NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE Blog Tour {Guest Post + Giveaway}

NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE Blog Tour {Guest Post + Giveaway}

NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE Blog Tour {Guest Post + Giveaway}
NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE
by Amy K. Nichols
Series: Duplexity #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on December 9, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
Provided by: NetGalley
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This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

DESCRIPTION

In a parallel universe, the classic bad boy falls for the class science geek.

One minute Danny was running from the cops, and the next, he jolted awake in an unfamiliar body–his own, but different. Somehow, he’s crossed into a parallel universe. Now his friends are his enemies, his parents are long dead, and studious Eevee is not the mysterious femme fatale he once kissed back home. Then again, this Eevee–a girl who’d rather land an internship at NASA than a date to the prom–may be his only hope of getting home.

Eevee tells herself she’s only helping him in the name of quantum physics, but there’s something undeniably fascinating about this boy from another dimension . . . a boy who makes her question who she is, and who she might be in another place and time.

And, coming soon, Duplexity, Part II: While You Were Gone flips this story on its head and tells the tale of the alternate Danny and the alternate Eevee, living in Danny’s parallel world.


Praise for Now That You’re Here

“The perfect blend of sci-fi and swoons, Now That You’re Here is like no other book I’ve read. Riveting, romantic and utterly original, it kept me up late!” — Amie Kaufman, author of These Broken Stars

“Dynamic, dizzying, and downright daring, Now That You’re Here kept me guessing until the end, and ready for the next.” — Shannon Messenger, author of Let the Sky Fall

“Nichols infuses the story with a smattering of science fiction and science fact, while making a welcome departure from the stereotype of the book-smart outcast trying to fit in. These geeks own their intelligence like a badge of honor, using science to help a friend and explore strange new worlds. Riveting in its own right, the story sets the stage for a mirror-image sequel, which will follow the other Danny and Eevee.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED

“While the world-jumping is fantastical, the personalities and characters (fully individual, without reaching trying-too-hard levels of quirkiness) ring true…. A debut with great characters and huge nerd appeal.” — Kirkus Reviews


The Trailer



Introduction


Before I start talking about all the usual stuff about how I am stoked to be on this tour, how I have an amazing guest post to share, how there’s some awesome giveaway prizes, I just have to say I LOVE NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE and I AM DYING TO READ WHILE YOU WERE GONE.

I mean, I knew that I was going to love this book when I read its description months and months ago – and not just because Eevee’s name is a palindrome or that it’s so perfectly symmetrical. I also knew, when I learned there would be a book from the alternate versions of the characters we meet in this book, that I would be head over heels in love. I always love alternate POV stories when done right. The fact that this is an alternate POV duology from two actual alternate characters is totally trippy and seriously awesome.

Of course, now that I’ve read the author’s guest post, I am even more obsessed and desperate to meet the other Danny and Eevee. And even if you haven’t yet met the two from NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE, I’m pretty sure you’ll feel exactly the same. I know it, actually.

NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE comes out in just a few short days – on December 9th. And oh my gosh you have to read this book. It is awesome! And you have to suffer the wait for the next book like I am. But it will be totally worth it.

As promised, the very awesome guest post from Amy K. Nichols follows. If you want to be teased and tormented about just what happens in both books, you won’t want to skip ahead to the giveaway. Though, if you don’t already have a copy or have your copy pre-ordered, you should definitely enter for a chance to win one.

And be sure to follow along with the tour to hear what a few other bloggers think about NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE, read a couple other fab guest posts and a few interviews with the author.


Guest Post


Playing Favorites with My Characters

Wanna hear a secret? Writing stories about parallel universes is fun. Like, a lot of fun. You get to think up all kinds of wild conjectures about what life might be like in other worlds. You get to ask so many fun questions. Does the world map look the same as ours? Have borders moved or disappeared? What is the political climate of  the United States and other countries around the world? What are the demographics of your city or town? Or how about, do the laws of physics work the same there as they do here? Have solar storms damaged the earth? Have the polar ice caps melted and flooded large swaths of land? Has a comet hit the moon, which in turn changed the ocean’s tides?

