Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE Blog Tour hosted by the The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Today on my stop we have a Guest Post with Katrina Leno + a Tour-Wide Giveaway!! 

The Half Life of

Molly Pierce 

The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Katrina Leno
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: July 8th, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now—now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

“A smart, seductive page turner, deeply felt and full of surprises.” (Madeleine George, author of The Difference Between You and Me)

“Unfolds its careful origami slowly and hypnotically, taking on one shape after another before finally revealing itself as something stranger and more beautiful than I’d anticipated. A moving, expertly wrought story that will keep surprising you past the last page.” (Bennet Madison, author of September Girls)

“A Tilt-A-Whirl of a first novel, a breathtaking thrill ride that takes you in one direction and then spins you off in another, over and over, keeping you guessing with every turn of the page.” (Michael Thomas Ford, author of Suicide Notes)

“With a distinct and mysterious voice that matches its mood, The Half Life of Molly Pierce will pull you into Molly’s—and Mabel’s—world.” (April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Stolen)

by someone who isn’t quite a successful author yet.
ie: take the following with a grain of salt.

 When I was in school for writing, I heard one thing over and over again: in order to be a writer you have to write every day.

You have to write when you don’t want to write. You have to write when you’re sick. You have to write when you’re tired. You have to write when you’re lonely or sad or happy or scared or bored or listless or hungry or full.

You have to write every day, and if you miss a day SOMETHING TERRIBLE WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.

This freaked me out.

It is also (I’ve learned) (mostly) true.

You have to write a lot.

This seems, well, duh, but it’s true.

For two main reasons:

1) In order to establish a routine and get better at writing, you have to write a ton.

2) In order to write a ton you must establish a routine and get better at writing.

But those two things…

Yeah. They depend on each other. And it seems daunting at first, absolutely, to try to attempt this. I mean—it’s still daunting to me, and I’ve been writing for literal decades. LITERAL decades. Plural decades. (Just about two thirds of my lived-so-far decades.)

But still, the thought of sitting down and writing something every day—

It’s tough.

But yup, you gotta do it.


You mostly have to do it.

There is a flipside of writing every day. And that is letting yourself not write.

The best thing about writing every day is you earn the days off. You earn the right to say—eh. I’m not feeling it. I’m gonna watch 5 hours of TV instead.


How to be a successful author.

Write every day. Write for fifteen minutes or a half an hour or as long as you want. Set up a routine and follow through with this routine, because it’s the routine that will carry you through the dry spells and deliver you on the other side of inspirationlessness. It’s the routine that will teach your fingers how to make words even when your brain is really, truly checked out. It’s the routine that will make all the difference.

So—write every day!

But then…

Take a break.

The break is sometimes the most important part.

Giveaway is open to US Only | Must be 13 or older to enter

Win A Half Life of Molly Pierce T-shirt (Us Only)

I am a writer from the East Coast, currently living in Los Angeles.

My first book for young adults- The Half Life of Molly Pierce- will be published on July 8, 2014 by Harper Collins.

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