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Thursday, October 11, 2012

2:32 AM Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway

The 2:32 AM Blog Tour is stopping by today with a great guest post and awesome giveaway...

In the early morning hours nearing her 17th birthday, Cat Townsend woke to the sudden blur of a mysterious unknown man sitting on the edge of her bed. She did not feel fear -- rather a strange calmness overtook her. In an instant their eyes locked, he lightly touched her hand, and then he disappeared into the nothingness of night.
Caught in that undefined place between asleep and awake, the moment felt hazy and surreal. A chill ran down Cat’s spine as she glances at the time – it’s 2:32 a.m.
What unfolds in the first book of The Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy, is young Cat’s personal struggle with the overwhelming choice to accept a destiny of magic. As she contemplates the merits of unparalleled power, her new and ordinary world in Savannah, Georgia is understandably shaken. The closer her decision gets, the more twisted her life with family, friends and boyfriend becomes. Will she choose to give up everything she cherishes?
Find out, in 2:32 A.M. The time everything happens.

by Emily Ford
Several people have asked how I decided to use summer camp as the setting for such a large part of 2:32A.M.  The answer is a very personal one for me.

First off, the seven summers I spent at summer camp in Maine really helped shape who I am.  Not only did I gain independence and all the other things an experience like summer camp gives a kid, but it was where I cut my teeth as a storyteller.  All those years ago, I still remember the rush of hearing and telling ghost stories at bedtime.  It was a rite of passage to be scared, and although I never actually cried, many campers did.  In fact, I received enormous satisfaction if one of my stories was the one keeping girls up all night.

Years after my camp days, I would remember the tales of horrible worlds buried far beneath the ground right under our bunks.  I always thought it would make the perfect setting for a mystery or something scarier.  Yet it wasn’t until I began telling stories to my own children, that my overly active and vivid imagination resurrected the stories of old.  
This is how 2:32A.M. was born.

Long before Harry Potter, and even before The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings made it to the theaters, I kept visualizing a long, dark hole in the earth that led to a mysterious and magical world buried beneath a popular summer camp.  This vision in my head became the first scene I ever wrote down, and propelled me to keep going until I had finished what is now, 2:32 A.M., Book I in The Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy.  

Incredible as this may sound, that initial scene not only made it past the “red pen” of three different editors, but survived no fewer than eight complete revisions.  It remains a turning point in the story, and exactly marks the halfway point in Book I.

So, without the summer camp setting, not only would 2:32 A.M. not exist, but neither would The Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy.   

Connect with Emily Ford: Site / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

Debut novelist Emily Ford has always been a storyteller. As a kid at summer camp in Maine, she’d make up ghost stories at bedtime for her fellow bunkmates.
Her Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy also began as a simple bedtime story, intended for Ford’s then adolescent children to have in writing and use to tell their own kids one day. By the time she finished writing, she had three very full books.
2:32 a.m., Ford’s first installment of her young adult series, caught early readers’ attention as a fiction book minus the typical vampire and werewolf characters.
The Texas writer interned each summer with KHOU-TV in Houston while gaining her bachelor’s degree in radio and television at The University of Arizona. She worked on the copy desk at The Dallas Morning News, and eventually started the marketing company KapsMark, Inc.

Purchase 2:32 AM: Amazon / B&N / iTunes / Smashwords

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