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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Midsummer Dream Fair Day 22: The Unicorn Corral





(Today, we stop by the unicorn corral near the back of the fairground to speak with Amanda Hocking, who is apparently hanging out over there near the unicorns.  We'll be discussing topics of great importance to the world today, inside and outside the publishing business.)


Q. Hi, Amanda, thanks for coming and helping provide things for people to read!
A. Thank you for letting me!

Q. The Muppets have decided to get into the apocalyptic zombie genre and are doing a movie version of your novel Hollowland. Which Muppets would you cast for the movie roles?
A. The obvious answer would be make Miss Piggy Remy, but I think that Camilla the Chicken would make a better Remy, because she’s still tough but less of a diva. Miss Piggy would be Harlow. Gonzo would be Lazlo, Kermit would be Blue, and Beaker would be Ripley.

 Q. What are the best fantasy and horror movies of the 1980s?
A. Labyrinth, obviously. And I’d also have to say The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, even though they fall more under sci-fi/fantasy. The Dark Crystal, Aliens, Blade Runner, Legend, Willow, The Lost Boys, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Little Shop of Horrors, Time Bandits, Princess Bride, Beetlejuice, Highlander, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, An American Werewolf in London, The Evil Dead, Child’s Play, Poltergeist, Jaws: The Revenge. The 80s was the golden age of sci-fi/fantasy/horror films. I also recently read that Batman falls under the category of “fantasy,” Tim Burton’s Batman would be one of the best that came out in the 80s. Also, Flash Gordon came out in 1980, and while I love that film, I can’t in good conscious say it was one of the best.

Q. If Zach Galifianakis and your consigliere Eric Goldman were in the same place at the same time, what would happen to the universe?
A. It would most likely implode. (If you haven’t seen Eric, he looks almost exactly like Zach Galifianakis but with the personality of Johnny Depp’s version of Ed Wood. Be jealous, folks. I get to live with that untamed man-child every day).


 
Zach Galifianakis and Eric Goldman.  Similar.


Q. What do you think would be the biggest challenge about life in an Ewok village?
A. Since they have no clear waste disposal – at least not for man-made materials – I would think that cleaning up after the mess the storm troopers left would be quite a burden. All those broken AT-STs and speeder bikes lying around, as well as the storm trooper uniforms and the rotting storm trooper corpses themselves. Plus, there had to be some debris from the Death Star. So trying to hunt and gather would be very inconvenient amongst all that mess, especially since Ewoks seems to have a religious affinity for metallic items as expressed in their worship of C3P0.


Q. If you were building your supervillain fortress, would you locate it on a tropical island, in the arctic, under the ocean, on the moon, or other?
A. I would probably put in my basement, like an evil Batcave, just out of laziness. I don’t want to have to juice up the rockets and make the long flight to the moon just to do my evil plotting. Plus, that doesn’t seem cost effective, especially if I have an issue with my plumbing and need to get a repairman out there. Also, I have a hard enough time getting a signal in my basement as is. Reception on the water or the arctic would have to be terrible.

Q. Tell us about your pets!
A. I have some! I currently have a schnauzer named Elroy, two cats named Nikki and Squeak, and two fish named Figaro and Delaney. I used to have a turtle named Gus, but he lives up in turtle heaven right now, watching reruns of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”


Q. Why do paranormal creatures generally maintain a monarchical system of government within their own societies? Do you think they've read John Locke's Two Treatises on Government but rejected his conclusions?
A. Because they tend to be more wild, more animalistic. Not all of them, but most paranormal creatures give into their hedonistic urges more often than humans do. As a result, democracy would be impossible. Werewolves aren’t going to get together to vote. And many paranormal creatures are too narcissistic to vote for anything other than themselves. So the biggest and the strongest needs to come in and tell everybody to shut up and calm down.

Q. Fill in the blank: If I could be a were-anything, I would be a were-_________.
A. Were-Gene-Wilder. During full moons, I’d turn into Gene Wilder.


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Thanks, Mandy! And now it's time for a...


Giveaway!  One comment on today's post will win a copy of Amanda's fairy-tale novel Virtue.







But wait, there's more!  You can't be expected to read Virtue without your own unicorn.  So...





You can win a fine cornhorse of your own!  Because of the latest innovations in unicorn-breeding techniques, we can provide you a custom unicorn.  Our unicorn breeder would like you to know:

"The pony can be any color. I usually do sparkly white or pearl, but I can do whatever you want. You can pick the hair color and the color of the eyes and hand painted decoration. I usually do flowers, but anything goes! As always, this pony will be a one of a kind %100 hand sculpted with no molds used or taken. I always use a sturdy wire armature for support. Your pony will take about 2 weeks to complete. ponies are about 3 to 4 inches."

