AUTHOR TAKEOVER #008: Katelyn Detweiler, author of: ‘IMMACULATE’ + Giveaway!!

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Author Takeover is a new feature here in HBT where we let our current favorite authors took over the blog. Expect Guest Posts, Interviews, LOTS of Playlists, giveaways and of course, a bunch load of FUN!


You guys, I’m so so excited to have Katelyn on the blog today. I just started IMMACULATE a week ago, and let me tell you.. it’s precious! You know those books that you give one glance and a thought just immediately formed inside your head that says, ‘Yeah, this book will be a favorite’ THAT IS IMMACULATE!

 

The Book..

 

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Immaculate

Published May 26th 2015 by Viking Children’s
YA > Contemporary | Magical Realism

Purchase it: amazon | bn

 

 

About the book..

 

Mina is seventeen. A virgin. And pregnant.
Mina is top of her class, girlfriend to the most ambitious guy in school, able to reason and study her way through anything. But when she suddenly finds herself pregnant—despite having never had sex—her orderly world collapses. Almost nobody believes Mina’s claims of virginity. Her father assumes that her boyfriend is responsible; her boyfriend believes she must have cheated on him. As news of Mina’s story spreads, there are those who brand her a liar. There are those who brand her a heretic. And there are those who believe that miracles are possible—and that Mina’s unborn child could be the greatest miracle of all.

 

The author..

 

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Katelyn Detweiler was born and raised in Pennsylvania—in a small town much like Mina’s—living in a centuries-old farmhouse surrounded by fields and woods. After graduating from Penn State University, she made the move to New York City, where she is a literary agent representing books for all ages and across all genres. Katelyn currently lives, agents, and writes in Brooklyn.

 

The Interview..

 

1. Hi Katelyn!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! We’re so excited! To start off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂
I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, living in a lovely old farmhouse surrounded by fields and woods. I see so much of my childhood in my writing—especially in IMMACULATE, in Mina’s world, the friends and family, the town, the scenic backdrop.Pennsylvania will always feel like my home. I’ve been in New York City for the last 7 years—I live and work in Brooklyn now, which is magical because I can actuallywalk to work. (No subway!!) I’m a literary agent representing books for all ages—it’s my dream job, really, aside from being an author. Lots of reading, writing, words all the time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

2. Your debut novel, Immaculate has one of the most intriguing and unique synopsis we have ever read, we’re really curios on how did this idea came to you. Can you share how did the whole concept of the book materialized in your head? 🙂
This idea—without me realizing it—had been soaking in my brain for a long, long time. When I was about Mina’s age, I had asked my mom if she would believe me if I told her that I was a pregnant virgin. (I asked a lot of obnoxious hypothetical questions back then. Scratch that. Still do. ;)) My mom said yes. YES. It took a few years and some growing up to realize exactly how huge that was, and it took a few more years after that to wonder: how is this a story that hasn’t been told?!

 

3. How would you introduce your main character, Mina, to us? Did you have a particular muse for her?
Oh, Mina. Mina is a bit rigid and by the book, a perfectionist—very focused on grades, college, her future. She has a plan for everything, with very little room for deviation. But she’s also warm and loving and loyal; she’s an amazing girlfriend, best friend, daughter, and sister. She cares very deeply for the people in her life. I poured a lot of 17-year-old me into Mina, because I was so fascinated by the idea of how my family and friends would have reacted to me making this kind of claim. I was also a hyper-motivated student—so I get what makes Mina tick—and I was interested in thinking about how this kind of person would respond when something so completely momentous drops into her life and throws all the grand plans off track.

 

4. Is this the genre you originally want to write? What other genre would you like to try in the future?
For now at least, I am entirely smitten with YA. I read a lot of YA for work, I read a lot of YA for fun; my head is totally in the YA space right now. I love all of the exciting, totally original ideas coming out of it—it all just feels so fresh, so from the heart. I can’t entirely rule out different genres, but for now, this is my writing home.

