Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Life After Juliet Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway ~ 4 Winners!
Book Title: Life After Juliet
Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Contemporary YA
Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape -- to other times, other places, other people...
Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.
As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world ... and happy endings aren't always guaranteed.
This companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.
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Guest Post by the Author: Why I Started Writing
The dedication page of my debut novel, LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES, reads simply, “For My Em.”
Emily Bright was a brilliantly funny, talented, beautiful person, whom I had the pleasure of calling a friend for twenty-two years. In 2009, she passed away from an eight-year battle with ovarian cancer. During those eight years, she always remained hopeful. Em’s hope was so large, it was able to carry all of us through each of those long, terrifying years. When she was gone, I lost sight of that hope for a while.
Writing has helped me find hope again.
I suffer from a lot of writing anxieties. Sometimes these anxieties make me freeze up and back away from writing -- sometimes for an hour, or a day, a week, or even a month. But the thing that always drives me back is the knowledge that I have stories to tell, and that in telling them, I’m honoring my Em and being the person I think she always knew I could be.
It’s been eight years since Em passed away. I have to count the years out on my fingers every time I think about it. It seems so unreal to me that she’s been gone for so long. LIFE AFTER JULIET was written from a very different place than LAOUV. The dedication page in LAJ reads, “For those who see Thestrals -- carry on, always.”
In the eight years since Em’s death, I’ve grown and seen so much. Sometimes, I’m overwhelmed with sadness because I can’t share my new experiences with Em. Every time I hear The Monkees' “Daydream Believer” on the radio, I laugh because we loved that song, and then I feel like crying because we love-d -- past tense -- that song. Grief is funny that way, making you both strong and weak in the same moment.
While I wish every day that I could have my Em back, I’m thankful that through my grief, I’ve been able to connect with so many readers of LAOUV and hopefully, soon, LAJ fans.
When writing gets tough, I remember the look of determination in Em’s eyes at every chemo treatment. I remember the way she insisted on getting better and getting out of the hospital. I remember the inflexible steel in her voice when she told me, just days before she died, that she was planning on going back to work. When my anxieties and perfectionism get in my way, I remember that my Em didn’t let cancer stand in her way of living. Writer’s block doesn’t seem so scary when I compare it to the hell I watched my brave Em walk through with dignity and hope. Remembering my Em makes me brave enough to face every blank page that comes my way.
For her, I’d write a thousand books.
Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. She spent most of her time in high school hiding out in the theater with the drammies and techies. Math still makes her break out in a sweat. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.
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Open internationally, but prize packs ship only to US. International winners will receive Amazon gift cards (listed below).*
* Grand Prize: Hyperboles are the best EVER! tote bag, a 4oz. Novelly Yours Antique Books candle, Toe-meo and Juliet Shakespearean socks, Life After Juliet poison and dagger necklace, Velveteen Rabbit note card, signed Life After Juliet bookmark and bookplate*
* 1st Runner Up: Hyperboles are the best EVER! tote bag, a 4 oz. Novelly Yours Antique Books candle, Toe-meo and Juliet Shakespearean socks, Life After Juliet dagger earrings, signed Life After Juliet bookmark and bookplate*
* 2nd Runner Up: 2oz. Novelly Yours Antique Books candle, Life After Juliet dagger earrings, Velveteen Rabbit note card, signed Life After Juliet bookmark and bookplate*
* 3rd Runner Up: 2oz. Novelly Yours Antique Books candle, Life After Juliet dagger earrings, signed Life After Juliet bookmark and bookplate*
All contests are open internationally, but international winners will receive the following:
* Grand prize: $25 Amazon gift card, signed Life After Juliet bookmark and bookplate
* 1st runner up: $20 Amazon gift card, signed Life After Juliet bookmark and bookplate
* 2nd runner up: $15 Amazon gift card, signed Life After Juliet bookmark and bookplate
* 3rd runner up: $10 Amazon gift card, signed Life After Juliet bookmark and bookplate
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