Sunday, June 2, 2013

Author Event & Giveaway: Leila Howland of Nantucket Blue


Leila Howland of Nantucket Blue
Huntington Beach Barnes & Noble on Thursday, May 30, 2013

I had the pleasure of driving to my favorite Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach, CA to attend an author event for Leila Howland.  I was lucky enough to be a part of the Nantucket Blue blog tour for this amazing novel, which I enjoyed immensely. You can see my review here.

Nantucket Blue is the perfect YA Contemporary Romance, and if you’re still working on stock piling your summer reads, you have to add this novel to your selection. It's the perfect beach/pool-side read! And to help you out, be sure to check out the giveaway below where you can enter to win a signed copy of Nantucket Blue.

Well, back to this fun event… As with most of my book adventures lately, I was able to once again enjoy this author signing with my reading companion Rachel from The Readers Den. As always, she’s the organized one that seems to time her excursions to these events properly, so I must thank her for saving me a seat as I barely got there in time for the reading.

I truly enjoyed the excerpt that Leila Howland decided to share with us. The Cricket and Zack Fourth of July scene was one of my favorite in the entire novel, so I was definitely sitting at the edge of my seat as I heard Ms. Howland read this part of the novel. It’s always fun to hear how authors recreate their story through their vocal narration. The emotion and enthusiasm they infuse into their storytelling sheds a whole new light on how they felt during that moment they translated their story to paper. Excuse my nerd moment, but I just love the reading portion of these events. :P

When she was done with the scene, Ms. Howland opened it up for questions to the intimate gathering of book enthusiasts. She talked about YA literature being fun and vibrant and how she enjoys writing in this genre because it allows authors to be literal, deep and creative. She’s written in other genres, but YA seems to be her favorite.


When she started talking about the book, she was able to shed more light on one of the characters I had a tough time connecting with, so I appreciated Ms. Howland’s additional insight into Jules’s pain and anger that she experienced. Because this crowd was a bit more intimate, I gathered my nerve to ask about Cricket’s mom, and for those of you that have read Nantucket Blue… all I have to say are journal entries. I loved those!! Apparently, Ms. Howland enjoyed writing them as well. It allowed her to share a more humorous side to her style and most of all, it helped with the development of this character that was hard to write. I enjoyed it much.

Finally, for the exciting news!! Leila Howland announced that there will be a sequel to this novel and will be titled Nantucket Red. This second book will be about Cricket and Jules about one year after the first installment and will also take place in Nantucket.  I can’t wait!! This novel was shear bliss and I'm excited to continue Cricket’s story.


Now for the fun part!! Be sure to enter for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland. Simply fill out the rafflecopter and share a thoughtful comment about the post or anything book related. Good luck!
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39 comments:

  1. So jealous!! I always love going to author signings. You always learn something new!! I try to make it to all of the ones in my area. Sounds like you had fun :)

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    1. It was great fun Vivien. I hope you get to meet her soon. She was super sweet!

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  2. I love the cover and the book sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for a great post about this event. :)

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    1. The cover is great! I agree. You're welcome and good luck!

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  3. I don't know how organized I am, but I had a lot of fun with you here, Arlene! Leila was so nice and with the group being more intimate we really got to ask so many great questions and get wonderful insights.

    We'll see how organized I am at the ALA, lol! :)

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    1. I had a great time with you as always Rachel!! Watch out Chicago! Here we come. :)

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  4. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    LOVE it when authors read from their books:) You're right, it totally gives you a different perspective of what went into it:)

    Thank you so very much:)

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    1. The readings are my favorite part because of that. :D

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I never heard of this book before this giveaway and it sounds really good! I can;t wait to check it out! :) Thanks

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it Alicia! It's a great book!

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  6. I really enjoyed reading about Leila's take on things. Thanks for this awesome giveaway of Nantucket Blue and the chance to win it!

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    1. You're welcome Monja and good luck!

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  7. sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing about the signing! Looks like it was a lot of fun :)

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    1. You're welcome. Yes, it was a blast. :)

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  8. Ooh, I've never been to a book event before, so I'm definitely jealous of your experience! Leila sounds like such a nice person, and I'm glad you had a fantastic time. :)

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    1. I hope you get to read this soon Sophia!

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  9. This is probably my most anticipated book of the summer. The setting is absolutely my favorite type of read. I have heard so many great things about it and I was so excited to learn that there will be a sequel!!! Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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    1. I can't wait for the sequel either!! You're welcome Erin. :D

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  10. This sounds amazing! Thank you so much for a chance to win :)

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  11. This book sounds so great--a perfect summer read! And I have always wanted to go to an event where an author I love reads an excerpt from his/her book. I'm always curious when I'm reading certain passages how the author intended the exact tone or pace of the writing to be, so hearing them read it would be so unbelievable :D

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    1. It really is a great summer pick. I am too. I love to hear them read their books. :)

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  12. Sounds like a great event! Thanks for sharing with us! I am excited to read this and love that cover! Thanks again!

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    1. The cover is gorgeous! Agreed!! XD

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  13. Omaygash, It sounds amazing and the cover is sooo gorgeous! :) Thank for sharing this book \m/

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  14. Looks like alot of fun. Wish we had author events.

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    1. It was fun. Thank you for stopping by Holly!

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  15. This looks so great! Thanks for sharing with us! I adore that cover as well.
    Did the author have any say on the design of the book cover? Also, who in the author's life encouraged them to sit down and write their first book?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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    1. The author did mention that she had some say in the book cover. She was really pleased with the outcome. If I remember correctly, she'd been writing since she was very young. You're welcome!

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    1. It is Brooke! I hope you get to read it soon. XD

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  17. I love coastal settings with small towns, so this book looks like the perfect summer read with both those things. I have never been to an author event- there's not much near where I live, unfortunately. looks like such a great time!

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    1. I love those setting too Stephanie! One of my faves. :)

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  18. I have been reading such wonderful things about this book and cannot wait to read this so I am crossing my fingers that I win this amazing prize. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. It really is a great book. Glad to hear you've read good things about it. Good luck Tina!

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  19. I've still never made it to an author signing. I swear I will get to one sooner or later!! I wish more were in Connecticut... we get lonely out here! :)

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    1. I'll cross my fingers for you Lisa. :)

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  20. I have added this book to my Summer Reads that I want to read this summer, and I hope I can win it, because it always better to get a book free then to pay. Thanks for the great post!

    Becky Gardner

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