Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blog Tour: HUSHED by Kelley York - Guest Post & Giveaway


As if Best I've Read 2011 isn't exciting enough, I am SO excited to have author Kelley York with us today. She wrote the phenomenal book HUSHED that just recently came out from Entangled Publishing. I will admit when I was choosing my selections for Best I've Read this year, I was *this close* to making HUSHED one of my selections. If I'd been able to choose more books than I did, it totally would have made my list. It's THAT good. 

Kelley is joining us with a guest post and because I loved it so much, I'm offering you a chance to win the e-book for yourself. But first let's learn a little about the author.

Author Bio:

Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.

Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage. 

You can find Kelley York online:

***About HUSHED***

Hushed by Kelley York
Release Date: November 30, 2011

About: Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

***Guest Post with Kelley York***
Keep Going

If you’re like me (and...well, a lot of other writers), writing may be your passion, but it’s likely put on the back-burner to other things. Things like a day-job to pay the bills.

These days especially, with a lot of advances decreasing and the competition so fierce, it’s harder than ever to make it as a full-time novelist. It takes a lot of work. Hell, it takes a lot of luck. Either you nail that big advance and can quit your day-job while you crank out another several books, or you keep writing book after book alongside that lovely day-job and hope, eventually, you’re getting enough income from those books to support yourself.

My point being, between a long commute to/from work, long hours, and the demands of my work, I have days—sometimes a week or two—where writing just...doesn’t happen. I don’t have the time. I don’t have the energy or the drive. Excuses, excuses, right? More often than not, I’ll try to get in even ten minutes of writing in my day, and I’ll be so tired I can’t get my brain to cooperate. I end up frustrated and upset with myself.

Unfortunately, it’s what those of us trying to be an author and a day-jobber have to deal with. I have a few things I do to mellow myself out and try to get into the writing mind-frame.

-          Music. Sometimes a good some will come on, and it’ll spark an idea or get me energized enough to write. Even if it’s only 100, 200 words. It’s still something.

-          Plot first. I’m not a plotter, so I don’t mean actual plotting. But before I start in on a scene, I’ll close my eyes and think it out. What’s the purpose of the scene? What’s the mood? I look for something in that scene I’m excited to write.

-          Never stop at the end of a scene. This one is important to me. I’ve found if I stop when a scene changes or a chapter ends, I have a harder time jumping back in. If I stop just before that natural breaking point, I still remember where I was going with that scene and I can finish it up and, voila, keep going without a hitch.

-          Don’t drag yourself down with goals. While I do try to write at least 1,000 words a day, as I said above, sometimes that just does not happen. I’m still trying to learn not to beat myself up over that, and I find it leaves me less stressed. If I miss two days, I don’t think of it as ‘crap, I now have today’s 1k, plus the 2k I missed the last two days.’ I get overwhelmed and can’t focus. Instead I give myself a fresh start: ‘I’m writing today, so let’s get 1k done.’

Any creative process is all about your state of mind and how you feel. Do you guys have any tricks you use to keep yourself going?

***Giveaway***
  • I'm giving away one e-book copy of HUSHED by Kelley York.
  • Open internationally. 
  • 14 years and older, please.
  • +1 entry for leaving a comment telling why you want to read HUSHED.
  • Giveaway ends at midnight EST December 31, 2011.
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter.



11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a rollercoaster of a read. I'm definitely intrigued!

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  2. The plot sounds amazing! I am curious as to what happened to them when they were kids and how it lead to Archer committing murders! Thanks for the giveaway and the wonderful guest post. It's nice to hear of others that struggle to find the time to write...but have still been able to find success!

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  3. I loved this book! We were also on the tour and its nice to see other blogs I know featuring it as well.

    Andrea @ Reading Lark

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  4. Seems a really good read. Thanks for the chance.

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  5. Interesting post I'm always fascinated by "behind the scenes" author posts :) And I loved this book!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  6. I would love to read this book sounds so good! Thank you very much for the great giveaway!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  7. I want to read Hushed because it sounds amazing, and definitely like something I would enjoy reading! I am so in awe of writers who have to write in between taking care of their families and doing their day job! This guest post has made me realize even more how difficult it is, and I want to tell Kelley that I really admire her for pushing through all of that to bring us this amazing book, and hopefully more books in the future! You go, girl!!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  8. I have been trying to follow this tour and appreciate the sharing that has been done. I would love to read Hushed and thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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  9. I want to read Hushed b/c I want to see how Kelley turned this character who commits murder into someone likable and worth cheering for. I have no doubt that it took skill, and I so want to see that :)

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  10. Julie, aw, thank you!! It's exhausting, but it makes finishing a book that much more rewarding. :) There will definitely be more books in my writing future!

    Thank you, everyone, for entering! And for the opportunity to give a guest post for Books Complete Me.

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  11. But there are so many reasons that have lured me in and make me go: This book, I wish to read it. I think what first caught my attention were the characters' relationships. They're unexpected and captivating. They just don't sound like any other book I've read before.

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