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breathless reads 2012: beth revis takes us to cleveland county, north carolina

image from www.bridgesbbq.com

For an explanation of the Breathless Reads tour and these guest posts, click here.

The winner of Beth’s books, as determined by the random number generator, is Doug Solter(comment #12)! Doug, I don’t have a way to get in touch with you, so please email me ASAP with your mailing address so we can get your book to you! Congrats!

Ally: So, Beth, where are you taking us today?

Beth: Welcome to Cleveland County, North Carolina!

A: Tell us about why this place is important to you.

B: After college, I needed a teaching job. I ended up in a small town in the northern part of Cleveland County. At the time, I thought it would temporary; I planned on quitting the second I got a book deal. But despite my best efforts, the little town wormed its way into my heart, and when—six years later—I finally got the book deal of my dreams, I cried like a baby when I turned in my resignation.

A: Where, exactly, in Cleveland County, will we start?

B: This is very much in the country: so dress appropriately! I think we’ll start with a tour of school—complete with its own cow and goat pasture!

A: Okay, that’s awesome. I wish my school had had its own cow and goat pasture. But all that walking made me hungry. Where are we going to eat?

B: We’re going to Bridge’s Bar-B-Que, best in the state! But we’re going to the one in the country, not the one on the highway: there IS a difference, and it’s worth the extra drive.

A: That sounds (and looks!) amazing. Where will you take us next?

B: Let’s go to South Mountain: it’s actually a rather small mountain range, one of the oldest in the nation. You people with the Rockies would laugh at it, but there are some great hiking trails and a waterfall.

A: I promise that we Rockies people will not laugh! And what if all this hiking makes us hungry again? What do we eat next?

B: Livermush. Made and packaged right here. I’m not eating any, though, that stuff is gross. What do you expect with a name like “livermush?”

A: Nothing good, that’s for sure. I might go back to the BBQ. 🙂 Where will you take us for our last stop?

B: Let’s drive south, into Shelby. It’s got a cute little Main Street (with a great ice cream shop), but I’m thinking you’re most going to be interested in the train stop…after all, that’s where the filmed the train stop scene for District 12 for the HUNGER GAMES movie! If you squint, you can still see the “District 12” painted on the side.

A: Ice cream and Hunger Games. Is there anything better? (No. There is not.) Thank you for the tour, Beth! And, just for fun, here are a few more answers from Beth about Cleveland County.

A: Where is the best place to write/read here?

B: This is the country: get a laptop, and go outside. Unless it’s raining. In which case, go to Broad River Coffee.

A: The best place to buy a book?

B: Unfortunately, our bookstore closed! But it’s not that far of a drive to Fireside Books and Gifts…and so worth it!

A: What song always makes you think about this place?

B: Pretty much any country music song, although for the record, Earl Scruggs was born here…

Thanks so much for stopping by, Beth!

Once again, Penguin Teen has been kind enough to donate books for our giveaway! Today’s prize package is a great one– 1 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE set with 1 paperback of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and 1 hardcover of A MILLION SUNS + 1 Breathless Reads Spring 2012 poster.

Want to enter? Here’s how. Leave a comment on this post by midnight (MST) February 18th. The contest is open to US/Canada. You may only comment once. Good luck!

+ comments (60)
  • 05476339492989892216
    February 17, 2012

    I love Beth Revis, and it was so much fun to learn more about her through this interview!


  • sarabara081
    February 17, 2012

    That BBQ looks good! And the livermush sounds… disgusting! LOL How fun it would be to see where they shot a scene of the Hunger Games!! Thank you for the interview and tour from Beth Revis!! 🙂

  • Heather
    February 17, 2012

    Fun interview! I wonder if Shelby will become at all as popular a tourist destination as Sparks?? 🙂

  • Gabi
    February 17, 2012

    I can’t wait to read ‘A Million Suns!’

  • Shannon
    February 17, 2012

    It’s always nice to learn more about our favorite authors. Can’t wait to read A MILLION SUNS!

  • Alysa
    February 17, 2012

    aww, isn’t it crazy how the places we don’t expect to love worm their way into our hearts? I haven’t read across the universe yet.

  • Pica
    February 17, 2012

    Yay! Beth Revis! I am loving these interviews with my favorite authors! Thanks for hosting these, Ally, and thanks for sharing about Cleveland County, Beth!

  • 09585039530576373397
    February 17, 2012

    I would love to see where they filmed The Hunger Games and have some BBQ and Icecream. I’d probably even try the livermush…..just to say I’d done it!

  • Ali
    February 17, 2012

    Another fun interview. So cool that the train stop in Hunger Games was filmed there!

  • Stephanie
    February 17, 2012

    This is a really fun idea for posts! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • JenP
    February 17, 2012

    Great idea for a series of posts!

  • Doug Solter
    February 17, 2012

    I’ve wanted to read ACROSS THE UNIVERSE for a long time so winning a copy of that and the sequal would be great!

  • Deb R
    February 17, 2012

    A great interview that was fun to read!

  • Leanna DeKing
    February 17, 2012

    Sounds very interesting…is on my must read list so would love to win a copy!!

  • Jayme
    February 17, 2012

    This sounds like my hometown… but in OK!

  • Andrea Gabbitas
    February 17, 2012

    Sounds like lots of fun!!

  • Julie B.
    February 17, 2012

    thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Christina Kit.
    February 17, 2012

    I LOVED this post!

    I could envision the whole town – I wish I’d gone to a school that had a cow and goat pasture:))

    North Carolina is one of my favorite states:)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

    • Christina Kit.
      February 17, 2012

      Beth, I haven’t read either book yet, but after all these AWESOME reviews and this great post that let us into your life, I really want to:))

      ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  • Christina
    February 17, 2012

    This is such a great series and one of my favorite. Plus Beth sounds like the nicest person ever.

