Friday, November 13, 2015

Me, My Shelf and I Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway: Hardwired (Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie)

HARDWIRED by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie
Blog Tour November2 – 6  &  9 - 13, 2015

Author: Lindsay Currie & Trisha Leaver

Release Date: November 8th, 2015
Flux/ Llewellyn
When seventeen-year-old Lucas Marshall tests positive for the M0A1 gene—a genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans toward violence—he is shipped off to an impregnable government facility to undergo a battery of psychological tests aimed at making him crack. Now, having survived their tests and proven his mental stability, Lucas is labeled safe to return home. 
But any hope Lucas has of returning to a normal life is shattered when the van transporting him to the reintegration facility is forced off the road by a group of radicals intent on accessing the facility and exposing its dehumanizing practices. And Lucas is their ticket through the front door.
Spurred by rumors that the facility is secretly holding one of his old friends captive, Lucas and his bunk mate, Chris, agree to infiltrate the testing facility’s inner sanctum. Once inside, Lucas’s carefully laid plans begin to unravel and he's forced to seek help from those still locked within the facility’s concrete walls. But when every genetic test claims your only allies are hardwired to become the next Charles Manson, it’s impossible to know who to trust.


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This fast-paced, not-so-distant dystopian futuristic tale will appeal to teen readers. VERDICT: A must-have for libraries seeking dystopian futures packed with action, violence, and moral dilemmas ~School Library Journal

TRISHA LEAVER lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes young adult fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. She is a member of the SCBWI, ITW and the YA Scream Queens— a group of nine female authors who are deathly serious about their horror! To find out more about her, please visit her website at:
Online Presence
Twitter: @tleaver
Instagram: @trishaleaver

LINDSAY CURRIE Lindsay lives in Chicago with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and a 160 pound lap dog Sam. She loves Halloween, peach tea and Disney World (in no particular order) and is a contributor to the @YAScreamQueens.
 An author of young adult and middle grade fiction, she is published with Flux/Llewellyn, Merit Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary. For more details on Lindsay's upcoming books, please visit her at:

Online Presence
Twitter: @lindsayncurrie
Instagram: @lindsayncurrie

1.       What gave you the inspiration to write this book? I'd have to say that the inspiration to write this book came from the fact that as a writing team, we're always asking the question "what if". What if random acts of violence became so bad, that our government decided to rely on genetic testing to sort out the "good" from the potentially "bad"? What if the lines became blurred between who a person actually is, and who their genes say they are? It was a thought that intrigued us, so we followed it as far as we could and the end result was HARDWIRED!

2.       Who is your favorite character in the book?  My favorite character is Chris. He's a loyal guy with enough sarcasm to keep me laughing. Plus, he knows how to get things done! 

3.       Which came first, the title or the novel? Title. That popped into our heads at nearly the exact same time as the concept did. 

4.       What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why? Wow, this is tough. I'd have to say the beginning of the book, where you actually experience the horror of the lab with Lucas and Chris are the ones I'm most proud of because I truly believe it drags the reader into the bowels of the experience with the guys. The claustrophobic, hopeless feeling that goes along with the testing facility and all they are going through was difficult to recreate, so I'm really pleased with how it came out. 

5.       Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now? Wow. This is tough, but something I have learned as a writer is to start the book where it needs to be started. This seems so arbitrary, and it used to be incredibly hard for me. However, now that I have several books under my belt, it's actually gotten easier to determine where the story actually begins. 

6.       What do you like most about the cover of the book? I love the tagline. Genetically Flawed, Perfectly Human. It's AWESOME.

7.       What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016? I'm most looking forward to Lisa Maxwell's Peter Pan retelling - THE STARS TURNED AWAY. It has an amazing concept and an equally amazing cover!  

8.       What was your favorite book in 2015? My favorite book that I read in 2015 was easily WINGER, by Andrew Smith. That guy is a genius. I'm currently in the middle of STAND-OFF and am loving it every bit as much. Is it too late for me to dress up as Ryan Dean West for Halloween?

9.       What’s up next for you? Well, as a co-authored team, we have nothing else on the agenda currently, but Trisha and I each have our own individual solo work coming down the pipeline! I have a young adult contemporary novel called JAMMED releasing from Spencer Hill in 2016 and then in 2017, my middle-grade debut, GRACELAND AVENUE, releases from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. Lots of great books coming out and I hope you guys will read them all!

10.   Is there anything that you would like to add? Just, thank you and hope you all like HARDWIRED . . . and Lucas Marshall!



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