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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie (Author Interview + Playlist + Giveaway)

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Happy Weekend!

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Jill MacKenzie to the blog to answer few questions about her upcoming debut novel, Spin The Sky. This contemporary novel incorporate dance in the story and so much more.

Jill also share a fantastic playlist of the book for us to listen too. Have fun reading the interview and listening to the playlist.

And scroll down to learn more about Spin The Sky and the author, Jill MacKenzie. Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win a copy of of the book.

Interview with Jill MacKenzie

What pushed you to pursue writing as a career? How did you know what story you want to write about?

To be quite honest, I’ve never really felt a push, per se, to pursue writing as a career because I’ve always just…written. It isn’t something I made a conscious decision about—at least, not until I had tried a few other careers first. From the time I was really little, I was making up characters and stories and, when I was ten, I wrote fifty pages of a novel about a girl who runs away from home to go live in the wilderness. Although that work-in-progress was accidentally deleted from my computer, it didn’t stop me. From there I continued to write short stories and poetry. Novels, of course, felt like a natural progression for me. I was excited to do it and was just waiting until I had a bit of time to dedicate to learning my craft. After a lot of reading and a bit of research, I realized that what I wanted to write was YA. After that, I just thought back to a time in my teenage life that really stood out to me. That time was on a beach in Oregon where I fell in love with life and fell in love with falling in love. Also, I grew up dancing so the integration of both experiences and memories felt right to me. And SPIN THE SKY was born!

Spin The Sky deals with a reality TV dance competition. Tell us about the process of creating the settings of the story, did any old or current reality shows influence or inspire the book?

The competition side of this story does, loosely, follow the basis of the reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance. I do poke fun at it (gently) but only because I love the show. Truly, I think SYTYCD has revolutionized the dance industry in that it has singlehandedly inspired a new way to look at dance, and having a career in dance. As a result of the show’s popularity, many young dancers who might have given up dance if they couldn’t see a productive future in it (like moi), now stick with it with hopes of making their dreams come true.

Your bio said you enjoy dancing also like your protagonist, how did your own dancing experiences influence the plot of Spin The Sky? Are there any scenes in the book that tell your own dancing experience?

Oh, definitely. I never got the chance to dance as seriously as Magnolia—never auditioned for any nationally televised competitions—but every dance scene in SPIN THE SKY is, in a sense, me dancing. I still dance all the time, although these days it’s more from the comfort of my own home. But dancing, to me, is more a state of mind that anything else. A release, a way to really be yourself, an escape. All of Magnolia’s big dancing scenes were taken from some moment in my life where I felt this power surge inside of me, a time where I felt like I could do anything. Some people do yoga. I dance.

Spin The Sky has a strong focus on family, especially the relationship between Magnolia and Rose. How much does this reflect your own life?

The sister element is pretty huge for me. I have one sister I know very well and we have a very tumultuous relationship (lots of love and little bit of non-love) and one sister that I don’t know nearly as well as I’d like to. I also have a brother who I’m close to mentally but don’t see often and speak to only a handful of times a year. I’m constantly thinking of family in terms of how the family I grew up in is different to the family I have now. I look at other families and try to decipher what kinds of relationships their families are made up of and why—how they got there and where they came from. The Woodson family is one type of family. They weren’t my family, but I loved the opportunity to explore these sorts of relationships as though they were my own.

If readers could take away one thing from having read Spin The Sky what would you hope it would be?

I hope that it’d be inspiration. I hope that someone will read this book and then put it down and say, “you know, if she can follow her dreams against all those odds, what have I got to lose?” I love “rise above” stories, and I’m always telling my girls that a person is nothing without her dreams. I really believe that. I hope my book is a gentle reminder of that to others.

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?

Ha. I love this question. So many possible titles popped into my mind right now. But I think one that really stands out to me would be taken from a song that, whenever I hear it, I feel really nostalgic for what could have been—maybe even what was–my teenage self The song is called Sweet Disposition, by The Temper Trap. It’s so pretty. And sad. And hurtful too, you know? Anyway, I think Sweet Disposition is a great book title, so I’d happily allow one of my characters to borrow it to name the book of me. And the first line of the book? How about something like, “Staring at the back of his unremarkable brown head, April wondered, not for the first time, why Jordy never seemed to care that everyone outside of Chem and Physics and Math thought he was a loner, a freak, an outcast, a loser and a waste of space, when it would kill April if anyone thought of her like that.” I’m thinking of writing a story along these lines one day. The girl who was popular and had a lot going for her. The girl who always feared that, one day, everyone would find out that she was nothing more than a phony. Nothing more than a freak.

