A Thousand Pieces of You: guest post + giveaway

October 27, 2014 2014, guest post, sci fi or futuristic, Wendy 97

A Thousand Pieces of You: guest post + giveawayA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Published by HarperTeen on November 4, 2014
Genres: science fiction
Pages: 368 pages
Source: Publisher
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Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

If you enjoy time parallel universe/time travel stories, A Thousand Pieces of You is probably on your TBR list already–and it’s a book that will likely appeal to fans of All Our Yesterdays and Every Day, particularly if you like romance! I’m a big fan of Claudia Gray’s Evernight series so was very excited to hear she had a new book coming out. View Spoiler » I was also tickled to find that this story takes Marguerite to many different locations and time periods as she tries to solve the mystery behind her father’s murder, including a visit back to the Romanov empire. There have been several YA books with Russian settings this year, but this one definitely stands out with its scifi elements.

As part of the official blog tour hosted by Rock Star Book Tours, the author is with us today to share why she felt absolutely compelled to write this book–it sounds like it’s one that just poured out of her, which is the mark of a truly inspired story.


Why I Wrote A Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray

I wrote A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU because I had to.

I don’t mean, I really needed to publish another book. I don’t mean, my editor and agent loved this idea. I don’t even mean, because I was excited to tell the story. (Though all of these things are true.)

What I mean is that, from the first moment this book’s plot and characters sneaked into my brain, I absolutely knew I had to share it with someone. Marguerite, Paul, Theo, Sophia, Henry – they were all so vivid to me right away; the adventures they were going to have dominated my imagination for days and weeks and months. Clearly, if I did not find a way to talk about these characters with other people, I was going to lose it. Writing a book seemed wiser.

Don’t get me wrong: I love all my books. I love all my characters; there’s not a single one of them I don’t relate to on some level, whether it’s the mad vampire Charity, Irene aboard the Titanic or the demon Asa. But sometimes a story catches fire in your brain. Those stories are just different.

What made this story catch fire for me? A few things –

Alternate dimensions: This is a story element I’ve always loved, from “Star Trek” onward. It’s fun to imagine what’s going on in the reality next door. But what felt different to me in ATPOY was the fact that Marguerite lands in her other selves – that she inhabits the body and the life of this other person she could’ve been – and has to understand her relationships and her world from this perspective that is both hers and not hers. Don’t we all wonder what it is, in us, that’s eternal and unchanging – and what is the result of things we’ve lived through, circumstances beyond our control, or simple accident or chance? Marguerite actually gets to find out.

The relationships between the characters: Our five main characters are Marguerite, her scientist parents Henry and Sophia, and the two physics grad students assisting with the Firebird research, Paul and Theo. Before the story even starts, they’ve all known each other for at least a year and a half – and, of course, in the case of Marguerite and her parents, her whole life. So for the first time, I wasn’t picking up friendships and romantic connections at the moment they began; instead, the story begins just as those relationships all start to change. This moment of transition – where dependence becomes independence, rivalry becomes anger, or friendship becomes love – of course I love writing it, and reading it, but before, my books have always been about building to that moment. Here, the entire story is about that transition, and so everything can happen more gradually, and be revealed in greater depth.

The beginning: From the very first days I came up with the plot for A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU, I knew precisely where we’d start – already in the heart of the plot. The emotional components of the story may develop slowly, but the action gets going from page one! Writing that was so much fun.

The universes: The Firebird allows Marguerite to travel to any universe in which she exists. (If she was never born in that world – or has already died – then it’s sealed off from her forever.) Other than that, there are no limits. So while some of the dimensions Marguerite visits are very similar to her own, others are radically different. Want to visit a Russia where the tsars never fell from power? I did – so Marguerite does. Other countries? Other technologies? The possibilities are endless. Like, I didn’t know that I deeply needed to write an action scene set in a submarine until I was writing it.

