Google+ Reading Teen: In Which I am Famous and Leila Sales Interviews Me! \\ And a TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS Giveaway

Saturday, September 12, 2015

In Which I am Famous and Leila Sales Interviews Me! \\ And a TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS Giveaway

So, apparently I'm so famous that Leila Sales, author of TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS, wants to interview me. I mean, I told her I was really busy, and I didn't know if I could fit her in, but she begged, and started crying a little, so I said I would.

See? I still remember the little people!

Ok, that's not exactly how it happened. BUT, she really is interviewing me! Exciting! Check it out and don't forget the giveaway at the end (as if you would . . . )

    <Leila: What's the hardest part about being a blogger?

    Andye: I think the hardest part is balancing all the different aspects of book blogging, while remembering why you started in the first place. Publishers want you to review ALL THE THINGS, but readers like hearing about you, and what you're going through (mostly as it relates to bookish things). There's 1500 different social media outlets to keep up with, ARCs coming out of your eyeballs, new bookish happenings you're trying stay informed about, and really all you want to do is curl up in a ball and read.

    Leila: In TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS Peter purposefully keeps his blog a secret from his friends and family so he can write whatever he wants about them. What do your friends and family think about your blog? Do they read it and comment on it?
    Andye: I'm strange in that I really keep my blog separate from my "real" life. Sometimes I feel like I'm living two different lives (I even have different names!). Of course my family and close friends know, and people that are interested in YA seem to find me, but most of the people I know just don't really get it. That's why I'm so happy to have found such an awesome community of book lovers to become friends with. Especially my YADC squad! HOLLA!

    Leila: What's your favorite comment you've ever gotten?
    >Andye: I've gotten the same, or a similar comment quite a few times over the years (almost 6!) and every time I get it, it makes me feel validated and happy.

    "I really needed this right now."

    What more can you ask for? *sniffs*

    Leila: Have you ever written a blog post that you later regretted?

    Andye: I can't think of any I've ever regretted afterward. There have been a few that I was nervous about clicking "publish" on, but I've always had so much support. I've really never had anyone comment in a rude or unfriendly way. I know I'm SO lucky to be able to say that. Especially with some of my more opinionated "Conversation Starters." Recently I did a post titled 8 Reasons I Won't Visit Your Blog, which I thought might get some people upset, but if they were, they didn't tell me about it! :P

    Leila: What's one thing you wish all your readers knew?

    Andye: OMG this question is stressing me out. Haha! I DON'T KNOW!!! Um, that I tend to shut down if I'm overwhelmed by a question?

    Ok, how about this: I wish all you all knew how much you have meant to me for the past 5 1/2 years. Blogging has absolutely changed my life in so many ways. I've seen different readers come and go, and every one of you is dear to me. You've given me encouragement, laughter, stimulating conversation and friendship. I'll never forget how amazing this time in my life has been because of you.

    Thanks Leila for your thoughtful questions, even if I did get a little stressed out about that last one. ;)  I wish you the best of luck with your new masterpiece!

    by Leila Sales
    Age Range: 12 - 18 years
    Hardcover: 352 pages
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 15, 2015)
    Goodreads | Amazon

    Recklessly loyal. That's how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she's grown resentful of everyone--including her needy best friend and her absent mom--taking her loyalty for granted.

    Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to get her in a way that no one else does, and he hasn't even met her.
    Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him.

    During one crazy night out in New York City filled with parties, dancing, and music--the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does--Arden discovers that Peter isn't exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn't exactly who she thought she was, either. 
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    Full Blog Tour Schedule
    September 1- Reader of Fictions
    September 3- Ticket to Anywhere
    September 4- Alexa Loves Books
    September 5- The Book Cellar
    September 6- The Irish Banana
    September 8-Supernatural Snark
    September 9- The Compulsive Reader
    September 10- Miss Print
    September 11- Book Rock Betty
    September 12-Reading Teen
    September 13- Ageless Pages Reviews
    September 14-Perpetual Page Turner
    September 15- Books and Whimsy
    September 16- Fierce Reads (formerly known as Mac Teen Books!)

    Details on September 19 Promotion:

    Tonight we adventure.
    Tonight we make dreams come true.
    Tonight this town belongs to us.

    On Saturday, September 19, starting at sundown and going as late as you want, do something fun, make a record of it, and share it with the world. Using the hashtag #TonightTheStreetsAreOurs, instagram or tweet whatever happens in your night. If you're going to a party, aimlessly driving around with friends, or watching a movie alone in your PJs, we want to hear about it.

    Here's why: We're celebrating the launch of Leila Sales's novel TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS, the story of a 17-year-old girl who goes on an epic all-night road trip to NYC with her best friend in pursuit of her favorite blogger. It's the sort of night where anything can happen, and almost everything does.

    Now it's your turn. Whatever you're doing with your night, wherever you live, however old you are: you're invited. Leila will be livestreaming her own nighttime adventures so you can join her remotely (link to be posted here). Or just do your own thing and post it online. We are all in this together. #TonightTheStreetsAreOurs.

    As we gear up for the big night, invite your friends, and leave a comment below with a story about some amazing night when the streets were yours. One lucky commenter on this page and three people who participate in the event on September 19 will win signed copies of the book.

    Together, we will own this night.

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