  • Marthapao
    February 17, 2012

    I absolutely love BBQ and to thanks to this interview I now have to have some!!

  • 09419326732411634489
    February 17, 2012

    I haven’t read any of Beth’s books, but with all these awesome reviews I MUST!

  • 02654650477643157139
    February 17, 2012

    Would love to read these books!!

  • Luke Piper
    February 17, 2012

    Count me in.

  • melissa @ 1lbr
    February 17, 2012

    Oh the BBQ sounds so yummy (though, livermush? Ugh). I love hearing about small towns.

  • Rebecca Whalen
    February 17, 2012

    Wow loved this interview cant wait to read something by her!

  • Donna B
    February 17, 2012

    What can be better than goats, cows and the Hunger Games!

  • Robin
    February 17, 2012

    Always nice to hear how much being in the schools meant to someone.

  • Amy in Atlanta
    February 17, 2012

    I love Beth’s books and she’s a sweetheart in person too.

  • Samantha Miller
    February 17, 2012

    Our towns sound so much alike! Are you sure your not in Texas?

  • Annie~SavorThisMoment
    February 17, 2012

    Love this: ” Ice cream and Hunger Games. Is there anything better?”

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kate
    February 17, 2012

    Ouu that BBQ looks delish! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  • Sara B. Larson
    February 17, 2012

    Now I’m craving BBQ. I LOVED ATU and I can’t wait to read a Million suns, so I sure hope I win!

  • Tiffany Lewis
    February 17, 2012

    Thanks for the tour! That barbecue sounds delicious!

  • Heather Mitchell
    February 17, 2012

    I live in NC not that far from Cleveland County. Loved reading your tidbits.

  • Diana Ault
    February 17, 2012

    Ive been wanting to get my hands on these books for a long while now! Thanks for the chance!

  • Liz Brown
    February 17, 2012

    That BBQ sounds delish! And the fact that the Hunger Games was filmed nearby, even better! I’ll have to check this place out sometime! 🙂

  • Sherry Knack
    February 17, 2012

    What an interesting interview. It’s making me crave good Southern BBQ.

  • 05258591144202884899
    February 17, 2012

    I’ve been dying to read Across the Universe but I haven’t had time yet! Thanks for the fun interview, Beth and Ally 🙂

  • Briana
    February 17, 2012

    This is such a great interview, and I loved the nod to country music! I haven’t read any of Beth’s books yet, but I plan to as soon as possible because they look great!

  • Brad Parfait
    February 17, 2012

    I love Beth Revis’s books, and I need A Million Suns, this is one of my favorite romance books other than the Matched series.

  • crystal
    February 17, 2012

    what a great interview

  • Madison
    February 17, 2012

    Wow, thank you so SO much for this awesome contest! I absolutely love Beth Revis, and this interview on the blog was so amazing to read. Beth Revis is so inspiring and such a talented author, and I cannot wait to read her books! I have been wanting to read them for some time now, and it would be the biggest honor ever to win! Both stories sound so cool, and the covers are gorgeous! They will definitely be a wonderful addition to any book shelf, so best of luck to all who enter. Thanks again for this contest, and I cant’ wait to hear who wins! 🙂

  • Stephanie
    February 17, 2012

    North Carolina is gorgeous and does have some of the best BBQ!

  • Vivien
    February 17, 2012

    I adore Beth!! She is so inspiring. Definitely made of awesome! I am so in love with her series 🙂

    deadtossedwaves a gmail dot com

  • Emily
    February 17, 2012

    Thanks for a fun interview! Beth’s series is one of my absolutely favorites. She’s an amazing writer!

  • Karlinda
    February 17, 2012

    This looks so good! I want to read it so bad!

  • Maegan
    February 17, 2012

    I loved Across the Universe and can’t wait to read A Million Suns!

    P.S. Just finished reading Crossed and I loved that too 🙂

  • melannie
    February 17, 2012

    I can safely say Beth is one of my favorite people in the world. I feel like I know her even though I’ve never met her but she just seems like the greatest person <3

  • Ashley R.
    February 17, 2012

    I am really loving these posts! I really want to read her books now. Thank you for this contest.

  • Enna Isilee
    February 17, 2012

    Aw. All these posts are making me wish for last year’s event in SLC. Thanks for sharing, Ally!

  • Kristi S.
    February 17, 2012

    Aw, I wish I could attend one of the tour stops! Unfortunately, the nearest one is still a bit too far. 🙁 Anyway, so excited that AMS is out now. I have yet to read it.

    Thanks for the post & giveaway!

  • ansindt
    February 17, 2012

    I wish the Breathless Reads Tour was returning to Utah. The last one was amazing! Thanks for the giveaway=)

  • Coral
    February 18, 2012

    I’ve been wanting to read Across the Universe! Thanks for the post…it was great getting to know Beth a little better!

  • K8
    February 18, 2012

    I cannot wait to get to meet Beth and all the other fine authors on this tour! I will be seeing them on Tuesday!

  • Meggan
    February 18, 2012

    Out of all the books that were listed in the photo you posted, Beth’s books are the ones that I want to read most. I shall add her titles to my never ending “to-read” list. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • elena
    February 18, 2012

    Oh no, it’s such a shame about the bookstore! North Carolina sounds great, I love ice cream so the store sounds perfect.

  • tayla
    February 18, 2012

    Yay 🙂

  • Tia
    February 18, 2012

    Really want to read Beth’s books! They’re at the top of my to-read list ;D

  • May Richard
    February 19, 2012



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