I’m happy to be here today and chat a bit about my book, BOYS LIKE YOU. First off, in case you don’t know I’ve been writing adult romances for a few years now. Started off writing paranormal romance and branched into contemporary romance. (I also write new adult under the pen name Julie Bale)
So, I’ve been around the block, but throughout this process I’ve always wanted to write a young adult novel, and for one reason only, my daughter. She’s a voracious reader and I wanted to be able to give her a book she and her friends could read. Voila, BOYS LIKE YOU was born!
When I set out to write this book I knew that music had to play some part in it. Growing up in a musical home, it was always an important part of my life and still is. Back when I was younger (much younger if you want to know the truth J ) I was the lead singer in an all girl rock band and that’s in fact how I met my husband. He was a guitar player, so I guess for me, there’s always been a part that gravitates toward music and well, hot guitar players!! We still gig on occasion though the big hair, spandex and shoulder pads are (thankfully) a thing of the past.
In this book, my main character Nathan is a guitarist, but for several reasons his joy of music is much diminished. That’s the thing about music, it’s effect on us can be powerful. How many times have you listened to a song and cried? I can listen to a piece of instrumental music and if there is the right combination of minor notes? The melancholy and sadness they evoke can be just as powerful as watching an intense and emotional scene in a movie.
Although music is more of a metaphor in this book, (Nate’s inability to truly enjoy it until he faces his past) it’s still a powerful thing. I hope you all enjoy Nathan and Monroe’s journey as they slowly learn to forgive themselves for the choices they made.
Side note, the original title of this book was called, Back To Good, and yes it was based on the Matchbox Twenty song of the same name!
Up for grabs is one paperback copy of Boys Like You by Juliana Stone. Comment below to enter.
US/CAN only. Giveaway ends May 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT.