Interview with Alisha Sevigny, Author of Summer Constellations

 

I recently read an ARC of Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny and I loved it so much I had to make sure as many people as possible know about this young adult novel. So I reached out to her and got an interview.

Your new novel, SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS, releases on May 1st from KCP Loft. Tell me how you first got the idea for the book.

As a writer we are always pulling bits and pieces from our lives and this book is very close to home. I grew up in a large family in a pretty remote part of Canadian wilderness.  My parents couldn’t afford to fly us all out for family vacations every year so we did a lot of camping. I remember lots of road trips all over the countryside, alternately reading books in the back seat (didn’t get car sick back then) and scrapping with my sisters and brother in our massive suburban. “She’s on my side of the seat!” 😉

How long did it take you to write the first draft?

I’m a pretty slow writer and the first draft took a while. It’s hard to say because I’m one of those people who goes back and fixes things up as they write so by the time they’re done they have a pretty polished first draft (the con side being that it takes FOREVER). Maybe a year or two?

I absolutely love the campground setting. Where did you get the inspiration for it?

The campground is based on one just outside my hometown. The Pacific West Coast is magical and something everyone should check out once in their lives. The trees there are enormous old growth temperate rainforest and it’s very wild and rugged, but stunning.

Do you have any songs or playlists that remind you of the book?

I actually made a playlist for this book which I am putting on Spotify (once I figure out how). I tried to include songs that bring back those warm summer nights, swimming under the stars and first love…

How long have you been writing, and when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I used to write poetry then stopped once I got to university and learned how bad it was. I started up again after I had my first baby. I wrote my first book, KISSING FROGS, on paternity leave which we took in Panama (where the book is set) where I was inspired by local culture and myths. Canadians get one year off and my husband’s work topped up his salary so we were very lucky to do that. SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS was started after we took our second paternity leave in San Jose Del Cabo (we only have children so we can travel ;). There will be no more babies but hopefully lots more books!

If you could only take three books with you to a deserted island, what would they be?

Hmmm. Probably the first three of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager). I’ve read it over and over and find something new in it each time. She’s one of the best writers out there.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

I write anywhere, usually in the middle of chaos, but my favourite place is preferably on a balcony in a tropical country, where I can see or hear the ocean. We are an urban family in a big city and don’t own a house OR car which we make up for by trying to travel a bit more. I grew up surrounded by ocean and mountains and I really miss it and find nature stimulates my creativity.

If you could steal a fictional character and put them in one of your novels, who would it be?

Hmm, this is tough. I do have a MG series set in Ancient Egypt I’m working on and the main character Sesha, daughter to the Pharaoh’s royal physician, is a bit how I’d imagine Claire from Outlander would be (if she were a young girl who growing up in Ancient Egypt).

What’s next for you?

I’m also trying to finish my next YA contemporary called Palm of My Hand, about an intuitive palm reader and her mother, who’s a tarot-reading fortune teller. I’m pitching it as a pinch of Jane the Virgin meets Practical Magic.

 

Thanks, Alisha!

Want to know more about Summer Constellations? You can find it on Goodreads, or pre-order it on Amazon. I’m also giving away an advanced reading copy! Use the link below to enter by April 29th. Open internationally!

Giveaway

Enter to win an ARC of Summer Constellations. 

Epic Summer Giveaway Hosted by 9 YA Authors!

 

Summer is officially here! I’ve teamed up with 8 Young Adult authors to host this amazing summer giveaway that will run the entire month of June.

Here’s what one lucky winner will get:

  • 9 Signed Paperback books + swag from these authors:

Linda Budzinski – The Boyfriend Whisperer
Natalie Decker – Rival Love
Jennifer DiGiovanni – My Senior Year of Awesome
Cassandra Giovanni – Out of Beat
Deirdre Riordan Hall – Chasing Days
Rebekah L. Purdy – Incriminating Dating
Amy Sparling – Natalie and the Nerd
Patricia B. Tighe – Life in the No-Dating Zone
Cheyanne Young – The Breakup Support Group

  • A $10 Starbucks Gift card + a bottle of nail polish (donated by Natalie Decker)
  • A $10 Amazon Gift Card (will be emailed to the winner)
  • A Cute Heart Books tote bag for all your summer book needs
  • A signed poster by Rebekah L. Purdy
  • Lots of swag!

 

Click this link to enter

Blog-o-ween 2016 – Jennifer DiGiovanni

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Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! Because of this, I wanted to host a fun giveaway with some YA authors I admire. I’m calling it Blog-o-ween because I’m not very clever. Every week for the rest of the month will feature an author and a giveaway!

