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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: The Fray Theory: Resonance by Nelou Keramati (Author Interview + Giveaway)

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The wait is almost over – The Fray Theory: Resonance releases tomorrow and I’m so excited to have the talented author of the book, Nelou Keramati here on the blog today for Celebrating Debutantes 2016 event before the release. Nelou is nice enough to answers few questions about her debut novel. Let’s all check what Nelou shares so we all have a little more info before digging in to this intriguing young adult debut novel.

To know more about Nelou Keramati and The Fray Theory: Resonance, check the author’s bio and book’s description that follows after the interview, as well as links where to find Nelou and where to buy copies of the book.

Also, don’t forget to check the fabulous giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a signed copy of the book plus swags.

Interview with Nelou Keramati

What led you into writing? Was it a lifelong ambition, or the result of some type of turning point in your life? How did the inspiration for The Fray Theory: Resonance come?

For me, it was very much as a result of a turning point. I never aspired to be a writer, and never thought a day would come for me to share the characters and stories in my head with the world. But when I was struck by the idea of the Fray Theory, I knew I had to do something with it.

The inspiration for The Fray Theory – Resonance came to me on a late summer night while I was having a conversation with my lovely friend, Penelope. We were marveling at the numerous coincidences we’d both been experiencing, and when I attempted to answer how it’s possible to think of something before it happens, the idea for the Fray Theory was sparked in me.

I spent the next year and a half working to flesh it out.

The Fray Theory: Resonance is under an indie publishing company, Finch Hill. How did you choose your publisher? Did you ever consider the other big publishers?

When I began this journey I hadn’t anticipated the story to become as extensive (now spanning over multiple books), and thought writing was going to be a very short-lived indulgence. As such, I didn’t want to spend months, even years querying traditional publishers when my end-goal was pursuing a career in acting.

An indie publisher seemed like the best way to maintain maximum creative control over my work, and I’m very happy that The Fray Theory is to be published by Finch Hill.

So far, what has been the best part of self-publishing? What has been the hardest?

I think indie publishing is great for those who crave total creative control, and as an artist who wished to create the cover art herself, that was huge for me. But virtually everything else could be categorized as a challenge. There is so much to know about the process of writing itself: characterizations, story arcs, narrative style, etc. And then comes editing and formatting, which are very extensive on their own.

The indie published author needs to know absolutely everything there is about publishing a book. From the moment the idea of a novel is conceived, all the way to long after it’s been published. They need to know everything about: genres, their target audience, story structuring, writing style, character arcs, editing, formatting, copyright, cover art/photo, indie vs. traditional publishing, royalties, ebooks and their various formats, ISBNs, barcodes, printers and their paperback/hardcover provisions, pricing, distribution, advertising, social media promotions, personal website, email lists, etc…

It is a lot of work, and preparation is key. But it’s also incredibly rewarding because you get to bring to life something substantial from little more than an idea.

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamor to be heard over the others?

I especially enjoy writing scenes with Romer and Marcus Holt. Characters who are blunt and unapologetic require little inhibition when writing, and they often wind up having a great sense of humor! But I believe if all characters are crafted well and have a real purpose in the story, they will all speak deeply to the author because they are in truth, simply fragments of the author’s subconscious.

If one of your characters could turn the tables on you and write a story based on your teenage years, what would the title of that book be? What would be the first line?

I love this question!
Title: It’s All Relative
First line: “So, there’s this nerdy girl in my high-school who for some reason thinks she’s cool…”

If you could choose to have one strength of another writer, what would it be and from whom?

I would love to have J.K. Rowling’s patience!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! Readers are the reason I’ve poured my heart and soul into this novel. So truly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Nelou KeramatiNelou Keramati was born in Shiraz, the city of poets, scholars, wine, and literature. At the age of twelve her family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, which she has since proudly called her home.

Following six years of studies in Cognitive Neuroscience, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Four years later, upon obtaining her Masters of Architecture, she switched gears once more to pursue acting, art, and writing.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

TheFrayTheory-ResonanceTitle: The Fray Theory: Resonance
Author: Nelou Keramati
Publisher: Finch Hill
Publication Date: August 31, 2016
Pages: 261
Format: eBook

Neve Knightly lives in an ordinary world. Where déjà vu is nothing more than a mind-trick. Where premonitions are dismissed as mere coincidence. Where no one thinks twice about the glitches in their reality.

