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Friday, May 24, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway: The Chemistry of Fate by Meradeth Houston (Blog Tour)


Please welcome Meradeth Houston, author of The Chemistry of Fate. For her blog tour she has written a great guest post about novel settings for all of us to enjoy. There is also a giveaway below for the ebook of The Chemistry of Fate and there is also a tour wide giveaway you can check out.

The Chemistry of Fate
by Meradeth Houston
Publisher: MustItUp Publishing
Find it at: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Summary
“They are everywhere, can be anyone, and are always the last person you’d expect.” When Tom stumbles across his grandfather’s journal, he’s convinced the old man was crazier than he thought. The book contains references to beings called the Sary, immortals who are assigned to save humans on the verge of suicide. They certainly aren’t allowed to fall in love with mortals. Which the journal claims Tom’s grandfather did, resulting in his expulsion from the Sary. As strange as the journal seems, Tom can’t get the stories out of his head; especially when he finds the photo of his grandfather’s wings.

Tom’s only distraction is Ari, the girl he studies with for their chemistry class.

Ari has one goal when she arrives in town: see how much Tom knows about the Sary and neutralize the situation. This isn’t a normal job, but protecting the secrecy of the Sary is vital. If Tom is a threat to exposing the Sary to the public, fate has a way of taking care of the situation, usually ending with the mortal’s death. While Ari spends time with Tom, he becomes more than just an assignment, but how far can a relationship go when she can’t tell him who she really is? When she finds out just how much Tom actually knows about the Sary, Ari is forced to choose between her wings, and her heart.

THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE is a companion to COLORS LIKE MEMORIES and is set before the latter takes place. It is geared toward an upper YA, or New Adult audience.

A Novel Setting

by Meradeth Houston


One of the things I love about some books is when they’re set in a place I know well and love, and the details are just right. Or, when I visit someplace I’ve only read about and I think about all the things that happened in the fictional world there. I’ve yet to spend any time in New York City (someday!) but I know that when I make it there I’m going to have all kinds of fun imagining all the books set in different parts of the city.


I will share one of my favorite examples: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron is one of my favorite books, and his depiction of Barcelona is just perfect and it made me love the book and city even more J.


When I started writing The Chemistry of Fate, I had it set on the campus where I lived at the time, back in California. But when I moved to Montana, I realized it worked so much better to be set in the city here. It’s smaller, with more outdoors activities, and the campus is so much more inviting and comfortable. Of course, that meant totally changing a few things to make the setting work, but I had to do it. (Now, I just hope I managed to get the details right enough that people don’t wonder why some crazy Californian was trying to write like they know anything about Montana J)

There was one scene at the end of the book that was really the crux of why I wanted to change the setting to here. Tom, the main character, is out for a walk to clear his head one evening and ends up in a kind of isolate area. I’m not going to say more, but this was perfect for Missoula, Montana. There’s a river that runs right through the middle of town, which is incredibly beautiful, and there are some great paths next to the river that fit precisely with the scene. This totally warmed my little author heart!

Of course, I AM a Californian trying to write about a state I haven’t lived in very long, so I definitely worry I didn’t get it “right” and I’ll hear about it J. Still, it was fun exploring my new city with an eye to what might work in my stories!

Have you ever read a book where the setting was a great example of a place you know well, or made you want to visit there?

Author Bio
Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

>She’s a Northern California girl, but now lives and teaches anthropology in Montana.
>When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!

>She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

Enter the below giveaway for a chance win the ebook of The Chemistry of Fate. Open Internationally. Details on the rafflecopter. I am sure most of you have heard that it looks like Google is preparing to shutdown Google Friend Connect. Because of this, I can't put it as an option for the first required entry of my giveaways anymore. Sorry GFC followers. I hope you are willing to follow me another way.


This is a Tour Wide Giveaway

43 comments:

  1. I used to have a diary/journal when I was younger but my brother found it and read it. I was so shocked about him doing that, that I never again kept one after that.

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    1. LOL, that's why I was scared to keep anything personal written down.

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    2. Oh no!! I would have been seriously angry!

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  2. I have this one to read :) It looks good :)
    I did keep a diary once, but I didn't want anyone else to read it either, so I'd end up writing it down and then tearing the pages out and shredding them! Apparently it's easier to hide if you write in on a computer and password protect the files. not sure I'd want to trust that either though!

