May 31, 2019

No Place Like Here Blog Tour: Author Guest Post + Giveaway

No Place Like Here
Author: Christina June
Genre: YA Contemporary/Retelling
Release Date: May 21, 2019 
Publisher: BLINK


Ashlyn Zanotti has big plans for the summer. She’s just spent a year at boarding school and can’t wait to get home. But when Ashlyn’s father is arrested for tax evasion and her mother enters a rehab facility for “exhaustion,” a.k.a. depression, her life is turned upside down.

The cherry on top? Ashlyn’s father sends her to work with a cousin she doesn’t even know at a rustic team-building retreat center in the middle of nowhere. A self-proclaimed “indoor girl,” not even Ash’s habit of leaving breadcrumb quotes—inspirational sayings she scribbles everywhere—can help her cope.

With a dangerously careless camp manager doling out grunt work, an overbearing father trying to control her even from prison, and more than a little boy drama to struggle with, the summer is full of challenges. And Ashlyn must make the toughest decision of her life: keep quiet and follow her dad’s marching orders, or find the courage to finally stand up to her father to have any hope of finding her way back home.
Best Writing Advice I've Ever Received

My best advice used to be to read.  You can be a writer if you haven’t taken formal classes—I haven’t—but I don’t believe you can write unless you read.  A writer needs to understand story and character and pacing, and it’s hard to do that if you haven’t read many, many examples.  I still stand by that advice, but lately it’s becoming clear that there are a lot of writers who just give up.  They don’t’ think they’re good enough, they are afraid of critics, they think they don’t have enough ideas, they struggle with follow-through, etc, etc, etc.  So my new favorite advice is to finish the thing.  Being able to write “the end” on a novel, a story, a poem, a picture book, whatever, is a very powerful thing.  And once you do it, you prove it to yourself that you could.  And doing it once means you can do it again.  Write without fear and get to the end because the world needs your words.
Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and daughter.
(5) Finished copies of No Place Like Here + book poster (USA only)
Starts: 5/27/19
Ends: 6/7/19

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