Wednesday, October 30

Spensations: Feature On... Running on Empty

Hey Guys,
Welcome to another installment of Spensations. This time I am featuring a very special book. It's the first book in the new Spencer Hill Romance Imprint, Tulip Romance. I am so beyond excited to get my hands on this book I'm practically bouncing to get my hands on it.

Introducing... Running on Empty

Running on Empty
Colette Ballard

Published By: Tulip Romance
Publication Date: November 25, 2013 (E-Book) / May 6, 2014 (Paperback)
Genre: YA - Suspenseful Romance
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From Goodreads:
What does it feel like when you die—in those final moments? Do you feel the physical pain, or just the pain of your regrets? What does it feel like when you realize you can’t answer these questions because you’re not the victim?

You’re the killer.

River Daniels lives an ordinary life as a high school junior growing up in the confines of rural Texas until her boyfriend’s brutal attack leaves her both a murderer and a fugitive. When River’s closest girlfriends come to her aid, they make a hasty decision to not only help her, but leave their own troubled lives behind and join in her escape. The girls manage to elude police for months, but with every near-miss, River’s life spirals further out of control, until she finally hits rock bottom. Realizing she must stop endangering her friends and find evidence proving she acted in self-defense, the girls decide to make a risky move. River must face her ugly past and the one person she was protecting the night her world caved in, the guy she has loved for as long as she can remember

Doesn't it just sound incredible? I cannot wait to read this!

Now please welcome the wonderful Colette...

Hi Colette,
Thank you for being here on K-Books and joining me for this feature.
Well I am such a massive fan of Spencer Hill Press, including the new imprints Spence City and Spencer Hill Contemporary. What’s it like being a part of the amazing Spencer Hill Press family?
It’s been super exciting! Marie Romero, my editor, is a genius and I’m extremely impressed by the way the rest of the staff has come together as a team to make this book happen!
So you have a book, Running on Empty, coming out with Spencer Hill Press in November. How excited are you about releasing it into the world?
Off-the-charts excited!!! My journey to publication has definitely been a marathon triathlon, not a sprint. J
Running on Empty is the first release from new imprint Tulip Romance. How does it feel to be the first Tulip Romance author?
SPECIAL!!! With all caps and lots of shouty explanation points. J Oh, and smiley faces.
So talk us through your typical writing routine.
Hmmm, since I have three kids to work my schedule around, I’m not sure anything is typical. But a great day for me is starting at 7:00a.m. as soon as they leave for the bus, sometime before noon fitting in a walk and lunch, then writing until about 4:00. After picking them up from sports, games, doing homework, dinner, bedtime etc., I like to work for a couple more hours until the brain goes to mush.
*Notice I left out household chores—they are not included in a “great day.”
Is there any particular character that you enjoyed writing more than others?
I honestly loved writing them all, but besides River, Kat was a lot of fun—she’s snarky, dry, and straightforward, but she’s also fiercely loyal. And she curses like a sailor. 
Are there any particular scenes that you enjoy writing more than others?
Well, there is this one particular make-out scene in ROE… I was very hesitant and chicken to write it at first but when my editor commanded encouraged me to turn up the heat, I stopped thinking and let it take me where it wanted to go. In fact, she even had me rein it in just a bit. J
But we’re both very happy with the way it turned out—it’s steamy yet emotional and it has a real purpose for being in there. 
So your book is about running from your past, what inspired you to write about this?
Like River, I grew up in a small town and often felt stifled. Sometimes I just wanted to get away and start all over. River imagines a different life but then her dreams become a horrific reality after her boyfriend attacks her.
What hit me from the blurb was the main character being a murderer and a fugitive. What inspired you to write about this issue?
Because it’s autobiographical.
Kidding… Believe it or not, this all started with a dream—the most vivid dream I’ve ever had. There is a scene where the girls are running away (this is on the cover blurb so I’m not giving anything away) and it was so intense that I woke up and just had to know what these teenage girls were running from that was so awful.
Killing her boyfriend is what my demented brain came up with.
Running on Empty is categorized as a Suspenseful Romance. What made you decide to write in this genre?
It was never a ‘decision’ on my part, it’s just where the story took me.
So is there any inside information or sneak-peaks that you can give us?
As a matter of fact, here’s the opening…
I always assumed my final moments on this planet would be more dramatic—that I would at least go out fighting. I thought I would be filled with panic, desperately clawing for that last breath like they do in the movies. But all I really felt was an eerie calmness, a peacefulness that wrapped around my whole body like a warm blanket. It figures that I'd find the feeling I'd been searching for just before my death.
While I waited for angels to swoop down and retrieve my spirit (assuming I was heading north instead of south), I thought of a book I’d once read. It suggested when we die we each experience our own kind of heaven with all five senses. I had made a mental list of my made-to-order heaven, and oddly, I was able to recall it as I lay there in a pool of warm blood.
If the book was right, then I looked forward to hearing the thunder of horses’ hooves, the familiar scent of a worn leather saddle, and the sweet taste of honeysuckle. I welcomed the sight of my Prince Charming on his noble steed (for me, this was the Stetson Cowboy on a brown and white Paint). Instead, a more realistic vision filled my head. It was The Texas Bulletin newspaper with my name listed under the obituary section—no front-page story, no color print, no bold type. It read simply: River Jade Daniels, age 17, dies of self-inflicted gun shot wound, which was so far from the truth…
And finally what can we expect from you in the future after Running on Empty?
Well…I’m very excited to say that I’m writing Kat’s story. More to come on that after the official announcement in Publisher’s Marketplace so stay tuned!
Getting to Know You – Quick Fire Round
Contemporary or Paranormal?  Contemporary
Sci-Fi or Dystopia?  Dystopian
Hardcopy or E-Book? Hardcopy
Bookmark or Dog-Ear? Bookmark
Book or Movie? Book, then movie
Chocolate or Vanilla? Depends on my mood
Summer or Winter? SUMMER!
Ice-Cream or Cake? Ice-cream
Coffee or Tea? Neither—I avoid caffeine—ask my critique group about this.
Nice guy or bad boy? Bad boy—until I met my husband. J
Thank you so much for being here on K-Books with us today and best of look with the release.
Thank you for having me—it’s been a pleasure!! J

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$10 Amazon gift card
5 signed bookmarks
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  1. A suspenseful romance sounds awesome! I want to read this!


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