About the Book:
When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?
Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past? This is an edgy YA with issues of bullying, self harm, and attempted suicide…with an HEA ending.
As a child, Peyton called places like Livorno, Italy; Orléans, France; and Augsburg, Germany home. She has since settled in Maryland, where she earned her degree in education at Towson State University, married her sweetheart of two years, and became an instant mother to three spirited young boys before adding another son to the brood. And, with their yellow lab George, it’s no stretch to say she’s outnumbered.
When not writing, Peyton is a full time teacher. Inspired by the individual spirits, heartaches, and triumphs of her students, Peyton has developed characters who resemble real world teens dealing with real issues: relationships, jealousy, bullying, and depression. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is a contemporary
story filled with emotion, depth, wit, and suspense. Sublime Karma was published in the fall of 2016 by Soulmate Publishing.
When asked if she actually involves her students in her stories, Peyton answered that her stories are completely fictional, but then admitted to an activity in which she does involve them. “One quirky, fun thing I like to do with students who have read my book is develop a dream cast for my characters. That all started when a group of girls were arguing over which actor they thought best fit the character Four in Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent. They then turned their efforts to my manuscript. I’ve since added those dream casts to my website.”
When she’s not teaching or writing, Peyton enjoys traveling. The Caribbean Islands have become a favorite vacation getaway for Peyton and her husband. “Nothing is better than sitting on a beach, in front of the crystal clear sea, enveloped in the warmth of the tropical sun with a frosty piña colada and a good book that I just can’t put down.”
PLEASE WELCOME PEYTON TO BOOKHOUNDS ya
What’s on your desk?
OK, so I don’t really write at my desk. I have a cozy corner of my sectional sofa, with everything I need in reach, either next to me on the sofa or on the end table.
My tool of trade and all of the extras…
Tool of Trade: I love my touchscreen laptop. I don’t use any fancy programs when I write, just good ol’ Word. I like the markup and tracking features I use while working with my editor. If there is ever some major upgrade to a new program, I’m going to have a serious setback issue!
Music: I find music inspiring and my iPod nano has the complete soundtrack for all my novels. On the back of my end table is my Bose Bluetooth speaker. Sometimes my music inspires scenes and sometimes my scenes bring thoughts of specific songs.
My notes: When I can’t fall asleep in the middle of the night because of a plot idea or specific wording that suddenly comes to me, I just jot it down and voila I can fall asleep. The problem is I can’t always decipher what I’ve written when I wake up in the morning.
Cast: I like to visualize my characters when I write so it isn’t unusual for me to make a dream cast from A-listers. I’ve done that for both books I’ve written. Those casts can be seen on my website http://www.peytongarver.com/ …which brings to mind a very cool site I’ve come across: http://www.thebookcaster.com/ You can cast any book on that site.
Chocolate: Ok, I’m a chocoholic. Need I say more? 😉
Flash Drive: I don’t use the cloud. I back up everything on flash drives.
Fireplace: In the winter, I love to cozy up in my writing corner with a warm crackling fire next to me.
- 10 Favorite Books and 1 that isn’t (make us guess which one!)
So, here it is, my list of ten favorites and one that’s not. Can you guess the one?
-Pride and Prejudice
-The White Queen
-Where She Went
-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
-The Hunger Games
-The Shell Seekers
-The Fault in Our Stars
-Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
-Snow Falling on Cedars
The one that’s not? As you can see I have an eclectic taste in books. You may say Pride and Prejudice because that is the only classic I’ve listed. But, you’d be wrong. Love, love, love Austen, and P&P is my all-time fave. So now you may guess the other extreme, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Great guess! But, no… The moral of Alexander’s story serves young and old alike, because we all have those kinds of days. Besides, I think it’s an adorable story. Unbelievably, the well liked, highly rated novel Atonement is not one of my favorites. Sorry to say, but it was painful for me to get through it. After several starts, I finally completed it and only because of its acclaim. I don’t think I really cared for one character in that entire novel.
- What books did you read as a child that inspired you to write?
Perhaps A Wrinkle in Time is one of the most influential books for me. I remember reading that one in fourth grade, and that was the beginning of my being hooked on books. From there it was Harriet the Spy and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Tranquiller. My list wouldn’t be complete without The Chronicles of Narnia. Those were all books that swept me away.
- Songlist for Sublime Karma:
I find music to be inspirational. Sometimes just listening to a song sparks a scene, emotion, or setting in my thoughts that I incorporate into my story. In Sublime Karma music certainly has an integral part. Here is my playlist, enjoy!
- What is a typical writing day like for you?
There is no such thing as a typical writing day for me. I’m a secondary teacher, and my day job commands most of my time during the school year; therefore, I take advantage of whatever time I can get. During the school year I steal away time at home in between grading my students’ work. But, over summers and holidays, I can spend hours in the corner of my sectional writing away.
1 winner will receive TWO signed a finished copies of SUBLJME KARMA 1 for them and one for the high school of the winner’s choice to be dedicated in their name and a $10 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.