Waiting on Wednesday (+ Cover Reveal and Giveaway): The Key to Everything

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature, started by Breaking the Spine, for bloggers to talk about upcoming releases they're eagerly anticipating. This week, WoW is going to go a little differently for me in a couple ways. The first being that I've actually already read a very early copy of this book, and it's one that I adored. The second being that this post is also doubling (and tripling, I guess) as a cover reveal for the book with the opportunity to win the book. Are y'all excited yet? I know I am. So, without further ado...

This week I'm waiting on...
The Key to Everything by Paula Stokes
Expected Publication Date: Fall 2017
Add it on Goodreads 

And now, I'm going to leave it to Paula to talk about this awesome upcoming new adult novel. 


Hi everyone! Thanks to Serena for helping me reveal the cover for my new adult novel, THE KEY TO EVERYTHING. I really love this cover and hope you do too, but first a little bit about the book:


I got the idea for this story back in December of 2014. I was on a short vacation with my sister and we were talking about the trip to Thailand we’d taken several years earlier. I fell so in love with the country that I returned for a second trip on my own a couple years later. I had always wanted to set a book there, and once I came up with the general plot for this story, the different locations in Thailand just fell into place. I have personally been everywhere the group goes in the book, and some of their “travel mishaps” are actually based on my own experiences.


The book was fun and easy to write. I started it on Christmas as my present to myself and finished the first draft just after Valentine’s Day 2015. But then I went into heavy promotional mode for LIARS, INC. and later I got swept away in the crush of revising both GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE and VICARIOUS for 2016. Because of all that, this novel had to sit on the back burner for quite a while.


I eventually completed revisions later in the year and my agent and I submitted the manuscript in early 2016 to a handful of larger houses that were still acquiring new adult from debut (new adult) writers. We didn’t find an editor and I decided rather than to sub the book to smaller houses that I would publish it myself. Nothing against small publishers—they’re great! But my thought at the time was that keeping up with the unpredictable overlap of two publication schedules had exhausted me to the point of burnout in 2016. It made sense to put the book out on my own timetable rather than risk adding a third editor to the mix, who might or might not have needed edits from me at the same time as my other editors.


So now, over two years after finishing the first draft of this book, I’m finally making preparations for publication! The book will release in October or November of 2017, depending on the timetable for some self-publishing logistics that I’m still learning. The e-book will be Amazon only for the first six months to a year, but the paperback will be available at B&N and other places.


Ready for the cover? Here it is!





Here’s the cover copy (still subject to obsessive tweaking by me):


College senior Oakland Fuller has always believed in signs and soulmates, so when both a therapist and a fortuneteller say that her repeated relationship failures are due to unresolved feelings for her high school boyfriend, Seth, Oakland tries desperately to get back in touch with him. Problem: Seth isn’t responding to her online messages.
To rescue Oakland from a pathetic Christmas break of sitting in front of the computer, her best friend Morgan books the two of them on a guided excursion of Thailand. When the girls meet a pair of American soldiers in Bangkok, Oakland takes Morgan’s advice and engages in a little harmless holiday hooking up. Sergeant Tyson Banks is the perfect mix of sexy and fun. Two weeks with him might just turn out to be the best relationship Oakland has ever had.
Until the day she spots someone familiar across a crowded temple complex—it’s Seth! Somehow the boy she’s been trying to reconnect with is in Bangkok too. If that’s not a sign, then what is?
Filled with friendship, romance, bromance, and gorgeous faraway settings, The Key to Everything is a story for anyone who’s ever dreamed of finding love when (or where) they least expected it.


Someone mentioned on Goodreads that the synopsis makes Oakland sound like the crazy ex-girlfriend. I won’t confirm or deny that, but if it matters to any readers, Oakland is the one who broke up with Seth because she was going away to college and he was staying local ;)


Does this sound like something you’d like to read? Great news! I’m giving away 75 e-ARCs to people willing to check out the story in the next three months and post reviews in two places. The places can be Amazon, Goodreads, Booklikes, Riffle, other bookseller websites, your blog, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram—I’m totally open. You can be US or international, and you don’t need to have a book blog or big social media presence to qualify. I will leave this form open through August 13th. If I get more than 75 requests, I will give priority to people who subscribe to my mailing list. Sign up here if you like. If I get more than 75 mailing list people, priority will be first come, first served. Unfortunately, ARCs will be in MOBI format only. I apologize to those who that leaves out. (I actually had to download the Kindle app to my laptop to be able to read this myself.)




