Blog Tour: My Best Everything


We are so excited to join the ladies at Rockstar Book Tours and all the other awesome bloggers in the tour for upcoming release My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp.  Today we have a really fun interview and a giveaway for you guys!
Thanks so much to Sarah for taking the time to answer our questions.

Title: My Best Everything
Author: Sarah Tomp
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Release Date: March 3, 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hosted By: Rockstar Book Tours
You say it was all meant to be. You and me. The way we met. Our secrets in the woods. Even the way it all exploded. It was simply a matter of fate.

Maybe if you were here to tell me again, to explain it one more time, then maybe I wouldn’t feel so uncertain. But I’m going back to the beginning on my own. To see what happened and why.

Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.

Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (definitely illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends, Roni and Bucky. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, Lulu turns to Mason: a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything – including her heart?

The summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating. My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason – though is it an apology, a good-bye, or a love letter?


WHERE YOU CAN ORDER

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Q: What was your inspiration for this story (the setting, the moonshine, etc)?
A: The setting of My Best Everything looks a little bit like the town in Virginia where I lived during my teen years. It’s a beautiful place and I did plenty of exploring when I lived there.  I rode inner tubes down the river, hiked and camped in the woods, and spent hours driving on all the many back roads.

As for the actual story, several ideas came together. It was always going to be a love story, and it was always going to be about drinking. The junkyard scenes were thanks to my son’s obsession with cars and taking things apart. I already had plenty of references to moonshine within the text, but it wasn’t until my kids watched Moonshiners on Discovery Channel and asked me if that’s what it was really like in Virginia that I started to wonder if my teen characters could pull that off.

I’ve decided that writing a novel is little bit like making moonshine. A bunch of ingredients are thrown into the pot and start fermenting. It gets kind of messy for a while, and things are thrown out, but eventually all of it works together to create the final product.

Q: Is there a particular message that you'd like your readers to walk away with or do you simply want them to sit back and enjoy a story?
A: When it comes to life, I have no answers, only questions! I think one of the most magical things about reading is that it’s a cooperative endeavor. The reader and the writer meet halfway, with each of them bringing something different to the experience. My greatest hope is that my readers finish my story and feel as though that was time well spent.

But… I also hope they ask more questions—about destiny, true love, crossing lines and breaking rules.

Q: Did you learn anything from writing this book?
A: I didn't know a lot about moonshine before writing My Best Everything. Pretty much everything beyond the tasting of it was all new to me. But the thing that truly surprised me was the importance and power of yeast to the process. I am now a bit of a yeast-geek!

Yeast is one of the deciding factors in a liquor’s taste and alcohol strength. Although these tiny microorganisms live all over the world, even on Antarctica, each strain has its own DNA and is regularly changing and evolving. Professional distillers have patents on their individual yeast strains and work hard to keep them from mutating significantly enough to change the taste.

Before moonshiners understood the science of the process, they sometimes had a fermenting stick that they used for each batch. They didn’t know why it worked, but they knew that stick made all the difference. The secret ingredient was the yeast that lived on it. The yeast would lie dormant all winter, and then come back to life when it was time to start making moonshine again in the spring.

Q: Besides writing, do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I love free time! Unfortunately, I never seem to have enough of it!  I love being outdoors, which in San Diego is a year-round possibility. I love camping and taking long walks. I watch my kids play sports. I’m a big fan of the beach where I am very good at lying on a towel and daydreaming. I also love to play with messy art supplies.

Q: Which author(s) would you consider a mentor or role model?
A: In some ways, every author I’ve ever read a book by is my mentor. Reading is such a fundamental key to writing! However, more specifically, I was taught by some amazing and generous authors through Vermont College of Fine Arts where I earned my MFA. I worked closely with Ellen Howard, Kathi Appelt, Tim Wynne-Jones and Rita Williams-Garcia. After graduation, I was also lucky enough to work directly with Margaret Bechard during an amazing and intimate retreat. Her brilliant guidance and insights were crucial to shaping Lulu’s story.

Q: Any fun and exciting news you'd like to share with your readers?
A: I’m just so delighted to have been a guest on your blog! Thank you for having me!


MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Photo by Roxyanne Young
Sarah Tomp has a MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

My Best Everything, a novel for young adults, will be published March 2015 by Little, Brown Books. 

She is also the author of a picture book; Red, White, and Blue Good-bye (Walker Books for Young Readers).

Sarah teaches creative writing for University of California San Diego Extension. She reviews books for Bookbrowse.com and co-authors the blog, Writing on the Sidewalk.


GIVEAWAY
10 Finished Copies of MY BEST EVERYTHING
US Only!

