The amazing book tour for STARR GONE is over. In case you missed any post, here are the highlights as well as the links to see the post in full:
My Library Card Wore Out – Excerpt
My arms flail wildly searching for something, anything to hold on to. Her reaction doesn’t make any sense. I thought she was dead. I thought she and Jody were dead. I mourned for them. I vowed to avenge their deaths. We should be celebrating not fighting.
Mythical Books – Top 10 Don’ts in a YA Story
Don’t stereotype. Period. Need more of an explanation? Your characters are representative of REAL people. Real people deserve real identities. Treat your characters as you would the humans of the world. Be real people. Do better.
Between the Pages – Interview
[Inspiration for Starr’s Character] Starr’s a little bit of me from high school or at least the seventeen-year old girl I wanted to be. She’s together. She’s opinionated. She’s loving and she cares passionately. She kicks ass in school, but when the Organization decides they want her as assassin, she needs to figure out who she is and what she wants. In Starr Lost, Starr forms her own team, and they make a number of startling discoveries including who or what is behind the Organization. Starr thinks she’s beginning to make sense out of chaos. She’s wrong. In Starr Gone, she smashes into brick wall after brick wall. Her character, her friendships, and her relationship with Christian are put to the ultimate test. Will she snap and become the assassin General Treadwell wants her to be? I’ll never tell.
CGB Blog Tours – Excerpt
I lift the hoodie away from the wound. Blood slowly seeps out, but it’s not the geyser of a few minutes ago when Starr was still here, when Frank professed his undying love for her. She would have stayed. She would never have left Frank’s side. If not for Christian physically removing her, she’d be here still. She would have risked it all—her life, her freedom for Frank, but she won’t be a martyr. Not with her team here.
YA Insider – Review
Please give me a second to compose myself! I was not prepared for this… I’m still trying to process! Holy crap! Sigh… *Deep breath*
This book is quite the page turner! It kept me on the edge of my seat, had me feeling a range of emotions, needing to know what happens next. The character development was outstanding!
Cali Book Reviews – Character Interview
[One thing you would change, if you could] The day I showed up to take the Leadership exam is the day my life changed forever. For weeks I couldn’t get past the idea that if I skipped the test, my life would have remained the same but that’s not true—General Treadwell and the Organization would have found another way to bring me in. They are not going to rest until I become the assassin they want me to be. But right now, I wish that I never fell for Christian. I don’t know if I can ever forgive him for what he did to me.
Zerina Blossom’s Books – Fun Facts
Kissing & Pizza:
• Starr either kisses or thinks about kissing 27 times. Well, it’s not all Starr and Christian kissing. Two others pair off too, but you’ll have to read Starr Gone to find out what romance blooms.
• Pizza was used 18 times. Jude promised the team New York style pizza while at their headquarters in Asheville, NC. They never got to try it. I’ll never tell why though.
• Wig: 8 times. A beauty salon session and a razor. A character is forced to wear a wig. Can you guess who?
Random Thoughts from a Tech Nerd – Excerpt
“Please don’t go,” I whisper and throw my arms around him. I find his lips with a wild desire never to let him go. I know it’s silly. He’s just going for pizza, but the way my life’s been rolling lately, I’m not taking any chances.
A New Look on Books – Top 10 Things Starr Learned
Sometimes the boy who gives you the dirty looks really does have a crush on you. He might be 17 but he still acts like an immature twit.
Boys are complications, but Starr decides complications are sometimes worth it.
There’s always a backstory and a side story and a half dozen behind the scenes stories going on.
Pictures don’t tell the whole story.
The truth is not always written in black and white.
Kissing boys is nice. Kicking ass is much better.
Between the Pages – Excerpt
In stalks Sami and Jody. I knew Treadwell planned to thrust us together, but the last time I saw them, they were lip-locked with the boy I thought was the great love of my life. The room suddenly feels cramped like there’s no escape from the reality of it.
– Meggan Turner, Goodreads Reviewer
Giveaway – EXTENDED until June 22
$10 Amazon Gift Card, Starr Gone Paperback and Swag