To enter to win Virtue and a unicorn, comment below.  You might tell us what kind of unicorn you would like!


This giveaway is open until 11:59 PM (Eastern) this Saturday.  The winner will be announced in the "Prize Booth" post on Sunday! (Due to unicorn transportation restrictions, this giveaway is U.S. only.)

The Midsummer Dream Fair was brought to you today by:
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78 comments:

  1. I have never put any thought into what kind of unicorn i would want. It would be really awesome to have one though.
    syndiasia at yahoo dot com

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    1. I almost forgot to mention that i love all of Amanda Hocking's books. I even got my girls into The Trylle Trilogy.

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  2. BAHAHAHAHA Gene Wilder!!
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    I don't know if it's bc it's 1:30 am here, but I almost peed my pants laughing!.

    And OMG!!!! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!! DUDE!! I was so Leonardo in my backyard with tree branch weapons!!

    I love this post! I fucking love it!

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  3. Were-Gene.Wilder? That is freaking hilarious! Plus, you can win a custom unicorn??? That is awesome!! :))

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  4. These questions were hilarious and so much fun to read. ;) Also really, really want to read VIRTUE.

    I might go into convulsions if I won a unicorn! I would want a unicorn-y one. With, you know, a pretty mane. (Aren't I so specific?) Maybe a snowy unicorn. All white with a snowflake design of some sort.

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  5. That was the most awesome and random interview ever! I think every movie mentioned is one of my faves. And even though I had an obsession with the Ewoks movies when I was a little girl (I was gonna marry Wicket!) I doubt I'd enjoy living with them.

    OMFG! UNICORNS!*excuse me while I squee* I've actually spent many hours thinking about the kind of unicorn I'd like, but I doubt anyone could make one with laser eyes, a mane that taste like cotton candy and with the ability to fart rainbows. So I guess I'd settle for a Cupcake Unicorn...and no, I have no idea what a Cupcake Unicorn is but I'm guessing it would entail bright colors :D

    ~Aeicha
    wordspelunker at gmail dot com

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  6. OMG A were-Gene Wilder....awesome. I love him.
    As for unicorns, I had several when I was little...I'm pretty sure they are out in a box in the garage somewhere. I'd hate to think I sold them at a garage sale or something terrible like that. I think white is the best color for unicorns only because I love the movie "The Last Unicorn" so much and they were white. (it's totally not a racial thing)
    Thanks for this!

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  7. Haha. Gotta love Amanda Hocking! I would love a copy of virtue!

    And a unicorn!! I think an evil unicorn would be cool. Black with red designs! :) There's a dark side to every creature. Right?

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    1. oh, and my email: christinastrobel4@gmail.com

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  8. Unicorns?! and Gene Wilder?! Brain overload. I want a hot pink unicorn with silver hair and green eyes and white flowers on his butt :D Best. Unicorn. Ever.

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  9. This interview was truly the best way to end a night! That was the best/ funniest interview I have ever read! Great unique questions too! If I won a unicorn, any design would be cool, because it is a Unicorn! :)

    unabridgedbookshelf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. This was really awesome to read ! I got in to Amanda Hocking with her My Blood approve series and fell in love with it and moved on to her Trylle series and fell even more in love with that story! I check her blog daily and can't wait to read her next book wake to come, 4 days ago I tryed to find Virtue in paperback and could not find it. I was complaining to my younger sister that I needed to buy a kindle so I could by it and she was like" you know they have an app for that" I downloaded it 5min later and bought Virtue and just finished it last night ! And then tonite i was kinda bummed I didn't have anything to read and found this! Crazy I kind felt like this was for me ..lol not me but us fans! Really mad my nite! But if I could have a pony I think I would like one that is lavender with purple hair and stars...sorry soo long but had to express how excited I was about this, and how I needed something to read and how I just finished virtue lays nite

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    1. Oh my maybe I shouldn't leave comments so late at nite and this dam auto correct on my phone mess with my grammar more than fix it! In the 7th line I ment to say Watersong story. In line 19 I ment to say made my nite! And in line 20 I don't know why I said pony I know the difference between the two I ment to unicorn ! Sorry !

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    2. I would really love a copy of Virtue in paperback and one of ur awesome unicorns!!!!!! What's awesome about ur interview with miss Amanda Hocking is that now I know about you and am going to try your books ! I am actually going to amazon site now I love fairies so to read your perspective on them is going to be exciting!

