Streamline Book Birthday Bash: Giveaway and Interview with Author, Jennifer Lane

Streamline
Streamline
by Jennifer Lane
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: March 27th, 2012

Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He's captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother's crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father's abuse, battered and alone. 

Leo's girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida's top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there's an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder. 

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything's on the line . . . streamline.


Interview

What inspired you to write Streamline?
Streamline was my first novel, so I followed advice to “write what you know” by writing a story about swimming and psychology in the YA/NA age group. I’ve swum all my life, and I’m a psychologist who loves doing therapy with young and new adults because there’s so much change and growth.

Hot men in uniform also inspired this story about the US Navy. ;-)

How long have you been writing?
I enjoyed creative writing as a child, and did some scientific writing for psychology research, but it wasn’t until 2006 that I started writing novels. I find writing so therapeutic!

Who was your favorite character to write?
Leo Scott, the hero of Streamline. He is a sensitive soul with a tough exterior—a young man with integrity and depth who tries to do the right thing but encounters many obstacles along the way. I cried writing some of Leo’s abuse scenes and later therapy scenes.

Did you have to do any particular research for the book?
Yes! The latter half of the novel takes place at the US Naval Academy. It’s a fascinating place I knew nothing about, so I interviewed quite a few Navy sailors and researched online to try to create a realistic world.

If you could describe Streamline in three words, what would they be?
Intense…Striving…Wet!

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? 
Sharing your writing with others is a wonderful way to improve. Continue to learn more about the craft everyday. Read.

Since Nawanda Files highlights books into movies news, what is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book?
I love movies! It’s a toss-up between Prince of Tides and Hunt for Red October—probably because I read both of those books AFTER seeing the movie. You know what they say—“Don’t judge a book by its movie.” I do have to say I loved both the book and the movie for The Help.


Happy Book Birthday to Streamline! And thanks to Jennifer Lane for stopping by Nawanda Files! Streamline sounds like quite the sexy YA novel, and as a fan of military settings--that's pretty awesome that half the books takes place at a US Naval Academy!




About the Author


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People fascinate the psychologist/author (psycho author) known as Jennifer Lane. Her therapy clients talk to her all day long about their dreams and secrets, and her characters tell her their stories at night. Jen delights in peeling away the layers to scrutinize their psyches and emotions. But please rest assured, dear reader, she isn’t psychoanalyzing you right now. She’s already got too many voices in her head!

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is the author of The Conduct Series—-romantic suspense for adult readers—-and recently completed the third and final installment: On Best Behavior. Streamline is her first foray into writing for young and new adults, but she’s found this sort of writing even more fun. A former college swimmer, Jen was able to put a lot of her own experiences into this book. 

Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and hanging out with her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.



Giveaway Details


Author Jennifer Lane is giving away one signed print copy of Streamline to a US winner and three ebooks to International winners.

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The Book Birthday Bash

 Be sure to check out other stops during the Book Birthday Bash!

Monday 3/25
Nawanda Files blog
Author Darcia Helle's A Word Please blog 
Reading, Writing, and Everything in Between blog 
Author Jen DeLucy's blog 

Tuesday 3/26
Paulette's Papers blog
Author Cherie Colyer's blog
Mich's Book Reviews blog 
Author Kelsey Ketch's Book Nook blog 

Wednesday 3/27
Books, DIY's, and Randomness blog
Life of a Total Book Nerd blog
Christina's Book Review blog
Author Elisa Dane blog 

Thursday 3/28
Author Carol Oates' blog
Book Nerds Anonymous blog
Author Hannah Downing's blog
Author Kyra Lennon's Write Here, Write Now blog

Friday 3/29
Actin' Up With Books blog
Author Trisha Wolfe's YA Bound blog
My Bookish Fairy Tale blog
Author Nicki Elson's Not-So-Deep-Thoughts blog


7 comments:

  1. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Emotional books are awesome! They're the ones that you relate to and love:)

    Thank you:)

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  2. I can see from Jen's interviews that she got really close to Leo. I love knowing that - makes for a compelling character.

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  3. This is coming up in my review schedule. :)

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  4. Krista, thank you for the interview and being a great birthday party host!

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  5. Books that make you cry...just being sad alone doesn't get me all emotional. I have to be really into the book and emotionally invested in the character for it to make me cry. Therefore, I consider it a real accomplishment if a books has managed to bring out that kind of emotion in me. I really can't think of any right off the top of my head that bas made me cry...maybe The Hunger Games when Rue...well, you know what happens if you read it...in case anyone out there has actually somehow not read those books I don't want to put a spoiler out there :)

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  6. What happened to Rue made me cry too! And then what was happening to Peeta at the beginning of Mockingjay had me crying too. But I cried buckets reading Pushing the Limits and Hopeless.

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  7. I have a bittersweet feeling about books that make me cry. I love feeling when I read and it is rare to get that way. The last books that were like that for me were Hopeless and Taking Chances. Thanks!

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