Friday, September 16, 2011

Coffee with a canine: Anna Sheehan & Madra and Finbar

This weekend's featured trio at Coffee with a Canine: Anna Sheehan & Madra and Finbar.

The author, on whether have Madra and Finbar any role in her writing:
Oh, yes. In A Long, Long Sleep, I gave my character Rose an Afghan. My mother was a veterinarian, so I knew a lot about different dog breeds. I knew what comfort and use a dog could be in someone’s life – a stabilizing presence. Rose needed stabilization a lot, so I had to make sure I...[read on]
Among the early praise for Sheehan's A Long, Long Sleep:
"Beautiful and bittersweet, romantic and riveting, with characters I didn't want to leave behind when I reached the end. A Long, Long Sleep is my absolute favorite kind of book!"
--Jaclyn Dolamore, author of Magic Under Glass and Between the Sea and Sky

"In this intriguing first novel, Rose Fitzroy, biologically 16 years old, comes out of stasis to discover that her billionaire parents and the world she knew are long dead. Having survived the plague-ridden Dark Times, the Earth is doing quite well, with Rose's father's former company in charge of much of it. This puts Rose--the sickly, shy, and self-hating daughter of overbearing parents--in the unusual position of "waking up to discover she's the sole surviving heiress to an interplanetary empire." Before taking on any responsibilities, Rose simply wants to survive high school, make a few friends, and work on her art. Her plans are swiftly interrupted, though, when a strange, virtually unstoppable creature called a Plastine attempts to assassinate her. Aided by handsome Bren and blue-skinned alien hybrid Otto, schoolmates she develops crushes on, Rose must defeat the assassin, learn to live as an independent adult, and discover why her parents essentially abandoned her in stasis. With well-developed characters, a touch of romance, and a believable future that, for once, is not entirely dystopian, Sheehan's tale should please many readers."
--Publishers Weekly
Learn more about the book and author at Anna Sheehan's website and Amazon and Facebook pages.

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