If you don’t read MOBIs or don’t want to review the book in two places, never fear! I’m also doing an international giveaway for a signed paperback version of the book when available. And since it probably won’t be available until early to mid fall, I’ll throw in your choice of any other book by me while you wait. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below.


What do you think of the cover? Does this sound like a book you’d enjoy? What other books set in foreign countries have you really enjoyed? Let me know in the comments or you can tweet Paula or myself!


About Paula Stokes:

Paula Stokes is the author of several novels, most recently This is How it Happened, Vicarious, and Girl Against the Universe. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

What are you guys waiting on this week? I'd love to know!




Pride Review: The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Expected Publication Date: April 11th, 2017
Format/Source: ARC, borrowed from my dear friend Emily
Rating: 5/5 stars
Part of a series? Nope!

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back. 

There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. 

Right?

*Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers. Also, because I'm awful and behind at everything, this should've been posted in January when I first read the book. A thousand apologies.*

Oh. My. GOODNESS. You GUYS. It's been a while since I've read a book that I've loved as dearly as I loved this. Becky's debut, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is so perfect and fluffy and hit me so close to the heart that I wasn't sure Upside would measure up, but it honestly surpassed all of my expectations. This book is glorious. 

One of the reasons I loved this book so much was because I was able to relate to Molly so hardcore. She's had a plethora of unrequited crushes in her lifetime that she's never acted upon, and she is always subconsciously comparing herself to her thinner, prettier twin sister, and oh MAN do I feel that. While I don't have a sister, it is so easy for me to play the comparison game between me and my friends, and it's also so dang easy to believe that you're not worthy of love when your only experience with it has been watching it happen to others, so Molly felt like a soul sister. Her struggles were written so realistically that I felt her pain, but it also made her triumphs very believable and like they were my own. 

As Molly begins to fall for Reid and realizes that she can like him and date him without caring about what others think of her as a fat girl dating a dorky boy, her confidence was like a balm to my heart. She and Reid are so adorable together and of course Reid (to quote Rent, he is the most lovable geek) is great on his own, but as much as I loved watching these two get together and figure out their relationship, Molly figuring out that she's worthy of love was what made the novel a winner for me. 

Another reason I fell for Upside so hard is because of its excellent and diverse spectrum of representation. Becky doesn't write about these characters as if she's trying to get points for diversity - they're integrated in a way that mimics our reality of today where families are no longer fitting into a mold. It's obvious that she put care into making sure she did justice to the people she represented. Molly and her lesbian twin, Cassie, have two moms, one of which is black and the other is Jewish, so the novel covers some of the struggles of being in both an interracial and same-sex marriage, including not supportive family members. Speaking of marriage, the book takes place two summers ago and it describes the faithful day when the United States legalized all marriage, and it such a joyous day in the Peskin-Suso household that I could not stop smiling. There's also a scene where Molly is feeling down, and her mom Nadine drives her to see the White House lit up like a rainbow in celebration, and it's probably one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever read. I sobbed like a baby - I'm getting teary just writing about it right now. 

So even though this review is a mess, I hope my love for this incredible gift of a novel shines through. It's told with a genuine voice, features lesbian and pansexual women of color, and is heavy on the fluff and self-love. I cannot recommend The Upside of Unrequited enough. 

Have you read Upside? What have been some of your favorite books you've read this month to show your pride? 


Serena Takes a Morgan Matson Signing!


HELLO, EVERYBODY! Is anyone still here? I know it's been forever, but I've been dealing with the last leg of my high school career, and it's been quite a time. I am officially two weeks from graduation!

In the midst of AP exams and finals review and our spring show, I have had time to read, and by some miracle I managed to get myself out to see one of my very favorite authors this weekend: Morgan Matson! 

