Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Who We Were by @christysloat

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Sparkle Blog Button book info who we were cover gifTitle: Who We Were Author: Christy Sloat Audience: YA Genre: Contemporary romance Formats: E-book and Paperback Cover by: Najla Qamber Designs Editor: Melanie Williams Pages: 330 pages ISBN: 978-0692289952 ASIN: B00N980WYO Date Published: 15 September 2014    
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“Who we were had washed away with the summer. Who we are was yet to be seen.” Summer school at Alcott High was only supposed to gain Sadie Peters extra credit, nothing more. Her goal wasn't to make friends, or gain the attention of the most popular football player, yet she managed both. Her life was cruising along on course ... until that summer. Could a simple stint in a different school change her identity completely and introduce her to love for the first time? How would that affect her relationship with Lily, her best friend? Hopefully their friendship was strong enough to make it through the tumultuous summer. Sadie learns that great things come with change, but sometimes memories of the past are hardest to part with.
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Excerpt 1-
I killed the engine and grabbed my new bag. I refused to go to summer classes with my junior year backpack. No way! I had purchased all new items for the next four weeks. This was a new school and a new chance to actually become someone different. A clean slate. No one here knew me, so my past history was erased. I would be Sadie Peters, popular and outgoing, instead of Sadie Peters, a shy nobody that no one pays any attention to. I looked up at Alcott High’s newly rebuilt entrance. It was the town’s oldest school, but it held the most history. It was the very first school built in Laurel Lakes when it was a small town. Now that the town has grown immensely, they needed a new school built, and that’s how Ridgeline High, my school, was built. While I liked my school for various reasons, I loved the history of Alcott. To me it held hope and immense change. After a complete and utterly disastrous junior year, I could only see promise staring me in the face.
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“Three weeks, Sadie. They didn’t even show up to my doctor’s visit to get the final results.” That made me so sad to hear. How could they do that? He made a fist and hit the dashboard, not hard, but enough to make himself feel better. I placed my hand on his and squeezed, letting him know I was here and I wasn’t going anywhere. “Do you ever feel invisible?” He asked looking out the window. I laughed. Did I ever. My mom worked so much I hardly ever saw her, and my dad wasn’t home anymore. Cara was off to college, and she just thought of me as the silly kid sister. No one at Ridgeline knew I existed, even though I passed them in the halls every day. But instead of giving him that answer, I gave him the one I really felt was true. The one that I felt right then in that moment. “Not anymore.” I turned to look at him, and he met my eyes at the same time. wwwad
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Character Bio's
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Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

Yes. I’m a stay at home mom. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had. Taking care of  my kids is tough but so very rewarding. I consider myself blessed that I can do this and write.

What genre would you place your books into?

Definitely Young Adult.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

 Writing YA Contemporary Romance was a first for me. I have always love a good Romance in a YA setting: like books from Jenny Han or Huntley Fitzpatrick. But I never thought I would write one. So when the idea came, it shocked me. I had to write it right away before I lost the nerve.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

I read some. I can’t read them all because it is hard to do. Some are very good to learn from but some are just mean.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

 Title comes after the idea. But I always have a title before writing the book.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

  I just go with a gut feeling for a name. Sometimes it’s a name I’ve heard before. The places in my books are either places I’ve been or made up places. In Who We Were, I made up the town. It’s somewhere in the south.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along? 

I decide on this way before the book. I love Pinterest for things like this because I can actually see my characters.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..") 

 In Who We Were there is a moral and hidden meaning. I don’t want to give it away because I want readers to find it themselves. But there is a book that the main character is reading that shows the hidden meaning.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I have a Nook but I prefer paperback. Hardcover is too heavy. I’m very picky.  If it’s a pretty cover I will buy it in paperback.

 

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

The one series I have read more than once is The Twilight Series. I can easily fall back in love with the characters

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

? I don’t think that they transfer well. But I do think that if you can enjoy the movie as a separate entity it can work. If you constantly compare the book to movie, you’ll ruin it. My favorite transfer from book to movie is Harry Potter. Worst is Beautiful Creatures.

 

Your favorite food is?

 Pie.

Your favorite singer/group is?

Right now I love Mumford and Sons and Taylor Swift. It’s an odd combo, right?

Your favorite color is?

Purple.

Your favorite Author is?

 J.K Rowling

 
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clip_image012Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor's Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come. Check out her website www.christysloat.com    
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Follow the tour
Tour Schedule – Two Week Blog Tour for Who We Were by Christy Sloat from Dec 1 to Dec 18 2014
Dec 1
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Promo
Dec 2
Deal Sharing Aunt - Promo
Hope To Read - Promo
Queekie Girl Reads – Promo & Review
Dec 3
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog - Promo
Coffee Books & Art – Characters bio’s
The MissPhyre Library – Promo & Review
Dec 4
Books, Authors, Blogs – Promo & Author Interview
Movies, Shows & Books - Promo & Character Bio’s
Dec 5
The Reading Table – Promo & Review & Author Interview
Eclipse Reviews - Promo, Author Interview & Character Bio’s
Dec 8
2 Girls & A Book – Promo & Characters Bio’s
Portals to New Worlds -  Promo & Character Bio’s
Dec 9
A Cauldron of Books – Promo & Characters Bio’s
The Phantom Paragrapher – Promo & Review
Dec 10
The Avid Reader – Promo & Author Interview
Cajun Book Lover - Promo
Dec 11
The Idle Musings of a Writer's Mind – Promo, Author Interview & Characters Bio’s
Dec 12
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom - Promo
Dec 15
Angee's After Thoughts - Promo
Dec 16
Shayna Varadeaux - Promo
Kelly P's Blog – Promo
Dec 17
The Little Bookworm Reviews - Promo
Word to Dreams- Promo & Character Bio’s
Dec 18
What Shall We Blog About Today? -  Promo & Character’s Bio’s

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