Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hope's Journey Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway info

Hope's Journey by Stehpanie Worlton
A couple since their sophomore year, Sydney and Alex are looking forward to graduation and a bright future together. Sydney is straight-A student trying to decide between college scholarships and Alex is a quiet jock preparing to serve a mission. Both active members of the LDS Church, their hopes and dreams painfully fade when they learn that Sydney is pregnant. The very foundations of their faith are shaken, as is their relationship. Separately, they venture through confusion, self-doubt, and failure as they learn the value of forgiveness and try to piece their broken lives back together.

The Trailer:

To learn more about what prompted her to write this, read The Backstory.
Check out what they're saying on Goodreads
Order a signed copy HERE. Or pick up a copy in select stores or online at:
Amazon, Deseret Book, Barnes and Noble, Cedar Fort (ebook)

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About Stephanie from her blog:
Author of Hope's Journey. Stephanie was born with a pen in her hand and a pencil behind her ear. Whether it's writing a novel, painting a mural, designing furniture, or building sometimes just for the sake of building, Stephanie's always got a project in the works. She lives in a quiet Utah suburb with one patient husband, two adorable dogs, three hours of sleep, and four amazing (and equally crazy) children.

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
“A life changing mistake. A soul changing journey.” Because none of us are perfect.

--How did you get the idea for the story?
I have the opportunity to work with a lot of youth and, having had a personal experience with teen-pregnancy, I saw a need that wasn’t getting filled anywhere else. Nowhere could I find a book – religious or otherwise – that dealt with the subject in an honest, blunt, yet approachable way. There’s nothing more powerful than a story that shares the realistic pitfalls and triumphs of ordinary people. If we can learn something from someone else’s mistakes, perhaps we will be less likely to make them on our own.  

--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
Gramms. She is in so many ways my own Grandma whom was such a huge positive influence in my life. She is so quirky and “perfectly imperfect.” Dinner with her would not likely be a boring affair.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Reading, gardening, painting, designing, and being a mom.  I tried to become a runner, but learned how much I really don’t like it, but I love to walk. If I need to clear my head, I will go for a long (like 6-7 mile) walk. I also enjoy 4wheeling, camping, and playing card games with my family.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
 BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! We all come to this world uniquely packaged with our own talents, skills, and traits. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Don’t let other’s define you either. You are great! You are wonderful! Believe in yourself and LOVE yourself enough to make appropriate, brave decisions.

-Top FIVE Book Picks or authors:
5. Anything Nicholas Sparks
4. Hunger Games Series – Susan Collins
3. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
2. The Help – Caroline Stocket
1. Gifted – Karey White

-Five things you wish you knew when you were younger
5. That boys really do define relationships differently than girls do.
4. Real friends aren’t necessarily the coolest people on the block or the ones you have the most in common with. Real friends are the ones who love you despite your imperfections and “uncoolness.”
3. Talents – I wish I knew that I had them.
2. Talents – I wish I’d known what mine were.
1. I wish I’d known that there is some mysterious time-warp that happens as you age. At a certain point – somewhere around that magical 30 mark - years start to morph by at an ever increasing pace. I’d have slowed down and enjoyed my youth so much more fully if I’d understood just how fleeting it was.

-FIVE favorite ways to procrastinate
5. Facebook
4. Read something – Anything! A book, a newspaper, the mail!
3. Long walks…
2. Putting around my yard – planting, weeding, or just observing.
1. Sitting on the porch swing, barefoot legs tucked up under me, while I bask in the sun. 

-Top Five TV shows:
5. Dirty Jobs
4. Restaurant Impossible
3. The Voice
2. Biggest Loser
1. Gold Rush

-Five pet peeves:
5. Lazy people.
4. Messes
3. Rudeness
2. Weeds
1. Time-wasting computer games

Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? CHOCOLATE
Edward or Jacob? JACOB
Hockey or soccer? HOCKEY
Ebook or paper? PAPER
Salty or sweet? SWEET
Beach or mountains? BOTH J
Phone call or email? EMAIL
Early bird or night owl? EARLY BIRD
Dog or cat? DOG
Messy or neat? NEAT
Ninjas or pirates? PIRATES

Giveaway info
  • One autographed copy of "Hope's Journey"
  • Two digital copies of "Hope's Journey" (pdf or epub)
And... as a bonus,  if Kreating Krazy gains 100 followers during the course of the tour, I'll add: 
  • A $25 gift card to Amazon!
Enter HERE
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  1. First off love the cover! It sounds like a really heartfelt story. I am going to add it to my TBR list on Goodreads. Thanks for the doing the guest post, it was fun to read!


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