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Monday, July 21, 2014

THE SOUND OF LETTING GO {Blog Tour & Giveaway}

THE SOUND OF LETTING GO Blog Tour: Author Stasia Ward Kehoe chats with Martha Brockenbrough about death, dinosaurs and reading novels in the shade
I’ve just wrapped up a fabulous week at NOVELNOVICE.COM, during which I discussed what happens FIVE MONTHS AFTER a novel is published, the writing process, my over-expressive eyebrows and other vital topics. Now, I’m thrilled to be taking my THE SOUND OF LETTING GO Summer Blog Tour (click that, you know, ‘cuz there are giveaways) on a virtual summer road trip with some of the most talented, wonderful and hilarious writers I know.
Today, I'm soaking in the computer monitor luminescence sunshine with MARTHA BROCKENBROUGH, author of everything from YA novels about lost souls to picture books about loose-tooth-coveting prehistoric critters. (Note that I’m worried Martha will see this introduction with its strike-throughs, hyphens and parentheticals as (since?) she is also a grammarian of the highest order. Moving on…
SWK: Where have we set up our fantasy beach chairs?
MARTHA: Why, Stasia, I thought you'd know from the marble statue that washed up on the beach that we're in Santorini.

SWK: Ahhh. Greece. I hear it’s hot there in the summer. What are we drinking?
MARTHA: It's late afternoon, so we are drinking seltzer. But later tonight, we're going to a rooftop club with a lot of German tourists and we're going to drink white Russians with them and explain that America is not like a Transformers movie. Usually.

SWK: I’m going to have to argue with you on that point. My life is EXACTLY like a Transformers movie. Especially the most recent one with Mark Wahlberg. Yeah, we hang out together all the time. But, I digress. On to angsty author questions. What is writer-you doing to drain the joy from your summer?
MARTHA: Right now, I am supposed to be finishing line edits for my book that comes out next summer, THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH. It's about two young jazz singers in Seattle who fall in love in 1937, without realizing they're pawns in a game played by Love and Death themselves. 

SWK: Holy, jazz plus my favorite city plus 1937 (the year Amelia Earhart disappeared and the Hindenburg blew up)! I know it’s stressing you out but I MUST read that book. But, if you do need a break, what puts some joy back into your summer?
MARTHA: Long, warm days filled with hours spent outside, reading novels in the shade. 

If you must know more about imperfect angels, prehistoric fairies and 1937, consider stalking Martha on Facebook or Twitter!


For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.

But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How can she know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?

About Stasia Ward Kehoe:

Stasia Ward Kehoe grew up dreaming of becoming a professional ballerina but she didn't grow quite enough (she is 5'4") or have sufficiently good knees (they are peppered with surgery scars) to achieve this goal. Instead, she went to Georgetown University from which she received a semi-unintentional BA in English. After working at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Random House Publishing in New York, City, and receiving her MA in Performance Studies from New York University, she married a dude who looks just like Clark Kent (the hot geek who turns into Superman), had four awesome sons, and moved to the Pacific Northwest where she now lives. She then started writing with a vengeance, publishing her first young adult novel, AUDITION, in 2011. She advises not being too specific in your long-term goals however, if you decide to write a book, sit on your backside and don't get up until you have (a) died of starvation or (b) written the words "the end." THE SOUND OF LETTING GO is her second novel and her short-term plan is to write another so, as you read this bio, she's likely got her fingers glued to a keyboard. Stasia also enjoys artichokes, chocolate (but, come on, who doesn't?), parentheticals (obviously) and turning on her car to an explosion of pop music because the last person to drive it was one of her teenagers--especially if the song is about heartache and healing and has a good dance beat.


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