… this post could be a lot longer. But probably by now you understand the reason why I had to write this book. From the first, I told my agent, I didn’t care how little the advance might be – didn’t care if I had to self-publish it – it was going to be written. She told me to calm down, that we’d get the story out there – and finally, two years later, A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is in the world. If some of you have half as much fun reading it as I did writing in, we’re in for a fantastic ride.

vine-divider-finalAbout the Author

claudia grayClaudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Goodreads or (of course) my own home page.

If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Website | Twitter |Tumblr | Pinterest | Goodreads | Wattpad

vine-divider-finalWin A Thousand Pieces of You Prize Pack!

Thanks to Harper Teen and Rock Star Book Tours, we have a pretty wonderful prize package to offer:

— an autographed copy of the book
— a scarf with a quote from the book
— a scented candle from one of the multiverses!

All you have to do is leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re excited about reading the book, and fill out the Rafflecopter form.

Open internationally, please see entry form for complete details. Good luck!

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A Thousand Pieces of YouFollow the rest of the blog tour for more exclusive content!

Tour Schedule

Week One:

10/27/2014  The Midnight Garden
10/28/2014  Tales of the Ravenous Reader
10/29/2014  BookHounds YA
10/30/2014  Dark Faerie Tales
10/31/2014  Me, My Shelf and I
11/3/2014    Parajunkee
11/4/2014    Two Chicks on Books
11/5/2014    Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
11/6/2014    Page Turners Blog
11/7/2014    Reading YA Rocks

vine-divider-finalHave you read this author’s other books? Are you looking forward to this one?

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97 Responses to “A Thousand Pieces of You: guest post + giveaway”

  1. Laura

    I would really like to receive this book because it seems a combination of a lot of things I adore! Sci-fi, envolving paralel universes (and somewhat Fringe science) with investigation at the same time! Sounds like the story will be interesting from the first to the last page!

  2. Madison

    I absolutely loveeee your books and would love to read a thousand pieces of you

  3. Victoria

    I have been hearing about this book from a fellow blogger friend and now, I AM DESPERATELY NEEDING THIS!

    Sci-Fi + Murder + Dangerous love = EXPLOSION OF FEELS

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  4. Navi Suresh

    I absolutely loved the Evernight series (thank you for putting back grisly into the YA Vampire world). And you know an author is just amazing when you can understand and sympathize with not only the protagonists, but also the villains!

    Good alternate dimension (sci-fi) YA thrillers are seriously lacking, but I have really high hopes for this one!! Absolutely cannot wait!!

    However, I only need two words to describe why I want (aka DESPERATELY AND HYSTERICALLY NEED) this book: the cover.

  5. Teresa

    Besides having a beautiful cover, this book is a kick-ass sounding YA Sci-Fi, and I have been waiting for something to contend with all the Fantasy that has been released this year! Definitely been on my reading list since the announcement of its release. Multiple universes? Check. Epic adventure? Check. Historical and interesting plot? Check. I am so ready for this.
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  6. Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    I can’t wait to read ATPOY! From the cover to the synopsis to everything I’ve read Claudia say about it, each has gotten me more and more excited. I love that she’s so passionate about it, and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read from her so far. :)

  7. HollyB

    I am DESPERATE for this book!! I love reading books with multiple universes – UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris and TANDEM by Anna Jarzab are two of my faves- and I’ve heard only great things about this book! Thanks for being part of the blog tour!

  8. Lily B

    the cover is really pretty. I am hoping to read this next since so many of my friends seem to enjoy it!

  9. Quinn

    I’m excited Because I’ve been waiting for this book for two years!

  10. April

    I love a little science fiction adventure! Sounds action-packed and grand.

  11. Kirsty

    The cover is one of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen and I’m really intrigued by the plot. This book has come out at the right time, I’ve been looking for a refreshing read :)

  12. Nayeon Kim

    I am excited to read this book because of premise – who isn’t intrigued by travel between alternate dimensions??

