Tuesday, March 26, 2013

If You Find Me Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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Today I’m excited to have the If You Find Me blog tour drop by–a book I absolutely loved! (find my review here). I have Emily here today with a great guest post and you can enter to win this fantastic pretty! Thanks to Wendy at The Midnight Garden for having me on this tour!

If You Find Me
Emily Murdoch
Publication date: March 26th 2013
by St. Martin’s Griffin

There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

Guest Post by Emily Murdoch

To The Books (and Authors) Who Raised Me Up 

I get a panicky feeling at the thought of where I’d be without books. Over a lifetime, my love for books and reading grew from ember to flame to wildfire, and the fiery love continues to burn to this day.
Books save. Yes, I’m a writer, and I know how dramatic that sounds. But I mean it literally. And I want to use this post as a way to give thanks to a handful of the books that impacted my life.
Are you there, Judy? It’s me, Emily.

Judy Blume – Ah, where to start? All. The. Books. You were the best friend, the hip, cool Auntie, the good mother. The honest one. At a time in society when people didn’t talk about so many things, you did. You pointed out the naked emperors. You guided girls back to their bread crumb trails and out of the woods into themselves. You broke it to the world that children should be seen AND heard.
I owned all of your books. I used to rake leaves and fetch neighbors’ mail and whatever else I could do to earn money to buy your books.
Thank you for being the writer you are in this world.

 Anne Sexton – One of my favorite poets, for your confessional style. You opened Pandora’s Box. Your mind was flashbulb bright, your words brilliant. I pored over your poetry, which awoke something winged inside of me.
Laughter may be the best medicine, but so is art, and you knew that.

Second Star To The Right by Deborah Hautzig
There is Vivaldi in If You Find Me, and it’s a smiling thank you in your direction. A thank you, not only for turning readers on to Vivaldi, but most importantly, a thank you for your book, published when eating disorder fiction was scarce. And not just your book, but the depth and honesty of your writing – you blazed trails. You offered a voice for the voiceless suffering from anorexia. You used your talent to change a corner of the world.

Wasted by Marya Hornbacher

Wow, did you go there. Your 90s, in your face style shook things up. When I was your age and starving myself, all we had was Karen Carpenter’s death and a world puzzled by this new malady.
With this blog tour, I know what it’s like to break silence and speak out, in an effort to use ones voice for the good of others. You gave so many lost people courage and, most of all, the truth in all its majestic grittiness. The truth really does set us free.

Hunger Strike* by Susie Orbach

You get it! A professional who gets it! The earth shook beneath my feet, it was that much of a moment, for me.
I can’t thank you enough. You and your book were another link in the chain of eating disorder survival, and part of my own writing process, in the sense of matching language to the thought processes that were pretty much pre-language and, at that time, just beginning to become a conversation in the arena of public consciousness.

Solitaire by Amy Liu
As a teen, I used to sneak between the stacks, heart hammering in case anyone saw me, hunting down the one or two eating disorder books in existence, if the library even stocked them.
The first book I ever found was Solitaire, and it gave me so much hope. THANK YOU. If I could fly a thank you banner through the sky, I would. A seed of life grows inside us, when we find out we’re not alone.
I just bought Ms. Liu’s recent book, Gaining: the truth about life after eating disorders

I look forward to reading it as soon as I get a chance. It’s very important to show the other side: recovery.

The Forest For The Trees by Betsy Lerner
Words don’t exist for how much I love this book. I read it before I even began what I call the beginning of my publishing journey, Query Road, and as a writer, it was a friendly Mr. Tumnus sort of guide that provided both the street lights along the way and the encouragement every aspiring author needs.

