Teen Read Week 2018: Author Chat with Martina Boone (Love For Two Lifetimes), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Martina Boone (Love For Two Lifetimes)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Martina, her novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Martina Boone!
Martina Boone is the award-winning author of the YA romantic Southern Gothic Heirs of Watson Island series, including Compulsion, Persuasion, and Illusion from Simon & Schuster, Pulse. She also writes contemporary novels for adult readers in the Celtic Legends collection beginning with Lake of Destiny. All of her stories are tapestries woven of romance, family, secrets, history, legend, and a touch of magic.
She lives with her husband, children, Shetland sheepdog, and a lopsided cat, and she enjoys writing books set in the sorts of magical places she loves to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate- flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.
Meet Love For Two Lifetimes!
Two generations, two great loves, one devastating lie . . . A modern Pride and Prejudice story.
When Izzy unexpectedly loses her mother in a car accident, her world shatters. Their relationship has always been so close that Izzy can't imagine life without her. Nor can she begin to understand when she finds a secret box of love letters that her mother wrote but never sent. The idea of her mother hiding such intense feelings for more than twenty years without so much as a hint makes Izzy question everything she thought she knew--including the identity of her father.
Following a trail of clues overseas, Izzy steps into a world of glamour and English royalty, one which years ago forced her mother to choose between her obligation to her musical gift and her lover's obligations to his family, title, and estate. It's a world of secrets and masquerades, of heartache and betrayal. And in the midst of this world, Izzy finds a young aristocrat who feels as broken as she does herself. The two are drawn to each other--only to find that who their parents are may present an insurmountable obstacle between them.
Thrown together on a journey of discovery that spans two lifetimes and takes them from a grand estate in the Cotswolds to a hospital bedside in India and ultimately to the Taj Mahal, Izzy and Malcolm try desperately not to fall in love. But some things are impossible. . .
And some loves are worth any sacrifice...
~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: What book or books were your go-to choice when you were a teen?
There weren’t nearly as many fantastic YA books when I was a teen, but I loved anything historical or with a bit of a historical or artistic mystery and romance. My favorite go to, full confession, is still my favorite go to: Pride and Prejudice. I also loved the Narnia books—the whole idea of opening a door to another place was the epitome of magic for me. I also adored (and still do) The Princess Bride.
YABC: What current YA book would you recommend to your teenage self?
There are so, so many incredible books. I would recommend anything by Maggie Stiefvater (especially Scorpio Races), and anything by Jodi Meadows (especially the Janie books!).
YABC: What do you love most about the YA genre?
I adore that YA is so wholly unexpected and not as strictly bound by rules. The writing is often spectacular, the characters are unique and original, and the books make me feel as I read. I love that. The raw emotion and purity of vision that YA books bring to those who read them.
YABC: Was there a class in high school that you wished you had paid closer attention to and why?
My daughter recently told me education is wasted on the young, that she wished she could redo things that she hadn’t paid enough attention to. I feel a lot like that, too. School was relatively easy for me, so I skated through it without really placing value on it. I spent a lot of time daydreaming and reading books on my lap. It’s only now that I feel like I can’t drink enough knowledge in and I regret the time I’ve lost.
YABC: What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?
Read everything, learn everything, write something every day (even if it’s only a note to yourself) and question everything except your own value. When you believe and invest in yourself, and you’re willing to put in the work, I believe there are incredible opportunities to exceed your own expectations!
Love For Two Lifetimes
By: Martina Boone
Publisher: Mayfair Publishing
Release Date: September 25th, 2018
While I really dislike the cover, I find the synopsis -- particularly the fact of the protagonist investigating matters of family history interesting. Moreover, the excerpt was compelling for me! Thanks. --Kara S
The cover has a nice title font and pretty colors. The synopsis is very captivating. Sounds like a dramatic read.