Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Host by Stephenie Meyer - Blog Tour

The Host is one of the books on my top 15 ever read. I read it last year, and even today, I can remember vividly the story. It's a remarkable tale, and one I highly recommend.

The Description: Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

One of the most compelling writers of our time, Stephenie Meyer brings us a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the very essence of what it means to be human.

Click here to read an exerpt









Isn't this picture beautiful? It's the setting for The Host




Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in English. She lives with her husband and three young sons in Phoenix, Arizona. After the publication of her first novel, Twilight, booksellers chose Stephenie Meyer as one of the "most promising new authors of 2005" (Publishers Weekly).






1. What inspired the idea for The Host?

The kernel of thought that became The Host was inspired by absolute boredom. I was driving from Phoenix to Salt Lake City, through some of the most dreary and repetitive desert in the world. It’s a drive I’ve made many times, and one of the ways I keep from going insane is by telling myself stories. I have no idea what sparked the strange foundation of a body-snatching alien in love with the host body’s boyfriend over the host-body’s protest. I was halfway into the story before I realized it. Once I got started, though, the story immediately demanded my attention. I could tell there was something compelling in the idea of such a complicated triangle. I started writing the outline in a notebook, and then fleshed it out as soon as I got to a computer. The Host was supposed to be no more than a side project—something to keep me busy between editing stints on Eclipse—but it turned into something I couldn’t step away from until it was done.

2. Did you approaching writing The Host, your first adult novel, differently than your YA series?

Not at all. Like the Twilight Saga (this is probably the only way The Host is like the Twilight Saga!), The Host is just a story I had fun telling myself. My personal entertainment is always the key to why a story gets finished. I never think about another audience besides myself while I’m writing; that can wait for the editing stage.


The publisher is allowing me to give-away two paperback copies of THE HOST. USA & Canada Only. Please leave a comment with your email. USA & Canada Only.

Winners will be drawn on June 25th

72 comments:

  1. I may be the only entery cause I think I'm the only person who hasn't read it already!!!

    mj.coward[at]gmail.com

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  2. Nope you and me are the only 2 who haven't read it :-)

    count me in too

    msboatgal at aol.com

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  3. Up to 3. I havent read it either.

    Please include me.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  4. Count me in:)

    bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

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  5. I haven't read i yet either, I'd love to win!

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  6. I'd love a chance to win. :) Haven't read this one yet!

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  7. This looks awesome! Please enter me!

    BookCrossingKitten22[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. Read it, but want a copy to give for a gift! This would be great!

    infotoo (at)gmail (dot) com

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  9. I would love to read this, please enter me :)

    lavery328 at yahoo dot com

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  10. Please include me in the giveaway
    thank you
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  11. Please include me in your giveaway


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  12. I would love this book. Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  13. Posted on Win A Book. No need to enter me.

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  14. Wow she only thinks about her personal enjoyment haha sounds kinda selfish but she probably doesn't mean it too. Hadn't read something like that before.

    I'd love to enter too!

    lc_intocable[a]yahoo[d]com

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  15. I would love to read this, I haven't had a chance to yet!

    marielay@gmail.com

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  16. i'd love to win a copy!

    stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

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  17. Hi Wendy!

    Well I sure hope a win of copy of the Host....

    Please enter me!

    Dottie :)

    gymmom_027@yahoo.com

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  18. Count me in too! Great contest

    bookbutterfly9@gmail.com

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  19. I'd love to win a copy. I have read this, but gave up my copy (I offered it b4 I read it, of course).

    jump_up_thrice [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  20. I haven't read it yet, either, so I'd love the chance to win this book!

    reading_frenzy@yahoo.com

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  21. We are seriously considering this for our book club, so I would love a chance to win one!

    teagirl1 at telus dot net

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  22. Looks like a good read, please enter me into this drawing.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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  23. my daughter is a huge fan of yours and has got me hooked too would love to read this
    roswello at hotmail dot com

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  24. Count me in too please!

    shereadsandreads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I also haven't read this book. And to be honest, I had no desire too as it's not a genre I typically enjoy. But I've heard so much about it that I figure I should give it a try. I also feel I need to crack open the Twilight series one of these days...

    melacan at hotmail dto com

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  26. I haven't read ANY Stephenie Meyer books, so I'd love to give this a try. Enter me please. :)

    Rattlesnake2021 AT aol DOT com

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  27. I would love to read it!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  28. Please count me in as well!!

