Sunday, January 19, 2014

New Year, New Books Day 19 (Part 1): Tiffany Schmidt + Bright Before Sunrise

Welcome to Day 19 of New Year, New Books! Today I'm featuring...

1) Tiffany Schmidt
-author of Bright Before Sunrise (February 18th, 2014)
Umm who are these people anyways?

Tiffany's here today to share a post on her TREADMILL DESK. I mean, how cool is that?? Almost as cool as her upcoming book, Bright Before Sunrise. *winks*

Title: Bright Before Sunrise
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014
Publisher: Walker Childrens


Summary from Goodreads: When Jonah is forced to move from Hamilton to Cross Pointe for the second half of his senior year, "miserable" doesn't even begin to cover it. He feels like the doggy-bag from his mother's first marriage and everything else about her new life—with a new husband, new home and a new baby—is an upgrade. The people at Cross Pointe High School are pretentious and privileged—and worst of all is Brighton Waterford, the embodiment of all things superficial and popular. Jonah’s girlfriend, Carly, is his last tie to what feels real... until she breaks up with him. 

For Brighton, every day is a gauntlet of demands and expectations. Since her father died, she’s relied on one coping method: smile big and pretend to be fine. It may have kept her family together, but she has no clue how to handle how she's really feeling. Today is the anniversary of his death and cracks are beginning to show. The last thing she needs is the new kid telling her how much he dislikes her for no reason she can understand. She's determined to change his mind, and when they're stuck together for the night, she finally gets her chance. 

Jonah hates her at 3p.m., but how will he feel at 3 a.m.? 

One night can change how you see the world. One night can change how you see yourself.

The Unfaithful Tiffany Schmidt

I’m not monogamous.

Um, I mean, I’m absolutely 100% faithful in my marriage, but my relationship with writing locations is full of flings and hook-ups.

I envy those writers who have one desk that they sit at faithfully. Or set hours that they write every day. That’s not me at all. Stick me in one location for too long and I feel like I’m growing moss… and I’m way more apt to spend the time on Tumblr than writing words and chapters.

But, while I may flirt with a coffee shop, or have a dalliance with writing at our dining room table, in our back yard, on our front porch swing, down in the park beneath the covered bridge, I do have a couple of places that I tend to do most of my writing.

1) Brainstorming.

I brainstorm best when I’m in water or driving. In the car this translates to recording voicenotes about different scenes or ideas. In the shower I take zillions of often-illegible notes on my waterproof notepad. If they ever invent a waterproof computer, we’re putting in a pool and I’m never, ever leaving it.

2) Drafting.

I think best on my feet. When my twins were little and my phone was still a Blackberry with it’s wonderful buttony keypad, I would push their stroller all over the neighborhood’s sidewalks and write pages and pages while they napped. They’re much too big to one-hand their stroller now, I haven’t mastered the art of one-handed iPhone typing, and they no longer nap like they used to. So, instead I have the next best thing: a treadmill desk. I do my best drafting while prancing along at slow speeds and listening to music. Surprisingly, I’ve yet to fall off. Though I’ve had some close calls… especially when I’m doing more dancing than writing.

3) Revising.

I do this at an actual desk. Yes, boring, I know. I also do it sitting on my bed, lying on the floor, on the couch with puggles snuggled in my lap, and pretty much anywhere there’s silence. But mostly at my desk.

So, to those writers out there who’ve been told that they must establish a routine or regimen, I say embrace your writerly wander-lust! Who knows where it might take you, but as long as you’re writing along the way, it’s well worth the journey.

Guys, Tiffany is giving away an awesome prize!! Here's what's up for grabs:

1) Paperback of Send Me a Sign (Tiffany's first book)
2) Bright Before Sunrise tote bag + SWAG!
Rules of entry:
2) No cheating with the entries, I always check!
3) The prizes will be sent out at the author's discretion.
4) Take the time to read this post with Tiffany, not just enter the giveaway. All the authors featured in New Year, New Books are crazy busy, and deserve as much love and attention as any giveaway you enter.
5) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email; otherwise, I will be forced to pick a new winner.
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***Grand Prize Giveaway***
2 Surprise 2014 ARCs + swag
Yep, these will be from my own shelf. Yep, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. Yep, it is a surprise and I am not telling you what the ARCs will be but here's an idea of what MIGHT be in it:

Any of these books are fair game! But in the end, the winner will only get 2. And I promise that the surprise ARCs will be good:)

Here are the rules of entry:
2) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. If not, I will have to pick a new winner. 
3) The prize will be sent out at my discretion, so I might take me a little longer than a week to get it to you.
4) In order to earn the maximum amount of entries, you can comment on EVERY SINGLE DAY of New Year, New Books!
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  1. I love the drafting space. It's so clean and clear. Like completely open to new ideas! Plus, the light fixture is oh so pretty. =D

    1. Thanks! It totally doesn't look that clean right now---it's covered in the revision notes and manuscript for my next book. (plus several bags of Skittles).

  2. Wow, I thought we were getting really personal with the monogamous thing.
    As for the Blackberry....I still have one. I'm seriously feeling old after these posts.

    1. Well, I did share a picture of my shower ;) It doesn't get much more personal that that.

      And if my twins hadn't destroyed TWO Blackberries in six weeks, I probably would never have given mine up *sniffle* I STILL miss that keyboard.

  3. I really can't wait to see more of this story! And the cover gives a paranormal part on it despite the different summary. XD

  4. I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but this book really appealed to me. I liked how it looked paranormal but the summary is totally different

  5. This book has been making the rounds. The reviews I've read so far have been really enjoying it so far. I'm rather eager to read it!

  6. I love all of your areas. Very neat and tidy, which I can absolutely appreciate. The book sounds like the perfect contemporary, and I am absolutely crazy about the cover!

  7. That treadmill desk is way cool! I mean, her entire writing space is cool, but that's epic!

  8. I think I'm on a Contemporary Romance kick or something, because I'm dying to read all of the ones you've been posting about.....

  9. I love all your little areas, and this book sounds so adorable! I'm really getting into contemporary romance thanks to Katie McGarry so I'm really looking forward to this book! :D

  10. Ooo, this sounds awesome! And I loved reading about Tiffany's writing process, physically. (Also, waterproof notepad? WANT)

  11. It's so cool to learn about author's writing processes! The voicenotes in the car sounds like a really good idea. :)

  12. Every time when I see an author's writing process, I don't know... I feel sort of silly for not spending time writing as much as I can cause there's really no excuse to not get any of my writing done. Especially when an author admits to writing in the shower (man, if I had waterproof paper, I'd probably do just that! Sometimes it's just nice to relax in warm water and write, haha). I used to write a lot, too. I really need to get back into the groove! But I'm getting off topic... I'm looking forward to Bright Before Sunrise. :D