We're VERY honored to be a part of the blog tour for Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!
We have Bethany Hagen on the blog today to share thoughts on her writing process, and we also have an awesome giveaway for both books in the series!
Read on for more!
A guest post by Bethan Hagen
Author of Jubilee Manor
August 2015, Dial Books
Q: I've heard writers discuss the challenges of writing their sophomore novel, especially when it comes to deadlines. On the one hand, a lot of writers seem to feel that having a set timeline is nice - it makes sure that their accountable to their agent, editor, etc.
On the other hand, it's a bit more challenging, because there isn't the same amount of leeway that there was when writing a debut novel. Could you discuss any positives and challenges that you may have experienced while writing Jubilee Manor?
However, there were also positives! I have no doubt that the terrible, awful stress of writing Jubilee Manor made me into a stronger writer. The experience taught me to be flexible, but also how to work insanely hard, and it also forced me to approach writing and plot in a more structured way. And now, I find that I’m more productive and perceptive to problems early on in a draft than I was before. Also, on a personal level, it forced me to dig really deep and remember what I loved about writing, and what I loved about my characters and my world. And hopefully that conviction, that love, will resonate through the chapters of Jubilee Manor!
What a great answer! I can never imagine writing 90,000 words in two months, so Bethany is a total writing rockstar, right?
Now, are you curious about the book? Why not check out both book in the series?
Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.
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In Landry Park, Madeline turned her back on her elite family, friends, and estate to help the Rootless. Now, in Jubilee Manor, she struggles to bring the Gentry and the Rootless together. But when Gentry heirs—Madeline’s old friends—are murdered, even she begins to think a Rootless is behind it, putting her at odds with the boy she loves and the very people she is trying to lead. If she can’t figure out who is killing her friends and bring them to justice, a violent war will erupt and even more will die—and Madeline’s name, her estate, and all the bonds she’s forged won’t make any difference.
This conclusion to Landry Park, which VOYA dubbed "Gone with the Wind meets The Hunger Games,” is a richly satisfying, addictive read.
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One winner will win a paperback of Landry Park, and an ARC of Jubilee Manor! US ONLY.
Check out the rest of the tour!
8/3/2015-The Bibliophile Chronicles- Interview
8/4/2015- Fiction Freak- Excerpt
8/5/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
8/6/2015- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review
8/7/2015- Wishful Endings- Interview
8/10/2015- The Eater of Books!- Review
8/11/2015- Fiktshun- Guest Post
8/12/2015- WinterHaven Books- Review
8/13/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Interview
8/14/2015- The Reading Nook Reviews- Guest Post
About the author:
Her debut novel Landry Park came out from Dial/Penguin in 2014, and the sequel, Jubilee Manor, will be out August 11, 2015. She is am represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Media.