05 July 2013

The Breaking Glass Blog Tour!

I'm so excited to be part of Lisa Amowitz's blog tour for her fantastic-sounding debut novel BREAKING GLASS. So I'm giving her the reins for the day and hoping you guys will continue supporting her. Plus, she's giving you a chance to win a little somethin' somethin'. Deets are at the bottom of the post.

All yours, Lisa!

Fear and Loathing in 2013---the mad year leading up to the release of BREAKING GLASS

I remember back in December how I viewed this current year with both a little shiver of excitement, but also a fair amount of trepidation, the date July 9th, 2013 looming in my mind like a red warning alert. I was ever so slightly worried the Apocalypse might deprive me of seeing the release of my first book, BREAKING GLASS, but even more worried that I would actually have to face 2013. Which, obviously, and fortunately for all of us, is what happened.

Dear Reader, you may wonder what kind of a kook would look upon such a happy event with so much fear—but let me explain. First of all, there were other equally important milestones occurring simultaneous to my book release.

First, my daughter still had yet to complete her college portfolio for admittance to one of the most selective arts colleges in the nation. My son was in his last semester of college with a bruising 22 credit semester to get through, a massive senior project to complete, and officially in freak-out mode. And I was in a panic over publicity. I knew if there were no plan to get my book into the world, how would anyone know to read it. Beyond that—what if it DID get into the world and no one liked it?

On top of this, add in my responsibilities as the Deputy Chair of the Art department at a community college. I am a full professor there, and the right-hand woman to the department chair—dealing with all matter of staffing, scheduling and student issues—sometimes around the clock!

So to say my plate was full on the eve of 2013 was an understatement. I was a ball of anxiety.

Fast forward to now—July 5th, 2013, four days before my book releases. How am I doing, you might wonder? How did I get through all that?

Well—here is how it went. I managed to set up a massive two month blog tour with the help of my colleagues at Spencer Hill Press and signed on for a book blast with YA Bound that will be starting any day now. Spencer Hill Press had an amazing book signing at BEA where sixty review copies of BREAKING GLASS disappeared in the snap of a finger. I released a free preview called SHARDS, which also will be showing up in its own blast any minute now. Additionally, I have a book launch party planned for later this month at a local book store and a major signing event at another local bookstore with some big name authors! People are starting to get the book into their hands and post reviews—most of which, amazingly, are incredibly positive.  I am bracing myself for the inevitable ones that won’t be so positive once the book is out in the world, but that’s life. So, the hard work is done. I’m getting ready for my book to drop and it’s all good.

But what about all that other stuff, you may wonder? How did that go?
On the last day of Spring Break, April 2, I believe—to be precise—a big fat envelope that said congratulations came in the mail for my daughter. On June 24, she walked down the aisle in her cap and gown. She is on her way to her future! As far as my son—the waiting for the grade that would determine if he earned his Bachelor’s degree of not was excruciatingly late—but on May 20 all the grades were in—and my son became a college graduate! As for me—my chair and I surfed through a tumultuous semester and made it to the other side, still relatively sane, and ready for it to start all over again at the end of next month.

And finally, after all the madness, I am actually writing again!

BREAKING GLASS from Spencer Hill Press, July 2013
by Lisa Amowitz

On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

ISBN: 978-1937053383

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About Lisa:

Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

When she hit her teens, she realized that Long Island was too small for her and she needed to escape. So she went to college in Pittsburgh. Go figure.

On leaving college, Lisa became a graphic designer living in New York City. She eventually married her husband of a zillion years, had two lovely children, and was swept away to a fairy tale life in the Bronx, where, unbelievably there are more trees and wilderness than her hometown. She can see the Hudson River from her kitchen window.

Lisa has been a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art.

And now, for the giveway:

Up for grabs:
(1)   custom pendant like the one pictured on the book cover

(2) signed ARCS
(1) original work of Breaking Glass related art created and signed by the author.

1 comment:

DangerDav said...

I'm not normally a huge YA person, but this looks so interesting! It's on my list. :)