Tuesday, August 4, 2015

TRAVELERS Release Day: In Which I Make a Book Launch Table to Celebrate!


Mer (Actually Meradeth, but I call her Mer) Houston has a new book out today, which has an awesome cover with awesome colors and an awesome premise: Time travel! I wanted to do something fun that I've not done before, and after putting on my thinking cap, I came up with the idea to put together a bit of a mini book launch table! There's also something on the table that's mentioned in the synopsis...  

















A huge thank you to my wonderful friend, Casey Taylor, for letting me borrow her clock, and to my fantastic mother-in-law, Paulette Wallace, for the gorgeous roses and fairy lights!

Excerpt

I wasn’t sure if I felt more like Alice in Wonderland or Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I sure wasn’t in Kansas anymore, but it felt like I’d fallen down a rabbit hole.

Another girl outside the stall brushed her hair in the mirror. It took me a second to realize she wore a very prim and proper school uniform, complete with an ugly plaid skirt and pressed shirt. She looked me up and down but said nothing. Though from her head-to-toe inspection of me, she clearly disapproved.

I scanned the room, trying to figure out what else was different. The mirrors were clean—no random lipstick marks or haze from cosmetic spray.

A deeper flare of panic kicked my heart into high gear as I realized Joan had ditched me. I checked the other stalls, each as spotless as the one I materialized into, but other than the other chick at the mirror, I remained alone.

My hands shook as I pushed my hair away from my face.

A sob hitched in my throat, but I forced it down. I had to keep control of myself until I got my butt back where I belonged. Then I could freak out, preferably in the comfort of my room, under my blankets. I’d make a little fort and bring ice cream. My room—I just had to think about my room. Wait, did I even have a room here, wherever I was?

The other girl threw me one last carefully bland look and left the room. Something told me she would go report me to the school authorities. For a second, I thought about trying to catch up to her, but my voice caught in my throat. I took a deep breath and realized if I wanted to get back to my school I needed to figure out where I was. Pronto.

I could Travel from here—I didn’t have to know my starting point—but I’d already managed to get myself in the wrong spot once today. The smartest thing to do would be to stay put until I figured out where I’d landed.

Taking a deep breath and clutching my textbook to my chest, I pushed the outside door open.
As I glanced around, goose-bumps rose across my back. The layout of this school looked identical to my own. Lockers lined the hallway across from the bathroom door, and the low murmur of voices resonated from the classrooms surrounding me. Of course, there was one big difference. This place was most certainly not a public high school—and not the one I’d left a minute ago.

“There you are. What took you so long?”

I jumped and stifled a scream as someone addressed me.

“Um, I think you have the wrong person.” I turned and met the boy’s eyes. A rush of blood swirled under my skin. He had the best green eyes. They were also unmistakable.

My heart froze in my chest.

Joan’s brother, my boyfriend. Dead boyfriend. Alive and kicking—well, currently he laughed and stood a little too close to me. I struggled to breathe.

“Henry.”

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Sienna Crenshaw knows the rules: 1) no time traveling beyond your natural lifetime, 2) no screwing with death, and 3) no changing the past. Ever. Sienna doesn’t love being stuck in the present, but she’s not the type to break the rules. That is, she wasn’t the type until her best friend broke every one of those rules to keep Henry, her twin brother and Sienna’s ex-boyfriend, alive.

Suddenly, Sienna is caught in an unfamiliar reality. The upside? Henry is still alive. The downside? Sienna’s old life, including the people in it, has been erased. Now, Sienna and Henry must untangle the giant knot in time, or her parents and all the rest of the Travelers, will be lost forever. One problem: the only way to be successful is for Henry to die.


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I’ve never been a big fan of talking about myself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about me:

>I'm a California girl. This generally means I talk too fast and use "like" a lot. Since I now live in Montana, sometimes this is a problem.

>I have my doctorate in molecular anthropology. Translation: I sequence dead people's DNA and spend a whole lot of time in a lab, which I love.

>I've been writing since I was 11 years old. It's my hobby, my passion, and I'm so happy to get to share my work!

>My other passion is teaching. There's nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology! This is probably a good thing, since my day job requires me to teach at the local university.

>If I could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because I'm terrified of heights.

