Deadly Destinations: Aprilynne Pike’s Tavia Michaels on Portsmouth, NH & win EARTHBOUND + swag

July 22, 2013 Deadly Destinations, Giveaways, Guests 36

Today’s Deadly Destination is from Aprilynne Pike‘s Tavia Michaels on Portsmouth, New Hampshire from EARTHBOUND (published on July 30, 2013 by Razorbill). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Aprilynne Pike’s Tavia Michaels on Portsmouth, New Hampshire from EARTHBOUND

I never wanted to be in Portsmouth. Truth be told, I’d rather have been anywhere else in the entire world. Because being in Portsmouth means that everything has changed and that I can no longer live in Michigan, where I’d been my whole life.

I guess it’s okay. It’s by the ocean. And even though most people say that the Great Lakes are so big they’re like the ocean, when I’m standing on the shore, it’s the opposite for me: the ocean reminds me of Lake Michigan.

Except for the salt. I can’t escape that smell. It’s not bad, it’s just not home.

I do love the houses. They’re so old here. Portsmouth dates back to the mid 1600’s and there are several unthinkably old building here that they keep in good shape.

If you must visit Portsmouth be sure you go see:

1.)   The shoreline. Even with the salt, it’s so beautiful. In particular, go to where the Piscataqua River flows into the Atlantic. The Maine/New Hampshire state boundary line runs right down the middle of the river. I’ve always loved the idea that I could literally swim to another state. Maybe someday I will.

2.)   The Sagamore Creek Land. Full of trees and, of course, it’s eponymous river, you could literally lose yourself in Sagamore Creek forest and simply never come out again.

3.)   The library. My home away from home. The library is actually a much more modern and airy structure than Ms. Pike gives it credit for. Newly renovated, it’s the perfect place to sit and read, or dream, or chat, or . . . do practically anything.

But seriously, avoid:

1.)   Park Street. Don’t be fooled by all those pretty old buildings. Nothing good happens on Park Street. Nothing.

2.)   The new business complex just north of the historical district. My shrink’s office is there. Even I avoid that. When I can. Which isn’t often.

3.)   Reese’s special snooty food store. Not that there’s anything really wrong with the store itself. It’s the house on the corner that I can see from the parking lot. Except when I can’t see it at all. Just, trust me, don’t go there.

I guess it’s okay here. But don’t expect me to got to NHU when I graduate.

Tavia Michaels

 Critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.

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Available on July 30, 2013 by Razorbill


Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia will soon to discover that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. But Tavia must make a choice: to come into her own powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata, or choose free will and a love of her own.

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36 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Aprilynne Pike’s Tavia Michaels on Portsmouth, NH & win EARTHBOUND + swag”

  1. Jasmyn

    This sounds very interesting – I love new secret society intent on destroying things – and of course the people who try to stop them. It makes for wonderful stories.

  2. Vivien

    Do you prefer writing from a male or female point of view?

  3. Brittany Elsen

    How did writing this book compare to your other books? Love the cover!

  4. Natalie

    This sounds interesting! I heard they were giving away Earth Bound shirts at SDCC…I wish I’d been there 😀

  5. Michele A

    Thanks for the giveaway….looks very interesting. Will have to read this one.

  6. Denise Z

    I am having so much fun with the Deadly Destinations, finding so many new (to me) authors and books. Earth Bound is new to me and after reading about Portsmouth I am definitely intrigued 😉 Thank you for sharing with us and for this treat of a giveaway opportunity.

  7. Diamond Dee

    Why does the Lake Michigan remind her of the ocean and not “the other way around”?

    I love the cover of your book! It’s stunning! 😀

  8. Kathy L.

    For Aprilynne Have you or would you want to swim to another state?

  9. Tamara

    This book sounds great! Where is your favorite place to write?

  10. Natasha

    Sounds like an awesome read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Julia Rain

    Any main character who uses the word “eponymous” instantly wins me over. 🙂 And I also want to swim to another state!

  12. Tiffany Drew

    Portsmouth, that’s right near me! Only a ten minute drive away, we go there all the time. Especially to the ocean! Will definitely have to read this for sure, thank you!

  13. Kai W.

    The book sounds so intriguing. A secret society to destroy the world. A heroine who has been protected by her parents to stay safe and now has to save the world. I love the storyline. Thanks for the book description and the giveaway.

  14. Bridget Howard

    I loved Aprilynne’s Wings series and I was lucky enough to read an E-ARC of Earthbound and I loved it!!! I can’t wait for the next book!

  15. Carl

    I don’t think I’d really like to be in Portsmouth either. Sure it’s by the ocean but that ocean’s too cold, as is the rest of the weather most of the time. Give me some place a little more southerly. Thanks

  16. Gloria Fritz

    Looks like a great book, and I loved the wings serie from Aprilynne Pike !
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  17. Viki S.

    I loved the WINGS series and hope you have great success with Earthbound. How long after WINGS did it take to start forming this one in your head or was it happening at the same time?

  18. sarah k

    I can’t wait to read this book, I have heard such good things about it.

  19. Rachel S

    I have been looking forward to reading this book for so long! I am SO excited it is finally releasing!!!

  20. Texas Book Lover

    This book sounds very interesting! Very deep!

  21. Joani S

    This sounds good, I’ll have to check it out. What are your thoughts on audiobooks? Do you listen to them at all?

  22. Jolene A

    Sounds like something I would love!! Crossing fingers!

  23. Chelsea B.

    If the library is alright to go into, it can’t be so bad 😉

  24. Viviana

    Mrs. Pike Do you have a favorite character in this book? Why?

  25. Cecilia

    Sounds good! And the cover is really pretty, one of the prettiest I have seen so far, congrats!

  26. Darith Ly

    Wow, this looks great! Aprilynne, how did you get the idea for this book?