August 20, 2014

Blog Tour: My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros – Interview and Giveaway



Welcome to our Tour Stop for

My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros!


If Life Was Like a Song

Nina Simmons’ song would be “You Can’t Always Eat What You Want.” (Peanut allergies, ugh). But that’s okay, because as her best friend Brianna always said, “We’re All in This Together.”

Until the first day of the seventh grade, when Brianna dumps her to be BFFs with the popular new girl. Left all alone, Nina is forced to socialize with “her own kind”–banished to the peanut-free table with the other allergy outcasts. As a joke, she tells her new pals they should form a rock band called EpiPens. (Get it?) Apparently, allergy sufferers don’t understand sarcasm, because the next thing Nina knows she’s the lead drummer.

Now Nina has to decide: adopt a picture-perfect pop personality to fit in with Bri and her new BFF or embrace her inner rocker and the spotlight. Well..

Call Me a Rock Star, Maybe.


add to goodreadsMy Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros
Publication Date:  September 2, 2014
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky



Top Favs with Andrea Pyros

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

Okay, my kids, husband and pug are all safe? Then I’m going to grab my computer, which seems to have my whole life on it, my wedding band and my dad’s old manual typewriter, even though it no longer works.

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why

Roald Dahl. I absolutely love how he wrote for children with such honesty and wit.

John Irving. Because of A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Right now, Tana French, who can do no wrong and because I love mysteries and detective novels.

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why

Peanut butter and apple, because it’s super filling and doesn’t give me one of those sugar crashes that make me want to nap for the rest of the day. Popcorn, ‘cause it’s so crunchy and fun to eat. And anything leftover because I get lazy and grab whatever is in the fridge.

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I couldn’t put it down, and read it over and over again. I wanted to create worlds just like Hinton did.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. Blume seems to understand her readers in a way other adults don’t, and she inspires me to try to stay true and realistic to the kids I write about.

I recently read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, and though I’ll never, ever be the awe-inspiring talent she is, it was a good reminder that when you’re in the hands of an amazing writer, there’s nothing else quite like it.

Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why

Actually, I can’t listen to music when I’m writing or I get too distracted! Total silence or nothing.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

First, I installed the Anti-Social app which blocks me from wasting time on Facebook and other social sites. That’s key! Next, I re-read what I’ve written and noodle around a bit with that text, which helps me feel re-immersed in my story.  If I’m still really stuck, I might get out index cards and try to play around with my outline more, in case my brain is telling me that I’m stuck for a reason, and what I’m working on isn’t quite right yet.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why

Duran Duran, because they were my first “boy band” crush and I still have a soft spot in my heart for them.

The Beatles—my mom had all their albums and I listened to them all the time growing up.

Frank Sinatra. Because, sheesh, is he ever cool!

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why

Casablanca. Every single moment is perfection.

Raiders of the Lost Ark. Summertime fun and an adorable Harrison Ford.

Diner. Both hilarious and sad, with great early performances by actors like Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin before they were stars.

Top 3 favorite gadgets and why

My Kindle, because I love to read in any format. My iPhone because I’m addicted. My pedometer when I remember to wear it, because it really does guilt me in to walking more.

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why

Vancouver. I visited once and loved it. It’s such a liveable city (says the kid who grew up in NYC back when it was anything but liveable).

Greece. My father’s family is from Ikaria, so Greece holds a special place in my heart.

Hawaii. I’m worried I’ll never get there, but it sounds so incredibly beautiful.



Adrea Pyros is an experienced writer and editor who has worked extensively for both print and online publications. With particular expertise writing for teens and young women, Andrea covers topics pertaining to health and nutrition, pop culture and entertainment, beauty and fashion, and relationships.

She’s held senior-level positions at such major media companies as CondeNast, USA, and Bauer Publications, and her freelance articles have appeared in Fitness, Rosie Magazine Online,,, The Mary-Kate and Ashley website, Twist, Bust and elsewhere. Andrea also does copywriting for clients such as, Comedy Central, and Institutional Investor.

Though she certainly doesn’t claim to have invented the Internet, she and three friends did launch one of the first websites to speak to 20-something women in the 1990s: GIRLS ON FILM. GIRLS ON FILM received attention from Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, The New York Times and others, and led to the publication of the GIRLS ON FILM book, published by HarperCollins.
Andrea earned her undergraduate degree at Vassar College and her master’s from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she specialized in emerging media. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with her husband, their two children, and the family pug.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter 


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  1. Summer

    I’m loving Taylor Swift’s new song Shake It Off, and I thought I would have been tired of Happy and Let It Go by now, both those still both make me smile, too. Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds great, I love it when music is mixed into stories.

  2. Kate

    Diner, one of the all time best movies ever. Those relationships and characters were real and really heartbreaking. At the same time you’re left with a sense of hope.

  3. Pam

    My favorite song is Got My Mind Set on You by George Harrison. Makes me smile every time I hear it.

  4. This sounds like a great read!
    P.S. Like the blog layout!

  5. And for songs, Double Decker Books loves 80’s Rock!

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