A huge congrats to Mer! Also, did anyone find what's referenced in the synopsis? =)

34 comments:

  1. The knot? Love the book launch table idea!

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    1. No, not the knot! =) I didn't even think of the knot correlation, so good eye, lol!

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  2. I was going to say the knot too, the one on the rock candy vase! Such a gorgeous set up! I LOVE THIS SO MUCH...I'm so excited to read her book!

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    1. Another good eye! ;) Thanks, I had a lot of fun doing it!

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    2. Ooh I think I got it! the #3 candle holder?? as in the 3rd rule?? (I'm ridiculously competitive and will not stop until I guess hahaha)

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    3. Ding, ding! You got it, Beth! :)

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  3. Oh my goodness, I am having SUCH a giant *heart-squish* moment right now! Seriously, I'm all misty! I love this so much!! The table is perfection and I love all the awesome details. You are incredibly crafty!! Thank you, Leandra, thank you SO much!!!

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    1. You are super welcome! I'm glad you love it, and glad I could give you a heart-squish moment, haha! =D

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    2. I am totally reading the other comments and going with the No.3 on the candle!! :)

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  4. Congratulations to Meradeth on the launch of her book! What an awesome premise! And Leandra -- decorating a Book Launch Table -- you are amazing!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I just love to do this kinda stuff.

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  5. Wow! LOVE it! You did such an amazing job using the colors from the cover of Travelers. I love the clock and the flowers and the candy and the candles and the banner... I love it all! You are so crafty.

    A huge congrats to Meradeth!! I LOVE the premise of this book and what a beautiful cover! I think I'm in love with it...

    I think the hidden surprise is the #3 candle, like Beth Ellyn said? And yes, I did steal that from her. :)

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    1. Thank you! High praise coming from the party decorating queen! :) And I would give all you #3 guessers lots of pink candy if I could, heh!

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  6. So pretty!! I love your table - you are so creative! I've seen this book around quite a bit lately and I'm super excited to read it. Not only because it's time traveling "Travelers" (like in my own series!) but because the cover and the excerpt are soooooo intriguing and lovely!! Seriously, going to buy it straight away! (And I totally guessed the #3! haha)

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    1. I know, I think the cover is sooo great! And yay you! *hands you pink candy through the screen* ;) (Which wouldn't that be cool if it were a thing?!)

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  7. I love this! You need to be marketing guru or something. I love time travel stories so thankful for the excerpt and launch. Congratulations to Meradeth!!! Really cool that she's also an anthropologist.

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    1. Mer is totally one smart cookie! And thanks, marketing is super fascinating to me. I am not one of those writers who cringes at it. =)

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  8. So excited for Meradeth! I love this cover.

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  9. Leandra, you are all shades of awesome -- what a great tribute on book launch day. Congrats Meradeth!!!

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    1. Thanks, buddita! Now I have heart-squishies. ;)

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  10. Great book launch table. Very bright and colorful. The cover's awesome. Congrats, Meradith!

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  11. What a great launch table! So neat :) And cool cover and premise!

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  12. A fantastic launch table! :) Congratulations to Meradeth!

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  13. SO awesome!!! My mom has a table at her house with my two books on bookstands and a candle in between. Someone commented that she had a 'shrine' to my books. That's what THIS is! Maybe we should do this for our own books somewhere in our houses, right?! Celebrate each release with a little shrine to our accomplishment.

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  14. Sounds like a great book and successful launch party! I am a former teacher too:) Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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  15. Leandra, that table is awesome!!! What a cool thing to do for someone. And Meradeth, great to see your book all over the place! Congratulations :)

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  16. Ahhh, so beautiful! Now I want to add fairy lights to all of my shelves and surfaces! Congrats to Meradeth --- the book sounds amazing!

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  17. Oh my goodness, this cover ROCKS! And the book sounds fantastic! Congratulations to Meradeth :D

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  18. Love the cover and the excerpt! Just bought it for my kindle :) Congrats to Meradeth and thanks for sharing it, Leandra!

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  19. Love the cover and excerpt--congratulations, Meradeth! And that book launch display--very well done and thoughtful!

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  20. What a special idea, Leandra. Kudos.

    Loved the excerpt, Meradith.

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