Tour & Author Interview: You’d be Mine

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A whip smart teen romance debut inspired by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash from a bright new voice in YA fiction

 

YOU’D BE MINE

By Erin Hahn

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PRAISE FOR YOU’D BE MINE:

Named one of 11 Upcoming Romantic YA Novels That Might Just Be Your New Favorite Rom-Com by Bustle!

 

 “If you’re still obsessing over A Star Is Born (because, same) you’ll love this new romance novel by Erin Hahn.” – Cosmopolitan

“The palpable endearment for its setting and characters makes for a warm read. [A] good ol’ fashioned love story. There’s something to be said for a song we all know being sung with tenderness and care. A solid romance buoyed by engaging protagonists and a charming backdrop.” – Kirkus

“Readers do not have to be fans of country music in order to root for Annie and Clay to find their way to love. A strong choice.”School Library Journal

“Witty and charming, with an off-the-charts, irresistible blend of romance, humor, and characters who steal your heart from page one. Erin Hahn is an author to watch.” – Karen M. McManus, NYT Bestselling author of One of Us is Lying

“YOU’D BE MINE is the perfect summertime beach read.” – Young Adult Book Central

 

Readers and critics alike are already captivated by Erin Hahn’s debut, YOU’D BE MINE (Wednesday Books; April 2, 2019), a poignant story of two young musicians thrown into the spotlight together.

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up as one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

Erin Hahn’s thrilling debut asks: can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

Meet Erin Hahn.

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Hi Erin! Thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little about yourself.

ERIN HAHN started writing her own books when her little sister gave her shade about a country music-themed Twilight fanfic. By day, she likes to help kindergarteners make snakes out of playdoh. By night, she writes swoons. She married her own YA love interest who she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat, Gus, who plays fetch. You’d Be Mine is her first novel. (~100 words)

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The Interview.

Okay…I have to ask – a country music Twilight fanfiction, how did that turn out? How did that – if it did – inspire You’d Be Mine?

Not well, honestly! There is very little I can say in my defense, except that I was listening to a lot of early-country-Taylor Swift at the time. I wrote a few chapters of the fic called *cringe* Badass and Beautiful (don’t bother looking it up, I never published it) and was super proud of myself. Bella was this up-and-coming starlet and Edward was the brooding megastar… so in retrospect, that part sort of sounds familiar. But I only ever wrote two chapters. I sent them off to my younger sister who immediately responded with, “That’s great Erin, now write your own damn book.” I actually wrote five more not-at-all-country music-related books before a documentary about the Carter family (as in June Carter Cash) and the beginnings of country music inspired me to try the genre again.

So despite the coincidence, that early fanfic didn’t really inspire You’d Be Mine and unfortunately (or is it?), I’ve long since lost the original chapters, BUT I can tell you that I originally wrote a photo shoot scene starring Country Bella and Country Edward where the chemistry between the two really took off and I DID recycle that idea for Annie and Clay, though I imagine it probably looks different.

 

If you could only use ONE country song to explain, You’d Be Mine, what would it be?

Ooooh. Man. I have an entire playlist, so that is tough, but I will go with Burning House by Cam. The story of the song is that she dreams about her lover being caught in a burning house and instead of running away to save herself, she lays beside him and holds him as the place goes up in flames. It’s a metaphor that stuck with me as I wrote the book, both in regards to Annie’s parents and then she and Clay as the tour progresses and their feelings deepen. It also inspired my twist, but I won’t spoil that. Suffice it to say, Annie isn’t like her famous mom.

 

What drew you to swooning readers with contemporary romance?

This is an excellent question. No one’s ever asked me this before! I honestly tried to write other genres but they never felt right. I have been in love with love since I was a little girl. My first story in fourth grade was a short romantic comedy about sisters. By my senior year of high school, we were tasked with choosing one word we felt described us for an essay and I picked “Romantic”. It’s just me. I only deal in HEA and I’m obsessed with first kisses. I even met my husband my first day of college when I was 17, so I truly married my own YA love interest! It’s all I know. I want gift my readers with heart-squeezing giddiness.

 

Were there any journalistic aspects that you kept with you as your writing transitioned?

