Friday, April 29, 2016

Get Lost with Darcy Woods and Summer of Supernovas

I'm thrilled to have my friend and fellow Golden Heart finalist (and winner) on GLIAS today!.  Please meet the delightful Darcy Woods!

Before we get to the juicy details  - I want to make sure you know that Darcy is giving away the last signed ARC of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS!   Please make sure you comment for a chance to win.


MEET DARCY WOODS 

Young adult author Darcy Woods had three big loves in grade school: reading, writing, and pizza day. Some things never change. She lives in Michigan with her madly supportive husband, two tuxedo cats (who overdress for everything) and a closet full of neatly organized shoes. SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS is her Golden Heart-winning debut novel.


Tell the readers about your fabulous debut - SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS!  Release date --  MAY 10, 2016.

THE STORY BLURB


Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one girl’s race to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.

When zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love.

But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the astrology chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her dead mother’s legacy and the very system she’s faithfully followed through a lifetime of unfailing belief. 
Nan: I can't wait until this shows up on my Nook.  I have already pre-ordered!



READ A LITTLE 
Sadly, I don't have any excerpts in the wild yet. But there IS an exclusive chapter reveal coming soon on Bustle! And since I'm a firm believer in consolation prizes, here's a tiny taste of what you can expect from SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS…



Nan: Love it!


PRE-ORDER THE BOOK

A LIGHTING ROUND OF Q&A WITH DARCEY WOODS
NAN: How often to you get lost in a story?
DARCY: Every single day if I'm living right! Unfortunately I don't get to devour books at the speed I once did, but I still make reading a daily practice. That's what fills the well. Even if it's only thirty minutes while I'm sweating my ass off on the elliptical--I'll take it wherever I can get it! Next up in my diet of YA reads? The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn. Secrets, lies, and tangled truths… I AM SOLD!!!
Nan: I can't wait to read that one, too.  My TBR pile is toppling over!



NAN:  What is your hope for the future of the romance genre?
DARCY: Hold on, let me grab my rose-colored glasses. Ah, that's better. I dream of a world where people don't feel the need to apologize when they say they read romance. If a book makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes your heart hammer, makes you contemplate your immortal soul, or simply offers an escape from your own reality--THAT BOOK IS IMPORTANT. Which makes any preconceived notions about a genre's worth, irrelevant.
Nan: I can't wait for that to become a reality.

NAN: High Heels or Hiking Boots?
DARCY: No contest…HEELS. (Although never while hiking because I'm a practical gal at heart.) But I do require very specific heels--the kind with wedges and/or platforms. Since my affair with gravity is lifelong and I've been known to take an inelegant tumble, stability is key! And they need to be FUN. Here's one of my fave pairs that will accompany me to Nationals this year. I pretty much live in the shadow of these shoes.
Nan: I love these shoes!  They are so you!


NAN: Which already filmed movie represents your writing style?
DARCY: This is such a magnificent question! I honestly never gave it much thought until some recent reviewers mentioned it. So I'm going to sponge off their collective awesome and say, John Hughes. Think Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink for the millenials. Lots of humor. Lots of heart.
Nan: Fabulous comparisons.





NAN: What was the first story you remember writing?
DARCY: Oh, I'll do you one better, Nan! I have actual photographic evidence of one of the first short stories I wrote when I was four. As you'll see, it's a rather complex tale of an unlikely friendship between Fred the Shiny Frog, and Chipy the Chipmunk. They played. They shared. All was peaceful. It wasn't until much later I learned about this thing called conflict. (And also spelling and vocabulary, but I digress…) 
Nan: This is too funny!  Obviously, you were born to write.
 




NAN: What could we find in your heroine's purse?
DARCY: Well, her purse would definitely be vintage. And it would have her favorite lipstick--Parisian Pout, her license (even though she doesn't have her own car), a guitar pick from a forbidden boy, a tampon that will likely fall out at the worst possible moment, and her soul mate's astrology chart. Also, if physics allowed, she would squeeze in one of her gram's Hubba Hubba Hazelnut cupcakes.
Nan: I want one in my purse.  Which would not be vintage!


NAN'S GOTTA ASK: What color would you make the sky if it wasn’t going to be blue anymore and why?


DARCY'S GOTTA ANSWER:  Purple! I have ALWAYS had an affinity for the color purple. When I was little, I went through a phase where it was the only color I wanted to wear. So basically I went through a chunk of my childhood looking like a grape. But I stand by my fruity color!
Nan: Love purple!
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DARCY WOODS WANTS TO KNOW: Nan's question about my heroine's purse got me thinking… What's the strangest thing or combination of things in your purse right now? 

Me? I just found not one, but THREE different tubes of lipstick, plus a Cheddar Bunny with missing hindquarters.



So? What treasures did YOU find???

Nan:  Thank you for hanging with the crew today, Darcy!  Prosecco pouring for a fantastic launch of your debut.

Darcy's drawing will be open through Sunday - so please comment for a chance to win.

33 comments:

  1. A fun interview thank you.

    I LOVE purple. It comes in so many beautiful shades.

    My purse is full of practical things like; 10 pens, because if you only have one it does not work, an umbrella that also functions as a sunshade, wet wipes because eeew, a water bottle with cold, unsweetened fruit tea and all the usuals. Yes, it is big & stuffed full.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Wow, Mary--that IS a haul! :D Thanks for swinging by and rooting through your purse for us!!!

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  2. I've got a strawberry pencil, a hand cream in the shape of an owl and a penny in a foreign currency. My purse's pockets are mysterious places, seriously. ADORED THIS INTERVIEW, DARCY. <3 Can't wait to read your book!