 

5. The title and the cover of the book is really eye catching, how did you decide it? And will you change anything if you could?
I can take no credit for the cover! This was all the fabulous work of the design team at Penguin. (The designer was phenomenalDanielle Calotta.) I really had no idea what to expect, but when this came in, I immediately fell head over heels in love. The team there so completely nailed the essence of this book. As for the title, I had it down long before I wrote any other words. There was never any other possibility—the word just fit. The reference to Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception, and the idea of Mina being so pure, blameless, perfect as the story opens.

 

6. What is the hardest thing you ever did while writing Immaculate? Can you share a bit of your experience?
The hardest thing was sending the manuscript to my boss—and now agent!—having no clue what she would really think of the project. I wasn’t sure if what I’d written was total trash, or if it actually had the potential to be something. (Somehow, despite my job as an agent, when it comes to my writing I have zero perspective.) We work with so many amazing, amazing authors, the bar was set quite high!.

 

7. What will readers expect from the romance aspect in this book?
There’s definitely some romance here, but it’s also not the main focus. This is very much a book about female relationships—best friends, sisters, mothers and daughters—and how much stronger these connections make us. But rest assured, the love interest is pretty great, too : ) Though I might be a bit biased!

 

8. Did something creepy or funny or even scary thing that happened while writing Immaculate?
I was working on the Christmas Eve scene—a big moment for Mina, given the focus on the biblical story of the Virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus—and to set the mood, I turned all my bedroom lights off, started playingSilent Night on my computer, sipped some Christmassy tea. It was lovely and inspiring… for about 30 seconds. And then I somehow managed to drop my steaming hot tea and spill it all over my desk and lap. All serenity lost!

 

9. Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about? 🙂
I do, yes! I can’t say too much yet, but there will be a follow up coming out next year, a story that takes place 17 years after IMMACULATE ends. Mina’s child is just finding out the truth of his/her past, and all the major consequences that news might have for the present—and the future. I had so much fun writing this book, looking at these characters 17 years later, thinking about where they’d all be, what they’d be doing. I was so excited to watch them grow up.

 

10. Lastly, what’s your three current YA favorites?
I am majorly behind on my “MUST READ” list, but here are three I’m dying to get to: Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen; The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma; Vanishing Girls, by Lauren Oliver.

 

Thanks again, Katelyn for the Q&A! We’re excited to hear the playlist that you’ll be sharing with us! Scroll down for the tracks. (SPOILER: They’re all awesome)

 

IMMACULATE Playlist

 

I’m not someone who can actually listen to music while I write. (I wish I could! Really, I wish.) I need silence, or at least as much silence as I can possibly create. I bought a white noise machine a few years ago when I lived three flights above the constantly noisy Second Avenue, desperate to be alone with my thoughts, minus the rumbling freight trucks, the incessant honking, the never-ending construction, street music, sirens, shouting…!!! Don’t get me wrong. There’s a charm to the sounds of NYC. But when I write, I like to feel like I’m in a bubble, just me, my thoughts, and a bright white Word doc on my computer screen.
But walking around the city, ear buds in, music blaring, is usually when I brainstorm the best solutions to any roadblocks in my writing. It’s when I feel closest to my characters—when I feel the most inside of their story and their emotions.These were the songs that helped me bust through the barricades, and helped IMMACULATE become the actual finished book that it is today.

 

Taylor Swift – Safe & Sound
Ingrid Michaelson – Soldier
The Civil Wars – Dust to Dust
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
EmeliSande – Wonder
Florence & the Machine – Never Let Me Go
Florence & The Machine (I had to pick two!) – Cosmic Love
Ellie Golding – The Writer
Tegan and Sara – Walking With A Ghost
Ben Howard –Keep Your Head Up
Tom Odell – Long Way Down
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Vampire Weekend – Unbelievers
Matt Pond PA – Remains
A Great Big World – Say Something
Priscilla Ahn – Silent Night

 

 

 

The Giveaway..

