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Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Dawn Metcalf

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

It’s been a while since I’ve hosted an author edition of Book and a Beverage but I am SO excited to be getting back into the swing of things! I had an overwhelmingly wonderful response from authors who were interested in participating so keep an eye out for even more author posts within the next few months!

Give a big welcome to author DAWN METCALF!

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Name: Dawn Metcalf
You know her best as the author of… INDELIBLE (7/30/13), INVISIBLE (9/30/14), INSIDIOUS (9/1/15)

        

INDELIBLE: Amazon // Goodreads
INVISIBLE: Amazon // Goodreads
INSIDIOUS: Amazon // Goodreads

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READING

What are you reading? Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It’s Neil Gaiman so it’s dark and haunting and beautiful with just the right word choice to paint a mood that’s captured a memory like an old photograph of a forgotten time and place that is just south of magic. Would I recommend it? Hell yes!
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Depends on their tastes, but if they’re like me…
1. Mindkiller by Spider Robinson
2. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
3. Feed by M.T. Anderson

WRITING

What can you tell us about your current work in progress? Well, I can’t tell you anything about INVINCIBLE, Book 4 of the Twixt, since Book 3, INSIDIOUS, isn’t out yet — unless it’s the continuing adventures of Joy and Indelible Ink as they pursue life, liberty, and inter-world happiness. But my other WIP is a near-alt-future story about sex, gender and life beyond the binary. I have been working on this book for a while now and am finally feeling up to the challenge. This is the book that I feel I was meant to write, so wish me luck!
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I was an avowed pantser, knowing the beginning and the end and a bunch of scenes in the middle but constantly surprised at what popped up along the way. Now having written the Twixt series, I had to learn to love plotting, outlines, timelines, character bibles, note cards, sticky notes, etc. in order to keep tabs on everyone and the larger plot arcs in mind. I have new respect for authors who do multiple-book series and I’ll be glad to get back to stand-alones!
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? In my office amidst the clutter.

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What are you drinking? Unsweetened herbal tea.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? Water or aforementioned herbal tea. Caffeine and I are a hilarious combination reminiscent of a cat sunk claw-deep into the ceiling.

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Who would be your literary BFF? I could listen to M.T. Anderson all day. Ditto Holly Black. Ditto Nova Ren Suma and Maggie Steifvater. I’ve never met Laini Taylor or chatted with Neil Gaiman, but boy, would I like to! These are all incredibly intelligent, gifted, insightful, generous and thought-provoking people and I only wish I was among their posse because–as people and authors–they just blow me away!
If you had one subplot or minor character that could go off on its own tangent, who or what would it be? Oh boy… Honestly, Graus Claude is one of my favorite characters and I can only imagine what *his* story would be like, but there are actually three second-tier characters in the Twixt who have–at least in my mind–their own stories that I’ve already fleshed-out, although no one will likely know about them but me: Invisible Inq, Stef & Dmitri and Avery. I could easily write a novella for each of them.


 Thank you so much to Dawn Metcalf for being a part of Book and a Beverage today! I recently got into Neil Gaiman thanks to one of my best friends (she just adores him!) and I’m so excited to read more of his books!
I would LOVE to be BFFs with Maggie Stiefvater! I’ve met her a couple times now and she is just so much fun!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Dawn_MetcalfBIO (Short Version)

If you want to know about me, read one of my books.
Or ask my mom, she’ll tell you.
BIO (Medium Version)
I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving, suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies, and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I was clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humour and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky, and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.

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Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Katherine Locke

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Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

Book and a Beverage was a featuring originally designed to spotlight book bloggers but I’m thrilled to extend the feature to interview authors and highlight their works as well! This is a special Author Edition of Book and a Beverage. 

Give a big welcome to author KATHERINE LOCKE!

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Name: Katherine Locke
You know her best as the author of… TURNING POINTE (4/10/15), SECOND POSITION (4/13/15), FINDING CENTER (8/17/15)

        

TURNING POINTE: Amazon // Goodreads
SECOND POSIITION: Amazon // Goodreads
FINDING CENTER: Amazon // Goodreads

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What are you reading?
FOCUS ON ME by Megan Erickson (out now) and THE LOVE THAT SPLIT Katherine Locke Book and a BeverageTHE WORLD by Emily Henry (out in January!)
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD is a lyrical, beautiful and suspenseful read! It’s out in January so it should be on everyone’s TBR 🙂
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Only THREE? Eek! Let’s go with…Sula by Toni Morrison, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour. I always recommend the first two, and the third changes, but it’s such a good summer book I can’t help but rec it right now.

WRITING

What can you tell us about your current work in progress? I just moved so I haven’t honestly been working on my own stuff too much and some of my stuff is currently ~secret~ but I can say I’m juggling an NA, a contemporary MG that I love, and a magical realismesque YA that is my heart and soul.
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I am a plotter who pants! I am a devoted outliner and with the aforementioned WIP, I’m using Scrivener for the first time. But once I’m writing, I don’t refer back to my outline. I have a very good memory so I think that helps.
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? I write exclusively in cafes/coffeeshops. I like to be out of my house because if my bed’s close enough, I’ll nap instead of working. And I like the commotion of coffeeshops. I’m not good in silence. I like a little bit of chaos.

