Monday 8 July 2013

Emerge blog tour and author interview


Title: Emerge (Evolve series #1)
Author: S.E. Hall
Genre: New Adult Romance
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18136448Book Description:

Laney Walker is a quick witted, athletic, southern tomboy who lets few get too close, using her sarcastic zingers to deflect. She also has no idea how others view her, Evan having protected and coveted her since they were children. But college puts a gap between Laney and Evan that neither of them were prepared for- old relationships are tested, new ones are formed and nothing will ever be the same.

Especially when in walks one Dane Kendrick, not at all the familiar, southern charmer of home, but an animal all his own.

More than, and not just, a love triangle; a story of growing up, friendship, loyalty, first love, primal love...and life.
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Please note that Emerge will be available on Barnes and Noble on or around August 20th.


About the author:

7087549S.E.Hall resides in Arkansas with her husband of 17 years and 3 beautiful daughters. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading YA and NA romance.

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Hello and welcome to Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom

What inspired you to write your first book? Two things; I was an avid reader when I was young, but kids put a stop to that for a long time. When I finally picked a book up again, it was FSOG. I read it 4 times. Then I went and found others like it, and haven’t stopped reading since. During this, my family, namely my daughter, suffered a loss and I started a journal to get out all the things I wanted to say to her when she decided she was ready to talk. One night she asked to read it, and when she was finished, she said, “Man, you make me sound so cool. I’d make a great character in those books you always read.” I agreed. The creation of Laney started from my oldest daughter, but quickly grew into her own separate character. Being a NA genre, there are some scenes that I wrote for Laney only, that I hope my child doesn’t partake in for at least 100 years, and only with her true love.

Do you have a specific writing style? I write my books by hand, then go back and type them. I consider the typing a whole second write, and a first edit, as I often add/subtract as I type.

How did you come up with the title? I searched words that meant coming of age, growing up, finding yourself, etc…When Emerge popped up, it hit and stuck.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I hope the young people who read it realize it’s okay to be true to yourself, to grow up at your pace with your inner compass intact, and that there a lots of different types of relationships; figure out the ones that are important and be loyal and fierce to them. For the older crowd, I hope you can escape for a bit and remember when you were young and how you felt for all your “firsts”….first day at college, first love, first kiss, when you met your true love, etc.

How much of the book is based on your life experiences? Quite a bit…minus the PG+ parts, because as I stated, Laney is loosely based on my oldest daughter. She does play ball, her dad did coach her, he does go to guitar night, a real life Evan does live down the street, there’s a fishing pond in our neighborhood you can’t drag them away from, he picks her up for school…and a real life Dane did come in to her life…and sadly was taken just as quickly. Much of what comes out of Laney’s mouth are words my daughter has spoken…and she loves her Disney.

Are your novels based on someone you know, or events in your own life? See above.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? My CP, Angela Graham, is also an author, and is not only a mentor, but my partner for life! There are so many titles that touched my heart, I dare not single any one out.

What book are you reading now? I just finished Searching For Moore by Julie Richman on the plane, have about 5 samples loaded to try out later! 

What are your current projects? Book two of the Evolve series, shooting for an Oct 1 release! I have two other books rough drafted, but need to tell Evan’s story first.

Do you see your writing as a career? Writing will never be my “job,” because that is something you have to do, for money…neither the reason I write. I love it, I want to do it all day every day, but I will never consider it my “have to” or “paycheck.” But yes, as long as it moves me and I have a story to tell, I will stay at it.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Do you say “nope” here and risk coming off cocky? LOL. Honestly, I’m super proud of Emerge, and I told the story I had to tell, so I’d probably take the same course.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? See above answers

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Absolutely! Book two is Evan’s story (spoiler if you haven’t finished Emerge)!!!!!!


“I’ll tell ya,” he throws over his shoulder as he reaches down in a cooler for a new order, “but it’ll cost ya.” “How much?” “A tri-fecta.”A whatta? I think Sawyer’s been nipping a little from the well back there. “Come again?” I glare at the shot he jus...t passed me, knowing it is a terrible idea after starting with beer. How many times have I heard the “beer before liquor, never been sicker” adage? Against my better judgement, I down it anyway, highly suspecting I’m gonna need it if I continue to patronize this crazy mofo. “Tri-fecta. Dance with a brunette, a blonde, not Whitley, and a redhead. When you’re done, I’ll tell ya why Laney hates her. Get one of their numbers and I’ll throw in the story about Laney threatening to beat her ass the first time they met.”I see what you’re doing here Sawyer. Single and ready to mingle? Not really, but any Laney stories I can get out of him are worth it. Maybe the information will help me? Probably not, but it will give me a glimpse into all I’ve missed, what she’s been doing all those long months we were apart; how she went from my sweet, innocent Laney to…not my Laney. It may be all I ever get. “I’m not much of a dancer,” I mutter, flabbergasted that I’m even considering this dumbass plan. “Katie!” Sawyer screams and immediately a knockout redhead slinks saucily up to the bar, leaning across it to jab her tongue down Sawyer’s throat. “Teach my boy how to dance, sexy?” he faux asks her when he comes up for air. She turns her attention to me as though Sawyer is running her with a remote control, and grabs my hand, pulling me from my stool. “Come on handsome. Mama’ll teach ya a few tricks.”Two songs later, and Katie deserves a certificate, because she taught me plenty. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I knew how to dance, that I’d just been making an excuse to Sawyer. Actually, I didn’t want to tell her once she got started. That girl’s got no shame, and she dances with her entire body; tongue, hands- you name it. It’d been fun, my mind welcomingly distracted for a while, but I was about over it now. Girls like Katie are a dime a dozen; she’d shoved her tongue down Sawyer’s throat five minutes before grinding her ass into my crotch- that just didn’t do it for me. Glancing around, trying to seek out the most harmless looking brunette or blonde in the place so I could complete Sawyer’s asinine scheme and get my Laney info, Whitley walks into my line of vision. “You look miserable,” she surmises. Observant girl. I chuckle, “that obvious huh?” “Yeah,” she nods. “Katie not your type?”Shaking my head, I give her an attempt at a smile. “Not at all. Sawyer’s idea.”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Coming up with different words for laugh, smile, chuckle and grin. Honestly, there’s only so many! Disconnecting and reminding myself it’s not actually my kid when I write certain scenes took some getting used to as well . Also, stopping the voices in my head that are saying “well people might think this or that” and writing from my heart.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not yet…

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Editing…it’s for the devil. Yes, I had an editor, but only after doing it 15 times first, myself and my CP.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Tell the story you have to tell, loud and proud, with no regard to pass/fail rate or anything else. Writing is an art, and how many artists are only famous after they’re dead? See where I’m going with that? It’s not about the glory, it’s about beating your own personal best time in each race.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? THANK YOU. So many of you have taken time out of your lives to drop me a line, a review, a blog, a tweet, a pic…I honestly hope I never forget to actually stop and personally respond to every single one. And for the young ladies, I sincerely hope you always stay true to yourself and hold out for your “one;” the one who lights you up, who asks your middle name, who shakes your dad’s hand, who already has the tissue in his pocket when the movie starts because he knows you’re gonna cry.

Thank you for your participation.


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