And there you have it. Perhaps, like Carey, I wear my own “pee” coat, worried about how to answer the question: what books are your favorites, and who are your favorite authors?
Those are some above, and I’m forever grateful to these brave, shining, generous human beings.
 Growing up, I read to stay alive, to find my way, to find the light. And if any of my books can do that for someone else? For the children, most of all?
What books changed your life? Saved your life? Brightened-opened-enhanced your life? Please join us in the comments with a book or author and let’s give them a proper tribute!
*Author’s Note: I did not steal this library book! I bought it at the English Town Auction in English Town, NJ, for the ridiculously low price of $1.25.3>

About the Author

Emily’s Website / Goodreads / Twitter

Emily is a writer, a poet, and a lover of books. There’s never a time she’s without a book. Her debut novel, If You Find Me, will be available from St. Martin’s on March 26, 2013 and from Orion/Indigo UK on May 2, 2013.

When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her caring for her horses, dogs and family on a ranch in rural Arizona, where the desert’s tranquil beauty and rich wildlife often enter into her poetry and writing.

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19 Responses to “If You Find Me Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway”

  1. Amy

    Great post. I really loved Judy Blume too!! I haven’t read any of those other books though. I am really liking If You Find Me. I’m about 20% done now.

  2. Megan K.

    I’ve never heard of any of these books or authors (except perhaps Judy Blume), but it was nice getting to know the people who got you on the road to reading, Emily! For me, it would’ve been – so obviously – J.K. Rowling (HARRY POTTER) and Caroline Keene (NANCY DREW). And I’ve been a book lover ever since. <3 I don't know where I'd be without books, too. Books are a part of my life now – they are what define me. I love HARRY POTTER because it managed to get me through some tough spots in life, and I love NANCY DREW because of the simple mystery it provides. I'm really grateful to all these people!

    Thanks for sharing, Giselle and Emily. 🙂

  3. Molli Moran

    Aww, everything of Emily’s on this tour – guest post, Q&A, etc – has made me tear up, or want to. She is just so profound. I read a lot of Judy Blume as a kid too, and speaking from the pov of someone who felt like an outcast a great deal of the time until I was a teenager, a lot of the books I read AS a kid/pre-teen really helped me find my place. So yay for these books, and hugs to Emily.

    Thanks so much for being part of the tour, Giselle! <3

  4. Candace

    I preordered this book and it shipped so it should arrive any time. I LIVED on Judy Blume. ALL her books were are just AMAZING! I think describing her as the cool aunt is spot on!

  5. Randi M

    Excellent post! I love hearing about author’s reading lives. And books totally save. One that helped me as a teen was The Hobbit, which I read when I was 14 and my parents were going through a nasty divorce involving restraining orders and not having a relationship with that parent for a couple years. Anyway, The Hobbit really gave me that escape I needed at that point in my life – I got to escape my life and go to a new world for awhile. Definitely an important book for me. Thank you for being a tour host, Giselle, and thank you for the guest post, Emily!

  6. kimbacaffeinate

    Wonderful post, and I can associate events in my life with book releases, and series. Judy Blume immediately makes me think of 5th grade, I read every book of hers I could get my hand on..they felt so grown up to me..LOL Thank you Emily and Giselle 🙂

  7. Alexa Y.

    Oh books – books have definitely changed my life, and for the better. There’s something wonderful and extraordinarily beautiful about the effect that a bunch of words bound up in a book can change your entire life.

  8. Jenni @ Alluring Reads

    The only ones I have read on this list are some Judy Blume ones. But I do see a few that I want to look into because I think I could really like them. Thanks for sharing your favorites Emily! And thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Melanie

    What a lovely post! The tour has the most touching posts’ 😀 I really ought to read at least one of those books…Thanks Emily for sharing! <3

  10. Maji Bookshelf

    oh boy i really want to read this book! and I LOVE the post!! havent read any of the books mentioned, but I sure know a lot of people who read Judy Blume. thanks for the giveaway!
    – Farah

  11. Lauren

    Wonderful guest post! Judy Blume was essential to my teen years (and my mother’s too!). She is timeless. And yes, books absolutely save. Also, I read Wasted for a women’s studies class in college and it completely blew my mind with its confessional, gritty realism. This is an amazing list, I’ll have to check out these other books as well. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to read If You Find Me (especially after reading Giselle’s beautiful review).

  12. shoesforallsays

    Wasted was one of the books that really spoke to me when I was in my 20’s. It is a book I still re-read because I can’t really put into words how that book made me feel.