THE PROPHET CALLS Blog Tour
Title: THE PROPHET CALLS
Author: Melanie Sumrow
Pub. Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Yellow Jacket
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Born into a polygamous community in the foothills of New Mexico, Gentry Forrester feels lucky to live among God’s chosen. Here, she lives apart from the outside world and its “evils.”
On her thirteenth birthday, Gentry receives a new violin from her father and, more than anything, she wants to play at the Santa Fe Music Festival with her brother, Tanner. But then the Prophet calls from prison and announces he has outlawed music in their community and now forbids women to leave.
Determined to play, Gentry and Tanner sneak out. But once they return, the Prophet exercises control from prison, and it has devastating consequences for Gentry and her family. Soon, everything Gentry has known is turned upside down. She begins to question the Prophet’s teachings and his revelations, especially when his latest orders put Gentry’s family in danger. Can Gentry find a way to protect herself and her family from the Prophet and escape the only life she’s ever known?
This realistic, powerful story of family, bravery, and following your dreams is a can’t-miss debut novel from Melanie Sumrow.
Melanie Sumrow received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and has maintained a long-term interest in studying world religions. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a lawyer for more than 16 years, with many of her cases involving children and teens. Melanie lives in Dallas with her husband, her daughter and one very spoiled dog.
- What is on your nightstand? I like to keep a mix of things on my nightstand. Right now, my middle-grade choice is THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET by David Barclay Smith. My YA pick is PEOPLE LIKE US by Dana Mele. And, for YA nonfiction, I have BONNIE AND CLYDE: THE MAKING OF A LEGEND by Karen Blumenthal.
- What author would you totally fan? I’m a HUGE fan of Jason Reynolds! His mastery of both the YA and middle-grade voice is both inspiring and impressive. Plus, he seems so cool!
- What makes you cringe? Yes, I know, it sounds silly. I’m definitely not against people breaking into spontaneous song, but when they whistle, it’s like someone dragging fingernails across a chalkboard. I cringe.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow? I do a combination of both. I lay out the plot points like the poles beneath a tent. The story is the canvas over the poles, and I’m flexible with how the story progresses between them.
- Is there a word you love to use? I keep a running list of crutch words and search my manuscripts for them before I turn anything into my editor. A favorite? JUST. I just don’t know why I just have to use it just so much!
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE PROPHET CALLS, US Only.
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