Monday, March 31, 2014

Blog Tour: Road To Somewhere by Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris Guest Post + Giveaway!


Road To Somewhere by Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris Blog Tour

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Road To Somewhere
by Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris
Release date: March 11th 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: YA - Realistic Fiction
Purchase: Amazon

New! From Bloomsbury Spark, a sunny heartwarming story of discovery and sisterhood.

A road trip. A singing competition. And super-hot cowboys.

What could be better?

For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn't just a vacation, it's life changing. While her parents think she's helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn't quite the summer of fun she imagined.

Add in a detour to her grandparents' ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookin’, and drool worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.

From author Jenny S. Morris

Thank you so much Beckie for being a part of our blog tour! 
Beckie asked me to do a guest post and one of the topic choices she gave me was Books into Movies? Yay or Nay? I thought that was a pretty relevant topic since I’m dying to see Divergent.
I say YAY!  But as a lover of the source material here is one of the most important things I try to remember when I walk into a theater (I’ll need to remind myself of this for Divergent  ) is that the movie is a completely separate piece of work. The book is the foundation, but as the viewer I need to give the movie the license to be its own entity and not cling to everything that is said or everything that happens in the book. You just can’t put every last thing that happens in the book on screen, especially for longer books like HP or LOTR.
I do think some books won’t translate well to the big screen. But, for the most part, I think it all depends on all the normal components that make a good movie. The casting, directing, acting and cinematography all build on the original writing, just like any movie builds on its original screenplay.  
I have been blown away by a screen adaptation. Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, Harry Potter…  Then other’s I’ve left the theater sad that I didn’t still have just the book in my head, instead of what Hollywood created. I think seeing things that have only lived in your imagination can be jarring if they aren’t done to a certain standard. How disappointing would it have been if Aslan was done with really bad CG? Or if Hogwarts wasn’t made to look and feel magical? So, sometimes it’s all about the timing of when a book’s made into a movie. One of Stephanie Meyer’s biggest fears about Breaking Dawn was that Renesemee  would look silly as a baby and ruin the movie. I think they did a pretty good job making her look intelligent without being creepy. (Kids and babies being creepy is the worst kind of horror movie to me.)
I’m not extremely picky about differences in a character’s appearance. As I writer I know you just can’t find someone in real life that matches up to everything the writer created in their head. That’s why I tend to have 2 or 3 pictures of someone to convey what I think my character looks like.
I love that Hollywood is pulling from books! I think it’s actually diversified the subject matter and characters that are being portrayed on screen.  I also think people are drawn to read the books after seeing the movie, so it’s good for books in general. As a writer it would be both thrilling and scary to someday see my characters alive and breathing on the silver screen.
What’s your favorite book to screen adaptation? I think mine has to be Harry Potter with Narnia being a close second.

About The Author: Jenny S. Morris

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Jenny S. Morris is a YA author who loves all things geek, may have a Kdrama addiction, and prefers the rainy NW to any place she's ever lived. Road to Somewhere is her debut novel.

About The Author: Kelly Lynn

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Kelley Lynn was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.

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  1. Cool guest post by Jenny.

    Thanks for participating, Beckie :)

  2. Great post Jen! I agree with all of the above :)

  3. Oh! And thanks Becki for helping us out with our release tour!

  4. Thank you so much for being a part of our tour! This was a fun post to do. :0)


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