Today we’re super excited to celebrate the release day for The Edge of Summer (Erica George) by chatting with the author and hosting a great giveaway!
Meet Erica George:
Erica George is the author of Words Composed of Sea and Sky. She resides in northern New Jersey, but spends her summers soaking up the salty sea air on Cape Cod. She invites you to follow her at https://www.ericageorgewrites.com/ or on Twitter @theericageorge.
About the Book: The Edge of Summer:
Fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson will be swept away by this big-hearted novel about one girl navigating first loss and first love during her summer on Cape Cod.
Saving the whales has been Coriander Cabot and her best friend Ella’s dream since elementary school. But when tragedy strikes, Cor is left to complete the list of things they wanted to accomplish before college alone, including a marine biology internship on Cape Cod.
Cor’s summer of healing and new beginnings turns complicated when she meets Mannix, a local lifeguard who completely takes her breath away. But she knows whatever she has with Mannix might not last, and that her focus should be on rescuing the humpback whales from entanglement. As the tide changes, Cor finds herself distracted and struggling with her priorities.
Can she follow her heart and keep her promise to the whales and her best friend?
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I feel like the obvious answer would be to say Cor or Mannix considering they’re the main characters. And I do love them! But if I had to choose a secondary character, I would for sure choose Uncle Jack. He’s so entertaining, and such a good support system for Cor. Plus he has basically my dream Cape Cod home!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first! It actually went through two titles before we landed on this one. My editor and I worked together to find a title that really captured the vibe of the book.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
I think something that has actually taken me a while to feel comfortable with is not writing every day, giving myself permission to take a break. I think so many writers think they’re not really a writer unless they write every day, and I get that. But I also work another full time job, so occasionally, something has to be dropped for the sake of my sanity!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I basically love everything about the cover! The whales tail, Cor and Mannix holding hands, the ombre sunset. The designer, Karina Granda, and artist, Dion MBD, did an amazing job. But if you look closely, you can see Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown in the background, and I loved that surprise detail.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2022?
I have been waiting anxiously for The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. It’s one of those scenarios where I can’t wait for the next book, but I don’t want the series to end!
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I just recently finished Me, Moth by Amber McBride, and it was such a beautiful novel in verse. I read it over the course of a weekend, and I couldn’t put it down.
YABC: What is the main message or lesson you would like your reader to remember from this book?
I hope that people who read this book walk away with a little more knowledge about whales and the perils they face every day. Whales have to deal with hunting, entanglements, ship strikes, and deafening ocean noise, all because of humans. We have the power to help them if we just choose to live our lives a little more gently.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Yes! The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts. They monitor and protect the coast of Cape Cod and save marine life from entanglements. Their work is so vital to the ecosystems and the animals in their care. A lot of the elements in the organization that Cor volunteers for in the book is based on the Center for Coastal for Studies.
Book’s Title: The Edge of Summer
Author: Erica George
Release Date: 6/14/22
Publisher: Poppy / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA fiction
Age Range: 14 and up
Two winners will receive a copy of The Edge of Summer (Erica George) ~US Only
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