YABC Scavenger Hunt: Changes in Latitudes (Jen Malone), Plus Excerpt, and Extra Giveaway!

YABC Scavenger Hunt: Changes in Latitudes (Jen Malone), Plus Excerpt, and Extra Giveaway!

Today we're excited to share Jen Malone's excerpt from her novel, Changes in Latitudes as part of the YABC Scavenger Hunt! Read on for more about Jen, her novel, and an extra giveaway! And don't forget to answer the question from this post on the Scavenger Hunt form for a chance to win the Grand Prize!

 

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Meet Jen Malone!

Jen Malone writes fun and flirty YA travel romances with HarperCollins and humorous "girl power" MG adventures with Simon & Schuster and Random House. Her previous YA titles include Wanderlost and Map to the Stars. She once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star's tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. You can learn more about Jen and her books at www.jenmalonewrites.com.
 
 
 
 
 A "road" trip romance that takes place at sea!

All Cassie wants is to get some solid ground under her feet following the shock of her parents' divorce. So when she learns of her mom's plans to take Cassie and her brother, Drew, on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico, she's stunned. There is absolutely nothing solid about the Pacific Ocean. 

Cassie is furious. And nervous. It's been hard enough keeping Drew sheltered from what Cassie knows about her mother's role in breaking their family apart, but living in such close quarters threatens to push her anger past its tipping point. Enter Jonah, a whip-smart deckhand who's as gorgeous as he is flirtatious. Cassie tries to keep him at a distance, but the more time they spend together--wandering San Francisco, riding beachside roller coasters, and exploring the California coastline--the harder it is to fight the attraction. 

​Cassie wants to let herself go, but her parents' split has left her feeling adrift in a sea of questions she can't even begin to answer. Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? Should she take a chance on Jonah? With life's unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them... or dive right in.

A Note From the Jen:

While I consider Changes in Latitudes to be, at heart, a mother-daughter story, there’s plenty of romance to ship (pardon the boat pun!) that adds banter-y fun to Cassie’s sailing adventure down the west coast of the US. And banter-y romances need memorable meet- cutes, right? In this scene, Cassie encounters Jonah in just about the most embarrassing way possible: Her sailboat caravan has been stuck for nearly a week in a remote cove, waiting out a weather system, so she resorts to washing her delicates in a wooded stream. She’s completely absorbed in a botany sketch, while waiting for her undies to dry in the sun, when... 

 
 
 
EXCERPT:
 

“So there is such a thing as wood sprites! I thought Shakespeare was taking license with his fiction.”

My arm spasms with shock, jerking a hard line of Verdant Green across my page, and I yank my head up.

A tall guy, close to my age, wearing hiking boots and one of those serious backpacks with the metal frames on the outside, covers his mouth.

“I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean to scare you. Did I make you mess up your drawing?”

His eyes trail to the sketchbook dangling in my hands and I follow them, staring at it stupidly.

“I—what?” I’m still reeling from the sudden return to reality, and now my brain starts wrestling with its fight-or-flight response and Stranger Danger thoughts: alone in the woods, miles from people, no cell signal.

The guy shifts his backpack on his hips and half cringes, half smiles. “I guess I should have made more noise when I approached.”

Still processing: apologetic, referenced Shakespeare, not wearing a hockey mask or carting a chain saw. All hopeful signs he’s not a mass murderer. Plus he’s way too attractive to be a serial killer.

“Laundry day, huh?” he asks, his cheerful smile turning up at one corner and his eyes flashing amusement.

My brain finishes assessing the situation, then blares: HOLY CRAP, THIS HOT GUY IS SEEING A TRAIL OF YOUR UNDERWEAR UP AND DOWN THE STREAM!

Additional urgent incoming message from brain: React in some manner, Cassie. Say something, Cassie. Do something, Cassie.

“I—uh—” I yank my toes out of the mud and stand, flailing my arm behind me to grab the bra and thong set off the rock closest to me. I crumple them in my hand. Then I sigh when I spot my bag on the ground, just out of reach, before forcing my eyes back to his, still dancing all along the creek.

“R-right. Laundry d-day,” I stammer. I’m not usually one of those girls who can’t hold her own around members of the opposite sex, but come on. . . .

