Happy New Years Eve everyone, and thank you for stopping in to check out my guest post stop with author of PASSENGER, Alexandra Bracken! I’m so excited to have her on Me, My Shelf and I today! While you’re here, don’t forget to check out the awesome giveaway Rock Star Book Tours is hosting along with this tour!
About the Book
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 5th, 2016 Pages: 464
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever
Guest Post: A Day In The LIfe of Alexandra Bracken
Every day is a little different, but, you know, a variation on a similar theme. Here’s one from last week!
7:30 AM: Wake before my alarm to find that the puppy is staring up at me from inside of his crate, silently willing me to wake up and let him out.
8:00 AM: Feed the pup, make myself a much, much needed cup of coffee and plant myself in front of the TODAY Show until my brain wakes up enough to get dressed and take the puppy for a walk.
9:00 AM: Walk time! I serve as Tennyson’s escort and protector as he accepts praise, adoration, and treats, from the people we pass headed to work.
9:30 AM: Stare at puppy and silently will him to nap for at least an hour.
9:45 AM: Check email, get distracted by needing to answer something pressing.
10:00 AM: Finally start to work. I start by typing up the scene(s) I handwrote the night before just before bed. (I have a hard time reading while I’m in the middle of drafting a book, so I use this time to either write a scene or sketch out/outline the scene I’m going to work on the next morning.)
10:25 AM: Go down research hole trying to find out what violin pieces were popular in Imperial Russia.
10:40 AM: Okay, finally, back to drafting…
10:42 AM: Nope, lied, checking email. Hello? *pokes inbox*
10:45 AM: Go down another research hole trying to find primary sources about Ancient Carthage.
10:50 AM: Forget what I’m supposed to be looking for and check Twitter
11:00 AM: I could definitely use a Mountain Dew right about now…
11:30 AM: Okay, about a thousand words done for the day. My goal is to hit at least two thousand, so I’m halfway there.
12:00 PM: Feed puppy and myself, ignoring his sad, perfect, fluffy little face as I step out to run to the post office to drop off a book a reader won at the post office. Listen to him crying from the other side of the door and feel like a steaming pile of poo. Terrible puppy mom, but at least I get to listen to a podcast as I walk over?
1:00 PM: Back. Have begged forgiveness from puppy. He has magnanimously agreed to forgive me on a conditional basis, provided I let him go outside and chase leaves. Watching him run around like a tiny baby ewok, I realize I’ve written myself into a corner and need to delete those thousand words.
1:15 PM: Star fresh, gritting teeth.
2:00 PM: Video Chat with my pals Susan Dennard and Erin Bowman about our upcoming Books of Wonder event, story issues, proposals we’re working on, and I get to see the freaking adorable Baby Bowman.
3:30 PM: Work a bit on my newsletter while chatting with them, send out the Liam short story for the readers who pre-ordered Passenger, and check to see when my Passenger giveaway prints are supposed to be arriving.
3:50 PM: Email agent. Stare at inbox until she replies.
4:00 PM: OKAY. BACK TO WORK. FOR REAL. STARTING TO WRITE [FIX THIS] and [CHECK THIS] instead of stopping to research. History major in me slowly dying. Death by a thousand cuts of laziness, but it works because…
5:30 PM: … done for the day! It felt like I had to chisel the last 400 words out of stone, but YES.
5:32 PM: Puppy stands, puts paws on my chair, and gives me his patented ENOUGH. PLAY NOW. look. Time to start making dinner and take the puppy for a walk in the dark because winter blows.
7:00 PM: Tenny and I have our nightly date with Lester Holt, the very handsome and intelligent man who tells us everything horrible happening in the world.
7:30 PM-10:00 PM: I think about writing. Don’t.
10:00-11:00 PM: Time for bed and some additional nightly plotting/writing. I fall asleep with my phone in my hand after checking to make sure my alarm is set for 7:30 AM.
11:00 PM: Nighty night!
Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She now writes full time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming apartment overflowing with books. You can visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com or on Twitter (@alexbracken).
3 winners will receive a finished copy of PASSENGER. US Only.