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Blog Tour: Blink Summer Reading Tour! (Interview+Giveaway)

Hello everyone, and welcome to the biggest tour I have ever been a part of! From July 22nd to August 2nd, OVER 70 POSTS (including reviews, interviews, guest posts and more!) will go up, so make sure you check out the schedule below to see what is going up and when. I will put they post type next to the blog name in case you just want to jump around!

Today I will be interviewing McCall Hoyle, the author of Meet The Sky and The Thing With Feathers! At the bottom of this loooong post, there will the the link and giveaway details so keep an eye out for those!

Let’s get into this!

Day 1

  • That Artsy Reader Girl – Summer Reading Tour Kick-Off

Day 2

  • Pages & Pugs – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
  • Mangeuse de Livres – Q&A with Annie Sullivan (French & English)
  • Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
  • Musings of a (Book) Girl – Christina June Guest Post
  • Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
  • A Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
  • Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
  • Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
  • Kayla Reads and Reviews – Book Review of Swing + Creative Post
  • Savings In Seconds – Book Review of Meet the Sky

Day 3

  • J.R.’s Book Reviews – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
  • Book-Keeping – Book Review of Meet the Sky
  • Musings of a (Book) Girl – Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton
  • Lifestyle of Me – Book Review of No Place Like Here
  • Shelf-Rated – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
  • Reading Authors Network – Book Review of Swing
  • Read At Night – Interview with Christina June
  • YA/NA Book Divas – Book Review of Swing
  • Cinnamon Summers – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes Inky Moments – Creative Post

Day 4

  • Marshmallow Pudding – Christina June Guest Post
  • Never Too Many to Read – Creative Post for No Place Like Here
  • Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
  • Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
  • FictitiousWonderland – Book Review + Creative Post for A Touch of Gold (Instagram)
  • Will Read Anything – Book Review of Meet the Sky
  • Kait Plus Books – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
  • The Reading Corner for All – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Instagram Post

Day 5

  • Adventures Thru Wonderland – McCall Hoyle Guest Post
  • Here’s to Happy Endings – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
  • What She Will Read – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
  • Starlight Reads – Book Playlist for Swing
  • Story-eyed Reviews – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
  • Library of a Book Witch – Book Review of A Touch of Gold Read At Night – Interview with McCall Hoyle
  • Will Read Anything – Book Review of Swing
  • Inky Moments – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes

Day 6

  • Beauty In the Binding – Author Q&A with Annie Sullivan
  • Onemused – Book Review of Meet the Sky (Instagram Photo)
  • A Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review of No Place Like Here
  • Cinnamon Summers – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
  • A Dream Within a Dream – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
  • A Bookish Dream – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
  • Savings In Seconds – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
  • FictitiousWonderland – Book Review + Creative Post for Pretty In Punxsutawney

Day 7

  • What She Will Read – Laurie Boyle Crompton Guest Post
  • Never Too Many to Read – Book Review of No Place Like Here
  • Starlight Reads – Book Review of Swing
  • YA/NA Book Divas – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
  • YA Media Consumer – Book Review of Meet the Sky
  • Some Books and Ramblings – Interview with McCall Hoyle (Me!)
  • Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Favorite Quotes
  • The Reading Corner for All – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Instagram Post

Day 8

  • Feed Your Fiction Addiction – McCall Hoyle Guest Post
  • Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Book Review of No Place Like Here
  • Book-Keeping – Book Review of Touch of Gold
  • Utopia State of Mind – Book Review of No Place Like Here
  • Kait Plus Books – Annie Sullivan Guest Post
  • Musings of a (Book) Girl – Book Review of Swing
  • Kait Plus Books – Laurie Boyle Crompton Guest Post Read At Night – No Place Like Here Creative Post
  • Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Favorite Quotes
  • Lifestyle of Me – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney

Day 9

  • Reading Authors Network – Creative Post for Swing
  • Story-eyed Reviews – Interview with Christina June
  • Two Points of Interest – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
  • The Secret Reader – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Creative Post
  • Belle’s Archive – Book Review of Swing
  • A Dream Within A Dream – Annie Sullivan Guest Post
  • Smada’s Book Smack – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
  • A Bookish Dream – Book Review of No Place Like Here
  • Adventures Thru Wonderland – Book Review of Meet the Sky

Day 10

  • Here’s to Happy Endings – Book Review of Meet the Sky
  • Belle’s Archive – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
  • The Secret Reader – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton + Creative Post
  • Smada’s Book Smack – Book Review of No Place Like Here
  • Faery Tales Are Real – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
  • Read At Night – Book Review of Swing + Creative Post
  • Two Points of Interest – Book Review of Swing

Meet The Sky by McCall Hoyle, published September 4th, 2018 by BLINK

Recommended reading age is 12+

Official Synopsis:

It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all.

