Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer Crush: A Multi-author YA Anthology - Blog Tour, Author Interview, and Giveaway

Summer Crush
A Multi-author YA anthology
by Sasha Hibbs, S.D. Wasley, Melissa Frost, 
Diana Stager, Deanna Dee, Bridie Hall
Genre: Upper Young Adult
Release Date: June 22, 2015

Summer Crush: A wonderfully romantic boxed set of Upper YA short stories by today's hottest authors.

Summer is the time for lazy days at the beach, sun-kissed hair, flip-flops, and sizzling nights with a new crush.  Those stolen glances and first kisses can quickly spark a flame. However, the road to love isn’t always a smooth ride.

Every Summer has a story, whether it’s a second chance on love, seeing a friend in a different light, or taking a step in a new direction with someone special. Love and long days create endless possibilities, but can a summer crush really last?

Sutton Summer by Sasha Hibbs 
After breaking Dylan’s heart last year, McKenzie returns to Sutton Lake for another summer. McKenzie realizes love was in front of her the entire time, but is it too late for Dylan to forgive her?

Exquisite Torture by S. D. Wasley 
Stuck at his Gran’s house in a deadbeat town for the entire summer, things suddenly don’t seem so bad when 16 year old Ryan meets gorgeous Connie. But why is she so cagey about where she lives? Is there something more to Connie than he first thought?

Forbidden by Melissa Frost 
The new guy in town has a bad reputation and a bad boy demeanor to go with it. Even so, Olivia can’t help feeling drawn to Gavin. Can she convince her mother he’s not the delinquent everyone believes, or will his past tear them apart?

Borderline Love by Deanna Dee
Nearly drowning wasn’t part of Dalya’s vacation plans. Neither was being rescued by a guy with a perfect six pack and a haunted look in his eyes. Mason reminds Dalya too much of her over- protective older brother, but when he offers to teach her to surf, she can’t say no. Can Dalya get past her frustration with her brother to realize how much Mason means to her?

An Ocean of Their Own by Bridie Hall
Lola spends her days trawling the sand dunes in search of the perfect subject for her art. She finds it in a solitary, beautiful girl. Sarah doesn’t just fill the pages in her sketchbook, she enchants Lola’s heart too. But how can Lola tell her family about Sarah?

I had the pleasure of asking each of the authors a few questions...and here's what they had to say!

What three words would your couple use to describe each other?

S.D. Wasley:
Ryan says about Connie: sweet, brave, short-shorts.
Connie says about Ryan: funny, kind, adorably awkward.

Sasha Hibbs:
Sweet. Honest. Fun.

Melissa Frost:
Forbidden, Misjudged, Understanding

Diana Stager:
Erik would say Jessica is brave, admirable, and sweet.
Jessica would say Erik is hot, sensitive, and patient.

Deanna Dee:
Let’s see.
Dalya would describe Mason as caring, protective (in a good way), and brave.
Mason would probably call Dalya head-strong, crazy (also in a good way), and fun.

Bridie Hall:
Lola would describe Sarah as intense, pensive and passionate.
Sarah, in turn, would describe Lola as artistic, gentle and generous.

Did you use your own first crush experiences when writing your story?

S.D. Wasley:
I certainly used the memories of checking out the local guys when I went on holiday, and making sure I looked nice whenever I went out! I remember how, when you’re crushing on someone, you think about them constantly and will go for long walks and hang around weird places if you think you might even catch a glimpse of them! So, yes, I guess I did use my own first crush experiences to help me write about how Ryan and Connie were feeling.

Sasha Hibbs:
No. But I do have several nieces and nephews that can make a light bulb go off in my head.

Melissa Frost:
Not at all! I was much too shy and quiet to get tangled up with the bad boy. I didn’t get loud and pushy until I was older.

Diana Stager:
I suppose to some extent, though it has admittedly been a long, long time! What stands out in my memory is the fluttering feelings in my stomach when he got too close, and the way even the slightest touch could set my heart pounding. I tried to capture that.

Deanna Dee:
Not really. My first crush was in kindergarten. So, yeah. Lol. Though, even talking about my first teen crush, I was so much shyer than Dalya that our stories aren’t even comparable.

Bridie Hall:
No, there are no autobiographical traits in An Ocean of Their Own. I was trying to write a story about an unstoppable love, about falling for someone despite the circumstances being against it. That was the main inspiration.

If your couple's story was a song, what might it be?

S.D. Wasley:
I’m a Believer by The Monkees

Sasha Hibbs:
Slow It Down by The Lumineers

Melissa Frost:
My story (Forbidden) was meant to be a Romeo and Juliet type story about forbidden love and the challenges that go along with such a rocky relationship. A reviewer of the book said they pictured Taylor Swift’s Love Song as they read the book, and they nailed it! That was exactly what I was going for! I couldn’t have envisioned a better song if I tried, and Taylor is amazing!

Diana Stager:
Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson

Deanna Dee:
Surfing USA?” Seriously, this is a tough one. I don’t know about an entire song, but there are a few lines from My Immortal by Evanescence that fit Boarderline Love really well. “When you cried, I’d wipe away all of your tears. When you’d scream, I’d fight away all of your fears.”

Bridie Hall:
In An Ocean of Their Own, when Sarah and Lola kiss for the first time, Lola thinks of Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl, so maybe that should be Lola’s and Sarah’s song.

Thank you so much to all of you for answering my questions - it looks like there are some very different stories in this set with some great characters! Thanks for being on the blog!

Sasha Hibbs is a nurse living in mountainous West Virginia with her husband, two daughters, and lives in her own imaginary world where she’s plotting her next story.

Diana Stager is a teacher who writes in her spare time and lives with her husband and kids in Ontario, Canada.

Deanna Dee is a full-time writer living in sunny North Carolina, where she takes full advantage of the beach whenever she can.

S.D. Wasley is an author, copywriter and daydreamer living in Western Australia where she wrangles chickens, cats, dogs and children on a daily basis.

Melissa Frost is a young adult author who lives near Pittsburgh PA with her husband, their son Marshall, and their soon to be daughter Adalynn.

Bridie Hall is a translator and editor who spends every free minute writing and reading.

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