    Leaving my email here too just in case - hazelstaybookish @ gmail dot com

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    1. So basically I want to hang out in your purse, Hazel. ;) EEEEEE! And thanks for the cheers & delightful comment! <3

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  3. So glad you could celebrate your debut with the crew -- Darcy! My purse - Oh dear - a bunch of receipts from last weeks visit to the new grandbaby, 2 sets of Post-it notes, my purple Chico tote bag (for shopping) pens and more pens, I'm like Mary - you can never have too many, my liquids in a ziplock from flying, 2 packs of Kleenex, Claritan (can you say allergies?) and bookmarks in case anyone asks what I do for a living!!

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    1. Ha! Oh, Nan, you ARE packin! Firstly, thank you so much for having me today! You ladies are the raddest and baddest!!! Secondly, I *just* got around to removing my "liquids ziploc" from traveling to RT 2 weeks ago, so I feel you! Hope you had a blast with the new grand baby! <3

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  4. Love the interview, Darcy!

    My purse usually collects things my grandchildren give me to hold for them. At the moment, I have 3 rhinestones and a "crest" necklace.

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    1. You purse sounds like a magical treasure chest, Larissa! Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting, Lucky sis! <3

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  5. Great interview, Darcy and Nan! I must admit that I once won a contest for carrying the heaviest purse (11 pounds!). Since then, I've downsized to just the essentials: wallet, lip gloss, a thousand pens, sunglasses (in case I need to be mysterious), hand sanitizer and a London Oyster (transit) Pass, because you never know when you'll end up in England and need to get on the tube or a double-decker bus! Can't wait to read your book, Darcy! Thanks for sharing the link to your excerpt!

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    1. 11 pounds?! Good gravy, Bonnie! How are you not a complete hunchback? Glad for the sake of your spine you are no longer carrying appliances! ;) A million thank yous for commenting and spreading your sunshiny cheer! <3

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  6. Fantastic interview - it's as funny as Darcy! I want one of those Hubba Hubba Hazelnut cupcakes.

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    1. Aww, thanks Gail! And yes, that cupcake looks pretty tantalizing, doesn't it? #mmm

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  7. Fun interview, Darcy! I love purple, too. When I was a teenager I did my whole room in purple. So looking forward to reading SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS. See you in July!!!

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    1. Haha! We are purple Gemini twinsies! :) Love it! Appreciate the flyby and unwavering support, Sandy! Can't wait to see you in San Diego, my friend! <3

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  8. Hi you two! So much fun and a fun question too. Just checked the purse and found a package of orthodontic rubber bands (I'm a mom can you tell?) a ziploc full of pecans, minty gum, earbuds, bookmarks, aromatherapy lotion and a tampon that will most definitely fall out at the wrong moment LOL! Looking forward to the big debut day!!

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    1. Should armageddon ever occur, I'm finding you and your purse, Amy! LOL! What a glorious smorgasbord of stuff. :) Thank you, love, for all the cheers and years of Spanx-like support! <3

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  9. You were a precocious little four year old, Darcy! That is quite impressive penmanship and a full story to boot! My purse: various migraine drugs I threw into a baggie which spilled out to the bottom of the purse and which might possibly look to the untrained person like I'm a druggie. Congrats on SoS and very much looking forward to it!!

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    1. Precocious is a very kind way of putting it, Miranda. ;) And imagining you galavanting around with a purse full of rogue pills just makes me smile. Thank you for commenting and your effervescent cheers, Lucky sis! <3

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  10. Great interview, Darcy! I can't wait to read your book! My purse at the moment is pared down--wallet, kleenex, wet wipes, lip gloss, pens and a notebook. As someone said earlier, you always need more than one pen! :)

    Congratulations on your debut!

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    1. So true, India. ;) And thank you so much for the warm cheers and commenting! <3

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  11. nothing weird

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. That's ok. I think the rest of us have you covered. ;)

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  12. Wonderful interview!
    Love the 4 year old story of the frog and chipmunk...unrequited love...maybe?

    My purse is as small as I can make it. The bigger, the more junk I carry

    Wallet, pen, hand sanitizer (a bit ocd), teeny-tiny notebook, phone, keys...pretty darn boring...putting myself to sleep here.
    So excited that your story is finally releasing. Give me a ya and a hoo!
    AE

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    1. LOL! Oh, AE, I think your teeny-tiny purse has all the essentials! Half crumbled cheddar bunnies are overrated anyway. ;) Thanks for stopping in and commenting, my sweet! And OMG, it IS almost release time… AHHHHH!

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  13. Brochures for new countertops and three different bags of cough drops (spring colds are no fun). Thanks for the chance! Love John Hughes movies!! Congrats on the book, Darcy. Sounds like a fun read!

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    1. There's just something inherently wrong about colds during nicer weather, isn't there? Feel better, Christy! Thanks so much for dropping by and the book well wishes! :)

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  14. Hey, Darcy! (Waving madly!) Sweet and clever as always! Can't wait to read your super-AWESOME book!

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    1. Heyyyy YOU! *madly waves back* Aww, you're the best Lucky Sis a girl could ask for--thank you!!! Your support means the world! <3

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  15. Nothing strange so far :D
    The cover is wonderful,sound great :)

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    1. No worries, Bube! I'm willing to share my strange. ;) And thank you so much for the cover love!

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  16. Thanks again for having me, Nan! I had an absolute blast learning what's in everyone's purses! :)

    Annnnnnd, we have a winner for the last Summer of Supernovas ARC! MIRANDA LIASSON! *tosses star-shaped confetti while slingshot-ing cupcakes* Congratulations! I'll be dropping SOS in the mail today! <3

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    1. It was so fun having you here! And congratulations Miranda!!

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    2. It was so fun having you here! And congratulations Miranda!!

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