Title: COLD SUMMER
Author: Gwen Cole
Pub. Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.
Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.
When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.
But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.
Meet Gwen Cole!
Gwen Cole writes Young Adult books and her debut novel, COLD SUMMER, will be released in the spring of 2017 with Sky Pony Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing.
She grew up in upstate New York, moved to Virginia where she did not graduate college, and worked a various number of jobs including pharmacy technician, meat clerk, ranch hand, and a receiving specialist at Target. She may or may not have written a number of books while working at certain jobs.
At the age of eighteen, Gwen played bass in a hardcore band and later married the lead guitarist. She can also play piano, guitar, and wishes she could play the cello. Her favorite place to vacation is Wyoming, where she gets to wear a cowboy hat and pretend she actually is one.
Gwen now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and very large dog, where she longs to live in the country again.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
This is like picking a favorite child, but the easiest character to write was Kale’s best friend, Miles. He’s the only person from school that stayed his friend after he was expelled. Great hair, always happy, and loves demolition derbies.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
For me, the novel always comes first, then I usually think of the perfect title quarter or halfway through the book. But for Cold Summer, the title came easily after the first chapter.
YABC:Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Stop worrying about things you can’t control and keep writing. Always keep writing!
YABC:What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I’ve loved my cover from the first time I saw it. Before my publisher asked for my thoughts on the cover process (which I’m so lucky they did because some don’t!) I had a very clear picture of what I wanted. And when they sent me the first sketches, I couldn’t believe how well they captured what I wanted. I love the water colors, the summer and winter opposite of each other, and even the font they chose.
YABC:What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
This is a tough one, but I have to say book #3 of the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
YABC:What was your favorite book in 2016?
I finally got around to reading A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. It was instantly added to my favorites shelf and I can’t wait to finish the series.
YABC:What’s up next for you?
My next standalone, RIDE ON, is set to come out spring 2018. A western set in the near future in which a teen outlaw crosses paths with a girl whose brother has been taken by the Lawmen gang. When a long-buried secret is revealed, her rescue mission becomes his quest for revenge.
YABC:Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love drafting! Creating new characters and new worlds is the best feeling ever. Not to say it isn’t difficult, because it definitely is, but it’s by far my favorite part.
Two winners will receive a finished copy of COLD SUMMER, International.
Five winners will receive an ARC of COLD SUMMER, US Only.
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