I can’t believe today is Thursday!
Having been really sick the earlier half of this week, it’s sort of strange to know that the week is almost over.
Thankfully I’m celebrating in a fun way though!
If you follow me on my social media, you might have noticed I have been sharing a lot about an upcoming release from my friend Laurie Lucking. Her book Common is supposed to release next week and I am beyond thrilled!
And in celebration, she’s sharing a little bit of the inspiration for her writing Common! Take a look below. 😉
About the Book
Only one person knows of the plot against the royal family and cares enough to try to stop it— the servant girl they banished.
Leah spends her days scrubbing floors, polishing silver, and meekly curtsying to nobility. Nothing distinguishes her from the other commoners serving at the palace, except her red hair.
And her secret friendship with Rafe, the Crown Prince of Imperia.
But Leah’s safe, ordinary world begins to splinter. Rafe’s parents announce his betrothal to a foreign princess, and she unearths a plot to overthrow the royal family. When she reports it without proof, her life shatters completely when the queen banishes her for treason.
Harbored by an unusual group of nuns, Leah must secure Rafe’s safety before it’s too late. But her quest reveals a villain far more sinister than an ambitious nobleman with his eye on the throne.
Can a common maidservant summon the courage to fight for her dearest friend?
When I was a pre-teen / teenager, I had trouble finding enough books I wanted to read. The thought is laughable now, as my TBR mountain threatens to take over my entire neighborhood. But it’s true. I’m in my 30s, so it was partly because Google, Amazon, and social media hadn’t yet achieved world domination—I actually had to talk to someone to get a book recommendation.
But beyond that, there was a particular kind of book I was searching for that I just couldn’t find enough of. A book where I could relate to the main character, but also be inspired by her. Where there was enough fantasy to make me feel like I’d escaped to another world, but not so much that I had to sit through pages of world-building or skim the complex history of a particular weapon (sorry Tolkien fans—I love Lord of the Rings in many ways, but I just couldn’t get excited about those swords!).
And then there was the romance aspect. Roll your eyes all you want, but I was one of those girls who planned her dolls’ weddings at a very young age. I’m just wired to be a romantic at heart. But romance for middle grade and young adult readers gets tricky. On one hand, the more innocent stories merely hint at a crush. The characters go through a lot together and maybe hold hands or hug at a particularly fearful moment, but they end with a shy discussion that maybe they should stay in touch. What?? I get that authors can’t marry off young characters, but I just never found those conclusions very satisfying. But I also took issue with a lot of the more “mature” romance out there. I didn’t need to be reminded in every other scene what the guy’s eye color was or how impressive his muscles were. And while I adored love stories, I grew up in a fairly conservative household and stayed quite naïve through my teens and beyond, so I didn’t appreciate books that took the romance to a level where I felt guilty reading or wanted to hide it from my parents.
Couldn’t there be something in between?
Fast-forward 10-15 years. When I first had the idea to write a book, I wanted to write something important. Something intellectual, with a powerful message that would impress and inspire fellow adults. Shockingly, nothing came to mind 🙂
Then I thought back to my teenage self. The times I did find a book that fit my tastes just right, and I would read it over and over again to revisit that happy place. And I decided that maybe I’d never write a book that would win a prestigious literary award or be discussed as a classic for decades to come, but I could write something for that girl. That girl who wanted to place herself in a fantasy adventure with enough of a love story to make her inner romantic a bit giddy without feeling the need to hide the book under her bed.
So that’s what I wrote, and what I plan to continue to write. While I genuinely hope every reader will enjoy my book, I realize some may wish for more complicated world-building, more battle scenes, less romance, or more steam. But my greatest wish is that at least a few of my readers will resemble my younger (or current!) self, with full appreciation for the hints of butterflies throughout and the happily ever after at the end. Maybe enough to even go back and read it all over again 🙂
How about you? Do you have literary tastes that can be hard to please? What do you look for in a book?
Thank you so much for reading and allowing me to share about my writing journey!
About the Author
An avid reader since birth (her parents claim she often kept them up late begging to hear just one more story), Laurie Lucking discovered her passion for writing after leaving her career as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mom. She writes young adult fantasy with a strong thread of romance, and her debut novel, Common, releases in 2018 from Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing. Laurie is the secretary of her local ACFW chapter and a co-founder of www.landsuncharted.com, a blog for fans of clean young adult speculative fiction. A Midwestern girl through and through, she currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and two young sons. Find out more about Laurie and her writing by visiting www.laurielucking.com.
Common, a stunning debut novel by Author Laurie Lucking, releases on Valentine’s Day. This launch party is to celebrate this new book with prizes, trivia, games, and much more. The best part? Just show up on the day of the party, comment on any post, and you are entered to win that prize.
Your hosts are the lovely author herself, Laura A. Grace, Jebraun Clifford, and Michele Israel Harper. Cannot wait to see you there!
Blog Tour Schedule
- Monday, February 5th, Review of Common, Pam Halter, www.pamhalter.com
- Monday, February 5th, Interview with Laurie Lucking, Taylor Bennett, www.taylor–bennett.com
- Tuesday, February 6th, Visual Post, Nancy Moors, www.antrimcycle.com
- Tuesday, February 6th, Behind-the-Scenes Feature, Rae E, www.anewlookonbooks.com
- Wednesday, February 7th, Visual Post, J.M. Hackman, www.jmhackman.com
- Wednesday, February 7th, Guest Post: Author’s Journey, Kristen Stieffel, www.newauthors.wordpress.com
- Thursday, February 8th, Guest Post, Laura A. Grace, www.unicornquester.com
- Friday, February 9th, Interview with Laurie Lucking, Jebraun Clifford, www.quillsandinkblotts.wordpre
- Friday, February 9th, Review of Common, Erica Hogan, www.booksaholic.wordpress.com/
- Saturday, February 10th, Top 3 Post, Laurie Lucking, www.landsuncharted.com
- Sunday, February 11th, Behind-the-Scenes Feature: Laurie’s Writing Process, Liv Fisher, www.livkfisher.blogspot.com/
- Sunday, February 11th, Review of Common, Jebraun Clifford, www.jebraunclifford.com/
- Monday, February 12th, Character Interview, Brenda Anderson, www.inspyromance.com/
- Monday, February 12th, Visual Post, Jannette Fuller, www.jannettefuller.com/blog
- Tuesday, February 13th, Interview with Laurie Lucking, KaLyn Cummins, www.authorkacummins.com
- Wednesday, February 14th, Release-Day Feature, Laurie Lucking, www.laurielucking.com (Release Day)
- Thursday, February 15th, Facebook Party Feature, Michele Israel Harper, www.micheleisraelharper.com (Facebook Launch Party)
- Friday, February 16th, Review of Common, Cathrine Bonham, www.dolphin18cb.wordpress.com