Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux BfYR on September 16th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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When high school junior Tommy Smythe goes missing, everyone has a theory about what happened to him. He was an odd kid, often deeply involved in particle physics, so maybe he just got distracted and wandered off. He was last seen at a pullout off the highway, so maybe someone snatched him. Tommy believes that everything is possible, and that until something can be proven false, it may be true. So as long as Tommy’s whereabouts are undetermined, he could literally be anywhere.
Told in a series of first-person narratives from people who knew Tommy, Evidence of Things Not Seen by award-winning author Lindsey Lane explores themes of loneliness, connectedness, and the role we play in creating our own realities.
I love author guest posts, but I LOVE LOVE it when it’s about the music, be it playlists or soundtracks. Thank you, Lindsey, for sharing your playlist with us!
Thank you so much for hosting me at Gone with the Words. I will try to keep this intro as brief as possible.
I don’t listen to music while I am writing but I do hear music in my head. Throughout the writing of EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN, I heard Ry Cooder’s guitar. Specifically I heard the twanging, meandering guitar he plays in the soundtrack to the film Paris, Texas. Then I have to say that Terry Allen was a big influence because his songs sound like the big open spaces of Texas but then he focuses the little stories. Check out his CD Pedal Steal. It’s one 35-minute song. He calls it a soundtrack for a dance. EVIDENCE is a mix of those wide-open spaces and little stories.
After that, certain songs heard at odd times put me in mind of certain characters:
Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Lenny, Texas Flood, Little Wing
Bob Dylan and Johnnie Cash: Girl From the North Country
Robert Johnson: Cross Road Blues
Willie Nelson: Pancho and Lefty, Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,
Little Feat: Roll Um Easy
Bonnie Raitt and John PRine: Angel from Montgomery
James McMurtry: Where’s Johnny
Lyle Lovett-The Waltzing Fool, You Can’t Resist it, Closing Time, Road to Ensenada
Eliza Gilkyson: Hard Times in Babylon
Jimmy Dale Gilmore: Dallas (not on Spotify)
Shawn Colvin: Leaving Las Vegas (not on Spotify)
One final note, so to speak: When I was in college, I drove from Massachusetts to Wisconsin, often in the middle of the night, often caffeine-crazed. In a way, EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN was born in those driving hours when the present moment of driving contains only memory and anticipation and the drive itself seems as if it happens outside the space time continuum. Tommy Smythe, the boy who goes missing in EVIDENCE and who is a particle physics geek, would totally get that idea.
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Blog Tour Schedule
September 16, 2014 – Good Books and Good Wine
September 17, 2014 – Gone With the Words
September 18, 2014 – Katie’s Book Blog
September 19, 2014 – Rather Be Reading
September 22, 2014 – Alexa Loves Books
September 23, 2014 – The Book Cellar
September 24, 2014 – Such a Novel Idea
September 25, 2014 – Pop Goes the Reader
September 26, 2014 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader
I love everything about this song! It’s a great self-esteem booster. But the whole EP is just REALLY good! I love the doo-wop sound.
Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two…
And for those not on Spotify…
And because this version is AWESOOOOOOME…
A couple of weeks ago I watched the If I Stay movie. Twice. I love it so hard, you guys! And you know what I else I fell hard for? THE SOUNDTRACK!
This soundtrack IS the movie and it’s so good! I love all of the songs…except I could probably do without the Sonic Youth one, lol. It’s just eh for me. But the rest is WINNER.
Give it a listen and tell me what you think!
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
Published by Greenwillow Books on September 9th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.
Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.
HAPPY TUESDAY!! Every wonder what a day in the life of an author is like? Amy Zhang is here to educate you on just that. Thank you, Amy!
A Day In The Life
This is a simple break down of your day. You can do it by listing it off by hour, half hour, minute…jump around! Feel free to make it as long as you like, but try to go from getting out of bed to getting back in – even if you have to leave gaps open in it…
8 AM: wake up. Check email. Groan. Tell myself that I can sleep for another five minutes.
9 AM: “Well, crap. That wasn’t five minutes.” Briefly consider sleeping for another five minutes. Check email again. Check Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Play a little 2048 to “wake my brain up.”
