Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Perfect Clouds Blog Tour!

 Today, I have the pleasure of being one of the stops on a blog tour for Perfect Glass by Laura Anderson Kurk, and Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus. I get to spend time with these lovely ladies on the Playlist Street Team where I am one of their book spreaders. ;)

 Although, I still haven't quite made it to reading these books, (I'm still working on the prequel to Perfect Glass- Glass Girl) but I'm sure they're both wonderful by what I've read so far.

Here's a little about Swimming Through Clouds and author Rajdeep Paulus!

Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus


I live in the in between. Between what if and what is. It’s how I manage. It’s the only way I know. Everyone has their way. This is mine.

When high school, cell phone disruption forces a classroom ban, the words on a Post-it note spark a sticky romance between two unlikely friends. Transfer student Talia Vanderbilt has one goal at her new school: to blend in with the walls. Lagan Desai, basketball captain and mathlete, would do just about anything to befriend the new girl. One Post-it note at a time, Lagan persuades Talia to peel back her heart, revealing her treasure chest of pain—an absent mother, a bedridden brother, and an abusive father. In a world where hurt is inevitable, the two teens search for a safe place to weather the storms of life. Together.

Rajdeep decided to be a writer during her junior year in high school after her English teacher gave her an “F” but told her she had potential. She studied English Literature at Northwestern University, and she writes masala-marinated, Young Adult Fiction, blogging weekly at

Come Hang out with Rajdeep Paulus on:

Fun Facts about Swimming Through Clouds:

Rajdeep here: On Humor and Laughter...

I love to laugh. In fact, there was a time when you didn’t need a GPS. You could locate me by following the sound. Of my laughter. Really. Ask my friends. They’ll happily share their imitations of my ceiling raising giggles of yesteryear.

Lagan is a bit of a goofball, but when you’re in crush, and especially when you first fall in love, you often act goofy just to get her attention, right? I still remember those early days when my Hubs and I were in Phase One of flirting, months before we ever “defined the relationship.” He climbed flag poles, straddled parking meters, and threw on an accent when I least expected. And there’s something to say for laughter as the good medicine. I’m not a doc, but I bet if giggles translated to good health, all that laughter has bought me a few extra years of life. :)

Life is short. You gotta laugh!

 And here's a little about Perfect Glass and Laura Anderson Kurk!

Perfect Clouds Virtual Book Tour

Perfect Glass by Laura Anderson Kurk

Book Blurb:

Things get messy when Meg Kavanagh gets involved—first with Jo Russell, the eccentric old artist, and then with Quinn O’Neill, the intriguing loner who can’t hide how he feels about Meg. Her senior year isn’t turning out like she planned it, but sometimes the best parts of life happen in the in-between moments. And Henry will be home soon, right?

He commits to one year in an orphanage that needs him more than he ever dreamed. Thousands of miles from Meg and the new punk who has fallen for her, and absent from the ranch that’s in his blood, Henry Whitmire finds out what it means to trust. When you’re so far from home, it’s terrifying to realize you’re not who you thought. But the perfect glass of calamity makes the best mirror.

An identity crisis, long distance love, new temptation, and growing pains teach Henry and Meg how to hang onto each other and to what really matters.

From YA author Laura Anderson Kurk comes the sequel to Glass Girl, a lyrical, multi-generational story about love that teaches, loss that haunts empty rooms, and reunions that feel like redemption.

Author Bio:

Laura Anderson Kurk writes unconventional and bittersweet contemporary YA. Her debut novel, Glass Girl, and its sequel, Perfect Glass, are available now from Playlist Young Adult Fiction. Laura lives in Texas with her husband and two children.

Buy the Book Links: (will get these as soon as it’s live)



Author Social Media Links:

Why the artist and the writer are friends.

I have a friend, Mara Schasteen, who is a fine artist with an emerging, successful career. She lives in Wyoming, where she paints outside a lot. She and I have known each other for a long time and our souls have always been mates. Perfect Glass is dedicated to Mara because she’s so much a part of this book.

The book features a character who is an aging artist of international fame. Meg decides to pad her application to the University of Wyoming by volunteering with this artist, Jo Russell. But Jo has other plans for Meg. Through a series of heartbreaking lessons, Meg gains as much or more from the relationship than Jo. One thing she learns is what it means for one artist to recognize another, and for one artist to love another.

By watching Mara paint, I learn a lot about my own process of creating. She and I both start with bare bones and minimal details. When she first starts a canvas, she sees the final painting in her mind, but I only see random lines and figures. None of it makes sense. If I watch her long enough, though, the shapes become real and alive, and I finally see what she sees.

In the same way, early pieces of writing are so spare and barely there. Early readers are only getting a glimpse of characterization and plot . . . just a whiff, really. My critique partner gets to see my stories build muscle, and fat, and skin, and become real, living things.
In that way, I think all artists—painters, writers, songwriters, poets, sculptors—understand each other in special ways. My relationship with Mara is one of my most treasured because I know that, above all, she sees my heart and my desire to create. ~ Laura Anderson Kurk

Here's a couple of fun quotes from Swimming Through Clouds and Perfect Glass


 And now, two things you need to take part in the tour!

 Part of a puzzle from Swimming Through Clouds. (Write this down.) 

 And a secret letter from Laura!

 You'll need these later! It was so much fun hosting these two ladies! Check out the rest of the tour below!

Saturday, June 1 –  Laura Anderson Kurk                                                                                      
Sunday, June 2 –  Rajdeep Paulus
Monday, June 3 –  Melanie Brasher
Tuesday, June 4 –  Tessa Emily Hall
Wednesday, June 5 –  Melissa Tagg
Thursday, June 6 –  ReganStar McBeigh
Friday, June 7 –  April Hamrick
Monday, June 10 –  Diana Garner
Tuesday, June11 –  Stephanie Karfelt
Wednesday, June 12 – Bethany Baldwin ⬅YOU ARE HERE!
Thursday, June 13 –  Kim Vandel
Friday, June 14 –  Sarah Tipton
Monday, June 17 –  Jennifer Watrous
Tuesday, June 18 – Marni Jarman
Wednesday, June 19 –  Peggy Warren
Thursday, June 20 –  Bethany Jett
Friday, June 21 –   Cynthia Toney
Monday, June 23 –  Summer Andrews
Tuesday, June 24 –  Arlette Geuverink
Wednesday, June 25 – Jennifer Murgia
Thursday, June 26 - JoJo Sutis
 You can buy Perfect Glass on Kindle.

 And Swimming Through Clouds on Kindle.

  ~ a rambling author

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