Wednesday 2 July 2014

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - Carrier (The Line, #1) by Anne Tibbets

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Carrier by Anne Tibbets
(The Line #1)
Published by: Carina Press
Publication date: June 16th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult


Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.
A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.
As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.




Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.

Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

Find her on Facebook at or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit and click the ‘CONTACT’ tab.

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When did you start writing?

I wrote my first novella when I was thirteen. It was an epic fantasy about two fairies on a mission to find something - I can't even remember now, I think they had to find a magical gem? Anyway, it was melodramatic and full of excessive flirting and was very much influenced by Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal. In High School I wrote historical romances (novellas) and even managed to win a few awards from school, but then I got bit by the acting bug and went to college to be an actor. It wasn't until I had failed at that I remembered my love of words, so I switched majors and wrote plays - again, very melodramatic and full of excessive flirting.

I began writing professionally for television in my twenties. I sold a few freelance scripts and found I had a knack for children's paranormal shows, namely Strange Days at Blake Holsey High and The Zach Files. But after realizing that scripted television was a full-time (and a half!) job, I stepped away from it in order to raise my kids. I started writing children's books first, but soon realized I had too much of a twisted psyche for that, and that eventually led me toward New Adult Sci-Fi and Horror.

What makes you want to write?

I consider myself a story collector. Every person, animal, house, car - you name it - they each have a story and for some odd reason I am obsessively curious about what that is. So, I guess you can say I write because I love to tell stories. It's a compulsion really. If I'm not writing something I get extremely cranky.

Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get over it?

All the time! My solution is to take a day or two away from work. I read, exercise, binge watch TV shows, catch up on chores, pay attention to my family, walk the dog. Usually a few days later, as I'm washing the dishes or in the shower, the solution to why I'm stuck will present itself. Now, if after a few days I don't get an epiphany, I go back to the book outline and start moving stuff around because I'm obviously stuck for a reason. Once I determine why, I brainstorm ideas on how to get around, or through the issue. But usually, a long hot shower will do the trick.

Do you have a special way of going about writing?

Coffee. Lots of coffee. Did I mention coffee? Also I need to feel safe enough to disappear inside my brain for a while, so I need a quiet place all by myself. If that's not possible, I listen to rain forests and waterfalls on headphones and pretend like I'm alone with my coffee maker. I mentioned coffee, right?

What are your hobbies?

Watching super hero movies, also Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars marathons - and reading anything I can get my hands on. I used to crochet but I'm finding I haven't had a lot of time to do that lately. I also love the mid-numbing effect of needlepoint. My brain escapes to far off places whenever I have a needle in my fingers.

How did you choose the character names for Carrier?

I picked the name Naya at random. I didn't even realize it was a real name until I saw the credits on the TV show Glee and noticed an actress had the same name. Ric is named after Rick O'Connell of The Mummy (don't judge), and the little girl, Evie is named after the Rachel Weiz character in that same movie. Ric's last name is after Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice, although I spelled it with two Ts just to be sneaky. The rest of the characters I picked at random. I have a baby naming book and I've been known to pick one name from each letter of the alphabet.

Do you have any works in progress?

The sequel to CARRIER, called WALLED. I'm working on that now! It's scheduled to be published this December.

Who is your favorite character in Carrier?

I have a soft spot for Shirel. The woman has the worst mouth, but she really does have a heart of gold.

Where did you get the idea for Carrier?

I sat down at my laptop and tried to imagine the worst possible future for my daughters, and the world of Auberge was born. It wasn't until I was about half way done that I began extensively researching human trafficking and I was sickened to realize that the worst possible future was already happening to girls right now.

What are you currently reading?

I'm on a Sci-Fi jag. Red Shirts by John Scalzi.

What is your favourite book?  

The Book Thief. It's perfection.

Who is your favourite author?  

I re-read Jane Austen every year. Persuasion is my favorite with Pride and Prejudice a close second.

Quick-fire questions:

Chocolate or ice cream? Ice cream

Paperback or ebook? ebook

Dogs or cats? Both

Go out or stay in? Stay in

Summer or winter? Summer

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