Hey, Blink Readers!
I’m making an Open Call for the Lorie Ann Grover Street Team! But first let me fill you in on my upcoming release…
Back in 2004, my daughter’s best friend, Sarah, was walking to her bus stop. In the crosswalk, under a streetlight, she was struck by a vehicle and thrown through the air. Sarah needed emergency brain surgery.
My daughter and I sped to the hospital in Seattle and sat in witness to the family living through the difficult trial. Permissions were given for the operation, hours ticked by as surgery was performed, fears rose, discussions sparked and fizzled. And then there was post-surgery recovery, Sarah’s altered appearance, and the unknown long term damage. The rippling effect from one teen’s pain was felt throughout the entire community.
Ten years later, I release my novel Hit—a work of fiction inspired by Sarah’s accident. With the family’s permission, the names have remained largely unchanged as I wove a story in, around, and through their experience. It is true that the real story had just as much drama, but my friends had far more grace than my characters. However, I believe my characters make for a better novel. 🙂
In reading Hit, I hope you fly through two days of Sarah’s experience. May you find hope in a girl finding her truth and making difficult choices to better herself in the midst of disaster. I hope you find the sweet red seeds in your own difficulties. I believe they are always there. You just need to look for them.
Alright, how about a Hit synopsis?
After receiving a scholarship to Mills College, Sarah’s future is clear … until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life at UW seems very appealing, and Sarah begins to use her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Mr. Haddings. Convinced he is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket—saying how she really feels.
Mr. Haddings has been noticing Sarah’s attention, and he decides to end all speculation that morning. But everything changes when he feels a thud on his front bumper and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.
And finally, here are the details to join my Street Team!
First off, email me at lorieanngrover(at)clearwire(dot)net with the subject: “Street Team.” Please include your full name, address, city, state and zip code.
Before the release of Hit on October 7th, you will receive (while supplies last):
—Access to a NetGalley version of Hit for your e-reader (preferred) or one of up to 100 printed Advanced Reading Copies—for Team members in the USA.
Note: NetGalley can transmit to an e-reader, run through a free Kindle app on your computer, or be accessed through your smart phone.
—2 posters—1 for you and 1 for a local bookstore.
—Be sure you are up-to-speed on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook.
—For a review, think 3-5 sentences of what you liked best about the book. No need to summarize, just be careful not to leak spoilers of what happened. 🙂 Feel free to copy and paste your review to all three sites.
—Facebook-share and tweet about Hit in September and October.
—Take posters to a local bookstore and library, share the love, and ask them to order the book.
AND THEN THERE ARE PRIZES, THANKS TO BLINK! Woot! Listen to what they have to say!
NOTE: YOU MUST BE ONE OF THE FIRST 100 TO SUBMIT NOTICE OF REVIEWS ON ALL SITES TO RECEIVE THE PRIZES.
Once you’ve done EVERYTHING, email lorieanngrover(at)clearwire(dot)net again, with the subject: “Street Team Review,” with your user name on each site and date you submitted the reviews. When Lorie Ann hears from you, we’ll send you the following prizes:
—Signed finished copy of Hit hot off the press
—A copy of Firstborn, her first book with Blink YA Books up for the Kirkus Prize
—10 bookmarks to hand out to friends
—A Blink YA Books T-shirt
Is that not the best? So now you have the skinny. I hope you have time to join my Street Team. I’d love to have you and would really appreciate your support. Thanks for thinking it over! Happy reading!
~Lorie Ann Grover