Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Blog Tour: The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler



Today I am super excited to be taking part in the blog tour for The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler.
Holly was able to squeeze time in her busy schedule to write me a post about her writing space. Make sure to keep reading after her post to learn more about the book, and to enter the giveaway.

Holly Schindler’s Writing Space + Sneak Peek of THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY

I’m a full-time author. Which means I spend plenty of time in my office (the former guest bedroom). But I think that I speak for all full-time authors when I say that, in a way, every room in my house has become an office. As long as I’ve got a computer (or notebook) and a writing companion, I can get a ton of work done.
Honestly, I can’t think of a room that hasn’t been the site of brainstorming sessions (even the shower becomes a writing area during brainstorming), drafting whirlwinds, endless email conversations with agents and editors, Skype visits, radio interviews (over the phone), and very vocal celebrations when word arrives that a book has been sold or revisions approved.
One of the coolest people I’ve “met” while working is Auggie. She’s the main character of THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, my debut MG, which releases February 6th! I can’t wait for the rest of the world to meet her. I’m so anxious to introduce her, in fact, that I wanted to offer a sneak peek into the book.
My favorite part of THE JUNCTION is Auggie’s voice. She speaks, to a great extent, in metaphors and similes—because she has a poetic view of the world. It’s that poetic view that allows her to become a folk artist. Early in the book, Auggie describes how she sees her old neighborhood following a brutal storm:

With the exception of some tree limbs lying in the middle of a few front yards and leaves scattered across the curbs and streets like confetti after a parade, the neighborhood hasn’t suffered much damage at all. In fact, the raindrops that haven’t dried up yet make the neighborhood glitter in the sun.
We amble through the streets of Serendipity Place, passing by the Window Hollis’s house. Just like it happens every time I get close to her home, my mind fills with the image of the beautiful irises that bloom in her yard every spring. I’m convinced the only place you’d ever see a blue as deep as her flowers is the bottom of the ocean.
And when Old Glory slows a bit up by Mrs. Shoemacker’s place, I swear, yet again, that there can’t be grass that thick and beautiful anywhere else—it’s as soft and plush as carpet in a movie star’s house.
At Ms. Dillbeck’s house, I notice that her front porch has weathered so many rainstorms, the boards sag in the middle and curl up at both ends. I think that old porch looks like it’s smiling…


About The Junction of Sunshine and Lucy
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.

Auggie Jones lives with her grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town. So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.” But Auggie is determined to prove that there’s more to her—and to her house—than meets the eye.

What starts out as a home renovation project quickly becomes much more as Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had—and redefine a whole town’s perception of beauty, one recycled sculpture at a time.

Holly Schindler’s feel-good story about the power one voice can have will inspire readers to speak from their hearts.

Reviews:
"...a heartwarming and uplifting story...[that] shines...with vibrant themes of community, self-empowerment and artistic vision delivered with a satisfying verve." – Kirkus Reviews

"Axioms like 'One man's trash is another man's treasure' and 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' come gracefully to life in Schindler's tale about the value of hard work and the power of community…Auggie's enthusiasm and unbridled creativity are infectious, and likeminded readers will envy her creative partnership with [her grandfather] Gus." – Publishers Weekly

About Holly
I dove headfirst into my writing pursuits after receiving my MA in English from Missouri (that’s pronounced Ma-zur-AH, for those of you not in the know) State University. After wearing out a mere half dozen keyboards (I’m completely serious) drafting enough manuscripts to form a pile that literally stretches from the floor to the ceiling of my office, I was ecstatic to release my debut novel, A Blue So Dark, with Flux. A Blue So Dark earned a starred review in Booklist, was named one of Booklist's Top 10 First Novels for Youth, received a silver medal from the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, and won a gold medal in the IPPYs. Playing Hurt, my first romance, released in 2011.

…Of course, as a writer, I’m going to be shouting from the rooftops about impending publications…but I’m also a hard-core literature junkie, and look forward to get book recommendations from fellow readers…

Also, as an author, I think it’s my job to dig out the best of each book—I become a better writer by identifying other writers’ strengths! That’s what you can expect to find in my reviews: an honest appreciation for what I perceive to be the most admirable quality in each new author I discover…

Find Holly
Twitter - Facebook - Author Site

Site for young readers
Holly Schindler’s Middles - hollyschindlermiddles.weebly.com. I’m especially excited about this site. I adored getting to interact with the YA readership online—usually through Twitter or FB. But I had to create a site where I could interact with the MG readership. I’m devoting a page on the site to reviews from young readers themselves! Be sure to send your young reader’s review through the Contact Me page.

Group Author Blogs
YA Outside the Lines (yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com) for YA authors and Smack Dab in the Middle (smack-dab-in-the-middle.blogspot.com) for MG authors.


THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY Trailer:


Be sure to enter this fabulous giveaway running from Jan 27-Feb 4
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The next stop on this tour is Medeia Sharif, so be sure to stop by there on 31st Jan to see what they have for you.

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