Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Blog Tour, Guest Post, Giveaway: "Summerlypse"


Genre: YA Contemporary (adventure/romance)
Release date: June 20th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

After his crush rejects him, seventeen-year-old Colton catches a plane to Mexico, hoping to forget all about girls. But a night out at a dance club crowded with long legs in miniskirts doesn't help, especially when he meets the club's beautiful DJ, Alex.

In awe of her mixing skills, Colton finds it hard to believe Alex is deaf. As they bond, she asks him to help her win a DJ contest behind her rich, estranged father's back.

Colton's not a wimp or anything, but millionaires with armed bodyguards are not his ideal vacation buddies. The only problem—if he helps her, he may fly back home in a body bag.

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About the Author

Gerardo Delgadillo lives in the Dallas metropolitan area with his wife and children and dogs and cats and the occasional rabbit. Originally from San Francisco and raised in Mexico, he loves to write about contemporary teens in distress in English and EspaƱol. So no magic, dragons, or unicorns.

Gerardo's fun facts:
- At the tender age of sixteen, when giant lizards ruled the world, Gerardo was a DJ--turntables and all.
- Cloud computing is his area of expertise--just don't ask him what cloud computing means. 
- He loves football, the one played with the feet by footballers, La Liga from Spain being the best.

About his novels: 
- His writing must be emotional, or else… 
- He believes in the Oxford comma, but the Oxford comma doesn't believe in him. 
- Loves first person present tense POV.

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Guest Post

On Writing for Teens

Back in the day, I thought writing for teens was about the protagonist's age.


It is NOT.

In my novels, I try to become my main character—it's a state of mind, really. When writing young adult, I travel in my mind back to those teenage years and relive the odd, the aw, and the wonderful. And it's so difficult to channel those years without making the protagonist old-school or cartoon-ish or ugh or hell, no.

It gets better: The main character could be the opposite of teen-me. So research is imperative. Online searching or watching TV helps, but the best feedback comes from real teenagers who grimace when reading my novels, pointing out odd phrases and calling my age.

Because… you know… I'm old, but “young” ideas swirl in my head. So, I embrace these ideas, expand them, and try to come up with something unique.

Something me.

With a few less years.


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