Neve Knightly is living a lie.

But when her nightmare of a tragedy comes true the very next day, she can no longer seek solace in self-deception. The glossy enamel has been shattered, and she has caught a glimpse of what slithers just beneath the surface.
She now has the opportunity to decipher the enigma that’s been haunting her since childhood. But her quest soon becomes deeply entangled with the last two people she could have ever imagined: the love of her life, Dylan, who mysteriously vanished three years ago, and his estranged best friend, Romer, who seems to be guarding a secret of his own.

Romance, rancor, and redemption plummet as priorities, as their lives become riddled with peculiar happenings lying just outside the realm of science. And in search for salvation, they emerge at the brink of unveiling the best-kept secret in human history.

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Blog Tour: The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day (Author Interview)

Today I’m super excited to kick off the promotional tour for The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day. This upcoming contemporary young adult novel features different type of characters which shows diversity in fiction.

I had so much fun reading Ash and Eden’s story which makes me excited for readers to experience the same thing when the book hit shelves this coming September. But before that here’s Julia answering few questions for me. I hope you all enjoy the interview.

Interview with Julia Day

Your previous published novels are under a different name. Why use a pseudo name for The Possibility of Somewhere?

My other books are YA paranormal, and they’re definitely at the sweet end of the spectrum. Since this is my first YA contemporary, I liked the idea of having a different pen name as I write contemporary stories that might not be as sweet.

Is there a special/particular reason for picking Julia Day as a new pen name?

Yes, it’s all about my family. Julia is a mash-up of my daughters’ names. Day is derived from my husband’s name. I couldn’t be an author without their support, and this pen name gave me a way to honor them.

Has your approach to writing changed since your first novel published?

I think that writing is similar in many ways to being an athlete. You practice and train. When you fail, you figure out what you did wrong and go at it again. You rely on coaches (editors). And the harder you work, the better you get. Each time you try something new, your approach has to change.

Is The Possibility of Somewhere easier or harder to write than your other novels?

My first series was a time-travel, so half of the story was set in the 18th century. It took a huge amount of historical research, but I still found writing time-travel easier than contemporary. I think that’s because the past (mostly) stays the same. Once I’ve collected the research, I don’t have to worry about it changing on me.

In a contemporary world, nothing ever stays the same. Technology will not sit still. Education, music, trends, language—they’re constantly evolving. Teens are evolving too and—in many ways—creating the change. As an author, I have to work overtime to get that right.

What techniques do you employ to write productively?

I hate to admit it, but my writing process is pretty chaotic. I’m disciplined in my day job as a software engineer. And if my family needs anything, I’m there. But writing is something that I do best when I feel relaxed and can let the words flow at their own pace.

Racial discrimination is a common theme in fictions, and The Possibility of Somewhere has this theme too. What do you think a novel can accomplish in adding theme like this? Is there a particular thing you hope readers will learn from reading The Possibility of Somewhere?

Any “ism”—whether it’s racism, classism, or sexism—bubbles up from fear and ignorance. When people don’t understand a person who is different from them, they sometimes allow fear to muffle their curiosity. Books give readers a way to experience differences. We don’t have to agree with a character’s choices, but at least we’ve had the opportunity to understand why they made them.

Instead of learning from this book, I’d like for readers to feel. What is it like to be judged for something that’s out of our control? How does it feel to have your love rejected simply because you live in the wrong location? If readers can feel that from this book, it will be enough.

Aside from racism, The Possibility of Somewhere have a strong focus on family. How much does this reflect your own life?

My family is the center of my world. Both of my daughters are in their twenties now and live within a half-hour’s drive. One is in college. The other is working in her first job. They are both such amazing young women, and they still choose to spend time with their parents. I’m so grateful for that.

What’s next for you after The Possibility of Somewhere? Is there any project you are working on or planning to write next?