Today’s featured author is Jennifer DiGiovanni

(Check out the last 2 weeks’ authors: Patricia B. Tighe, Natalie Decker, Rebekah L. Purdy)

 

mjyol-ebook-final-640x1024Junior year is supposed to be tough. Exams, term papers, homework, college tours, and participation in extra-curricular activities can all add up to non-stop stress. But Melinda Banner has goals to achieve and dreams to make real. This year, she’ll be unstoppable. But even over achievers need a break.

While walking in the woods to take a break from the stress of it all, Melinda meets a boy named Connor. After a few more run-ins, the two settle into an uneasy friendship, if you can even call it that.

But Connor’s closed and mysterious. Whenever Melinda asks too many questions, he suddenly has to go or is no longer interested in talking. When they’re together, she’s torn between wanting him to open up and running away as fast as she can. Still she can’t seem to shake her budding interest in him.

Connor has his own way of looking at the world, and his views often conflict with Melinda’s practical nature. Can you like someone and loathe them at the same time? Is he even worth the emotional tug on her heartstrings or distraction from all things Junior year?

And, as if she needs another project right now, Melinda starts to obsess over the abandoned estate she passes on the way to school each day. Between Connor and the old estate, Melinda’s beginning to think she’s taking on too much.

But Melinda’s smart. She finds a way to indulge her interest in the estate and fulfill her obligations. She will uncover the truth behind the aging edifice for an epic article in the school newspaper.

But when her investigation reveals a connection between Connor and a tragedy long-since forgotten, Melinda has a choice: put off her junior year achievements to save a local landmark and a boy who constantly pushes her away or put them both out of her mind for good and focus on making the grade.

Get My Junior Year of Loathing on Amazon.

Interview

I asked Jennifer some Halloween questions and here are her answers:

Trick or treat? Treat. Always treat.
Favorite scary book? Most recent scary read was The Nest by Kenneth Oppel. Very eerie and strange.
Favorite Halloween candy? York Peppermint Patty.
What’s your favorite Halloween memory? When my in-laws dressed up and knocked on our door late one Halloween night and my husband refused to give the “two big kids” any candy.

GIVEAWAY

Thanks Jennifer for stopping by the blog today! I am hosting a giveaway to win an eBook of My Junior Year of Loathing! To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween candy. You’ll get an extra entry if you follow Jennifer on Twitter. Leave your Twitter handle in your comment to get the bonus entry.

Giveaway ends 11/7/2016 at midnight! Winners will be chosen at random.

Congrats to Katrina!

Blog-o-ween 2016 – Rebekah Purdy

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Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! Because of this, I wanted to host a fun giveaway with some YA authors I admire. I’m calling it Blog-o-ween because I’m not very clever. Every Friday for the rest of the month will feature an author and a giveaway!

Today’s featured author is Rebekah L. Purdy

(Check out the last 2 weeks’ authors: Patricia B. Tighe, Natalie Decker)

frenchfriesPayton Carter is one of six kids (all of which are named after famous football players), not to mention the only girl in the Carter household. With this much testosterone and no mother, it’s no wonder she’s absolutely clueless when it comes to makeup, dances, and talking to guys she’s crushing on.

And now she’s about ready to start her freshman year of high school, which is nerve wrenching enough. But when she ends up running into her crush, Chance Montgomery, at her dad’s sports restaurant, she finds out that the quarterback for their rival team is moving to Aller Falls. This is nothing short of fate.

Payton realizes she has to find a way to impress Chance and get him to ask her out or at least know she’s interested in him—preferably without dropping a plateful of fries on his head, like she did last time. After taking her two oldest brothers’ advice, she decides to go out for the freshman football team, figuring that between practices and games she and her crush will surely be able to talk.

And maybe talking will lead to something more permanent or at least to a first kiss. Only this plan backfires in ways she never imagined, when she beats Chance Montgomery out of the starting quarterback position. Now not only does she make him the laughing stock of the team, but also has to figure out how to avoid the snotty cheerleaders, a traitor best friend, not to mention winning games for her team. Too bad this is just the beginning of her freshman year.

Get French Fries with a Side of Guys on Amazon.

Interview

I asked Rebekah some Halloween questions and here are her answers:

Q: If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would choose?
A: Hmmm…I’d have to go with Dracula (LOL). Always been a fan of vampires.

