Will's Story Tour: Jaye Robin Brown Interview & Giveaways

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For today's stop for the Will's Story tour, I had a very important Educator perspective question for Jaye Robin Brown. See what JRo has to say about being a Teacher and Writer.

Teaching and Writing – How does that work?

Can I say I loved being given the topic of how my teaching affects the creative process of writing? Both are things I’m passionate about and both are things that require a tremendous amount of dedication. So their co-existence is a bit of a marvel.

However, that said, I feel that my time with my students is a bit like living in a 24/7 story generator. When I write, particularly as someone far from her own teenage years, I check in constantly to make sure I’m not putting too much of an adult lens on my characters. I watch my students. Listen to my students. Engage with my students. And though I never lift a person whole cloth from life to the page, there are certainly pieces, mannerisms, and turns of phrase that make their way from classroom to creation.

I’m also fortunate because I’m the visual arts teacher. I think creativity feeds creativity and in guiding my students through that discovery process for themselves, it helps me with my own. It also works my hands as well as my head and I think when we can engage more of our own senses, that helps keep the creative juices flowing.

One negative impact of teaching on the creative process is time. As any teacher knows, the teacher life can consume. You could spend every waking minute thinking about your students, your classroom, and your program. I often think the whole old-fashioned model of spinster schoolmarm was there for a reason. Total dedication to other people’s children. But this is not then, and I feel like I’m a better teacher when I can bring a fuller experience to my students. And writing is one of those. So though it is sometimes nice to fantasize about full-time writer life, this is my reality. Which means I’ve learned to be disciplined and structured. I have a set time every morning (early, early, early!) and then the weekends. Evenings I’m usually too wiped out from the classroom.

And if I’m honest with myself, the structure and discipline of my job makes my writing better. In Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, BIG MAGIC, she has a chapter on writing and a day job. This quote resonated: “There’s no dishonor in having a job. What is dishonorable is scaring away your creativity by demanding that it pay for your entire existence.” As teachers, I think we are doubly lucky, because our job IS as creative as our writing.

So, write on fellow teachers! You are some of the most creative individuals out there.
by Jaye Robin Brown
Published December 9, 2015 by HarperTeen
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.
by Jaye Robin Brown
Published April 5, 2016 by Epic Reads Impulse
Will McKinney is a bad boy. At least, he used to be. After nearly getting arrested for some poor decisions involving prescription drugs, Will has been trying to turn over a new leaf. Well, it’s that or suffer the wrath of his father, the judge. Will's starting to get his life in Sevenmile, North Carolina, in order. He’s applying to colleges. He's dating the most popular girl at school. And he recently discovered a love of playing the banjo and performing in front of a crowd. But it's that same love of music that draws him to Amber Vaughn, his younger teenage brother's best friend. Now Will finds himself wondering if he just might really be a bad guy because even though he's got a girlfriend, he can't stop thinking about Amber.

Will’s Story is a companion novella to Jaye Robin Brown's young adult debut, No Place to Fall, and perfect for fans of her novel and newcomers alike.

Jaye Robin Brown, or Jro to her friends, lives and writes in the mountains north of Asheville, North Carolina.
She's in awe of magic and beauty, and is a stalwart champion for the underdog, both human and other. When she's not writing, you can find her in the art room of the high school where she teaches, or on her small farm hanging out with her dogs, cats, and horses.

There are 2 giveaways happening during this tour. There's a US only giveaway and an International giveaway. Please take notice!

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop

Happy Spring! Today brings a cleaning giveaway. I have several books that are up for grabs. The winner may choose 2 titles.

Starters by Lissa Price
Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
All Fall Down by Ally Carter (Hardcover & Paperback available)

This is a US only giveaway and entrants must be at least 13 years old.

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Hop along to the other blogs on the hop!

Harper Summer 2016 Tour Stop

Hello everyone! I am absolutely THRILLED to be a part of the summer stretch of the Harper tour with Irish Banana!

I have the honor of featuring a book which takes place in my home state, North Carolina. This made me a little happier than it should have, I think. ;) It is so much FUN knowing that this setting is actually about 30 minutes from where I live.

Anyway! To the book and GIVEAWAYS! Wooo!

Title: Meet Me Here
Author: Bryan Bliss    Twitter | Website | Facebook | Goodreads
Release Date: May 31, 2016

In a single night—graduation night—Thomas has to decide: Do what everyone has always expected of him? Or forge an entirely new path? Bryan Bliss’s absorbing examination of one boy struggling with expectations and realities will appeal to readers of Sara Zarr and Chris Crutcher.

Thomas is supposed to leave for the army in the morning. His father was Army. His brother, Jake, is Army—is a hero, even, with the medals to prove it. Everyone expects Thomas to follow in that fine tradition. But Jake came back from overseas a completely different person, and that has shaken Thomas’s certainty about his own future. And so when his long-estranged friend Mallory suggests one last night of adventure, Thomas takes her up on the distraction. Over the course of this single night, Thomas will lose, find, resolve, doubt, drive, explore, and leap off a bridge. He’ll also face the truth of his brother’s post-traumatic stress disorder and of his own courage. In Bryan Bliss’s deft hands, graduation night becomes a night to find yourself, find each other, find a path, and know that you always have a place—and people—to come back to.