 

 

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What do you guys think of IMMACULATE? Will you be reading it? Am I the only one who think that this has one of the most unique premise EVER?! Share your thoughts!

Paula

Author Takeover #007: Diana Gallagher , author of: ‘Lessons in Falling’ +Giveaway!!

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Author Takeover is a new feature here in HBT where we let our current favorite authors took over the blog. Expect Guest Posts, Interviews, LOTS of Playlists, giveaways and of course, a bunch load of FUN!


Diana is one of the nicest author I’ve ever interacted with and I’m so glad that she took the time to entertain me! And her book sounds amazing!

 

The Book..

 

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Lessons In Falling

Expected publication: September 8th 2015 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
YA > Contemporary | Romance
 

Purchase it: amazon | bn

 

 

About the book..

 

When Savannah Gregory blows out her knee –and her shot at a gymnastics scholarship – she decides she’s done with the sport forever. Without gymnastics, she has more time for her best friend, Cassie. She’s content to let her fun, impulsive best friend plan a memorable senior year.
That is, until Cassie tries to kill herself.
Savannah wants to understand what happened, but Cassie refuses to talk about it and for the first time, Savannah has to find her own way. The only person she can turn to is Marcos, the boy who saved Cassie’s life. Being with him makes her see who she could be and what she really wants: gymnastics.
But Cassie doesn’t approve of Marcos or of Savannah going back to gymnastics, and the tighter she tries to hold onto Savannah, the farther it pulls them apart. Without Cassie to call the shots, Savannah discovers how capable she is on her own—and that maybe her best friend’s been holding her back all along.

 

The author..

 

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Though Diana Gallagher be but little, she is fierce. She’s also a gymnastics coach, writing professor, and country music aficionado. She holds an MFA from Stony Brook University and writes about flipping-related activity for The Couch Gymnast. Her work has also appeared in The Southampton Review and on a candy cigarette box for SmokeLong Quarterly. She’s represented by Tina Wexler of ICM Partners.

 

 

The Interview..

 

Hi Diana!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! We’re so excited! To start off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂

 

I’m thrilled to be here! I hail from the fine state of New York, where I write between coaching gymnastics and teaching college English. I hold an MFA from Stony Brook University.

 

Your debut is  Contemporary Romance, is this the genre you originally wanted to write?

 

I went to grad school planning on writing creative nonfiction, but my mentor kept pushing me to complete a novel that I’d begun in his class. During that process, I realized I really enjoyed writing fiction – especially contemporary. It’s what I’ve always been drawn to as a reader.

 

How would you introduce Savannah and Cassie to us?

Savannah and Cassie have grown up together. Their friendship is built upon on summers at the beach and nights spent driving around aimlessly and blasting their favorite songs. Savannah is disciplined and driven, while Cassie prefers following her own rules. Although they’re quite different, they’ve always been able to tell each other everything.

 

The title and the cover of the book is really eye catching, how did you decide it? And will you change anything if you could?

Thank you! I love the cover! Jenny Perinovic designed it, and when it appeared in my inbox, my jaw dropped. I think it fits the novel perfectly. My title, in fact, did change. It was originally WHAT HAPPENS IN WATER (and there’s still plenty of water to be had!)

 

Who is your favorite character to write? And the not-so-favorite one? Can you share with us why?


I loved writing Savannah, especially when she’s 1) with her dad and 2) in gymnastics mode. Cassie was more elusive at first; she’s reluctant to reveal how she’s truly feeling, so I had to spend some time in her head to figure out what makes her tick.

 

 What will readers expect from the romance aspect in this book?

Savannah and Marcos’s romance is rooted in their belief in one another’s dreams. As the novel opens, Savannah’s confidence is all but gone. Thanks to an injury, she’s lost her chance to compete in college gymnastics. In fact, she can’t even manage to pass her driver’s test. Marcos, in turn, aspires to win a scholarship and become an engineer, but he’s faced with the reality that he’s poor and works so many hours that it affects his grades. They push each other to be better than they believe they can be.

