Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Fantastic Flying Book Club: Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards



Welcome to the 6th Fantastic Flying Book Club, Book Addicts!
For this event we have an amazing book to share with you, guys. Thanks to Romily Bernard, that was in of 5th FFBC event, we met an incredible author and had the opportunity to welcome to our club to Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards.
Saying we are in love with this story is not enough to explain how we feel about this book. And, you'll see yourself, that Natalie is not only a exceptional writer, but a wonderful person.
We thought that you would love to know a little bit more about Natalie and her debut novel, SIX MONTHS LATEr, so we have an exclusive interview with her for the opening tour day! YAY!
And what we always say? Showtime!


Six Months Later
Natalie Richards
336 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
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Chloe didn't think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.

What happened to her?

And why can't she remember?



Listen to the Six Months Later Playlist
by Natalie D. Richards

"I'll admit all of this was on here for different reasons.  Some of it, it's the lyrics -- some of them it was the feel.  But every single one of these songs reminds me of Chloe, Adam, Maggie and all the things that happened in Six Months Later.  :-)  Hope you enjoy!"





At seven, Natalie D. Richards wrote about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog. Her psychological thriller, Six Months Later, will be released in October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. Until then, you'll probably find her writing her next book or trying to wade through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom.





Omigosh, TOO HARD! So many I love! So, is this fair? Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Wintergirls, 13 Reasons Why, Neverwhere, A Great And Terrible Beauty, Find Me, Shiver, Poisonwood Bible, and more. LOL!


When the coffee is warm, the chair is cushy, the music is perfect, and I'm so swept up in what I'm writing, I don't notice any of it.

Love several, but right now it's a tie between Elementary and Falling Skies. Very excited about the way Sleepy Hollow's starting, though!


New? Iron Man (any) or Star Trek reboots. Old? The Empire Strikes Back



Spent on a sleepy beach in North Carolina


Zillions!  At the moments, probably Royals by Lorde, Applause by Lady Gaga, or Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood



Chocolate, Sushi, and Chipotle. You know, health food.  ;-)


TV?  Damon Salvatore.  (Oof.)  Book? I'd take either Noah or Ryan from Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, currently.


Both!

YA. Is there another genre? ;-) 

"Fiction is the truth inside the lie." -- Stephen King (at least I usually hear it credited to him.)

Great writing in any form at all. (Books, movies, TV shows, blog posts, etc.)

Writers owe absolutely everything to readers, in my opinion. You are the ones who treasure the joy of a great book. So, thanks for being who you are and doing what you do. You make my job possible. :-)




First off, thank YOU! You guys have been absolutely amazing and I am so thrilled to be here and to have your support behind me. :-) 

Okay, brace yourself for a corny moment. I know it sounds cheesy, but the very start of Six Months Later was a creepy dream I had about falling asleep and waking up feeling like a couple of minutes had passed. But when I glanced outside in said dream, it was a totally different season. It scared the heebie-jeebies out of me. From there, I spiraled through a list of questions -- what would it be like to forget six months of your life? What if everyone else remembered? What if everything was suddenly perfect but felt awful? Could you play along? Would you? 

It was a trail of creepy goodness. :-) 

There were sections of Six Months Later that were a total pain in the rear, but other parts that I flew right through. So, I'd say this one was a fair mix. So far, most of my writing projects have followed suit with that mix!



When Chloe falls asleep in Study Hall, she wakes up six months later to a suddenly perfect life. But why does everything feel so wrong? And why can't she remember any of it? 

For me the best thing about the story is the way it pulls you in and keeps you guessing. Several readers have echoed that sentiment, so I think that's one of the strongest features of the book. At least, I hope so!


Ah, Chloe. I love her. She's a bit of a slacker, but she knows what she wants. She can be a daredevil, but spends a lot of the book pretty understandably terrified. Chloe's a mix of a lot of things, and that's part of the reason I enjoyed her so much.


The way she loves. She doesn't do it in half-measures. Her fractured relationship with her best friend Maggie is a source of intense pain and conflict for her in the book. Part of why Chloe is so important to me is because her people are so important to her.


Chloe secrets? Hm. Well, she doesn't turn down dares. Like, ever. She's jumped off of bridges and streaked in the middle of winter. :-)


Blake is the lacrosse-playing, high-fiving good guy of the high school. He's friendly and popular, the kind of guy that lives on the honor roll and on the Homecoming Court. 

Adam is a completely different animal. He's an enigma in the school. Wickedly smart but a known juvenile delinquent. Quiet and a little reclusive, he's the kind of guy everyone notices and is careful to give a lot of space. 

So, naturally, I want to marry him. ;-)


Really shortly after waking up, I'd say... 

The best: 2150 (You'll see!) 
The worst: Maggie


Maggie is a free spirit, a creative type who doesn't care much what people think of her. She's a bit willowy and soft-spoken, so people might take her for a wilting violet. They would be so very wrong. 

