Saturday, 31 May 2014

BLOG TOUR!! Just Sing by Rene Gilley

Just Sing (Seven Oaks #1)
Released: 5 June 2014
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop
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At the Other End:
Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a top notch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.

But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.

Author Bio:
By day, René Gilley works as a portfolio manager for a Fortune 50 company, but her nights and weekends are spent writing young adult and new adult romance books. Her brain never shuts off—always dreaming up new situations her characters can get into. 

Her California home is often the backdrop for her books. Her debut novel, Just Sing of the SEVEN OAKS SERIES, was years in the making. Like her character, René seeing Just Sing being published is a dream come true.

She’s a wife, mother to two beautiful daughters, and four dogs. She’s proud to be a triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor and believes in giving back through book profits to charities that support breast cancer. 
Find Rene:

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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
I worked and still work at a fortune fifty corporation as my day job. I’m a portfolio manager, it’s like a cross between a project and finance manager.
I love reading and impatiently waiting for Blood Promise by Richelle Mead to come out, I was doing a search and discovered Fan Fiction. I started reading and then one day decided to write my own stories. I went to the Romantic Times convention in Los Angeles with a friend and took a beginning writer’s workshop. I was hooked and from then on, with all my free time I write.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
A combination of a few things. I wrote a short story with a different setting, with a couple I fell in love with, Aiden and Lily. I liked them so much I wanted to build a series around them. I used to work in entertainment industry and I live in LA, so the singing theme was inspired by that. I grew up in a small Northern California town like Hilltop.  Mix that all up and you have Just Sing.

You are a triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor and you have decided to give some of your profits from Just Sing to a cancer foundation. How has this experience affected your life and your writing?
My cancer journey and my writing journey are parallel. I got the email TWCS wanted to offer me a contract and 45 minutes later my surgeon called to tell me my biopsy was positive for cancer and I needed to come in to discuss options for treatment. I was on the right track, but life is short and you should do what you love. I have stories in me and it’s my wish to share them with the world and bring my characters to life. Surviving breast cancer intensifies this view of life and doing what you love.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
I don’t appreciate it when people attack authors, there’s just no need for that kind of behavior. But Writing and preferences are subjective, so I understand mixed reviews on items and appreciate personal likings. Negative and hurtful reviews will be tough to take, but I will try to pick out the constructive criticism and grow as an author. My goal is to write the story I want to read and I don’t think that will ever change no matter what a review states.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
Just Sing was my first book. It took about 3 months to write it and 3 months to edit. Then I took a class and did a rewrite, that took another 3 months. So about 9 months, but with each book my speed is increasing and my process is becoming more streamlined.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
When we decided on the final artwork, I was in love. I absolutely love my cover. It conveys the feel I want to reader to have when they read the book and get in Lily’s head.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

Yes, right now, book II of the Seven Oaks Series, called Going home. I’m also writing a new adult story about a teen single mom who has a deaf son that lost his hearing since he was a preemie.
For the future, I have many books planned out, I just need to find the time to write them. They’re all good, I promise ;)

8. Top 5 books

Off the top of my  head…
  • Forever by Judy Blume
  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  • Here Without You by Tammara Webber
  • I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
Judy Blume is my all-time favorite author, so I wish I wrote her book Forever. It’s such an amazing, timeless story. Judy Blume did New Adult and Young Adult before they were popular, she’s amazing.

10. Why read your novel?

For me it’s about escaping. I love to get lost in the world of the novel and experience things with the main character.

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  1. That was a really good interview! I applaud the author for being a cancer survivor, and giving some of her proceeds to a foundation. She must truly be so strong-willed and full of positivity to endure all of that with a brave face - I know for myself that if I were in her shoes I probably would have felt very defeated. As for me, I'm all for the escape we get in books, and I hope to get it from this one too when I check it out!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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    1. Anytime :) Loved having you on the blog! Thanks for the amazing interview


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