How to Disappear Blog Tour

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Today I have a very special post for you! I’m a part of the How to Disappear blog tour and I’m so excited to bring you an interview with the author and a GIVEAWAY! First, I’ll give you some info on the book and the author, so stay tuned!

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About HOW TO DISAPPEAR

Title: HOW TO DISAPPEAR

Author: Ann Redisch Stampler

Release date: June 14, 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 416

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/How-Disappear-Ann-Redisch-Stampler/dp/1481443933/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-disappear-ann-redisch-stampler/1122751075?ean=9781481443937

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/how-to-disappear/id1047598388?mt=11

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781481443937

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27206481-how-to-disappear

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About Ann Redisch Stampler

Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.

Links:

Website: http://www.annstampler.com/

Blog: http://www.annstampler.com/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/annstampler

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annstamplerwriter/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/annstampler

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4949584.Ann_Redisch_Stampler

I’ve already had the pleasure of reading this great thriller! I currently don’t have my review up, but it’ll be coming in July! I also had the pleasure of asking the author a few questions! Check them out now:

-Did you read a lot as a kid-young teen? If so, what books did you read?

I was one of those “reading saved me” kinds of kids. I felt weird, but I was safe and happy and engaged in books. I tended to read a lot of books that had children or teens as major characters – whether or not they were considered children’s or teen books. Then, when I hit my mid-teens, I started reading Truly Serious Literature. I kept going to the library or to the bookstore when there were these extremely inexpensive little Penguin classics, and it felt as if I, personally, was discovering all these great books that no one else knew about. When I got to college and it turned out that not only did a whole lot of other people know about these books, but they wanted to talk about them, I was quite a happy English major.

I also read mysteries and thrillers. Avidly. But I didn’t take these very seriously as books. I just kept reading them and loving them and wanting to write one of them. And with How to Disappear, I’ve finally done it.

-Who is your favorite character in your book?

I’m equally fond of Jack and Nicolette. My writing method is to pretend that I’m the character that’s narrating. So I spent a lot of time pretending to be each of these people, feeling their feelings and telling their sides of the story. It was probably more fun for me to write Nicolette, I mean, we’re both females and I she got to be a lot funnier and wilder than Jack did at times. But I still love Jack. When he was finally coming clean to Nicolette about what it was like for him growing up in his family, and he was so torn up, I was on the verge of tears writing that for days.

-What do you want readers to take away from your book?

I’d like it if readers were absorbed and intrigued by this book, believed the characters, and were entertained from start to finish.

On a deeper level, I’d like readers to leave this book asking themselves a lot of questions about what they’d do, how far they’d go, if they’d sacrifice what they think of as right or moral, if they were pushed hard enough. I’d like them to wonder about what aspects of themselves are fixed and unalterable across situations, versus what could be changed if they chose to change it or if their circumstances called for them to be different. Can a person, in fact, learn how to make the core of him or herself disappear? Could you?

 -Do you have a favorite line from your books?

The last three lines. There are only 11 words in all three of them. But you absolutely can’t skip back there and read them out of order. You’ll see why when you get there.

-What can readers expect from your book?

How to Disappear is a very twisty thriller with a cross-country chase, a lot of plotting and scheming, and, dare I say, characters who are – against their better judgment – greatly attracted to each other, so there’s a certain amount of heat. Neither character knows fully what’s going on, or understands the dark forces behind the action, and neither one is completely honest with the other, the reader, or him/herself.

-What Disney character are you most like?

Belle!!! I want to be like Belle! Big reader, sense of humor, basically kind, sticks up for herself, finds true love being herself. Who wouldn’t want to be Belle?

Here’s the schedule of the other blog tour dates this week:

Monday, June 20th:

Tuesday, June 21st:

Wednesday, June 22nd:

Thursday, June 23rd:

Friday, June 24th:

Saturday, June 25th:

Are you ready for the giveaway now?? Check it out:

Giveaway:

ONE (1) winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for The Book Depository,  Signed HOW TO DISAPPEAR bookmarks + a Nicolette’s disguise inspired Smashbox makeup kit.

***Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL***

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Enter the giveaway (via rafflecopter) HERE: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/9a07ce2b357/

That’s it! I really hope you enjoyed this special post and that you’ll enter the giveaway!

-Lilian-

 

 

 

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Interview with Ashley Royer

I recently got the opportunity to ask Ashley Royer, a teenage up-and-coming author, a few questions! She was very kind and I hope you enjoy her answers! But, first, here’s the plot of her book Remember to Forget!

In Remember to Forget from Watty Award-winning author Ashley Royer, Levi has refused to speak since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, and can’t seem to come out of his depression and hindering self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to America seems completely daunting, Levi passively accepts his fate, but once he lands faces personal struggles and self-doubt at the same time he and his dad battle through resentment and misunderstanding. And then, while at therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.

