#AtoZChallenge: U is for UnifiedWritten by Dawn Ius
There’s still five and a half months before my youg adult novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.
Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)
Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride.
P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!
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Of all the books I've written, OVERDRIVE was probably the most fun—it encompasses so many of my passions, but also, after writing Anne & Henry, I wanted something a little lighter. Turns out, I don't quite know how to do that, because although OVERDRIVE takes place in Sin City and there are enough action scenes to get your pulse racing, there are a few important underlying themes that may be less "light" such as family, and unification.
When Jules and Emma Parish arrive at the home of their new foster father, the eccentric and perhaps slightly creepy, Roger Montgomery, they are a unified unit—sisters who were abandoned by their parents and tossed around the foster care system for the past four years. Despite some questionable decisions, Jules is always thinking about Emma—they're a tight-knit unit. Unbreakable.
At least that's what Jules assumes until she realizes that if they're going to survive at Roger's mansion, their two-some will have to grow—fast. For the first time since their father left, Jules will have to let down her guard and trust others. In OVERDRIVE, four teens with (almost) nothing in common and everything to lose must form a unified front if they're going to make it through the most challenging—and dangerous—seven weeks of their lives.
Yeah, I know, another cheat, but there really are no muscle cars that start with the letter "U." Tomorrow we get back on track with a "V" post that's very much a part of OVERDRIVE's fabric. Viva, Las Vegas! See you then...
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 03:29
posted by Karen
Unified is a great "U" word and seems to fit your characters nicely. Good luck with your new YA book. It sounds interesting.
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