I’m writing a second YA contemporary romance for St Martin’s. This one takes place during the summer, in a teen theater camp. The main character joins the backstage crew and becomes the reluctant assistant to the guy who runs the show. This book doesn’t have a title yet and should be available in Fall 2017.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julia DayJULIA DAY lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two twenty-something daughters and one geeky old husband. When she’s not writing software or stories, Julia enjoys traveling with her family, watching dance reality shows on TV, and dreaming about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Possibility of SomewhereBook Details:
Title:  The Possibility of Somewhere
Author: Julia Day
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: September 06, 2016
Format: Hardcover $18.99 ISBN: 9781250097354, Ebook ISBN: 9781250097361

In her contemporary YA debut, THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE (St. Martin’s Griffin; September 6, 2016), Julia Day uses Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to frame a sweet story about two overachieving high school students who want more than their small hometown has to offer. Ash and Eden are fighting their parents’ expectations, their school social status, and each other for the valedictorian spot, but when they are forced to work on a class project together – something seems to change.

Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted– he’s admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There’s only one obstacle in Ash’s path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?

All Eden’s ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college– and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks… When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream – one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?

With a cast of characters that feel very real, from an autistic four-year-old boy Eden babysits to the new girl in school who shakes things up, THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE is a look back into the awkward period in high school when the future is in transit. A touching back to school read about first relationships, Day’s contemporary YA debut will have you falling in love.

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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen (Movie Cast + Giveaway)

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Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m super thrilled to have author Jenn P. Nguyen here on the blog today as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2016 event. Jenn will be sharing to us her casting pick for her debut contemporary novel The Way to Game the Walk of Shame.

To know more about Jenn and The Way to Game the Walk of Shame, check the author’s bio and book’s description that follows after the guest post, as well as links where to find Jenn and where to buy copies of the book.

Also, don’t forget to check the fabulous giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a signed copy of the book and swags pack.

Enjoy checking out the Jenn’s casting pick and happy weekend!

Here’s Jenn with her casting pick for The Way to Game the Walk of Shame

Every author imagines how their book would be as a movie someday. Or maybe it’s just me. In fact, I always have my entire movie cast planned out before I even write a single word of the story. Not that I’m crazy or cocky enough to believe that my book would be a movie, but it’s always nice to dream. J Plus it’s how I always plot out my stories.

The first thing I do when I start a new story is work on character bios and find pictures to fit the characters. Sad, happy, laughing, fighting, etc. This helps me connect with the characters and I can plot out the story better when I can visualize them and each scene in my head. It becomes real to me. And I get to spend hours just looking at pictures online and call it ‘research’.

So without further adieu, my movie cast for THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME that I pulled from my very first draft! I know that some of these actors are way too old to play high schoolers now, but since this is my dream cast, in my mind, they’re forever young. They’ve found the secret to the Fountain of Youth. Like Ellen DeGeneres. Or Mario Lopez.

Danielle Panabaker

Taylor Simmons: Medium brown hair with bangs that get in her eyes, dark brown eyes, slightly elfish face. She’s very slim with little to no curves. Medium height. (Actress – Danielle Panabaker)

Nick Zano

Evan McKinley: Tall, but very broad. Muscular. Spiky dark blond hair, dark gray eyes, straight nose aside from the bump at the bridge, large square jaw that’s slightly lopsided. Dimple on one cheek. (Actor – Nick Zano, during the What I Like About You era)

Fun fact – This picture was what helped to inspire the first chapter of THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME

Lucy Hale

Carly Winters: Dark brown almost black hair that’s wavy and falls down her back. Tall and a little stocky, but very fit with curves. Square jaw with pouty lips. Dark eyes. (Actress – Lucy Hale)

Wu ChunBrian Long: Very tall and lanky (like a swimmer) and is of asian descent. He has slightly long black hair that he sweeps to the side, off his forehead. Very straight nose. (Actor – Wu Chun)

Scarlett Pomers

Lauren Tillman: Long curly red hair, icy blue eyes. Straight nose and very fair skin. She’s skinny and medium built like Taylor, but has curves that she doesn’t have. (Actress – Scarlett Pomers)

Zachary Abel

Aaron Fitzgerald: Tall and stocky with dark curly hair. Not quite as broad as Evan, but also muscular and has a way of always towering over people. Green eyes. (Actor: Zachary Abel)

Thank you so much Jenn for sharing to us your casting pick for The Way to Game the Walk of Shame. I’m excited to meet all the characters of your novel especially now with those brilliant actors/actresses above. Love Wu Chun by the way which makes me more excited to meet Brian Long and of course Taylor and Evan too.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Jenn P Nguyen Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is her debut novel.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Way to Game the Walk of ShameBook Details:

Title: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback, eBooks

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

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  • Signed copy of The Way to Game the Walk of Shame + Swag Pack

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  • Open to US only
  • There will be one (1) winner only
  • Winner will be chosen by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends September 16, 2016
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

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Blog Tour: Dr. Fell and The Playground of Doom by David Nielsen (Author Interview)

So excited to have author David Nielsen today on the blog for a quick interview about his newly released middle-grade novel, Dr. Fell and The Playground of Doom. David is nice enough to answer few questions for me about his writing experiences, inspirations and more. I hope you all enjoy the interview.

