Blog Tour ~ DREAM BOY

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 I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams. Night dreams. Dreams of grandeur and dreams of escape. If I were an onion and you peeled back the papery outside, you’d find layer after layer of eye-watering dreams. And in the center, where there’s that little curlicue of onion heart? There’d be a puff of smoke from the dreams that burned away.

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It was all just brain waves, I thought—disconnected, like the notebook that my friend Talon keeps. She draws a line down the middle of the page; on the right she writes everything she remembers about a dream, and on the left she puts notes about the stuff that’s happening in real life, things that might trigger her subconscious. Reality on one side, dreams on the other—a clear line between the two.
But it turns out there are no clear lines, just a jumble of what is and what might be. And all of it is real.

Are you excited to read DREAM BOY yet? This book seriously sounds like every teenage girl’s dream-come-true. I know I fantasized about this kind of situation when I was a teen…yep, I just admitted that!
Anyway, on to the author interview! Mary Crockett was lovely enough to answer some of my questions. Here we go!

 

Can we talk about the lovely cover design?! Did you both have input in the cover design? How does the imagery represent the story?

I had been told that we probably wouldn’t have any say on our cover design, but one of the first things the marketing team at Sourcebooks asked us was what we envisioned for the cover. Both Madelyn and I proposed some things and –amazingly!– Sourcebooks actually ran with one of our ideas. It turned out even more beautiful than I’d imagined it (thanks to photo-illustrator Shane Rebenschied, Art Director Adrienne Krogh, and designer Eileen Carey). 

The cover shows a bottle tree, which is popular in southern folk-magic. People would outfit a tree with colored bottles as a way of warding off evil spirits. Suffice to say, the tree does indeed play a crucial role in the story. I don’t want to give away too much by telling you how. 

What is the best part about co-writing a book? What about the worst part?

The best part is definitely that you share the workload. Sometimes writing seems so lonely and so fruitless. It’s a great thing to know that the story can carrying on without you for a bit when you hit a road block. The worst part? Editing together is hard. Every change–no matter how minor–has to be agreed upon. That’s time consuming. Madelyn and I would have marathon telephone calls during that process–which was fun, but also exhausting. Here’s a video Madelyn put together about the process: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR6Hfy7Kfk4

Can you tell us where the idea for the book came from? 

I’ve always been obsessed with dreams, but the idea for Dream Boy as a book was inspired in some ways by an old Ginger Rogers movie. It’s a sort of “runaway bride” story about a woman who can’t seem to find a guy who lives up to the man of her dreams–literally, the man of her dreams. 

Do you have a favorite character? Which one was the most fun to write? 

 

I find Annabelle interesting because she’s kind of inarticulate when it comes to actual dialog, but we get to see her interior thought through her narration of the book–and that of course is much more eloquent. I really enjoyed the tension between what she says out loud and what she thinks. For me, that was one of the most fun parts to write. 

 

Will there be a second book?

 

Dream Boy is a stand-alone novel, but there’s a lot of potential for continuing the story and exploring other aspects of the characters. We wouldn’t rule another book out, but there currently isn’t anything in the works.

About Mary & Madelyn:
Mary Crockett likes turtles, licorice, and the Yankees. Madelyn Rosenberg likes cats, avocados, and the Red Sox. Luckily they both like the weirdness of dreams (and each other) enough to write novels together. The friendship has survived three moves, six kids and countless manuscript revisions. Madelyn lives just outside of Washington, D.C. Mary remains in the mountains near their hometowns in southwestern Virginia. You can find them on Twitter @marylovesbooks and @madrosenberg or their blogs at www.marycrockett.comand www.madelynrosenberg.com.

DREAM BOY – by Mary Crockett & Madelyn Rosenberg – available July 1
Watch the BOOK TRAILER here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOdYb03lh5Q

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Portrait-Style Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke & the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is your favorite/least fave trends in YA covers. 

My favorite recent cover trend is the close-up portrait. The’re always of girls, and often feature alterations, designs, or magical elements along with the portrait. You get a really good idea of what genre the book is and what the feel of the book might b. Having such a detailed portrait of the girl on the cover really creates a connection between the reader and the book, before they even open it up and start reading.

Check out ten of my favorite girl-portrait-close-up covers below!

Faking NormalEntangled (Entangled, #1)Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)Just Like FateThe Almost Girl (The Almost Girl, #1)Blackbird (Blackbird Duology, #1)This Song Will Save Your LifeUnremembered (Unremembered, #1)Impostor (Slide, #2)A Touch Menacing (A Touch Trilogy, #3)

Saturday night parks

I needed to get out this afternoon, and so did Ruby and Chad. So I searched for the park closest to my house. My new house. I discovered Florence nature park, a lovely jewel of a park just off Dixie highway.
There were animal status, trees loaded with mulberries, bushes with lots of ripening black raspberries, and lots of grassy hills.

I seriously had so many mulberries I thought I might be sick. It was awesome. The park wasn’t very big, but it was quiet and green and lush and full of berry trees. I really enjoyed it! A lovely way to spend the first day of summer.

Top Ten Summer TBR

 

Summer is in full swing and I don’t have nearly as much time for reading as I thought I would. Regardless, I am reading as much as possible and reviewing not nearly enough. There are SO many books I want to read this summer, but I chose 10 that I absolutely must read! Some are new, some are old, but they’re all going to be amazing books!

