Harlequin TEEN’s spring Reading into Romance
Spring is in the air and HarlequinTEEN wants you to fall in love! And they have just the books to make that happen!
In this epic tour, we’ll be featuring 9 authors and their amazing, toe-curlingly romantic books!
I love this blog tour by Harlequin TEEN and Kismet Book Touring that celebrates some of my favorite authors this spring. And I am so super excited to be a part of it and have the very amazing and enormously talented Rachel Vincent stop by to talk about why romance is so important to her stories.
As one of my favorite authors of all time, who has two series ending this spring that have just the right amount of romance, romantic tension and chemistry, I loved getting to hear her thoughts on the subject. Especially since I am one of those readers who, through practically every book in the Soul Screamers series, wondered about the state of the relationship of two of her characters.
And while I would never reveal what happened in WITH ALL MY SOUL – yes I read it, and yes it was awesome – or any of the books in the Soul Screamers series, I will just say that this amazing author has definitely not “underestimated the importance of romance” in any of her stories.
You’re not here to read my ramble. You’re here to read what Rachel Vincent has to say. And if you haven’t yet taken a peek at the description for WITH ALL MY SOUL, the final book in the Soul Screamers series, I have some information about it and places to find it online included in this post. And for those of you who haven’t yet checked out this series, there are some brief descriptions for each of the books also included below.
Rachel Vincent will also be stopping at Parajunkee and The Bookish Brunette today for the tour. So you’ll definitely want to visit both of those blogs, if you haven’t already, to see what else she has to say.
And if you scroll down just a little bit farther in the post there is also a giveaway. So be sure to check it out.
But first, let me turn my blog over to Rachel Vincent.
Why is romance so important to my stories?
Romance is vital to most of the stories I’ve written because at its core, even if you were to take out all the pretty faces and well-timed sweet words, romance is about human connection, and human connections are what let an audience connect to a story. Any story. We want to read about people going through the things we’ve been through. Even if those people secretly have fur and claws, or can predict death, or spend half their time in a nightmare dimension with monsters determined to feed upon their souls.
Even in fantasy—especially in fantasy—the human elements of the story must feel real. Beyond that, in my opinion, they must feel vital. That’s what’s so great about writing romance in YA, in particular. It makes sense for the relationships to feel like the most important thing in the world, because as teens, that’s really what it felt like. At least, it did for me.
Obviously, romance isn’t the only kind of human connection I’m drawn to in my writing. I also tend to write stories about family relationships and friendships strong enough to count as family bonds. And since there is no story without conflict, I work really hard on conflict and motivation in my books. But what continues to surprise me is that no matter what kind of torture I put my characters through—no matter what kind of challenges they know they’ll face in the next book—the questions I get most often from readers aren’t “How are they going to survive?” or “How will Kaylee get them out of this one.”
Nope. People ask, “Will they get back together?” and “Will they stay together?”
As a fledgling author, I underestimated the importance of the romance for readers. That’s not a mistake I’ll ever make again.
A resident of Central Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan.
Rachel is older than she looks–seriously–and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.
About WITH ALL MY SOUL
What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…
After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.
But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….
It starts with a scream….
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s compelling Soul Screamers series keeps getting better—
She’s always felt different, but now Kaylee discovers why. The screams that cannot be denied mean that someone near her will die—and she can never save them.
Because saving one life means taking another….
Going on dates with her boyfriend is still new to Kaylee. But when the singer of the band they’re seeing dies onstage and Kaylee doesn’t scream, she knows something crazy is going on. Soon she discovers souls can indeed be sold….
Aside from the whole “I scream when someone is about to die” thing, Kaylee Cavanaugh’s life has gotten better. She’s getting to know her dad, doing okay in school and has a hot new boyfriend who understands her in every way. Until the hellion Avari starts tempting everyone with an exotic new drug—demon’s breath….
Now on shaky ground with Nash Hudson, Kaylee is taking their relationship easy. But then Sabine—Nash’s ex—storms into their lives. She’s determined to get Nash back and there’s nothing she won’t do to remind him of what they had. And since Sabine has special abilities of her own, Kaylee is headed into a battle she’s not sure she can win….
The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. But the next scream might be for Kaylee. But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life. Anything.
I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news?
Turns out not even death will get you out of high school….
When one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….
With All My Soul, the final book in The Soul Screamers series will be released March 26th by HarlequinTEEN – add it to your Goodreads shelf!
On Tour Today….
Be sure to check out the other blogs hosting Rachel Vincent and her seriously amazing Soul Screamers series today!
Harlequin TEEN has included TWO seriously awesome giveaways for this tour!
The first is a paperback copy of any one book from the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent to THREE winners.
The second is a Romantic Grand Prize Package, pictured and described below.
HarlequinTEEN dresses you for a romantic date with this beautiful, unique heart shaped locket! And in case it’s a chilly spring evening, don’t forget the matching beautiful Pashmina!
Your entry in the daily giveaway will be your entry into the grand prize giveaway.
To enter both giveaways, just enter in the Rafflecopter below.
The Tour Schedule…
Monday, March 4th – Karen Ann Hopkins and TEMPTATION
Wednesday, March 6th – Liz Fichera and HOOKED
Friday, March 8th – Cayla Kluver and the Legacy series
Monday, March 11th – Aimée Carter and the Goddess Test series
Wednesday, March 13th – Julie Kagawa and The Iron Fey series
Friday, March 15th – Katie McGarry and Pushing the Limits
Monday, March 18th – Rachel Vincent and the Soul Screamers series
Wednesday, March 20th – Hannah Harrington and Saving June
Friday, March 22nd – Jordan Dane and IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS
To learn more about each of the tour stops, be sure to visit Kismet Book Touring’s Harlequin TEEN Reading Into Romance Tour Page.