61 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of this book before reading this post. The story sounds interesting and I like the fact that it is set in a Virginia town, because I live in Virginia. I also like the fact that the author enjoyed riding inner tubes down the river, hiking, camping in the woods and spending hours driving on back roads because those are all things I enjoyed growing up!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

      We hadn't heard about this book until we were invited to join on the tour. I'm so glad we participated because it sounds like a unique, fun story. I can't wait to read it soon.

      ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates

      Delete
    2. Môj príbeh TU JE SKUTOČNÝ A GENUINE. Volám sa Matta Agda Noah Vienna a som tu, aby som vypovedal o Veľkej matke, ktorá mi priviedla späť môjho muža, keď sa so mnou rozišiel kvôli inej žene, ktorú stretol na svojom pracovisku. Great Adeleke je veľmi silná, skutočná a jedinečná žena so zvláštnymi právomocami. Snažil som sa získať pomoc z mnohých miest a zdrojov, aby som priviedol späť môjho muža, ale nič nefungovalo, ale keď som kontaktoval Veľkú Adeleke, prinútila ma znova sa usmiať tým, že priviedla svojho muža späť ku mne so svojimi osobitnými právomocami. Ak máte nejaké problémy v Vaše manželstvo, vzťah a máte s tým podobný problém, obráťte sa na Veľkého doktora Adeleke, ktorý vám teraz pomôže. Tu je jej e-mailová adresa: (aoba5019@gmail.com) a môžete sa s ňou skontaktovať aj na vlastné číslo WhatsApp: (+27740386124) Môžete ju buď kontaktovať na svojom e-maile, alebo na čísle WhatsApp. Ďakujem Veľký Adeleke.

      Delete
  2. It sounds like an amazing book. I love that they plan to make moonshine, and I'd like to know what the secrets are. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Whoa. I read an ARC of this book, and I never would have guessed that Sarah didn't know much about the shining process before writing this book.

    I hope more people read this one because it's so stinking cute. I loved that even though there is a huge focus on moonshine, she still includes all sorts of things that kids do in the summer.

    Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank for Baì viết hữu ích. Mình cũng muốn giới thiệu về một Công ty dịch thuật uy tín - Công ty CP dịch thuật miền trung - MIDtrans địa chỉ 02 Hoàng Diệu, TP Đồng Hới, tỉnh Quảng Bình có Giấy phép kinh doanh số 3101023866 cấp ngày 9/12/2016 là đơn vị chuyên cung cấp dịch vụ dịch thuật, phiên dịch dành các cá nhân. Hệ thống thương hiệu và các Công ty dịch thuật con trực thuộc: văn phòng dịch thuật sài gòn 247 địa chỉ 47 Điện Biên Phủ, Phường Đakao, Quận 1 TP HCM, dịch thuật bình bình phước : địa chỉ 100 , Lê lợi, TX Bình Long là nhà cung ứng dịch vụ dịch thuật uy tín hàng đầu tại bình phước vietnamese translate : dịch vụ dịch thuật cho người nước ngoài có nhu cầu, giao diện tiếng Anh dễ sử dụng; dịch thuật công chứng quận 11 (mười một) : nhà cung ứng dịch vụ dịch vụ dịch thuật phiên dịch hàng đầu tại Quận 11 (mười một), TP HCM; công ty dịch thuật Đà Nẵng : Địa chỉ 54 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Quận Hải Châu, TP Đà Nẵng chuyên cung cấp dịch vụ dịch thuật công chứng, dịch thuật chuyên ngành tại Đà Nẵng; công ty dịch thuật chuyên nghiệp hà nội : địa chỉ 101 Láng Hạ, Đống Đa, Hà Nội là nhà cung ứng dịch vụ biên dịch, phiên dịch chuyên nghiệp tại địa bàn Hà Nội. Chúng tôi chuyên cung cấp các dịch vụ biên dịch và phiên dịch, dịch thuật công chứng chất lượng cao hơn 50 ngôn ngữ khác nhau như tiếng Anh, Nhật, Hàn, Trung, Pháp, Đức, Nga, Tây Ban Nha, Bồ Đào Nha, Ý, Ba Lan, Phần Lan, Thái Lan, Hà Lan, Rumani, Lào, Campuchia, Philippin, Indonesia, La Tinh, Thụy Điển, Malaysia, Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ..vv... Dịch thuật MIDtrans tự hào với đội ngũ lãnh đạo với niềm đam mê, khát khao vươn tầm cao trong lĩnh vực dịch thuật, đội ngũ nhân sự cống hiến và luôn sẵn sàng cháy hết mình. Chúng tôi phục vụ từ sự tậm tâm và cố gắng từ trái tim những người dịch giả.Tự hào là công ty cung cấp dịch thuật chuyên ngành hàng đầu với các đối tác lớn tại Việt nam trong các chuyên ngành hẹp như: y dược (bao gồm bệnh lý), xây dựng (kiến trúc), hóa chất, thủy nhiệt điện, ngân hàng, tài chính, kế toán. Các dự án đã triển khai của Công ty dịch thuật chuyên nghiệp MIDtrans đều được Khách hàng đánh giá cao và đạt được sự tín nhiệm về chất lượng biên phiên dịch đặc biệt đối với dịch hồ sơ thầu , dịch thuật tài liệu tài chính ngân hàng, dịch thuật tài liệu y khoa đa ngữ chuyên sâu. Đó là kết quả của một hệ thống quản lý chất lượng dịch thuật chuyên nghiệp, những tâm huyết và kinh nghiệm biên phiên dịch nhiều năm của đội ngũ dịch giả của chúng tôi. Hotline: 0947688883. email: info@dichthuatmientrung.com.vn . Các bạn ghé thăm site ủng hộ nhé. Cám ơn nhiều