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What are you drinking? A chai latte. Always.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? Chai lattes! I’m an addict. (But pictured, tea. Because I took the photo at home)

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If you could co-author a book with someone (anyone!), who would it be? Elizabeth Wein!
What type of scene is your favorite to write? I write dialogue only therapy scenes between Aly and Dr. Ham in both Second Position and Finding Center. I really love writing those scenes. Dr. Ham feels fully realized despite only ever speaking in the book and his relationship with Aly is very deep and genuine. He’s always coming from a place of empathy and kindness so he always forces me to slow down and consider everything I’m writing.


 Thank you so much to Katherine Locke for being a part of Book and a Beverage today! Those covers are just gorgeous! And absolutely two thumbs up for The Night Circus recommendation! What a wonderful book.

Thanks for getting to know Katherine Locke today! Be sure to check out her District Ballet Company series — TURNING POINTE is free for Kindle and SECOND POSITION and FINDING CENTER are only $3.49 each!
** Prices as of post date. Not guaranteed **

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

katherine locke author photoKatherine Locke lives and writes in a very small town outside of Philadelphia, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. She writes about that which she cannot do: ballet, time travel, and magic. When she’s not writing, she’s probably tweeting. She not-so-secretly believes most stories are fairy tales in disguise. She can be found online at katherinelockebooks.com and on Twitter: @bibliogato

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Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Annie Cardi

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

It’s been a while since I’ve hosted an author edition of Book and a Beverage but I am SO excited to be getting back into the swing of things! I had an overwhelmingly wonderful response from authors who were interested in participating so keep an eye out for even more author posts within the next few months!

Give a big welcome to author ANNIE CARDI!

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Name: Annie Cardi
You know her best as the author of… THE CHANCE YOU WON’T RETURN (4/22/14)

Amazon // Goodreads

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What are you reading? I recently finished The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock and absolutely loved it. It’s the second book in the Dairy Queen series, and it was even better than the first one.
Annie Cardi_book and beverageWhat’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? DJ’s voice is so real and heartbreaking and funny. Dairy Queen and The Off Season have been out for a while now, but I didn’t pick them up because they’re ostensibly about sports, and I have a hard enough time remembering how many points you get for a touchdown. But Murdock’s characters deal with major issues like financial instability and family obligation and coming out in a small town and medical emergencies, while also still getting in a lot of heart and humor and a dash of romance. If you’re not a sports person, these books are for you.
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? That’s a tough one! The books that I’m zealous about are Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. They’re all so great on a craft level, have such complex and rich characters, and compelling plotlines. And they’re all books I immediately wanted to reread when I finished them. Logically I know that these books aren’t the right books for everyone, but I just want to sit down with everyone and gush over how many feels Taylor or Julie or Puck give me.

WRITING

What can you tell us about your current work in progress? I have two contemporary YAs in the works right now. One is more comic and deals with family, religion, music, crushes, and identity. I’ve had a lot of fun with that one, because it’s a protagonist I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I love getting to play around with her voice. The other deals more with grief and the unexplainable and finding your place in the universe. It’s told from dual perspectives, including my first male narrator. For a while I was sure this wasn’t going to be a kissing book, even though two of my crit partners told me kissing needed to happen. Sure enough, a couple months ago I went to group and had to admit they were right.
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I’m a total pantser. Every time I give pages to my writing group and they say something like “I’m really curious about where X is going,” I say “Yes…yes we’re all curious about that.” I always have great intentions about plotting things out in advance, but most of the time a story doesn’t come to me fully formed. I have a general idea of where I want to go or events I want to write about, but I have to kind of live it along with the characters, watch them grow and see what choices feel true.
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? I like to change it up! I have an office at home that I write from, but I also like going to the local library or snagging space in a coffee shop—knowing that other people could see my screen makes me feel like I need to actually get work done and not waste all the time on Tumblr.

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What are you drinking? Lots of water. The minute my giant Nalgene is empty, I refill. Sometimes I’ll jazz it up and get seltzer.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? Coffee and I have a very special relationship. (I’ve been known to sing songs about how much I love coffee after my first sip of the day.) I seriously have to hold back from drinking a whole pot on my own—usually two giant mugs is my limit. Paired with more water, of course.