  13. Adriana M.

    I really wanna read this book. It has called me for months!!
    Ps. THAT COVER!<3

  14. Victoria

    Just leaving some comment love :) Thanks for the giveaway! I can’t wait to read this book!

  15. Aaron Schultz

    I need to read this one! The multiverse has always been my obsession (it’s a central focus in my own writing) and there aren’t nearly enough good multiverse books – this book definitely fits that description!

  16. Holly U

    I am so excited for this book! That cover is gorgeous and it sounds amazing. :)

  17. Sophie

    Every since I heard this book existed I’ve wanted it so bad, the premise of it sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  18. komal

    I would love to read this wonderful book. The blurb and the cover have stolen my heart! <3

  19. Stephanie

    I remember when this book came out as I thought the cover was so pretty! – I still haven’t read it, I need to!

  20. AmyL

    The parallel universes really intrigues me. I also loved All Our Yesterdays so this book sounds right up my alley.

  21. Kelsey

    I love the concept of multiple universes, and it’s evident from the interview that Ms. Gray was really excited to write the book. When a great idea is written by a passionate author, the result is usually spectacular, so I’m sure the same is true in this case!

  22. Carina Olsen

    Eeeek! I love this interview. <3 So much. I cannot wait to get my pre-order of this book. I'm worried about reading it, cause of love triangle, yet also so excited to read it, because the plot sounds all kinds of amazing. The different dimensions sounds so cool. And I love that cover. So gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing. <3 And omg, international giveaway! So happy about that too, hih :) Crossing my fingers. <3
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  23. Annie

    Claudia, I absolutely can’t wait!! The cover is beyond beautiful and the story sounds so intriguing!! Love everything about it!

  24. Nikki Robinson

    This sounds awesome. Alternate dimensions? And going to them? I’ve always wondered what it would be like if another me existed on its own timeline somewhere, and what that other me is doing, so I definitely NEED to read this!

  25. Liat

    This book sounds so good! And yes, it’s been on my to-read list for a long time now. I can’t wait to read it!

  26. Alicia

    I can’t wait to read this! I love books about parallel universes and Claudia’s post about why she wrote the book has me even more excited to read it.

  27. Savannah

    Awesome post! I adore star trek as well as time travel stories. Just so long as they aren’t confusing. I think I will enjoy this book very much. And thanks for the giveaway.
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  28. Kelly

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m excited about reading the book because of the gorgeous cover (IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL *-*)the idea of going through different universes (reminds me a BIT of Tandem by Anna Jarzab), the romance, the title seems deep (I’m all for deep), there seems to be some deep hidden meaning behind that title about life, maybe I’m thinking too much? Can I just say that I’m excited for the book because of everything this book has to offer? Yeah that.

  29. Michelle Lee

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway! I’m very looking forward to reading A Thousand Pieces of You! Also, I love the cover. It’s absolutely beautiful! :)

  30. sarah k

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book, I’ve read a sampler of it and can’t wait to read the whole thing. And the cover is so pretty :)

  31. Sierra

    You had me at “Every Day meets Cloud Atlas.” I have not read the latter, but Every Day was a beautiful novel and anything that is remotely similar to that, has my attention. This also sounds sort of Sci-Fi to me and I’m getting more and more into that genre lately. Thanks for the giveaway!!! :)

  32. Pili

    What a fantastic guest post! It’s amazing to see the power of the story for the author herself and makes you think that it must be a special story to have been so demanding to come out!

    I’m very intrigued about the parallel universes and how it seems to play out as Marguerite can experience her other selves! And the amazing cover doesn’t hurt either!
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  33. Brittany T

    I am very excited for this title. I can’t wait only 7 more days to a release I have been waiting forever for!! I love the possibility of other dimensions, cloud Atlas was a fav of mine. Thanks for this interview and chance at winning!
    ~ Brittany @ Please Feed The Bookworm
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  34. Jackie

    Any time an author says their book was influenced by Star Trek, I’m interested. TNG was how I learned the definition of appointment viewing. You also mentioned All our Yesterdays, which I’ve read and liked. I just hope all the time travel and universe jumping isn’t too hard to follow. As much as I love those elements, I admit I’m not the best at keeping everything straight.

