Did you know you can preorder IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE and have it delivered right to your mailbox on release day? Scroll down and find out how.
On sale at bookstores everywhere 5-9-17
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.
A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.
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Other fun stuff coming down the road:
- a graphic design contest! Want to be like Tatum and create a band poster? Blink is generously hosting a a little competition and I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Watch this space for more info.
- a playlist of the songs Tatum listens to in the book, as well as what I listened to while writing ISWG.
- a local launch party! I’m already starting to think about what kind of cupcakes we’ll have, so if you’re in the DC metro area (or feel like taking a road trip), stay tuned for the details.
For more information, visit BlinkYABooks.com.
….my book will be available. In a year, the words I have worked on since December 2013 will be released for public consumption. Sometimes people say that once a book is published, it no longer belongs to the author, but instead to the reader. That is, of course, the goal, but it doesn’t make it any less terrifying.
My editor and I are starting to have conversations about promotion and book events, about my launch party (!!!) and bonus content. We’re discussing preorders and buy links and all the things that happen as a publisher prepares to turn that word document into a book you can buy and hold in your hand.
Looking back on where I was a year ago, a lot has definitely changed. I was on submission and was feeling like this book just wasn’t going to find a home. I was working on a new book I loved and trying to convince myself that second books have a better track record with sales….no idea if that’s true, but it sounded good at the time.
And then, the book sold! After a really long time, the very wise “it only takes one” came true.
With one year to prepare and make sure everything is just right, I know there will be many more things to learn. More changes are coming. But I’m ready. I think.
Only 365 days to go!
Today I’m thrilled to host the very talented Rebecca Paula, who I am blessed to have as a critique partner, in celebration of her forthcoming novel EVERLY AFTER. Friends, this is a book that will make you cry, scream, swoon and sigh. I can’t wait for you to journey to Paris with Becka, but in the meantime, let’s get to know her a little better:
- How/when did you start writing?
- I had to write a POV journal for a fifth grade project on Hatchett and then fell in love with creating stories. I was a closet fiction writer after that, focusing on journalism instead. It wasn’t until 2012 that I finally had the nerve to put some writing up online and then I met some incredible people who’ve cheered me on during this crazy writing adventure of mine.
- What’s your writing process like? Are you a pantser or a plotter?
- I’m a total panster. I start with a bit of dialogue or character, and I build off that. At some point I figure out my ending point, but I mostly write and see where it goes. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to be a plotter, and then I usually ignore those notes. Pantsing is chaotic and messy, but it’s 100% my process.
- Any favorite writing tools?
- I make a playlist for each book I write and listen to it on repeat through drafting and revisions. I’m a bit lost without those playlists.
- Any wacky places ideas tend to strike you?
- Usually while I’m running errands. I can be picking up dish detergent at Target and BAM – an idea hits me.
- What was your querying/publishing journey like?
- Well, I don’t have an agent yet, so my querying journey is on hold for now. I’ve decided to self-publish, but only after I received some really encouraging feedback during querying three books. I have what I call “the best rejection ever” hanging up on my pinboard above my desk. That note made the scary decision to go out on my own a little easier.
- Advice for aspiring authors?
- To keep writing. I know that’s cliché, but if I listened to everyone who said I couldn’t be a writer or wouldn’t write a book, then I wouldn’t be here chatting about EVERLY AFTER. So keep at it.
- What’s your favorite thing about your current book?
- I love EVERLY AFTER because it wasn’t easy to write. It pushed me to find the edge of what was comfortable for me as a reader and a writer, and then leap over it.
- Can you share your favorite line with us?
- Hmm, this is tough…but I’ve always loved this line: A church bell rings out in the distance, echoing in the quiet aftermath of Everly’s quick jump into the unexpected.
- What’s up next for you?
- My next New Adult romance, BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, will be released January 20, 2015. It’s about a determined art student, Matisse Evans, falling for her college dropout roommate, Beau Grady.
- What is your favorite dessert?
- I could write love letters to the deliciousness that’s lemon gelato.
- What toppings do you order on your pizza?
- I lived in Boston’s North End during college and was spoiled with great brick oven pizza. So it might be boring, but some herbed olive oil drizzled over a quattro formaggi or margarita pizza, and I’m in heaven.
- If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- Oh, so many places! I have a serious case of wanderlust. I would love to vacation on the Amafli Coast again, and I would gladly move to Galway if ever given the chance. I fell in love when I visited in 2005. As for new places, India and Thailand are on my travel bucket list.
- What are you currently reading?
- Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas and it’s so, so good.
- What was the last TV show you watched?
- I don’t watch much TV, but I did just finish Outlander. Jamie Fraser will be my book boyfriend for life. And now that Gilmore Girls is on Netflix, I’m all for watching that again. I ship Rory and Jess so hard.
- What clique/group were you in when you were in high school?
- Hmm, the nerds? I don’t know. I got along with everyone, but I was definitely on the nerdier side of things with taking AP classes and loving Model UN.
- What’s your favorite adult beverage?
- I’m a sucker for a tall glass of Guinness, but if we’re talking fancy drinks, I love a French 75. It’s lemony champagne goodness.
- What does the last text message you sent say?
- I love you – to my husband.
- Are you an early bird or a night owl?
- I want to be an early bird like I want to be a plotter, but I’m most definitely a night owl.
Everly After is available for preorder and releases October 21, 2014:
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