And then there’s the whole question of characters. Who are the parallel versions of your characters in the other worlds? How are their lives different? How are they the same? Which has the greater impact on a person’s development, their living environment or their DNA?

If these questions don’t ignite your curiosity (and for writers, your imagination), then I don’t know what will. They certainly get my gears turning.

One of the most interesting aspects of writing NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE and the follow-up, WHILE YOU WERE GONE, was figuring out who my characters were. NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE follows the story of Danny, a boy who jumps from his world to a parallel dimension where the life his parallel self leads is vastly different from his own. In the new world, he sees Eevee, a girl he recognizes from his world, but who, in the new world, is a completely different person. Together, Danny and Eevee try to figure out how he jumped, and how to get him back home, if that’s where he wants to be.

WHILE YOU WERE GONE follows the alternate Danny, displaced from his world by the jump that happens in the first book. In this new world, he has everything he ever wanted—including a girlfriend, Eevee—but could lose it all if he jumps back.

The two books take place over the same timeline, though reading WHILE YOU WERE GONE changes your understanding of NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE. Trippy, huh?

Wanna hear another secret? I enjoyed some of the characters more than others. As I wrote, favorites emerged, which made the discovery of them completely fascinating.

Eevee of WHILE YOU WERE GONE was easier to write than the Eevee of NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE. Her emotions and motivations were much more transparent, which made it easier to connect with her. I love how artsy and passionate she was, and she was a lot of fun to write. NTYH-Eevee kept everything a little more guarded. She didn’t play the popularity games so common in high school. She was smart, confident. And while Danny’s showing up turned her world into a crazy roller-coaster ride, she always remained true to who she was and who she wanted to be. In short, there was so much about NTYH-Eevee that I wish I’d been as a teenager. For that reason, I think she’s my favorite of the two.

And then there’s Danny. I loved writing both of the Danny characters so much. NTYH-Danny was so fun. He was one of those guys who’ll try anything once, always up for a good time, always willing to take a risk. One of those guys where things just go his way. But writing WYWG-Danny was a real treat. Putting him in the WHILE YOU WERE GONE world was like Christmas morning, and everything he’s ever wanted is under the tree. It was so rewarding writing his character, especially since when I initially wrote the manuscript for NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE, he was just a name. A placeholder. I wrote the book as a standalone, and never intended to write that Danny character. So to get to write the second book and be given the chance to delve into his character was such a treat. But heartbreaking, too. Things don’t exactly go the way he hopes in WHILE YOU WERE GONE; so all of those dreams that suddenly came true for him are just as quickly threatened, to be lost forever. I’m really satisfied with WYWG-Danny’s emotional arc.

Finally, one of the coolest parts of writing these parallel books was how the absence of the alternate character made them all the more important to the book. Book two’s Danny and Eevee are very much part of book one, though they’re only briefly on the page, if at all. The reverse is the true as well for WHILE YOU WERE GONE. Something about the specter of those alternate characters made their presence stronger to the characters actually in the world. I found writing these parallel universe stories very interesting. Very mind-bendy. And so very satisfying.


About Amy K. Nichols


AmyNicholsBWsquare-300x300Amy K. Nichols lives on the edge of the Phoenix desert with her husband and children. In the evenings, she enjoys sitting outside, counting bats and naming stars. Sometimes she names the bats.

NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE is her first novel. Visit her online at amyknichols.com.

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The Giveaway


There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • (10) winners will receive a hardcover copy of NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE + SWAG

**Giveaway is US and Canada Only**

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The Tour


Week One

Dec. 1st – Reading YA Rocks – Guest Post

Dec. 2nd – Fiction Fare – Review

Dec. 3rd – Xpresso Reads – Interview

Dec. 4th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

Dec. 5th – Please Feed the Bookworm – Review

Week Two

Dec. 8th – Page Turners Blog – Interview

Dec. 9th – Once Upon a Twilight – Review

Dec. 10th – The Cover Contessa – Interview

Dec. 11th – The Best Books Ever – Review

Dec. 12th – Me, My Shelf and I – Guest Post

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