Sep 5, 2013

Blog Tour: A Missing Peace by Beth Fred

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Beth Fred's A Missing Peace, hosted by Itching for Books! This book has a romance that's a little different from what's out there in YA right now, which makes it sound intriguing. I've got everything you need to know about the book and author, plus an interview and giveaway. Check it out!

The Book
Title: A Missing Peace
Author: Beth Fred
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Publishing Date: September 1, 2013
Pages: 140
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A turbulent, emotionally charged YA novel that breaks down barriers and challenges the status quo...

Angry, seventeen-year-old Iraqi war refugee Mirriam Yohanna hates her new life in Killeen, Texas, where the main attraction is a military base, populated with spoiled army brats like Caleb Miller.

Caleb has much to be angry about too, including Mirriam who turns him down flat in front of everyone. Eager for retribution, Caleb agrees to a dare that will see him take Mirriam to the prom and regain his pride.

But their relationship soon moves beyond high school antics. Mirriam and Caleb are bound together by more than location, and as they are forced to work closely together on a school assignment, they start to uncover an explosive story that has the potential to ruin lives — and both of their futures. One single truth changes everything and strengthens their bond.

When Mirriam's family discovers their relationship, they decide it's time to arrange her marriage to a proper Iraqi man. Caleb must convince Mirriam that he is in it for forever — or risk losing her for good.

The Interview
In the form of a tweet, how would you describe A Missing Peace?
I'm going to go with the easy way out and take my original logline. Romeo & Juliet meets a military cover up.

What inspired you to write A Missing Peace?
Largely, life. I wanted to write something that said we're all just people, but that's because of my experiences as the wife of an immigrant from an Eastern culture and the sister/cousin/granddaughter of a soldier.

A Missing Peace pairs together a war refugee from Irag and an army brat from Texas. Why'd you put those two opposites together?
Well, it made people think. At least, I hope it did. This goes back to what I said earlier about wanting to write something that says we're all just people. By the end of the book Caleb and Mirriam don't see each other as a race, cliche, clique member, or stereotype. 

Is there a message you hope readers get from A Missing Peace?
If you read the book to the very last page, you will get the messages. Every one of them, and I don't mean the one I've repeated here today. If you read the book to the very last page, epilogue included and don't get the message email me. I've done something wrong. 

Using the letters of PEACE, how would you describe yourself?

Chocolate or vanilla?

Cake, cupcakes, or pie?

Favorite war movie?
Pearl Harbor

If you could go back in time to any war (not for a bad reason or anything), what time and war would you visit?
I don't know. Some small war in the middle ages, especially if I could get close up to a white knight. Or better yet a prince. Yeah. I want a prince. (I mean, I love my engineer but this is hypothetical and dream big, right)?

Currently reading?
Love Disguised, a ya historical romance about Shakespeare and a tomboyish orphan girl.

The Author
Meet Beth Fred! A full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. Beth likes her tea hot, her romance sweet, and her guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma'am, make promises they keep, and aren't afraid to profess their undying love. It's not breakfast if there aren't carbs (at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just a few of Beth's favorite things. Bet you can't guess where she's from.

The Giveaway
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