Does that description intrigue you as much as it intrigues me? I hope so! Now, read on to learn some more about seventeen year old Ashley Royer.

Did you read a lot as a kid-young teen? If so, what books did you read?

I read a lot when I was in elementary school and middle school. Once I entered high school, it became somewhat difficult to find a lot of time to read, unfortunately. When I do read, I tend to read realistic teen fiction books. I enjoy reading books that I can imagine or relate to in some way. I’ve never really been interested in vampires or mystery or horror.

What are some of your personal favorite books?

Some of my favorite books are The Fault in Our Stars, Between Shades of Gray, and Thirteen Reasons Why.

Who is your favorite character in your Remember to Forget?

My favorite character in Remember to Forget is Levi. I like how he changes and finds himself throughout the story.

What do you want readers to take away from Remember to Forget?

I want my readers to either connect to RTF or take some sort of message from the book, whether it’s knowing more about mental problems or just how to treat others. I began writing because I wanted to change people’s outlooks and make them feel something. So far, I seem to have touched a lot of people, so I’m doing exactly what I set out to do!

Do you have a favorite line from your book?

That’s a tough one! I have a lot of favorite quotes. Sometimes when I’m rereading parts of my book, I see a line and think “Wow, I actually wrote that? I came up with that?” If I had to choose one quote though, I think it would be “My heart hurts.” It’s said at a very cute moment and now I even say it a lot in my daily life.

What can readers expect from Remember to Forget?

Readers can expect a whirlwind of emotions. They will feel happy and sad, angry or excited. The book goes through the characters’ emotions, which are constantly changing. Readers can connect to them, and they feel their emotions with them.

What Disney character are you most like?

If I were a Disney character, I think I would be most like Belle. We both like to read (haha) and we’re both smart. She was also very friendly, and I like to think I am too!

What Disney character do you hate the most?

I don’t like Mulan, which everyone gets mad at me for! BUT I have a valid reason. When I went to Disney World when I was 6 years old, Mulan told me to “run from my father” and I ran away from her. I think it traumatized me a little.

If you were stranded on a desert island with 3 books, what books would you bring?

I would bring Remember to Forget, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Fault in Our Stars.

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading more about Ashley, and you can check out her book here!

Do you have anything in common with Ashley? Anymore questions for her? Let me know down below!

-Lilian-

 

 

 

Interview with Emilyann Girdner PART 2!!

(Check out Part 1 here)

Me: Do you have a favorite line from your books?

Emilyann: “Well, it just really sticks in my head so I guess I’ll go with this one and it’s actually from the new one, The Haunted Realm. It’s ‘If I dare to love, I dare love to break me’.”

Me: What character from your books is most like you?

Emilyann: “That’s hard to say. They’re all kind-of splits from different kinds of me and people I know. I guess, the main character… When I was in high school I went through a lot of hard times and hard things and I was thinking how isolated I made myself. So that definitely contributed to this character. I think I like to think I’ve come past that quite a bit, but I do think it’s a fault of mine. That definitely is a core attribute of Araina, who’s the main character in The Labyrinth Wall.”

Me: Did you try to base her off of you or just when your writing it kinda happened?

Emilyann: “No, that definitely was kinda organic. And there’s so many different ways that she’s totally different, which is fine because I get to  live through that, like with things I would never do but Araina would do. So there’s a kind of ‘Oh, that’s what that would be like!’ I guess.”

Me: What can readers expect from your series?

Emilyann: “They would be getting into a epic fantasy world, so think The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, but it would be done in a Hunger Games, dark, fast style. So that’s really what they’re getting into if they jump into it. I love both those two things and I tried to bring them together.”

Me: No fighting to death in an area?

Emilyann: “No, not that side of it, but it is pretty dark.”

Me: Who is  your favorite Hunger Games character?

Emilyann: “Oh, favorite wow. Um, probably Rue. She’s sweet. And there’s a character in my book who I feel like, to me, kind of mimics her essence a little bit.”

Me: What Disney character are you most like? If you’re a Disney fan.

Emilyann: “I’m a HUGE Disney fan and I love Belle. I think all of us readers, creatives identify with Belle, yes, exactly. I love her and her adventurous spirit going out into the fields with the flowers an the reading and just everything.”

Me: Early bird or night owl?

Emilyann: “Night owl, by nature. I’m up late, that’s the insomnia thing. Ideas just come to me when I’m not ready.”

Me: If you were stranded on a desert island with 3 books, what 3 books would you take with you?

