Happy Release Day to ASPEN by Rebekah Crane

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We’re thrilled to take part in the release day launch for Rebekah Crane’s sophomore YA novel, ASPEN! Check out the book and excerpt, a short video, and the 2 giveaways below! 

ASPEN coverOne quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn’t want to remember the devastating car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom’s awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing – or kissing – one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn’s spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life … and what comes next.

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Rebekah CraneAbout Rebekah Crane

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Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, is due to release in summer 2014 from In This Together Media. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.

Giveaways (2)

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ASPEN by Rebekah Crane Reviewer Giveaway

Purchase and review ASPEN on Amazon by June 22, 2014 to enter to win: 2 tie-dye scarves, 1 t-shirt from Moe’s Broadway Bagel in Boulder, Grateful Dead stickers, a signed copy of PLAYING NICE and a signed annotated copy ASPEN, plus $25 Amazon gift card.

To enter to win this epic giveaway, you must 1) purchase a copy of ASPEN, 2) read it, 3) review it on Amazon, and 4) submit your entry by filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S1jgnrB0YBxpiJwtAcn6acqUL8-kPrZ7623XiElv-0c/viewform

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Tour: Remnants by Lisa T. Bergren

Remnants by Lisa T. Bergren Blog Tour

Please give a warm welcome to the lovely Lisa Bergren! She’s here today as part of her blog tour for her new series, REMNANTS. The founders of LiteraryCO are both huge fans of Lisa Bergren’s River of Time Series, and we’re so excited to have her here today. Check out the book, her post about the awesomeness of Colorado, and then enter the giveaways by following the directions below!

Remnants by Lisa T. BergrenREMNANTS: Season of Wonder
by Lisa Bergren
April 8, 2014 | Zondervan

Andriana is a Remnant, one of the gifted teens born on the seventh day during the seventy-seventh Harvest after the Great War, and destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.

After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley home is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants attempt to battle the demonic forces, other enemies close in. Dangers intensify, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings, or risk compromising everything.

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5 REASONS WHY COLORADO ROCKS FOR A WRITER
by Lisa T. Bergren

There’s a reason why I started my characters in Remnants: Season of Wonder out in a valley based on Telluride, Colorado. Because our state is awesome. It’s home to me, in every sense of the word, and it’s a great place to be a writer. Here’s why:

  1. Sun: Though our state’s unofficial “300 days of sunshine” tagline is apparently a myth started by a railroad company in the 1870s to boost tourism, we do get an incredible amount of sunshine. And sun fuels my fire. Clouds make me want to nap. And eat chocolate.
  2. Rocky Mountain High: Hiking and walking while enjoying nature’s beauty (which can be observed even in my suburban neighborhood) is a great way to get the creative juices flowing.
  3. Dry air: We’re the second driest state in the country. While that’s not awesome for the skin, I appreciate not sweating while holding a warm laptop. That would just be icky and uncomfortable. And discomfort does not feed creativity.
  4. Good library system: There’s a library in every quadrant of our city. And I love to settle into a library chair, put on my headphones to listen to soundtrack music, and write like a madwoman.
  5. Great public schools: No homeschooling call on this mama’s life—only writing! Woot!

Remnants: Season of Wonder is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or at your local bookstore. Email Lisa that you ordered or purchased Remnants: Season of Wonder IN APRIL and she’ll mail you a signed bookplate! (Lisa@bergrencreativegroup.com)

GIVEAWAY

LAUNCH TOUR CLUE #7: EVERY

Collect all 26 clues, gathered from each of the Launch Tour stops this month, and you could win a Kindle Fire HDX ($229 USD). Open internationally.  At the end of the month, just go to LisaBergren.com and enter the completed clue stream in the Rafflecopter (available after April 30, 2014).

Lisa T. BergrenAbout Lisa Bergren

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About the author: Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with a combined count of over 2.5 million copies sold. She has written best-selling children’s books, award-winning YA (River of Time Series: Waterfall), popular historical fiction, contemporary fiction, women’s nonfiction, and gift books. She is a writer and editor residing in Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband and three children. You can find out more about Lisa at LisaBergren.com.

Note: This post is cross-posted from A Book and a Latte with permission.

LiteraryCO Spotlight: Cara Allen

Hello, everybody! My name is Cara Allen and I am an aspiring novelist. I’ve lived in Colorado for about five years now, before that I lived in Spokane, Washington. I’ve been writing since I was about twelve when I had a dream that had me waking up and putting pen to paper for hours until the words stopped flowing. Have had some poems and short stories published in my high school and college literary publications that have made me just as eager to share my words with others. I write primarily Young Adult of the urban fantasy type and still love getting lost in the worlds that I create.

I have a blog, though it hasn’t been updated in a while, and you can also find me on Twitter.

What is your favorite color?

I think my favorite colors change as the day changes. I’m a mood ring. But my current favorite colors are blue and silver.

If you had one super power what would it be?

If I could have a super power I think it would be the ability to slow down time when I need to do something. Especially when it comes to writing because I always feel like I don’t have enough time to get a good chunk done at a time.

Books open up infinite worlds, what book would you love to live in?

I don’t think I could choose one! I think it would be kind of fun to jump around into all the worlds in the books that I read and experience them all. I especially would love to jump into those worlds where authors just tease you with basic information and leave the rest of it up to your imagination, just so I can see if what I imagined matched what the author was putting out.

