Saturday, September 26, 2015

Exclusive Giveaway and Interview: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup
High-school radio host Jasmine Torres's life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around. That is, until her brother Danny's latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she's back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother's booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny's future.
Then she meets Wes. He's the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep Jasmine from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her. Jasmine can't control everything, not who wins the internship, not her mother's addiction, not her brother's health, not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but Jasmine may just discover that what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

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Award-winning author Jennifer Walkup is most often found writing, reading, and spending time with her husband and young sons. A member of SCBWI and RWA, Jennifer also works as an editor and creative writing instructor, and is an advocate for Epilepsy awareness.
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The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or  less. THIS ORDINARY LIFE is about a teen dreaming of being radio DJ, while holding her dysfunctional family together & healing her broken heart.

Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
Even though Wes is adorable and would probably have me cracking up with his jokes and antics, I would choose Jasmine if I could. I would love to treat her to a nice dinner and tell her how awesome she is. She deserves to have some fun and relax a little.

Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
I’m working on a few different projects – all YA contemporary. My favorite at the moment is a summer YA where an unlikely duo teams up and tries to lose their real-life fears and worries in one crazy-fun and insightful summer at the beach.

What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
I read a ton! Almost exclusively YA, but I do make exceptions. Right now I’ve been reading lots of contemporary YA, but it comes it waves and sometimes I go on a paranormal, horror, or mystery kick, or throw in some fantasy.

If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
I’d love to visit Wonderland!

Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
 Herbal tea or coffee, and if it’s a tough writing day, a lot of both. I don’t listen to music while I write, but I often listen to music before writing or when I’m revising. Lots of instrumental music and also a fair amount of classic rock.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The power to heal others, no doubt.

Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
I love reading, cooking, and spending time with my family. Being on the beach or hiking in the woods makes me so happy.

What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self?
Push through. No matter what it is or how bad it seems, it will pass. And don’t ever stop dreaming.

 Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
Thank you so very much to everyone who reads my books. I appreciate every single one of you!

>  Lightning round: this or that?
>  Vanilla or chocolate? Vanilla
>  Video or Board Games? Board
>  Summer or Winter? Summer
>  Edward or Jacob? Edward
>  Hockey or soccer? Soccer
>  Ebook or paper? Paper
>  Salty or sweet? Salty
>  Beach or mountains? Beach
>  Phone call or email? Depends on the person, but mostly e-mail.
>  Early bird or night owl? Night owl
>  Dog or cat? Dog
>  Messy or neat? Messy (ish)

>  Ninjas or pirates? Pirates, arrrr!

Giveaway is for: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

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