Monday, September 22, 2014

Curves in the Road Blog Tour ~ Guest Post, Playlist & Giveaway

Book Info
Title- Curves in the Road
Series- The Southern Devotion Series #2 (Can be read as standalone)
By- Amy K McClung
Genre-New Adult
Publication Date-August 6th, 2014 
When you build a road from one place to another, it won't always be a straight line. Sometimes you have to add curves to move around the obstacles. Life is like that as well. Sometimes we have a straight path of what we want in life and we do everything we can to follow that path until suddenly a mountain appears and we have to veer off course to get around it. Even though we face those curves, it doesn't mean we won't end up on the same path we started. Then again, sometimes we discover roads that we never knew existed and that will get us to where we want to be.

Derrick Collins lives in Nashville TN with his six year old daughter, Katelyn. Derrick found love once before in a girl named Mary Jane, until she moved away to Florida to fulfill her dreams of becoming an engineer. Derrick's life hasn't been the same since Mary Jane left two years ago. His days are spent working long hours in order to give his daughter a good life. His social life is non-existent these days and he's decided it's time for a change. Derrick sets out to find his happily ever after once and for all.

Mary Jane Evans' life took a different path than she ever dreamed. She moved to Florida for an intern program at Disney. She left her life in Nashville that included childhood friends, family, and the first man she ever loved, Derrick Collins. Now it's time to decide if she will move back to that life or stay in the new one she has created for herself. Will Derrick still be waiting for her? What if she's been gone too long and he no longer cares?

Can these two find their paths back to each other or were there too many Curves in the Road?

Book Soundtrack
Say Something ~A Great Big World
Places I’ve Been ~Taylor Hicks
Your Body is a Wonderland ~John Mayer
Broken Road  ~Rascall Flatts
In Your Eyes ~Peter Gabriel
Break In ~Halestorm
Here’s To Us ~Halestorm
Daughters ~John Mayer
The Dance ~Garth Brooks
Perfect ~Pink

Guest Post
Writing Process

When a book idea hits me, I open a Word document and jot down the idea before I forget it. These days I have to make notes of what I go into another room for or I’ll forget as soon as I step through the door! In the document I usually note the story idea and come up with the names from that. Once the names are chosen, I open another Word document and begin writing every thought in my head until I can’t write anymore. Most of the books I start will be finished within sixty pages when I run out of all the first ideas I have. After that is done, I start at the beginning and add in events that lead up to each reveal or major event for the characters. Normally I do not write an outline. The only book I used an outline for was Curves in the Road because it went back and forth over a two year span of time and I needed to make sure each chapter flowed for the right time span. Outlines are nice to have, but they don’t work for me on average. Every story I’ve had started with a different idea for the ending. After delving into the characters lives and getting to know their strengths and weaknesses the endings changed. It’s interesting to go back to my original notes after I’ve completed a novel so that I can see how much the story developed along the way. When I experience writer’s block, my best cure for that has been music. I listen to songs and many times certain verses will inspire an entire scene for me. When I’m at work or away from my laptop and a scene hits me, I email the idea to myself.  After I decided where ‘The End’ is, I start the editing process. I go back through and read it to make sure it makes sense, the time span flows correctly, the characters stay true to themselves, etc before sending it for professional edits. 


About the Author
Amy K McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls. She married Daniel McClung in September 2005 and they currently reside just outside of Nashville. She graduated from Father Ryan High School in 1996. In 2002 obtained her general certification in medical coding and billing and in 2009 she obtained a specialty certification in Hospital medical coding and billing. Amy and her husband are both fans of fantasy novels as well as avid movie collectors. The Parker Harris Series is the first series of books by this author. Cascades of Moonlight is Book #1, Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales is Book #2, and The Dark Moon Book #3 and The Cold Moon Book #3.5 a Novella from Mitchell's POV. Her second series is a New Adult Contemporary Romance, The Southern Devotion Series, with each book having as a standalone novel with crossover characters. The first book in that series is For the Love of Gracie. Curves in the Road is her newest release as Book 3 in the NA series. Her favorite past times include watching movies, drawing, and reading fantasy novels. Her first book was a means of therapy for her as it enabled her to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in her life.  Her current work in progress is a spin-off of The Parker Harris Series called "The Crispin Sinclair Chronicles" that will be released in October 2014 as a YA Fantasy series.


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