Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{Tour Stop} FRAGILE LINE by Brooklyn Skye—Guest Post + Giveaway

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Fragile Line
by Brooklyn Skye

It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.

Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
 Publisher: Entangled Teen
Purchase: Amazon B&NKoboiBooks

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by Brooklyn Skye


INSPIRATION FOR FRAGILE LINE


The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.
~ JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost


I’ve always been drawn to psychology. In college it was my favorite subject, and it seems mental disorders always find their way into my stories. The inspiration for FRAGILE LINE came from an episode of Oprah years ago. Funny as it sounds, I feel like I was fated to find this idea. Because that afternoon I sat down in front of the TV (which I RARELY do) and watched an episode of Oprah (which I NEVER did—that’s like an old person’s show, right?) But on this show was a guest who was living with a mental disorder. I can’t say which one, because that will give away the twist of Ellie’s story, but it was one I couldn’t stop thinking about. For weeks. It was like a seed planted in my brain that kept growing and growing until I knew this story was demanding to be told. Over the course of three years, I rewrote this story eight times, changed the title three times, and cried when it finally found a home with Entangled Publishing. FRAGILE LINE is a realistic story about a young girl who is discovering just what the mind is capable of.

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Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she's just your average awkward girl who's obsessed with words. She writes young adult and new adult fiction. You can follow her on Twitter as @brooklyn__skye or visit her web site for updates, teasers, giveaways, and more. www.brooklyn-skye.com

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

{Tour Stop} I KNOW LUCY by Melissa Pearl—Author Interview + Giveaway

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I Know Lucy
by Melissa Pearl



Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she's spent five years in hiding -- taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can't be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else...the desire to stay. It’s her one shot at a normal life.

Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed.

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Age Group/Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense
Purchase: Amazon • B&NSmashwords

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with Melissa Pearl


LM: What inspired you to write I Know Lucy?

Melissa: Do you know what, I’ve been asked that several times and I can’t remember!!! How can I not know? Seriously! What is wrong with me? LOL :)
I think it probably stemmed from me wanting to write a story about a girl who was in trouble and guy who wasn’t a superhero jock - just a sweet, intelligent guy - that could be her hero.

LM: Was there anything particularly challenging about writing I Know Lucy?

Melissa: Figuring out the timeline and making sure I got all my facts straight was a challenge. The backstory in this book is complex and I really wanted to make sure I didn’t slip up anywhere. Also getting from A to B in a couple of places was hard. I knew exactly where I wanted my characters to end up and how the scene would play up, but then getting them there in a realistic way was sometimes hard. I had to do a few rewrites as I tweaked story threads and improved the flow.

LM: Tell us a little bit about Lucy! Who is she?

Melissa: Ahhhh - the question of the hour. That’s exactly what Zach is trying to figure out. His mission in the book is to work out who the mysterious girl at school is…she calls herself Dani, but Zach soon discovers that she’s not who she says she is.
Lucy is a girl who say her parents murdered and has been on the run from the killer…hiding behind different faces and personas in order to survive. She’s quiet and she’s scared, but man, she is one tough chick. Tougher than she thinks she is :)

LM: Give us three words that best describe Zach Schultz.

Melissa: Intelligent, curious, sweet

LM: What can readers expect from this book in the way of romance?

Melissa: I can’t write a book without romance, so you can be guaranteed of some :D I Know Lucy is driven by Zach’s feelings for this girl Dani (Lucy). There are a few steamy kisses, but most of their encounters are very sweet and tender. Things step up a notch in Set Me Free - book 2, which comes out in May :)

LM: How did writing I Know Lucy differ from previous books you've written?

Melissa: This was quite a unique project, because I chose to write the book using two points of view. Zach’s story is written in the first person, while Lucy’s story is told in the 3rd person. In the second book it shifts, because that story belongs to Lucy - so she takes the 1st person and Zach takes the 3rd. It’s been so cool to write it like that. It was just so fun to do something different :) I never want my writing to become tired or formulaic, so it was good to mix it up :)

LM: Give us a glimpse into I Know Lucy—share one of your favorite quotes or scenes from the book!

Melissa: It’s really hard for me to choose a scene, because there are just so many I love, but for me, one of the strengths of this story is the friendships Zach has. His friends are awesome - blatantly honest, but loyal to a fault. They are like a little family and I love the way they tease each other, because no matter what they say, an underlying, unconditional love exists between them. Here’s a little taste…

"I just don't understand your obsessive desire to protect women all the time." Elliot frowned.
"Maybe it's because you're short." Jaeda looked completely serious. "You know, looking after girls makes you feel taller and more powerful or something. Feeds into your knight in shining armor desire. Makes you feel more manly."
I'd never wanted to throttle her more.
"I'm not that short," I said between gritted teeth.
"Okay, the girl you're crushing on is taller than you, but whatevs." She flicked her hand and raised her eyebrows.
Thank God I was taller than the say-it-like-it-is redhead or I'd never hear the end of it.
"Jae, you know you're not supposed to talk about his height." AJ put on his father figure voice.
"Zach is very sensitive about his height or serious lack of it."
"Thanks, Goliath." I threw my sandwich crust at my six foot, two inch friend. He bashed it away with a chuckle.
"I hate you. I hate you all." I pointed my other crust in their direction. "And Dani is not taller than me, we're the same height."

LM: If this book had a theme song, what would it be?

Melissa: Oooo - tough question. The first one that popped into my mind was Running On Empty by Jackson Browne :)

LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you aren't writing!

Melissa: Playing with my kids. Singing. Playing the piano. Watching movies with my husband :) Just to name a few things.

LM: If you could spend 24 hours in the life of another person, who would it be?

Melissa: Ooooo - good question!!! Um….hmmmmm…I’ve always wanted to hang out on a movie set and see how film projects are put together, so jumping into Jerry Bruckheimer’s skin would be pretty cool. I love the movies he produces and I’d love to just shadow him for a while. It’d be cool to get an overview of how a film is put together from the beginning to the end :)

LM: What one thing are you most proud of in your life?

Melissa: The fact that I am turning my dreams into reality. I get to write stories for a living…that’s like the coolest thing ever!!

LM: Thank you so much for answering my questions today! Is there anything you'd like to add; anything you'd like to say to your readers?

Melissa: This has been one of the best interviews I’ve ever done. Your questions are brilliant and have been so much fun to answer. Thank you for having me :)
I’d love to say a massive THANK YOU to my readers. You are all such a blessing to me. To be able to share my work with you is a privilege I hope to never take for granted. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my work. xxxxx

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 - True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."

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