Monday, 30 January 2017

Blog Tour: Jadeite's Journey @lucindakstein #YA #scifi #giveaway via @YABoundToursPR

Please tell us about yourself:
From childhood on, I’ve been a dedicated bookworm. I earned degrees in art and library science, but becoming a librarian won out. It wasn’t until much later that I began to write on a serious level. Until recently, I wrote adult short fiction and novels. Jadeite’s Journey is my first YA book. I enjoyed writing the story so much that I’m hooked and am currently working on another YA novel. I think the reason people of all ages enjoy YA lit is because everyone can relate to that stage of life where unexplored horizons loom before awkward choices. Actually, that stage is a model for our entire life—there’s always something we will embrace or struggle against with its own unique consequences.  

Tell us about Jadeite’s Journey
Seventeen-year-old Jadeite lives in a future society. In 2616, technology has eliminated crime, poverty, and war. Her life is trouble free, her only anxiety how to react to the cute boy on the air shuttle. But her perfect life changes when she learns her father, a respected robotic engineer, is an illegal Ridge Runner bridging two worlds—one highly advanced and the other primitive.
Trouble mounts when her new boyfriend, Mattie, turns into a bully. Even after she breaks up with him, he refuses to accept her decision. To make matters worse, Jadeite discovers his father is a high-ranking government official. Mattie learns about her father and has him arrested, putting many people in danger. When she finds out her brother is one of those in peril, Jadeite takes her father’s place and journeys over the Dark Edge. 

What inspired you to write this particular story?
With all the trouble in the world, I thought about the future. Would technology eliminate the problems we currently have? On this premise, I began writing the story. However, technology can’t control the minds and hearts of people, and that’s where this story leads the reader.

Which comes first for you—a character’s looks, personality, or name?
Choosing a name usually comes first, but I think the chosen name tends to reflect the character’s personality.

Any tips for aspiring authors?
Read the best quality books you can find. Study your favorite writers—their word choice and descriptions, how they show emotion and add story conflict. Locate recommended writing books and join a writer’s group. If you’re serious about writing, find a healthy critique group that genuinely wants to help you grow by constructive criticism. If several writers in the group voice the same concerns, take their comments seriously. Writing is hard work and if you truly want to be a writer, you must be willing to learn from your mistakes and take advice. The more I learn about writing, the more I realize it’s a lifelong pursuit.

Questions for fun:
If you had the power of time travel, is there anything you would go back and change? Why/why not?
Who doesn’t want to go back and change our decisions—and mistakes—in life? But in reality, those choices and difficulties make us who we are today. As tempting as it would be to change events, I’d have to decline the time-travel ticket.

What super-power would you choose?
Hey, I’m a writer. That’s my super power!

If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
Have more time to read new books and reread my favorite novels. Finally get my dream cabin in the mountains. Spend more time with friends and family.

Coffee, tea, or wine?
My go-to is definitely coffee. Under stress, I crave iced caramel macchiato.

What is your favorite book?
Don’t make me choose! Often I find myself disappointed with the next book written by the author of a book I loved. The magic just isn’t repeated. (I’m talking about stand alones here.) Some of my favorites: Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, and Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.

Favorite genre and why?
If you go by the books above, it appears magical realism reigns.

Favorite color?
Turquoise and its close cousin, aqua.

Upcoming news and plans for the future?
I’m working on a new YA novel, a magical realism story. A rural town holds the record for annual number of lightning storms. Strange barters happen to my protagonist when lightning occurs, one of the most dramatic examples in the story—a life for a life.

Jadeite's Journey
by Lucinda Stein
Genre: YA Scifi
Release date: January 24th 2017
Inkspell Publishing


When romance turns deadly…

Jadeite’s perfect world comes crashing down on her. In the futuristic world of United Society, her only problem has been how to act around the cute boy on the air shuttle. But Jadeite’s world changes when she comes across a man who looks alarmingly like her father. Clones were declared illegal years ago. When she sees her father, a robotic engineer, headed to the Dark Edge of United Society, she follows him and uncovers her father’s secret life.

Jadeite shadows her father past the boundary of United Society and into a primitive world of canyons and high deserts. She learns her father is a Ridge Runner passing between the two worlds. Even more alarming, she discovers her younger brother, Malachite, is sick and requires medicine only available from over the Ridge. After her father is arrested, Jadeite takes his place in order to save her brother’s life.

But her world turns even more precarious after she breaks up with her obsessive boyfriend, Mattie. Jadeite soon learns his threats are more than words, and she finds her life is in jeopardy.

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About the Author
A school librarian for over twenty years, Stein now writes fulltime. Sanctuary: Family, Friends, & Strangers was a 2015 Colorado Book Award finalist. Three Threads Woven, was a 2010 WILLA Finalist. Her story, Sulfur Springs, won First Place in the 2011 LAURA Short Fiction competition. Her stories have appeared in Pooled Ink, The South Dakota Review, Fine Lines, and Women Writing the West online.
When not writing, she hikes desert canyons and alpine trails. She loves anything vintage, her shelter-rescued dog, Opie, and, most of all, her husband, Rob.

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