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Authors are Rockstars Tour: Guestpost with Elizabeth Norris & Giveaway (US only)

12 Aug 2013

Hey Guys! Welcome to my post for the Authors are Rockstars Tour :) I'll be hosting the lovely Elizabeth Norris, author of Unravelling and recently released Unbreakable today!

Why is Elizabeth Norris a rockstar? Is that really a question? OF COURSE SHE'S A ROCKSTAR!!!!! Her 2012 debut Unravelling was one of my favourite books last year. BEN WAS SO KIND AND DROOL-WORTHY! She writes the best characters, heart pounding action and also the most unexpected but perfect ending ever<3 Liz is also incredibly nice and friendly on twitter as well!

I have a guest post from Elizabeth Norris on Theories of the Universe that she looked into to set into the motion her parallel world theory.

When I first started writing Unraveling, I knew Ben Michaels would have a big secret. As I was brainstorming and outlining, I planned that the big reveal would be that he was an alien(!). Only that had been done before, quite a bit actually, and when I thought too much about it something about having an alien love interest struck me as a little strange and maybe even…creepy.
So I scrapped that idea and started trying to think of where else Ben could be from.
It just so happened that the US Postal Service served as my inspiration. They delivered my issue of Scientific American and the cover looked like this:

It wasn’t the first that I’d ever heard of the multiverse, but the article made me think (and scratch my head a little at some of the things I didn’t understand). One of the ideas I found so interesting was that there could be an infinite number of multiple universes—that they could be separated by only one small and seemingly insignificant difference.

When I finished the article, I started scouring the internet for everything I could find on the multiverse: I read everything from hardcore scientific articles and journal excerpts (those were hard) to random conspiracy theories on angelfire sites (those were strange) and then I even spent a weekend with a rented movie (The One) the complete first season of two of my favorite shows in high school (The X-Files and Sliders) and a documentary (Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives).

Then I sat down at the computer and wrote up the “rules” for the world(s) of Unraveling. It’s a combination of things inspired by research, pop culture that I love, whatever I could come up with in my own mind. 

*squeals* I don't think I would've minded if Ben was an alien! hahaha it's the heart that matters<3 I wish I was as imaginative as as Liz, in fact, I wish I was imagination, period! Looks like I'll have to check out The One, and Sliders soon :)

Elizabeth has also kindly offered TWO copies of either Unravelling or Unbreakable with swag!!! It's for US only.  Simply leave a comment with a way to contact you to enter!<3 


  1. That's so cool! I'm a total science nerd and loved how the science-fiction aspects of the story were backed with science-fact/theory. If you need to contact me-which would be awesome if I got the book-my email is
    I'm part of the tour as well, but my stop isn't until the end of the month. I love these books though and am about to start Unbreakable!

  2. I also am a science nerd, used to be a science teacher until I got my library job this year. And I love when the science fiction in a story can be somewhat realistic. If I win, my email is buffywnabe at gmail dot com. I'm also part of the tour, my post is coming up this week! Be sure to stop by.

  3. I loved Unraveling, one of my favorite books. I can tell from her book that she is a science nerd and I love it. X-Files was so good.


  4. Hey Shirley I love this post Sliders is still one of my favorite TV series! Thanks so much for being a tour host!


  5. Whoo! I totally agrtee with you Shirley, Ben is quiet drool-able but also he is so kind.
    You can reach me at either
    Twitter: @KatN21
    Email: katnequette(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. I absolutely loved Unraveling! Ben!!! Gah. I seriously need to go read Unbreakable now.

    kellis_amberlee at yahoo dot com

  7. I really need to read Liz's books.

    bookaholicholly at gmail dot com

  8. I have been wanting to read Unraveling ever since I heard it compared to X-Files!

  9. I need a finished copy of Unbreakable to match my finished copy of Unraveling! Ben was super swoony! gah. I can't wait to see what Liz comes up with next!

  10. Dang, Ben sounds like a simply frabiously awesome character! I like him already! Can't wait to read this book!

  11. I really want to read these! :)

  12. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I can't wait to read this series!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  13. I have been wanting to check out this series. I would Love to win!!


  14. great interview thanks for the chance to win a great book.

  15. I absolutely loved Unraveling! I haven't read Unbreakable yet, but I will soon!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  16. I love this series so much! Thank goodness Elizabeth saw that magazine about the multiverse or we wouldn't have this awesome premise :D

  17. Love this series! It's one of my all-time favorites :D

    teenysez at gmail dot com

  18. I have the first book! :D


  19. WOW!! That is an awesome story for how the book came to be:)

  20. Hah, Ben as an alien. That boggles my mind. :D

    No need to enter me in the giveaway (since I've read both books!), but good luck to everyone else! You scifi lovers are in for a treat.

    I enjoyed this guest post, thanks for hosting it, Miss Shirley. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  21. I love hearing about all the research authors do to make sure their books make some kind of sense! I have been wanting to read this series, and I also think it's pretty cool that it's only a duology. Thanks :)

    centerstagegirly AT yahoo DOT com

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! Email:

  23. I love this Elizabeth's books to death! Thank you for the giveaway!!

    thereviewsnews (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. I really loved Unraveling, and I can't wait to read Unbreakable! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    letty1614 (at) yahoo (dot) com


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