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    1. LOL, yeah, I would feel better with a password protected computer doc but even then...

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    2. When I was a kid, I thought one of those little locks would keep my sister out--no such luck! A password would certainly be better!

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  3. I used to keep a diary, several years in a row. I threw them away to get rid of all that energy... Now I wish I wouldn't have thrown them out.

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  4. i have kept journals in the past and i will periodically write when times get tough

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    1. I totally find it helpful in tough times--it makes it easier to deal with things I think.

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  5. I did until my parents read! Uggg what a day :(

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    1. Oh my gosh!! Seriously? I would have been SO mad!!

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  6. Yes I've still got 3 diaries and 2 journals full of poems from when I was a kid. I really actually want to throw them away now because the poems are so full of heartache and hurt from teenage years. While I needed to get it out at the time, I don't really want it to be found if anything happens to me now because I've moved on and to be honest they would just hurt others. I know that may not make sense, but it is what it is.

    I pay the most attention to settings in stories in my dystopian novels I've found. I guess it's because they take the world as we know it and change it so drastically. Also, I really enjoy reading about New Orleans because I've always wanted to go there or Texas because I know it so well and it's funny to me to see if authors think we're all cow-people LOL. I really don't like the country and sure do not wear cowboy hats, but I certainly have an accent. Thank you so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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    1. lol, I am a Californian and I swear it always shocks people when I tell them I grew up on a ranch, not the beach--I love books that can change people's perceptions of stuff like that :)

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    2. My son and I were actually just talking about California because we've only been to San Diego so that's all he knows of it. We were discussing the fact that there are desert areas there. He was surprised by this but I let him know how large and diverse a state it really is. You get it ;) Thank you!

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  7. Thanks a million for hosting me! (I'm insanely late getting around to posts today--sorry!) Spreading the word now!

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting on the comments. I love when authors to that.

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  8. I used to keep a journal when I was younger, but i was terrible about remembering to write in it. It is around here somewhere. I remember wondering what type of voice to write in and "who" to write to, my future self? It was confusing to me!
    Funny about the Californian thing, I think too many people think all of CA is like Baywatch. Pshhh, whatever! :)

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    1. lol, I've heard the Baywatch thing, too! So totally not true!

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  9. Settings always draw me to a book, like New Orleans or a small-town. Montana is beautiful, I love traveling to Glacier National Park and camping there. Thanks for sharing this lovely guest post and the cover is pretty.

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    1. Glacier is amazing, isn't it? I can't wait for it to open this summer to do some hiking!

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  10. I've kept a journal off and on. I'll get really excited about it and buy a new one and then after a few weeks I start missing dates and then I just end up stopping. I like to have journals for writing book reviews in, though.

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    1. I like the idea of keeping a journal with book reviews!

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  11. Setting can play such a huge part in a story.

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    1. That's awesome! And a difficult time to find time to write in a journal--but I'm sure it'll be fun later :)

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  13. I've always kept a journal. I've got a minimum of a page a day rule. I think it'll just be beautiful when I grow old, and I'm too worn to even walk, but I'll have all my journals there to read. And I'll be able to daily laugh and cry and smile, reading my past experiences from being in my teens and twenties and so on.

    Though people seem to type their journal entries most of the time these days, I'm sticking to writing. :~)

    Thanks for reading, and good luck to everyone!!
    -Chrystal

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    1. I love your answer Chrystal!! I'm a big journal-er too and I do think they'll be incredibly fun when I'm old :)

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  14. I've always kept a journal -- since I was 6 or 7 years old to the present day, and I've kept all of them.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  15. Hi! I have and do have a journal. Ive kept one since i was little. It helps me release any tension or to remember special times! :)

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  16. This looks so great! Thanks for sharing with us! I adore that cover as well.
    Books like this make me wonder whether the author had any influence from friends and family while writing it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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    1. I know, right? I too love the cover.

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    2. Not too much influence from friends and family :) Just enough, I'd say! Glad you like the cover!

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  17. I have kept multiple journals! I like the privacy of a special book that is all mine, and writing my feelings down helps me deal with everything :)

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  18. Always looking for new authors (to me) to love. Can't wait to read this book!!

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  19. Darn it. I just missed the journal thing.. Oh well

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