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Which character from a book would you say you’re most like? I was a teen reader when I encountered Elizabeth Clarry from Jaclyn Moriarty’s Feeling Sorry for Celia, and it was the first time I thought “This is what it’s like!” I wasn’t a long-distance runner and didn’t find out about a secret sibling or have a best friend who ran away to join the circus, but I totally related to Elizabeth feeling a little invisible and being hard on herself while also being funny and hopeful and open. It’s another book that I always recommend to people, even though I feel like I’m pretty much the only person I know who’s obsessed with it, and I think that comes from connecting with Elizabeth so much.
What type of scene is your favorite to write? I love writing scenes in which characters get to banter a little. As someone who’s on Tumblr a lot, I see how hilarious teens are, and I love finding the humor and quippy-ness in my teen characters. Of course sometimes I have to take out some banter because it’s not furthering the plot or emotional arc, but those kinds of exchanges are my favorite.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions? I try not to develop any rituals or superstitions, because I think it’s better to be open to the idea that writing can happen wherever and whenever. But I do tend to write with music—I like crafting playlists for each of my WIPs that help me get in the right mood. For The Chance You Won’t Return, I had a lot of Arcade Fire; for my current WIPs, I have a lot of Bowie and The Go! Team for one, and Jukebox the Ghost and Sufjan Stevens for the other.


 Thank you so much to Annie Cardi for being a part of Book and Beverage today! I absolutely love her book recommendations — THE SCORPIO RACES is one of my all-time favorites!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Annie Cardi
Annie Cardi is the author of The Chance You Won’t Return, which was named a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year for 2015. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and a BA from the University of Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, and spending too much time on Tumblr. Annie lives near Boston with her husband and a portrait of a sea captain.

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Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Patty Blount

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

It’s been a while since I’ve hosted an author edition of Book and a Beverage but I am SO excited to be getting back into the swing of things! I had an overwhelmingly wonderful response from authors who were interested in participating so keep an eye out for even more author posts within the next few months!

Give a big welcome to author PATTY BLOUNT!

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Name: Patty Blount
You know her best as the author of… SEND (8/1/12), TMI (8/6/13), SOME BOYS (8/5/14), NOTHING LEFT TO BURN (8/4/15)

   

SEND: Amazon // Goodreads
TMI: Amazon // Goodreads
SOME BOYS: Amazon // Goodreads
NOTHING LEFT TO BURN: Amazon // Goodreads

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What can you tell us about your current work in progress? I’ve got two projects coming out this summer. One is a YA novel called Nothing Left to Burn. It’s about a teen who joins the junior cadet squad at the local volunteer fire station as a way of reconnecting with his dad, who blames his for the accident that killed his brother. The other is an [adult] contemporary romance novella called His Touch. It’s part of a Summer in New York series I’m writing with several friends and is actually the sequel to our Christmas in New York novellas, which released at the end of last year.
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I am most definitely a plotter. I’d tried writing by the seat of my pants and kept getting lost. It took me ten years to write my first novel because I kept getting bored with it. But when I finally sat down and plotted the story from end to end, I was at long last able to finish that project and am now a devoted Plotter for life!
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? I like to write on my deck. During winter months, I write in my living room, under a huge picture window. Above the window, there’s a quote on my wall that says “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.”

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What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? My favorite beverage right now is sangria. When I’m writing, however, I like a tall glass of ice water.

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If you could co-author a book with someone (anyone!), who would it be? If I could co-author a book with someone, I’d love to work with Katie McGarry or Kendare Blake.
If you had one subplot or minor character that could go off on its own tangent, who or what would it be? In my YA novel, TMI, Chase Gallagher would be the character most likely to go off on his own tangent. In fact, he did just that – I ended up removing his point-of-view scenes so the novel focused more centrally on the two female leads, Megan and Bailey. But Chase’s scenes aren’t gone forever; they’re posted on Wattpad!


 Thank you so much to Patty Blount for being a part of Book and a Beverage today!
Your writing space sounds beautiful! I love reading and writing outside and that picture window sounds just wonderful!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Powered by chocolate, Long Islander Patty Blount is the author contemporary romances for both teen and adult audiences. Her 2014 release, SOME BOYS, is a Firecracker, Bookseller’s Best, and RITA Awards finalist as well as a YALSA Reluctant Readers pick. Follow her online: Twitter: @pattyblount, Facebook: Patty Blount Novels, website: pattyblount.com

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Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Amber Lough

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

It’s been a while since I’ve hosted an author edition of Book and a Beverage but I am SO excited to be getting back into the swing of things! I had an overwhelmingly wonderful response from authors who were interested in participating so keep an eye out for even more author posts within the next few months!

Give a big welcome to author AMBER LOUGH!

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Name: Amber Lough
You know her best as the author of… THE FIRE WISH (7/22/14), THE BLIND WISH (7/28/15)

       

THE FIRE WISH: Amazon // Goodreads
THE BLIND WISH: Amazon // Goodreads

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What are you reading? I’m usually reading one novel and one non-fiction book at a time. Right now, I’m reading AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir and THEY FOUGHT FOR THE amber lough book and a beverageMOTHERLAND, by Laurie S. Stoff. Oh! And LOOK WHO’S BACK, by Timur Vermes.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Most of you have heard of Tahir’s book, so I’ll focus on Stoff’s non-fiction book. It’s about Russia’s women soldiers in WWI, particularly about the women-only brigades. It’s amazing, and is the focus of my current WIP.
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? 1. ROSE UNDER FIRE, by Elizabeth Wein. (Yes, CODE NAME VERITY is more shocking, but I really loved Rose. And living in Germany, I think of what she went through often.) 2. THE DARK IS RISING, by Susan Cooper (The ENTIRE series, really.) 3. ISLAND OF BLUE DOLPHINS, by Scott O’Dell (It was the first real novel I read as a kid, and it seeped into my bones.)

