May 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Essence by Lisa Ann O’Kane – Guest Post


Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Essence by Lisa Ann O’Kane!


Autumn escaped a cult, but now she realizes she’s fallen into another.

Growing up in San Francisco’s Centrist Movement, sixteen year-old Autumn Grace has always believed emotions—adrenaline, endorphins, even happiness—drain your Essence and lead to an early death. But her younger brother’s passing and a run-in with a group of Outsiders casts her faith into question.

Ryder Stone, the sexy, rebellious leader of the Outsiders, claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic — and he can prove it.

Autumn follows Ryder to his Community of adrenaline junkies and free spirits in Yosemite National Park, and they introduce her to a life of adventure, romance, sex, drugs and freedom. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realizes the more she risks in search of the perfect rush, the further she has to fall.

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Publication Date:  June 3, 2014
Publisher:  Strange Chemistry

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Top Favs with Lisa Ann O’Kane 

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why`:

If I had a gun to my head, I would say my top three favorite authors are Shel Silverstein, John Muir and John Steinbeck.

  • Shel Silverstein is an ironic choice, because he mostly wrote picture books, but I have never read ANYTHING more powerful than The Missing Piece Meets the Big O. Ever.
  • John Muir is a more obvious pick, and his essays about preservation—particularly My First Summer in the Sierra and Travels in Alaska—have shaped me in ways I can’t even put into words
  • Finally, John Steinbeck’s novels (especially my favorite, Cannery Row) feature some of the most dynamic and interesting characters I have ever encountered. He breaks my heart every single time.

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why:

I read voraciously as a child, and I would often devour the same books over and over again. My favorites were The Black Stallion by Walter Farley, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, and the Thoroughbred series by Joanna Campbell. Those stories made writing seem like so much fun, and I often think about those novels today.

Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why:

Caring is Creepy” by The Shins is my go-to writing song, followed closely by Bob Dylan’s “Shooting Star.” I also love to listen to Carla Bruni while I’m working, and my favorite song of hers is probably “Quelqu’un m’a dit.”

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why:

I seem to get most of my best ideas when I’m sleeping, bathing or taking my dog on a walk. I realize how ridiculous this sounds, but my mind seems to cooperate best when I’m not overthinking things or trying too hard.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why:

  • Pixar’s Up. Oh my God. I can’t even THINK about that movie without crying or laughing or generally becoming a mess. Is there anything more perfect than Up???
  • The Shawshank Redemption. Whoa. Talk about epic storytelling. Go Stephen King, go.
  • Garden State. The movie is pretty much about nothing, but it is also about EVERYTHING. I can’t get enough of it.


Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why

There are so many amazing places in this world I haven’t visited yet. Right now, the highest on my list is my family’s ‘homeland’ of Ireland, particularly the Giant’s Causeway and the Ring of Kerry.


Photo Courtesy of Tobias Abel

I am also dying to visit Argentina and explore Patagonia’s Torres del Paine and Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.


Photo Courtesy of Christopher Michel

I would also love to just turn off my brain and relax in one of these amazing over-water huts in Bora Bora.

Bora Bora

Photo Courtesy of Benoit Mahe



Lisa Ann O’Kane is a young adult author and former vagabond who once camped out in Yosemite National Park for an entire summer, an experience that inspired her debut novel ESSENCE. Her background is in zookeeping and environmental education, and she has been kicked, cornered, bitten and chased by nearly every animal she has ever loved. She currently resides in Florida, and she is now a huge fan of shooting stars, indoor plumbing and keeping both her feet planted firmly on the trail.

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