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Sep 24, 2013

Not a Drop to Drink Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Not a Drop to Drink Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. For today's stop, I've got an awesome guest post by Mindy McGinnis to share with all of you as well as the tour wide giveaway so, do not go anywhere because there's a lot of epic going on here! Let's get to it!

About the book:

Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: September 24, 2013

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it…

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
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What element is necessary in most if not all novels?

I’m a YA librarian as well as an author, so I see books go in and out of my double doors all day long. The prettiest covers are gobbled up first and the slick plot lines that are well-synopsized on the jackets follow shortly thereafter.

Sometimes those eye-catching covers are back in my book drop the next day, with a dismissive shrug and an, “I tried, but…” Sometimes those catchy plots turn into books I’m running down with late slips two weeks later for a blank-faced patron who says, “Oh yeah… I forgot I had that book.”

Why does that happen? What’s the promise that the pretty cover and well-written jacket couldn’t live up to? What’s missing?

Usually… voice.

It’s difficult to define and impossible to identify, the ephemeral attitude of the book that can’t be nailed down to one character or a single quote. It’s the life and soul of the book. It’s the themes, not in their boiled down version but in the steam that evaporates.

Yeah… it’s like that.

I think of voice like a fifth-grade science lab. You can stare at a diagram of the parts of a flower all day long, but you won’t see fragrance pointed out anywhere. Yet the flower has a distinct smell. In fact, it’s the first thing you think of when you think of flowers but you can’t find smell inside of it.

This is why voice is so important. It’s the personality, the unidentifiable thing that makes a book what it essentially is. Like a really attractive friend who is boring as hell, the sweet covers don’t always get to stay out late.

Voice is the key in every book, be it a picture book, chapter book, middle grade, YA, crime-fiction or Charles Dickens. And damn, Dickens has great voice.

See if you can nail down exactly what it is about your favorite books that you love the most, and if you’re able to come up with a hard and fast definition of voice – let me know!

Not a Drop to Drink Book Trailer:

Watch book trailer here.

About the author:

Mindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio and cans her own food. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and Religion. Mindy has a pond in her back yard but has never shot anyone, as her morals tend to cloud her vision.

Connect with Mindy McGinnis: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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  1. This is seriously one of my favorite books of the year! So good!

  2. I really need to get to this book.... :) HAHA

  3. I can't wait! I saw a post Mindy made on EpicReads and the concept is so interesting, yet so terrifiying!

  4. I am dying to read this book! It is different from my usual read but it sounds so interesting.


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