Thursday, April 5, 2018

{Blog Tour} COLD HARD TRUTH by Anne Greenwood Brown—Author Interview + Giveaway

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Cold Hard Truth
by Anne Greenwood Brown


Emmie O’Brien is a former good girl now on the fringe. She spent a crazy year involved with Nick, her mom’s drug dealer; after her arrest she was lucky to go back to her old life. But she’s haunted by the choices she made—first, to be with Nick, and then later, to testify against him. Max Shepherd is a senior varsity hockey player with serious anger issues. His grief over the death of his girlfriend causes him to see injustice wherever he looks. When they meet in community service, Max is drawn to Emmie’s calm energy, but Emmie knows better than to get too close to anyone. When friends of Nick show up seeking revenge, Emmie is forced to come to terms with her past, while Max has to control his protective instincts. They must trust one another, especially when Emmie’s situation takes a dangerous turn.

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Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Albert Whitman Company
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with Anne Greenwood Brown


LM: What inspired you to write Cold Hard Truth?

Anne: I was a juvenile public defender for nearly a decade. I met a lot of kids in crisis, and they inspired the story. Emmie is based on a client I had years ago in juvenile court. She was a Catholic school girl (plaid jumper and all) who felt it was her job to take care of an older sister who had fallen in with some bad kids. My client was caught driving a get-away car for her sister and her sister’s boyfriend after the two of them robbed a convenience store. What my client had planned to do was “play along” with the boyfriend’s plan, then drive the car straight to the police station. Unfortunately, they got stopped on the way there.

LM: Tell us a little bit about Emmie—who is she?

Anne: Emmie is a girl who thinks it’s her job to fix things. Trouble is, a couple years ago she waded into her mother’s problems and found they were too big for her to handle. She got sucked down into hell. When the novel begins, Emmie has hit bottom, but she’s ready to start crawling back toward the light.

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

Anne: Quietdrive - Rise from the Ashes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHaDI9X_Cs0

LM: What scene from Cold Hard Truth are you most proud of and why?

Anne: I don’t want to give too much away, but there’s a dark and dangerous scene toward the end. Emmie confronts the threat with Max––a strong athletic guy. But it’s Emmie who's the take-charge hero in the scene.

LM: Give us a little behind the scenes story about Cold Hard Truth!

Anne: If you truly mean “behind the scenes,” there was a lot of crying and hair ripping. There were so many times I wanted to give up on this book, but it felt too important to let go. There are so many kids like Emmie and Max sitting in classrooms across the country, you just wouldn’t know it to look at them.

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

Anne: I love to travel, and I’m getting more enamored with train travel. I recently took a train trip to Chicago to see Hamilton.

LM: Tell us three random facts about yourself!

Anne: I come from a family of redheads and we were mistaken for the Weasleys at Harry Potter World. I’ve studied in Russia. My dad was a lawyer who wanted to be a farmer, so I grew up on a hobby farm with cows, horses, chickens, ducks, and a slew of barn cats.

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?

Anne: I hope you fall in love with Emmie and Max as much as I did, and if you do, please leave a review. I’ll add, do this for ALL the books you love! You might not know it, but your participation in the book industry is what keeps the books coming. Publishers specifically look at Amazon reviews on an author’s last book before deciding whether to take on his/her/their next project. Thank you for being a part of the process!

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Anne Greenwood Brown lives in Minnesota with her patient husband and three hilarious children.

She is the author of the following Young Adult novels: COLD HARD TRUTH (contemporary/romance); GIRL LAST SEEN (contemporary/suspense); and the paranormal mermaid trilogy: LIES BENEATH, DEEP BETRAYAL, PROMISE BOUND.

She also writes adult romance under the name A.S. Green.


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Huge thanks to Anne for answering my questions today!

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