Today is my day on the Perfect Clouds YA Virtual Book Tour. I hope you’ve been following along with the tour because there’s a really cool puzzle going on that’s building up to a final reveal! Also, don’t forget to enter for the awesome giveaway. But first, some info on these two awesome books and their lovely authors!
Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus
I live in the in between. Between what if and what is. It’s how I manage. It’s the only way I know. Everyone has their way. This is mine.
When high school, cell phone disruption forces a classroom ban, the words on a Post-it note spark a sticky romance between two unlikely friends. Transfer student Talia Vanderbilt has one goal at her new school: to blend in with the walls. Lagan Desai, basketball captain and mathlete, would do just about anything to befriend the new girl. One Post-it note at a time, Lagan persuades Talia to peel back her heart, revealing her treasure chest of pain—an absent mother, a bedridden brother, and an abusive father. In a world where hurt is inevitable, the two teens search for a safe place to weather the storms of life. Together.
Rajdeep decided to be a writer during her junior year in high school after her English teacher gave her an “F” but told her she had potential. She studied English Literature at Northwestern University, and she writes masala-marinated, Young Adult Fiction, blogging weekly at In Search of Waterfalls at http://rajdeeppaulus.com/.
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Rajdeep here: On Lips…
Talia hates her lips. On the contrary, my aunt once told me I have perfect lips for kissing. Mind you, I was not even a teen at the time and didn’t quite know what to do with the compliment. Not to mention, I grew up in a culture that didn’t condone dating and the like. You don’t fall in love. Rather, you learn to love the person you marry. Which once you’ve been married for several years, you realize they weren’t so wrong after all. Because you’re always learning how to love that one person creatively, faithfully and fully.
But about lips, nowadays, I have discovered that if I want Angelina Jolie lips, all I have to do is pop some Neprosin. Three times a charm before I finally realized what I was allergic too!
PERFECT GLASS INFORMATION – Laura Anderson Kurk
Things get messy when Meg Kavanagh gets involved—first with Jo Russell, the eccentric old artist, and then with Quinn O’Neill, the intriguing loner who can’t hide how he feels about Meg. Her senior year isn’t turning out like she planned it, but sometimes the best parts of life happen in the in-between moments. And Henry will be home soon, right?
He commits to one year in an orphanage that needs him more than he ever dreamed. Thousands of miles from Meg and the new punk who has fallen for her, and absent from the ranch that’s in his blood, Henry Whitmire finds out what it means to trust. When you’re so far from home, it’s terrifying to realize you’re not who you thought. But the perfect glass of calamity makes the best mirror.
An identity crisis, long distance love, new temptation, and growing pains teach Henry and Meg how to hang onto each other and to what really matters.
From YA author Laura Anderson Kurk comes the sequel to Glass Girl, a lyrical, multi-generational story about love that teaches, loss that haunts empty rooms, and reunions that feel like redemption.
Behind the Scenes
The University of Wyoming
I’ve worked myself into a little obsession with the University of Wyoming in Laramie because I’ve viewed it through my characters’ eyes for so long. Henry has always known he’d go to UW (UDub) and Meg becomes convinced when she learns they’ll let a few freshmen into a graduate level creative writing program. In all honesty, that part about the creative writing program came out of my imagination. It’s not something UDub does, but wouldn’t it be cool?
The University of Wyoming was founded in 1886 when Wyoming was still a territory. Here’s a cool fact—Wyoming is known as the “equality state” and UW admitted women and hired women faculty from the moment it opened its doors.
One of your favorite YA authors, Wyoming-native Cat Patrick (Forgotten, Revived, The Originals), graduated from UW and loves to talk about her alma mater. She was on the dance team at UW, so when I asked her about her school, she said it set off a dance routine in her head to “Ragtime Cowboy Joe,” the school song.
Cat said that because there are no professional sports teams in Wyoming, UW has a massive state following that stands behind its football and basketball teams. Go Pokes! They’re known as the UW Cowboys, with the most awesome logo ever – a saddle-bronc rider in mid-buck.
In both Glass Girl and Perfect Glass, I lean heavily on the cowboy influence in Wyoming and give UW a cowboy appeal, but Cat tells me that it’s not necessarily the case. “Not that a student in boots wouldn’t be welcome or common,” she said. “It’s just that the stereotype of the cowboy at the university doesn’t hold up anymore.”
Laura Anderson Kurk writes unconventional and bittersweet contemporary YA. Her debut novel, Glass Girl, and its sequel, Perfect Glass, are available now from Playlist Young Adult Fiction. Laura lives in Texas with her husband and two children.
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For those following along and picking up the clues, let’s see what we have for you today……
TODAY’S SECRET LETTER
FOR PERFECT GLASS IS…..
Drum Roll Please
THE POST IT NOTE FOR SWIMMING THROUGH CLOUDS IS…
Let’s hear some cheering…
Now for the….
AND TO FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE TOUR
AND THE CLUES…
(Don’t worry if you are just starting out, you can go back and catch all the clues!)
Saturday, June 1 – Laura Anderson Kurk
Sunday, June 2 – Rajdeep Paulus
Monday, June 3 – Melanie Brasher
Tuesday, June 4 – Tessa Emily Hall
Wednesday, June 5 – Melissa Tagg
Thursday, June 6 – ReganStar McBeigh
Friday, June 7 – April Hamrick
Monday, June 10 – Diana Garner
Tuesday, June11 – Stephanie Karfelt
Wednesday, June 12 – Bethany Baldwin
Thursday, June 13 – Kim Vandel
Friday, June 14 – Sarah Tipton
Monday, June 17 – Jennifer Watrous
Tuesday, June 18 – Marni Jarman ⬅ YOU ARE HERE!
Wednesday, June 19 – Peggy Warren
Thursday, June 20 – Bethany Jett
Friday, June 21 – Cynthia Toney
Monday, June 24 – Summer Andrews
Tuesday, June 25 – Arlette Geuverink
Wednesday, June 26 – Jennifer Murgia
Thursday, June 27 – JoJo Sutis