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  12. I agree that the 80's were the golden age of fantasy movies! Ladyhawke was one of my favorites! I would love to be a WereGeneWilder from Willy Wonka. I love the unicorn in the top photo!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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  13. I just want to say. I enjoy unicorns and Amanda is really cool. And Virtue is a fantastically fun book!

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  14. AH! the unicorns are so cute!!

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  15. OMG...the "were-GeneWilder" thing made me laugh SO hard! Amanda, you're amazing as always! Virtue was FABULOUS! I couldn't put it down! Also, unicorns are the bombdiggity, and if I had one, I would love to have a lavender one. :-) Awesome post!

    ~LM Sherwin

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  16. Very funny. I'd have to think some more about the unicorn style.
    frenchcanadienne(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. Those unicorns are so cute! I would love any - I love surprises!
    GFC - rickimc
    rickimc[at]aol[dot]com

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  18. This is the best interview I think I have ever read! and there's a unicorn...wow!!!!

    I think I would want a black unicorn with purple hair and accents.... I really love that black and read one shown above :)

    Thanks for the fun reading material!

    Steph
    cover2coverblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Just love the little unicorns. I think I'd like one that is black with white hair, silver horn and hooves, and maybe a crescent moon with some stars.
    That's pretty good, were Gene Wilder. Why not a were Steve Martin? He's just a "Wild and crazy guy!"

    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

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  20. Great Interview as for unicorns I guess I never really that about it but a black one would be cool with purple or burgundy mane. crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  21. YAY I love Amanda Hocking Books I have all of em except virtue! Her MBA series is what got my into reading to begin with (i even got my sister obsessed with the series).
    krysta.elizabeth@gmail.com

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  22. I love unicorns! Can't wait to read your books!

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  23. Awww, the unicorns are so pretty! And a fairytale book? Even better! - Azucena

    ajeans_herrera@yahoo.com

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  24. I loved Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein. So funny.
    I loved the movies that Mel Brooks made in the 80s.

    Your unicorns are so beautiful!
    The one sitting down is so cute.
    I like the pearl color and gold feet and the cute little pink snout. The big eyes and pose makes me think of a baby that is too tired to stand up anymore.

    rmeyermn
    (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway. The unicorns are beautiful. The unicorn I would want would have pearl or white ( I don't care) color skin. Deep sea blue eyes. eletric green hair. I would like the hand painted decoration to be a surprise. I can be anything.

    seedotsam@gmail.com

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  26. Those unicorns are soo adorable!!! I like the one sitting down!

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  27. You two have great chemistry. Very funny interview.

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  28. I actually love vampire slaying wereunicorns they are pretty awesome
    Sylvia722@bresnan.net

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  29. Were-Gene-Wilder, I love it. Now I'm going to be thinking about all the one liners from Young Frankenstein all day.

    I would love a darker purple unicorn with a black mane. Not your typical light, warm fuzzy unicorn. This one would be like the dark fey and ready to kick butt.

    Thanks for the great interview and giveaway. I would love to get a copy of Virtue and a unicorn.

    jbronderblogs at aol dot com

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  30. Awesome interview! I love Amanda Hocking and her books and this interview was hilarious! As for my custom unicorn, I would go with a deep blue body, bright purple eyes, black hair, and a crescent moon and some stars on it :)

    flava_sava_chick@yahoo.com

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  31. OMG i LOVE amanda hockings work! XD I loved hallowland series and the tyrelle series! XD Def want to read this!
    Nk for the unicorn i would want it have a tail like those in those in the first two pics. The body a light gray w/ pearl. I also would like it to have a beard (like in the least unicorn) and little tuffs of hair right behind their hooves. XD The horn and hooves i would want gold. Eyes orange!

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  32. Love Amanda Hocking! That's how I found you (love your books too) I was thinking specifically if I won a custom unicorn, I would want a hennaed unicorn. I am a henna artist and I think a black brown with gold henna designs would be amazing!

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  33. I will not contest your opinion that The Labyrinth is the greatest fantasy movie of the eighties. Maybe of all time. I feel very passionately about this. David Bowie in tight pants and leather with glittery hair? As a goblin king who snatches unruly infants? Sign me up every time. I grew up watching it and singing the songs, and I know all the words. "You remind me of the babe..." I'm not going to sing the whole song, because the internet is tone-deaf.

    As far as unicorns go, they are probably my favorite animal. Unicorns must be pearly white with purple hair and moon/stars on their flanks. Their horns and hooves are silver, because that goes better with purple than gold (duh).

