I am SO excited to be a part of the Earthbound blog tour! I am a big fan of Aprilynne Pike and I can't wait to share her guest post with you guys. If you missed my review of Earthbound, you can check it out here.
ABOUT EARTHBOUND: #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike has created a heart-stopping romance built on a love triangle like you’ve never seen before and filled with epic stakes and a centuries-long conspiracy. Give it to fans of Beautiful Creatures and Nightshade. Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.
Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents' death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them--and that she may have been the true intended victim--she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.
Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.
Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn't know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson's love. And that's the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she'd never do.
We pretty much can’t WAIT for everyone to read Aprilynne Pike’s latest book, Earthbound. To celebrate the start of a brand new saga, follow along the Earthbound blog tour to find out inside scoop from Aprilynne. We’ll also reveal an image from our beautiful Earthbound fortune-video (yes, it’s a thing) at each stop. Follow us all the way to the end, when we’ll reveal the full video on the Penguin Teen Tumblr!
GUEST POST FROM APRILYNNE PIKE:
I have, for years, told readers that there are two things you will always find in my books: Magic and Kissing. (Actually, that’s the title of my Tumblr!) I’ve also confessed to not being a big fan of Middle Grade novels for the simple reason that there’s not enough kissing. And when there is, it’s like eleven year olds!! Ew! No thank you, friend!
Some of my books have a lot of kissing and a very little bit of magic (Life After Theft) and some have a lot of magic and less kissing (Wings) and some have a whole lot of magic AND a whole lot of kissing! (I actually nick-named Illusions “The Kissing Book.”)
Um, let’s just say that Earthbound falls into that final category. :D
When I read fiction, I generally like it to be larger than life. OTHERWISE I’D READ NON-FICTION.:) I read a lot of historical romance, actually. And you may cry out, “Wait! There’s no magic in historicals!” And technically you’d be right. But history feels like it’s own kind of magic because it’s like time travel. (It’s totally works, trust me.) I like stories about the past or the future, about the possibility of supernatural creatures, about spells and magic and enchantments! I always have. So when I started writing, there was never any doubt that I would be telling that kind of story.
The wonderful thing about being an author is that you always get to write the story you want to read. The story you wish existed when you were a teenager. Young Adult has had a huge influx of adult readers in the last decade, particularly following the extreme popularity of both Harry Potter and Twilight. And trust me, I think that’s great.
But the truth is, it’s just a perk for me. I write my stories for teens. I once received quite a negative review of Wings that ended with a statement something along the lines of, “I probably would have liked it if I were a twelve-year-old.” And I shrugged and was no longer bothered by the review. Because Iwrite for twelve years olds! In many ways, I write for twelve-year-old me! And twelve-year-old me loved magic.
And kissing. I like to tell people that I am a Romance writer with a capital R! And I am not ashamed of that! As the market moves around and critics cry out the death knell of Paranormal Romance for YA, I dig my heels in and proclaim that I don’t care. Because surely, surely, there are teens out there who, like me, are searching for books about magic and kissing. And I intend to write them books full of both. The kind of book I was looking for when I was a teen.
ABOUT APRILYNNE: Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates. Aprilynne Pike's #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever... You can find Aprilynne on her Facebook and her website.