 

We can really perceived that Lessons In Falling will touch some tough issues, like., suicide.. I’m wondering if there’s a certain event or person or a question that inspired you to write it?

I can distinctly recall walking into high school on the mornings after something tragic had happened and hearing the silence. Seeing the teacher’s face. Trying not to speak too loudly. Every year of my high school experience, someone passed away – whether due to an accident or suicide.
Additionally, Marcos faces stereotypes and racism in their town that’s middle-class white with a growing Hispanic population. While the town is fictional, this tension is a reality in many areas of Long Island (where the story is set), and it’s escalated to violence more than once.

 


While writing the book, did you learn some lessons as well? Share us a bit of your experience

I sure did!
Be keenly aware of your characters’ motivations. When I drafted this back in grad school, I had no idea where it would take me. When it came time for revisions, I had to look deeply into each character to find out what was driving him or her. What do they want? What’s stopping them? What are they willing to do get what they want.
When in doubt, get in someone else’s head. I’m a big fan of freewriting, and when I’m stuck with a character, writing from their perspective always reveals something I didn’t know about them.
-Have fun! One of my favorite scenes is about two-thirds of the way through the book, and it’s one of the first I wrote. What I remember most was how exhilarating it felt to write it. Go out of order. Be messy. Enjoy it.

 

 Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about? 🙂

I am indeed hard at work! I’m working on another contemporary YA that features an ensemble cast on a rather unexpected road trip. It’s more challenging structurally than anything I’ve written before, but I’m excited to see how it works out.

 


Lastly, what’s your three current YA favorite?

Three books I’ve read recently and love are all fellow 2015 debuts:
-IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT, Jen Brooks – a contemporary that flips the genre on its head
-ONE OF THE GUYS, Lisa Aldin – the rare book that made me laugh out loud
-CONVICTION, Kelly Loy Gilbert – an exploration of dark and compelling family relationships

 

 

Thanks again, Diana for the Q&A!

 

Because Diana is awesome as ever, she did a guest post about her inspiration when it comes to the setting of Lessons in Falling. Diana doing a handstand is personally my favorite!

 

LESSONS IN FALLING is set in the fictional town of Ponquogue, NY. In reality, Ponquogue consists of a bridge, a boat launch, and an eponymous beach:

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View from the top of the bridge. The bridge (called South Cross in the book) is the setting for several scenes.

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Where Savannah and Cassie worked for the summer. Not a bad view!

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Under the bridge, also the setting for some pivotal scenes. (That’s me in a handstand – Savannah would be proud.)

 

The Giveaway..

 

One winner will win a book of their choice from Diana’s favorite YA books! 🙂

 

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What’cha think the interview? Will you be reading this Lessons in Falling? Thanks for stopping by 😀 And don’t forget to share your thoughts!

Paula

AUTHOR TAKEOVER #006: Marci Lyn Curtis, author of: “THE ONE THING’ + giveaway!!

author takeover

 

Author Takeover is a new feature here in HBT where we let our current favorite authors took over the blog. Expect Guest Posts, Interviews, LOTS of Playlists, giveaways and of course, a bunch load of FUN!


You guys,  I am so excited to have Marci on the blog today! She’s so sweet and full of awesome. Read through the interview that we did and be sure to enter the giveaway!

 

The Book..

 

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The One Thing

Expected publication: September 8th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
YA > Contemporary | Romance
 

Purchase it: amazon | bn

 

 

About the book..

 

“A soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are.”
Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.
Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.
Then Maggie’s whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she’s ever met.Ben’s life isn’t easy, but he doesn’t see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn’t have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she’s currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben’s brother.
But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future…before she loses everything she has grown to love.

 

The author..

 

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Marci Lyn Curtis grew up in Northern California, where she went to college and met an amazing guy in a military uniform. Two college-aged kids and one dachshund later, she lives in Maryland, where she laughs too loudly and eats peanut butter off spoons. Her YA contemporary debut, The One Thing, comes out September 8th, 2015 via Disney-Hyperion.