    Gene Wilder haunts my nightmares. Him and Time Curry prance around evily in my subconcious, so it makes sense that you would become a Were-Gene-Wilder. That dude is frickin' scary.

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  34. I recently read Hollowland and think Camilla would make a great Remy! My unicorn would have to look similar to picture #2 with the red and black...matches my favorite sports teams colors...Go Bucs!

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  35. I would love to have a unicorn as well as the copy of Virtue. I am new to Amanda Hocking, but have very much liked everything that I have read. I am a big fan of Remy and the zombies! This was my first zombie book. Unicorns should be mythical looking - shiny and bright - as well as beautiful to behold. I see a white unicorn with multi colorful hair and a lot of shine.

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  36. Read Hollowland, love it!! Amanda Hocking is a great author and can't wait for Wake. Unicorns should be beautiful and mystical. But an evil unicorn would be cool too. Hope I win a copy of Virtue.

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  37. Forgot my email.
    queendsheena@hotmail.com

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  38. *SQEEEEE* UNICORNS!!! I've been looking for this tent all month!!!

    (Yes, yes, I know I have a map that's beside the point!)


    If I could have any unicorn?? I'd try to stay as true to my fave unicorn, Amalthea from The Last Unicorn, so I would want her to be white on white with purple eyes, and maybe just one moth/butterfly like the one from the movie.

    (although I'll take any of the ones pictured above if you can't find a home for them!!!)

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  39. Thanks for the chance to win! I like really like the black and red unicorn!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  40. If I could have a unicorn I would want one with tons of rainbows and flowers with sparkles and glitter with green hair and I would love Amanda Hockings book Virtue I love Amanda Hockings book they inspire me to be apart in my dream to be an author of many books I want to be like her.
    recag@ymail.com

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  41. Random interview made my day. I really like reading what Amanda has to tell her followers. And after reading the interview I can tell she is probably the only person who could fit into the phrase 'kid at heart'. And personalized unicorn? Cool! I think I've been waiting all month long just for today!

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  42. I love unicorns my dad would always buy me a new one for all the holidays when I was little. i would want a pink unicorn with bright blue eyes!!!! I absolutely love the My Blood Approves series I can't wait for the next book to come out.

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  43. Hi =)

    I enjoyed reading the Amanda interview! Unluckily, I am outside the unicorn shipping zone, so I would love to win an ebook copy of "Virtue". Thank you for the fair!

    Lilly

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  44. If i could have a unicorn, it would be a dapple gray or appaloosa unicorn. grays are so pretty! if i drink unicorn blood, will i live forever? (harry potter joke. haha. so lame. D:)

    justmyluck999@aol.com
    i like first unicorn shown. the standing white one.

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  45. If I got a unicorn it would be solid white with blue eyes. It would be so awesome to have a unicorn. but I really like the first unicorn shown above so I would probably like to have that one too.

    Thanks for the giveaway

    tiffany.webb29@yahoo.com

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  46. Fun interview. Cute unicorns.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. Awesome interview, and super cute unicorns! I've been enjoying Amanda's blog for a while, and really need to start reading her books. :)

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  48. Okay, really excited Unicorns, which I promised everyone on my opening day post and Amanda Hocking on the same day! Almost can't control myself, but I'm sporting a Patchy the Pirate look today (scratched cornea) and looking at the computer with one eyes is making me cross eyed so...My unicorn would be black with red and orange lightning bolts and red hair!! I know it's not very fairy tale-ish but my unicorn is built for speed! I plan to get into all kinds of shenanigans and need a fast get away.

    Heather :)
    hrose2931(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. I am so glad you had this stop!! I LOVE Amanda's books. I got lots of my friends to read The Tyrlle Trilogy. These questions let us get to know her a little better and was hilarious!!

    Thanks!!

    Heather @ Paranormal Book Junkie

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  50. THank you so much for the chance to win:)
    -JennyC
    jennybelieves@gmail.com

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  51. Wow I loved the interview. That was entertaining and so was everyones comments. I have started the first book in the Trylle series but had to stop to get all my reviews done. I really liked it so far though.

    I really love unicorns. My favorite color is green so if I win I would like a pale green unicorn with darker green hair. Then for the design I think flowers or butterflies would be pretty in all different colors.

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

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  52. Great interview. If I won one of these adorable unicorns, I would want it to look like Cinnamon from FAIRY METAL THUNDER! I think it's the fastest I've ever read a book. I'm buying the sequel tommorow so I don't stay up all night reading it. LOL! angram73 at yahoo.com

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  53. Awesome interview!!!

    I would want my unicorn to be bright! Lots of colors!

