Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Q+A with Ruth Frances Long + The Treachery of Beautiful Things Swag Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Ruth Frances Long.  Ruth is the author of The Treachery of Beautiful Things.

Keep reading for a chance to win a The Treachery of Beautiful Things bookmark and postcard.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

I've been writing as long as I can remember, and probably making up stories before that. Certainly by the time I was a teenager I was writing novels, because I remember getting caught in German class writing in a copybook under the table. Still don't know any German.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  I've always loved paranormal and fantasy stories. I started out on the Hobbit and Greek legends. And of course Ireland, where I live, is rife with myths and legends. All part of the psyche, perhaps?

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

Flying. I was going to pick teleportation, not because I'm lazy but because I could avoid going out in the rain. But then I figured if I could fly I could go above the rain clouds and it would generally be a lot more fun. I would have to get over my fear of heights though. But if I could fly, I wouldn't need to worry about falling. So win win.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

  The Treachery of Beautiful Things is dark and mysterious, ful of beautiful creatures you can't really trust, much like the Realm of the Fae and the Fae themselves. It's action packed, full of adventure and a dash of romance with a fae boy, with torturous secrets of his own. Jenny is a heroine who learns to save herself and others, and that true strength lies within.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

This is SUCH a difficult question. The characters are so real to me in their own right that I can't really imagine someone else playing them. That said... I'll try.

Jenny - Need to be strong, but vulnerable. Someone like Saoirse Ronan or Emma Watson.

Jack - One of my friends on Twitter told me she pictured Jeremy Sumpter, which I can totally see. I also imagined Andrew Lee Potts as Hatter in Alice, or Brad Kavanagh from House of Anubis. It think its mostly about the pathos with this character. I'd love to see him come to life.

Oberon - Intensity is the key here, someone like Gerard Butler?

Titania - Michelle Pfeiffer. I love Michelle Pfeiffer.

Puck... I actually can't even begin to imagine who could play Puck...

I'd love to know what readers think and who they would pick. My ideas are totally subjective.

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.

Thank you Ruth for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Ruth Long and her books, please visit her website.

**The Treachery of Beautiful Things Swag Giveaway**

We are giving away a The Treachery of Beautiful Things bookmark and postcard to one lucky winner.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post and include your email address so we may contact you if you win.  This giveaway is to US mailing addresses only.  Giveaway ends September 13, 2012 midnight EST.


  1. I love it when authors cast their characters - and this book sounds so good and original:)

    Great post:)

    Thank you:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  2. This sounds like an incredible book! I'll definitely be checking it out.
    katy (dot) sozaeva (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Sounds very interesting, and original!

    Great post! Thank for the giveaway!

    lightningtheif2005 @ gmail . com

  4. I am in the mood for a good paranormal like this one. It took me away reading about the trees swallowing him. Then, she has the courage to walk through the trees. Would love to win and read it.

  5. I have heard so many fantastic things about this book already and would be honored to win it. :)

  6. I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  7. Great Q&A with Ruth Frances Long!

    I just got this book in the mail today. I look forward to reading it soon! Thank you for the swag giveaway! :)


  8. Great post!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    kimberly.a.shook (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. The book sounds good. Nice cover.


  10. Happy Birthday. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book.

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  12. I've really been wanting to read The Treachery of Beautiful Things. Thanks so much for the chance to win!


  13. EJ, I like how Ruth cast her characters! I'm curious about the interaction of Jack and Jenny! Enjoyed the interview!

    barbs562 AT gmail DOT com

  14. Great interview guys. I am with you, flying is a great ability to have. Nice choice. I love books on the Fae and I love that cover, just gorgeous. I love the actors you chose for your characters especially Jeremy Sumpter. Sweet Jesus he is gorgeous! Great interview and giveaway guys, thank you so much :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. Hello! Thank you for the giveaway!

  16. Great interview! I love coming to blogs and learning about new authors! The book sounds amazing, and will be going on my TBR pile. :D mmmmm Gerard Butler! Now I can see him playing someone in the book lol. Thank you for the great giveaway.