Emilyann: “Okay, so that’s really tough, because there would be 4. So, can I cheat and just pretend it would work out that way? So, for me, I am very Spiritual, so I would take my Bible. That would definitely be number 1. Uh, I love The Hobbit, so definitely The Hobbit. And then, The Fairy Guardian, you should look into it, cause it’s a really good series and it’s about fairies so you’ll love it. And then, definitely, one of my favorite books that definitely inspired me to get into writing is The Elf Queen of Shannara by Terry Brooks. It is fantastic and you have to look it up.”

Me: Books you want to read in 2016?

Emilyann: “I’m working on the Harry Potter series so that’s not coming out, but I’ll continue going through that and I’m actually reading another series, which is part of the Elf Queen of Shannara books.”

Me: Favorite genre?

Emilyann: “Fantasy and dystopian.”

Don’t forget to look up Emilyann and her books The Labyrinth Wall and The Haunted Realm! Make sure you look those up and buy them, cause of course you should buy them! Thanks for reading and check out Emilyann on social media below!
Emilyann’s Facebook Page- https://m.facebook.com/emilyanngirdner/
The Labyrinth Wall Facebook Page- https://m.facebook.com/TheLabyrinthWall/
Emilyann’s Blog- http://www.emilyanngirdner.com/?m=1

-Lilian-

Interview with Emilyann Girdner PART 1!!

In December I had the pleasure of interviewing Emilyann Girdner, the author of the Obsidian Series! (Check out the first book HERE)

I know, I know you are all probably wondering why this is being posted almost halfway through JANUARY!? Truth is, this is supposed to be a video interview. BUT YouTube decided to hate that video and it has failed to post every time I’ve tried for the past month. Seriously. I tried shortening the video into 2 parts, and I’ve even googled as many ways as I could think of. It just never posted.

So, here I am. I’m going to just type this interview by hand in two parts (Cause it’s a lot of typing and I should probably be doing school right now… oops). So sit back, grab your favorite hot drink, and enjoy the first half of the interview.

Me: Can you tell me a little more about yourself and your books?

Emilyann: “My name is Emilyann and I’m the author of The Labyrinth Wall. It’s a, I think a really exciting story. It was really fun to write about a girl who was created in a labyrinth and she lives there and that’s her whole existence. She’s created as a servant there so that’s all she knows. But then she catches a guy walking through a wall into the labyrinth. She’s never seen anyone walk through a wall. He’s got special abilities. He’s different from everyone else there. For the first time she questions ‘Where did this guy come from?’ and she has to solve the mysteries of what else is out there. Her whole world has been shattered and she needs o figure out what’s actually going on.”

Me: “What books influenced you as a child?”

Emilyann: “As a child, oh my goodness, I loved so many books. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, loved that. The Serendipity books, I don’t know if you.. yeah and that’s, you know, with the little pink dinosaur and there’s actually a book about serendipity. And then there’s a little cartoon that was made. I absolutely loved that. Anything whimsical, fantasy, you know, that I could escape to and imagine new things… I loved it.”

Me: And did it affect your writing at all? Like the fantasy love as a child?

Emilyann: “Oh I’m sure, yeah, of books and movies, I think that definitely influenced the books.”

Me: When did you decide to write a book?

Emilyann: “Actually, my very first book I wrote before my senior year of college. I majored in creative writing and then I switched to art and I loved all of it. But I really got into art for a long time and I just felt like something was missing. So I decided to get on my computer and start writing again and a whole novel came out of me in three weeks over the summer break. I just loved it. I loved imagining and thinking of these characters and stories. So that’s how that started and then I later wrote The Labyrinth Wall as my second book.”

Me: What is the best part about being an author?

Emilyann: “There’s so many great parts. For me, just the writing, cause, I mean, it’s like breathing to me and I just love to write. I think I’d be a little bit of a kook if I wasn’t writing so that’s beneficial. But, also, what’s been surprising is as writer you don’t necessarily think you wanna get out there and talk to people. You’re kind of talking to people through your writing. But I’ve really gotten the opportunity to do all these events and start to get to know so many people and get to hear their ideas. I love that. I love connecting with other creators. So I would say that’s been my favorite aspect.”

Me: What is the worst part about being an author?

Emilyann: “Insomnia, probably. It can take a toll.”

Me: What do you want readers to take away from your books?

Emilyann: “People ask that and I don’t, at all, wanna be going out there and saying ‘This is something you should think or believe’. I’m very cautious of that. In fact, you know, with my writing, its a learning process for me. That’s part of what I’m doing, is working through life. There’s so much that goes on that it’s hard to process and that’s what I’m doing. What I have heard from people is they’ve said ‘That really connected with me’ or ‘I’ve gone through something similar’ and I love that. I want them to be able to, kind of, work through things like I am, but I’m not trying to really say anything specific.”

That’s all for today! I really hope you enjoy reading this and PLEASE check out Emilyann’s books! (Link posted at the beginning of article) Come back next time for more questions about Disney characters, writing, and being stuck on a desert island!

-Lilian-