Greeting and Salutations Everyone!!
Today I am happy to take part in the blog tour for Leila Sales’s newest book TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS. I always enjoy a Leila Sales book and I’m really excited about diving into this one and I hope that you are too. This tour is a fun one because not only do I get to interview Leila BUT she also came up with interview questions for the participants of the tour. Its not often that bloggers get interviewed so please pardon my awkwardness. For me part, I’ve interviewed Leila before as part of her tour for THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE (my review) and you can check that out HERE. This time around I decided to do something different and I used a random question generator to come up with my questions and you can see the results below.
Irish: Describe yourself in one sentence.
Leila: I prefer most things in anticipation, in retrospect, or in fiction.
Irish: What’s the craziest thing you have ever done?
Leila: I once organized 100 people to play Tetris using the windows of a building.
Irish: What are your three must-have smartphone apps?
Leila: I am a boring smartphone user. I use it for email, texting, taking photos, maps, and reading. So unfortunately I don’t know many life-changing apps. My friends just introduced me to this app called “Ham Horn” that allows you to blast an air horn sound off your phone as though you’re a terrible rap DJ. I don’t know that I’d describe the ability to make an air horn sound a “must-have,” but it’s definitely delightful. Also I’ve just joined this new music-sharing app called Cymbal. You should also join it and be friends with me (my username is prettytothink) since right now I think I have like two followers on it.
Irish: What celebrity do you like to follow?
Leila: I enjoy following Anna Kendrick on Twitter because I think she’s hilarious. Of course there are all sorts of people who are not technically celebrities but reading their posts makes me laugh. Like Mallory Ortberg—is she a celeb? She’s definitely famous to me.
Irish: Do you like to sing aloud when no one else is around?
Leila: Oh, I’ll sing aloud whether or not other people are around. I especially delight in singing at my cats. I’m sure they enjoy that every bit as much as I do. And I like to dance all over the house when no one else is home.
Leila: For how long have you been a blogger, and what inspired you to start blogging?
Irish: I have been blogging here at TICKET TO ANYWHERE for 8 years now but this isn’t my first blog. Years ago I kept a livejournal of sorts on a site that was before livejournal, this is going back to the early 2000s, where I kept my thoughts on books I read. But it was early days of the internet and no one read it and I got busy and I stopped. Then in 2006 sometime I stumbled on some book blogs that were informative and made me laugh. Sadly those blogs have closed up shop but they did inspire me to pick up the mantle again and this time with better results. Although I am still amazed that I’ve kept it up so long and that people read me!
Leila: What’s your favorite post you’ve ever written?
Irish: I don’t know if I have a favorite but I did have fun writing up my AnnaARC visits Paris post last fall. This was the first time I ever actively sought out locations mentioned in a book and I had a lot of fun discovering Anna’s Paris and taking snap shots with the book. I did get some off looks from people but I also got my travel buddy interested in the book and AndiABCs enjoyed watching her future ARC travel across the city of her favorite book.
Leila: Who’s your favorite blogger to read, and why?
Irish: There are so many blogs that I like to read that its hard to mention them all! There is Andi’s blog mentioned above and Beth Fish Reads. Jenn’s Bookshelves is another good one and I like when her kids stop by to review and if you are interested in horror or books for reluctant readers then she is your go to. I also regularly read Romance Novel News but her twitter is absolutely fantastic and you should follow her immediately, her live commentary on cracktastic reads is not to be missed!
Leila: TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS is about a girl tracking down her favorite blogger in person. Have you ever met your readers in real life? If so, what happened?
Irish: Yes I have several times! There is the annual gathering of bloggers at BEA and that is always a fun time seeing old friends and meeting up with new ones. But I’ve also randomly met up with my readers during my travels. A couple of years ago I was sent to Frankfurt, Germany for work and tweeted a picture when I was in the airport waiting to make the journey across the pond. A twitter follower and blog reader made a comment on it saying she was in Frankfurt and I can’t recall if it was her or me but we decided to meet up when I had some free time. I’ve done this with other travels I’ve made and its always a good time putting a face to a name of someone who normally just exists behind a keyboard.
Leila: In TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS, Peter gets a really amazing opportunity thanks to his blog–but his blog also gets him in a lot of trouble. What are the most positive and most negative experiences you’ve had as a result of your blog?
Irish: I think the most positive thing that’s come from blogging is the friendships that I’ve made. Some of me best friends in real life I met first via the blog that they wrote, or twitter/goodreads/libraything, if they were more active there before starting a blog. The negative would have to be the drama. When I first started blogging there weren’t a lot of book bloggers out there and it was a real community that supported each other as well as promoted books. Over the years the book community has grown by leaps and bounds (which is a good thing!) but its also brought with it lots and lots of drama. Seems like a week doesn’t go by when someone is caught plagerizing or stirring up some sort of stink over something someone said in context or out of. It makes it exhausting sometimes and puts people more on their guard. I’ve noticed that authors interact less and less with their readers/bloggers as anything they say can be used against them at any time. The community is still there but its just not the same as it used to be and that makes me sad and its the weariness from all the drama that sometimes has me considering closing up shop as many of my blogger contemporaries have done.
Tonight the Streets Are Ours
From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t met yet.
Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.
Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.
During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.
Join in on social media with #Joyride.
On Saturday, September 19, starting at sundown and going as late as you want, do something fun, make a record of it, and share it with the world. Using the hashtag #TonightTheStreetsAreOurs, instagram or tweet whatever happens in your night. If you’re going to a party, aimlessly driving around with friends, or watching a movie alone in your PJs, we want to hear about it.
Here’s why: We’re celebrating the launch of Leila Sales’s novel TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS, the story of a 17-year-old girl who goes on an epic all-night road trip to NYC with her best friend in pursuit of her favorite blogger. It’s the sort of night where anything can happen, and almost everything does.
Now it’s your turn. Whatever you’re doing with your night, wherever you live, however old you are: you’re invited. Leila will be livestreaming her own nighttime adventures so you can join her remotely HERE. Or just do your own thing and post it online. We are all in this together.
Thanks to the wonderful folks at Macmillan, I have a giveaway copy of TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS to give away to one of you! The giveaway is open to US/CAN readers only (Sorry international folks!) and you can enter using the widget below!
September 1- Reader of Fictions
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September 5- The Book Cellar
September 6- The Irish Banana
September 7- Adventures of a Book Junkie
September 8-Supernatural Snark
September 9- The Compulsive Reader
September 10- Miss Print
September 11- Book Rock Betty
September 12-Reading Teen
September 13- Ageless Pages Reviews
September 14-Perpetual Page Turner
September 15- Books and Whimsy
September 16- Fierce Reads (formerly known as Mac Teen Books!)