#1 – A Harper Teen Summer 2016 Catalog prize pack of 45 books*
*Titles not included: The Crown by Kiera Cass, Escape from Asylum by Madeline Roux, Sing by Vivi Greene, The Countdown by Kimberly Derting, & United As One by Pittacus Lore

In addition to the one massive prize winner, we will also have 4 winners who will be able to select 3 titles they want from the Summer 2016 Catalog.
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#2 – 5 Finished Copies from the Harper Teen Winter 2016 Catalog
5 books are: Front Lines by Michael Grant, Revenge & the Wild by Michelle Modesto, The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks, Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin, & The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
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How to enter:
Collect the daily word from each blog stop during the Harper Summer 2016 Tour (a total of 50). Once you’ve collected them all, email the complete saying to: HarperTeenTour@gmail.com
(My word is at the beginning of my post, in larger, bold letters.)

Prize Rules:
1.) Winner must have a valid US mailing address to receive the prize
2.) Winner must be over 13
3.) Only one (1) entry per person for Prize #2 – duplicates will be deleted.
4.) Only a completed phrase will be accepted as an entry – do not email each word/phrase daily. Wait until you have the complete saying and then email in.
5.) All email submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST 3/31/2016.
6.) Winners will be selected 4/1/2016 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another is selected.
7.) Participating blogs and bloggers are not responsible for unsent, damaged, and/or stolen prizes offered by the publisher.

#3 – Leap Year Giveaway - 4 of the most anticipated ARCs from Summer 2016
Books are: My Lady Jane, Ivory & Bone, The Crown's Game and This Savage Song
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How to enter:
This giveaway will only run on February 29, 2016. The rafflecopter form will work for 24 hours and a winner will be chosen on March 1, 2016.

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Lastly, don't forget about our amazing Facebook Author Chats where you will have chances to win more prizes and books! The first chat will be 2/16/16 at 8 pm EST!

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Make sure to follow the rest of the tour. It's going to be 7 weeks of great summer book fun!

Cover Reveal: Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey

Welcome to another cover reveal that I just could not pass on. I am a fan of Entangled Teen and also a fan of Alyxandra Harvey. Win-win! I definitely wanted to share this lovely cover with y'all. I love the feathers floating around. What do you think of the cover?

Love Me, Love Me Not
by Alyxandra Harvey
Release Date: February 22, 2016
Entangled Teen Crave
Genre: YA Fantasy

Dating isn’t easy when you’re in the middle of a blood feud.

Anastasia Vila’s family can turn into swans, but just once she’d like them to turn into responsible adults.

After hundreds of years, they still cling to the blood feud with the Renard family. No one remembers how it started in the first place—but foxes and swans just don’t get along.

Vilas can only transform into their swan shape after they have fallen in love for the first time, but between balancing schoolwork, family obligations, and the escalating blood feud, Ana’s got no time for love. The only thing keeping her sane is her best friend, Pierce Kent.

But when Pierce kisses Ana, everything changes.

Is what Pierce feels for her real, or a byproduct of her magic? Can she risk everything for her best friend? And when the family feud spirals out of control, Ana must stop the fight before it takes away everything she loves.
Including, maybe...Pierce.

This Entangled Teen Crave book contains language, violence, and lots of kissing. Warning: it might induce strong feelings of undeniable attraction for your best friend.
Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream. Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with her husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos, and books.

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Cover Reveal: The Society by Jodie Andrefski

I am excited to participate in the cover reveal of Jodie Andrefski's The Society today. It has been on my radar and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

The Society
by Jodie Andrefski
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Entangled Teen

Welcome to Trinity Academy’s best-kept secret.

The Society.

You’ve been handpicked by the elite of the elite to become a member. But first you’ll have to prove your worth by making it through Hell Week.

Do you have what it takes?

It’s time to find out.

Samantha Evans knows she’d never get an invite to rush the Society—not after her dad went to jail for insider trading. But after years of relentless bullying at the hands of the Society’s queen bee, Jessica, she’s ready to take down Jessica and the Society one peg at a time from the inside out.

All it’ll take is a bit of computer hacking, a few fake invitations, some eager rushees…and Sam will get her revenge.

Let the games begin.

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Jodie Andrefski has been passionate about reading ever since she was a little girl, when she used to climb trees to escape with a favorite book. She now lives and writes in a small town in Pennsylvania with her teenage daughter. Though still an avid reader, she now prefers a comfy chair over the crook of a tree. An unapologetic coffee fiend, she's even happier if her java comes with pie. Jodie often draws on her background in education and mental health counseling to bring real world experience to her writing. She is a firm believer in the magic of a first kiss, and insists that you should never, ever give up on your dreams. 

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