He puts his arms up in a “surrender” gesture and takes two tentative steps in my direction, smiling all the while. “Permission to approach?”

When he reaches me, he sticks out his hand. “Jonah Abrahmson, apologetic hiker.”

I blink at him once and then reach to shake, but I yank my arm back when I

realize my fingers are still curled around my balled-up underwear. Why is this my life? Earlier today I wanted nothing more than the ground under my feet, but at the moment I’d actually rather be on a boat with a full poop tank and dwindling provisions. Maybe.

My complexion is surely going all luck-o’-the-Irish on me. I have skin that, at the smallest embarrassment, doesn’t delicately blush so much as . . . splotch red like I’ve been hit with a dozen paintballs. I awkwardly transfer both items to my other fist, breathe deeply, and offer a glance to the heavens.

“Cassie McClure, humiliated wood sprite,” I say, shaking his hand firmly. Okay, not so bad, Cass. I’m recovering my senses. He startled me, that’s all. Jonah’s grin grows wider and, seriously, his teeth should be in a toothpaste commercial or something. “No, no. I like that even wood sprites have to wash their underwear every now and again. Makes the whole spritely profession read much less mystical and really more, I don’t know . . . salt of the earth. It’s too bad Shakespeare cut the Wash Day scene from A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Just think if he hadn’t. Maybe the guy could have been famous for centuries after his death or something.”

I try to fight the giggle, but here it comes. At least Jonah laughs too.

“So, can I see them?” He gestures with his chin to my hand, and my mouth falls open. His brow comes together in confusion, and after a beat, his eyes widen. Even though he has a deep tan that would hide any sign of a blush, his horrified expression says it’s definitely there.

Embarrassment is in his voice too. “Um, I swear I meant your sketches.” 

 
 Changes in Latitudes

By: Jen Malone

Release Date: July 25, 2017 

 

 

 

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Comments 17

Erica Chan on Sunday, 05 February 2017 14:06

What's your favorite trip?
What was your worst trip?

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What's your favorite trip? What was your worst trip?
Jen Malone on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 08:12

After college, I spent close to a year backpacking around the world, so does a 10-month trip count as one? If so, THAT, of course! But within that trip, my favorite country was Nepal. It was the perfect mix of completely foreign to me, yet totally friendly and welcoming. Hmm... worst travel experience (same trip)- getting thrown off a train at 3 am at the border between Greece and Bulgaria because I didn't have enough cash on me to pay the bribe the custom guard wanted. That was... not fun.

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After college, I spent close to a year backpacking around the world, so does a 10-month trip count as one? If so, THAT, of course! But within that trip, my favorite country was Nepal. It was the perfect mix of completely foreign to me, yet totally friendly and welcoming. Hmm... worst travel experience (same trip)- getting thrown off a train at 3 am at the border between Greece and Bulgaria because I didn't have enough cash on me to pay the bribe the custom guard wanted. That was... not fun.
alyssa on Monday, 06 February 2017 09:33

Who's the rock star in the tour bus when you were in labor with your twins?

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Who's the rock star in the tour bus when you were in labor with your twins?
Jen Malone on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 08:14

Sadly, she was not actually on the bus, but the movie studio I was working for had rented the tour bus (and her driver) from Stevie Nicks. I felt her spirit. Actually, I think I could smell it

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Sadly, she was not actually on the bus, but the movie studio I was working for had rented the tour bus (and her driver) from Stevie Nicks. I felt her spirit. Actually, I think I could smell it :)
John on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 02:24

What is your third-favorite kind of animal?

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What is your third-favorite kind of animal?
Jen Malone on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 08:15

Ha! Random. I love it. 1. Hedgehog. 2. Hippo 3. Baby elephants (must be babies- the adults are only "meh" in my book.

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Ha! Random. I love it. 1. Hedgehog. 2. Hippo 3. Baby elephants (must be babies- the adults are only "meh" in my book.
Donia Eskander on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 11:33

What's your favorite book ever?

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What's your favorite book ever?
Jen Malone on Thursday, 09 February 2017 14:04

This is lie picking my favorite child!! But if you held a gun to my head, I'd say The Time Traveler's Wife.

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This is lie picking my favorite child!! But if you held a gun to my head, I'd say The Time Traveler's Wife.
Danielle on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:26

Are you an artist like Cassie? Or do you share other talents/characteristics with her or other characters?

