Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Blog Tour: JUST SING by Rene Gilley + Giveaway

Today, I'm excited to be part of the JUST SING blog tour! I had the opportunity to read this book prior to its release and I loved it! Stay tuned for my review which will be posted tomorrow. And don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Just Sing
Book One

of the

Seven Oaks Series


René Gilley

“Follow your dreams, follow your heart, love your family and Just Sing."

Release Date: 5th June 2014

Genre: Young Adult/Performing Arts/Music

Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop

Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a top notch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.
But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.

Guest Post with Author of Just Sing- René Gilley

Is the YA genre a difficult genre to write and succeed in? Or do
you think the YA genre is becoming more popular in the literary world?

Great topic. To me the YA or young adult
genre is easy to write. It’s a genre I feel comfortable in and I think I have a
good grasp of the teen voice. But, I think it depends on the author. I took a
workshop a few years ago about writing in the young adult genre. There was an
author in there and she stated, “I need to learn about this young adult thing,
it seems like a gold mine.” Right then and there I knew she would not succeed.
First, everyone will tell you if you write for the money, good luck. I compare
writing to acting--a lot of people act and act well, but very few in the trade
are rich and famous. Second, if you have to try and write YA, I don’t think
your voice will come through to your reader. Writing young adult is natural to
me, it’s like I can’t get to the computer fast enough to get the YA stories out
of my head. So to me writing young adult is natural and easy, but nothing about
succeeding in the literary world is easy. It’s a lot of work, but like being a
parent it is a real labor of love. I write because I love it and I want to
share my stories with the world. I hope one day I’ll be considered successful,
but I know there will be a lot of blood, sweat, and tears shed to get there.
With all of that being said, I do think now
is a good time to write young adult. So many people are flocking to the new
adult genre, I’ve noticed in contests that agents and editors are actually
asking for young adult. And I really truly believe if you keep at it and you
love to write it you can be successful in the young adult genre. You may not be
rich and famous, but I do believe if you write a good story and continue to
write good stories, with interesting and strong characters you will gain
readers. And one thing I learned from writing fan fiction is that readers can
be very loyal and if they like one of your stories they will mostly likely
follow you and read more of what you write.

Thank you for your time and support ~ René

Connect With René Gilley
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Author Bio: 

By day, René Gilley works as a portfolio manager for a Fortune 50 company, but her nights and weekends are spent writing young adult and new adult romance books. Her brain never shuts off—always dreaming up new situations her characters can get into. 
Her California home is often the backdrop for her books. Her debut novel, Just Sing of the SEVEN OAKS SERIES, was years in the making. Like her character, René seeing Just Sing being published is a dream come true.
She’s a wife, mother to two beautiful daughters, and four dogs. She’s proud to be a triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor and believes in giving back through book profits to charities that support breast cancer. 

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Just Sing evolves mostly around Lily’s struggle with her family, the reality of her dreams, and her first relationship issues with the neighbors’ son Aiden. Honestly Lily is a truly amazing... She is strong-willed and her loyalty and love for her family is admirable. -Between Dreams and Reality Blog

With the popularity of shows like American Idol and The Voice, Gilley's Just Sing promises to bring high engagement to any YA reader who dreams of the stage, lives the stage, or enjoys the stage as a spectator... -Fictionally Yours Blog

Just Sing was a complete and pleasant surprise. There's not many YA novels out there that can capture my heart and soul wholly. And this book is definitely one of them. -Goodreads Review