Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Blog Tour // Guet Post with Kelley York {Author of HUSHED}

Today we have the wonderful Kelley York stopping by as a part of her HUSHED book tour! I would like to thank the people over at Entangled Publishing for making this possible!

What Type of Romantic Are You?

If the amount of romance in your books tells something about how romantic you are, then I think I’m in trouble.

It isn’t that I don’t like romance, because I do! I love it in books. In fact, I often feel something is lacking if there isn’t a little bit of lovey dovey stuff. There characters don’t even have to get together (or stay together), but I love that kind of strong emotional connection. I can think of several books where the romantic aspects either made or broke the story for me.

My plots are never romance-propelled. I always write stories about something else with a bit of romance weaved in. HUSHED isn’t a romance. It’s a thriller that happens to have a weird twist of love in it. Sometimes, this makes me sad, because I know so many readers love the romance in books and I don’t feel like I can deliver these epic love stories. All I can do is write what I write and hope people enjoy it, romantic or no.

I like slow-burn romance. (Evan and Archer are very much that way.) The instant love-at-first-sight stuff very, very rarely works for me. I like tension building, slow realization, and hesitation. I recently finished SAVING JUNE and thought the romance in that was well done. Then we can take a book like IMAGINARY GIRLS, which doesn’t really have romance in it. Just a little, and it isn’t the center of the book, but it creates its own quiet subplot which lends to the overall plot and makes the book that much more amazing.

I love a couple who will honestly make me think “will they, won’t they?” And sometimes, I like to be surprised when it turns out they don’t work out after all. A mixture really is what I love to see in books.

All this is, of course, a personal preference. I have friends who love romance-centric books where the relationship pushes the rest of the story and there’s nothing wrong with that. I hope there are plenty of others out there who like the romances that I’m capable of delivering.

What say you, readers? What kind of romances are you pining for? 

'Kelley York delivers in this impressive debut. I was at the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next! Bottom line, this was unputdownable!!!' --- YA Fantasy Guide ---

'How exciting that we live in a time when gay teen protagonists can be just as screwed up as straight ones -- and their stories just as creepy!' --- Brent Hartinger, award-winning author of Geography Club and Shadow Walkers ---

Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides
with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she
does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a
fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky
or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to
pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.

Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.

He's saved her. He's loved her. He's killed for her. Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn't protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he's never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn't matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another - Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed. Then along comes Evan, the only person who's ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is. But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer's committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn't get what she wants...And what she wants is Evan's death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

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