I was honestly a terrible journalist because I’m pretty introverted and hate small talk with strangers, BUT in my second book More Than Maybe, out next year, I get to play around with a faux music review blog and it’s been a blast! I think if I had another life to live, I’d go back and try my hand at writing music reviews. Sharing my musical finds would be a worthy reason to step out of my comfort zone, I think. J

 

What do you think literary success looks like?

Goodness, I mean, this right here is pretty amazing! Getting into the nitty gritty about some of my characters with people who have read about them is… there’s no describing that. Particularly teens! Also, when someone who has read my book says they want to read more, whether they mean more Annie and Clay or my next story, it’s so encouraging because I want to do this forever.

 

What is the hardest thing about writing male characters? Do you worry they aren’t authentic?

It’s never been a question for me. I’ve always written dual povs of male and female leads in the first person. It’s just how I work. I don’t think I’ve ever worried about authenticity of maleness or femaleness so much as authenticity of that particular character, in general. For example, once late in the revision process for YBM, I had to go back and rewrite a scene for Clay towards the end of the book and it had been a few months since I was in his head. I tried to rush through some dialogue and sure enough, my editor flagged a line and sent it back to me. It was super clear it was off but it took me reading it aloud to figure it out. Turned out, I’d given him a British accent all of a sudden. I’d just slipped into a different voice and it was verrrrry inauthentic!

As part of my drafting process, I make playlists for all my characters and spend a lot of time getting in their brains before I write a single word. Take Clay, for example. Being male, is just one little piece of his voice. He’s also a farmboy from Indiana, raised by his baby-boomer grandfather, a high school drop-out (sorta) who spent his teens in rural dive bars and probably drinks too much which gives him a fair amount of fake swagger when he’s on stage… all of those things make up his voice more than just his being male.

 

What is the most difficult part of the writing process for you? The most rewarding?

Drafting transitions are torture for me! My early drafts are completely dialogue driven with little “here I am at the *insert location here* standing next to Steve *insert action here* talking about music *insert existing movement here*”. It’s not quite that bad, but it feels like it. My creative brain has zero patience for logistics.

The most rewarding is when I forget I wrote something and want to read it. I was listening to the You’d Be Mine playlist on Spotify the other day while making dinner and I was just craving the time to sit down and read my book. I wrote the romance I wanted to read. As a lifelong lover of sweet stories, that feels like a huge win.

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers today?

I really hope you love Annie and Clay’s story and thank you so very much for giving this debut author a chance. I can’t wait to keep writing first kisses for you all!

Cover Reveal: The Book of Enchantresses

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Book of Enchantresses
By Mary Ting
(Book of Watchers, #2)
Publication date: February 21st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

Keira is convinced her guardian, Ezekiel, knows more than he shared about her biological parents, and she will do everything she can to find out who they were. She secretly meets the powerful witch Awan at a nightclub and is promised the answers she seeks on one condition: she retrieves the legendary Book of Enchantresses. Keira, along with Uriel, Samyaza, Jonah, and her Nephilim friends, must travel to another realm in Gotjawal Forest on Jeju Island to recover the spell book. But nothing is free, and actions have consequences. When Keira’s team returns to their world, vampires attack a demon stronghold. No one knows who to blame, but the fragile peace has been rocked. And it’s about to get worse—Lucifer has escaped Hell.

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International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry.

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Blog Tour: Evoke

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by Danielle Simmons
Genre: YA/NA Romance
Release Date: November 2018

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When five friends come home from college for the summer, it feels as if the friendship that has bound them together since childhood, is stronger than ever. But when Laney Thomas wakes up two months later and discovers she is the sole survivor of an accident that has claimed the lives of three friends, Laney realizes the world she has awakened, is not the one she remembers. The loss is devastating, changing her life irrevocably, and with no recollection of the accident or the days leading up to it, Laney must rely on Evan Davies, the only one not in the car that night, to help her heal. The two have always been close, sharing a rare and inextricable bond, and as long as he is by her side, the emptiness won’t swallow her whole. But when Evan disappears from her life without explanation, Laney is forced into her memories of the past, learning the painful truth of the friendships she cherished, and love coveted.