To know more about Dr. Fell and The Playground of Doom and David Nielsen, check the author’s bio and book’s description that follows after the interview.

Enjoy reading!

Interview with David Nielsen

Tell us a bit about your journey with DR. FELL AND THE PLAYGROUND OF DOOM. When did you first come up with the idea and what were the timescales involved between the first draft and the novel being accepted for publication?

The idea for Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom came from an illustration done by the late children’s illustrator Trina Schart Hyman. It was on the wall of my in-laws’ house and it caught my eye. It depicts an old man in a suit and top hat leering down at a little girl, who looks back suspiciously. On his back he’s wearing a basket out of which stick a number children’s arms, legs, and heads. Intrigued, I looked up Dr. Fell and discovered the original four-line poem written in 1680. Suddenly I wanted to know more about this character. What was he up to? What did he want? What would happen if he moved into the neighborhood?

The story came quite easily. I had the first draft in September, 2014, in about two months. From there I went through a short round of comments and edits from my friends and regular readers and sent it to my agent in October of 2014. Crown Books for Young Readers picked it up three months later in January, 2015.

As a writer, do you feel like you are writing yourself or pieces of yourself in DR. FELL AND THE PLAYGROUND OF DOOM? Why?

I don’t think a writer can help but put pieces of themselves into their work. As I was writing the story, each of my three protagonists took on certain aspects of myself, but definitely magnified. Gail trusts authority and doesn’t want to rock the boat. Jerry intensifies my nerdier elements, and also lives a bit of my childhood in being top of the class but not all that popular. Nancy is more like a tame version of my Id. She gets to be the smart alec and brat I always wanted to be, often saying what she really thinks rather than just saying what is expected of her.

Dr. Fell embodies a dark nature that we all have inside of us.

How does your previous experience as an actor influenced your writing? Does it make things easier being exposed with scripts or more of a challenge?

At first, being used to working with scripts made writing prose more difficult, because all I knew was dialogue. I was actually quite nervous when I first attempted true prose. It was only after my first few short stories got mainly positive feedback that I began to feel secure enough to attempt a larger work, such as a novel. My familiarity with dialogue is, I believe, a real strength in writing engaging work for young readers.
My acting experience also influences me as I write in how I see the scenes in my head as I write them. I visualize every moment in my story as if it were on stage, and try to capture that image and place it on the page.

If one of your characters could turn the tables on you and write a story based on your life, what would the title of that book be and what would be the first line?

The only character in the book I can imagine having the interest and patience to write a book about me would be Gail. Were she to come up with my life story, she might call it “Late Bloomer.” I imagine a first line might be something like, “For some reason, it took David over 40 years to start writing children’s books.”

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for joining me on this journey into the slightly-dark world of Dr. Fell, I hope you enjoyed yourself. I am really quite fond of the Bad Doctor, and there are more tales about his nasty, unpleasant, nefarious deeds I hope to bring to life in the near future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David NielsenDavid Neilsen is a classically trained actor/storyteller, a journalist, and a theater/improvisation teacher for children and adults. During the Halloween season, David can be found telling spooky tales to audiences of all ages, or performing one of his one-man shows based on the stories of horror author H.P. Lovecraft. David lives in New York with his family. Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom is his first novel. Visit him at neilsenparty.wordpress.com.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Dr. Fell and The Playground of DoomBook Details:
Title: Dr. Fell and The Playground of Doom
Author: David Nielsen
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication: August 09, 2016
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover, eBooks, audio

When the mysterious Dr. Fell moves into the abandoned house that had once been the neighborhood kids’ hangout, he immediately builds a playground to win them over. But as the ever-changing play space becomes bigger and more elaborate, the children and their parents fall deeper under the doctor’s spell.

