10 February 2016

Blog Tour: Entrall by M. R. Reed

Enthrall by MR Reed
Blog Tour
February 1-12th, 2016

After years of being a helpless witness to his alcoholic father’s abuse towards his family, seventeen-year-old Miles Boswell has just about reached his breaking point. He dreams of the day where he can leave everything behind and begin a new life on his own -- that is, until he discovers that he has the ability to control people’s minds. Suddenly, the odds are overwhelmingly in his favor.

But what begins as the answer to all of his problems soon causes him to question his every thought when he captures the attention of August Sylvan, who seems to be the girl of his dreams. As someone who has limited experience with girls, Miles can’t help but wonder -- where do his powers end, and where does reality begin? 

At the same time, he finds himself at constant odds with his morals and his potentially warped sense of justice...and soon discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems.

This book contains strong language, violent scenes, and some sexual content. 

Meet M. R. Reed,

Our formative years are the ones that stick with us the most--you know, those tirelessly frustrating yet unforgettably magical moments that shape us into the people that we will become. The music that I liked as a teenager, the books that I read, the relationships that I created (and destroyed)...those are the things that I think truly formed the adult that I am today. I still love those things. I still think about those things. I still harbor a lot of anger in relation to the events that I experienced as a teenager, and it does nothing but fuel my creative spirit.
And that's what I like to write about: Teenagers, and all of their idiosyncrasies, and concerns, and that whole unintentionally egocentric view that they have about their worlds. I find it fascinating. I'm thankful every day that I'm no longer a teenager, but I have to admit that it's a interesting time to look back on.
Miles and August encompass a lot of me, and my experiences, and my observations. The music, books, and beliefs that I held at that time inspired me to write about the events that take place in Enthrall. My intense hope is that somebody reads it and is able to relate, or get through a difficult time, and just know that somebody understands what he/she is going through (at least a little bit.) That's what music and books did for me. I hope to pay it forward. 

Interview with Reed,
P: What are the hardest/most rewarding parts about being a writer?
M.R.: The hardest part for me personally is finding time to write. I'm also a high school English teacher and a mom, so free time is not readily available to me. As for most rewarding, there are two things that stand out--first, being able to live out scenarios that you probably never would in real life simply by being able to dream it and put it on a page. Second, when readers tell me that they stayed up until the wee hours of the morning because they couldn't put my book down.

P: What advice can you give new writers just starting out?M.R.: Revise. Over and over again. Even when you think it's perfect, go back in a week and look again. Things that sounded great at first often look dumb, or poorly worded, or unnecessary later on. Also, get anybody that you can to read your drafts, and ask them to be honest. You don't always have to agree with their suggestions, but it's helpful to see how a fresh pair of eyes interpret your story and your characters.

P: What made you want to write young adult? M.R.: Like many people, being a teenager sucked for me. I had unsupportive parents, I was horribly awkward, and music and books were my escape. If I can help one person get through adolescence a little easier, then I'll feel like I've done something worthwhile. Sometimes feeling like there's someone else out there who understands you or who's been through something similar to your situation can be a tremendous help. 

P: What motivates you to sit down and write? M.R.: Knowing that I have a story to tell. Knowing that I have these characters in my head, bursting at the seams, desperate for everyone to know about their lives and their struggles.

P: Lastly, Do any of you have street teams, or beta readers, or even just a newsletter that me or my followers can sign up to be apart of for upcoming releases?M.R.: The closest thing that I have to that is a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/M-R-Reed-880666808627518/
And a Tumblr: whatsername-derbygirl.tumblr.com  

Thank you so much to M. R. Reed for answering questions for my blog today! If anyone has read her book let me know in the comments, if not what are you waiting for?

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