3 Year Blogiversary! Author Interview (+ a giveaway!) with Emery Lord

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Well, it’s the last day of our blogiversary celebration, but we have another very special guest visiting us today. If you’ve been paying attention to Christina either on here, Goodreads, or Twitter (especially on Twitter), then you’ve seen her raving time and time again about one particular book. It’s been one of her favorite reads of the year and joined the ranks among her all time favorites. (You can see her get her fangirl on about this beauty right here.)

If you’ve read this book, then all I need to say is two words: Matt. Finch. But, if you haven’t read it (Seriously, why not? I’m trying really hard not to judge you right now, but… I’m just saying.), then never fear, I’m here to introduce you to your perfect summer read written by the most adorable author ever (Like, ever!): Open Road Summer by Emery Lord.

Open Road Summer♥ Published: April 15, 2014
♥ Publisher: Walker/Bloomsbury
♥ Pages: 352

We’re truly thrilled to be hosting Emery Lord today.

Christina: First things first, can you tell us what the major motivating factor for writing Open Road Summer was for you?

Emery: Frankly, the first motivating factor was that I was coming off of a grieving experience, and I wanted to hide in a fun, summer book. (I thought I was writing pure fiction at the time, but now I think my own grief is pretty apparent in Matt Finch’s, my heartache in Dee’s, my anger in Reagan’s.) I was (and am) also passionate about the cold, bitchy girl having a voice in this story- not being a side character. I used to be really intimidated by girls like my narrator, Reagan, until reading This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen when I was 17. After that, I looked at girls with beautiful, icy exteriors and, instead of writing them off, wondered what their story was. Frankly, it opened my world up to amazing girl friends whose stories I couldn’t have otherwise known. So…I wanted girls who have really been through crap, girls like Reagan, to see themselves portrayed and know that they still deserve love–even when they still have a lot of things to work on, even when they’re being their worst self. So, above all–beyond the romance or the fun music stuff–what kept me at my desk was the insistence that it’s not just Nice Girls who deserve a narrative voice.

(Christina nods. Perfect response is perfect. I’ve been both the Nice Girl and the Bitch. Now, I interchange them easily, haha.)

Christina: Is there anything you look back on about your book and wished you could’ve changed?

Emery: Actually, no! I mean, I’ll forever be picky about word choices and that kind of thing. But, for bigger picture things, I’m extremely intentional about my choices in plot, character development, etc., which is why it takes me a while to draft.

Christina: I believe I read on your blog (or perhaps another interview) that you took a road trip with your friends for this book. If I’m correct (my memory isn’t the greatest), which location was among your favorites? Any fun/embarrassing stories to share from your travels?

Emery: Yeah! I went to Nashville with my girlfriends during the editing process, and it was so fun. But…what happens in Nashvegas…. ;)

Christina: For two of your characters to be artists in this novel, how largely of a role did music play in your writing process if any at all? Do you have a go-to artist/band/song?

Emery: Music played a huge role and always does when I’m writing. It’s partially atmosphere- I can’t listen to music that the character I’m narrating for wouldn’t listen to. But I also use songs for character development. What songs would my characters play on repeat? What songs would hit them so hard they’d almost have to pull over to the side of the road to keep from crying while driving? As their character arcs move along, what songs would they find that would reflect their inner changes? ReaganMatt and Dee have playlists (Click links for spotify playlists. All songs are in order of where they fit in the story.), and there’s a separate Open Road Summer playlist for the whole book. I’m…intense. Anyone who has read the book can guess exactly where a song on Matt Finch’s playlist called “Good Man” would be played…and another called “Let’s Be Still”…and “Stubborn Love”…not coincidences, haha!

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Christina: I loved how individualized your characters were in Open Road Summer; how distinct their personalities and voices were while reading. Looking at all of your main characters, which one character trait do you wish you could steal from each of them?

Emery: I’d actually like to steal some degree of not giving a shit from Reagan, haha. I’m really sensitive, a chronic try-hard, always the first to apologize, etc. From Dee, I’d like her ability to be totally sincere in her sentimentality. I studied literature/minimalism in school, which kind of taught me to cringe at nostalgia. I still have to force myself away from that impulse. And I’d take Matt Finch’s way of turning on the charisma when he needs it. I’m such an easy read–can’t really hide if I’m upset, hurt, sad. It’d be nice to have that charm shield!