WRITING

What can you tell us about your current work in progress? It’s set in Russia, during WWI, and is about the 1st Russian Women’s Battalion of Death. It’s dark, light, heavy, and fun.
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I used to be a pantser, but I have since seen the error of my ways. However, I do make things up as I go along, and weave them into my plan.
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? My Kleingarten. In Germany, many people have little gardens, like Russian dachas, with a vegetable patch, flowers, and a small cabin that are part of a larger garden community. My garden is currently my favorite place to be, writing or not.

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What are you drinking? Earl Grey tea, with milk and sugar. It’s currently a bit cold.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing?
If I don’t have fresh coffee around (like now), I make a pot of tea. I am that interesting.

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Which character from a book would you say you’re most like? Who would be your literary BFF? I have absolutely no idea who I am like. All of them and none of them? But I would want Anne Shirley to be my BFF.
If you had one subplot or minor character that could go off on its own tangent, who or what would it be? From THE BLIND WISH, I would focus on Rahela’s flying carpet, and her relationship with Shirin, as they fly around saving other girls.


 Thank you so much to Amber Lough for being a part of Book and a Beverage today!
Her first book in the Jinni Wars, THE FIRE WISH, is out now and book two, THE BLIND WISH, releases in just a couple days on 7/28/15!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

amber_dawn_lough_colorAmber Lough lives with her physicist husband and their two kids in Lower Saxony, Germany.
As a child, Amber moved about every two years and spent much of it overseas in Cuba, Japan, and Bahrain. She attended High School in North Charleston, South Carolina and studied Russian at Saint Louis University in Missouri before heading into the Air Force. She was an Intelligence Officer stationed in San Diego, and travelled the Pacific for her job. She also spent about 8 months in Baghdad, Iraq. After having her first child, she left the Air Force to begin writing full-time.
Amber is represented by Laura Rennert of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Visit Amber over at The Fourteenery and The Hanging Gardens where she contributes with other YA authors.

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Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

I’m excited to be back in the swing of authoreditions of Book and a Beverage! I had an overwhelmingly wonderful response from authors who were interested in participating so keep an eye out for even more author posts within the next few months!

Give a big welcome to author EMILY LLOYD-JONES!

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Name: Emily Lloyd-Jones
You know her best as the author of… ILLUSIVE (7/15/14), MURDER ON THE DISORIENTED EXPRESS (6/9/15), DECEPTIVE (7/14/15)

   Illusive (Illusive, #1)   Murder on the Disoriented Express (Illusive, #1.5)   Deceptive (Illusive, #2)

ILLUSIVE: Amazon // Goodreads
MURDER ON THE DISORIENTED EXPRESS: Amazon // Goodreads
DECEPTIVE: Amazon // Goodreads

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What are you reading? Currently, I’m happily engrossed in Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler.
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What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It’s sassy and romantic and so much fun. I would definitely recommend it.
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Okay, this is a hard one. First, I have to recommend the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud. Ghost-hunting teenagers in alternate history London who attempt to run their own private agency. It’s just as awesome as it sounds. Second, the Lunar Chronicles. It’s just so fun and I appreciate any book series that has such wonderful (and numerous) female characters. And lastly, I recommend pretty much any Tamora Pierce book because they’re all so good.

WRITING

What can you tell us about your current work in progress? I’m currently at work on a Secret Project. I won’t say much, except that it includes Lovecraftian horrors and a ragtag group of teenagers making very bad life decisions.
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I am a total plotter. I am the plottiest of plotters. I cannot function as a writer unless I know what’s going to happen. I have plotted books through charts and graphs, made ridiculously detailed outlines, even plotted a book through a series of Post-Its spanning a whole wall.
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? I sit on my couch. Not the most exciting answer, but it is a very comfortable spot. My cat is usually somewhere nearby, making her usual attempts to steal into my lap—despite the computer sitting there.  

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What are you drinking? Starbucks is one of my vices. I am slightly addicted to their lattes.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? I do most of my writing at night, so I actually drink more tea than coffee when I’m writing. I like the white and herbal blends, although I will go for green when the mood strikes.

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What type of scene is your favorite to write? I love dialogue-heavy scenes. I blame it on watching Gilmore Girls at a formative age—I listened to a lot of witty dialogue and banter and I loved it. Something about two characters verbally sparring always makes me giddy. I also love plot twists. Being a plotter, I’ll have them sketched out for months before I actually write them. It’s just so satisfying to bring a scene to completion and know that someone is going to be shocked by it.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions? I never actually refer to my books by their real titles when I’m working on them. When I email my critique partners or even in every day conversation, I pick a nickname and just go with it. It’s sort of how Macbeth is always referred to as the Scottish Play by the theatre community. I just get suspicious about calling a WIP by its name. Illusive was referred to as “The Book” and Deceptive as “The Jenga Book.” (Because so many scenes ended up being moved around.) Murder on the Disoriented Express was originally the nickname for my novella, but in a hilarious twist that ended up being the actual title.