Q: If you could wear one Halloween Costume for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: OMG, I’d be Princess Leia. She’s my all-time favorite! Seriously (Star Wars FTW). Hahaha

Q: How would you survive a Zombie Apocalypse?
A: I’d barricade myself in my house (after making a supply run down to the store). But after that me and my family would hunker down!

Q: Trick or Treat?
A: Definitely treat

Q: You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?
A: Crap, this is hard because I feel like I could be the comic relief or the final girl. The final girl because my butt would not be running around-I’d find a good hiding spot and stay there until someone else killed the bad guy. However, I love humor and would likely be trying to make light of a bad situation. Could I be both? hahaha

Q: Favorite scary book?
A: In the YA realm I’d have to say one of the creepier ones I’ve read would probably be Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough. There were parts in that book that I got SO creeped out.

Q: What’s your favorite Halloween memory?
A: Probably the year my husband and I made a haunted trail for our kids and had people dressed up along the trail, motion sensor monster things, a fog machine etc, and we took them and their friends out on it.

Q: What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve had?
A: When I dressed up as Velma from Scooby Doo!

Q: Favorite Halloween candy?
A: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or the Caramel Apple Suckers…

 

GIVEAWAY

Thanks Rebekah for stopping by the blog today! I am hosting a giveaway to win an eBook of French Fries with a Side of Guys! To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween costume. You’ll get an extra entry if you follow Rebekah on Twitter. Leave your Twitter handle in your comment to get the bonus entry.

Giveaway ends 11/7/2016 at midnight! Winners will be chosen at random.

Congrats to Krystal!

Blog-o-ween 2016 – Patricia B. Tighe

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Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! Because of this, I wanted to host a fun giveaway with some YA authors I admire. I’m calling it Blog-o-ween because I’m not very clever. Every Friday for the rest of the month will feature an author and a giveaway!

Today’s featured author is Patricia B. Tighe.

(Check out last week’s author: Natalie Decker)

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Sixteen-year- old Rose Mulligan’s plan for the summer cruise with her grandparents is simple—read mysteries in the sunshine and see historical sites. It doesn’t include joining a young people’s tour group or crushing on a boy whose flirting runs hot and cold. And it definitely doesn’t include being accused of theft.

Sam Briggs also has a plan for the trip—hang out with his uncle and cousins, and avoid thinking about his stupid parents. But when family members pair-up with strangers, Sam is left wanting to hit something. The only bright spot is shy, constantly blushing Rose, a girl he really needs to avoid. She’s too nice for a meaningless hookup. Then why can’t he stop thinking about her?

Determined to clear her name, Rose decides to find out who the real thief is. It quickly becomes clear that everyone has secrets. Dangerous secrets. But by the time Sam starts helping with the investigation, Rose is wishing she could forget the whole thing and just focus on his intense gaze and lopsided smile. There are only a few days left on the trip after all, and they’ll never see each other again once it’s over. Right?

But it’s too late. Danger has a way of finding you, whether it’s disguised as a cunning thief or a swoony boy.

LIFE IN THE DANGER ZONE is the third book in the Zone series and it releases 11/1/2016. You can pre-order here.

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEW

I asked Patricia some Halloween questions and here are her answers:

If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose? Warm Bodies. I’d just shuffle along behind Nicholas Hoult.

If you could only wear one Halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would it be? One of these glowing stick figure suits:

collection_image_1024x1024How would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Cardio, of course!

Trick or treat? Definitely treat!

You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer? The comic relief. 😀

Favorite scary book? The Shining by Stephen King

Favorite Halloween candy? Tootsie Roll minis

GIVEAWAY

Thanks Patricia B. Tighe for stopping by the blog today! Patricia is donating one eBook copy of LIFE IN THE DANGER ZONE  and I’m donating a copy as well. To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween candy. You’ll get an extra entry if you follow Patricia on Twitter. Leave your Twitter handle in your comment to get the bonus entry.

Giveaway ends 10/31/2016 at midnight! Winners will be chosen at random.

Giveaway has ended. Congrats to the winners: Alyssa & Katrina

Cover Reveal – The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski + GIVEAWAY

The Boyfriend Whisperer
Linda Budzinski
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

As President and CEO of Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises, Lexi Malloy is Grand View High School’s undercover Cupid. One problem: She’s stuck in the friend zone when it comes to her own crush, Chris Broder. She and Chris have been best friends since the third grade, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s is a member of the opposite sex.

When pretty and popular cheerleader Lindsay LaRouche hires Lexi to whisper Chris, she has to decide whether to place her commitment to her company—and Chris’s happiness—before herself.