    ReplyDelete
  5. The above article is nice and interesting, thank you willing to share! Greetings success of admin Cetak Murah wish you deign to visit my website, thank you :)
    https://jasa-fotocopy-percetakan.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow"> jasa fotocopy 24 jam
    Aqur Printing
    Pusat Cetak Yasin

    ReplyDelete
  6. Permainan joker123 kini sudah banyak dimainkan di Indonesia karena mudah dimainkan dan mudah dimenangkan.

    Situs bermain pemainan idn poker kini dapat dimainkan dengan aman dan nyaman melalui pokervaganza yang memiliki banyak jenis permainan poker online.

    Bermain bola tentunya ingin mencari situs yang benar yakni sbobet yang sudah teruji dan terpercaya sejak 2004 yang lalu sebagai situs judi bola.

    Selain permainan slot online, di situs joker 123 juga terdapat berbagai macam permainan tembak ikan yang menarik dan mudah dimainkan.

    Kini, bagi anda yang ingin melakukan daftar vivoslot sekarang sudah sangat mudah dan cepat serta gratis lho.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I sometimes visit your blog, find them useful and help me learn a lot, here are some of my blogs you can refer to to support me
    mẫu mộ đá đẹp
    phát tờ rơi hà nội
    bắn cá uy tín
    game nổ hũ
    doithuong.biz/slot-doi-thuong
    làm cavet xe máy

    ReplyDelete
  8. selamat datang di layanan situs resmi adapokker303 yang mana di sini adalah tempat bermain berbagai game online seperti mana salah satu nya adalah game slot ADAPOKER303 yang sangat populer saat ini, maka untuk itu di sini sobat cukup daftarkan akun idnya sekarang juga di halaman situs resmi agen terpercaya di asia ini untuk mencari keuntungan yang sangat besar dan sangat populer saat ini, dan tentu nya lagi sangat lah aman.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Nice Blog !
    Our team at QuickBooks Support Phone Number ensures prompt and high-quality service in the health crisis and economic distress.

    ReplyDelete
  10. : The setting of My Best Everything looks a little bit like the town in Virginia where I lived during my teen years. It’s a beautiful place and I did plenty of exploring when I lived there. I rode inner tubes down the river, hiked and camped in the woods, and spent hours driving on all the many back roads.

    As for the actual story, several ideas came together. It was always going to be a love story, and it was PES 2018 Highly compressed XSplit Free Download hotspot shield Free Download V-Ray Free Download going to be about drinking. The junkyard scenes were thanks to my son’s obsession with cars and taking things apart. I already had plenty of references to moonshine within the text, but it wasn’t until my kids watched Moonshiners on Discovery Channel and asked me if that’s what it was really like in Virginia that I started to wonder if my teen characters could pull that off.

    ReplyDelete
  11. https://lurkapc.com/ludo-star-mod-apk-free/

    ReplyDelete
  12. have to say that during my time browsing through the internet I have read many articles/ Blogs but yours particularly have impressed me how you have written this masterpiece is mind-blowing. Kindly visit my website for new and latest Cracks : Wondershare AllMyTube

    ReplyDelete
  13. it was nothing but the universe guided me here , not only did i need confirmation of 811 , but your from miami just like me and knowing the energies that come with growing up there , really inspires me that you found your true light and i cant wait to learn more from you and gain more of that confidence energy within my self as well. thank you so much goddess , this was needed most definitely
    meaning of 811 angel number
    811 angel number relationship

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thank you for your post, I look for such article along time. myself very happy to read it because it can give me more insight, thanks.. Visit my blog..thankyou

    Link Alternatif Sbobet
    Mpo368 Slot
    Dewaslot88
    Slot303

    ReplyDelete
  15. I just loved your article on the beginners guide to starting a blog.If somebody take this blog article seriously in their life, he/she can earn his living by doing blogging.