 A big thank you to Emily Lloyd-Jones for taking part in Book and a Beverage today!! I am SO excited for this new book project! It sounds right up my alley as a reader!
Lockwood & Co sounds really good — I’ll definitely have to check out that series — and hooray for a Lunar Chronicles recommendation! <3

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Lloyd-Jones Author PhotoEmily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. After graduating from Western Oregon University with an English degree, she enrolled in the publishing program at Rosemont College just outside of Philadelphia. She currently resides in Northern California, working in a bookstore by day and writing by night. Illusive is her debut novel.

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Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Jessica Spotswood

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

It’s been a while since I’ve hosted an author edition of Book and a Beverage but I am SO excited to be getting back into the swing of things! I had an overwhelmingly wonderful response from authors who were interested in participating so keep an eye out for even more author posts within the next few months!

Give a big welcome to author JESSICA SPOTSWOOD!

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Name: Jessica Spotswood
You know her best as the author of… The Cahill Witch Chronicles: BORN WICKED (1/25/12), STAR CURSED (6/18/13), and SISTERS’ FATE (8/14/14)

        

BORN WICKED: Amazon // Goodreads
STAR CURSED: Amazon // Goodreads
SISTERS’ FATE: Amazon // Goodreads

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What are you reading? FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? Sophie jessica spotswood baabis bisexual and a drug addict, and when her best friend Mina is murdered everyone thinks it’s because of a drug deal gone wrong and blames Sophie. But Sophie knows that she’s clean and she is determined to stay that way – and find Mina’s killer. I’d absolutely recommend it; Sophie is a really intriguing, flawed, smart protagonist and the pacing is wonderful.
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? I don’t know if I can pick my top 3 of all time, but my favorite so far this year have been Courtney SummersALL THE RAGE (an important, infuriating indictment of rape culture); Nova Ren Suma’s THE WALLS AROUND US (creepy-gorgeous and a master class in voice); and Erin Bowman’s VENGEANCE ROAD (a Western revenge story that I loved so much I blurbed).

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What can you tell us about your current work in progress? I just finished drafting my first contemporary YA, WILD SWANS, which will be out next April! It’s about a girl named Ivy whose mother – who abandoned her when she was two – comes back home with the two half-sisters Ivy’s never met. There’s also a romance with a biracial tattooed poet. (What can I say? I love bookish boys.)
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I like to outline a few chapters ahead, but I love when characters surprise me, and most of the time when I get really stuck, I wind up realizing that it’s because I’m trying to stick to the outline instead of following my characters.
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? I love reading in bubble baths (Lush bath bombs & bubblers are my favorite) or in bed before sleep. I write either on my loveseat in my office, or at a nearby coffee shop.

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What are you drinking? Iced tea
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? In the summer – iced tea; in the winter – hot tea

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If you had one subplot or minor character that could go off on its own tangent, who or what would it be? I’d love to write a short story about Cate’s best friend and roommate, Rilla. Rilla’s bouncy and chatty and big-hearted. She gets her own love interest in SISTERS’ FATE – patronizing newspaperman Alistair Merriweather – and their banter kept threatening to take over scenes. It would be hugely fun to write about Rilla as a girl reporter getting into scrapes and arguing with Merriweather!
What type of scene is your favorite to write? Kissing scenes! But terrible heartbreaking scenes that will make people cry are my next favorite. I’m a contradiction.


 A big thank you to Jessica Spotswood for taking part in Book and a Beverage today! I love her Cahill Witch Chronicles books and I’m so excited for a new YA contemporary next year!
I also REALLY need to read Far From You soon! I’ve heard such good things about it and it sounds so interesting!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

jessica spotswood author photoJessica Spotswood is a full time author who lives in Washington, DC with her husband Stephen and a very cuddly cat named Monkey. Visit Jessica online at jessicaspotswood.com or on Twitter at @Jessica_shea.

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Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Dahlia Adler

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Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

It’s been a while since I’ve hosted an author edition of Book and a Beverage but I am SO excited to be getting back into the swing of things! I had an overwhelmingly wonderful response from authors who were interested in participating so keep an eye out for even more author posts within the next few months!

Give a big welcome to author DAHLIA ADLER!

