Guest Post: Eve Marie Mont & Giveaway

Eve Marie Mont is the debut author of A Breath of Eyre, the first in the Unbound trilogy to be released March 27, 2012 by Kensington Books. Click here to read chapter one.

Get lost in a good book. Literally.

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…

Classic Retellings: A Breath of Eyre & the Unbound Series

I've had the idea for A Breath of Eyre rattling around in my head for years, long before literary retellings became a hot trend. By the way, I'm a huge fan of retellings myself. There's something so fun about recognizing familiar aspects of a beloved story and then watching how the author twists and spins them. Some of my favorites include Robin McKinley’s Beauty, Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary, and April Lindner's Jane. I also enjoy books that aren't necessarily retellings but have a strong literary component, for example, Lesley Livingston's Wondrous Strange series (allusions to Shakespeare plays abound) and Kelly Creagh's Nevermore (which incorporates the work of Edgar Allan Poe). I am an English teacher, after all!

Since I first read Jane Eyre in eleventh grade, it has been my favorite book, one I return to again and again and that never loses its fascination for me. Every time I read those long passages between Jane and Edward and watch their relationship evolve from master-employee to star-crossed soul mates, I am swept up in the romance of it all over again. Because Mr. Rochester is the ultimate bad boy: dark, arrogant, and moody, but not beyond hope. And Jane is the ultimate heroine to redeem him: strong, intelligent, moral, and unafraid to speak her mind. I knew I wanted my protagonist, Emma, to step into her shoes as she awakens to first love and discovers her own strength of character.

It's no wonder, then, that I chose Jane Eyre as the first book Emma would lose herself to in my Unbound series. The most exciting part of the writing process for me was recreating scenes of Jane Eyre from a modern girl's perspective, wondering how Emma would respond to Jane's fashion sense, using a chamber pot, being without cell phone or computer or electricity. But strangely, Emma ends up falling in love with this simpler nineteenth century world, and with its dashing hero, Edward Rochester. When Emma returns to her real world, she must decide where she truly belongs. Adding to her dilemma is her childhood friend, Gray Newman, a brooding lifeguard with a haunted past. Gray is the real life counterpart to Rochester, and Emma realizes that her contemporary world may be just as important to her happiness as her fictional one.

The second book in the series is loosely based on The Scarlet Letter, but Emma doesn’t so much get lost in this story as she gets trapped. While The Scarlet Letter wasn't my favorite book in high school (Hawthorne can be so dense and long winded!), I loved the storyline and thought it was so tragic and relevant, even today. Wherever there are judgmental people, the book will resonate. And since the trilogy is set at an exclusive prep school, there are LOTS of judgmental characters to go around. The Scarlet Letter's themes seemed perfect for continuing Emma's character development as she navigates her way through sex, secrets, and scandal.

Finally, I chose The Phantom of the Opera for the final book in the series because I love Gothic novels and wanted to raise the stakes of Emma's "book traveling" and put her in some real danger AND of course, send her to Paris! (I’m really hoping to work in a research trip for this one!) This will be the darkest of the three books, and I have quite a few bombshells planned for the finale. I can’t for people to read it!

Thanks so much for hosting me, Petra! Happy reading!

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Eve is giving away a signed copy of A Breath of Eyre. To enter, fill out the form below. The winner will be announced on this blog post at the conclusion of the contest and notified. Open to US Only. Good luck!

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  1. I love this! can't wait for March 27 :))

  2. I've been looking forward to this book already - and JANE EYRE is the book I SOBBED over in high school, too. I didn't realize this is the first of a series though - how awesome! They all sound fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway, posting this on my FB, too!

  3. What a wonderful post. This book has been on my radar for awhile. It would be wonderful to win a signed copy. Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. I can't wait to read this! I'm always looking for YA companions to the classics commonly taught in high school. The fact there is going to be a series based around other classics has the teacher in me totally geeking out.

  5. This looks like a great read. Thanks for sharing!
    Latoya aka Cricket

  6. I'm so excited for this book and I love Jane Eyre! Thanks for the interview! Megan S.

  7. I have been looking forward to this for a while! I hope I win.

  8. I can't wait for this book. I geek out SO much for Jane Eyre! Great post and thanks for the giveaway :)

  9. I rediscovered Jane Eyre last year because of the new movie. This sounds great-- thanks for the giveaway!


  10. I've been looking forward to reading this one for a while!! Great interview & I am really excited about the third book being based on The Phantom of the Opera!!



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