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Author Bio:

My young adult novels, EM & EM (2015) and THE FUNERAL SINGER (2013), were both published by Swoon Romance YA. My upcoming novel, THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER, scheduled for publication in fall of 2016 by Swoon, received the Romance Writers of America Young Adult Chapter’s 2015 Rosemary Award and the Virginia Chapter’s 2015 Fool for Love Award.

I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, Joe, and our feisty chihuahua, Demitria (also known as Dee Dee, The Puppy, and Killer). I’m a sucker for romance and reality TV and have been known to turn off my phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.”

My favorite flower is the daisy, my favorite food is chocolate, and my favorite song is “Amazing Grace.”

When I’m not writing, I work in nonprofit management. I’m represented by the amazing Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

GIVEAWAY

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I’m hosting my own giveaway to go along with this cover reveal. Linda sent me the CUTEST bookmarks ever!! (Aren’t they adorable???) So enter below to win. I’m giving away 5 bookmarks and one grand prize winner will win an Ebook of The Boyfriend Whisperer AND a bookmark!

Fill out the form below to enter!

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Blog-o-ween 2016 – Natalie Decker

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Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! Because of this, I wanted to host a fun giveaway with some YA authors I admire. I’m calling it Blog-o-ween because I’m not very clever. Starting today, every Friday for the rest of the month will feature an author and a giveaway!

Today’s featured author is Natalie Decker.

5f3aa4_86a66738bc424fb582604fbdd7c9cae9Bryce Matthews doesn’t do the whole nice boyfriend thing. Chocolates and flowers—girls can forget all that. And he certainly doesn’t care about the gossip and rumors that follow him at school and around town. If anything, the talk amuses him. Bryce isn’t lacking in confidence. He knows himself and he knows his limits.

One of those hard limits is Madison Issac. Bryce can never have her, and he’s perfectly fine with that. Sometimes the fantasy is better than the reality anyway.
Madison Issac thought she was a pretty good judge of character. But she’s surprised at how gentle and comforting resident bad-boy and next-door neighbor Bryce Matthews is when we finds her crying in the park.

Maybe there’s more to Bryce than people think? So Madison begins to wonder.
Can a guy like Bryce ever change his ways?
Can a girl like Madison really be into a guy like Bryce?
With hearts and reputations on the line, this kind of love can be scandalous.

Get BRYCE on Amazon.

nataliedeckerGraham Nichols’s main goal in life is to forget. Getting high, completely wasted, and running through a string of sexy blonds daily helps him achieve this task. But one night of partying lands him in a heap of trouble and sent back to the confinements of his hometown. Things can’t possibly get worse, right?

Sarah Morris can’t seem to run fast enough away from her past. She’s spent months trying to amend her ways, and is doing a pretty good job. She’s getting good grades, isn’t acting like a spoiled brat, and even works at the local grocery store. The last thing she needs is a distraction.

Enter Graham Nichols, the one mistake Sarah can’t escape.

Get GRAHAM on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

Interview

I asked Natalie some Halloween questions and here are her answers:

If I got trapped in one scary movie, which would I choose? Probably Gothika.

If I could only wear one Halloween costume for the rest of my life, what would it be? Hermione Granger!

How would I survive a zombie apocalypse? Violence. My all-American softball days will be put into great use. As well as my years of target practice with my brother.

Trick or treat? I like treats.

I’m in a horror movie. Am I the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer? I’d be the final girl.

Favorite scary book? Red Dragon

What’s my favorite Halloween memory? I was eight and a fairy. My mom wanted my brother and I to go trick or treating with her friend’s kids. The boys were jerks and I might have tackled one to the ground because he stole my turn to ring the door bell. I got a whole lot of full size candy bars.

What’s my favorite Halloween costume I had? My fairy costume. I had wings that sparkled and a wand with glitter in it.

Favorite Halloween candy? Snickers, Twix, and Twizzlers.

 

GIVEAWAY

Thanks Natalie Decker for stopping by the blog today! Natalie is donating one eBook copy of BRYCE & GRAHAM  and I’m donating a copy of each one as well. (That’s 2 chances to win 2 books!) To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween candy. You’ll get an extra entry if you follow Natalie on Twitter. Leave your Twitter handle in your comment to get the bonus entry.

Giveaway ends 10/31/2016 at midnight! Winners will be chosen at random.

Giveaway has ended. Congrats to the winners: Susan C & Alyssa