Heart in a Box is on Tour with Chapter by Chapter! Below are all of the stops. There are guest posts, playlists, interviews and other fun things, including a giant Rafflecopter full of prizes! As always, the links will go live as the blogs post. I'm proud and grateful to say that Heart in a Box has been on the Amazon top 100 in Teen and Alternative Family for four + weeks and is also an Amazon "Hot New Release." FYI, buy links are on the right side of this blog.
A bit about Heart in a Box's journey...
One main theme is that the girl, Joss has a pot-addled mom who owns a bong shop. I first took this to an editor in 2005. She swiftly rejected it, saying, "Who would want to read about a mom who smokes weed all of the time?" Well, apparently MANY teens want to read about alcoholic parents, and families in crisis, right? This is simply a new permutation. Perhaps its time has come, what with the legalization of pot in so many states. Of course, many folks do need medical marijuana and I'm not morally against it at all. I'm a believer in freedom to live how you see fit. But I worry about what this will unleash for certain vulnerable people. So, this aspect of the story is really about how one negotiates with a tormented family member and still tries to stay close.
Heart in a Box is also about identity, art, and all of the inherent beauty in New York City and Brooklyn's diverse cultural scene. It's hopeful and peppery and also has a sweet romance. If you decide to take a chance on it, I hope you love it as much as I did when I created it--and Joss Olstad.
Enter the Rafflecopter below. The prizes include:
A $40 gift card, 2 hand-painted heart-boxes with secret treasure inside, a signed paperback of Dorianna by Catherine Stine, a signed paperback of Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine, a great YA ebook pack of novels: Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec, When Sorrows Come by Katie M John, and Time Runs Away with Her by Christine Potter.
January 18 Cover2Cover – Interview
January 18 Njkinny's Review of Books & Stuff – Review
January 18 Illuminite Caliginosus – Dream cast
January 18 Susan Heim on Writing – Spotlight/Promo
January 19 The Avid Book Collector – Ten writing lessons learned!
January 19 Painted Words Reviews – Review
January 20 Hidden Worlds Books – mini-excerpts & feature
January 20 M Pax Dimensions in Fiction- Heart Excerpt plus M Pax's critter love
January 20 Driftless – Spotlight/Promo
January 21 Diana’s Book Reviews – Guest post on Why Readers Rule!
January 21 Cassandra M’s Place – Spotlight/Promo
January 21 5 Girls Book Reviews – Review
January 21 Reader Girls – Spotlight/Excerpt
January 21 Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog – Spotlight/Promo/Excerpts
January 22 WS Momma Readers Nook – Joss Olstad character spotlight
January 22 Go Read A Book – Review
January 25 A Dream Within A Dream – Spotlight/Excerpt
January 25 Books and Ladders – Guest Post - Why I Write
January 25 The Page Unbound – Spotlight
January 26 Book-Keeping – Review
January 26 Chapter by Chapter - Interview
January 27 Wishful Endings – Spotlight/Excerpt
January 27 Ellie Garratt – Guest Post
January 27 BooksChatter – Interview
January 28 Booklovercircumspect4 – Guest Post - 5 Influential Books
January 29 Star Crossed Reviews – New Excerpts!
January 29 Lisa T. Cresswell – Guest Post on personal themes & inspirations
January 29 Becca’s Book Affair – Review
January 29 Books Direct – Review