Jul 25

The {Teen} Book Scene: Character Interview with Sunny of Blood Ties + Giveaway!

I have to admit…I have not read the Blood Coven series by Mari Mancusi. Of course, for the The Teen Book Scene tour I ended up reading the final book, BLOOD TIES. It’s hilarious, quirky and fun! I love Sunny’s voice. She rocks! I’m looking forward to going back to the beginning and reading the other five books.

If you’ve read the Blood Coven series, feel free to click on “Show” to reveal the spoiler synopsis. If you haven’t…then you might want to wait! But you can still enjoy the interview 🙂

Check back in August for my review of BLOOD TIES! Giveaway information is listed below!!


By: Mari Mancusi
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Formats: Paperback and Electronic
Published Date: August 2, 2011
Pages: 256
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult +

Pre-Order BLOOD TIES at: Amazon | B&N | TBD | IB

Publisher’s Synopsis:

[spoiler]The final battle is brewing between Vampires and Slayers. But for Sunny McDonald, the true war is being fought over her heart.

Though now officially back in the arms of her vampire boyfriend Magnus, Sunny finds she still can’t forget the gentle mortal Jayden who once saved her life. And when the darkness threatens to steal his humanity, Sunny finds herself with a choice. Stay true to Magnus and the Blood Coven or defy them in a desperate attempt to save Jayden’s soul

Meanwhile, the Blood Coven is gearing up for its toughest fight yet–going head to head with a splinter group of Slayer Inc who’s regrouping in Tokyo, Japan, still determined to take over the world. In dark blood bars and hidden temples, it’ll be Vampires vs. Slayers in a showdown that could cost Sunny not only her heart…but also her very life.[/spoiler]

Follow Mari Mancusi on: Twitter | Website | goodreads

Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession –journalism — instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of books for teens and adults.

When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure–videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin , Texas with her husband Jacob and their dogs Mesquite and Bowie.

So Sunny tell me…

1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

I don’t really want to talk about age, if you don’t mind. It’s a sensitive subject with me. And it would be for you, too, if your boyfriend were a thousand year old immortal who looks like he’s seventeen. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when I start looking older than him. People will start thinking I’m a cougar, then his mother, then his grandmother. Ugh. If only there were a way to stop the aging clock. I mean, I’m not asking for immortal life here–I don’t mind only going around the planet 80 or 90 years…I just don’t want to look like I have!

2. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator go faster?

No, that’s just silly. And something my sister Rayne would probably do. She’s the impatient one. I’m willing to wait for what I want.

3. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?

Wow – these are very psychological questions, huh? In any case, for me every day seems pretty different. I mean, in one year I was bitten by a vampire, drank from the Holy Grail, saved the Coven from an evil vampire bent on its destruction, found out I was really a fairy princess, been kidnapped by said fairies and almost forced to marry one against my will, and now I’m trying to stop an international paranormal war that threatens the very existence of humanity, all while trying to help my best friend regain his mortality. So um, no, I’d say this day–like every day in my life–is pretty darn unique. And I hope I never have to live it again.

4. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow. Who would you visit today?

Ugh. That’s a horrible thought. I guess I’d visit my family. My sister Rayne. My Mom. My stepmom Heather and my half-sister Stormy. Of course they’re all spread out, so it’d be a long day trying to meet up with them all! But it’d be worth it; my family means everything to me. And, of course, I’d want to end the day with Magnus, my vampire boyfriend. Spend those last minutes crushed in his embrace. After all, there are worse ways to go…

5. Is it possible to know without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

I used to think so. But now it’s become so gray. I mean vampires are supposed to be the bad guys, right? Chomping on human necks and all that? And Slayers are supposed to be the good guys–saving humanity from creatures of the night. So how come sometimes just the opposite is true? I know vampires who would give up their immortal lives to save a human girl and Slayers with a lust for power ready to destroy mankind.

Bonus: When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

While my glow may not be as bright as Rayne’s (who always speaks her mind, if she’s not screaming it!) I do stand up for what I believe. Like with Jayden. When they found out he was turning into a sickly vampire, half of them wanted to just put him down like a dog–out of his misery, they said. But I knew that if there was even a tiny chance to save his humanity, I had to go for it–no matter how unpopular that made me with the other vamps, not to mention my boyfriend.

Thanks, Sunny!

Wanna Win a Copy of BLOOD TIES?

I’m giving away one copy courtesy of The Teen Book Scene!


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Giveaway ends August 31st!

Winner will be selected via Random.org.



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13 Responses to “The {Teen} Book Scene: Character Interview with Sunny of Blood Ties + Giveaway!”

  1. Asura@BookItToMe says:

    This Night School series has been so much fun to read over the years. I cannot wait for Blood Ties.

    bookittome at gmail dot com

  2. Teri C says:

    Ohh Mari has created some great characters throughout the Night School series. I love them and their snark!

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  3. Thanks so much for this giveaway! I really want to read this book now! (:

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  4. I love character interviews & this one was great. I’ve been eager to read Blood Ties as soon as I finished Night School! The whole series has been fun to read, even met Mari in Austin, she’s really nice:)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!


  5. Lisa Garrett says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  6. Margaret says:

    I’d love to win! Thanks!


  7. Mary Preston says:

    The character interview was a lot of fun.

    Fabulous giveaway thank you!!


  8. Fun q & a. I am totally one of those people that pushes the elevator button more than once 😉

  9. Natasha Areena says:

    Oh so I think I’m a silly person because I always push the elevator button more than once hoping it gets here faster. Hahah.

    And thanks for the giveaway!


  10. Elizabeth Ruvalcaba says:

    Wow! this is awesome!! cant wait fer the book to come out! hopes i win! -crosses fingers-


  11. Hahaha at pushing the elevator button over and over. Thank you for the contest!!
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  12. Heather R. says:

    Great author interview! I look forward to reading the book, sign me up for the giveaway!:)

  13. Raihana says:

    Amazing interview. Really looking forward to reading this book. Can’t wait! The cover looks fabulous!!!