Aug 2, 2014

Keepin' it Real with Kevin Emerson

Hello, real-life people (and aliens and imaginary friends)! Welcome to my stop on the Keepin' it Real blog tour, hosted by Kaitlin from Reading is My Treasure and Eli from RealityLapse! This tour is all about contemporary books and the authors who write them, and several authors will be featured. And lucky me, I get to have Kevin Emerson (Exile, The Atlanteans series) on the blog (and he's a local author)! So stick around, because Kevin is keepin' it real with a super cool interview, yo, AND there's a giveaway!

Please welcome the one and only Kevin Emerson as he discusses the...

Top Ten Songs That Would Make Great YA Book Titles (and be prominently featured in 
the movie's pivotal sequence)!

"Flashbulb Eyes" | Arcade Fire

Models by day, stolen-car-street-racers by night, 18-year-olds Maia and Carla know that the only thing more exciting than lighting up the red carpet is lighting up the rain-soaked streets of Miami. And that's before they meet dreamy Tico.

"Next Year" | Two Door Cinema Club

When their AP physics lab experiment goes awry, star-crossed Amy and Charlie become trapped in a time stream where they live only May 13 of each year. Can they find each other across the world and through the future, and can they ever get back home?

"Sick Muse" | Metric

When Lana dies her hair blonde in order to try to catch Chazz's eye, she has no idea she'll be mistaken for a dangerous serial killer wanted by the police, the mob, and a gorgeous talent agent.

"Black Tambourine" | Beck

The Black Tambourine is the coolest club in town. Asher would do anything to get a gig there with his band, not just because they might be seen by an industry rep, but also because Fiona, his crush, is a waitress there. Little does he know what Fiona's dad, a noted crime boss, has in store for him.

"If You're Feeling Sinister" 
Belle and Sebastian*

There have already been three suicides at the elite Pinnacle boarding school. When disturbed but enigmatic Jesse realizes they are only a few deaths away from the single year record, he tries to convince three students to take their lives. (*Every song title on this album would make a great book title.)

"Rumour Has It" | Adele

Scorned Alexis schemes to win her ex-boyfriend back from her scheming best friend by pretending to be a new student at school.

VERSION 2: In a gritty near-future, two teens trained as cat burglars at the same elite school (and also exes) find themselves competing for the same bejeweled prize in a tower high above San Francisco.

"Drive" | The Cars

After dropping off his girlfriend in L.A. so she can go off to the Peace Corps, Casey's long, lonely drive back to Boston takes a turn when he picks up Shana, a mysterious hitchhiker girl.

"Here Comes the Rain Again" | Eurythmics

During the 100 day monsoon that now strikes the west coast each year, the streets of Seattle become submerged and the coast is slowly washed away. Of all the times to finally meet a cute boy, Caroline runs into Thad the day before the first drops fall. 

"Naughty Naughty" | John Parr

"Judy and the Dream of Horses" 
Belle and Sebastian

"Any Way You Want It" | Journey

Other great titles: Naughty, Naughty (John Parr), Judy and the Dream of Horses (Belle and Sebastian), Any Way You Want It (Journey), and...?

[Beauty and the Bookshelf: OH MY GOSH, Kevin Emerson. It's like I just read a bunch of awesome mini-synopses and I want to add them to Goodreads. BUT I CAN'T. You're going to write them, right? RIGHT?]

Title: Exile
Author: Kevin Emerson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publishing Date: April 29, 2014
Pages: 320
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Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

Kevin Emerson is the author of the Exile series, The Atlanteans series, The Fellowship for Alien Detection, the Oliver Nocturne series, and Carlos Is Gonna Get It. Musician in THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. Former K-8 science teacher, currently teaching with Richard Hugo House and Writers in the Schools. Originally from Cheshire, CT, now living in Seattle, by way of Boston.

What's better than Kevin Emerson giving away a hardcover of Exile? Kevin Emerson giving away a SIGNED hardcover of Exile! Here's the fine print:

-US only.
-Don't cheat, because if you do, your entry(ies) will be disqualified.
-Neither Rachel of Beauty and the Bookshelf nor Kevin Emerson nor the people of Keepin' it Real are responsible for any lost or damaged prizes.
-Contest begins Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. EST and ends on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. EST.
-Winner will either be tweeted and/or emailed and will have forty-eight hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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  1. Two Door Cinema Club also makes a good bookcover, if you ask me! Interesting topic! I really like it! :D

  2. Oh I was afraid I wouldn't know any of the songs, but it's good. I know few. Anyhow I love ideas there and those titles would be really catchy. I have heard so much about Exile too :) Great post :)

  3. I love Two Door Cinema Club. I think Cigarettes In The Theater would be a good novel title. Oh, as well as Twisted Halos (by Framing Hanley).

  4. Actually I think Rumour Has It would be a good book title. It sounds like it could be a story about gossip+dramatic scenes. Haha, not that original ^_^

  5. I love this! All those titles are brilliant, I hope someone uses them for their book. If You're Feeling Sinister and Naughty Naughty would be great.

  6. This is such a fun top tens list! I wish some of these were for real books. :D "If You're Feeling Sinister" sounds like a great book title.

    Thank you for being a part of this event!

  7. maybe a Katy Perry song

  8. Love the idea behind Rumour Has It and Anyway You Want It, would read them in a heartbeat.

    Due to my daughter talking to me I completely forgot it was a US only giveaway when entering, however I still thought I would promote it on twitter, good luck to everyone in the US :)

  9. Oh, I love this idea! Such a fun interview idea, and I totally agree- I would want to read a few of those books for sure!

  10. Like the idea of Rumour Has It! :)

    Hmm, a good song title... I think I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift would be neat! :)

  11. Don't Let Me Cave In by The Wonder Years

  12. I really like the idea of Rumour Has It too! I also think Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri would make a cool title.

  13. Oh my gosh! How does he do that! Amazing! Thanks for the very, very cool interview!

  14. lol, what a great idea!! Those synopsises sounded really interesting too. Your book sounds wonderful as well. Cool post idea!!

  15. Love. This. Seriously. So creative. There are a lot of good song titles that would make interesting book titles. I especially love from this list:
    Rumour Has It, If You're Feeling Sinister and Any Way You Want It. :D

    I think that some Ramones titles could make interesting book titles. Like: Rockaway Beach, Teenage Lobotomy, and I Wanna Be Sedated.
    Great post. Love it.


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