Only Jerry, Nancy, and Gail are immune to the lure of his extravagant wonderland. And they alone notice that when the injuries begin to pile up on the jungle gym, somehow Dr. Fell is able to heal each one with miraculous speed. Now the three children must find a way to uncover the doctor’s secret power without being captivated by his trickery.

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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy (Author Interview + Giveaway)

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I love reading smart characters in fiction. Not only because they have interesting thoughts but also because they make me more engage in my reading. It’s fun analyzing smart characters and their thread of thoughts. So when I found out that Katie Kennedy’s debut novel feature a whiz kid for the main character, I can’t help but get excited. I can wait to meet Yuri and discover all the science stuffs he knows. But before that Katie Kennedy is here on the blog today to answer few questions for me about her writing, Yuri and his story in Learning To Swear in America. This debut YA contemporary novel surely sounds fun to read.

There’s also Katie Kennedy’s bio and Learning To Swear in America‘s description and links where to buy copies below.

And of course, don’t forget to check the bottom of the post for all the details on a fabulous giveaway. Enjoy, everyone!

Interview with Katie Kennedy

Learning to Swear in America is your debut novel. Can you describe your route to getting published for the first time?

I wrote two adult thrillers before a beta reader noted that I seemed more interested in the family’s relationships than in who’d shot the senator. He was right. I stopped writing thrillers and wrote an historical MG for our son. I got an agent for that book and wrote the sequel—and then my agent retired.

So I wrote an oh-crap-I-need-an-agent book (which I burned at midnight in an undisclosed location). And then I wrote LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA. It took me six books and two agents to get published.

Can you describe your daily writing routine? Was your own personal writing process something you discovered only as you started to work?

I tend to write from late morning through mid-afternoon. Then I take care of household responsibilities, but if I don’t read in the evening, I might do a little more writing.

When it’s revision time, though, the hours can be much longer.

There are some things you don’t know about yourself until you just sit down to do the work. For example, I can’t write with a necklace on. It makes my skin crawl even thinking about it. And that is perfectly normal.

I love smart and quirky characters like Yuri. How was the writing experience from his perspective? Did you do a lot of research being a whiz kid that he is, especially with the science stuffs?

I read a lot of astrophysics and astronomy, but the only research I did with the idea of developing Yuri as a character was to read Neil deGrasse Tyson’s autobiography, THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT. I thought it might help to see what a young astrophysicist goes through. I drew nothing from it, but it was an entertaining read.

And it was fascinating seeing the world through Yuri’s eyes. He’s young, male, foreign, science-brained, and a genius. I’m not any of those things. I did lift some of his dialogue from a couple of teenage guys I knew in Moscow—conversations with them helped inform Yuri’s views of America.

What was one of the most surprising things you’ve learned in creating Learning to Swear in America?

Oh, by far the most surprising—and scariest—is how real the asteroid danger is. And how little is being done about it.

If Yuri could turn the tables on you and write a story based on your teenage years, what would the title of that book be and what would be the first line?

That’s a fantastic question! Remember that Yuri speaks without articles (a/an/the). Title: Katie Kennedy, Uncertainty Principle, and Being Teenager. First line: Katie Kennedy’s bedroom took entropy to new level.

Hmm…those aren’t very good, but then again, Yuri’s not a word guy.

Has math ever tried to kill you?

Why yes, thank you for asking. When I was in high school the administration put in a new furnace over the summer, but instead of pumping the fumes outside the building they accidentally vented into the room at the end of the hall—where I took algebra. The whole class suffered from headaches and weepiness, but it was a math class so no one noticed. Weeks into the semester they realized we all had carbon monoxide poisoning and made us spend the next couple of weeks standing outside in the cold while repairs were made. We wanted to play kickball during that period, but since it was officially a math class they wouldn’t give us a ball.

Are you working on any project right now? What we should expect from you in the near future?

My next book is WHAT GOES UP (July 2017, Bloomsbury). It’s another contemporary/light sci fi/action adventure mash up. I hope people enjoy getting to know Rosa and Eddie.

Thank you so much Katie for stopping by today and for taking the time to answer all my questions above. What Goes Up sounds interesting with those genre-mash up and all. Will definitely look out for it next year. have fun writing Rosa and Eddie’s story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Katie Kennedy Katie Kennedy is a college history instructor. She used to teach in a fire station. When the alarm rang, the entire class jumped up and ran out of the room. She became an LPN in order to write more accurate medical scenes. She has been lost in Moscow, and rousted by the KGB for sitting in Red Square to eat her ice cream. She has been bitten by a fish.

