Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lisa McMann Blog Tour: Author Spotlight and Interview

Hey Everyone! I'm happy to have New York Times bestselling author, Lisa McMann visit the blog today, to answer some questions and reveal an excerpt from her latest release CRASH, which is now available for purchase here!

Here's a little information on Crash:

by: Lisa McMann
Release Date: Jan. 8th/13.
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ARC received from Publisher
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Timesbestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more shesees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

Here's an excerpt from Chapter 1:
My sophomore psych teacher, Mr. Polselli, says knowledge is crucial to understanding the workings of the human brain, but I swear to dog, I don’t want any more knowledge about this.
Every few days I see it. Sometimes it’s just a picture, like on that billboard we pass on the way to school. And other times it’s moving, like on a screen. A careening truck hits a building and explodes. Then nine body bags in the snow.
It’s like a movie trailer with no sound, no credits. And nobody sees it but me.
• • •
Some days after psych class I hang around by the door of Mr. Polselli’s room for a minute, thinking that if I have a mental illness, he’s the one who’ll be able to tell me. But every time I almost mention it, it sounds too weird to say. So, uh, Mr. Polselli, when other people see the “turn off your cell phones” screen in the movie theater, I see an extra five-second movie trailer. Er . . . and did I mention I see stills of it on the billboard by my house? You see Jose Cuervo, I see a truck hitting a building and everything exploding. Is that normal?
The first time was in the theater on the one holiday that our parents don’t make us work—Christmas Day. I poked my younger sister, Rowan. “Did you see that?”
She did this eyebrow thing that basically says she thinks I’m an idiot. “See what?”
“The explosion,” I said softly.
“You’re on drugs.” Rowan turned to our older brother, Trey, and said, “Jules is on drugs.”
Trey leaned over Rowan to look at me. “Don’t do drugs,” he said seriously. “Our family has enough problems.”
I rolled my eyes and sat back in my seat as the real movie trailers started. “No kidding,” I muttered. And I reasoned with myself. The day before I’d almost been robbed while doing a pizza delivery. Maybe I was still traumatized.
I just wanted to forget about it all.
But then on MLK Day this stupid vision thing decided to get personal.

Now please join me in welcoming Lisa to the blog!
1) Jules' narrative is full of wit and hilarity, what inspired you to write such a snarky heroine?
Jules and her siblings talk a lot like my husband and I and our two teenagers talk. We're a house full of snark. There's a line that Trey says during one of the Trey/Jules banters -- the one about Harry Potter and boobies. That came word for word from a conversation I had with my 18-year-old son.

 2) The ending of Crash left us with a surprising plot twist, can we expect more surprises in book 2?
I hope you will think of them that way! I am very fond of the surprising plot twist. And another surprise with book 2 (BANG) is that it'll be out this year too! Watch for it Oct 8. Did you see how I did that, not making you wait a whole year for the next one?

3) Will Jules and Sawyer's family ever sit down, all-together, for a fun Italian dinner?
I wouldn't bet money on this happening. But then again, you never know. :)

Thanks so much for your thoughtful and entertaining answers Lisa!

But Wait! Before you go, check out the cover for book 2 in McMann's Visions series, which will be available in October of this year!
What do you think? I love it, but I'm always partial to green (as I'm sure you can see from my blog haha)

Happy Reading!!!

Special thanks to Lisa and Simon and Schuster Canada for allowing me to participate in this tour!

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