Morgan Matson has been a favorite author of mine since forever. I read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour when I was in the seventh grade, so I really feel like Morgan's books have been a huge part of my growing up. Her books and her characters make me really happy. Also Morgan herself is amazing, so I try to make it to her events whenever I can. I usually have to ask my parents to drive me an hour or more out to LA or Orange County for book events, but Morgan was just twenty-four minutes from my house this Saturday so DUH I was there. 

I brought along my fellow Morgan Matson fan, Paige. I lent her a stack of like thirteen contemporary books that I want her to read, packed a container of strawberries, and made us a playlist of music we listened to in middle school (complete with One Direction's first album and Boys Like Girls) and then we set off. 

The event was at the Beaumont Library which neither of us had been to before. There weren't too many people so it felt really cozy and comfortable. Morgan gave a presentation, but it honestly felt more like a conversation than anything else, which was so fun. I love hearing her speak because she's very genuine and so funny. 

After her presentation, she opened the floor for questions before her signing. I took note of my favorites:

Q: What did you change about the list between your first draft and the published version?

A: Morgan couldn't remember anything off the top of her head that she cut, but she added dance until dawn and apple picking (which YAY Dance Until Dawn is one of my favorite chapters). 

Q: How do you name your characters?

A: "I name my characters names that I'm sparing my future children." She wanted to give Sloane a really cool name, and she thinks that Ferris Bueller made it a cool name. She always has people tell her that her boys's names aren't "cool" names, but she loves their names. 

Q: Do you have any say in cover designs?

A: Her first two books had covers that were created from stock photos, but for both Since You've Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything, they had cover photo shoots. She didn't get to choose the models, but the models from the SYBG cover are wearing some of her clothes. She DID get to choose dog models for the TUE cover though. This sounds like a good time to me. 

She raffled off two shirts after she did questions, and then it was signing time! I had my well-loved hardback of TUE as well as a SYBG paperback that I got signed for my friend Emily. Paige bought a TUE paperback. 

As always, Morgan was so lovely. We talked about Paige and me going to college and she gave us advice (and reassured me because I need it). We also talked about In-N-Out and travel plans and her upcoming novel, Save the Date, which I am beyond excited about. 


We took selfies (Morgan was interested in Snapchat filters because she was deprived of the Instagram ones) and said our goodbyes because we were holding up the line a bit. On our way out, the really nice woman who won the shirt with the TUE squad's names' on it gave me her shirt because she said that she thought I needed it more than she did. There are good people in this world. 

Paige and I grabbed In-N-Out on the way home, so overall, I think it was a pretty successful day. Thanks to Morgan, the lovely folks at the Beaumont Library, and Paige for making my Saturday. And thanks to all you readers that are still here! Hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more of each other soon.





Ontario Teen Book Fest Blog Tour: Author Spotlight on Robin Reul

Hi, guys! I'm back for the last day of the OTBF Blog Tour! I'm so glad I got to participate in the tour this year because I love Teen Book Fest. Thanks to the lovely Sara Santana for having me on board! 

This year's OTBF is on Saturday March 25th at Colony High School (3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761)  from 9 am to 5 pm. It is a completely free and unticketed event that is a full day of fun to hang out with authors and make new friends! The event is also sponsored by Once Upon a Time Bookstore. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well. 

This year's blog tour follows all 21 of the participating OTBF authors, and I'll be spotlighting two of them. My interview with Jeff Garvin went live earlier this week, and you can check that out here. Today's author spotlight is on Robin Reul, another 2016 debut author.  Be sure to follow the rest of the blog tour, including today's stops and all previous stops, for other interviews; the schedule - with blog links - will be included at the bottom of the post. Now it's time to get to know Robin Reul! 