    ~Leigh Ann @ flyingonsilverwings.blogspot.com
    silverwingsbookblog@gmail.com

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  54. My inner nerd totally loved this interview! I also would love to see a were Gene Wilder! LOL

    Oh and as far as what unicorn I'd like.. Purple with a black mane and pansy flowers on his hiney. :D So cool!

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  55. You had me at Were-Gene-Wilder. Thanks, Amanda Hocking, now I am compelled to read everything you've ever written. ;)

    As for my very own unicorn (squee!), I'd go with a pearly teal body with gold eyes, a black mane and tail, and spirals on her rump instead of flowers.

    Thanks for the giveaway and interview!

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  56. Great Interview! Love the Muppets cast of Hollowland! Would love a copy of the book and if I win the unicorn i would like a pink unicorn with a black mane and tail with butterflies. Thanks! :o)

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  57. Sir, I like your interview style! Also, it's answers like these that prove how awesome Amanda is. I keep telling her and Eric to get their own comedy show... I've even offered to be in their lounge band. I think it would be the best thing ever.

    I can't even begin to explain how spectacular it is that you have a unicorn giveaway in combination with this interview and giveaway for Virtue. My heart may explode. I shouldn't win, but I told Amanda I'd be "all up ons" this unicorn business, so just for fun... my dream unicorn would be cotton candy pink with turquoise hair and purple eyes and a rainbow painted on its side... and it would fly.

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  58. I love all unicorns! I really like the idea of a purple unicorn with black hair and a silver horn. I don't know what color the eyes would be. A dark blue or silver? The design on the back is hard to think of too. Maybe something star or flower inspired. When I was a kid my favorite animal was a Pegasus unicorn, ha! Anyways, those are amazing unicorns! Who makes them?

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  59. My last message didn't seem to go through so here it is:

    I love all unicorns! I really like the idea of a purple unicorn with black hair and a silver horn. I don't know what color the eyes would be. A dark blue or silver? The design on the back is hard to think of too. Maybe something star or flower inspired. When I was a kid my favorite animal was a Pegasus unicorn, ha! Anyways, those are amazing unicorns! Who makes them?

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  60. Those unicorns are painfully adorable.

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  61. my unicorn would have hair the color of lightning, grey eyes but with a twinkle, her skin would be black with a hint of silver glitter, and the design on the side would be a collection of beautiful stars. that is my perfect unicorn.
    deborah.goff@ymail.com

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  62. Great Interview! I'm scared by the amount of those 80 movies I watched when they came out. Loved the black unicorn :)
    NewBorrowedUsed(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Great interview. I love the unicorns. They are so awesome. What girl doesn't want their own unicorn. thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I would like a pink or white unicorn with purple and white hair. any design is fine with me. these are so great. thanks

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  64. A were-Gene Wilder is absolutely perfect, but wait I thought he was a were and was certain I saw him and Count Mel B out cavorting on the moor last full moon (oh forgot that was a secret) ;) Thank you for the wonderfully fun post.
    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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  65. I would like to be a rainbow colored unicorn that can fly! I love the idea of a were-Gene Wilder - hilarious! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  66. I love this post! I knew Amanda Hocking wrote very entertaining stories, but it's good to know she has a real sense of humor underneath it all.

    And, holy crap, wow, are those unicorns gorgeous. That's amazing workmanship there.

    If I won, I'd like a light blue unicorn (if possible), with green eyes and black hooves, and with black and dark blue hair.

    Thanks so much for the chance!
    postedcontests (at) gmail (dot) com

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  67. Unicorns and paranormal fiction are my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win!! White with blue eyes was ultra magical.

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  68. LOL! This is an awesome post! Have either of you considered collaborating on a future book? Please keep this thread open, the comments are awesome!

    Free unicorns, a free book, and Gene Wilder - who could ask for anything more?

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  69. Love the were-Gene Wilder answer. Laughed out loud. Great interview.

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  71. Hats of to both of you, you really whipped up an awesomely fun interview! A joy to read - you both bubble over with an infectious enthusiasm!
    Labyrinth is one of my favourites too!
    I think I am too late for the contest but would have been honoured to have a
    a copy of your book Amanda [ signed?????] on my shelf! Unicorn - oh wow -that would have been sooo special- I would have gone for the blue of lapis lazuli with a twinkle of stars and a silver and midnight blue streaked mane.

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  72. Wow, I wish all interviews would be like that *Daydreams*
    I must say that I smiled all the time but I didn't laugh, I promise! Unicorns.. And that humor is invalueble! *U*
    Two great author doing the best interview ever! ^U^

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