should check out.

Tuesday, August 24th – http://teenreads.com/
Friday, August 27th - http://suvudu.com/

Don't forget to visit Susannah Applebaum HERE




Would you like to win 1 of 4 ARC copies of Poisons of Caux; The Tasters Guild (book 2)? (please note the ARC's are in regular black ink.)

These books are awesome. In the back of the books they have a list of plants and what they are for. It's kickin'.

Here is how you can win!

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23 comments:

Summer Ross said...

what age are these books for?

Roof Beam Reader said...

The cover art for The Hollow Bettle is fantastic!

Cleverly Inked said...

Ages 9-12

Beverly said...

These look great - I love the "ink" part! The covers are great and I bet my middle schoolers would love them!
Thanks for the interview and for hosting!

Martha Lawson said...

Oh, I've got two grands that would love these colorful books!!

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Emily said...

See, this is definitely one of my favorite things about book blogs- I was unfamiliar with these books before reading this post and not only did I get turned on to fun new books but I learned something new and had a chance to win a cool prize! Thank you! :D

Melanie L said...

These books sound great, and they have such great covers too. I need to look for these for my daughter.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

These look so awesome!! I love that they are done in colored ink!! Thanks so much for the contest!

Tore said...

I am a follower. These books sound great. Tore923@aol.com

Deedles said...

These sound like great books. Love that the ink is colored and love the covers.

lulilut said...

My daughter would love these books. The covers are beautiful and I really like the idea that the each book is printed with its own color. Thanks for the interview!

Leah (aka Mary_not_Martha) said...

Wow - so unique! I'd love to read these. The covers look great too!

Aik said...

I'd love to read these books! They sound awesome!

Darlyn said...

It has marvelous book cover!

Colleen Turner said...

The cover art is simply gorgeous and I love the idea of the colored ink! I haven't seen that before.
Thanks for the giveaway!
candc320@gmail.com

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Adorable!
The art is totally frame worthy :)
(not an entry)

Riv Re said...

Very cool! I love colored ink! (Wolves of Mercy Falls, anyone?)

Patty said...

These books look totally interesting and unique...

Kristen said...

Love the book covers and they seem like some fun books! :)

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I think these books sounds really good - like something great for my students. I too love the colored ink!

Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) said...

The covers are fantastic, what ages are the books for? It sounds like something that my students would like.

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

i don't think I've ever read a book printed in color. Amazing, I never thought about someone doing this.

Charlotte said...

I enjoyed the first book lots, and am looking forward to this one!