    I've not read this, nor has my dad!


    Thanks


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  29. Thank you for doing this giveaway! I loved the Twilight series and would be so happy to win this book.

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

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  30. I haven't read this yet - please count me in!

    Thanks,
    megalon22[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  31. Sounds like a good book! And even though I haven't read her other books I've heard that she's a great author, thanks for the chance! :)
    unforgetable_dreamer_always(at)hotmail.com

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  32. I still haven't read this though I devoured all of Meyer's Twilight books about one a day. I'd like a chance!

    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. I'd love to win, thanks for the giveaway. :)

    screamingicecube at bellsouth dot net

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  34. I've read the Twilight series and would love to read this as well!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I haven't read anything of this author's yet and this looks like a good place to start. Sounds very thought-provoking.

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  36. Hi there.. No need to enter me.. Just stopping by on the blog tour. Great post and interview.

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  37. This is such an excellent book. I loved reading it and cried like a baby during the last part. I'm really hoping there's more books to come.

    I would love to win a copy to give to a friend of mine. I think she'd really enjoy it.

    Thanks! :0)
    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

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  38. I really enjoyed this book, would love to win a copy.

    jedziedz@hotmail.com
    jess
    barney's book blog

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  39. I would love to win a copy of The Host. It is on my to read list of books.

    chocobear65@yahoo.ca

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  40. Please include me!

    leann-28@hotmail.com

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  41. count me in. :)

    lu2shopnsav(at)live(dot)com

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  42. No need to enter me on this one, I've already got a copy waiting to be read! Just wanted to wish everyone luck!

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  43. Count me in, too!

    pookie0331@gmail.com

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  44. Wendy, please count me in!!!

    brandewaldron(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. I would love to be included, thanks!

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  46. I would love to win, please enter me. Ms. Meyer, I think you are an amazing author.

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  47. oops, I forgot to put my email address:

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  48. I would like to be included in the giveaway! jenny.nelson[at]yahoo.com

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  49. I am so excited about this book! I haven't read it yet so I'd love to enter.

    vmvazquez83 at yahoo dot com

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  50. I haven't read this book yet and I very much want to!

    Count me in!

    k_angel@shaw.ca

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  51. Please enter me in your giveaway. I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
    jessica(at)fan(dot)com

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  52. Ah! Absolutely love this book, count me in!

    lilibethramos@live.com

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  53. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    I'd love to have the chance to read this, it sounds really good - plus the author's kernal of thought that led her to develop the tale :) I do that type of thing, too so can relate to her method of muse~

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  54. I've heard nothing but good things about this book. I'd love to read it.

    winterset AT peoplepc.com

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  55. I would like to be included. Thanks for the opportunity.

    shadowlord28 at gmail dot com

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  56. Great contest! I'd love to win it.

    celialarsen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. I would love to win this as I loved the Twilight series - hoping I like her adult books as well.

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  58. I loved her Twilight Series I would love to be entered into winning this book. Thanks you for the chance.


    SamantharaeM at gmail dot com

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  59. Just watvhed Twilight last night, would love to be included in this giveaway!
    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. I am reading Twilight now, and I really like her style of writing! I would love to read The Host, because it sounds like the SciFi books I love to read and the type of movies I like to watch.

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  61. I was encouraged to see that I'm not the only one that hasn't read this yet. Please enter me to win.

    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

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  62. Me neither! Would love to win!

    tialaws@tds.net

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  63. okay i was a little hesitant to read this novel but i hear soooo many good reviews .
    i would like a shot at winning .

    sixela(dot)carter@gmail.com

    alexis hernandez

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  64. hope i win, never read it

    redleocat at yahoo dot com

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  65. Count me in as someone who hasn't read this too! So please enter me.

    jgbeads at gmail dot com

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  66. I really really really wnat to read this book!

    Im a follower

    Liz

    liztapioka14 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  67. I got sucked into the intro chapter right after I blew through the Twilight series... and I want to read more!

    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

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  68. I love her books! Enter me!

    lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

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  69. Hi,
    Please enter me. From the reviews I've read the Host sounds like a great read.

    chey127 at hotmail dot com

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  70. Would love to win..so enter me in please:)

    -Kaly
    kalynnick@yahoo.com

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  71. I haven't read any Stephanie Meyer since I don't read YA but I am very interested in trying this one. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    fallenangel_ at hotmail dot com

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The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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