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#Giveaway Interview SHADE ME by Jennifer Brown @JenBrownBooks @HarperTeen

by Jennifer Brown
Published by HarperCollins
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shade meSeries: Nikki Kill #1
Release date: January 19th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Purchase: Amazon


Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.
Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.
The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?
As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson. 
jennifer brownABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Brown is the author of acclaimed young adult novels, Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, and Torn Away. Her debut novel, Hate List, received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bitter End received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Her debut middle grade novel, Life on Mars, was released in 2014, and her second middle grade novel, How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel will be released in summer 2015. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Jennifer Scott.
Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.
  1. What is on your nightstand?

I don’t have a nightstand, but beside my bed is a stack of leather bound Hemingway novels, topped with a ginormous Walt Disney biography; a tote full of TBR novels; and two library books—The Martian, which has been read and is ready to return, and Dumplin, which is currently being read.


  1. What author would you totally fan?

Stephen King. He did a talk in KC last year and when he came out on the stage, I actually cried.


  1. What makes you cringe?

Social media. I’m not good at it.


  1. Since it is NaNoWriMo month, do you have any encouraging words for writers?

Don’t worry about perfection. You will be surprised how much more awesome your words will sound to you on December 1st than they do right now. Just keep going forward—no time to look back!


  1. Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?

Depends on the project. Normally, I totally go with the flow. If I get too “plotty,” I feel like I’ve told the story and lose motivation. But when it’s a complex story with a lot of interweaving storylines, like in Shade Me, I have to do some pretty detailed plotting, just to keep everything straight.

And you know it wouldn’t be BookHounds without Hounds (and cats)

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Ursula the Wonderbasset

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Aragorn the boxer,

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littermates George and Gracie. Thanks again! Jen


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  1. Lorraine Duran says

    I have not read any of Jennifer Browns books this book sounds amazing and the cover is gorgeous.

  2. Recipe Fairy says

    I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of her books yet! This one looks very interesting, I definitely want to give it a shot though!

  3. anne says

    Thanks for this captivating and intriguing novel written by a talented author. I haven’t read Jennifer’s books but would love to.

  4. says

    I haven’t read any books from this author, but this one sounds amazing!! And right up my alley. Plus that cover is so beautiful!! Adding to my TBR now. Thanks for the chance. 🙂