Author Interview and another epic giveaway: Jessica Khoury!

Posted August 6, 2012 by Nereyda in Author Interview, Breathless Reads Fall 2012, GIVEAWAY, Jessica Khoury, Origin / 15 Comments

Today I have an interview with author Jessica Khoury, author of the upcoming YA book Origin.  If you didn’t win the Breathless Reads giveaway (which ended yesterday) then you are in luck because Jessica is offering up another Breathless Reads slipcase!  Enter in the rafflecopter below.


By Jessica Khoury

Release Date: 09/04/12


372 pages

Book Description from Goodreads:

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home—and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin—a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. This is a supremely compelling debut novel that blends the awakening romance of Matched with the mystery and jungle conspiracy of Lost.

***Interview with Jessica Khoury***

Is Origin a stand-alone or part of a series?

Origin is a stand-alone novel…but you never know what will happen.

What 3 words best describe Pia and Eio?  (3 words each) 

Pia: sheltered, curious, lonely

Eio: wild, honest, passionate

What is your favorite non-spoiler quote or scene from Origin?

My favorite scene is one with Eio and Pia; he takes her to this beautiful waterfall in the middle of the night, and the water is bioluminescent and glows when he swims in it. It’s beautiful and steamy and sweet! 

If you could jump into a book, and live in that world, which would it be?

I have always always wanted to live at Redwall Abbey, from Brian Jacques’ Redwall books. It’s not as exciting as Hogwarts or Narnia, I know–but the food. If you’ve read Redwall, you know what I mean. Except for the occasional war with the rats or the pirates, it’s all feasts and dancing and the most scrumptious food you can imagine!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

Many people are surprised to hear I am just as much of a jock as I am the typical hermit writer. I love soccer and have played since I was eight years old. I can turn off my shy, quiet writer self and become a loud, obnoxious, very competitive athlete at a moment’s notice. If you ever see me in my soccer cleats–watch out! 

Can you tell us your most rewarding experience since being published?

I have enjoyed every part of this process, but in particular is the great honor of getting to do what I love for a living. I was able to quit working last December, and have been writing full-time ever since. There is nothing so sweet and fulfilling as combining your career with your passion.

Describe your book in 10 words or less…

Immortality. Jungle. Science. Girl. Boy. Secrets. Lies. Anacondas. Jaguars. Love.

Thanks so much, Nereyda! I am so honored to be on your blog! =)


Breathless Reads slipcase includes the following ARC’s:

Origin by Jessica Khoury

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Venom by Fiona Paul

The Innocents by Lili Peloquin

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Open to US only.

Cheating disqualifies your entry/entries.

Winner will be contacted by email and has 48 hours to respond.  Once winner is confirmed, your information will be passed along to Jessica Khoury.

About the Author

Jessica Khoury is 22 years old and was born and raised in Georgia. She attended public school followed by homeschooling, and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Toccoa Falls College. She lives in Toccoa, Georgia with her husband Benjamin, two terrible dogs, and an abundance of books, shoes, and sweet tea. When not writing, she’s usually directing stageplays or coaching soccer. Origin is her first novel. 

Twitter: @jkbibliophile



Nereyda is a 29 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else.


15 Responses to “Author Interview and another epic giveaway: Jessica Khoury!”

  1. Oooh, I want to own one of these slip cases sooooo bad! I was happy for the winner of the last one on your blog but I must say that I am overjoyed to have another chance at one of these bad boys! Thanks.

  2. Ah! Thanks so much for a second chance at one of these slipcases! They are so awesome :]
    Some amazing titles in it too!
    I am a new follower of yours, which is weird because I could have sworn I all ready was. I look at your blog a lot!
    if you could follow me back that would be stellar.
    I work with and review for indie and self-pub authors only.

  3. Ang

    ooh, looks like a really interesting book! thanks for the giveaway opportunity! hope you’ll drop by and visit me at :)

  4. sarah

    I love your books i read a lot so much my dad thinks its unhealthy .fantasy is my favorite genre you get so lost in a world that feels like the author made just for you good luck on any of ur upcoming book good luck to whoever wins your giveaway

  5. thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i love the cover, it’s gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful.

    Did you design the cover yourself/have a lot of say in how it looks? i know some authors get little to no say in how the book cover will look.

    tammy ramey

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