About Robin Reul: 

Robin Reul has been writing since she was in early elementary school, when she used to make her own book club flyers for her classmates and then pen them original stories. Though she grew up on movie sets and after graduating Boston University she worked for many years in the film and television industry both as an actress and in motion picture development, she ultimately decided to focus her attention on writing young adult novels. She likes to write the same kinds of stories she loved as a teen: the ones that give her with butterflies in her stomach and are filled with quirky, memorable characters who stay with the reader long after the story ends. When she’s not writing, Robin can be found singlehandedly driving up the profit margin of her local Starbucks and indulging her love of baked goods, particularly those in the key of pumpkin. She lives in Los Angeles suburbia with her husband, son and daughter.  


About My Kind of Crazy

Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn…and nearly burns down her house. 

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank’s dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him—and his “work.” The two are thrust into an unusual friendship, but their boundaries are tested when Hank learns that Peyton is hiding some dark secrets, secrets that may change everything he thought he knew about Peyton.  



A Conversation with Robin Reul (my questions will be bolded and Robin's answers will be in normal type): 

1.    Describe My Kind of Crazy in seven words or less.

Failed fiery promposal leads to unusual friendship

2.    My Kind of Crazy is your debut novel. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

Yes, I have wanted to be a writer since I was three years old. By the time I was thirteen I’d written seven novels and had the good fortune of meeting with an Executive Editor at Putnam about one of them. However, it wasn’t until much later in my life that I would have the time and the focus to be able to pursue writing full-time.

3.    Where did your inspiration come from?

When I was a teenager, I felt like I was always on the outside of things and was dealing with a lot of stuff. I had a friend who saw that I was struggling and she reached out to me and was there for me. She never tried to minimize what I was feeling or fix me - she just listened. She was killed by a drunk driver when we were both seventeen, and I’ve carried the story of that friendship connection and the layers of loss and grief and the stories we tell ourselves to get by in my heart but never knew quite how to tell it. Then one day while I was working on an entirely different project, the complete first chapter of the book showed up in my head and I switched gears and wrote it. And by the end of Chapter Two I knew I’d found the story’s voice through Hank and Peyton.

4.    Which of your characters do you believe is the most like yourself?

There are aspects of myself in both Hank and Peyton but if I had to pick one I would say Hank. We both tend to hide behind humor and undervalue ourselves more than we should. We both believe that there is good in this world and that it often lies in unexpected places and sources. We’ve both known what it feels like to be broken and to discover that we are stronger than we realized.

5.    Which scene in My Kind of Crazy would you Iike to see translated on screen?

Without question the opening scene where Hank’s promposal goes south quickly. From the setting up of the sparklers to the escalating situation with the fire as things go awry lends itself to so much fun imagery and humor.

6.    Sort your characters into Hogwarts houses.

Hank is definitely a Hufflepuff – loyal, hard-working, modest about his accomplishments, friendly. I would say Peyton is a Slytherin – she’s all about self-preservation, cunning, resourcefulness. Nick seems like a Gryffindor to me – courageous, daring, chivalrous. And lastly, I would say Monica is probably a Ravenclaw – she’s pure wit, wisdom, creativity and individuality.

7.    What, if anything, can you tell us about your upcoming books or current writing projects?

I have another book tentatively slated to come out Spring 2018 with Sourcebooks but I’m not at liberty to say much about it at this point other than it will be another contemporary YA stand alone with humor and heart that takes place over the course of one night with a ticking clock in the background about two semi-strangers who decide to not leave their destinies entirely up to destiny.

8.   Finally, this won't be your first year at OTBF. What is the aspect of the event that you most enjoyed last year, and what are you excited about this year?

Honestly, last year’s OTBF was my favorite event of last year, and not just because it was my first one ever and my book debuted there three weeks before it went on sale, which was really exciting. Courtney Saldana and her team that puts on the OTBF are the best. It’s a really well-coordinated event and the love and thought put into it shows, both for the authors and the attendees. Everyone is enthusiastic and excited to be there, and the panels are so interesting and fun. Last year, I was a moderator but this year I’m excited and honored to be on two panels alongside some of my favorite authors.

Thanks so much for being on the blog, Robin! I hope you have a great time at #OntarioTBF! And I hope all you fellow SoCal readers can make it to the event! 