9:30 AM: drag myself out of bed, go downstairs to make tea and toast. Trudge back to my room, look over what I wrote yesterday. Head, meet desk. Mutter variations of, “Oh, God, this is all terrible, I should delete this whole thing, I should quit.” Bemoan existence.
10 AM: “I should check Tumblr again.” Check Tumblr. Check email. Check Instagram. Check Twitter. Check Facebook. Spend an ungodly amount of time on Pinterest.
11 AM: Is it time for lunch yet? No? Whatever, second breakfast then. Go downstairs, make tea, toast a bagel. Realize that I don’t actually like bagels. Drag myself back upstairs with a pack of crackers that I will probably decide I don’t want as soon as I get to the top of the stairs.
12 PM: I might actually be awake now. Time for actual work. Check college email. Sees a new survey, consider doing it, but ultimately convince myself that I’ll do it tomorrow (hahaha LIES). Check various other emails. Post a picture to Instagram, along with a quote from Falling Into Place for #100daysofFiP. Look at clock. Freak out—how the heck has it been an hour already?
1 PM: Settle down to write. Unlock phone to disable wi-fi and open my No Distraction app, but I’ll inevitably get distracted before I get that far. Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. Ooooh, new items on Modcloth! Hunter boots on sale! Daily poor financial decision—check.
2 PM: “OH GOD I NEED TO WRITE THIS BOOK.”
3 PM: “OH GOD HOW HAVE I STILL NOT STARTED WRITING?”
4 PM: Get a text. Response: “No, I’m not busy! Let’s go get coffee/go to the beach/make more poor decisions!
6 PM: “HOLY CRAP WHERE DID THE DAY GO?” Hurriedly play piano, eat dinner. Keep an eye on the clock. Cry.
7 PM: Finally coax myself into my writing arrangement: Write-or-Die for 750 words per 30 minutes, one Ghirardelli sea salt & almond Mini per 1,000 words, bathroom breaks per 2,000. Wi-fi is disabled, concentration app is on. Writing finally commences.
12 AM: Untangle self from chair, stumble to the bathroom. Shower, get into bed. Grab laptop. “Oh, sure, I have enough time for another thousand words.”
1 AM: “Huh, that went pretty fast. I’m on a roll! This book is going to be fantastic! I’m brilliant!”
2 AM: document word count for the day. Pass out.
This. Sounds. Perfect. WANT. :D
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Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling – Hermione is the personification of wit and is pretty much a walking encyclopedia. Her cleverness and all around geekyness would keep conversation interesting. Not to mention, she would have no trouble putting people in their place if any arguments were to ensue.
Beatrice Prior (Tris)
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth – Tris would have tons of interesting tales to tell about bravery and determination. I’d also feel pretty safe having her around in case a food fight breaks out.
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon – Claire would bring a time traveler’s twist to the conversation. Hearing her tales of time travel would make for a fascinating lunch hour for sure.
Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi – Kenji was one of my favorite characters in this series and his constant humor and witty banter would have my whole lunch table rolling with laughter.
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare – Magnus is just the kind of colorful and glittery personality that is needed at my table. I mean, anyone that throws a birthday party for their cat is most definitely someone I could get along with. He is just fabulous and I’m pretty sure we’d be BFFs.
Robin Goodfellow (Puck)
Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa – Puck is full of witty retorts and epic one-liners which is the type of humor needed at my table. What fun is eating lunch when you’re not about to spit out your drink with laughter?!
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins – Effie’s upbeat nature, never ending optimism and energy would be sure to not let the conversation damper. Also, if you were ever in need of some wise wisdom, Effie would be just the right person to talk to. She’d have your spirits lifted in no time!
Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins – There was always a connection I felt with Lola, her quirkiness and her charisma always appealed to me. Not to mention the very colorful outfits and costumes, I think we’d be great friends!!
Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz – Odd Thomas is just that, very Odd and the world’s most unconventional hero. He sees dead people and has a knack for attracting the weirdest of folks. Odd, we embrace you at “Lety’s Table of the Weird and the Witty.” Welcome!
Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead – My table needs some more badass chicks with quick wit. Rose is just that!
Would any of these fabulous people make it to your table??