Are you working on any project right now? What we should expect from you after the release of Spin The Sky?

Ah. The tough question. Well, I’m happy to report that I do have a few projects in the works right now. But because I’m a very superstitious person, I don’t really want to say too much about them. So I think I’ll just say that, thankfully, I’m keeping busy and plugging away at this thing I’m forever trying to do!

Spin The Sky Playlist

Thank you so much Jill for answering my questions and for creating the playlist of Spin The Sky for us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author-jill-mackenzieAlthough my heart will always be on the West Coast, I’ve lived in the heat of Florida for nearly 11 years and am finally getting used to it. Together with my South African husband named Gus and our two gorgeous little daughters (one girly, one not), our lives are pretty much spent on the beach, navigating the clear, warm waters of the South. In addition to being an avid member of SCBWI Florida, I’m currently completing my MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. I also *occasionally* work as a freelance writer and substitute teacher because, you know, I’ve got to help bring home the bacon, too. In my free time, (free time? What’s that?) I enjoy dancing, reading, snorkeling, surfing, running and traveling.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

spin-the-skyTitle: Spin the Sky
Author: Jill MacKenzie
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: November 01, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover, eBook

Magnolia Woodson wants nothing more than to get her and her sister, Rose, out of the pitifully small, clamming-obsessed Oregon town that hates them—she just doesn’t know how. Forced to put up with the snide comments and hateful looks the townspeople throw at them, Mags thinks she’s destined to pay for the horrible, awful thing her mom did—and that she’s left her and Rose to deal with—until the day she dies.

But when a nationwide televised dance competition posts tryouts in nearby Portland, Mags’s best friend, George, says they have to go and audition. Not only have they spent the past fourteen years of their lives dancing side-by-side, dreaming of a day just like this, but also it could be Mags’s chance of a lifetime—a chance to win the grand-prize money and get her and Rose out of Summerland, a chance to do the thing she loves most with everyone watching, a chance to show the town that she’s not—and has never been—a “no-good Woodson girl,” like her mother. But will the competition prove too steep? And will Mags be able to retain her friendship with George as they go head-to-head in tryouts? Mags will have to learn that following her dreams may mean changing her life forever.

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Giveaway:

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  • Copy of Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie

The Rules:

  • Open to US / CA residents
  • 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 October 15th, 2016
  • Prize will be sent by the author

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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria (Playlist and Giveaway)

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Happy Tuesday!

Today we are featuring a new set of Playlist for Celebrating Debutantes 2016.

Debut author Destiny Soria put together a set of songs for her upcoming debut novel Iron Cast. The playlist offers various types of songs and artist. Most of them are new discovery for me and I’m actually surprise to enjoy every songs. The combinations of songs feels like a movie soundtrack which I guess what a novel playlist is – a soundrack for a story that the book wants to tell. Just by listening to the songs I already have an idea what to expect to the Iron Cast novel. The playlist basically put me in the mood, and makes me more excited to read the book when it comes out it three weeks. I hope the same thing goes with all of you.

Next to the playlist are more details about Iron Cast and the author, Destiny Soria. Also, don’t forget to check the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win a copy of the book.

Enjoy listening.

Iron Cast Playlist

Here’s a confession: I am that person who finds a handful of songs she likes and listens to them on repeat for months. I depend on my more musically refined friends to recommend new artists to me, and without them, I would honestly probably still be listening exclusively to the gelled-hair, crop top-wearing bands of my youth.

So with that being said, I’m sure you’re super excited to take a peek at my Iron Cast playlist. It’s a fairly eclectic mix, featuring everything from Jazz Age favorites to the ever-excellent T-Swift to the wonderful weirdness of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. Every song reminds me of a character or aspect of the book, even though some connections are harder to decipher than others. I like to think this is a good playlist for when you’re getting ready for a night at an illegal speakeasy or gearing up to dismantle a shady government agency. You know, typical Friday night stuff. Enjoy!

Thank you so much Destiny for creating the playlist of Iron Cast for us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author-destiny-soria Destiny Soria grew up in a tiny town in Alabama that you’ve never heard of, where she spent her summers playing with sticks in the woods and exploring such distinguished careers as Forest Bandit, Wayward Orphan, and Woodland Fairy Princess. After college, she ran away to New Zealand for seven months and only pretended to be a character from Lord of the Rings on special occasions. The rest of the time she backpacked across the wilderlands, petted fluffy sheep, and gave tours of a haunted prison. Nowadays she lives and works in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan in Birmingham, AL.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

iron-castBook Details:

Title: Iron Cast
Author: Destiny Soria
Publisher: Abrams / Amulet Books
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio

It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

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Giveaway:

What’s up for Grab?