I’m reading I’m I Am Malala for a Homeschool Book Discussion I’m leading at my library. Legend is also a teen book club pick, as is Perks of Being a Wallflower. Book club keeps me busy!

Caela Carter’s newest is something I’ve really been looking forward to, and you can read an exclusive personal story from her on my last blog post, the last stop on her My Best Friend, Maybe blog tour!

The book I’m most excited about reading is Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour. It’s about 4 down on my TBR list, though, so I might get to it next month!

My Best Friend, Maybe  Everything Leads to You Legend (Legend, #1)  I Am Malala: The Girl Who S...  Meridian (Arclight, #2)  ニセコイ 2 (Nisekoi #2)  Cracked  The Almost Girl (The Almost Girl, #1)  Midwinterblood  The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Blog Tour ~ MY BEST FRIEND MAYBE

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A few years ago I was visiting my parents in New Jersey.

“Caela,” my dad said across the dinner table, “my friend wrote a book you might be interested in.”

“Oh yeah?” I said.

“It’s a memoir about raising his son who is gay.”

I snorted at this. I made a disgusted face.

“What?” my dad said.

“I mean,” I said, “It was that hard for him? He had to write a memoir to deal with it?”

My dad was nodding seriously, but I was enraged. I kept right on talking.

“It’s the same thing as raising any kid, Dad. You support; you love; you hope your kid finds love. You hope he’s happy.”

“Caela,” my dad stopped me. “His son attempted suicide. When he was in middle school.”

“Oh.” My rage at this dad-friend-of-my-dad’s died immediately. It turned out this was not a memoir about learning to accept and love your son “even though” he is gay. This memoir was written by a father who was nothing but supportive. It was about a family that was nothing but supportive. This was a memoir about advocating for your son’s normalcy, about targeted bullying, about how far we still have to go to be able to support our LGBT youth, even the ones from the most supportive of families.

So I read John Schwartz’s ODDLY NORMAL. I devoured it actually. I passed it off to my husband and my friend and my sister-in-law. I read it again. I discussed it and discussed it and discussed it.

What rang like an alarm through my brain was that Mr. Schwart’s son was not the damaged one. He was a talented, smart, funny middle-schooler from a good home with supportive parents. The damage was all coming from the outside. The damage was in his schools, his friends, his enemies, his teachers. It was these people who needed to learn to be their best selves. It was these people who were mean or, more often, utterly clueless. And of course all of that negativity managed to burrow it’s way into Joe Schwartz.

I poured all of this into Sadie, the maybe-best-friend of the protagonist, Colette, in MY BEST FRIEND, MAYBE. Sadie is not perfect. She’s been infected by the negativity bug. All of her decisions and manipulation are sure to be met with frustration and anger. But the truth is, it’s impossible to hide parts of who you are and still be your best self. Sadie has been forced to slice her personality into different little pieces. And she probably won’t be “likeable” until she stitches them together.

But MY BEST FRIEND, MAYBE is not Sadie’s story. It’s Colette’s. And I think Colette’s journey is as important to our society, to our ability to accept and praise differences, to the eventual end of harming people like the fictional Sadie and the very real Joe Schwartz.

MY BEST FRIEND, MAYBE is not a “coming out” story. It’s not a story about a girl coming out of the closet and admitting she is gay.

It’s about coming out of the other closet.

It’s about admitting you are an ally.


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Thank you, Caela Carter, for sharing this story with us! If you want more of the inside scoop on MBFM check out Caela’s website

MY BEST FRIEND, MAYBE by Caela Carter is now available, so head out to your local bookstore or public library and get a copy today!

WorldCat  ~  Amazon  ~  Indiebound

 

 

 

Did you love MY BEST FRIEND, MAYBE? Try these books next!

Everything Leads to You The Summer I Wasn't Me One Man Guy Breakfast Served Anytime Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Freakboy

Reviewer Blues

I am overwhelmed. That is the theme for this summer, everyone. Summer Reading Theme: Overwhelmed! Summer is underway and I. Am. Simply. Overwhelmed.

Let’s talk about books. Let’s talk about how I never have enough time to read books. I make time to read, people, and I still don’t have enough time for books. I love books. I love reading. It is my favorite way to spend my free time. I simply do not have enough free time to read all of these books!

What do I do? How do book bloggers handle this load of monstrous TBR piles looming over us like Mount Doom? I do not have a Ring of Power, and I am becoming delirious because of this lack! 

Please, please share with me in the comments:

  • Your tips for managing your to-be-read list/pile/mountain/bed.
  • Tricks for writing fast, interesting, helpful reviews.
  • Ways to prioritize your reading.
  • Anything else that may help a gal out.

I’ll just be over here, reading. And reading. And waiting. And checking Twitter. And reading. . .

THANK YOU, DEAR READERS <3 <3 <3

Why not? Top Ten Books of 2014

Let’s cut right to the chase. I have read a lot of books so far this year. Almost 90, in fact. I’m going to share the best 10 of them, which all happen to be brand spanking new books.

If you haven’t read them, get out there and start now! You can find all of them except 100 Sideways Miles (releasing September 2014) at your local library and/or bookstore. 

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3) 100 Sideways Miles Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3) Where Silence Gathers (Some Quiet Place, #2) Promise Bound (Lies Beneath, #3) Entangled (Entangled, #1) Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) Grasshopper Jungle