    Slot Gacor
    Macau88
    Hokibet77
    Naga777 Slot

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your File is Very Usefull File... Thanks For Uploading.... Please More File Uploading... Please Visit Our Website

    Sultan Slot
    Slot Joker388
    Mega Slot
    Judi Slot Online

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you so much really it s amazing content Thanks for your Hardworking keep it up !

    Megawin77

    ReplyDelete
  18. if you need an authentic Italian license contact us
    best info on this site
    https://acquistapatentediguida.com/come-comprare-una-patente-b-di-guida/
    https://acquistapatentediguida.com/come-ottenere-una-patente-di-guida-senza-esame-di-guida/
    https://acquistapatentediguida.com/
    https://acquistapatentediguida.com/come-ottenere-una-patente-di-guida-italiana/
    https://acquistapatentediguida.com/dove-comprare-una-patente-di-guida/
    https://acquistapatentediguida.com/comprare-patente-di-guide/

    ReplyDelete
  19. Pgslot ไม่ต้องลุ้นเหมือน ราคาทอง เพราะราคาทองนั้นมีขึ้นลงอยู่ตลอดเวลา บางวันอาจจะลงจนเราขากทุนได้ เว็บบริการเกม ของ pg slot นั้น ลงทุนแล้วมีแต่ได้ เพราะอัตตราการแตกของโบนัสนั้นสูง

    ReplyDelete
  20. "หวย อันดับ 1 มาแรงแซงทุกเว็บ
    เว็บพนันออนไลน์ เว็บตรง ไม่ผ่านเอเย่นต์ฝาก-ถอน รวดเร็ว ด้วยทีมงานคุณภาพ ตลอด 24 ชั่วโมง มีความยุติธรรมและโปร่งใส ไม่เคยมีประวัติการโกงลูกค้า"

    ReplyDelete
  21. "HUAYDED789 หวยออนไลน์ 24 ชั่วโมง ระบบที่ทันสมัย แทงหวยง่าย โอนเงินไว หวยออนไลน์ที่นี่จ่ายสูง ส่วนลดเยอะ โปรโมชั่นพิเศษสำหรับสมาชิกใหม่ และสิทธิพิเศษมาก มาย แจกเครดิตฟรีอย่างต่อเนื่อง"

    ReplyDelete
  22. Revo Uninstaller Pro Crack is a creative uninstaller driver that origins you to uninstall unessential programming

    ReplyDelete
  23. علاج دوالي الساقين بالليزر، المعروف أيضًا بالتشريح بالليزر أو التورم بالليزر، هو إجراء يستخدم تقنية الليزر لعلاج دوالي الساقين. يتضمن الإجراء توجيه شعاع الليزر عبر الجلد وتطبيقه على الأوردة المتوسعة لإحداث إغلاقها وتلاشيها.تؤدي الطاقة الحرارية المنبعثة من الليزر إلى تصلب الأوردة وإحداث إغلاقها. يتم تحويل الأوردة التالفة إلى نسيج ندبي ويتلاشى مع مرور الوقت. بعد العلاج، يتم توجيه تدفق الدم إلى الأوردة الصحية الأخرى في الساق.

    ReplyDelete
  24. إن استخدام السقالات والشدات المعدنية في صناعة البناء ضروري لضمان سلامة العمال، وتحسين الإنتاجية، وتحقيق نتائج عالية الجودة. ومن المهم اتباع الإرشادات والمعايير السليمة لاختيار وتركيب واستخدام هذه الأدوات لضمان أن يتم تحقيق أفضل النتائج في مشروع البناء وتعتبر شركة ميمي معروف من افضل شركات بيع شدات معدنية في مصر

    ReplyDelete
  25. يعتبر تنظيف وصيانة الأحذية السلامة بشكل صحيح هو عامل مهم في زيادة عمر الأحذية والحفاظ على جودتها. من خلال الاهتمام المنتظم والصيانة الواعية من مصانع أحذية آمان ، يمكن أن تستمر الأحذية لفترة أطول وتوفر الحماية المطلوبة للعاملين.

    ReplyDelete
  26. بالنسبة لأفضل أنواع pph pipe manufacturing companies، هناك بعض الخصائص الرئيسية التي يجب أخذها في الاعتبار:

    قوة وصلابة:
    مواسير البولي بروبلين تتميز بقوة شد وصلابة عالية مقارنة بمواد أخرى.
    هذه الخاصية تجعلها مقاومة للتشوه والانهيار تحت الضغط والظروف القاسية.
    مقاومة الكيماويات والتآكل:
    مواسير البولي بروبلين لديها مقاومة عالية للكيماويات والمواد الكاشطة والأحماض والقواعد.
    هذه الخاصية تجعلها مناسبة للاستخدام في تطبيقات كيميائية أو في الأوساط القاسية.

    ReplyDelete

 
Blog Design by Use Your Imagination Designs The Artists' Faeries Lovely Papers by Lorie Davison