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Name: Dahlia Adler
You know her best as the author of… BEHIND THE SCENES (6/24/14), LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT (12/9/14), and UNDER THE LIGHTS (6/30/15)

        

BEHIND THE SCENES: Amazon // Goodreads
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT: Amazon // Goodreads
UNDER THE LIGHTS: Amazon // Goodreads

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READING

What are you reading? Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Well, and beta reading a friend’s NA, because I’m rarely only reading one thing at a time.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It’s a really great historical YA about a girl who was deported from Lithuania to Siberia along with her family on Stalin’s orders. I’m only halfway through, but it’s so compellingly told, and such an important part of history. There are so many sides to World War II and this is one I haven’t seen otherwise in YA. I definitely recommend it.
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? WHAT. You cannot ask me this. You cannot. But okay, you did. WELL THEN. Probably my most successful recommendation of all time is Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, which is an excellent YA psychological thriller. All the Rage by Courtney Summers is just…unspeakably important, and I think should be read by anyone who ever, ever interacts with girls of any age. And OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu, which has such tremendous power to change your perspective on mental health; it certainly did mine.

WRITING

What can you tell us about your current work in progress? I actually have three: Right of First Refusal, which is the next book in my Radleigh University NA series, and that’s about a lacrosse player named Cait who falls back into having feelings for her ex when he reappears in her life…as her new roommate’s boyfriend; Out on Good Behavior, which is the final book in that series, and focuses on Frankie, who’s happy being a complete and total player until she falls for a girl who’s her polar opposite; and War of the Roses, which is a dual-POV YA inspired by the historical War of the Roses, about two feuding cousins who are both in relationships with big secrets.
Are you a pantser or a plotter? Somewhere in between—it kinda varies per book. If I NaNo something, I’m much more likely to write a really fleshed-out outline first, which I did with both Behind the Scenes and War of the Roses. Otherwise, I usually rely on a beat sheet and maybe I plan clusters of scenes in a notebook.
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? I don’t have a great reading or writing spot in my apartment, which is where I do 90% of both, but it makes me really happy when I get writing done on my subway commute. A lot of Last Will and Testament was written in a notebook on the subway, and something about that gives me a weird amount of joy.

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What are you drinking? Fresca. If I’m drinking something and it isn’t water or coffee, it’s almost definitely Fresca.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? Fresca, with two exceptions: Sunday morning, I love writing with coffee, and Friday night, I love reading with tea.

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If you were to co-author a book with someone (anyone!), who would it be? It’s a favorite joke (at least I think it’s a joke) on Twitter between people subjected to us tweeting at each other all day that Leah Raeder (author of the fabulous Unteachable and Black Iris) and I should co-author an epic f/f NA. It’s probably the world’s worst idea, and also hilarious to imagine as a book—she writes really gorgeous, lyrical prose and my books are, like, “AND THEN THEY DID IT. A LOT.” but I’m not gonna lie, it’d probably be really fun for like an hour before we got distracted by Tumblr.
Which character from a book would you say you’re most like? Kissing. Always kissing. And fighting. And especially fighting leading to kissing. There’s a lot of that in my books. You’re welcome.


 A BIG BIG thank you to Dahlia Adler for being on Book and a Beverage today and as always, for supporting my blog as well! I really hope you enjoyed getting to know her more on today’s Book and a Beverage!
If you don’t know Dahlia, you definitely need to get to know her and her books! Both books that are currently released (Behind the Scenes and Last Will and Testament) were great reads for me and I read LWAT in a day if that’s any indication for you! (I actually almost read Behind the Scenes in a day too, I think!)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dahlia Adler_author photo_Credit-MaggieHallDahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens by night, and writes Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She’s the author of the Daylight Falls duology, Last Will and Testament, and the upcoming  Just Visiting, as well as over five billion tweets as @MissDahlELama. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves.

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Blog Tour: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales | Interview + Giveaway!

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Welcome to the blog tour for
 THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales!

Firstly, many many thanks to Macmillan for asking me to be a part of this tour! I first read THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE a little over a year ago and almost breezed through it in a day. It was so captivating and really spoke to me in many different ways so when I was asked if I wanted to be a part of this blog tour, I immediately said yes!

This Song Paperback CoverOne of the reasons I loved this book so much was because of the characters but also the importance that music played in their lives. There are many songs that have “saved me” over the years so I loved this concept for the book… AND Macmillan has turned this into a really great social media experience. You can share the songs that have helped you through hard times or mean the most to you with the hashtag #SongsThatSavedMe on social media and join the experience!

This book also got a gorgeous cover redesign for its paperback release! (Check it out to the left there!) I’m in love with the colors, the design, and still impressed that each word in the title is four letters so the words line up just perfectly! It helps make a wonderful design, doesn’t it?!

Now without further ado, I’m really excited to share with you my interview with the author of THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, Leila Sales!

INTERVIEW WITH LEILA SALES

Brittany: This Song Will Save Your Life follows the story of Elise who finds her true passion in life learning the art of DJing and I loved how original and refreshing a teenage DJ was. Was there any inspiration for such a unique hobby for Elise?
Leila Sales: I love music—I always have—and I love going out dancing. Over my years of doing so, I’ve met many other people in the world of nightlife, including a number of DJs. It’s such an interesting culture with so many fascinating characters, and that made me want to set a story in this world.