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Memory Loss

I’ve always been intrigued by memories and their power. As I get older, the ability of music, specifically, in connecting me to a time or place, has gotten very, very powerful. I think its natural, as we get further and further away from our younger years, and life adds on more responsibilities, that we yearn for the days when things were simpler. For me, music brings me to those times.  Music was such a huge part of my childhood – and now, it has become a big part of my children’s childhood, that I am now adding the connection of memories of earlier days with them, to music’s power. This is bittersweet because of course, it means we are getting older. 

 

When I turned 40, I had a major pendulum shift in how I approach life. I try to worry less about capturing the perfect moment in a picture and instead live in those moments, so that I can remember them years from now. Pictures are great to capture a memory, but remembering the feel of the sun, the sound if birds overhead, the feel of my kid’s hand in mine…those are irreplaceable moments that I want to remember as much, and as fully, as I can. 

 

Memories are to me, one of the greatest gifts we can ever have, and that’s where the idea for EVOKE came from. The power of my childhood memories – the experience of friendships in a small town and the impact losing a friend at an early age can have on one’s heart (experienced this a few times, unfortunately) – and wanting to put that to words in a story that may connect with others. I am also fascinated by the human brain and how it can be a protector of sorts, in blocking out memories that may be too much for us to handle. I have also experienced this, short term memory loss by way of concussion after an accident, and memory loss due to alcohol consumption (and in the case of the latter, the incident attached to that situation can stay forever buried as far as I’m concerned). In re: to my concussion, it was an unfortunate accident that resulted in me forgetting the softball game I played that day – which also happened to be one of my best games. Innocent memory lost, but still a part of me I would like back. I tried to draw from this – the desire of wanting a lost memory back and the dichotomy of also being okay with a memory being forever gone – in writing Laney’s story.  

 

In EVOKE, I really liked the idea of using the power of childhood memories, to also tell us more about Laney’s friends she so dearly loved and the impact their deaths may have on her. In showing through her own eyes, how special and big a part of her life those friends were, it would underscore the steadfastness of her mind, in wanting to protect her from the memory of what happened the night of the accident that claimed their lives and left her in a coma. 

 

I know memory loss can be a troupe in YA novels, but I am really hoping readers fall in love with EVOKE, and don’t hold it against Laney or Evan, haha. 

 

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Danielle grew up in a small town in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills. A voracious reader from an early age, she began writing poetry and short stories in elementary school, and continued that passion throughout high school and college. She studied literature, creative writing and communications at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, sons and two cats, where she is a PR executive by day, and writer by night.

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Cover Reveal: The Bridge Kingdom

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The Bridge Kingdom
Series: The Bridge Kingdom #1
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publishing Date: October 16, 2018
Genres: YA/NA Fantasy
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Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees.

A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil—and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home—a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas—and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore.

Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?



Content warning: The Bridge Kingdom includes more explicit sexual content than Danielle’s other YA novels.

 

 

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I’m so excited to share the cover of THE BRIDGE KINGDOM, which was illustrated by the talented Richard Anderson! This novel was pure enjoyment to write because I was able to create a story that blends intrigue, adventure, and LOTS of steamy romance, all of which takes place in a fantastical setting. THE BRIDGE KINGDOM was written specifically for audio, and with the exceptional narration of Lauren Fortgang and James Patrick Cronin, it truly is an incredible listening experience!

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Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Novels: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, Warrior Witch, and The Broken Ones. Her upcoming novels are THE BRIDGE KINGDOM, which will be released by Audible Originals in October, 2018 and DARK SHORES, which will be released by Tor Teen in May, 2019. She lives with her family in Calgary, Canada.

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Blog Tour: Wolf of the Tesseract

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Genre: YA/NA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: July 2016

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In a world underneath our own reality, magic & science are two sides of the same coin. After merging with her copy from an alternate reality, college student Claire Jones is thrust into a setting beyond imagine and must fight alongside Zabe, an inter-dimensional guardian. Together they must stop an evil warlock from shattering the laws of existence who, above all else, seeks Claire’s blood as the key to controlling the all-powerful Tesseract.

As they flee his wrath, Claire must decide what her romantic feelings for her protector mean… apocalypse-bringing sorcerers aside, Claire’s mission is to rescue the woman Zabe loves… even if Claire has likewise fallen for the selfless soldier.

