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NO PLACE to FALL has made it onto the stage!

It’s hard to believe that launch day is finally here. I finished this novel in the summer of 2012. It sold in late September of the same year. Now a full two and a half years from when I closed the document on my revised manuscript draft, it’s landing on bookstore shelves. The only way to describe this moment is amazing and surreal. I wrote a book, y’all. Thank you for following my journey, having my back, and just being the best group of authors, readers, and friends a writer could ever have. Now I’m off to lurk at my local bookstores for a few hours!

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Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

**Early Praise for No Place To Fall**

“Lyrically written with a deep sense of place and music, Brown’s story allows the heroine to stumble, falter, and suffer consequences without forcing a tidy, happy ending. There is so much joy within the pages that the sorrow hits hard and emotions rise and fall and rise again like a vocalist running scales.” – Booklist

“Debut author Brown makes a small town in North Carolina—where everyone knows everyone, and the outside world comes in via Appalachian Trail hikers—feel real, but the heart of the story is Amber, as she tries to find herself, love, and her voice (she’s a talented singer, but is afraid of singing in front of crowds).” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Southern charm oozes off the page.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Debut author Brown is off to a wonderful start with authentic characters who speak in true voices. Amber could be the best friend you had in high school—she’s funny and moody and truthful and absolutely the real deal, and readers will clamor for another well-paced story featuring her and her friends.” – School Library Journal Review

“The writing shines when Amber describes the feelings that singing awakens in her, with ‘songs swirling inside me like butterflies.’ One could wish for an accompanying soundtrack to fill out the fragments of lyrics that appear throughout.” – VOYA

“I was completely smitten.” – Robin Constantine, author of The Promise of Amazing.

“Hits a chord with the dreamer in all of us.” – Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter series

**Where you can find Jaye Robin Brown**

My launch party is TONIGHT at Malaprop’s Bookstore in downtown Asheville. It starts at 7pm and the lovely teen singer/songwriter, Indigo Blue DeSouza, will be playing a couple of songs from the book and some of her own music as well. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

I’m doing a mini-book tour with a few other folks, here are the stops I know so far:

Sat. Dec 27 3-5 pm – Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC with Alison Kemper

Sun. Dec. 28 2-3 pm – TallTales Book Shop in Atlanta, GA with Alison Kemper

Mon. Dec. 29 5-7 pm – The Little Professor in Homewood, AL with Stephen Duncan

Saturday, January 10th, Robin Constantine and I will be doing an author’s cafe at the Burke County Public Library in Morganton, NC.

And in April, I’ll be at the Southern Kentucky Bookfest along with a bunch of other OneFours!!

 

 

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to most everyone but her mama, lives and writes in the Appalachian mountains north of Asheville, NC. She’s fond of dogs, horses, laughter, the absurd and the ironic. When not crafting stories she hangs out with teenagers in the high school art room where she teaches. Her debut novel, NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, December ’14), is a love song to small town girls and mountain music.

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YouTube: Music by Jaye Robin Brown

This month’s YouTube topic is Music, and Jaye Robin Brown, author of No Place To Fall is here to talk to you about the music that inspires her protagonist, Amber Vaughn.

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to most everyone but her mama, lives and writes in the Appalachian mountains north of Asheville, NC. She’s fond of dogs, horses, laughter, the absurd and the ironic. When not crafting stories she hangs out with teenagers in the high school art room where she teaches. Her debut novel, NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, Fall ’14), is a love song to small town girls and mountain music.
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GETTIN’ LUCKY: An interview with Amy Tintera, author of REBOOT

Today we’re interviewing Lucky13 author Amy Tintera, whose debut YA novel REBOOT  hits the shelves today!

Here’s the blurb:


RebootFive years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest.

After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Hi, Amy! How did you come up with the idea for REBOOT?

Hi OneFours! Thank you for having me on the blog.

I actually came up with my main character, Wren, first, and the idea for REBOOT followed. Her voice appeared in my head one day, telling me she’d been dead for 178 minutes, and the story came to me really quickly after that.

One of my favorite things about this book is that Wren, the protagonist, is a character with some not-very-nice tendencies who doesn’t fit the standard heroine complex in most recent YA novels. What made you decide to write a character like her?

I’m so glad that’s one of your favorite things! I love characters that aren’t exactly nice or traditional “good guys.” My favorite characters are the ones who start out as terrible people and then go through some intense changes. I wouldn’t say that Wren is terrible, but I made her bad enough that she could go through some significant changes during the course of the book. A character who changes in big ways, who has an arc, makes a story so much more interesting.

Did REBOOTchange a lot during the revision process?

It got longer. REBOOT was 66,000 words when it went on submission, and it’s now about 81,000 words. My editor (Kari Sutherland) wanted a lot more world building, and I expanded the role of some secondary characters who appear late in the book. I also have a tendency to never describe setting, so my editor asked me to expand that in every scene so the reader would have a better sense of place. But the basic story and plot points are the same. I have a great editor. She focuses on enhancing what is already there and really bringing out the story so it resonates with readers.

What was the most surprising thing about publishing a book? Or exciting? Or both?

It’s surprising how much goes on behind the scenes without the author knowing. A lot of people seem to think we know how our books are selling, or what our pre-orders are like, or when the movie will get made after the book is optioned, but really we’re in the dark about most of it.

But I have to admit, I don’t really mind! I think it would be more stressful to know all that information.

I already can’t wait for the REBOOTsequel! Can you give us any hints about what to expect?

I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to give any hints about the sequel. So all I will say is there is just as much action and romance in the second book, and I introduced some new characters I absolutely love.

Who are some of your writer (or non-writer) role models?

I’ve always admired how Veronica Roth seems so level-headed and classy about all her success (and I love the DIVERGENT series). Gayle Forman is a writer idol of mine. I’m amazed at how funny and charming Kiersten White is at events. I think it’s sweet and awesome that Kiera Cass constantly answers fan questions and makes an effort to communicate with them via Twitter and YouTube.

One last question! Since this community is “All for One and OneFour KidLit,” we’d like to know what two or three books inspired you as a kid?

I read MATILDA by Roald Dahl about 100 times as a kid. I liked the magical element, and the perfect resolution. I love when books have happy endings! I was also a big fan of A WRINKLE IN TIME. I think that was one of my first experiences with sci-fi/fantasy, and I was hooked!

Thanks for stopping by, Amy, and congrats on your debut!
Amy Tintera Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy Tintera writes novels for young adults. She grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College she moved to Los Angeles, where she promptly discovered she didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to her first love, writing.HarperCollins/HarperTeen will publish her debut, REBOOT, a young adult novel about teens in a future Texas who reboot after death and are subsequently forced into slavery. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000. She is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong.

You can find Amy online here:
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Stephanie Diaz is 20. She will graduate from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in film production this May. She’s a Whovian, Browncoat, and publishing intern. Her work is represented by Alison Fargis of Stonesong. The first book in her debut YA sci-fi EXTRACTION trilogy is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan. You can follow Stephanie on twitter: @StephanieEDiaz.