    Thanks for the giveaway, ladies, and for bringing this intriguing book to my attention. :)

  35. Emma A

    It is SO beautiful! And it sounds so complex and awesome! Thank you!

  36. Jocelyne

    This book sounds so intriguing! Definitely adding to my TBR list!!

  37. Alena Saukova

    I am SO EXCITED for this book! The stunning cover instantly drew me in, and then the intriguing synopsis did the last.

  38. Sabrina

    I have had my eye on this book ever since I saw its beautiful cover. I’ve never read a book about parallel universes before, but I have watched a tv show on the topic, and I loved it, so I think this book would be great for me. I’ve been meaning to read All Our Yesterdays for ages, and I think I’m either going to read that or A Thousand Pieces of You in the near future.
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  39. Raven Desroches

    I’m sooo excited for this book! The cover caught my attention at first but then I read the sypnosis and I was hooked! I’ve been waiting for this book foreeveeer!

  40. Frostquinn

    It is true that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but in the case of “A thousand Pieces of You”, how can one *not* be attracted to this stunning cover.

    The premise of alternate universes is interesting, and setting the plot in Russia is a fresh and original idea. Simply cannot wait to read it!!

  41. Miranda Lewis

    I cant wait to read this one. I really love the cover and colors of it :D

  42. Christine

    I’m so excited to read this – I love stuff with parallel universes and am super interested in seeing how it’s done here.

  43. Kathy L.

    I’ve actually read the first few chapters of A Thousand Pieces of You from a chapter reveal thing and it totally does go right into the action! I love how the drama starts from the get-go but the situation is still explained enough so that your not left wondering what in the world (or worlds I should say) is going on.

  44. _Sandra_

    I’m so, so excited for this one! Can’t wait to grab a copy! Thanks for an amazing giveaway! :)

  45. Madeleine Cassier

    “But sometimes a story catches fire in your brain. Those stories are just different.”


    If I wasn’t already excited to read A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU — which, don’t get me wrong, I’m beyond the moon excited — then that sentence alone has intrigued me to the point near obsession. I haven’t even READ this novel yet and the very idea of it has caught fire in MY brain! I can’t wait for this to release — is it November 4th yet? :)

  46. Megan Smit

    I’m excited to read A Thousand Piece of You, I’ve heard good things already and look forward to discovering the pages for myself. :)

  47. Melanie Montgomery

    This is one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen

  48. Liz

    I absolutely love the cover for A Thousand Pieces of You! It also seems to be very reflective of the events in the book, which leaves me excited to learn more about the places Marguerite travels to and, of course, how Claudia Gray has spun her own version of parallel universes. It really sounds like readers are in for a wild thrill ride. So excited to read this book!
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  49. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    I really want to read this one. It also has a great cover. And I actually had not idea that Claudia Gray was not the author’s real name. I don’t know if I could pick a cool name for myself so I’d probably go with my read name. Excited to read this one!
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  50. Nikki

    I’m really excited to read about the different times and places that are included in this story. Strong world building is a must for me and it sounds like this one definitely delivers.

  51. Mary Claire

    I’m excited for “A Thousand Pieces of You” because of the different universes. I hope to read a lot of details about each of the worlds and feel like I’m right there with the characters, immersed in a new world. And who couldn’t love that cover? Gorgeous!
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  52. Karin

    I heard her book was amazing !! I really need to check it out!! btw thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

  53. Hilary

    Ooh. Alternate universe travelling. The premise reminds me of Pivot Point and I’m stoked to read this book by Claudia Gray! Thanks for having this giveaway!

    And can I say I love the cover? I’m a sucker for grays and purples.
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  54. Angela

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway! I’m really excited to get my hands on this read!