For What It's Worth

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Day 8: The Crossroads Blog Tour & Kindle Giveaway! Jackie Morse Kessler and Judith Graves

Welcome to the final day of The Crossroads Blog Tour!

I hope you’ve had fun following the tour. Today is the LAST day to get your research answers in to tour host Judith Graves for a chance to win a KINDLE pre loaded with books from ALL 13 participating tour authors! Details are at the end of this post.

Thank you to Judith Graves for inviting me to join The Crossroads Blog Tour this year. It was a great opportunity to discover new authors and to interview authors that have been favorites of mine for a long time now.


Karen: I love your Riders of the Apocalypse series. Each book has tackled a difficult subject. HUNGER - anorexia, RAGE - self-injury and LOSS - bullying. How did you come up with the idea to combine the riders of the apocalypse with these issues?

Jackie: Thank you!  I had the idea for HUNGER – an anorexic teenage girl becomes the new Famine – for ten years before I started writing the book. I had many influences there, including Neil Gaiman, Sir Terry Pratchett, Piers Anthony and Marvel Comics. I’m a former bulimic, and I wanted to write a book that exposed eating disorders for what they are. When the book sold, my agent said to me, “So which Horseman are you going to write about next?” And I was like, NEXT???  Self-injury and War’s Sword seemed a good fit. As for bullying and Pestilence, I think bullying is a disease that’s run rampant—especially these days, when cruelty can be so casual, thanks to the Internet’s so-called anonymity.


Karen: Can you tell us what BREATH, the fourth and final book in the series is about? Please say Death (my favorite character) get his own story? lol

Jackie: DEATH GETS HIS OWN STORY!!!  It looks at depression and suicide. (Having Death’s book be about sunshine and rainbows feels off somehow…)

Karen: YAY for Death! Okay…that sounds weird but I stand by it! I can’t wait for his story! ( Pre-order Breath (Riders of the Apocalypse) – a portion of the proceeds will be donated to To Write Love On Her Arms)

Time for some Halloween fun!

Jackie: Hooray!

Karen: Would you spend a night in a haunted house?

Jackie: Heck, no. I’ve watched Supernatural. I know the deal.

Karen: If you could make a magic brew, what would you make? Why?

Jackie: Ooh. Magic? So, like, anything would be possible? I would TOTALLY make myself TALLER. Just a little. Just enough to get better head shots when I spar in tae kwon do.

Karen: At 5”, that would probably be at the top of list too!

Thank you Jackie!

Author links: Website | Twitter | Books



Karen: Your mention on your website that you love tragic romance, werewolves, vampires and magic. Name your favorite book or movie for each and tell us why they're your favorite.

6185While I’m an avid reader, I’m also a huge horror movie buff, so I’ll take the movie option. Don’t blame me if I can’t limit myself to one favourite – there are just so many classics worth mentioning.
~ Tragic romance: Wuthering Heights – alright, we’re starting off with a book and happy am I to recommend that you read Emily Bronte’s classic gothic novel first. Then, dry your tears and dive into the many film adaptations.  Ghosts, mist, moors, brooding heroes, and rebellious heroines. Dysfunctional relationships, sure, but the drama! The romance! My fav is the 1970 production staring Timothy Dalton….oh my.

MV5BMTI1MjIwMjQ3NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTY3NDc3Mg@@._V1._SY317_~ Werewolves: An American Werewolf in London is hands down the greatest werewolf film I’ve seen. It has a Buffyesque dark humour and yet inspires nightmares – the perfect blend in a horror flick. The special effects were ahead of their time, the acting / directing / cinematography – to DIE for. If you haven’t seen this film yet – get it. Now.

Another great in the wolfy genre comes in not one, but three movies, the Ginger Snaps series filmed and produced in Canada. Besides all the amazing werewolf lore and pop culture references, you’ll never think of sisterhood the same again.

10690~ Vampires: If you’re going to appreciate a solid vampire film, you have to have a well-rounded foundation – hence – another book. Read Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, then take in two film adaptations, Bela Lugosi in the 1931 movie, and Gary Oldman in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 version. From there, I suggest you brush up on the original Lost Boys and Fright Night (the 2011 take had its moments – DAVID TENNANT!), as well as the Underworld series and, of course, 30 Days of Night.

images-4~ Magic: The Craft (1996)– it’s Mean Girls with magical powers. Nuf said.

Thanks for the cool question, Karen. I feel a movie binge coming on.

Thank you Judith! Great choices, especially for this time of year.

Judith Graves is the author of the Paranormal YA Skinned series, as well as co-authoring the upcoming Most-Wanted Monsters series with Dawn Dalton beginning with Killer's Instinct (Book #1). Coming soon!


Author links: Blog | Twitter | Goodreads


Grand Prize and How the Crossroads Tour works:

Each day of The Crossroads Blog Tour, a new research question will be revealed on The Crossroad Blog Tour main page and each day the answer to that question will be found within one of the different blog posts by Crossroads Tour authors. Your job is to get the question, read the blog posts, and collect all answers by the end of the tour.

Answers are to be emailed to tour host, Judith Graves by October 28th at MIDNIGHT. Winner of the grand prize will be announced on OCTOBER 31st – HALLOWEEN.

The GRAND PRIZE you’re vying for? A brand new KINDLE, preloaded with a title from each of the participating Crossroads Blog Tour Authors. That’s right folks, a free KINDLE preloaded with 13 free titles from the participating authors!


Crossroads Blog tour: Main page | Twitter
Twitter chat hosted by Mundie Moms on Monday 1/29 from 8-9 CST/ 9-10 EST

The Crossroads Blog Tour swag pack giveaway!

Leave a comment and I’ll pick two people to win swag provided by the blog tour authors!

Winner announced tomorrow!

Leave an email address / twitter handle or way that I can contact you if you win. International ok.


  1. Yeah Death is not really the sunshine kind of person

  2. This tour was fun!! The answers to some of the questions were funny. I especially loved your questions. #Truth :)


  3. What a fun interview! Good luck to everyone who entered...

  4. Great post ! I need to check these books out :)


  6. So glad you enjoyed the tour, Karen! I know all the authors are appreciative of our fab Crossroads blogger friends. Hope to have you on the roster for next year. ;)

  7. I love Jackie Kessler's stuff! I still need to read Loss, need to do that soon.
    PS, Supernatural really does teach you all kinds of great lessons ;D
    Great interview.