Friday, June 28, 2013

The Georgia Corbins Blog Tour

Today I have with me Kara Leigh Miller, author of The Georgia Corbins, a YA contemporary romance released through my employer (and publisher) Entranced Publishing. Before I get to the interview, here's some stuff you should know about this lovely lady and her novel.

Ali Philips never thought anything could be more devastating than the day Levi and Tucker Corbin, her two best friends - her only friends - moved away. Three years passed without a single phone call, text message, or email from them and she's resolved to the fact that she will probably never see them again. Until one morning when she comes face-to-face with Levi Corbin in physics class.

Little does she know, the Corbins have returned to Haldeen with only one thing on their minds: winning Alie's heart. Ali soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle she doesn't want any part of. As she tries to reclaim the friendships she's lost and adjust to the unfamiliar feelings she's having, she struggles with making the one decision that will forever change their lives: Levi or Tucker Corbin?

She's always had a special bond with Tucker and feels most comfortable when she's with him. but Levi brings her to life in a way she didn't think was possible and makes her feel things she didn't think she would ever feel. Torn between the two, Ali is certain of only one thing - by the time it's over, she'll lose one of her best friends.

About the Author:

Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, new York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word. In early 2010, Kara picked up her first erotic romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, erotica, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creatie Writing Cafe and the CNY Romance Writers. Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she's not reading to writing, she's thinking about reading and writing. And when she's not doing that, she's spending time with her family and friends.

  1. If you could tell anyone in the world five things about yourself that really define "you," what would they be?
    - First and foremost, I'm a mom and wife. My family takes priority over everyone and everything.
    - I'm an only child and a Daddy's Girl.
    - I'm loyal to my friends to a fault.
    - I have trouble telling people "no" when they ask for my help. I often put my own needs and wants aside to help others.
    - I love to laugh and typically surround myself with people who have a great sense of humor.
  2. What was your inspiration for The Georgia Corbins?
    The inspiration for The Georgia Corbins came in the form of a picture on the television.

    My husband had turned on one of those all music all the time channels on cable. I don't remember what song was playing, but there was a still photograph of a tractor in the middle of a hay field with a man leaning up against it and a woman starting at him. As it often does, my mind began to wander and I started asking questions. Why was the man in the field? What's with the tractor? Why was the woman watching him? Did they know each other? Were they lovers? Friends? Family? What were they doing? Talking? Having an argument? Breaking-up? The longer i stared at that picture, the more questions I had. And I knew there was only one way to get all the answers... I had to tell a story.

    But, where the heck did I begin?

    Well, I let that picture and my questions have free reign of my brain for the rest of the night, and just as I was getting ready to fall asleep, a scene started to play in my head: a young girl sitting on the roof of her house, staring out across a hay field, watching two shirtless guys loading hay into a wagon. She was sad, confused, angry, and in love. I knew I had found my story.
  3. How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book?
    About three months. Once I started, I couldn't stop. it just poured out of me.
  4. What is your writing/editing process? Pantser? Outliner?
    I'm a pantser to a fault. Plotting, outlining, it feels too restrictive. I'm one of those people who, when I write something down, I have to stick to it, which can make writing difficult. I like to be surprised by my characters and what they say and do.
  5. How did you decide to go the indie/small press route?
    Originally, I had written a couple of novellas, and it seemed like the most logical route to go with a small/indie press. I'd had some great experiences with them, and after getting rejected by a ton of agents, I figured I'd try a small press for my novel. I'm glad I did. Entranced is a wonderful publisher and they feel like home.
  6. What are your favorite YA books overall? Recently?
    The Park Service Trilogy by Ryan Winfield. It's fantastic! I also enjoyed the first Hunger Games book - the other two left a lot to be desired.
  7. Favorite type of ice cream?
    I'm not much of an ice cream eater, but on the rare occasion when i do, I like plain vanilla with fresh, crushed strawberries, and whipped cream. Mmm...

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Giveaway Code:

To celebrate the release of The Georgia Corbins, Kara Leigh Miller is giving away exciting prizes. The Grand Prize, which is open to US residents only, includes a signed copy of The Georgia Corbins, The Georgia Corbins hardcover journal and postcards, The Georgia Corbins tote bag, Kara Leigh Miller pens and notebooks, and Legasea bookmarks.

Second and third prizes are an ebook copy of The Georgia Corbins, and one lucky person will win a first chapter critique. International entries are welcome. Good luck! Winners will be announced July 1st.

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