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Monday, January 23, 2012

Character Interview: Velvet from The Forgetting Curve by Angie Smibert + Giveaway!

We are winding down to just a few dystopian authors to be featured for DD2. But hey, who says that's the end of this event? Watch out for DD2 Part 2, where we will be featuring Apocalypsies!

I have read Memento Nora, the first book in the series and I tell you IT IS AWESOME. It's one of my favorite 2011 reads and I am so excited for the sequel, The Forgetting Curve to hit the shelves soon! Today we have Velvet, a character from The Forgetting Curve. It's always interesting to know the thoughts of the characters outside the book, so... READ ON!

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Book of Velvet

The Forgetting Curve is a sequel to Memento Nora, but the story is told from the point of view of a few new or newish characters, including Winter’s best friend (whom you met briefly in the first book), Velvet Kowalcyk. (The other points of views are from Winter and her cousin, Aiden.)

When I asked Velvet if I could interview her for this blog post, her response was typical Velvet:

“Don’t give yourself away. Book of Velvet. Chapter 23, Verse 3. Not for free at least.”

As you can see, Velvet is a regular little Sun Tzu. (You know, the ancient Chinese philosopher-general who wrote the Art of War. Yeah, that guy.) In fact, I think she stole the above pearl of “sagiosity” from him, sort of. Velvet sees life as a battle and ascribes to her wisdom to her unwritten, ever-growing tome, the Book of Velvet. Even her friends call it that. So I thought I’d share a few of the other chapters and verses from this work-in-progress:

Do not wear fishnet stockings and a boiled wool skirt to a dank garage. Or any garage. In June. Book of Velvet. Chapter 47, Verse 233.

Do not run. Book of Velvet. Chapter 3, Verse 12. Not from or toward anything.

Don’t talk to fools when you’re still mad at them. Or yourself. Book of Velvet. Yada, yada, yada.

When a cute rich guy asks you to hang out, be worried if he shows up with an antenna made out of a potato chip can. Book of Velvet.

Do not volunteer for something until you’re sure it doesn’t include manual labor. Book of Velvet.

When you don’t know what to say, do not scream something self-centered and lame. Book of Velvet. New chapter. New verse.

A girl can’t wait for Prince Charming to rescue her ass or save the universe. Book of Velvet. Last Chapter. Last Verse.
Hope that gives you a little taste of Velvet. If you want to know more about The Forgetting Curve (and the character of Aiden Nomura), please check out the Memento Nora book site ( I’ll be adding more info about the new book, including an excerpt very soon.

The Forgetting Curve (Memento Nora #2) by Angie Smibert
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Aiden Nomura likes to open doors—especially using his skills as a hacker—to see what’s hidden inside. He believes everything is part of a greater system: the universe. The universe shows him the doors, and he keeps pulling until one cracks open. Aiden exposes the flaw, and the universe—or someone else—will fix it. It’s like a game.

Until it isn’t.

When a TFC opens in Bern, Switzerland, where Aiden is attending boarding school, he knows things are changing. Shortly after, bombs go off within quiet, safe Bern. Then Aiden learns that his cousin Winter, back in the States, has had a mental breakdown. He returns to the US immediately.

But when he arrives home in Hamilton, Winter’s mental state isn’t the only thing that’s different. The city is becoming even stricter, and an underground movement is growing.

Along with Winter’s friend, Velvet, Aiden slowly cracks open doors in this new world. But behind those doors are things Aiden doesn’t want to see—things about his society, his city, even his own family. And this time Aiden may be the only one who can fix things... before someone else gets hurt.


The giveaway, as usual, is Open INTERNATIONALLY! And hey, it's signed! How awesome is that?

When you fill out the form, don't forget to answer the question Angie herself has thought of!

Answer this: If you had your own Book of Velvet (or Book of [insert your name here]), what would be in it?

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  1. This sounds like a marvelous read! If I had my own book of Velvet, I would write about the art of happiness, beause it's not as easy as it sounds :)

  2. Mine would have constant reminders to be polite. I have a tendency to be a little mean :)

  3. Lol I usually hate poems and haikus and such (it's high school coming back to haunt me), but these verses were hilarious! This was my favorite: "Do not volunteer for something until you’re sure it doesn’t include manual labor." LMAO!

    In my own Book of Ana, I would want stuff about how to step back and let go of all the pressure for a while. It's an important lesson without which you might die of stress!

    Ana @ BookSpark

  4. My book would have advises on how to stay sane while having your exams))) It's really hard!

  5. I think my book would be full of all the quips & witticisms I pick up along thhe way.


  6. Live without regret!
    Absolutly no running away!
    I'm a work in progress! :)

    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

  7. OMG, I can't wait for the next Memento Nora book to come out!!! Thanks so much for the post and giveaway!

    I don't have good quotes of my own, so I'd record those I like from other people and books (Voltaire, Kurt Vonnegut, William Golding, Aldous Huxley...)

  8. My book we include all of my tweets and status updates.

  9. My book would probably be my favorite quotes from movies and tv shows. Like Seinfeld, which can be reference at least once a day.

    But I really love this one from above: "A girl can’t wait for Prince Charming to rescue her ass or save the universe. Book of Velvet. Last Chapter. Last Verse." Sometimes, you just have to take things into your own hands.

  10. My Velvet book will contain Lewis Carol's quotes, and much much more :D

    Thank you for the giveaway :)

    Best regards, Diana

  11. I would have uplifting and funny quotes to make me smile!

  12. I would have totally random things warning people of what NOT to do. And also totally awesome things your should do. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  13. I'd have thoughts that help me being myself, no matter what people say or do :)

  14. Mine would have advice on how to survive around annoying people without hitting them. lol

  15. I would put in it how to avoid people, and how to flirt ;)

  16. the world as seen through the eyes of an autistic adult - Judy R...


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