What is your favorite part of being involved in the book world? (the signings, the people, the fact you get to write for a living, free books, etc…)

I love the writing world. For a long time writing for me was a private affair and I never really gave myself the chance to experience the world so I am diving into it with arms wide open. I love going to signings, hearing and learning from Q&As that they have during them. I’ve gone to a conference once (due for my second one this year, yay!) and I love workshops and learning more about the craft and the industry. I’ve learned to push myself and take my writing seriously instead of a casual thing just from putting myself in to this world. And the snazzy swag is great, too.

What is your movie/book/TV guilty pleasure?

What books are my guilty pleasures? Hmm I think the ones that I can read and reread, ones that give me comfort to go back in to, are any of the Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton, any books by Nora Roberts/JD Robb if I need an easy romance or mystery read. As for TV, I love DIY shows especially since we just bought a house (Yay!) and have been taking on projects. I could go on and on about movies, so I think I’ll put a button on that.

Take a hike, see a Broncos game or chill out by a mountain lake?

I would definitely pick the chilling out by a mountain lake, especially if I can have a pen and paper with me. I’m not much of a sportsy or outdoorsy person but relaxing by a lake and writing sounds like heaven to me.

What online guilty pleasure causes you the most procrastination? (ie, pinterest)

Pinterest is up there on the list of procrastination causers. Also Facebook games, because I’m a dork to the core.

LiteraryCO Spotlight: Stephanie Blake

Stephanie Blake

Stephanie Blake is the author of The Marble Queen (Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2012). Learn more on stephaniejblake.com.

Do you have any non-book related hobbies?

I spend a lot of my time with my kids and my husband. The boys are in sports. We are always on-the-go. We watch movies. My husband and I play a lot of Rumikub.

What book had the most effect on your life, whether as a writer or in general?

My favorite book of all time is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

What is your movie/book/TV guilty pleasure?

I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy.

What author do you wish you could write more like or who inspires your writing the most?

I wish I had written the Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker. The way she gets into a little kid’s head is just magical.

Take a hike, see a Broncos game or chill out by a mountain lake?

I love to fish, so I love to chill out by a mountain lake.

What is next on your reading list?

I’m currently reading Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster. It’s so-so, but I’m trying to stick with it.

 

LiteraryCO Spotlight: Staci Hart

Staci Hart

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife; even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f, ends with k, and there a uc in there.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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If you had one super power what would it be?

Ability to freeze time. I’d be so well rested and productive!

What book had the most effect on your life, whether as a writer or in general?

The Fountainhead. It was the first book that I read that made me feel small and powerful, all at once.

Books open up infinite worlds, what book would you love to live in?

Probably Harry Potter! I adore that world.

What is your movie/book/TV guilty pleasure?

Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse. They’re so bad, but so good.

What kind of books do you wish there were more of (ie, books with love triangles, social commentary, zombies, etc…)? And conversely, what type of books do you wish were just done?

Greek Mythology! Luckily that’s what I write. The genre is completely untapped. I’m over Vampires and love triangles. Ugh.

What online guilty pleasure causes you the most procrastination? (ie, pinterest)

Twitter. When the tab says there are 2 new tweets, I refresh my feed. It’s a problem.

Do you have any writing quirks, whether it’s a book or a review?

I’m borderline obsessive about my outlines. It’s a sick compulsion! 

What is next on your reading list?

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

 

LiteraryCO Spotlight: Neale Orinick

Neale Orinick

Neale Orinick is a Colorado native, single mother to three boys, endurance sport junkie, and will be re-releasing her debut novel with a new publisher in April. Learn more at http://www.nealeorinick.com.

If you had one super power what would it be?

I would have the ability to clone myself at will so I can run errands, watch my son’s football game, have lunch with my friends, write and go for a bike ride all at the same time. At the end of each day I would absorb all of the clones and have all their memories like I was actually everywhere all at once.

Do you have any non-book related hobbies?

I am a recreational triathlete and endurance sport junkie. I will be doing Ironman Arizona in November.

Ski condo, mountain cabin or downtown loft?

All of the above. I am a great lover of the outdoors and solitude, but I also yearn for the busy ebb and flow of the city sometimes.

What book had the most effect on your life, whether as a writer or in general?

Beloved, by Toni Morrison. I was captivated, horrified, moved to tears and euphoric as I read it for the first time. I have probably finished the entire novel four times and have re-read certain parts of it a dozen times. I aspire to write such a powerful piece of literary art one day.

What author do you wish you could write more like or who inspires your writing the most?

I love Anne Rice and want to create rich, multi-layered characters that draw you into their world so completely. Lestat is an arrogant, bloodthirsty killer, but we feel his spiritual angst, sympathize with his relentless loneliness, and despair of his ever being destroyed.

Take a hike, see a Broncos game or chill out by a mountain lake?

Go for a loooong run or bike ride, then chill out on the couch with a burger and a Diet Coke to watch the Bronco game.

What online guilty pleasure causes you the most procrastination? (ie, pinterest)

Nature porn. I can’t resist watching a python swallow a pygmy goat or a giant spider attack a snake.

Where do you see the book industry in the next ten years?

Traditional publishing is a dying entity and e-books will dominate the market for all ages and genres. The big publishing houses will be gone and the most successful authors will be those who are firmly in command of the technology to format and distribute books, social media and international distribution.

What is next on your reading list?

Cracking The Code Of The Twentieth Century’s Biggest Best Sellers by James W.Hall