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May 1, 2014

How We Lived Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the How We Lived Blog Tour hosted by Sizzling PR. For today's stop, I've got a few super-duper epic guest posts by Erin Butler and the tour wide giveaway to share with all of you, so do not go anywhere because there's a lot of awesome going on here! Let's get to it!

About the book:

Title: How We Lived
Author: Erin Butler
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Release date: April 28, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The secrets he’s keeping from that night could destroy everything again...

Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Larkin’s parents uninvited her to her brother’s funeral. She just wanted to wear jeans and a T-shirt—the clothes Kyle would’ve wanted her in—not wrap herself up in death. So she watched the funeral from afar, like an outsider. Which is just how she feels.

Chase came, though, just like she knew he would. Until a few months ago, the three of them had been best friends, and then Chase made a mistake that shattered both families. But when Kelsey looks at him, she doesn’t see her brother’s killer. She sees the boy next door who’s always taken care of her. She sees home.

When Chase tells her his feelings run deeper than friendship, she can’t help but get lost in him. In Chase, she finally has the closure she’s been unable to find anywhere else. But the boy she’s falling in love with is still hiding secrets about the night Kyle died. Secrets that could destroy everything they have... again.
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10 Interesting Facts About How We Lived

  1. Kyle’s character is based on my own brother. (He’s still living, though!)
  2. Like Kelsey, I had a cat named Snow White when I was little. I’m not sure if it was for Snow White or not but my brother, myself, and the neighbor kids gave a cat a funeral once and my brother’s friend used his lips like a trumpet and played Taps just like Chase does in the first chapter.
  3. I had a lot of fun writing Em. She’s spunky.
  4. I listened to Fun.’s Some Nights album on repeat while writing this book. There’s a line from the title track that says, “Man, you wouldn't believe the most amazing things that can come from some terrible nights.” This line, or maybe this concept, just gets to me. If I’m in the car and this song comes on, guarantee I’ll be getting all teary-eyed when Nate Ruess sings that lyric. I think it sums up How We Lived nicely, too.
  5. I also snuck in Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years. I’d close my eyes and imagine Chase thinking all those things about Kelsey.
  6. I never realized how much nicknames meant to me before writing How We Lived. When I’m talking about Kelsey, I won’t call her Kels. I’m not Chase or Kyle so I feel like I don’t have a right to. Weird, huh?
  7. I felt bad for Bear throughout most of the book. He’s really a good guy.
  8. After I finished How We Lived, I was ticked off at myself. After getting to know Kyle through Chase and Kelsey’s eyes, I found myself infatuated with him. I think he has a story to tell and I can’t believe I killed him off already!
  9. I cried like a baby when writing the first scene.
  10. I cried like a baby when writing the last scene.

What element of a story do you feel is the most important and necessary in most, if not all, novels? Why?

I’m going to go with honesty and I’ll tell you what I mean by that. Think about all the books that have ever given you the feels or made you cry. It’s probably because that scene or that moment clicked with something inside you. The moment was genuine and raw and honest and real and true. Yes, as readers, we’re reading about characters that don’t exist in real life but emotions do, feelings do. If the author hasn’t written with honesty, the reader won’t feel it. It won’t spark that something inside them they can relate to.

Erin Butler's Favorite Quotes From How We Lived

  • Chase reminded me of the past, and right then I wanted to be anywhere but the future.
  • My knees wobbled, dropping me to the grass. I couldn’t hold myself up any longer. I was sick of holding myself up.
  • ... this was another way nature screwed us. We have an endless supply of tears, but a limited supply of life.
  • Chase dipped his face. Our noses brushed. His hot breath teased my mouth. We were dangerously close.
  • “People feel sorry for your pain, and pain just is. It doesn’t only happen when you’re worthy of it.”
  • ... he kissed me until he stole my breath. He had stolen everything, if it was ever mine at all. It might have always been his.
  • “I will never love anyone but you. Forever. You are how I want to live.”

5 Things Chase Would Tell You About Kelsey

  1. She has the cutest little laugh.
  2. She does this thing while she sleeps where it’s not quite a snore but it’s definitely more than just breathing. Do NOT tell her that. She will flip.
  3. She’s basically adorable.
  4. She worries too much about me.
  5. She won’t admit it but driving makes her nervous. And it’s not just when I’m at the wheel either.

5 Things Kelsey Would Tell You About Chase

  1. He’s such a beautiful person inside and out.
  2. He doesn’t deserve the shit that still goes on around this town.
  3. He sings in the shower.
  4. He’s such a mama’s boy but in a good way.
  5. He’s a much better person than I will ever be.

About the author:

Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she loves to read. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially fangirls over a sigh-worthy romance.

She lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. Preferring to spend her time indoors reading or writing, she’ll only willingly go outside for chocolate and sunshine—in that order.

Erin is the author of Blood Hex, a YA paranormal novel, and the forthcoming contemporary romance titles, How We Lived and Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition.

Connect with Erin Butler: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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1 comment:

  1. Great post! I love the quotes from the book. Really looking forward to reading How We Lived :-)


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