Say hi to her on her at marcilyncurtis.com.

The Interview..

 

Hi Marci!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! We’re so excited! To start off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂

Hi Paula! Thanks so much for having me!

Let’s see…me in a nutshell: I was raised in Northern California (which explains why I’m an almost-hippie/vegetarian/general nutcase), where I went to college and met my husband. He’s in the Coast Guard, sowe’ve lived all over the United States: Florida, Los Angeles, the Big Island of Hawaii, Tennessee, Connecticut, Honolulu, and now Maryland. I also have huge lovefor international travel. The moments I’ve spent in Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Germany, France, and Italy were some of the biggest of my life.

What else? Ah. Well. Sometimes I have a day-job in radiology. By “sometimes” I mean I go in a few days a month in order to talk to people who aren’t fictional. And by “in radiology” I mean that I do MRIs and mammograms. (i.e. I cram people into small, noisy tubes and squash squash SQUASH breasts.) 😉

 

Your debut is a Contemporary Romance, is this the genre you originally wanted to write?

Absolutely! Although I like to keep the romance secondary to the real meat of the plot, because I believe strongly that real change, real growth, does not occur because you meet someone great, but because you overcome something great.

 

How would you introduce your main character to us?

Ahhh…Maggie. Maggie. I wrote this book because I couldn’t get her out of my head, so I could probably write a 300-page biography on her. 😉 In short, she’s hilarious, stubborn, strong, and, very recently, visually impaired.

 

Your book cover is really gorgeous, but would you change it if you could? And how did you decide on the cover?

Great question, Paula! Here’s the thing about The One Thing: it’s about a lot of things. My cover’s illustration somehow manages to weave many of these moving parts together, something that would be incredibly difficult with a model and a camera. Also, my cover is unique—it stands out. I like the fact thatonce it’s sitting on a shelf it won’t blend in with all the others.
As far as the cover decision, after the Hyperion team chose the illustration, they sent me five or six different color schemes and allowed me to weigh in on the final cover.

 

Who is your favorite character to write? And the not-so-favorite one? Can you share with us why?

This is a tough question, because I’m extremely attached to all of my characters.If I exclude Maggie from this, I’d have to say my favorite is ten-year-old Ben, who stole my heart every time I wrote him into a scene. Ben completely owns his life, including his spina bifida, and is a testament to What Can Be instead of What Isn’t.
I honestly don’t have a least-favorite character. I’m crazy about all of them. I’ll tell you this, though: there was a character (Clarissa, a classmate of Maggie’s), who my editor urged me to pull into the storyline during the revision process.
My editor: “Let’s develop Clarissa some more and weave her into the plot!!!”
My immediatethought: Um. Let’s not. She’s too boring to breathe air.
You know how you feel when you have a pebble stuck in your shoe, but don’t have the opportunity to stop and shake it out? That feeling? That was Clarissa for me.She was my pebble. Possibly even a my boulder. But after many days of creative cursing, several late nights, and one very big ah-ha moment, I changed her personality completely and ended up falling in love with her

 

It is obvious that your book will have a huge music aspect, what kind of researches did you do?

Luckily, I didn’t have to do a lot of research on this aspect of the novel. I’ve always been passionate about music, so that part of the story seemed to fall right into the plot without any extra work on my part.

 

What will readers expect from the romance aspect in this book?

I don’t want to give up too much of the plot, so let’s just say the romance is slow-burn, and runs the gamut through the storyline: love-hate, friendship, and, well…passion.

 

The synopsis really sounds super unique, what kind of research did you do?

Oh wow. This story required a crazy amount of research. So much so, that I gave up on the book several times overin the very beginning, only to be dragged right back into it by the nagging storyline and a huge cast of characters that I just couldn’t shake from my head. Fact is, this book seemed so much bigger than me. I’m not visually impaired, nor do I know anyone visually impaired.I didn’t want to marginalize visual impairment, but at the same time I didn’t want it to be the focus of the novel. So I spent days/hours/months researching blindness online.