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christopher d. schmitzAbout the Author

Christopher D. Schmitz is the traditionally published and self-published author of both fiction and nonfiction. When he is not writing or working with teenagers he might be found at comic conventions as a panelist or guest. He has been featured on cable access television broadcasts, metro area podcasts, and runs a blog for indie authors.

Always interested in stories, media such as comic books, movies, 80s cartoons, and books called to him at a young age—especially sci-fi and fantasy. He lives in rural Minnesota with his family where he drinks unsafe amounts of coffee. The caffeine shakes keeps the cold from killing them. His entire family is musically gifted, although he is, sadly, their only bagpiper.

Education: Schmitz also holds a Master’s Degree in Religion and freelances for local newspapers. He is available for speaking engagements, interviews, etc. via the contact form and links on his website or via social media.

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Blitz: Don’t Blame Me

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Don’t Blame Me

by Kay Blake

Genre: NA/Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 10th 2018


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Sometimes love’s a drug. The rush can be so addicting. All that matters is the high. Not the consequences. Not the damage left in its wake.
Adrian Robinson was a college football star, with his future all mapped out. He didn’t expect to fall for feisty Leah Hunter.  Nor did he expect the destruction left in its wake when it all came to an end.
Now, Adrian’s a hotel magnate and one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.
He has it all, except the one woman he has kept in his heart for years. And he’s willing to do anything to get her back.
Leah hasn’t seen Adrian since the day she was forced to pick up the pieces of her broken heart.
When Leah is assigned to write a piece on him for her magazine, remnants of their torrid romance still burn like yesterday.
Will the high be worth it this time? Or is it destined to crash and burn?
 
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Adrian laughed sitting up. “Well, maybe it’s weird that you haven’t let it go yet, but I have to admit I do admire that kind of dedication.”
I smiled and got off of his arm to playfully push him.
“Here you go teasing me again,” I said sticking out my tongue in a mock manner.
“No teasing. Just stating what I noticed. That is it. I promise. I don’t want a repeat of earlier.”
My stomach at that moment dropped and all the fluttering started again. It was as if there was a family of butterflies were fluttering around in my stomach and I was helpless to stop them. I didn’t know why, but I did like Adrian more that I had cared to admit. It was why he got under my skin so much because even though he was the kind of guy I would normally stay away from.
I played with my fingers trying to think of a good excuse to have him leave. I need him to get out of my space so I could think clearly again. Him and I wouldn’t work. I knew that. I knew that better than he probably did. We were too different from each other and had different goals. It was all I needed to know and for that reason, we wouldn’t work out. I needed him to get out of my personal space, and I could go back to keeping my distance. That was the only way I would be able to do that. If he stayed away I could keep all these confusing feelings at bay.
“Leah?” Adrian said softly interrupting my thoughts and I turned towards him.
“Yes?”
“You are probably the most beautiful girl on this campus. No, you are the most beautiful girl on this campus and you don’t even know it,” he said.
“What do you mean?”
“You’re just you. I like you. The real you underneath that mask you wear.”
And with that his fingers lightly touched my face to tilt it towards his. I could feel my heart thumping hard again against my chest and all of a sudden I felt lightheaded. He was making me feel crazy, but in a good way. He leaned towards me as my heart raced, and his cologne invaded my nostrils. Leaning in his lips lightly touched mine. Almost grazed them, and I sighed. He took that as a go head, and his kiss hardened as he pried my mouth open with his tongue. I felt myself tremble as he pulled me into his arms, and my head started to spin. This wasn’t supposed to feel this way. I was sure of that. I wasn’t supposed to feel dizzy, almost drunk, but at the same time it felt so good. It felt right. 
 
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Kay is an award winning author who writes sassy, sexy and sweet contemporary and interracial romance. She is from arguably the greatest city in the world. (New York). She is a sarcastic sweetheart who prefers snuggling at home with a good book. Kay is a mom of 3 cubs and a wife. Kay indulges in strawberry cheesecake, horror movies, Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, wrestling and of course a happily ever after. She is also the creator of Bookish Brown Girls, a platform dedicated to promoting books written by women of color.  
 
 
 
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