5/05/2013

daynight Book Tour: Guest Post from Megan Thomason


On Tour with Prism Book Tours...


It's time to leave Earth and cross over to the other side... it's not as far away as you think!!


Planning Ahead - continued Mortality Bites

What a weird feeling. I started daynight over 3 years ago. I spent more than 6 months writing, and way more than 6 months doing edits and rewrites. For months at a time I let it sit on the “virtual shelf” while I attended to my family and waited for inspiration to hit. Since publishing last November, I’ve promoted it around the clock—doing author interviews, guest posts, blog tours, book blasts, read to reviews, submitting for professional reviews and awards, freebies, giveaways, free promotions, paid promotions and more. It’s been exhausting and exhilarating.

But it’s time to move on. While doing all the promoting above I started on daynight’s sequel, arbitrate. Then I was invited to participate in a YA dystopia anthology which would require me writing a dystopian short story. Thankfully I had one in my head—a story that needed to be told, but I couldn’t fit into arbitrate without adding a new character’s perspective (and three perspectives is plenty). So I put arbitrate on hold and have spent the last couple months writing and editing clean slate complex. Now that it’s released I’m going to spend 100% of my energy on arbitrate. I owe a first draft to my editor by early June to make an end-of-the-summer release. No pressure :).

There are some unique challenges when writing sequels that I want to discuss.

Literary handcuffs

When writing a first book or standalone book the world is your oyster. Anything is possible. But when writing a sequel, an author is constrained by “literary handcuffs” aka what was made “permanent” in the first book. I wrote a full teen romantic comedy trilogy before daynight (which I’ve chosen not to publish since it isn’t up to my current standards). Because I didn’t publish I was able to go back and change things as far back as book one while writing book three. Very convenient. But since daynight is published, I can’t do that. I had to think through the whole series before publishing—adding in the hooks needed for future books. This made it particularly challenging, but also was an excellent exercise to know the end from the beginning.

Keeping the “food” fresh

A lot of sequels fall short because the food goes stale. It’s a challenge to keep things fresh. Rehashing what happened in book one won’t be interesting to readers. There has to be new characters, a new plot (eg. Cleaving is done and dead…it has run its course), and character growth. New twists and turns have to be introduced. There needs to be just as much suspense about what is going to happen as with the first book.

Falling in love vs. Being in the relationship

There’s something magical about falling in love. It’s new, exciting and we love to watch it happen to the book characters we read about. What often happens in a series is that all the good stuff happens in book one and then we’re left with watching the “being in a relationship” part for the rest of the series. This can either be dull or exciting depending on the execution. Are there obstacles to get past? Did circumstances change? Or did the characters change? Is the character even with the right person? Particularly when we are talking about young adults finding their way in the world…it is not very realistic to have a “happily ever after” ending a short way in. If you somehow thought the ending of daynight was a happily ever after I’m going to apologize in advance. Life is messy and accordingly arbitrate’s going to be real messy.

Find out more about Clean Slate Complex and arbitrate on Mortality Bites!




About the author
Megan Thomason




Megan
Thomason
Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of he1step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan's first published novel, but fourth written one.

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by Megan Thomason
Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Creatspace
Purchase: Amazon

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.


Introducing...  the new Novella:  FREE for the Tour!


clean slate complex
by Megan Thomason
Purchase: Amazon

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Worldwide non-profit and do-gooder organization. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: hidden behind every kind act is a dark agenda designed to gain control and force societal and moral extremes. Currently, the SCI’s pushing Project Liberate, a program to woo the poor and downtrodden into their Clean Slate Complexes—where “everything is provided” from jobs to food, shelter, clothing, and education. Unfortunately, as with all things that sound too good to be true, there’s a catch…



Meet Alexa Knight. Feisty, tough and currently homeless in Los Angeles, Alexa agrees to help the SCI in return for medical care for her sick mother. When she starts to suspect there’s more to the SCI than meets the eye will she believe Adam—the boy who saved her life and the SCI’s biggest champion, or Joshua—the attractive enigma who sings about conspiracy theories and pretends to be someone he’s not?



Full of action, humor, romance, twists and turns, clean slate complex is a companion story to the highly-praised dystopian novel, daynight. It can be enjoyed before or after readingdaynight.



daynight Second Chances Giveaway:


Choose what you enter to win wisely. Your stay on Thera may be extended indefinitely.




Highlighting a different giveaway every daynight of the Tour... International Winners will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate and US Winners may choose $25 GC in lieu of Prize Package.

US only. International winners will receive $25 Amazon gift certificate. US winners can opt to receive $25 Amazon gift certificate in lieu of any prize package.Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Megan Thomason. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.



Become an SCI Recruit
The Second Chance Institute (daynight's Dystopia)

April   22 - Launch!
                - My Seryniti - Review
                - Little Library Muse
           23 - Tressa's Wishful Endings
                - Buckeye Girl Reads - Teaser
                - Marked by Books - Review
                - Red Headed Bookworm
Welcome to Thera!
Building Thera

           24 - Coffee Books and Me
                  Stressed Rach
                  Snuggling on the Sofa - Review
           25 - Christy's Cozy Corner - Teaser
                - All Fantasy Words - Review
Kira * Blake * Ethan
Character Backgrounds & Posters

           26 - Susie Q-Pons and Giveaways - Review
                - My Passion for Books - Review; Ethan
                - Paranormal opinion - Blake
                - The Cozy Reading Corner - Kira
                - Book, Books, the Magical Fruit - Teaser
                - Bookaroo-Ju - Teaser
           27 - Bookworm Lisa - The Characters
                - Getting Your Read On - Review
Cleaving
daynight's Controversy of "Cleaving"

           28 - Fantastical World of Wonders - Review
                - Pause Time
                - A Backwards Story
                - Beck Valley Books
           29 - I Am a Reader, Not a Writer - Teaser
                - Books Mystify - Review
                - Mel's Shelves - Review
Vacation on Earth!
Escapism

           30 - The Broke Book Bank - Review

                - Letters to the Cosmos - Review

                - Arriane Cruz 

                - Candace's Book Blog

May      1 - Life of a YA Girl - Review

                - Fuonlyknew - Teaser

                - Jack's Junk Drawer - Review

Risking Exile
Dystopian Survival 101


             2 - A Tiffyfit's Reading Corner - Review
                - Lovin' Los Libros - Review
                - Paulette's Papers
                - Becky's Barmy Book Blog 
             3 - Backing Books - Teaser
                - Book Snob - Review
             4 - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
                - Living a Goddess Life - Review; Recipe
Clean Slate Complex


             5 - Mortality Bites
                - The Book Eater
                - Deco My Heart - Review
             6 - Passion and Life - Teaser
                - The Reading Diaries - Review
             7 - Grand Finale Blast!!