Tuesday, January 24, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Jennifer Bardsley for "Damaged Goods (Blank Slate, #2)"

I am so excited that DAMAGED  GOODS by Jennifer Bardsley released last week and that I get to help share the news!  Click HERE to see a list of all the stops on this blog tour.

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Jennifer Bardsley, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

(Blank Slate, #2)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.

While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

(Blank Slate, #1)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 280

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. 

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and
those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is.
All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. 

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online. 

Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily HeraldShe also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with
the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI.

She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary Agency LLC.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Jennifer Bardsley

What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

GENESIS GIRL had a conclusive ending, but there were still some loose ends. In DAMAGED GOODS, I wanted to answer “What happens next?” Was Blanca too messed up by her childhood to have a real relationship with Seth? Would Headmaster Russell ever be brought to justice? Would Fatima and Beau have their baby? Revisiting my characters felt like a family reunion, and it was fun to put them through their paces again.

Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

Adoption has played a big part of my life, and there is an adoption thread throughout the Blank Slate Series. The concept of there being many ways to create families plays a big role in Blanca’s world.

Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

None of the characters are based on real people. However I put a lot of myself into the character of Pilar. I’m not a supermodel, but I do get pretty heated when it comes to protecting my children.

Who has influenced you most as a writer?

I was blessed with some wonderful teachers growing up. The one who taught me most about writing was my father, who helped me learn how to revise essays when I was in middle school and high school.

If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why? 

I’d invite Mark Twain, Carrie Fisher, and L.M. Montgomery to play Monopoly. We eat in the backyard so cigar smoke didn’t get everywhere, and have an all you could eat pizza bar.

Giveaway Details:

(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), 
US Only.

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