 

How did the idea of the book come to you? Is there a question or a person or something that inspired you to write The One Thing?

I wish I could say that I had this Big Moment or a Big Dream where something inspired me to write this story. Truth is, I have no idea when or how or why the story came to me. All of a sudden it was just…there, picking at the back of my brain until I started making notes. Eventually those notes grew into a folder, which grew into a clumsy first draft, which grew into a story that has become extremely close to my heart

 

Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about? 🙂

Yes! I can’t say too much about it, but in a nutshell it’s about an orphan pickpocket forced to live with the uncle who betrayed her family. There’s more, naturally. Ooooo…there’s more. Romance. Deception. Surfing. Shocking revelations. Violins and—
Gah! Okay. Shutting up now.

 

Lastly, what’s your three current YA favorite?

Oh boy. I have so many current favorites…do I have to pick just three? Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give you the Sun absolutely slayed me on every level…Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places was basically genius…and—OHHHH—Katya Millay’s Sea of Tranquility. Jeesh,I could go on and on and on, but for the sake of space, I’ll end there. 😉

 

Thanks again, Marci for the Q&A!

 

Because I can’t let this post go by without a playlist, I asked Marci if she can share some song that she listened to while writing her book… and here it is you guys! You never know, one of these songs might inspire you to write! 😀

 

 

Coldplay: “A Sky Full of Stars”
Elle Goulding: “Figure 8”
Goo Goo Dolls: “Not Broken”
Papa Roach: “Scars”
Black Keys: “Gold on the Ceiling”
Imagine Dragons: “Radioactive”
My Chemical Romance: “Ambulance”
Foo Fighters: “The Pretender”
Zedd: “Clarity”

 

Press the play button if you want to listen to playlist!

 

 

The Giveaway..

 

This is open internationally! and the giveaway is only open for a week!

 

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What’cha think of the new feature? Will you be reading this book? Thanks for stopping by 😀 And don’t forget to share your thoughts!

Paula

Author Takeover #005: Margo Rabb, author of: ‘Kissing In America’ + US/PH Giveaway!!

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Author Takeover is a new feature here in HBT where we let our current favorite authors took over the blog. Expect Guest Posts, Interviews, LOTS of Playlists, giveaways and of course, a bunch load of FUN! See past posts HERE.


We’re on our 5th issue! And I’m happy to say that each post just keeps getting awesome-er. Don’t you think? Today’s #AuthorTakeover doesn’t have an interview, but a very sweet and special guest post. Margo Rabb shares her top 5 songs when it comes to first kisses. (Eeeep!) Be sure to check out her latest release, Kissing In America and DO NOT miss the giveaway <3

 

The Book..

 

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Kissing in America

Published May 26th 2015 by Harper
YA >Contemporary | Romance | Road Trip

Purchase it: amazon | bn

 

 

About the book..

 

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.
In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.

 

 

The author..

 

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Short bio: I love books, chocolate, cats (especially of the Edward Gorey variety), old movies, and more chocolate.
Long bio: I’m the author of the novels Kissing in America and Cures for Heartbreak, and I’ve written essays, articles, book reviews, and short stories for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Slate, The Rumpus, Zoetrope: All-Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, and One Story, and elsewhere. I grew up in Queens, NY, and recently moved from Austin, TX to Philadelphia, PA. I write about grief a lot (my mom died when I was in my teens and my dad died when I was in my twenties). Here’s a link to an essay I wrote recently, about the death of my cat and the death of my mom (it was published, coincidentally, on the 24th anniversary of my mom’s death):
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/…
Thank you for taking a look at the stuff I’ve written–sending you some virtual chocolate as you read! 🙂
website: www.margorabb.com
Twitter: @margorabb

 

 

 

 

The Guest Post..

 

Top 5 Songs For A First Kiss!

