Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Dream Frequency (Dream Girl #2) by S.J. Lomas @SJLomasAuthor @yaboundtourspr

Dream Frequency
Genre: YA
Release Date: June 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

Christine would never have considered herself new recruit material for a secret U.S. agency. Until recently, she's just been an ordinary girl graduating from high school and wondering if a friendship with Gabriel, a mysterious coworker, would grow into something romantic. When Christine's fascination with Gabriel leads to her discovery of dreamworlds, she learns that she's anything but ordinary. In this thrilling conclusion to Dream Girl, Christine and Gabriel must choose their allegiances and face corruption, conspiracy, and the complexities of love in order to save themselves and everyone who matters to them - or die trying.

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Interview with S.J. Lomas

What inspired you to write Dream Frequency?

I found myself in less than ideal circumstances while writing this book. My publisher for the first book in the duology, decided to no longer publish fiction. That was a huge blow to the writing process. It basically paralyzed me for a few months. I knew no other publisher would want to take on the sequel to a book another publisher had already done so I figured it was useless to continue writing it. I moved on to a new set of characters and an entirely different story. That worked for a couple months but I couldn’t get Christine and Gabriel out of my head. I had a steadfast crew of readers who kept telling me how excited they were to read Dream Frequency and find out how everything ended for the characters. Because of their enthusiasm, I set aside the new project and went back to Dream Frequency. I felt I owed it to them to see the story through and finish what I’d started, even if it wasn’t under the circumstances I’d imagined. Those fans were my inspiration for Dream Frequency and I hope they enjoy the book.

Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in Dream Girl series or what you have planned for the future?

I am finished with my Dream Girl/Dream Frequency characters but I am working on a new contemporary realistic YA novel. I’ve been outlining it and fleshing out my characters all summer and am looking to start my writing regimen in September. It will be a departure from the type of world I set up in these two books, but it will feature family drama, friendship, and love. Those themes will be similar to my other books.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Dream Frequency?

This book is narrated by Christine Davies and Gabriel Gray. Christine has just graduated from high school and is trying to decide how she wants her future to play out. She is an only child from a happy home and she’s looking forward to attending college with her best friends, Tiffany and Daria. She tends to be shy and calm, but she can step up and do what she needs to do. If someone crosses her loved ones, look out!

Gabriel was adopted by the Gray family when he was a baby. He also has a younger sister, Carmen, whom he adores. His family life would have been happier if he hadn’t started getting sucked into a bizarre dreamworld at night. As if bizarre wasn’t bad enough, it also became increasingly dangerous. Unable to explain what was happening to him for fear of coming off as mentally unbalanced, he kept it all to himself and eventually ran away from home to protect his family from his problems. Once he figured out what was causing his dreamworld escapades, he was ready to get that problem under control for good.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

I have several favorite authors for different reasons. Charlotte Bronte is at the top of my list because Jane Eyre is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Every time I read it I get goosebumps. It also amazes me that for the time it was written in, it reads as well as a modern book. (Wuthering Heights, while also a great book is very difficult to read.)

Michael Lawrence is also a favorite. He knows how to tell a good story. (The Withern Rise trilogy and Juby’s Rook are incredible books!) I admire him very much and would love to meet him someday.

Also high on the list are Beth Revis, Jay Asher, Jody Lamb, Monica R. Sholar, and Lang Leav.

If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

Good question! I think I’d choose the past. There are so many fascinating periods in history that I wish I could have seen first hand. On the lighthearted side, I’m a huge Beatles fan. It would be awesome to go back in time and attend a Beatles concert! I wouldn’t mind seeing an Elvis concert as well. Lots of great acts in the 60s that I would have loved to be part of.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Yes! I have a cat, Daisy and a guinea pig, Nibbles. Daisy hates Nibbles, but Nibbles is one of the coolest animals ever. I don’t know why, but there’s nothing as funny as feeding an animal fruits and vegetables. Also, Daisy likes to cuddle up next to me while I’m writing, which is especially nice in the winter.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today.

About the Author

S.J. is a cheerful Michigan girl who writes strange and somewhat dark stories for young adults and those who love to read YA literature.

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