Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Year, New Books Day 21: Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam + Elusion

Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
-authors of Elusion (March 18th, 2014)

This gif is so perfect. Everything about Claudia and Cheryl speaks of elegance, including their upcoming release, Elusion!

Title: Elusion
Author(s): Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Shelves: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publication Date: March 18th, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books


Summary from Goodreads: Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

What is your dream cast for ELUSION?

Well, funny you should ask!

Ever since ELUSION was optioned for a movie by SilverReel and FlynnPictureCo. (http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2013/07/31/elusion-claudia-gabel-cheryl-klam-optioned/) we’ve spent quite a bit (in other words, too much) time dreaming about what it might be like to see ELUSION on the big screen.  But, truth be told, we had it cast a long time ago. When we began writing together, we found that imagining actors in the lead roles helped us envision the character. The list is fluid, but here’s who we currently see as the stars…

The heroine, Regan: She’s smart, resilient and capable, but still recovering from the death of her dad.  In the beginning of the book she’s trying to keep herself together and take care of her mom, but by the end, she’s struggling to save a whole lot more.

And so we cast…

Elizabeth Olsen. (Martha Marcy May Marline; Silent House)

Alluring yet mysterious, Elizabeth’s choice of roles reflect her wide range. She may appear to be the girl-next-door, but it’s obvious she’s a complex character. What secrets is she hiding behind those baby blues?

The hero, Josh: A former military school student, he’s incredibly intelligent and doesn’t hesitate to kick-ass as necessary, yet he’s surprisingly tender and gentle. He may not be whip-your-head around gorgeous, but you can’t stop looking at him.

And so, we cast….

Dave Franco.  (Warm Bodies; 21 Jumpstreet)

Okay, forget everything we said about not whip-your-head around gorgeous. In our defense, Dave’s also passionate and clever, and we’ve seen him play military AND sensitive. He’s the kind of guy you’d trust with your life. Right?

Patrick, Regan’s best friend: He’s a certified genius and heir to a fortune—who, at the age of nineteen, is running one of the biggest companies in the world. He may have been a nerd as a kid, but he’s now one of the most handsome, eligible bachelors in the country.

And so we cast…

Austin Butler.  (The Carrie Diaries; Life Unexpected)

There’s a sweet playfulness to Austin, yet he looks as if he’s capable of running a Fortune 500 company. Even though he’s obviously the kind of guy who can get any girl he wants, he also seems as if he’d be a loyal friend.

Zoe, Regan’s friend: Shrewd, kind, and devastatingly beautiful, she’s not easily intimidated. She’s a girl who knows what--and who--she wants.

And so we cast:

Kat Graham. (The Vampire Diaries; Honey 2)

It’s easy to envision Kat as a Queen Bee with a heart. Multi-talented, elegant, yet incredibly quick-witted, she’s the kind of girl you’d want in your corner.

Cheryl and Claudia deserve MAJOR hugs for donating this amazing prize: A PERSONALIZED ARC OF ELUSION!! That is a crazy awesome prize, and if you don't want to win this, then I'm JUDGING YOU ;)

Rules of entry:
1) US
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4) Take the time to read this post with Cheryl and Claudia, not just enter the giveaway. All the authors featured in New Year, New Books are crazy busy, and deserve as much love and attention as any giveaway you enter.
5) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email; otherwise, I will be forced to pick a new winner.
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***Grand Prize Giveaway***
2 Surprise 2014 ARCs + swag
Yep, these will be from my own shelf. Yep, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. Yep, it is a surprise and I am not telling you what the ARCs will be but here's an idea of what MIGHT be in it:

Any of these books are fair game! But in the end, the winner will only get 2. And I promise that the surprise ARCs will be good:)

Here are the rules of entry:
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  1. I really like the cast! And I really love the cover! And I really can't wait to read Elusion! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  2. I have heard really amazing reviews for this so far!! Very excited! LOVE that cover! Their dream cast is awesome, too! I haven't read the book yet, but I can totally see those actors fitting into that world, just based on the synopsis and knowing who they are and what their acting is like.

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  3. I love seeing authors' dream casts for the movie versions. I think it helps me envision the characters better, while also forming my own picture of them in my mind.

    So excited for this giveaway. Elusion sounds and looks awesome. I can only imagine what the cover looks like in person.

  4. WHY????? I want to read ELUSION too!!!!!!

  5. This book sounds awesome!!! Love the cover. Great dream cast. :)

  6. The cover is amazing! It just seems like an awesome book! I REALLY WANT THIS BOOK! *fingers crossed*

  7. It makes sense that authors would envision actors to portray the characters in their books. At least, when I read books, that's what I do.

  8. Ooo pretty cover!! :D I've heard lots of good things about this book and I really look forward to reading it! And I love that cast list!! :D

  9. *squeal* I'm looking forward to reading this !

  10. This cover is MIND-BLOWING! It's looks so magical! Like I could literally just fly away while reading it.

  11. I love love love the cast! Mmm Dave Franco :) <3
    The cover and the synopsis are amazing, I've had this on my tbr for a while now! I can't wait to read it :)

  12. I love the cover of this book! The folks who they chose for this cast I think would be perfect!! Can't wait to get my hands on this book!!

  13. Ooo, this sounds good! Such a pretty cover too!

  14. This book looks so good! I think I'll definitely enjoy the world of Elusion. It sounds really interesting.

  15. I've been wanting to read this book since... well, probably since I've found out about this on goodreads last year! What a coincidence that I would happen to find it on your blog too, lol. :D Can't wait! Congrats on getting it optioned for a movie by the way, you guys! You must be excited. I certainly would, heehee uvu

  16. I'm so excited for this book! It looks amazing and the cover is gorgeous! That's an awesome dream cast though, I love Kat Graham.