  • Hardcover copy of Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

The Rules:

  • Open to US / CA residents
  • 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 October 11th, 2016
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Resurrecting Sunshine by Lisa A. Koosis (Playlist + Giveaway)

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Happy Monday to all!

Here’s a perfect way to start the week! Listen to all the songs below from the playlist of Ressurecting Sunshine by Lisa Koosis.

Her choice of songs will surely tap your mood if not touch your soul. I’ve been listening to the playlist myself for quite a while and it makes me more excited to meet Adam Rhodes in Lisa’s debut novel, Resurrecting Sunshine when the book hit shelves in October 1st this year. If those set of songs tells even just a bit of Adam’s story then I think I will love the book.

Following the playlist are some information about the author, Lisa Koosis along with places where to find her online, as well as the book’s description and where to get copies of Ressurecting Sunshine.

And be sure and check the bottom of the post for all the details on a how to win an advance readers copy of the book plus bookmarks.

Here’s Lisa with the playlist for all of us!

Resurrecting Sunshine Playlist

Thank you so much Lisa for creating the playlist of Ressurecting Sunshine for us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author-lisa-koosisIn high school, much to the dismay of her guidance counselor, Lisa Koosis traded AP English for a creative writing class and a class in speculative fiction. She never looked back. Lisa is a member of the SCBWI, an ambassador for National Novel Writing Month, and an active member of her local writing community. Her short stories have been published widely. When she isn’t writing, you’ll probably find her out walking her dog, or chilling with her cats.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

resurrecting-sunshineBook Details:

Title: Resurrecting Sunshine
Author: Lisa Koosis
Publisher:  AW Teen
Publication Date: October 01, 2016
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

At seventeen, Adam Rhodes is famous, living on his own, and in a downward spiral since he lost the girl he loved. Marybeth stage name Sunshine was his best friend from the days they were foster kids; then she was his girlfriend and his band mate. But since her accidental death, he’s been drinking to deal with the memories. Until one day, an unexpected visitor, Dr. Elloran, presents Adam with a proposition that just might save him from himself.

Using breakthrough cloning and memory-implantation techniques, Dr. Elloran and the scientists at Project Orpheus want to resurrect Marybeth, and they need Adam to “donate” intimate memories of his life with her. The memory retrieval process forces Adam to relive his life with Marybeth and the devastating path that brought them both to fame. Along the way, he must confront not only the circumstances of her death but also his growing relationship with the mysterious Genevieve, daughter of Project Orpheus’s founder. As the process sweeps Adam and Marybeth ever closer to reliving the tragedy that destroyed them, Adam must decide how far he’ll go to save her.”

Book Links:

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Giveaway:

What’s up for Grab?

  • Advance readers copy of Resurrecting Sunshine by Lisa Koosis & bookmarks

The Rules:

  • Open to International
  • 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 October 3rd, 2016
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz (Playlist + Giveaway)

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A Blessed Sunday to all!

We are on the sixth weeks of the second wave of CelebratingDebutantes2016 event. Precious and I are getting lots of positive feedbacks and I just want to say a quick thank you for all of you who are following and continuously supporting the blog event.

Today I’m thrilled to have another talented author and a wonderful novel to feature as part of the event. Kristin Bartley Lenz was so nice to put together a playlist of her upcoming debut novel, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go.

I hope you guys enjoy listening, and be sure and check out the rest of the post to know more about the author, Kristin Lenz and The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, as well all the details on a fantastic giveaway!

The Art of Holding On and Letting Go Playlist

Thank you so much Kristin for creating the playlist for us. I love listening to the mix of songs you put together. Makes me more excited to read the book when it hit shelves in few more days. Looking forward meeting Cara and the rest of the characters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Kristin LenzKristin Lenz is a writer and social worker from metro-Detroit who fell in love with the mountains when she moved to Georgia and California. Now she’s back in Detroit where she plots wilderness escapes and manages the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The Art of Holding On and Letting Go is her debut young adult novel.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

The Art of Holding On and Letting GoTitle: The Art of Holding On and Letting Go
Author: Kristin Bartley Lenz
Publisher: Elephant Rock Productions, Inc.
Publication Date: September 12, 2016
Pages: 307
Format: Paperback

Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She’s enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an
Ecuadoran mountaintop, Cara’s nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt.

Starting over at her grandparents’ home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara’s journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started.

Book Links:

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Giveaway:

What’s up for Grab?

  • Paperback copy of The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz

The Rules:

  • Open to US/CA 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 25th, 2016
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

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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.

Book Links:

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Giveaway:

What’s up for Grab?

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

The Rules:

  • 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

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

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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.

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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:

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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!!!

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