Katie lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her husband, daughter, and son, in a town with a million bats.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

LTWIATitle: Learning To Swear in America
Author: Katie Kennedy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio

A Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Maybe not kill-all-the-dinosaurs bad, but at least kill-everyone-in-California-and-wipe-out-Japan-with-a-tsunami bad. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been recruited to aid NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster.

The good news is Yuri knows how to stop the asteroid–his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize if there’s ever another Nobel prize awarded. But the trouble is, even though NASA asked for his help, no one there will listen to him. He’s seventeen, and they’ve been studying physics longer than he’s been alive.

Then he meets (pretty, wild, unpredictable) Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he’s not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and live a life worth saving.

Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with the questions of the universe.

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  • Hardcover copy of Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy + Swags Pack
    Giveaway LTSIA

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  • Open to US / Canada Only
  • There will be one (1) winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends September 14th, 2016
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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence (Playlist + Giveaway)

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 Second Wave

Happy Monday to all!

We are now on the fourth week of the second wave of #CelebratingDebutantes2016 blog event. And today I’m featuring Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence. Ever since I saw the colorful cover art of this debut contemporary novel I can’t help but get excited, add the mysterious synopsis, this book is definitely a must read for me. So when Patrice agreed to join our blog event I’m beyond thrilled.

Patrice was so nice as to put together a playlist / soundtrack to help us get in the right mood for this new contemporary novel Orangeboy. Her song choices makes me want to start reading the book soon.

Following the playlist are some information about Patrice along with places where to find her online, as well as the book description and where to get copies of Orangeboy.

And be sure and check the bottom of the post for all the details on a how to win prizes which include a signed copy of the book to read.

Here’s Patrice with Orangeboy soundtrack!

The Orangeboy Playlist

My memory is full of music. I’m not a muso and I have no idea about record companies, release dates or backing guitarists, but songs throw me back in time. Lady Marmalade’s ‘Voulez Vous Couchez Avec Moi, Ce Soir?’ – that’s a family holiday in a village in Italy, age seven, thinking I owned the world. (I had no idea what the words meant though!) Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ is harmonising with my mum over a barbecue in the back garden. ‘At the River’ by Grove Armada? That’s a lazy Sunday morning with my own young daughter, playing along with our improvised percussion and pretend trumpet.

I wanted music to shape my protagonist, Marlon’s, life. Like many 16-year-olds, he has to occupy multiple worlds. He’s the anonymous boy at school. He’s the good son of a protective and aspirational mother. He’s the longtime best friend of his sparky neighbour, Tish. But his world is also suffused with grief and fear. His father died when he was young and his brother took a path that led him away from his family. And the fear… it is Marlon’s mother’s fear about the pull of an exciting, dangerous other world.

The playlist spans Marlon’s worlds. There is the funk that connects him to his father. There are the songs that pop up in shopping malls and fairs, that will engrain themselves in Marlon’s memories. And there are the two tracks that aren’t mentioned in Orangeboy, but I know, Marlon would understand.

Enjoy!

Thank you so much Patrice for creating the playlist for us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Patrice LawrencePatrice Lawrence was born in Brighton, England and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. She found her way to east London in the ’90s and lives there with a partner, a teenager and a cat called Stormageddon. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. She loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things. Her ideal mixtape includes drum ‘n’ bass, Bruce Springsteen and Studio Ghibli soundtracks. Music can’t help creeping into her books.

Find Patrice

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


ABOUT THE BOOK

OrangeboyBook Details:

Title: Orangeboy
Author: Patrice Lawrence
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication Date: June 02, 2016
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback, eBook

Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise – he’ll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it’s been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted. They’re after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they’re going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon’s out of choices – can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?

Book Links:

Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads | iBooks

Giveaway:

What’s up for Grab?

  • Signed copy of Orangeboy b Patrice Lawrence + surprise items

The Rules:

  • Open to UK / Europe Residents only
  • There will be one (1) lucky winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends September 5th, 2016
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

Treat yourself to a complete #CelebratingDebutantes2016 experience. Click the image below for the full list of schedule and links to each second wave feature post!

CD2016 Second Wave Collage

 

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