A Kiss for Emily Blog Tour: Author Interview + Guest Post + Excerpt + Giveaway

Hello everyone!  Today I am super excited to welcome J.P. Galuska to the blog to promote her new book, A Kiss for Emily!!!!  I have an excerpt (yay!!) and a guest post and interview mixed into one, so I hope you all will stick around and read the post!! :)  Also, don't forget to stop by the host site, Dark Mind Book Tours, and enter the giveaway they are hosting for this tour.  Click here to enter!


~The Book~

Emily didn't know that falling in love would place her smack-dab in the middle of a dicey game called deception. Or wake up one morning, shortly thereafter, wondering if she'd actually lost her mind!
A KISS FOR EMILY is a thrilling YA paranormal romance, where discovering the paranormal is exciting for the reader, but life-threatening for Emily Stokes, the 17-yr. old high school student from Kansas.
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~The Author~

Long before the days of Hot Topic, I used to pin chains on my paints and spike my hair. Now I dress in clothes from Christopher and Banks and try to blend in. Sometimes, however, when no one is looking, I'll slip into my ninja clothes and secretly take down enemy war-lords.

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~Author Interview/Guest Post~

Hi Emily! Thanks for have me on your blog today. Great name by the way!
Here is a trivia question for you all: What is Emily Stokes middle name? The answer can be found on page 291 of the paperback edition. 

I really think that destiny chose my career path for me - let me expand. The year was 2009, and I was involved in an accident with a really heavy box falling from a high storage place which took out my shoulder and back, and left me jobless. Unemployment rates were at it's height, so on a whim, (or without other options) I turned to my computer and sat down to write a story.  Today, I'm so glad it happened.

When I think of influences, I think of books, music and my children. J.K. Rowling does an excellent job at describing details...making the story come alive. She goes beyond name the color of an object to creating a masterful picture. I also think of how I could not put down Stephen King's, Misery. I strive for that same suspense. Music is an important influence for getting me into my character's heads: Muse, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Enya. I sometimes listen to a little Nickleback, but I have to be careful there or my work would become erotica (lol). Finally, I have two kids. They are both pleased that I borrowed their best, worst, and then some, to create some really great imaginary characters. 

We live out in the country, and I write at our dining room table, in front of a huge sliding glass door. If you were here with me, you'd recognize some of the scenery in my book :)

It took me a while to come up with the plot for A Kiss for Emily. I started three or four other story lines, but they were boring, typical, and lacked pizzazz. Then the day came, out of no and the story appeared on my pages. I still remember that like it was yesterday! I met Sam and Emily first. Then came Alex. He's my most complex character. What is happening off the pages is just as important as what's on the pages. Then there is Kat, aka Kitty. She is the little sister who is a favorite among many readers.

Five random things about me: 1) My feet are usually cold. 2) I secretly like pants with chains on them. 3) I write daily writing tips on Twitter 4) I think my age sounds scary. 5) I love the beach.

I have two favorite movies: The Titantic (when it came out in the '90's) and the first pirate move, Curse of the Black Pearl. 

Favorite food: Egg, bacon, cheese-burger on fried white toast. Bring it on! ( I started making these in the '80's)

Team Gale or Team Peeta: After the first book? I'd have to say that I feel sorry for Gale. He's in a helpless place, just forced to watch. With so many people taking sides, I am also curious how readers will continue to face-off with my book. Team Alex or Team Sam? I have heard some of the comments out there...readers are nervous! 

Yes! There are more books on the way! A Kiss for Emily is Book One of the Emily Stokes Series. If I can keep on track, I hope to have book two, A Gift for Emily, out in time for Christmas. Please be sure to be-friend, like, and follow me to keep up to date on all the latest new.



After a good brushing and other bedtime rituals, I headed back to my bedroom. On the way, I noticed a dim glow coming from Kat's room.
    "Are you still up?"
    "Yeah, I'm not tired." She was watching a video on a small TV that sat upon her dresser.
    "Guess what?" I taunted.
    "You hit your head and now you don't remember who you are."
    "Whatever," I sneered. "I met someone today." I whispered, almost like it was a secret.
    "Kat sat up in her bed. "Who?"
    "His name is Sam. Come here, I want to show you something. He have me a flower." I grabbed her small hand and pulled her out from under her quilted bedspread. Grabbing my shirt from the back of my desk chair, I reached into the pocket to retrieve the delicate red bud from its place of safety. Only there were no soft petals. Instead, I felt...grit. I pulled the pocket open wide and peered into its depths. It was filled with dark, dry dirt.
    "That's strange."
    "What is?"
    "I must have lost it," I said disappointingly, shaking the dirt out into the wastebasket.
    "It's just a stupid flower."
    "And you're too little to understand."
    She crossed her arms. "All right, tell me more."
    "He's the cutest guy I've ever seen in my life. No one at T-West even begins to hold a candle next to him."
    "Oh," she said. Then added, "Did ya kiss him?"
    I imagined him and me in a romantic first kiss. "No."
    Her eyes dimmed.
    "But I'd like to."
    Kat's nose crinkled.



Today J.P. Galuska has provided an ebook copy of A Kiss for Emily for giveaway!

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  1. Hi Emily,
    Wow! You really know you way around a blog! Are you for hire?
    Also, I love questions and comments as well. I'll stop back to answer any questions readers might have.
    -J P

  2. Haha thanks! I'm super-excited to have been a host of this tour. It was really fun. Thanks for writing this book!

  3. Thanks for participating in the blog tour and giveaway! I put this on my to read list.

    1. Hi Julie,

      You're welcome. I've had a lot of fun preparing for this tour. Thanks for playing along! Good luck in winning a copy.

  4. This sounds like a good book. I'm putting it on my to read list.
    Thanks for bringing it to my attention

    1. Hi Lisa,

      I'm glad yo hear it has caught your attention! Enjoy the read!

  5. Very fun tour! I'll have to look into this book. Looks really sweet.
    Inky @ Book Haven Extraordinaire

    1. Inky! An old boyfriend used to call me that (probably before you were born lol!)

      Thanks for checking my book out! I hope you'll like it.

  6. The book sounds great! It's on my TBR.

    1. Hi Doodle! Thanks for adding it to your to-read list.

  7. Replies
    1. Hello! I think it's an awesome book, but then I might be a little biased.
      Thanks for the comment!

  8. Replies
    1. Hi Shane,

      Thanks for checking out my new novel. Have a super day!

  9. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review.

    1. Hi Rachel,
      You are welcome. I had a lot of fun doing this book tour. Hope you'll check out the rest of the stops!


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