Thursday, February 02, 2012

Blue Sky Days Tour Stop

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I’ve gotten to know Marie on Twitter and on her blog so I was happy to get on the blog tour for her book Blue Sky Days which just came out  recently. I have a fun post for you today that includes an interview with Marie as well as a giveaway for my lovely readers.

Blue Sky Days
Marie Landry

Release date: January 17th, 2012

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A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother – studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing – and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn’t have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn’t know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn’t helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it’s time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she’s stepped back in time.

When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes – he’s unlike anyone she’s ever met before, the kind of man she didn’t even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realizes that you don’t always need a plan – sometimes life steers you where you’re meant to be.

Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it’s time for her to help Nicholas the way he’s helped her. Emma will have to use her new-found strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.

Interview with Marie Landry

Q. What made you decide to write Blue Sky Days?
There were a lot of reasons I wanted to write this book. When I got the idea for Emma, I thought she would be a character that a lot of people would relate to, because who hasn’t gone through struggles and felt a little lost at some point in their life? Then there was Nicholas – sweet, chivalrous, free-spirited, kind of old-fashioned. He was so full of life, and not really your typical male lead. I wanted to tell their story – a story about love, life, struggles, heartache, strength, courage, and friendship.

Q. Seeing as this book touches the subject of cancer, what kind of research did you have to do?
Well, I had quite a bit of personal experience because my dad was diagnosed with leukemia when I was eight, and he spent two years in and out of hospitals. I also had a friend who was diagnosed with leukemia right before I started writing Blue Sky Days. I did have to do a bit of research to make sure I got certain facts right, though. I had some old brochures from the cancer hospital where my dad spent weeks and months at a time, and I did the rest of the research online.

Q. How did writing about such a tough subject affect you emotionally?
There were times when it was incredibly difficult, and I found myself wondering when I had become such a masochist. I’d be writing certain scenes and would just be bawling my eyes out because the characters were so real to me and I loved them so much that it was hard to put them through something so painful, even though I knew all along what the story was about, and what the outcome would be.

Q. Which topics would you like to explore in your future books (assuming there are more to come)?
I really doubt I’ll deal with such serious topics in the future. I don’t want to be another Nicholas Sparks or Jodi Picoult, where you know you’re going to cry through all their books! I’m a sucker for love stories, so all my books will have some element of romance. I love contemporary stories that explore relationships, and I’d also eventually like to try my hand at fantasy. For the last few years, I’ve had an idea for a story that involves faeries. I’m anxious to get started on that one, but it’ll have to wait a while, because I’m already working on another project. 

Q. What books do you most recommend to friends?
I’m a Harry Potter fanatic, so I’m always telling people they should read that series if they haven’t already. I also love Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery, the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, anything by Nora Roberts or Sarah Dessen, and the Passport to Peril series by Maddy Hunter. A few books I’ve read in the last year that I absolutely adored were Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab, and The Hunger Games trilogy.

Q. What is your absolute most favourite thing to do in the summer?
Road trips! To me, there’s nothing like driving in a car with the windows down and the music blasted, knowing you’re going on an adventure. I haven’t been able to go on many the last couple of years, but I’m hoping to make up for it this summer!

Thanks so much for having me here today Giselle, it’s been a pleasure!

Thank you for dropping by Marie it was a pleasure to get to know you!
Marie’s Website / Goodreads Twitter

Marie Landry has always been a daydreamer. She has created imaginary worlds for as long as she can remember, so it only seemed natural that she would become a writer. With a passion for words that started in early childhood, Marie has written a varied range of works, and has been freelance writing since 2009. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews.

Giveaway details
Marie Landry has offered up one ebook copy of Blue Sky Days for giveaway. 
Open  internationally
Giveaway ends February 11th, 2012 
Use the form below to enter 

*Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen.

WINNER IS: Debbie Sao

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Canadian blogger, wife, mother, coffee lover, and sarcastic at heart! She has had a love for all things bookish since before Amazon and eReaders existed *le gasp*. You can also find her organizing tours and other fun things at Xpresso Book Tours.

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21 Responses to “Blue Sky Days Tour Stop”

  1. Amy

    What a great interview. This sounds like a lovely book. Yay for Harry Potter fanatics! I love road trips, but haven’t been on one in a while. 🙂

  2. Jenny

    Such a fun interview! I would think it would be quite draining to write about such a serious topic, I know after reading an emotionally heavy story I just feel like slipping in a Disney movie where I know I’ll get an HEA:) That being said, it’s the emotionally heavy ones that usually stick with me the longest!

  3. Jessi

    What a great interview! I can only imagine how intense it can be to write about something so emotional that you have some personal connection to.

  4. Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)

    Marie you seem like such a sweet, down to earth author, I love it!

    I can’t wait to read Blue Sky Days. I feel like Emma is my doppleganger, and you don’t read many books with characters like her. I’m excited, and want to read it ASAP!

  5. Mimi Valentine

    Awww, this was such a beautiful interview! <3 I actually love to read about books like this because they're touching and deep, but I can't imagine how difficult it must've been to write it — I would've been bawling my eyes out too!

    Amazing interview, you two! 🙂 I really want to read this book because I get a ache in my chest just reading the synopsis. I know I’m going to love it! <3

  6. Candace

    I’ve been seeing this book, and author, all over the blogosphere. I really think it’s an adorable cover! I think writing about such a difficult subject would be immensely difficult. Any book I’ve ever started writing I’ve always given up on because it always sends me into a depression when I have to write all the most difficult parts (death mostly). So I really have to give a hand to all the authors that stuck with it to complete the story.

  7. Bonnie

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway! This book is one of my “must reads” for 2012!:) … on a side note my computer was doing some crazy things when I filled out the for so I hope I didn’t send it twice – sorry if I did.