Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Untraceable tour: The Beats of Writing

Today is the second stop in the Untraceable blog tour! I am thrilled to be one of the first to read the YA thriller by Shelli Johannes-Wells. As you probably know, Shelli is the master marketer at the popular blog "Market My Words."

I give you unequivocal assurance that this book is a must read! My unbiased brief review is below.

Untraceable is unbelievably good. It's unbearable when the main character Grace's dad goes missing and totally unfair that the case might be closed. Grace's unadulterated love of nature is evident throughout the novel. The chemistry Grace has with another male character is undeniable. Yet, there's another boy who undoubtedly has her attention, too. There are plenty of unalienable characters that you will grow to despise them. The many twists and turns will keep you unhinged til the end. This book captured my undivided attention, and I read it in two days.

Untraceable comes out in 2 weeks!

Since you all know I love my tunes, I asked Shelli to share a little about her musical interests.

The Beats of Writing

1. What song can't you get out of your head this week?

I still have "Forget You" in my head. I don’t know why I still can't lose that song. It’s just fun to sing, and my kids love it.

2. What is your favorite band? (or bands)

Yikes. I love so many bands and songs. It really depends on my mood. This month, I love Coldplay, Adele, Rachel Yamagata, Jack Johnson.

3. What is the last concert you went to?

Oh gosh, I know the first. It was Dolly Parton's and Kenny Roger's Islands in the Stream tour. My mom took me with her. The last concert I went to was Black Eyes Peas and Pussycat Dolls. Or was it Rod Stewart? I did go to a KISS concert in an outdoor theatre - that was a fun experience. A little scary too.

4. Do you write to music? If so what types of songs do you listen to.

Once I plot out a story and know what is happening. Yes, I write to a scene. I have a different song for each chapter that puts me in the mood. For example, in Untraceable, the first scene is a chase scene in the woods. I listened to Muse’s "Time is Running Out." My character’s name is Grace so when I sit down to write I always play U2's "Grace." The lyrics are so perfect for my book.

5. If your life had a soundtrack, what would be your main song?

I actually posted about this along time ago, because my life is a soundtrack. (See post here.)
Right now? "
Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley. No seriously – the songs that really touch me that I always go back to when I need to straighten out are "Live like We’re Dying" from Kris Allen, "Glitter in the Air" by Pink, or "Fix You" by Coldplay.

Great choices! Things are "Crazy" now I'm sure, and I hope you have some CRAZY awesome sales! Thank you, Shelli, for rockin' this interview!

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Untraceable will be available on November 29 in paperback and ebook at Amazon, B&N, iTunes, and other sellers.


Natalie Aguirre said...

Great review Kelly. I so agree with it.

Interesting Shelli that you have a different song for each chapter. I might have to try that. Good luck with your debut.

storyqueen said...

Very interesting interview.

So exciting that Shelli's book is finally almost here!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Very nice, Kelly! Looking forward to Shelli's book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I write to music as well! Rogers and Parton? That's quite the first concert.

Lola Sharp said...

Looking forward to Shelli's book. And I enjoyed the musical interview. :)


Anita said...

Sending her good vibes, hoping she enjoys the experience!

julie fedderson said...

I'm giggling so hard at the Dolly Parton concert. Music is so inspiring, I have to listen to something when I write. And Shelli's book sounds great!

Anonymous said...

Its great to meet Shelli. You can get to know a lot about a person by the music they listen to.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ha! I love the way you used UN throughout your post--awesome! I loved this book!! :-)

Bish Denham said...

Great review and interview, Kelly. Nice meeting you Shelli. Dolly Parton and Kiss? (I know, not at the same time, but what opposites!)

Laura Pauling said...

Awesome! It was a terrific book! If you enjoy thrillers or just the struggle of a great character then you'll enjoy this one!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Ah, lovely! Great interview, Kelly. I'll be sure to look into Untraceable!

Kim Kasch said...

Fun interview - thanks for sharing it with us. :)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Thanks everyone!

Kelly - I love the UN in your post - you clever girl you :) Thank you for taking the time to read the book and post about it! I really appreciate it.

Yes Alas - dolly pardon was my first concert but i just remembered my mom took me to Sha Na Na concert after Grease came out.

yes I am old.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Now I'm looking forward to reading Untraceable. Thanks, Kelly. Congratulations Shelli!

Theresa Milstein said...

Unbelievably good review!

I hope your NaNo writing is going well.

LTM said...

ooo... untraceable sounds incredible! Wait... And Dolly + Kenny?! Great concert. :D Best to Shelli! <3

Anonymous said...

luv your blog...I liked your interview...I sell books on my sites thru amazon.com

Rena said...

It sounds great. I just saw her picture with the book this morning. :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Oh, my gosh! This sounds like such an awesome book! I'm excited for it.

Loved all the UNs. :)

Kelly Polark said...

Thank you for all of your wonderful comments and support for Shelli!
Again, her book is seriously awesome!

Jemi Fraser said...

Completely agree - the book is UNbelieveably good! :)

Christina Lee said...

Well, you had my UNdivided attention! Looking forward to reading Shelli's book!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

This is UNreal - had me laughing UNcontrollably.

oh yeah and...UNderwear!

that always makes people smile :)

C.R. Evers said...

looks like a great book! Can't wait!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Perfect! Was looking for another great book for my niece for Christmas.!

Theresa Milstein said...

NaNo is almost over. I hope writing has been going well.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

just popped back again to say hi - yes Im a dork