Today I am kicking off another blog tour for Amalie Howard. I have the awesome Strange Chemistry book, THE ALMOST GIRL touring on my blog, Lady Reader’s Bookstuff.
Amalie Howard and her upcoming new release, "THE ALMOST GIRL " (January 7th) is touring with JKS Communications.
Check out the stellar Playlist and Amalie's reasoning for creating a playlist for each novel she writes. I hope you totally dig it!
*OFFICIAL PLAYLIST: THE ALMOST GIRL*
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Emily BrowningBlue by GeminiSalva Mea by FaithlessGlow (Original) by Butterfly CrashSet Fire to the Rain by AdeleRun by Leona LewisReptile's Theme by SkrillexDust Eater (Dubstep Remix) by BlackburnerHyphycide by Nit GriTPressure (Alesso Radio Edit) by Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex KenjiUnfinished Sympathy by Massive AttackZombie by The CranberriesLet the Drummer Kick by Citizen CopeAlive by Leona LewisGame On Symphonic Mix by District 78Cracks (feat. Belle Humble) [Flux Pavilion Remix] by FreestylersSanctuary (Radio Edit) by Gareth Emery & Lucy SaundersI Can't Stop by Flux Pavilion LinesWeightless by Black LabCrimson Phoenix by Atlas Plug (separate embed) **
As part of my creative process, I create a playlist for every book that I write. I usually pick out the songs beforehand when I have a budding idea for a story, but it’s a work in progress as the story progresses. For me, the right piece of music can make a scene flow magically, whether it’s a romantic scene or an action sequence. Sometimes, I’ll have a certain song on repeat depending on the scene I’m writing.Many of the songs in THE ALMOST GIRL are Dubstep—there’s just something about the heavy bass and the electronic sounds that make me sink into the parallel universe of Neospes and into the mind of my protagonist.Other songs embodied specific characters or certain scenes. “Run” by Leona Lewis is Riven’s song for Shae—I may have shed a tear or two when writing some of the scenes between the two sisters. “Reptile” by Skrillex is the song that drove most of the scenes in the Outers of the parallel dimension with the hybroids. In fact, that is how those creatures got their nickname!
A rising star among young adult writers, Amalie Howard developed a loyal following after releasing her debut book, “Bloodspell,” in 2011.Now, she is returning with five new books that are sure to excite her devoted fans and catch the attention of new readers.A bookworm from the beginning, Howard grew up on a small island in the Caribbean with her nose buried in books. When she was just 13 years old, her poem “The Candle” was published in a University of Warwick journal, marking a sign of great things to come. Howard immersed her into other cultures, globetrotting through 22 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. After moving to the United States, she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from Colby College in Maine. She also holds a certificate in French literature from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France.Traveling around the world, Howard has lent talents as a research assistant, marketing representative, freelance writer, teen speaker, blogger and global sales executive.Howard is a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society award, an international youth writing competition. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.Howard’s first book, “Bloodspell” (June 2011, Langdon Street Press) earned rave reviews and was named a Seventeen Magazine Summer Beach Read. Readers will hear more from Howard as she releases a pair of two-book series, “Waterfell” (November 2013, Harlequin TEEN) and “The Almost Girl” (January 2014, Strange Chemistry), as well as “Alpha Goddess” (March 2014, Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press) over the next two years.
Howard lives in New York with her husband, three children and one willful feline that she is convinced may have been a witch’s cat in a past life.
Continuing a tradition of strong female characters, “The Almost Girl” (January 7, 2014, Strange Chemistry) introduces readers to a tough, independent soldier from a parallel universe who is thrown into an earthly mission that has her second guessing life as she knows it.
“The Almost Girl” is first in a two-book series.
“A riveting union of science fiction thriller, romance, family drama, and conspiracy theory, The Almost Girl had me wishing I could crawl inside the pages and join Riven on her epic journey between parallel worlds. Amalie Howard’s writing is sharp and smart. I’m definitely craving the next installment!” – Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and The Cursed“Amalie Howard writes a fast paced and thrilling story with a kick butt, authentic heroine and a brilliantly crafted world.” – Eve Silver, author of Rush
“The Almost Girl is a feminist tour de force. It is filled with powerful, interesting female characters. Riven is one of my favorite fictional characters ever; she is fierce, passionate, funny and smart. This sexy, fast-paced story is impossible to put down. A must read! Fans of Divergent will love it!” – Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked