YA Author Spotlight & GIveaway: Patty Blount!

*Giveaway!* Easy Entry! U.S. only~Ended 03/11/18 Theresa S. is the winner!
Today’s featured guest is Young Adult author  Patty Blount!

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Learn some fun facts about Patty in this short Q&A. Leave a question on the blog for a chance to win The Way It Hurts!
1. What genre(s) do you write? 
 I write young adult and contemporary romance, mostly, but
I’ve got some ideas for romantic suspsense and horror I can’t wait to
tackle. ​
 

2. Coffee or tea lover?   

 
Um, neither? I don’t like coffee, tea, or soda. I drink flavored ice tea occasionally, but I adore all things chocolate.

3. Name one thing on your bucket list.  


   
 We were JUST talking about our bucket lists tonight. On mine? I really
want to ride in a private jet once in my life. To me, that’s the
ultimate! ​

4. Do you have pets?    
 Not right now and I’m sad. I can’t convince my husband to let me get a puppy. ​

 5. When I wake up every morning I… look out the window and make sure the world is exactly as
I left it. This goes back to a nightmare I had when I was a kid in
which I go to sleep with green trees and blue sky and wake up to nuclear
winter. Every morning since I was about ten years old, I look out the
window and make sure it’s not real. ​

 6. Weirdest​ or unique thing you own.  

 
 Well, let me preface this by saying, “I’m old.” I grew up in the
eighties when big hair and crazy clothes were popular. One thing I still
have from way back then is a painted denim jacket. People used to paint
album covers on the back of their jackets. Still got my Led Zeppelin
one. ​

7. Do you have ​any hobbies or particular skills?    

 
I’m a pretty good baker. Every holiday, I get requests for my Italian Rainbow cookies.

8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?   

 
 My stories have an edge. I hope they’ll make people reading them kind of
mad, actually. I find when people are mad is when they take action. A
story like THE WAY IT HURTS should upset you and make you uncomfortable
before you finish it. ​

9. What inspired you to write The Way It Hurts?

 
I was inspired to write THE WAY IT HURTS
after a number of Twitter wars erupted a few years ago. Someone posts
something that’s a bit clue less or maybe a LOT clueless and then, half a
million people try to tell that person where they messed up. Sometimes,
this call out culture does great things. Others, it’s just a form of
bullying. I try to show both of those perspectives in this book. ​ 

Meet Patty Blount

More books by Patty

 Patty Blount grew up quiet and invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice
writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right.
Today, she’s the award-winning author of edgy, emotional contemporary
romance. Powered by way too much chocolate, Patty gives a voice to
characters facing realistic situations like rape (SOME BOYS, 2014),
bullying (SEND, 2012), and grief (NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, 2015). She
enjoys hearing from her readers so visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

The Way It Hurts

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There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there’s only one way to set things right…

Music
is Elijah’s life. His band plays loud and hard, and he’ll do anything
to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his
sister, who has special needs. So he’d rather be practicing when his
friends drag him to a musical in the next town…until the lead starts
to sing.

Kristen
dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother’s. She knows she needs
an edge to get into a competitive theater program–and being the star
in her high school musical isn’t going to cut it. The applause and the
attention only encourage her to work harder.


Elijah
can’t take his eyes off of Kristen’s performance, and snaps a photo of
her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody
misunderstands. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new
spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the
consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because
these threats don’t stay online…they follow them into real life.

Giveaway!

Winner is Theresa S!

Patty Blount is giving away an ebook of The Way It Hurts, (U.S. only) to one lucky commenter!

To enter, simply leave a question or comment about the author’s Q&A responses or about her books. Giveaway ends on 03/11/18.

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