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September 11, 2018

Blog Tour: The Sponsored by Caroline T. Patti – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our stop during the tour for

The Sponsored by Caroline T. Patti

presented by Month9Books!

We have Caroline on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

Click on the banner above to follow the rest of the tour,
and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

 

 

Don’t break the rules…

Max Winter is a janitor at a ritzy boarding school. He’s supposed to keep to himself, mind his business, stay quiet about the things he sees, sweep the floors, and under no circumstances is he to have any contact with the residents. Now, Max will break every last one of those rules when he meets Ace Valentine.

Don’t follow your heart…

Ace Sloane finds out she’s on the wrong side of a war she no longer believes in fighting. Now, she’ll risk everything to get her life back from the people who stole it, including getting too close to exactly the wrong boy.

Don’t get caught…

Grey Winter lost both parents in a fire that should’ve killed her as well. A “miracle baby,” Grey is sent to live with her Nana who should have told her the truth about who and what she really is. Now she’s at the forefront of a cover-up, all-out manhunt, and the object of one boy’s interest she doesn’t want or need. It’s up to Grey to connect the dots and bring an end to the secrets and lies that have caused so much pain and suffering for so long.

The Sponsored by Caroline T. Patti
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: September 12, 2018

Google Play| BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | TBD | iBooks

 

 

Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

I’m excited to be here and to chat about The Sponsored!  I hate to play favorites, but that’s just the way it goes. The Sponsored is my favorite work to date. The whole story was written in 17 days, thank you NANO! Of course the entire process from first draft to publication is quite long, but from the beginning I knew this story was special. I hope the readers think so as well.

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

Grey Winter has a secret that’s about to be exposed. And when it is, she’ll need people she can trust, but that’ll be difficult when she realizes everyone she’s ever known and loved has been lying to her about who she is and why she has these special abilities. (I may have cheated and used the new Twitter word count)

 

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

The inspiration came while waiting to have an MRI on my knee. I was in the lab, playing around on my Blackberry and the symbol caught my eye for whatever reason and I immediately pictured it as a tattoo. From there I thought of how sponsorship and endorsements are so prevalent in our society, but what if they completely dominated our society. What if the only way to succeed or be educated was through corporate sponsorship? The first character born to this story was Ace. I sat on this idea for years. And then one day Grey came to me, this badass superhero with a serious edge. I didn’t know where she came from or why she was in my head and then it occurred to me to combine the two story ideas. I immediately wrote the first chapter and sent it off to my writing group. They were all in, and after answering a couple of their questions, which helped me plot the story, it wasn’t long before it all came together.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

Grey Winter is the heroine and main character, though there are a plethora of crucial characters in this story. Grey is stubborn and onery and incredibly feisty. She isn’t intimidated by anyone, speaks her mind, and knows her place. I say she knows her place because she’s been carrying around this secret her whole life and she’s managed to stay quietly in her lane without drawing any suspicion to herself. She knows what needs to be done for the greater good, which is what makes her the perfect eventual superhero. It’s a rare breed of people who are willing to sacrifice for others, who are willing to put the needs of others above their own, and this is Grey. Grey isn’t the most loveable or likable character, but I definitely want her with me in a bar fight (not that a bar fight is something that would ever happen to me).

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

Nana is my favorite part of this book. I love her. She has the way of messing up common sayings that I absolutely adore. My favorite line of hers is from a conversation about Julian, the boy who takes an interest in Grey. Grey says, “There’s nothing nice about Julian.” And Nana responds, “Nice ass, maybe.” Nana is 85, by the way.

 

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

In an early draft I killed off one of the characters, but then I decided it would be better if he wasn’t dead but somehow altered, which meant there had to be a twist, something the readers would learn about down the line. This definitely made things complicated and difficult to keep straight, so eventually I eliminated the twist and just had the character be altered from the get-go. And I know I’m being super vague but part of this will show up in book two and NO SPOILERS!

 

There is a significant death and that was incredibly difficult to write. It was almost impossible to see the keyboard through the tears. LOL.

 

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

Currently working on book two for The Sponsored as well as the 10th anniversary edition of The World Spins Madly On, which is the first book I ever published. Way back when, I had no idea what I was doing or how to put a novel together and while the story is good, the writing is flawed and there are some improvements to be made for sure. I’m excited to show readers how far I’ve come as an author with the new edition. The story will remain in tact, but the writing will be elevated, I hope, and the construction of the book will be improved.

 

I am also working on a retelling of Peter Pan that I am very excited about. Not sure what I want to do with it yet, self-pub or submit it, so I’ll just wait and see.

 

 

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thank you so much for hosting me! It’s always wonderful to be able to connect to the readers on a more personal level and to say hi. I hope everyone enjoys the story and falls in love with the characters so they’ll want more books.

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Gwendolyn Jordan
    9/11/2018

    Sounds good

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  2. Linda Romer
    9/11/2018

    The Sponsored sounds like a good read. Thank you

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  3. Jolanda
    9/16/2018

    Looks and sounds good!

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