Blog Tour Schedule

March 15th:
Spotlight on Romina Russell - The Consummate Reader
Spotlight on E. Katherine Kottaras - 
Book You Very Much 

March 16th:
Spotlight on Catherine Linka - What A Nerd Girl Says
Spotlight on BT Gottfred - 
My Fangirl Chronicles 

March 17th:
Spotlight on Elana K Arnold - Read Now Sleep Later
Spotlight on Sara Elizabeth Santana - 
Starkiller Readers

March 18th:
Spotlight on Gretchen McNeil - Adventures of a Book Junkie
Spotlight on Charlotte Huang - 
A Traveling Book 

March 19th:
Spotlight on KM Walton - Recently Acquired Obsessions
Spotlight on Jeff Garvin - 
Reading Over Sleeping 

March 20th:
Spotlight on Jessica Brody - A Reader's Antidote
Spotlight on Aditi Khorana - 
Read Now Sleep Later

March 21st:
Spotlight on Ann Stampler - Movies, Shows and Books
Spotlight on Nicole Maggi - 
My Fangirl Chronicles

March 22nd:
Spotlight on Julie Buxbaum - A Traveling Book
Spotlight on Cindy Pon - 
Book You Very Much 

March 23rd:
Spotlight on Martina Boone - Movies, Shows and Books
Spotlight on Mary Weber - 
What A Nerd Girl Says

March 24th:
Spotlight on Jessica Love - Nite Lite Books
Spotlight on Lilliam Rivera - 
Starkiller Reads
Spotlight on Robin Reul - 
Reading Over Sleeping



Ontario Teen Book Fest Blog Tour: Author Spotlight on Jeff Garvin

Hey, all! Long time no see. Sorry I've been MIA - life has been crazy lately. But I'm back for spring break, and I'm so excited to announce that I'm a blogger for this year's Ontario Teen Book Fest Blog Tour! I've been attending this event for the past two years, and though I can't attend this year, I'm glad to participate in this way. 

This year's OTBF is on Saturday March 25th at Colony High School (3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761)  from 9 am to 5 pm. It is a completely free and unticketed event that is a full day of fun to hang out with authors and make new friends! The event is also sponsored by Once Upon a Time Bookstore. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well. 

This year's blog tour follows all 21 of the participating OTBF authors, and I'll be spotlighting two of them. Today's author spotlight is on Jeff Garvin, a 2016 debut author whose book I adored. Be sure to follow the rest of the blog tour, including previous stops, for other interviews; the schedule will be included at the bottom of the post. Now it's time to get to know Jeff Garvin!

About Jeff Garvin:

Jeff Garvin grew up in Orange County, California, the son of a banker and a magician. He started acting in high school, and enjoyed a fifteen-year career including guest-starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City, as well as several independent features.

While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for classical guitar and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in Film. As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States. When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction.

His debut novel, SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN, tells the story of Riley, a 16-year-old gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley’s anonymity. Coming February 2, 2016 from Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins.

Jeff lives in Southern California with his music teacher wife, their menagerie, and a respectable collection of books and guitars. 

About Symptoms of Being Human

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything. 

A Conversation with Jeff Garvin (my questions will be bolded, and Jeff's answers will be in regular type):

1.    You were very actively involved in the music scene before you were published. What made you want to make the switch to writing books instead of songs? And how does writing music compare to writing novels?

I loved being in a band, but touring kept me away from home for months at a time, and I missed my wife. So I decided to reinvent myself. I went back to my first diary and found the list of things I’d wanted to be when I grew up: Singer (did that,) Actor (did that,) Astronaut—I Googled it and decided there was too much math involved—and Novelist. I realized I could write a book without any equipment and without driving anywhere. The idea was very appealing. I roped a friend into doing NaNoWriMo with me, and I’ve never looked back.

For me, writing songs was more difficult than writing books. Song structure is less forgiving. You have to create a complete ride in three and half minutes, and while people might read ten pages of a book before they decide to stop or read on, you have about seven seconds to get people to fall in love with a song.

2.    Describe Symptoms of Being Human in seven words or less.

Secretly gender fluid teen blogger faces exposure

3.    Do you usually write to music? If so, what was on your playlist for Symptoms, and, if not, what would you put on a playlist about the book?