Maggie and Chloe are two peas in a pod. They have the kind of friendship that's more like family. The whatever-it-is-we-will-deal-with-it-together kind of bond that Chloe desperately needs in this book. Too bad for her, she doesn't have it when she wakes up. ;-)


Aw!! You are so sweet! Thank you so much. This is actually a standalone, but I won't lie, I'd love the chance to explore what happens next for the entire crew. But sometimes, stories are best wrapped up on their own. 



I am, however, currently in edits with my second YA thriller, which I am absolutely crazy about. I can't say much yet, but I can tell you it's a book about a girl who makes a couple of disturbing discoveries and then is given an opportunity to make them right. But the opportunity might cost her more than she ever dreamed. Very scary and the characters in this book are just amazing. I'm so, so excited about this one and can't wait to say more.



Okay, I admit it, I received a request for a Dream Cast from another blogger too and I was ten kinds of excited! I mean, come on, browsing pictures of pretty people all day long? 

But the truth is, it was brutally hard. Who, I came up with wasn't necessarily the perfect coloring fit for everyone, but the faces and general "feel" of these actors (at least in the pictures that mattered to me!) felt right. 

So, my picks are: 

Maggie: Dakota Fanning 
Blake: Jonathan Keltz 
Chloe: Georgie Henley 
Adam: Kellan Lutz 

Note: Adam was SO hard. I'm dying to get other opinions, because I had a couple of actors that made a close second for me. Kellan is often blonder and always a little shorter and more "built" than Adam, but in certain pictures, he has a certain Adam-ness about him. Observe the smolder. ;-)






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SEPTEMBER 26th
Reader Rising -> Review + Dream Cast
Book Worm In Barrie -> Review
Book Swoon -> Review + Excerpt
Nick's Book Blog -> Review + Interview


SEPTEMBER 27th
Paper Cuts -> Review + Excerpt
Jessabella Reads -> Review + Guest Post
Curling Up With A Good Book -> Review + Dream Cast

SEPTEMBER 28th
Addicted 2 Novels -> Review + Excerpt
Doodle's Book Blog -> Review
Book Sp(l)ot Reviews -> Review + Dream Cast


SEPTEMBER 29th
The Bookish Outsider -> Review + Interview
Coffee, Books and Me -> Review + Favorite Quote


SEPTEMBER 30th
Some Like It Paranormal -> Review + Excerpt
Peace, Love And Fangirl -> Review + Dream Cast
The Life & Times of a Book Addict -> Review + Excerpt 


OCTOBER 1st
Forever 17 Books -> Review + Favorite Quote
Best Chick Lit -> Review
Literary Meanderings -> Review
Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog -> Review + Guest Post

OCTOBER 2nd
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club -> Find Me Review + Natalie's Guest Post
A Reading Nurse -> Six Months Later Review + Romily's Guest Post

OCTOBER 3rd
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club -> Six Months Later Review + Romily's Guest Post
A Reading Nurse -> Find Me Review + Natalie's Guest Post




  • There will be ONE winner
  • You must be 13 or older to enter this giveaway
  • It's an US/CAN ONLY giveaway. Sorry international readers! :(
  • Each day there will be available a #QOD (question of the day) in each participant blog. You can earn more points by answering the answers leaving a comment in the Blog Tour stops (the Schedule in this post will be updated daily).
  • For those who don't know how this works, the winners will be those who have participated the most. Meaning, the winners will be those who have more points. No Rafflecopter luck this time, Book Addicts. This is all on you now! If there's a draw, then the odds will decide and this time the Rafflecopter luck would be a major factor deciding if you win or not.

HUGE PRIZE:

Win (1) autographed book of SIX MONTHS LATER by Natalie D. Richards
Win (1) Starbucks Gift Card
Win some promo goodies: bracelet, bookmark, button and personal note!

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1) Choose TWO questions (OR more! ^^) from the "Interview with Natalie" and answer it. We would love to know something about you!

2) What do you think about the book? ;)


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6 comments:

  1. Favorite Book Genre...

    Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Historical Romance

    Favorite Quote...

    “There are always three sides to every memory…yours, theirs, and the truth, which lies somewhere in between the two”
    ― Sherrilyn Kenyon

    I haven't read it yet, but it looks like a good book and its now on my tbr. Thank you for holding a giveaway.

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    1. Love your Sherrilyn Keynyon quote! And it's super applicable to Six Months Later! I sure hope you enjoy it! Thanks so much for stopping by!! :-)

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    2. Thank you so much, Dalene, for sharing something about you with us and for stopping by! :D
      Also really happy to know that SIX MONTHS LATER is on your tbr now ;)

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  2. Hm...my comment disappeared! Clearly I did something wrong! This post is just beautiful, thank you so much for all of your work. You guys are so stinking talented and thorough. So lovely! :-)

    Thanks again so much for having me -- I'm super excited to be here. :-)

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    1. Natalie! :D
      I'm really happy you liked my work (*blush*). Although all the work is mainly yours! hahaha I love the interview ^^
      And I know about the 2150! :O Yep, but not saying a word! O.O
      Thank you so much for stopping by ;)

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