With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future—keep the family business running, get accepted to veterinary school, and protect her mom and sister from another disaster. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control.

After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island with the last person she’d have chosen—the reckless and wild Finn Sanders, who broke her heart freshman year. As they struggle to find safety, Sophie learns that Finn has suffered his own heartbreak; but instead of playing it safe, Finn’s become the kind of guy who goes surfing in the eye of the hurricane. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.

McCall Hoyle

McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is a high school English teacher. Her own less-than-perfect teenage experiences and those of the girls she teaches inspire many of the struggles in her books. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets—a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She has an English degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day.

Welcome to the interview, the portion of this post you’ve all been waiting for! My questions will be bullet pointed, and McCall’s answers will be italicized. I hope you enjoy!

  • I used to live in NC, so having your books set there really drew me to them! What inspired you to set Meet The Sky and The Thing with Feathers in North Carolina?

When I graduated from college, I moved with my soon-to-be-husband to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We loved it there and lived there until our first child was born. Then we wanted to be closer to family and moved to the second most beautiful place in the state—Asheville.

Both of these places are ruggedly beautiful, and raw, and natural. They work so well symbolically, especially the Outer Banks with its isolation and almost constant threat of potentially dangerous weather, to mirror the emotional dangers of the world. I’m really drawn to places that have both the potential for great danger as well as great tranquility.

  • In Meet The Sky, Sophie gets separated from her family during hurricane evacuation. That has to be absolutely terrifying. My family actually evac’d to Savannah, GA  during Hurricane Florence from NC and I can’t imagine being separated from them during that. (Don’t worry, everything turned out fine for us) Why did you decide to write about a hurricane evacuation?

For people who live on the Outer Banks, which my husband and I did for several years, hurricanes, or at least the threat of them, are kind of a way of life. When Sophie first came to me as a character, she was grieving the loss of a loved one and needing to control her world and to protect the people and things that she truly loved. But my own father’s unexpected death proved to me that there are some things we just can’t control, and I thought what better teacher than Mother Nature to really drive that lesson home?

  • What are some upcoming releases you’re excited about?

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen released a few weeks ago, but I haven’t read it yet. She was one of my first introductions into the world of YA fiction, and I love everything she’s ever written. So it’s beside my bed and ready to be read. Kasie West also had a July release that I haven’t read yet, Maybe this Time, that I can’t wait for.

  • What has been the best book you’ve read so far this year?

I’ve been doing a lot of research for a middle grade book that I’m writing told from a dog’s point of view, so I’ve been reading anything I can get my hands on narrated by a dog. I’d been avoiding The Art of Racing in the Rain since my daughter read me the opening chapter several years ago, and I started tearing up a few pages in. I didn’t think I could handle a dog book that had me crying in chapter one. But I’m so glad I went back to it. For one, the movie releases next month. For another, it’s by far the most beautiful book I’ve read this year. The dog narrator, Enzo, is witty and wise, and it’s just a beautiful story of the power of unconditional love to redeem us as humans.

  • In The Thing With Feathers, the MC, Emilie has been home-schooled most of her life. I had been home-schooled since 4th grade due to bullying, and just graduated this year! What made you go with homeschooling? I almost never see books with home-schooled MC’s, so I’m pretty excited to pick that one up!

Although my husband and I are both public school teachers, my sister has home-schooled all three of her children from kindergarten through twelfth grades. Also, a couple of my favorite students were home-schooled for large chunks of their educations. If I weren’t so busy teaching other peoples’ children, I would be very interested in educating my own children at home. I don’t think one setting is better or worse than the other. I think families need to explore what works best for them and be willing to change when one or the other is not working—like in your situation.

In Emilie’s case, she was using home-school as a way to avoid interacting with the world. One of our jobs as authors is to make life difficult for our characters, so it made a lot of sense to push Emilie out of her comfort zone.

I want to thank McCall Hoyle, BLINK publishing and The Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting and allowing me to participate in this tour! It has such an awesome line up of bloggers, posts and books that I hope everyone enjoys it!

Below is the chance to win 1 copy of each book being spotlighted on this tour (X five!)!

  • A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
  • Meet The Sky by McCall Hoyle
  • No Place Like Here by Christine June
  • Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton
  • Swing by Kwame Alexander

Rules:

Must live in the US, be 18+ or have parents permission to disclose your mailing address.

Starts July 22nd, 2019 and ends August 2nd, 2019.

If you happen to win more than one bundle, you are expected to relinquish the extras or be disqualified from the giveaway all together.

Click the link to enter, and good luck!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86375/?

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