Greetings, booknerds! I have officially moved into my new place so I am (semi) back into the groove of things. Which means more blogging and book news and book reviews and life goodies... Now if only I had a working kitchen and life would be glorious. That aside, I wanted my first blog post back in California to feature a California native author who loves music! Plus, she's got a fun giveaway going on right now so if you want to win a copy of the book, be sure to check out my Instagram post for June 10th. But now, on to the fun stuff. Allow me to introduce you to award winning author, L.J. Evens!
Who is this talented writer? What does she do outside of writing? Well, let me tell you:
Award-winning author, LJ Evans, is known for binge reading, binge watching, and binge writing. She is routinely inspired by music and will pull over the car to write a book scene when a particular song strikes her imagination. Her my life as an album series debuted in 2017 and won The Independent Author Network’s Young Adult Book of the Year. The second in the series, my life as a pop album, released in January 2018 and the third, my life as a rock album, is available for pre-order for a June 2018 release. By day she’s a 1st grade teacher in a public school in the California Central Valley. By night, she’s a wife, mother, and pillow for the 3 terrors known as cats.
She sounds awesome, right? Well then you should check out her books! I've included the synopsis below, but I also had an opportunity to ask L.J some rapid fire book and music related questions. As you guys know, I am also a passionate lover of music, so this rapid fire interview was a lot of fun. Plus, check out the link in the below image as it includes yet ANOTHER CHANCE AT THE GIVEAWAY. These books sound perfect for summer reading, so be sure to enter. Now, on to the interview:
1. Favorite band of all time?:
IMPOSSIBLE - depends on my mood, seriously. But I obviously like the ones my books have in them and I really like Lady Antebellum a lot.
2. Best concert you ever went to?:
I know it seems too easy, but Taylor Swift. She puts on amazing shows. We just were at her Reputation Stadium Tour in Pasadena. Crazy good!
3. Least favorite song?:
Hmmm. I pretty much don't like any electronic music..... And if I get the Itsy Bitsy Spider stuck in my head I want to bury my head in a bucket of water.
4. Guilty pleasure song/band? (who you're slightly embarrassed to admit you listen/dance to):
Probably One Direction...... and any of the guys that are now solo from it.
5. Favorite playlist to read to?:
I have a "Now" playlist that is all my current favorites. But I always gravitate back to country more than anything else.
6. Favorite genre to read vs. write?:
I read a lot of YA.... A lot.
7, Favorite author?:
Again, IMPOSSIBLE! How about favorite in genre's, LOL. Classic - Georgette Heyer; YA - John Green; NA - Jessica Park; Romance - Marianna Zapata; Historical - Beatriz Williams; Fantasy - JK Rowling; Paranormal - CJ Archer; New Indie Author - Kelsey Kingsley; A little of everything - Amy Harmon (seriously she does everything - she's amazing).
Check out the "My Life As An Album Series" and be sure to add them to your TBR list. And don't forget to enter the giveaway! Good luck, friends.
My Life as a Country Album:
2017 Independent Author Network Young Adult Book of the Year
I belonged to you the moment you told my mama you were waiting for me when I was still inside her stomach.
I belonged to you as we grew up sharing a treehouse, a yard, and the lake. I even belonged to you when our three-year age difference tried to pull us apart rather than put us together.
But, I was most especially yours when you kissed me and told me you weren't letting me go.
Except you did. And now I'm wondering how to turn our lives from a country love song without a happy ending into one that does...
Because "loving you was a race I was determined to win."
Inspired by Taylor Swift country songs, this is a story of aching love and loss and learning to live through life in all its pain and glory.
4.45 on Goodreads currently!
My Life As a Pop Album:
What if you are my dream?
From Award Winning Author LJ Evans comes a novel inspired by Ed Sheeran love songs about forgiveness, love, & healing!
Good Girl Mia feels guilty for her brother's death, it was her kidney that killed him after all… and four years later she still isn’t really living life. But then soulful musician, Derek Waters, enters her world and she finds herself setting aside everything she thought she wanted for an adventure she never saw coming. For some reason, she wants this gorgeous man to know her story. The story of a girl who gave a body part to save a brother that everyone wanted to survive more than the girl herself. And how that hadn’t worked out.
Derek Waters and his band have just signed on with a major record label and are touring the country. He has his own set of baggage that he hides behind a huge smile and a famous Johnny Cash quote. He definitely isn’t looking for any kind of female distraction. But once Derek walks into Mia’s life, he finds he can’t leave unless she comes with him.
Can Derek and Mia find a path to forgiveness and healing? Or will they be left with hearts more torn apart than before?
SPOILER ALERT this book can be read as a stand alone novel but contains significant spoilers to the first novel in the series MY LIFE AS A COUNTRY ALBUM.
4.65 on Goodreads currently!
My Life as a Rock Album:
He’s an addict. He’s a rude bastard. He’s also broken-hearted.
Trash artist Seth Carmen has lost everyone he’s loved and even some he didn’t. He’s better off alone. He’s made a success of himself by focusing on the one thing he’s good at, turning trash into something stunning. But then feisty blogger PJ Hensley enters his world with her fairy like quality, and he isn't sure who will be left more broken.... him or her.
PJ Hensley is dealing with her own tormented past and a stalker she doesn’t want to admit to having, but she’s pulled herself together in order to graduate and focus on her future. The last thing she needs is a moody trash artist entering her world. But like all things Seth, he enters anyway with an intensity and focus that leaves her breathless.
Can Seth and PJ find a way to take the shattered parts of their hearts and lives and weld them into something beautiful? Can they find a way to make this love last?
Inspired by Bon Jovi songs, the third novel in the my life as an album series shows how love and acceptance can heal even the toughest scars.
Coming out June 26th!