 

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Mazzy Star, “Fade Into You” 
** I love this song. It’s romantic, moody and brooding–perfect for a first kiss. **

 

Beastie Boys, “I Don’t Know”
** This is about as far from a typical Beastie Boys song as you could imagine–it’s a ballad and a love song. **

 

The Beatles, “Here, There, and Everywhere”
** A classic. **

 

Cowboy Junkies, “Something More Besides You”
** Another good one for a brooding first kiss, maybe even with a cowboy. **

 

Sam Phillips, “I All Out, Worn Out”
** I liked this song so much that my husband and I danced to it at our wedding!**

 

 

Thanks, Marga for sharing those sweet songs. They really are perfect for first kisses! 


And you guys, Margo is so sweet to offer a signed copy of her book to one lucky PH or US winner. Don’t miss this one 🙂

 

The Giveaway..

 

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What do you think of the songs that Margo shared? Do you have any song to add in the list? (Mind sharing us your first kiss? <3

Paula

Author Takeover #004: Emily Adrian, author of: ‘LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED

author takeover

 

Author Takeover is a new feature here in HBT where we let our current favorite authors took over the blog. Expect Guest Posts, Interviews, LOTS of Playlists, giveaways and of course, a bunch load of FUN!


Okay, first, let me thank you all who supports this new-ish feature of HBT. I really appreciate it and I hope you guys keep coming back and keep supporting the awesome authors we feature. Today, we’ll be featuring another 2015 debut author. My hands are itching for her upcoming book!! And I KNOW that some of you guys are too 😉 So, without further babbling from me, let’s all welcome and say hi to EMILY ADRIAN! Author of the upcoming, LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED <3

 

The Book..

 

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Like It Never Happened

Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 by Dial Books
YA > Contemporary | Romance
 

Purchase it: amazon | bn

 

 

About the book..

 

Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian’s The List, and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.
When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.
Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.

 

 

The author..

 

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connect: twitter | website | goodreads page

 

The Interview..

 

Hi Emily! Thanks for stopping by. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure! I’m originally from Portland, Oregon, but now I live in Canada with my husband and our boisterous dog. I like big cities, swimming pools, spicy food, and animals of all sizes.

 

Many novels are inspired by a single question. Was there one that sparked Like it Never Happened?
I think the question was: Is it possible to make a perfect distinction between our true selves and the various roles we play?

 

Describe your debut, Like It Never Happened,  in 5-7 words for us.
When all your friends are actors.

 

How did you decide your novel’s book cover? Which, by the way, is very gorgeous!!
The cover was designed by Kristin Logsdon at Penguin, and I adore it. I think the typography captures the book’s levity, but the distance between the boy and the girl on the bleachers hints at the darker side of the story.

 

How would you introduce your main character to us?
Rebecca Rivers keeps a lot of secrets.

 

It is obvious that your book will have a huge music/playwrights aspect, what kind of researches did you do?
Well, in the early chapters of my book, the characters perform The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, so I got to know those texts pretty well. And then for most of my book, Rebecca and her co-stars are rehearsing for A Streetcar Named Desire, a play by Tennessee Williams. I had to cast my own characters as Tennessee Williams’ characters, and I had to think about how mine might let their on-stage roles seep into their off-stage lives. So I ended up reading Streetcar over and over again while I was writing Like It Never Happened. I also watched the 1951 film version a few times.

 

What are your three current YA favorites?
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero,All The Rage by Courtney Summers

 

Thanks again, Emily for the Q&A! We’re excited to hear the playlist that you’ll be sharing with us! Scroll down for the tracks. (SPOILER: They’re all aweome)

 

 

Playlist for Like It Never Happened

 Say You Don’t Want It – One Night Only
All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
You Said Something – PJ Harvey
Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
The Biggest Lie – Elliott Smith
Metal Heart – Cat Power
Call It Off – Tegan and SaraI Know It’s Over – The Smiths
I Feel It All – Feist

 
 

What’cha think of the new feature? Will you be reading this book? Thanks for stopping by 😀 And don’t forget to share your thoughts!

Paula