Brittany: Naturally, music plays an important role in the book — a literal life-saving role. Why do you think music reaches us on such a personal and emotional level?
Leila: That’s a very complicated question, but I think the simple answer is that music—like fiction—makes us feel understood. Sometimes it seems like even your friends can’t understand your feelings or what you’re going through, but when you find an artist who gets it, then you no longer feel so alone, and your feelings are validated.

Brittany: Macmillan shared the playlist for This Song Will Save Your Life (which I absolutely craved and loved while reading the book!) and it was just so perfect. Are there any songs or playlists that you listen to for inspiration or while you write?
Leila: Thank you! I can’t think of few better compliments than somebody enjoying a playlist that I made. Generally when I’m writing I listen to “quiet” artists—the Clientele, Belle & Sebastian, the Acid House Kings, Camera Obscura—music that I love that’s not too distracting. But if I really need to tap into an intense well of adolescent emotion, then I go back to the soundtrack of my high school experience: Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows, Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, etc. That should give you a down-to-the-year accurate picture of how old I am.

Brittany:The romance of the book involves Elise and Char, a DJ that she makes a connection with and who helps her learn some important DJing skills. Do you think the lines became a bit blurred between Elise’s emotions for her new hobby and her emotions for Char?
Leila: Sure. I think Char is an important catalyst. He helps Elise get to a better place in her life. But, you know, he has his own issues. Everyone does. Even cute slightly older guys with great taste in music.

Brittany: Elise was just so relatable for me — from the way she felt to the decisions she made. What’s been your favorite reaction that readers have had to Elise’s story?
Leila: I’ve been blown away by the positive responses I’ve gotten to this book. It means the world to me to hear from readers that meeting Elise makes them feel less alone, like they’ve finally found someone who understands them. That’s why we go into this job in the first place, you know. No one becomes an author to make millions of dollars—there are so many easier ways to get rich quick. We become authors to connect with readers, and to get real human experiences down on paper.

Brittany: Your next book, Tonight the Streets Are Ours, comes out in September. Can you tell us a little about it?
Leila: Tonight the Streets Are Ours is about a small-town girl who becomes obsessed with a blogger living in New York City. She’s never met him, but his writing makes her feel like he understands her more than anyone in her everyday life. So when his heart is broken, she sets out on a road trip to find him in person.

A big, big thank you to Leila Sales for this wonderful interview! I always love getting more insight to an author’s process and more details behind the book after I’ve read it. If you haven’t picked up THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE yet, be sure to do that ASAP!

leila sales author photo franck goldbergWant to learn more about Leila Sales and her books? We’ve got the hook-up below!

// Learn more about This Song Will Save Your Life
// Learn more about Tonight The Streets Are Ours
// Tell Us About Songs That Saved Your Life on Social Media with #SongsThatSavedMe
// Add Tonight the Streets Are Ours to your to-read list on Goodreads.
// Visit Leila’s website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

And don’t miss the rest of the blog tour!

April 2 : Paper Riot
April 3 : The Irish Banana
April 4 : Rainy Day Ramblings
April 5 : Lili’s Reflections
April 6 : The Compulsive Reader
April 7 : Teen Librarian Toolbox
April 8 : The Book Cellar
April 9 : Great Imaginations
April 10 : The Bevy Bibliotheque
April 11 : Jenuine Cupcakes
April 12 : Ticket to Anywhere
April 13 : The Book Addict’s Guide
April 14 : MacTeen Books
April 15 : The Perpetual Page-Turner

GIVEAWAY

Thanks to Macmillan, I have TWO giveaways for you today! One winner will receive an ARC of Leila’s new book TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS! The second giveaway is for an amazing ‘SONGS THAT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE’ mix CD! There will be ONE Rafflecopter to enter for both giveaways and TWO WINNERS will be selected. US/Canada entries only, please. Must be 13 years of age or older to win.

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Blog Tour: Unchanged by Jessica Brody | Q&A + Giveaway!

Unchanged_Blog Tour BannerWelcome to the blog tour for
UNCHANGED by Jessica Brody!

Firstly, a big thank you to Macmillan for putting this blog tour together! I’m always so excited to be a part of these tours and so grateful I get to participate! This one is especially exciting because I read the first book in this trilogy, UNREMEMBERED, as an ARC and it’s been so much fun seeing this series come together from start to finish, as well as meeting Jessica several times in between, so to be on this blog tour is a very special occasion for me!

Before we get down to the Q&A with Jessica, let’s pause to give you a little more info on the trilogy if you’re not familiar with it yet!

UNREMEMBERED           UNFORGOTTEN

UNCHANGED

The Unremembered Trilogy by Jessica Brody

The series is action-packed science fiction with a dose of romance. Book 1, Unremembered, opens with Seraphina finding herself stranded in the middle of a plane wreck. She is the only survivor and has no memory of who she is or where she came from. As the series progresses, Sera learns she is genetically engineered by a super creepy corporation called Diotech. As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer with ever book, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it’s a choice that may cost her everything she’s ever loved.

