Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Blog Tour Stop: A Farewell to Charms by Lindsey Leavitt

I am very pleased to be hosting author Lindsey Leavitt today in support of A Farewell to Charms, the conclusion to her Princess for Hire trilogy. Today she stopped by to answer some questions for me.
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Name 3 things we can look forward to reading about in A Farewell to Charms.

REED, Façade’s secrets, Desi’s work life and real life finally coming together.

What was your favorite part to write in this book?

The final two big scenes. I feel like I’ve been writing towards those moments for the last five years. I literally squealed and did a happy dance when I figured out the ending. I think that excitement shows up on the page too.

• In what way is Desi most like you? Least like you?

I was awkward and tall like Desi in junior high, kind of insecure and not sure where I fit. I figured that out more high school, also learned to rely on humor to get me through things. I don’t think I always have Desi’s heart, though I wish I did. She really goes out of her way to help others, regardless of consequence.

I love the covers for this series. Did you have any say or get to share ideas to guide the process?

The overall concept is all Disney. When they showed me the idea for PRINCESS FOR HIRE, I knew it was a winner. So with each cover, I’ve given some overall thoughts. Like for PRINCESS FOR HIRE, I asked to add the Eiffel Tower key chain. And with THE ROYAL TREATMENT, the girl in the mirror was initially closer up, and with a strapless dress I thought she looked a little naked ☺ With A FAREWELL TO CHARMS, we went back and forth which characters should be in the locket. But really, the credit goes to the designers, who have been able to make each book mirror the content, but also created a lovely trilogy that looks gorgeous lined up on the shelf. (I can attest to that, I love seeing them all lined up together :)

Like Desi, I love classic films. My favorite Old Hollywood actress is Vivien Leigh. Who is yours and why? 

Oh, I love Vivien Leigh! Girl had that eyebrow raise down to a science. Although I love loads of actresses and movies from the forties, fifties and sixties, I’m an Audrey Hepburn girl, through and through. I grew up watching her movies, and she was just a really elegant and kind person. I admire her so much.

This or That Questions:

Sweet or salty? Sweet AND salty! Salted caramel hot chocolate with whip cream
Heels or flats? Flats for everyday, heels for when I’m going for Amazon Woman. I’m 5’10”, so in six-inchers, I’m sometimes the tallest person in the room, which means it’s easier to find my friends.
Cats or dogs? Oh dogs. Mostly at dog parks, where I take my kids to play with other people’s pets. Because both animals have hair that makes me sneeze/looks bad on my black shirts.
Early bird or night owl? Night owl. Woo woo.
The book or the movie? The book. Please. Sometimes the book AND the movie, but if it’s an or choice, words win.

Thank you so much for stopping by Lindsey-t was great to get to know a little bit more about one of my favorite authors! A reminder to readers, I will have a review of A Farewell to Charms up later today as well as a giveaway of one of the books so be sure to check back!


  1. She sounds like an adorable person :)

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  2. Great interview!
    I have heard wonderful things about Lindsey Leavitt and will be sure to try one of her books soon!

  3. What a fun interview. I love getting to know authors better. I've read the first book in this series but I haven't picked up the later ones. I better get to it! :)

  4. Salted caramel hot chocolate with whip cream? I think I love you already, Lindsey -- I'm a sweet and salty girl too, so I need to try that as soon as possible! :') I love it when the covers actually mirror what's inside of the book (although B and I can both attest to having weaknesses for pretty girls in pretty dresses LOL), but I love that your covers are Disney-inspired! That's SO FUN! :)

    Love this interview! It's really cool to know a little bit more about Lindsey -- makes me want to read her book more! ;) <3

  5. Façade’s secrets! I can't wait to learn more about them! :D


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