Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LOSS Blog Tour -- with a GIVEAWAY

The Book Nerds were lucky enough to be asked to host a stop on the blog tour for Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler. For those of you not familiar, Jackie's series is a unique take on the story of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I just love this idea -- so creative! -- and was beyond thrilled when I received a copy of Rage from Jackie's publisher. I went back to read the first book -- Hunger -- which I reviewed here. Then I came back around to Rage, the second book. (Here's my review.) Needless to say, I was super excited when the idea of hosting a stop on the blog tour for the third book, Loss, came up. My review will be coming shortly, but for now -- here's a guest post from Jackie herself! (Hint: There's a giveaway at the end.)  ~Flo~

The Name Game 
By Jackie Morse Kessler

Names are a big deal. Just ask the kid who hates her given name. 
Authors usually get to name their books. (I say “usually” because there’s always a chance that the publisher will change the book title.) This can be migraine-inducing at times—we all want the perfect names for our novels—but other times, names can come easily. When I wrote Hunger, which looked at eating disorders and Famine, well, the name was pretty much a given from the start. Ditto for Rage, which focused on self-injury and War.

LOSS, though, isn’t as straightforward. Its focus is on bullying and Pestilence, with a subfocus on Alzheimer’s. So why did I choose to name the book “Loss”?

The book looks at different types of loss. There’s loss of memory—the protagonist’s grandfather is suffering from Alzheimer’s. There’s loss of sanity—the primary antagonist is flat-out crazy, partially due to dementia.  There’s loss of self-esteem—the protagonist is horribly bullied and doesn’t have the strength at first to stand his ground. “Loss” means the act of losing, and that best describes Billy, the protagonist: he’s constantly losing himself every time he gets beaten down. There’s his loss of control when he finally has the power to strike back against his tormentors. (Not a major spoiler; it’s on the back cover copy. **whistles innocently**)

And loss happens when we say good-bye for a final time, whether we’re walking away from part of ourselves, from people in our lives, or from a situation. From loss comes grief…and, eventually, healing and moving on.

Ultimately, Billy, the protagonist, experiences loss in many forms before he comes of age. And so, LOSS was the perfect name for the book.

And happily, my editor didn’t change it. 

LOSS by Jackie Morse Kessler comes out March 20, 2012! 
GIVEAWAY: One lucky commenter below will win a small cover poster of LOSS—and will be entered in the grand prize drawing! The grand prize winner will receive signed copies of HUNGER, RAGE and LOSS—and will get to name a character in BREATH, the fourth book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series. The grand prize winner will be picked on Sunday, April 1, 2012. No foolin’. 


  1. I love hearing how a book's title came to be. Sometimes they are obvious, like when you are reading and come across a sentence that has the title words in it or when the title is pretty much self explanatory. But I was wondering how Loss was picked... I like it. :)

  2. Love the artwork :) Loss - it is amazing how one word can mean so much and can evoke such emotion.

  3. Lovelovelove this series!! Can't wait for this book to come out this month! Jackie is an amazing author, adore her writing (and her as a person :P). Wheee book! Thanks for the post!

  4. Oh the opportunity to name a character would be incredible! Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. That's really neat how the book was titled that.

  6. Oh wow this series looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway. :)


  7. Woah posters :3
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    cigam9 at gmail dot com