Saturday, 12 May 2018

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway - Love Beyond Opposites (Grad Night #3) by Molly E. Lee

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Love Beyond Opposites (Grad Night #3) by Molly E. Lee
Publication Date:  May 7, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled TEEN

If high school has taught mathlete Jade Aaron anything, it's that nerds never get the guy.

So when rock star Lennon Pryor starts pursuing her, It's not rocket science. This doesn't add up.

I mean, sure, he's hot.

And charming.

And a god on the guitar...

But he's also the world's biggest player. Being with him would be a bigger mistake than 2+2=5.

Until graduation night, when a reckless moment leads to a reckless kiss. And now Jade's falling for the one guy destined to break her heart.

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Road to Publication

Thank you so much for having me!

The road to publication has been almost a life-long journey of mine. I knew I wanted to be an author when I was in the second grade. Our teacher set an assignment—she gave us these little blank hardbacks that we were to fill with a story and illustrations. Now, I’m no artist—then or now—but I felt my story about a little girl who finds a bag of magic seeds and grows herself a crop of alien friends was pretty legit. The process of drafting the story three times on paper before transferring it to the hardback, the time spent creating the characters, it thrilled me. I knew then there was nothing else I wanted to do. I would write stories. And that was that.

I studied creative writing throughout high school and college, completing my first manuscript freshman year in college. I actually attempted to get an agent that same year, despite not having a clue about the literary world (except for the fact that I loved to read and write and never wanted to do anything else) It actually wasn’t as horrific as you might think. No, I didn’t get an agent right out of the gate, but I did get interest. And wonderful feedback from a few amazing agents that helped me get on the fast track when learning how to navigate the publishing trenches. After that experience, I rolled up my sleeves and went to work.

And I worked some more.
And I read all the time. Every kind of book I could get my hands on. Fantasy and contemporary, thrillers, and craft books.
After a couple years I felt it was time to try again.

This time, with a fresh manuscript, I got lucky. I landed an agent. She was amazing and the book was my baby.

But, it didn’t sell.

So, I wrote another manuscript. This one went to acquisitions (the final team deciding if the publishing house wants to buy your book or not) with four different houses. And got turned away.

Any of these things would be enough to crush me if I let it—but I didn’t. I took feedback. I looked at the positive, and I kept writing. It was all I ever wanted to do. And I couldn’t let a little thing like not selling stop me.

Finally, after six years (from extremely new author to the hybrid author I am now) I signed a three-book deal with Entangled. The Grad Night series was a collaboration between me and my editor, one that wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t read and loved the second book I’d ever written…the one that didn’t sell.

Everything happens for a reason—I know, cliché right? But I’ve always believed that, and it certainly was the case for me. I love the team I work with now, and I’m so excited about the future. Because in this business there really is no telling where the future will take you.

The final book, Love Beyond Opposites, released May 7th and I’m beyond thrilled about it. I also have another young adult releasing with Entangled sometime next year that I can’t wait to start talking about once it gets closer!

The journey will never be over because I’ll always strive to improve my craft and try new things in the publishing world. Thirty years in the making, and I still wake up every day excited to do what I love—write. J 

About the Author

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars - a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

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