Christina: Lastly, I squealed and did a little jiggy dance in my living room when I saw that you have a new book set to be published from Bloomsbury in March 2015, The Start of Me & You. (Squeeeeeee, but why so far away?) Is there anything about this new novel that you can share with us? Is it similar or dissimilar to Open Road Summer in any particular way?

Emery: I can share with you thaaaat…I wanted to write something like the contemporary YA books I read when I was a teen, like Saving Francesca–quiet books that felt so much like my own experiences, about friend group dynamics and small character moments. Aaand there’s a ton of book nerdery within Me & You. It’s similar to ORS in that it’s still about ride-or-die friendship, about family dynamics, about falling in love, and about closing the gap between who you are and who you want to be. But it’s different in many ways! Past tense, an introverted good girl narrator, set in suburban Indiana, during the school year.

JUST LOOK AT THIS STUNNING COVER!!!
(Click the cover to read the summary and other deets from Goodreads.
You know you want to add it to your TBR.)
The Start of Me and You

 

Now, for a bit of fun!

Quickfire Questions:

 1. Cake or pie person? Yes.

2. Favorite beverage? Coffee :)

3. Describe your perfect date in five words or less. You, me- all we need.

4. What was the last spontaneous thing you did? This afternoon, my husband and I drove up to Columbus to pretend like we were tourists there, haha. Like what would we do for the day if it wasn’t our hometown. It was really fun! I actually just like driving in the car with him, music blasting on the long stretches of beautiful highway. I’m, uh, into the open road and summer. Don’t know if you knew that about me.

5. Favorite childhood game? Reading The Westing Game. (Does that count? How about inside recess where I could play chess against fellow nerds? Notttt even kidding ;))

Thank you so much, Emery, for stopping by and visiting us today. We look forward to so many more of your words.

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Author Bio: 
Emery LordI’m Emery, and I write books about flawed girls who are really trying, complicated families, friends who show up even when everything’s going down in flames, the boy who Gets You even when you don’t expect it, and the summer that changed everything.Open Road Summer is out now, and The Start of Me & You releases March 31st, 2015.

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Release Day Blitz – Trailer, Excerpt and Giveaway – Rout of the Dem-Shyr (Ascendant #2) by Raine Thomas

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: Rout of the Dem-Shyr

Series: Ascendant Series #2

Author: Raine Thomas

Genre: New Adult Sci-Fi Romance

Audience: Ages 17+

 

Rout of the Dem-Shyr by Raine Thomas

Cover Design by MaeiDesign

About the Book:

Touted as the future ruler and savior of worlds, Ascendant KyrVawn is ready to put her growing power to good use. She intends to begin with her home planet of Alametria, where hints of corruption have infiltrated the highest levels of the palace. It’s a monumental task, but one she won’t undertake alone.

By her side is her personal bodyguard and secret lover, Dem-Shyr TaeDane. Together, they’re determined to uncover the truth behind the changes that occurred while they were off-planet…changes that violate long-standing Alametrian laws.

But it’s hard for them to champion the rules when they don’t live by them. Their love is forbidden by official decree, and with every illicit touch, they edge closer and closer to discovery and disaster. Despite their good intentions, they’ll find out that sometimes love doesn’t conquer all.

In fact, it might just be the very thing that destroys them.

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3 Year Blogiversary! Signed Sarah J. Maas Giveaway!

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Sorry, no character interview today, but the blogiversary celebration does continue…

Christina is a huge fan of the Throne of Glass series (You can find her reviews of them here: ToG & CoM.) by Sarah J. Maas and when she stumbled across the UK Paperback Covers, she knew that she’d have to spread the love to The Book Hookup readers because they’re so very pretty. Luckily for her, her friend, Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie, met up with Sarah and was able to get these beauties signed for one special winner.

First, a bit on the books in this series (so far) and the author:

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Author Bio:

Sarah J MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well.

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.

For more on this author and her books, find her here
(FYI, her pinterest storyboards are amazeballs):

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