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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LiteraryCO Spotlight: Rebekah Crane

Rebekah Crane

Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University, but it wasn’t until ten years and two daughters later that she started to write it. Inspired by her past students, growing up in Cleveland with its fabulous musical theater community, and music of all kinds (particularly the Avett Brothers), she created PLAYING NICE. It is her first published novel (In This Together Media, January 2013), but having an unbridled imagination, it’s not the only fantasy world she’s lived in, just ask her husband. ASPEN, her second YA creation, is set to release in January 2014. She now lives in Golden, Colorado, where the altitude only enhances the experience.

What book had the most effect on your life, whether as a writer or in general?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I read that book in college (2001) and fell in love with YA literature. It’s complex, funny, honest, and beautiful. It’s everything I want to create in a story.

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 heard once that authors get live life more than once. That’s what I love; creating characters who become a part of who I am, their experiences and perspectives.

What is your movie/book/TV guilty pleasure?
The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout is my TOTAL guilty pleasure. I gobble up those books!

What author do you wish you could write more like or who inspires your writing the most?
John Green inspires me. His stories are unique, non-formulaic, and smart. He doesn’t conform to trends or popular ideas to sell books. He writes beautiful, complex stories about teenagers for teenagers. And Jane Austen. She’s the goddess of wit and word.

What online guilty pleasure causes you the most procrastination? (ie, pinterest)
Twitter. Gah! It’s totally addictive. I. LOVE. IT.

What is next on your reading list?
I have the wonderful opportunity to preview manuscripts before they become books. I have 3 currently waiting to be read- 2 New Adult books and 1 YA. Getting a sneak peak of books and helping develop other writers is definitely a perk of the job!