Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Hopeful. Amazing. HEARTBEAT is an incredible, absolutely gorgeous and emotional story and I am absolutely thrilled to be a stop on its tour. I cannot thank Kismet Book Touring and Harlequin Teen enough for including me.
I was completely stoked to be able to ask Author Elizabeth Scott just a few questions about HEARTBEAT, herself and her writing. And I’m excited to finally be able to share her answers below. But first I just had to share the book’s details and some information about the author, in case you haven’t yet had the chance to get to know them. The Q’s and A’s will make much more sense if you do.
And if you happen to be reading this on the blog during the HEARTBEAT Blog Tour, be sure to take a peek at the sidebar to check out a few short swoon-worthy lines from the book’s back cover.
HEARTBEAT released this week, on January 28th, and I can’t wait for everyone to get the chance to read it and discover just how amazing it really is. It had me in tears from start to finish, which doesn’t happen very often, and it’s now my new favorite book by Author Elizabeth Scott. It is, without a doubt, a must read.
If you’re in the US or Canada and you’d like the chance to win a signed copy, just enter in the Rafflecopter a bit further down in this post. Each stop on the tour is offering up a signed copy of HEARTBEAT, so be sure to follow the tour for more chances to win. There’s also a seriously amazing Grand Prize Giveaway. Details on that are below.
But if you’d like to know just how the author describes HEARTBEAT, find out what her favorite scene to write was, or get to know what job other than writing was her favorite, scroll down just a bit for the interview.
Life. Death. And…Love?
Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.
But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.
Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma—the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia—New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge. Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death—and maybe, for love?
Release date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
About Elizabeth Scott
ELIZABETH SCOTT grew up in a town so small it didn’t even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She’s sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn’t want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, and firmly believes you can never own too many books.
Q. If you had to describe HEARTBEAT in fifteen words or less, how would you describe it?
Your world shatters. You can’t cope, but you have to. How do you?
Fiktshun: Wow, that’s a perfect way to describe HEARTBEAT.
Q. For those who haven’t yet met Emma and Caleb in HEARTBEAT, what is it about Emma’s situation that causes her to be drawn to him?
I think it’s the opposite. I think Caleb sees that Emma is hurt in a way that most people would be angry about and he gets that. And then he gets to know her better, and she gets to know him…
Fiktshun: Oh I totally agree. I may have been trying to fish for some further speculation about whether they would have been a “them” if it weren’t for the fact that he “gets” it. Because before, the way she was and the way he was….
I have no idea. I haven’t read the book since I did the page proofs. I can’t read my own books. But without quoting, I would say that Emma is a broken girl who manages to put herself back together.
Fiktshun: Simply and beautifully said. And as someone who has read HEARTBEAT and loved it, there are so many passage that together capture what Emma is going through and who she is at various moments in the story and they’re all breathtaking and heartbreaking and beautiful.
I loved writing the scene with Caleb and Emma and cotton candy. It was just so them and a chance to have them be together, even if only for a little while, without everything else hanging over and around them.
Fiktshun: I believe I know which scene that is. And I will not spoil it, as much as I’d love to include a teaser from that scene.
Q. In many of your novels, the main character is trying to cope with a difficult situation and HEARTBEAT is no exception. What are some of the challenges you have as a writer in tackling these tough topics? What do you like most about writing these emotional scenes and stories?
The only challenge I’ve faced in writing stories about darker subjects is being banned. That hurts, especially when the adult in question hasn’t even read the whole book. As for writing about difficult things, I’ve never thought about it that way. I’m writing about real life. Real life is messy and wonderful, which is what makes it so awesome.
Fiktshun: Oh no that’s terrible. I had no idea. I despise censure and close-mindedness. But I love your positive view of life.
You know, it’s one thing to be a girl who has to save the world or deal with mythical creatures. It’s something else to wrestle with something even bigger–the real world, with all its problems that can’t be solved even though you want them to be. That’s why I like contemporary YA. Contemporary heroines don’t save the world. They save themselves.
Fiktshun: That’s a fantastic way to look at YA Contemporary heroines. And I love that your heroines have the strength to save themselves. With everything they have to go through, it’s always wonderful to see them make it through to the other side.
I liked working in the hardware store. I learned a lot about how things work and I met so many interesting people. Plus, what other job could I have where it would be okay for me to say “So, do you regret getting that tattoo?” and not get in trouble? (And yes, I did spend a whole day asking people that and every single one of them said yes. It’s the reason I never got a tattoo. Hard to argue with 100% regret)
Fiktshun: 100% regret? Yeah, there’s no arguing with that!
Leave it. SO leave it. I wasn’t the nicest person back then, and I’d rather not repeat some of the things I did.
Fiktshun: Hmm… maybe I should have added, “…if you knew then what you know now.”
Dead honest here, my local library didn’t carry Forever or any of the other YA titles/authors that authors my age adore, though I did and still do love many of Judy Blume’s MG novels. Fact is, I went straight from those Judy Blume books to adult books. I read Wifey when I was in fifth grade. (Forver, not allowable. But Wifey, sure! YA banning works in odd ways) Also, my parents never censored what I read, and so I read everything I could get my hands on. What I learned is that words have power. They can take you somewhere else. I was in awe of that. I still am.
Fiktshun: It’s so unfortunate that there is YA banning. And I agree, it does work in odd ways. If your parents weren’t restrictive, they really shouldn’t have been.
I always seem to love books everyone else hates. I don’t know why, but there it is.
Fiktshun: So very curious which books top your list.
I cannot thank you enough for answering all of these questions. I loved getting to know more about you and your writing through your answers and I know my blog’s readers will as well.
HEARTBEAT is an emotional and beautiful and heartbreaking and so very real story and I’m so glad that I got the chance to read it and meet Emma, Caleb, Olivia and Dan.
Courtesy of Kismet Book Touring and Harlequin Teen I have a SIGNED copy of HEARTBEAT to give away to ONE winner.
There is also a tour-wide Grand Prize Giveaway that includes Harlequin Teen’s White Hot Kiss, Crash Into You, The Queen’s Choice, Anything to Have You, The Secret Diamond Sisters and Grim.
Both giveaways are open to US/Canada and end on February 14th.
For more chances to win, be sure to visit all the stops on tour. The full schedule is below and on Kismet Book Touring’s website, which you can visit by clicking the banner at the top of this post or the Kismet logo at the bottom.
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
The Tour Schedule
Monday, January 14th – Harlequin Blog – Natashya (Editor) Interviews Elizabeth Scott
Monday, January 27th – Swoony Boys Podcast – Author Interview
Wednesday, January 29th – Actin’ Up With Books – Guest Post
Friday, January 31st – Fiktshun – Author Interview
Monday, February 3rd – Book Briefs – Guest Post
Wednesday, February 5th – Oops! I Read A Book Again – Character Interview (Caleb)
Friday, February 7th – Readiculous Reads – Guest Post