Hello all! We here at the Autumn Bookshelf are really stoked to be able to be apart of this book tour for When Planets Fall! Be sure to read everything and enter the giveaway below!
When Planets Fall by Abby J. Reed
Releases: May 10th, 2017
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Series: Stars Fall Circle No. 1
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads
On a planet where the only difference between three tribes is their blood color, war is on the horizon. Breaker, an amputee, wants peace for his family and home. Malani, a kidnapped POW, wants to return home. Luka wants justice for his home. All three teens come together when Breaker is given seven days to fix a wrecked enemy starship or their home, and peace, is forfeit..
"In this richly imagined start to a new sci-fi series, Reed brings optimism to the goal of solving entrenched violence in a galaxy far, far away . . . A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war." -Kirkus Reviewsnets
About the author:
Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if. She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, WHEN PLANETS FALL, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.
Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint.
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Interview with the super sweet author (and fellow Browncoat), Abby J. Reed!:
What is your dream cast for the movie adaptation of your book?
I am terrible at picking actors. TERRIBLE. But I would love to have someone with an actual amputation for Breaker, migraines for Luka, and PTSD for Malani. Annnnnnnd for Breaker to have a really noticeable nose. I hate how main characters are so perfect. I mean, I have acne for life. My parents still have acne. Why can’t we have actors with real life acne? Maybe that’s just me.
If you had to choose a quote from your book to tattoo on yourself, which one would it be?
This is the best question. Either new hope, which is what Breaker names the ship. Or a lullaby of stars and tears, which is from a song in the book. It reminds me of both dreams and grief and how they weave together in life.
What was it that inspired the book? Were there any influences that you drew from?
The original spark came from a camp I attended in high school. The camp counselors who super hot, so I paid rapt attention to everything they said. Ha. But the theme was based around “strangers in a foreign land”. That phrase stayed with me. Then I wrote a short story about it in college for an assignment. And then that short story stayed with me. Eventually, it turned into a full book (after many, many changes). There weren’t any particular influences, though I did want a distinctive ship in it like Firefly’s Serenity because starships are awesome.
Which character do you identify with the most?
Totally depends on my mood. I’m cranky and migraining, Luka. When I’ve got a massive to-do list, Breaker. Most days, I’m a good cross between Malani and Tahnya (Breaker’s girlfriend). I’m more laid back, which puts me in Tahnya’s territory, but I’m less afraid to cross people, which makes me slide closer to Malani’s.
Were there any hurdles that you encountered while writing the book?
Oh yeaaaaahh. I have Chronic Migraine, which can make reading and writing very difficult. (I know . . . and I wanted to be an author???) So there’s many practical hurdles while editing. There were an obnoxious amount of days where I was so sick, someone had to come over and read the book aloud to me. I’d verbally tell them all the changes. It’is definitely not my favorite way to edit.
If you had to sell this book in a single sentence, how would you write it?
On a planet where the only difference between three warring tribes is their blood color, Breaker is given seven days to fix a wrecked enemy starship or his home, brother, and peace is forfeit.
Finally, what is the best piece of advice that you got whilst writing the book? Can you give some advice to young writers?
My dad actually told me this—integrity is knowing what is best for you. And doing it.
I think this is super important because people will tell you to keep pushing yourself and keep striving. While some of that is good, not all of it is. For me, I need to know what my body’s limits are and to them in order to keep from making my disorder worse. This is a different way of living with integrity.
His advice is mine too—do what’s best for you. There’s no shame or guilt in that.
Also, you are not your writing. Just because your writing sucks doesn’t mean you suck. Just because your writing is awesome doesn’t mean you are an awesome person and I want to be friends.
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Be sure to check out this wonderful book, which hits shelves in May, and of course, the rest of the tour!
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4/3/2017- Everything Marie- Review
4/4/2017- Jennifer Mary G.- Guest Post
4/4/2017- What the Cat Read- Review
4/5/2017- The Not So Public Library- Excerpt
4/5/2017- YA and Wine- Review
4/6/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf- Interview
4/6/2017- A Trail of Books Left Behind- Review
4/7/2017- Smada's Book Smack- Guest Post
4/7/2017- Kayl's Krazy Obsession- Review
4/10/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
4/10/2017- The Broke Book bank- Review
4/11/2017- Read Day and Night- Review
4/11/2017- Wishful Endings- Review
4/12/2017- Books,Dreams,Life- Excerpt
4/12/2017- Book-Keeping- Review
4/13/2017- Bibliobibuli YA- Interview
4/13/2017- Reese's Reviews- Review
4/14/2017- YA Book Madness- Guest Post
4/14/2017- Taking It One Book at a Time- Review
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