Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Jadeite's Journey by Lucinda Stein @lucindakstein @yaboundtourspr

Jadeite's Journey
Lucinda Stein
Genre: YA Scifi
Release date: January 2017
Inkspell Publishing


When romance turns deadly…

Jadeite’s perfect world comes crashing down on her. In the futuristic world of United Society, her only problem has been how to act around the cute boy on the air shuttle. But Jadeite’s world changes when she comes across a man who looks alarmingly like her father. Clones were declared illegal years ago. When she sees her father, a robotic engineer, headed to the Dark Edge of United Society, she follows him and uncovers her father’s secret life.

Jadeite shadows her father past the boundary of United Society and into a primitive world of canyons and high deserts. She learns her father is a Ridge Runner passing between the two worlds. Even more alarming, she discovers her younger brother, Malachite, is sick and requires medicine only available from over the Ridge. After her father is arrested, Jadeite takes his place in order to save her brother’s life.

But her world turns even more precarious after she breaks up with her obsessive boyfriend, Mattie. Jadeite soon learns his threats are more than words, and she finds her life is in jeopardy.

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Interview with Lucinda Stein

What inspired you to write Jadeite’s Journey?

With all the trouble in the world, I thought about the future. Would technology eliminate the problems we currently have? On this premise, I began writing the story. However, technology can’t control the minds and hearts of people, and that’s where this story leads the reader.

Sometimes the smallest detail can prod me into a story. I remember a coworker telling me that when she was small she couldn’t tell her father from his twin brother unless she came close enough to smell his cologne. That tiny detail gave me the idea for clones.

When or what age did you know you wanted to be an author?

My mother told me my third-grade teacher said I would be a writer. To this day, I don’t know why she said that. When my children were young, I don’t remember writing. I dabbled in writing on and off through the years, but it wasn’t until I researched and wrote a historical novel that I was hooked on writing. Then there was no stopping me.

When is the earliest age you remember reading?

I remember reading Little Golden Books with their stiff covers at age five or six.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I read a wide span of genres, but I especially enjoy magical realism.

What is your favorite book?

Don’t make me choose! Some of my favorites: Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, and Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I often find myself disappointed with the next book written by the author of a book I loved. The magic just isn’t repeated. (I’m talking about stand alones here.) Bonnie Jo Campbell’s novels have proved to be a satisfying exception. I loved Once Upon a River and her following book, Q Road.

If you could travel back in time here on earth, where would you go and why?

I would love to visit the Anasazi cliff dwellers and ask why they disappeared from Mesa Verde.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

That varies. When I start a book, it usually moves quickly at first. Then I reach a point where I need to really think about what comes next. There are times I actually have to pause and give myself several days before an idea comes to me. I enjoy the revision stage the most. Guess I prefer polishing to brainstorming.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends?

I have a rather large fuzzy friend named Opie. He was a shelter-rescue dog we adopted as a puppy. The owner of his mother moved and abandoned the pregnant dog. Can you imagine leaving a dog without water or food? Luckily, someone discovered her and her pups. Opie is a mix of Doberman and Weimaraner, but he looks like the latter and has a beautiful taupe color.
What is your “to die for” food/foods to eat?

King crab—a rare treat, the best ribs at Smokin’ Johnny’s in South Dakota, and world famous almond toffee from Enstrom’s in Colorado.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to be an author?

Read the best quality books you can find. Study your favorite writers—their word choice and descriptions, how they show emotion and add story conflict. Locate recommended writing books and join a writer’s group. If you’re serious about writing, find a healthy critique group that genuinely wants to help you grow by constructive criticism. If several writers in the group voice the same concerns, take their comments seriously. Writing is hard work and if you truly want to be a writer, you must be willing to learn from your mistakes and take advice. The more I learn about writing, the more I realize it’s a lifelong pursuit.

About the Author:
A school librarian for over twenty years, Stein now writes fulltime. Sanctuary: Family, Friends, & Strangers was a 2015 Colorado Book Award finalist. Three Threads Woven, was a 2010 WILLA Finalist. Her story, Sulfur Springs, won First Place in the 2011 LAURA Short Fiction competition. Her stories have appeared in Pooled Ink, The South Dakota Review, Fine Lines, and Women Writing the West online.
When not writing, she hikes desert canyons and alpine trails. She loves anything vintage, her shelter-rescued dog, Opie, and, most of all, her husband, Rob.

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