Q&A with Laurie Boyle Crompton

image003 (1)Was there anything you had to edit out of the story that you wish you could have kept?

Not in this book, but in my last book ADRENALINE CRUSH there was a lot of character defining backstory that got cut for the sake of pacing and it still stings a bit. I even considered posting excerpts on my website of ‘deleted scenes’ but know that for a story to flow smoothly, it can’t carry too much baggage.

What are some writing rituals you go through before sitting down to write?

All I need is a caffeinated beverage and my two pups by my side. When there’s time I’ll do a partial roll through social media, but have to limit that or I’d never finish another book!

What was the main inspiration for the main character? Did she change over the course of writing the story?

I always knew I wanted Rory to be resilient and she absolutely remained that way, but as I told her story she surprised me with her willingness to open up and be vulnerable. I was proud of how much she managed to grow through the course of the story.

Social Cards

I posted a whole newbie guide for BookCon at BookedAllNight, but I wanted to help spread this section specifically. I think there are a lot of anxious BookNerds in the world and more cons should be adopting this trend.

Some cons include social cards with your badges. Green for “I’m social! Please feel free to talk to me!” Yellow for “I’m a little shy. Please don’t talk to me unless I’ve instigated the conversation.” Red for “Do not talk to me.” This helps people who don’t do well with crowds (like myself). BookCon does not include these types of badges but I’ve made up a few that you can keep with you to put with your badges in case you need them.

I recommend getting the Scotch brand photo lamination packets and then punching a hole at the top so that you can swap between these. But you can also tape them over your badges-they should fit. Put them on the front so that you don’t cover up the QR scan for your badge.

REMEMBER:

  • RED: Please don’t talk to this person. They do not want to socialize or find it very difficult.
  • YELLOW: If you don’t know this person-they don’t want to talk OR they are okay with talking to you but they need to start up the conversation.
  • GREEN: All social all the time!

BookCon Newbie Guide

Hi there Booknerds!

BookCon season is upon us! Badges are in the mail! Badges are in hands! And the official I-Really-Can’t Waiting Game has begun! If you’re on the BookCon App (and I highly recommend that you are) then you’ve probably seen all sort of questions about how things work at BookCon and questions about big important things-like autographing lines.

Social Cards

Some cons include social cards with your badges. Green for “I’m social! Please feel free to talk to me!” Yellow for “I’m a little shy. Please don’t talk to me unless I’ve instigated the conversation.” Red for “Do not talk to me.” This helps people who don’t do well with crowds (like myself). BookCon does not include these types of badges but I’ve made up a few that you can keep with you to put with your badges in case you need them.

Firstlife ★★★☆☆

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ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

What do we do with Firstlife? The cover is gorgeous, the premise is intriguing… the book is… meh?

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Last Packet!

I just sent in my last packet for the semester! Technically 50 pages of new creative work (47 pages of one and 5 pages of something that just sprang into my head), 12 or so pages of critical work, and close to 50 books on my bibliography!

Boom!

I rock! Queue fanfare!

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Bring Your Own Book

It’s Thursday again! Which means it’s time for Bring Your Own Book!

Here are the rules:

  • I’ll post the goal. (Lines from an action movie, currency in a dystopia, etc)
  • You post the answer and a citation. (The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas p19)
  • We all have a good laugh.

Ready?

Let’s do this!

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WoW: Cold Summer

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So admittedly, I was drawn to this one 100% by its cover.

Just from the description, I was like-meh-time travel. But I want to see how the PTSD is approached and I’m even more curious about Kale stopping his own death in the future…past…

Plus I love the cover.

25092254.jpgToday, he’s a high school dropout with no future.

Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

Best Book Buddy Tag

I created the Best Book Buddy Tag to showcase the friendships I’ve made by blogging. I’m just starting to really connect to other bloggers, but some of them I know IRL and we fangirl like no tomorrow. This is one such friend/blogger/reviewer. Feel free to take this tag and showcase your best friendships to show everyone the strength of the book blogger community!

  • Tag your Best Book Buddy
  • Explain why they’re your Best Book Buddy
  • List (up to) 5 books you made them read
  • List (up to) 5 books they made you read
  • Link back to this post
  • You get the tag and they get the tag. Your badge links to THEIR blog, their badge links to YOUR blog. Here’s the code:
<a href="YOUR-FRIEND'S-BLOG's-URL.com"><img src="https://jtuckerman.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/best-bookbuddies.png" alt="Best Book Buddies" width="80" height="80" /></a>

Which Cover Wednesday

Labyrinth Lost is getting a paper back soon and MY GOD IS IT GORGEOUS LOOKING! I would have loved to have seen the paperback cover as the hardcover image-with that glossy finish over the gate–I need to stop or I’m going to starting drooling.

But enough of me-which one do you prefer? Hardback or paperback? Because my answer is both. And if you think for a moment I’m not going to go out and buy that paperback you are very wrong.

Which Cover Wednesday is hosted by Sue’s Reading Corner.

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