The month of March is a HUGE month for YA releases and one I’m particularly excited about is Amy Trueblood’s NOTHING BUT SKY.  This historical fiction contains doesn’t come out until the end of the month, but we have a preview and interview to get you primed for release!  There are so many elements to this novel I’m excited about: from a daredevil girl who works against the social mores of the historical time period (WWI!), a boy who challenges her every step of the way and that she maybe wants to kiss and heart-stopping action. Find out more about NOTHING BUT SKY, the author, Amy Trueblood, and what inspired this story of perseverance, daredevil stunts and one final chance to prove yourself the world and to your harshest critic–yourself.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

Paperback, 284 pages

Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Flux

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Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she’s dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.

No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.

After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I’m Amy Trueblood and I write Young Adult and Adult fiction. I grew up in Southern California and Arizona. After graduating from college with a degree in journalism, I lived in Los Angeles and worked as an NBC page before returning to Arizona to start a career in advertising.

My wild life has allowed me to live in many places including Nashville (for six years), and it’s true what they say, it’s very easy to pick up the accent. While living in Music City, I worked for Ingram Book Group and fell in love with the world of publishing and writing after reading an ARC (advanced reading copy) of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Shortly thereafter, I started writing my first Young Adult novel and I haven’t stopped writing since!

 

INTERVIEW

 

1. Can you give us your 30-second elevator speech for Nothing But Sky?
Grace Lafferty, an eighteen-year-old wing-walker, thrills crowds with barrel rolls and loop-the-loops in hopes of making enough money to get to the 1922 World Aviation Expo. When one of her maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a film studio offers Grace a chance at a coveted Hollywood contract. But after a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether her life is worth risking for one final trick.
2. The premise for your novel is so unique (wing walkers!). What sparked the idea for this novel?
A few years ago I was visiting Chicago for a family event and went to the Museum of Science and Industry. On the top floor they had a biplane tethered to the ceiling. Next to the display was a placard with the name Ethel Dare. Her bio stated she was one of the first female wing walkers in American history. I wrote down her name in my phone. That night in the hotel as everyone slept I researched Ethel’s life and learned there were other women in this time period who were also brave daredevils. I knew then there was an amazing tale to tell and Grace’s story began to form in my head.
3. Why do you love Grace Lafferty and Henry Patton and why should we root for them?
I always knew I wanted Grace and Henry to be on even ground – to be equals. I wanted them to both admire and irritate each other at the same time and that created a great foundation for their love story. For me, in order for a relationship to be realistic it has to have its flaws. And while they battle and argue, Grace and Henry want each other to succeed and I hope that will make readers root for them. 
4. What are some of your favorite YA historical fictions of the era?
I adored McKelle George’s SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE (full disclosure – McKelle is my editor and is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!). I also enjoyed Libba Bray’s THE DIVINERS. Outside of the time period, I’ve been dazzled by YA Historicals like Stacey Lee’s OUTRUN THE MOON, Ruta Sepetys’ SALT TO THE SEA, and Mackenzi Lee’s GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE. 
5. Congratulations on publishing your debut novel this year! Can you give us some background on your particular road to becoming a published author?
I’ve been working on NOTHING BUT SKY since 2013. It’s been through at least FOUR full re-writes and I’ve lost count of the number of edits. It was on submission for close to two years before it finally sold to Flux. It has been a long journey to publication, but I wouldn’t trade what I’ve been through with this book for anything. It has taught me to persevere and believe in my writing. 

6. What advice would you give to authors just starting their publishing journey?

Focus on your own path. The only thing you can control is what you write. Others may get agents or publishing deals, and it may make you feel low, but the only thing you can do is work on your own journey. Open that Word document and move forward. I think once you become immersed in your next story you’ll remember why you write and the rest will fall into place. 

 

GIVEAWAY

You can win a SIGNED copy of NOTHING BUT SKY by Amy Trueblood + some bookish swag from the author! Directions to enter below:

  1. Follow our Blog (if via email, please give your email address in your comment)
  2. Like this post
  3. Tell us in the comments whether you’d be a wing walker or a mechanic
  4. US Only
  5. Giveaway ends March 8th at Midnight EST
  6. Winner will be announced on Friday, March 9th via reply to comments, so make sure to set notifications to ON.
  7. Winner will have 24 hours from notification to claim prize or another winner will be picked.

 

Good luck and happy reading!

~Carmen

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