Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: One Of Us Is Lying (Karen McManus)

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Hello! Today YABC is hosting the blog tour stop for Karen McManus's One Of Us Is Lying!
 
Read on for more about Karen, an interview, and a tour-wide giveaway!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Karen McManus!
 

As a kid I used to write books when I was supposed to be playing outside, and not much has changed. I'm a marketing and communications professional who also writes Young Adult contemporary and fantasy fiction in Cambridge, MA.

When not writing or working I love to travel, and along with my nine-year old son I've ridden horses in Colombia and bicycles through Paris. A member of SCBWI, I hold a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Which I have never, ever used professionally.

 

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Meet One Of Us Is Lying!

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, & One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

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YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel, by a lot. I had working titles throughout the drafting process but none of them felt right. Then one night while I was revising I came across a passage where one of the characters thinks to herself, “Unless one of us is lying.” And that struck me as exactly the right title.

YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love the title font—the bold red color, and how it looks like it could’ve been scrawled across someone’s locker with red Sharpie. Gossip plays a big part in the book, so that’s a perfect image.

YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

It’s multiple scenes, but I’m proud of the chapters that occur right after all four main characters realize they’re suspects in Simon’s death. I wrote the book in first-person POV, and it was challenging to have them all react to that in an authentic way without giving away whether they were innocent or guilty. Readers will be the ultimate judges as to whether I pulled it off!

YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

How important it is to connect with other writers. When I started querying my first book (not One of Us Is Lying), nobody except my sister had read it. I had no idea how much work it needed! I didn’t grow as an author until I started sharing my work with other writers at the same stage of the publication journey—and learning from those who were a few steps ahead. Publishing has a steep learning curve, and you should never feel discouraged when you don’t succeed right away. All those rejections mean you’re trying, and learning.

YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017 ?

This might be cheating since I already read it, but I can’t wait for Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Nethercott to hit shelves this fall. It has so many things I love: unlikely friendships, multiple narrators, mystery, siblings, romance, a treasure hunt—and it’s gorgeously written.

YABC: What was your favorite book in 2016?

Tough call because there were so many incredible books released last year, but one that’s stuck with me ever since I read it is Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff. Her two main characters, Waverly and Marshall, are so distinct and fully fleshed out that they feel like real people. Their chemistry was off the charts, and I wanted to keep reading about them long after the story ended.

YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Drafting is my happy place. I love the freedom of a blank page and not knowing exactly where the story is headed until I write it. I’ve grown to appreciate what revising brings to a book, but for me nothing beats the exhilaration of getting the words out for the first time.

YABC: What would you say is your superpower?

I’m almost pathologically punctual. Name a time, and I’ll be there on the dot.

 

 

 

 

 

One Of Us Is Lying

By: Karen McManus

Publishing Date: May 30th, 2017 

Publisher: Delacorte Press

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

 Three winners will receive a copy of One Of Us Is Lying (Karen McManus) ~ US Only

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/29/2017- YA Books Central- Interview

5/30/2017- YA Book Madness- Review

5/31/2017- Novel Novice- Guest Post

6/1/2017- Literary Meanderings- Review

6/2/2017- BookHounds YA- Interview

Week Two:

6/5/2017- Storybook Slayers- Review

6/6/2017- Book Princess Reviews- Review

6/7/2017- The Cover Contessa- Interview

6/8/2017- Book Briefs- Review

6/9/2017- Pretty Deadly Reviews- Guest Post

Week Three:

6/12/2017- Eli to the nth- Review

6/13/2017- YA and Wine- Interview

6/14/2017- Smada's Book Smack- Review

6/15/2017- The O.W.L.- Guest Post

6/16/2017- Zach's YA Reviews- Review

 

 

 

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Comments 11

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Christina on Monday, 29 May 2017 13:44

Can't wait to check out this book!

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Can't wait to check out this book!
John on Monday, 29 May 2017 17:16

Looks like an interesting book! Thank you for the post!

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Looks like an interesting book! Thank you for the post!
Kristy Petree on Monday, 29 May 2017 19:12

I love this concept - sounds great! Love that cover as well. Thanks for hosting!

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I love this concept - sounds great! Love that cover as well. Thanks for hosting!
Asteria on Saturday, 03 June 2017 03:33

I'm broke that's why I'm entering this giveaway but I really want this book it's just so intriguing

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I'm broke that's why I'm entering this giveaway but I really want this book it's just so intriguing
Anne on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 02:10

I like the cover!

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I like the cover!
Mindy on Sunday, 11 June 2017 21:15

I love the cover and the synopsis sounds pretty cool

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I love the cover and the synopsis sounds pretty cool
Candice Gigous on Monday, 12 June 2017 00:15

The cover is great. The synopsis is very interesting. I really want to read this book.

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The cover is great. The synopsis is very interesting. I really want to read this book.
Eddie Black on Monday, 12 June 2017 10:19

I don't often read books like this (a "whodunit") but I like how it has the Breakfast Club feel to it. I also like the cover--it fits well with the synopsis.

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I don't often read books like this (a "whodunit") but I like how it has the Breakfast Club feel to it. I also like the cover--it fits well with the synopsis.
Penny Olson on Saturday, 17 June 2017 10:25

I love the premise - very suspenseful.

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I love the premise - very suspenseful.
wendy rinebold on Sunday, 18 June 2017 15:04

I saw this book on Facebook ages ago and I have been dying to read. It sounds like a fantastic book...Breakfast Club on crack!

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I saw this book on Facebook ages ago and I have been dying to read. It sounds like a fantastic book...Breakfast Club on crack!

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