Perfect Clouds YA Virtual Book Tour + Giveaway (Check For The Clues!)

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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

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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.

Author Bio: 

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/.3

Come Hang out with Rajdeep Paulus on:

Website * Twitter * Facebook * Instagram * Goodreads * Pinterest

Fun Facts about Swimming Through Clouds:

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

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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.

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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.”

Author Bio:

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 7Fiction. Laura lives in Texas with her husband and two children.

Buy the Book Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Glass-Young-sequel-ebook/dp/B00D0YFQ6Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369704752&sr=8-1&keywords=perfect+glass+kurk

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/320034

Author Social Media Links:

Website * Twitter * Facebook * Pinterest * Playlist Fiction * Goodreads * Amazon author page

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

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AND

THE POST IT NOTE FOR SWIMMING THROUGH CLOUDS IS

Let’s hear some cheering…

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Now for the….

GIVEAWAY!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

 

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4 thoughts on “Perfect Clouds YA Virtual Book Tour + Giveaway (Check For The Clues!)

    Laura Anderson Kurk said:
    June 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    I love this! Thanks so much for being a tour stop. I am in love with your blog banner, too. Are you the artist? It’s so gorgeous!

    marnij responded:
    June 18, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Laura…thank you for your kind words. Hey, you and Rajdeep did all the work! Now..the banner…so NOT the artists! LOL! I’m more the stick figure type of artist.

    Rajdeep Paulus said:
    June 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Thanks so much Marni!! You did a beautiful job piecing all the parts together! And personallly, I think Stick Figures ROCK! 🙂 -raj

    […] Tuesday, June 18 – Marni Jarman […]

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