Thursday, April 13, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: The Slope Rules by Melanie Hooyenga @MelanieHoo @yaboundtourspr

The Slope Rules
Melanie Hooyenga
Genre: YA Sports Romance
Release Date: February 24th 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

Fifteen-year old Cally accepted her fate as one of the guys, so when she meets Blake, a hot snowboarder who sees her for more than her aerials on the slopes, she falls fast and hard. But their romance can only last as long as vacation.

Or so she thinks.

A twist of fate—well, her Dad opening another brewery in a new town—lands her in Blake’s school, but the charismatic boy she fell for wants nothing to do with her, and worse, the Snow Bunnies, the popular clique, claim her as their newest recruit.

Cally must learn to be true to herself—all while landing a spot on the ski team and figuring out who she is without her old friends. And when she finds out what Blake is hiding, she learns the rules on the slopes apply to more than just skiing. 

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Guest Post:

Is there an author past or present that may have inspired you to write? If yes please tell us who this author is and how they may have inspired you?

I’ve been a reader for 39 years—thank you Go, Dog, Go! for helping me learn to read—and my reading tastes have constantly changed since then. While I still enjoy an action-packed tale, the last book I read featuring a canine main character was Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. (Be sure to bring tissues if you read it.)

A lot of my fellow writers can name an author who inspired them to become writers, or who inspire them to continue writing as adults. Neil Gaiman, Sue Grafton, Judy Blume… the names of these icons roll off their tongues without hesitation. But for me, it’s a little more complicated. I have a hard time picking a favorite anything (those bank security questions are a nightmare), so since choosing ONE author who shaped me is nearly impossible, here’s a quick run through my inspirations over the years.

If you don’t know the name Francine Connor, you really missed out. Her Sweet Valley High books shaped my adolescence—much to my mother’s dismay—and I spent hours devouring the stories of twins Elizabeth and Jessica and the boys that floated in and out of their lives. I soon moved on to mysteries and literary fiction, but I learned that capturing those moments of first love and first experiences can make your books addictive.

Next came John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell. I relied on my mother’s extensive library from my teens through my early twenties, and they taught me about pacing, character development, and holding a reader’s attention to the final page.

Chick lit became a thing in my mid-twenties, and the first books I purchased on my own were pink, hilarious, and sexy. Jane Green, Helen Fielding, and Sophia Kinsella became my idols. I saw myself in their well-meaning but bumbling characters, and learned that pulling from your own experiences can make a story ring true, no matter how ridiculous the situation. 

As chick lit faded, I bounced around the literary fiction world. Khaled Hosseini, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jodi Picoult shared space on my shelf until the day I discovered young adult fiction. A certain vampire series was big around the time I came up with what would later become my first YA novel Flicker, and after ravaging those, I moved on to Lisa McMann and Jennifer Echols. Then Stephanie Perkins and John Green. Huntley Fitzpatrick, Maggie Stiefvater, Marissa Meyer… you get the idea.
Now that I’m immersed in the world of young adult, I continue to learn from my fellow authors and be amazed with the stories they write. I can only hope that someday a writer will look up to me the same way.

About the Author
While not a fan of matching Day-Glo outfits, Melanie’s been skiing since she was five and always points her tips up while exiting the chairlift. She lives in the land of lake effect snow—also known as west Michigan—with her husband Jeremy and Miniature Schnauzer Owen, and is always looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors. This novel, her fourth, inspired her to purchase her first helmet.

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