These days, I mostly write to a recording of a rainstorm. Sometimes I listen to ambient music like Moby, Boards of Canada, Random Rab, etc.

So much great music influenced the writing of Symptoms of Being Human; there’s a playlist of all the songs mentioned (or implied) in the book here.

4.    Riley is a genderfluid rockstar of an individual (and probably one of my favorite characters in YA ever). Where did you draw your inspiration to write about them from and what was your research process like?

Thanks so much for saying so! I’d describe Riley as the person I wish I’d been in high school. I think most of my main characters are parts of me, inflated with extra courage and disfigured by deeper flaws.

The inspiration to write Riley came from a court case in my county—a transgender student was suing the school district for the right to use the girls’ restroom at her high school. The response of some of my peers surprised me. One person actually said “Ew, it’s probably just some pervy boy who wants to see boobs.” I was flabbergasted by her reaction. To me, that transgender student was one of the bravest people I’d ever heard of.

I kept waking up thinking about that student. When I sat down to write, Riley’s first blog post came out: The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl? I thought it would be a challenge to write a character whose birth-assigned gender even I didn’t know. Fifty pages in, my writing group encouraged me to continue. Somehow, I got through the whole book. Along the way, I fell in love with Riley. I don’t know what it says on Riley’s birth certificate, and I don’t care. Hopefully, readers won’t either.

For research, I read as many scholarly articles as I could find—unfortunately, during the time I wrote the book, there was very little academic writing published about gender fluidity. Mostly I read about transgender demographic info and hate crime statistics. I did my most valuable research online, reading and watching first-person accounts by non-binary people struggling with gender dysphoria and lack of acceptance by their communities.

5.    What Hogwarts houses would your characters be sorted into and why?

Riley is obviously a Gryffindor because of their courage.
Bec is probably a Slytherin because she’s crafty and socially flexible.
Solo would likely be in Hufflepuff. He gets along with everybody.

6.    What, if anything, can you tell us about your future writing projects?

I’m working on another contemporary YA novel for Balzer + Bray. It’s not a Symptoms sequel, but there are threads between the two. It should be out sometime in 2018.

7.    And finally, you’re an Ontario TBF newbie. What are you most looking forward to about the event?

My favorite part of festivals is meeting readers. And since I’m a local, I hope to meet some folks who grew up in the area I wrote about in Symptoms and hear their stories.

Thanks so much for being here on Reading Over Sleeping, Jeff! I hope you have a wonderful time at OTBF! 

Blog Tour Schedule

March 15th:
Spotlight on Romina Russell - The Consummate Reader
Spotlight on E. Katherine Kottaras - 
Book You Very Much 

March 16th:
Spotlight on Catherine Linka - What A Nerd Girl Says
Spotlight on BT Gottfred - 
My Fangirl Chronicles 

March 17th:
Spotlight on Elana K Arnold - Read Now Sleep Later
Spotlight on Sara Elizabeth Santana - 
Starkiller Readers

March 18th:
Spotlight on Gretchen McNeil - Adventures of a Book Junkie
Spotlight on Charlotte Huang - 
A Traveling Book 

March 19th:
Spotlight on KM Walton - Recently Acquired Obsessions
Spotlight on Jeff Garvin - 
Reading Over Sleeping 

March 20th:
Spotlight on Jessica Brody - A Reader's Antidote
Spotlight on Aditi Khorana - 
Read Now Sleep Later

March 21st:
Spotlight on Ann Stampler - Movies, Shows and Books
Spotlight on Nicole Maggi - 
My Fangirl Chronicles

March 22nd:
Spotlight on Julie Buxbaum - A Traveling Book
Spotlight on Cindy Pon - 
Book You Very Much 

March 23rd:
Spotlight on Martina Boone - Movies, Shows and Books
Spotlight on Mary Weber - 
What A Nerd Girl Says

March 24th:
Spotlight on Jessica Love - Nite Lite Books
Spotlight on Lilliam Rivera - 
Starkiller Reads
Spotlight on Robin Reul - 
Reading Over Sleeping