Saturday, September 28, 2013

Top Ten Things You Didn't Know About Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader and Giveaway!

Escape from Eden
Elisa Nader

The most sacred truth hides a hideous lie. Now her life depends on faith—in herself.

Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend's strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.

But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound's façade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend's paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who's only concerned about his own secrets?

Things You Didn't Know About Elisa Nader's Debut Novel, Escape from Eden

  1. I got the idea to write Escape from Eden after watching the Cults's music video for Go Outside.
  2. Sometimes, in my head, I picture the Reverend looking like Zach Galifinakis and I have to stop because Zach Galifinakis is a comic genius and the Reverend is an evil genius (or is he?).
  3. The "Bright Nights" in the book came from research I'd done on Jonestown. The Reverend Jim Jones would preach to his congregation all night, creating the term “White Night.” 
  4. Mia's name was originally Maia, but my editor had asked me to change it to something more “timeless.” I still call her “Maia” in my head. 
  5. The character Bridgette was inspired by Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie
  6. The idea for Gabriel's backstory—the death of his brother—came from an actual event about a couple playing a game with a loaded gun. 
  7. Doc Gladstone is my favorite character in the book. 
  8. I typed the first draft of most of the sexy scenes with my eyes closed. I get embarrassed because I'm a complete and total dork (I have no problem reading other writers' sexy scenes though! Go figure). 
  9. Originally, I'd planned a sequel. The hospital at the end of book isn't what it seems. **evil laugh** 
  10. Gabriel's tattoo, the one very low on his abdomen, was part of the story in an early draft. The tattoo read “Thank you,” and was inspired by the rumor that Alex Pettyfer had the word inked above his man parts in case he may “forget to say it” after an intimate moment. After my agent Danielle Chiotti read it, she told me to take it out of the story—it made Gabriel seem really douche-y. Gabriel did regret getting the tattoo and I wanted to show how he'd changed since coming to Edenton and meeting Mia, but it just didn't work.

About the Author

Hi. I'm Elisa. I like cheese and reading and TV show marathons. Writing is scary, but not as scary as, say, Civil War amputations. I'm an Aquarius. Uh... let's see... I'm not very good at writing my own biography. Or autobiography. I guess this is reading more like a slightly incoherent personal ad.


Books à la Mode is giving away two print copies of Escape from Eden—yay!! To enter, all you have to do is answer Helen's question in a comment:
If you were in Mia's position, would you have the means and courage to escape the iron fist that is Edenton? If so, how would you go about it, and if not, what would you do instead to fight for your freedom?

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