Unremembered // Unforgotten // Unchanged


Q&A WITH JESSICA BRODY
On completing a trilogy

Brittany: First off, CONGRATULATIONS on having a full trilogy published and out in the world! How does it feel?
Jessica Brody: Thank you! It’s a little surreal and a little sad. I’ve been actually tearing up a lot lately now that I’ve started to promote the book and talk about it with the world. Up until this point everything about the story and the conclusion I had to keep to myself. Now that people are starting to read it and share their thoughts about the end with me, it’s been more emotional. When I first got the finished book in the mail a few weeks ago, I actually broke into tears. My husband caught it on video. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nluQg0w3Vgw

Brittany: I finished UNCHANGED (on sale now! Yay!) the other week and I just loved the cohesive plot throughout the series but how unique each book felt. Was it difficult to decide what content went into each individual book and how to split them up?
Jessica: THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m so happy to hear you say that! 🙂 Each book did feel so different to me when I was writing it. It was almost as though I were writing three connected stand-alones. I think it’s because each book takes place in a very different setting (and time period!) so they each kind of have their own world. The thing that ties them together, of course, is Sera, and how out of place she feels in all of the worlds, even her “home.” But the series pretty much followed the outline that I used to sell this trilogy to my publisher. At least in terms of locations and major plot points. I always knew Book 1 would take place today, in our world, book 2 would take place in 1609 and book 3 would take place 100 years in the future. So not much of that has changed. What was most difficult was figuring out what all those worlds look like…and what they look like with Sera in them.

Brittany: Were there any major changes from start to finish of the series? Did UNCHANGED end like you had originally planned?
Jessica: Um…yes. I actually wrote the first 250 pages of UNCHANGED and then threw them all out! So it’s ironic that the book is called UNCHANGED. I just knew in my gut it wasn’t the right book and it wasn’t fixable. I simply had to start over. Very few of those scenes made it into the final draft. Most of them are lining my computer’s trash can! And then after I had a draft that I really loved, I sent it to my editor and she made me rewrite the first 140 pages again! All in all, though, I really feel like the book is better for it. I’ve never thrown out that many pages before and started over. And yet, I feel like this is my strongest book so maybe that says something about the challenging process I had.

Brittany: I’ve been lucky enough to meet you on a few Fierce Reads tours and those book tours look like SO much fun! (Although I’m sure exhausting!) What’s been your favorite experience since UNREMEMBERED’s release?
Jessica: Yes! I’ve enjoyed seeing you at our Chicago events! Obviously I’ve just loved meeting all the readers and visiting all these different cities (but, yes it’s exhausting!) It feels a lot like summer camp, though. You really bond with the authors you tour with. It’s hard not to! You spend nearly every waking moment with them. There was a night on my first Fierce Reads tour (in 2013) in Memphis. It was me, Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, and Emmy Laybourne. We all went out to eat on Beale Street and had just the most amazing food and the most amazing time. I remember lots of laughing and talking until late at night. It was just an incredible bonding experience. To this day, those ladies are still some of my closest friends.

Brittany: The Unremembered Trilogy is a sci-fi series and the connections between plot, characters, and technology were impressive! What was the most difficult part in planning a series?
Jessica: Well, at the risk of being too spoilery (too late!) the most difficult aspect was keeping track of all the time periods and who is where and when and what they’re doing and how it affects the rest of the story. I had this massive spreadsheet for my timeline that spanned from 1609 all the way to 2117. It was color coordinated and everything. It was insane. To this day I’m probably the only one who can read it. LOL!

Brittany: Of course I need to ask… what’s next!? Do you have any upcoming projects you can share with us?
Jessica: Oh gosh, I’m SO excited about my next book. I’m taking a little break from Sci-Fi for a while…this trilogy wore me out! And returning to my contemporary roots! I have a new book coming out in Spring 2016 called A WEEK OF MONDAYS. It’s about a teen girl who has to relive the same horrible Monday (in which her boyfriend breaks up with her) over and over again until she figures out how to fix it. It’s kind of like GROUNDHOG DAY meets SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL. It’s definitely a comedy. It’s definitely got lots of romance and shenanigans and overall it was just really fun to write. As much as I enjoyed the challenge of writing the sci-fi trilogy, it was really refreshing to write something light and fun again. I just turned in the first draft to my editor and thankfully she likes it! So we’re moving on in the process. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Thanks so much for having me on the blog, Brittany! I’m so happy you liked the book and I hope your readers will too!


 A big, big thank you to Jessica Brody for today’s interview! It’s always such a delight. If you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely recommend it! And for those of you interested in A WEEK OF MONDAYS, you can add it on Goodreads now!

// Want more of the Unremembered trilogy?

// And don’t miss the rest of the blog tour!

GIVEAWAY

Macmillan is graciously providing a copy of UNCHANGED for giveaway too! The winner will receive a hardcover copy of the book plus an exclusive Diotech compound blueprint + signed poster! This offer was only available with purchase through March 1st so if you missed it, you can still get it with this giveaway! Happy entering! (Giveaway is US only. Please only enter if we are able to ship your prize to a US address!)

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