Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Dreamer by L.E. DeLano @LE_DeLano @XpressoTours

L.E. DeLano
(Traveler #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 10th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

This thrilling sequel to Traveler doles out adventure and heartbreak in equal measure as it takes readers through a kaleidoscope of intricately crafted worlds of wonder, discovery, and danger.

You’re still you no matter where you go.

Jessa has learned the hard way that traveling to alternate dimensions isn’t all delicious, glittering desserts and fancy parties: it also means accidentally running into people she thought she’d never see again. Still mourning a devastating loss, Jessa isn’t really prepared for the arrival of a reckless version of someone she once loved who is now bent on revenge. Add an increasingly complicated relationship with her best friend Ben, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the threat of the multiverse collapsing, and Jessa’s got a lot on her plate. She may be destined to help save an infinite multitude of worlds… but in the end, all Jessa really wants to do is save her friends.

In Dreamer, the young adult fantasy follow up to Traveler, author L. E. DeLano delivers a gripping, emotional story that will leave readers on the edge of their seat.

Guest Post:

"Out of the protagonists you’ve written about so far, which one do you feel you relate to the most?"

The protagonist nearest and dearest to my heart would be Jessa, the main character from TRAVELER and DREAMER. Though in all fairness, Jessa is much braver than I’ve ever was at her age. She’s just as introverted as me – and like me, it’s often to her detriment. She’s built this big, insular bubble of her writing around her because it’s her escape from this often monotonous and frequently exasperating life she thinks she leads. I imagine her like Belle, standing on a hillside; arms flung wide, longing for adventure in the great, wide somewhere.

I grew up in a small town in the desert southwest, and many of my friends had family who had lived there for generations. My father was a military man. He’d traveled the world and even been through a war, so he was happy to settle down and dig some roots. And while my hometown – like much of New Mexico - is steeped in natural beauty, I couldn’t wait to get out of there and really start living my life. I had a big calendar on my bedroom wall and I would cross off every day with a bright red marker until I left for college. It broke my mother’s heart, I’m sure, but that small town life wasn’t my destiny.

Jessa feels like she’s stuck in a perpetual holding pattern until she can graduate and finally live life on her own terms, but everything gets tossed in the air when those life terms are altered drastically. It makes her question all the forces that have come to bear on her life, and the very definition of reality. Worst of all, she questions herself. In DREAMER, we see Jessa take the lessons she was taught in TRAVELER and apply them. She really comes into her own and learns to trust herself – or rather, her selves, and that ends up being the key to everything.

Jessa is the girl I wish I could go back in time and be. She’s the sarcastic adventuring soul who still values the people that ground her. 

Author Bio:

L.E. DeLano is a YA novelist rep’d by Barry Goldblatt Literary agency, author of the upcoming “Traveler” (Swoon Reads/MacMillan 2017) and lifelong writer. Her work has been featured on various online outlets and she lives in Pennsylvania with two very adventurous kids and two very ridiculous cats. In her spare time, she writes (of course) and binge-watches way too much Netflix.