Saturday, June 1

Spensations Blog Tour: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

Hey Guys today we have a very special edition of Spensations. Not only are we having a book spotlight but it's also my turn to post for the epic Blog Tour for Spencer Hill Press' upcoming YA novel Breaking Glass but the wonderful Lisa Amowitz.

I am so excited to be on the blog tour for Lisa's Breaking Glass. I am dying to read this book but unfortunately my ARC still has yet to show up. I blame the stupid postal system ;)

Right from the moment I heard of this book I couldn't wait to read it. It just sounds epically awesome... check it out here!

Breaking Glass
Lisa Amowitz

Published By: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Genre: YA - Thriller/Horror/Mystery
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From Goodreads:On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, hes not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

Doesn't it just sound like the best?!?!?!
I serioulsy cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Ideally I would have liked to have a review up here but my ARC isn't here yet so watch this space and I will get a review up as soon as I can.

Now... Be excited! I have an exclusive K-Books Spensations interview with the fantastical Lisa Amowitz.

Hi Lisa

Thank you for being here on K-Books and joining me for this feature.

First of all I just want to say the biggest thank you for designing the Spensations banner. It’s so amazing!

You have a book, Breaking Glass coming out with Spencer Hill Press. What was the inspiration behind the story?

I can’t put my finger on any one source of my inspiration other than my summers in Upstate New York. I’m a city girl, so being surrounded by trees and such awakens my creativity. I also tend to observe people more closely as I am more relaxed and not rushing through my daily madness. Usually, this gets my mind wandering and the next thing I know some strange blend of the place I am at and the strange people I’ve studied becomes a book idea. I had the idea of a boy that is so obsessed with a girl that he’d do anything to find her when she disappears for a long while—probably over four years. I guess I had other books I wanted to write first (that would be a long dormant trilogy that will eventually find its way into the Spencer Hill Press lineup—but shhhh), so I let it ferment. Then, when I finally NAMED Jeremy, he started speaking to me in that snarky ironic voice of his. And there you have it. Sort of.

Is there any particular character that you enjoyed writing more than others?

Jeremy Glass, without a doubt. He is my favorite character I’ve ever written, and I’ve had “character crushes” before. I wouldn’t even say I have a crush on Jeremy. I just like him as a person. *Yeah, don’t go whispering behind my back!* I do think he’s real, lol!

Are there any particular scenes that you enjoy writing more than others?

I don’t want to give too much away, but I really loved the strange dream passages where Jeremy interacts with all sorts of people and objects, both dead, alive and mythical.

So Breaking Glass seems to be a mixture of mystery and thriller. Did you plan to have a mixture of genres?  

Yes and no. I knew I wanted to write a book that dealt with very real psychological issues, people without magical powers and a touch of the supernatural. I really just wanted to tell the story of this poor obsessed boy and that’s how it turned out!

Breaking Glass is categorized as the thriller/horror genre. What made you decide to write in this genre?  

See above. I like mystery. I like creepy. I like romance. I like real believable characters, not ciphers. To be honest my aspiration is to be known as mash-up of John Green, Maggie Stiefvater and Hitchcock. I know those are pretty lofty goals, but why not aim as high as I can?

So is there any inside information or sneak-peaks that you can give us?

Well, I am hoping to do a few things, if I get to them: First I want to make one of the animations that are described in the book after the madness of BEA. Second, if my son the photographer manages to replace his broken camera, I am planning to do a photo shoot with Jeremy and Susannah lookalikes. My daughter has a gorgeous friend who looks exactly like her and a guy friend who is a perfect Jeremy. So let’s hope this all happens over the summer! In the meantime, there is a Breaking Glass preview called SHARDS available as a free download at:

Breaking Glass is due for release in July. How excited are you about releasing the book into the world?

So excited that I am almost numb. I can tell if it is excitement or terror or a combination of both!

And finally what can we expect from you in the future after Breaking Glass?

In March 2014 the first book in the Finder series, called VISION is releasing with SHP. It is about a boy named Bobby whose sudden psychic attacks lead him on the path of a serial killer. It’s quite different from BREAKING GLASS. There may be up to four books in that series, but for now SHP has committed to two. There is also the trilogy I referenced earlier which is a flat out urban fantasy. I hope to release a graphic novel preview of that book—maybe late 2014, early 2015. Nothing is firm on that yet.

Getting to Know You – Quick Fire Round

Contemporary or Paranormal? Paranormal all the way!
Sci-Fi or Dystopia? Dystopia!
Hardcopy or E-Book? I buy a lot of ebooks but I still love a real book
Bookmark or Dog-Ear? I confess—dog-ear for paperbacks, bookmark for hardcover
Book or Movie? BOOK!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, damn it. What’s this vanilla of which you speak
Summer or Winter? I. Hate. Winter. I think it should be abolished.
Ice-Cream or Cake? Ice cream—but I try to avoid it at all costs.
Coffee or Tea? COFFEE!!!! COFFEE!!! (um can you tell?)
Nice guy or bad boy? Bad, bad, bad. Though I married the nice one. 

Thank you so much for being here on K-Books with us today and I hope you’ll join me again to talk closer than the release date.


Isn't she just the best?!?!
I adore her!

 Connect with Lisa...

Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
When she hit her teens, she realized that Long Island was too small for her and she needed to escape. So she went to college in Pittsburgh. Go figure.

On leaving college, Lisa became a graphic designer living in New York City. She eventually married her husband of a zillion years, had two lovely children, and was swept away to a fairy tale life in the Bronx, where, unbelievably there are more trees and wilderness than her hometown. She can see the Hudson River from her kitchen window.
Lisa has been a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art.


 Lisa... being the most awesomest person she is is doing a giveaway for the blog tour... did I mention it was awesome? ;)


(1) Custom Pendant like the one on the book cover ^^
(2) Signed Breaking Glass ARCs
(1) Original work of Breaking Glass related art created and signed by the author

That's it folks
And DON'T FORGET Breaking Glass releases July 9th

^^Click to be taken to pre-order page

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  1. Can't wait for this to come out!!!

  2. great to hear that!

  3. Thanks for having me, Kayleigh! This was a mammoth post!!! Yay! I love attention!

  4. Great interview!! Lisa is amazing. Love the blog! :-)

  5. Thanks, Toni!

  6. Brooke DelVecchio3 June 2013 at 11:17

    oh, the dream sequences were definitely some of my favorite to read for sure!!!!


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