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Are you an artist like Cassie? Or do you share other talents/characteristics with her or other characters?
Jen Malone on Friday, 10 February 2017 09:01

I can't doodle effortlessly, but if I have a lot of time (and a good eraser), I can draw something passable. I would say I'm more crafty than artistic. At them moment, I'm deep into learning how to make tiny dollhouse furniture (and miniature food! And potions bottles since I've decided my home's owner will be a secret witch passing as a Muggle) because I got a dollhouse kit for Christmas.

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I can't doodle effortlessly, but if I have a lot of time (and a good eraser), I can draw something passable. I would say I'm more crafty than artistic. At them moment, I'm deep into learning how to make tiny dollhouse furniture (and miniature food! And potions bottles since I've decided my home's owner will be a secret witch passing as a Muggle) because I got a dollhouse kit for Christmas.
Sandy S on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:59

Where do you come up with the names of the characters in your novels?

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Where do you come up with the names of the characters in your novels?
Jen Malone on Friday, 10 February 2017 09:08

Sometimes they just come to me (I think of it as the character demanding that name), but for the characters above there was more of a thought process behind them. Jonah was easy-- it was the most nautical boy's name I could think of (and yes, this book has whales!). Cassie's full name is Cassandra McClure. I wanted her to be of Irish background, because I wanted her to have the kind of pale skin that flushes easily and makes it so she can't hide her internal emotions. Cassie's kind of a tough girl on the outside, but inside she's much mushier and her skin betrays that, whether she wants it to or not. Thanks for the question!

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Sometimes they just come to me (I think of it as the character demanding that name), but for the characters above there was more of a thought process behind them. Jonah was easy-- it was the most nautical boy's name I could think of (and yes, this book has whales!). Cassie's full name is Cassandra McClure. I wanted her to be of Irish background, because I wanted her to have the kind of pale skin that flushes easily and makes it so she can't hide her internal emotions. Cassie's kind of a tough girl on the outside, but inside she's much mushier and her skin betrays that, whether she wants it to or not. Thanks for the question!
Megan Coppadge on Thursday, 09 February 2017 17:23

The excerpt made me lol. Have you ever thought about writing a children's book about a hedgehog?

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The excerpt made me lol. Have you ever thought about writing a children's book about a hedgehog?
Jen Malone on Friday, 10 February 2017 09:13

Hooray for lol-ing! One of my middle grade novels, The Sleepover, has a subplot involving a giant paper mache hedgehog parade float, but I've never attempted a picture book with them (though I do own plenty!). I'd love to write a picture book but every time I attempt it, I'm reminded anew how long-winded I am. Telling a whole story in 500 words, for me, is so much harder than doing it in 100,000 of them

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Hooray for lol-ing! One of my middle grade novels, The Sleepover, has a subplot involving a giant paper mache hedgehog parade float, but I've never attempted a picture book with them (though I do own plenty!). I'd love to write a picture book but every time I attempt it, I'm reminded anew how long-winded I am. Telling a whole story in 500 words, for me, is so much harder than doing it in 100,000 of them :)
Kelly G on Friday, 17 February 2017 13:12

How do you avoid distractions while writing?

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How do you avoid distractions while writing?
Jen Malone on Monday, 20 February 2017 09:23

If that isn't the eternal question, Kelly! I'm definitely the poster child for decent attention space-- especially since I have ADHD and distractions are basically my life. One thing I did withChanges in Latitudes was to light the same same amber-scented candle whenever I wrote, to try to signal to my brain that it was time to get into the mindset of the story. It worked about 70% of the time, which isn't a bad percentage for me!

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If that isn't the eternal question, Kelly! I'm definitely the poster child for decent attention space-- especially since I have ADHD and distractions are basically my life. One thing I did withChanges in Latitudes was to light the same same amber-scented candle whenever I wrote, to try to signal to my brain that it was time to get into the mindset of the story. It worked about 70% of the time, which isn't a bad percentage for me!
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 04 March 2017 11:13

Is any of this character's internal turmoil something you've drawn upon from real life? how do you get inside a character's head and heart?

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Is any of this character's internal turmoil something you've drawn upon from real life? how do you get inside a character's head and heart?

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