Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh ~ Guest post and Review

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Week One:
1/18/2016- Swoony Boys PodcastInterview
1/19/2016- FangirlishGuest Post
1/20/2016- A Dream Within A DreamReview
1/21/2016- Such a Novel IdeaInterview
1/22/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandGuest Post

Week Two:
1/25/2016- Once Upon a TwilightReview
1/26/2016- The Young FolksInterview
1/27/2016- Falling For YAGuest Post
1/28/2016- Just CommonlyReview
1/29/2016- Paranormal Book ClubInterview

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2/1/2016- Curling Up With A Good BookGuest Post
2/2/2016- Wandering Bark BooksReview
2/3/2016- The Cover Contessa- Interview
2/4/2016- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
2/5/2016- Eli to the nthReview

Author: Will McIntosh
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 320
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.
There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.


Thank you Random House for sending me a copy of Burning Midnight for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Burning Midnight was an intriguing story. At first I thought the story was not as unique as I hoped but then I kept reading and Will McIntosh took me on an adventure I was not anticipating. There were many twist and turns.

My favorite character is Hunter. She is very guarded and stubborn and it is not just that she chooses to be but life has made her that way. Sully has the biggest crush on Hunter and finds himself wanting to find any reason to spend more and more time with her. A relationship is the last thing on Hunter's mind However.

Once Hunter and Sully find the rare golden orb chaos erupts and nothing is the same. This was a fun high-stakes alien adventure. I enjoyed the dynamics between the 4 main characters Hunter, Sully, Dom and Mandy. All were unique and brought a necessary element. Alex was the bad guy you loved to hate. If you enjoy alien paranormal reads then this book is for you.

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Topic: Young Adult vs. Adult books - break down on the differences in writing process

A Funny Thing Happened while I was Writing My Fifth Novel: It Morphed into YA
Confession time: Burning Midnight did not start out as a young adult novel. In fact I was about a third of the way through the first draft when I realized I was writing my first YA book. Looking back, it should have been obvious, but back then it just felt like there was something off about the book. I didn’t know what, so I emailed my agent and told him I was going to have to rethink the book, because it was feeling too….I struggled to describe it…it felt almost like YA.
              Seth, my agent, responded about ten seconds later. So write it as YA!
              I was surprised by his reply. Stunned wouldn’t be too strong a word. I wasn’t a YA writer. I didn’t know anything about writing YA. Of course, I read YA. I’d read Looking for Alaska, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, and The Hunger Games trilogy all in the past year.
Could I write YA? I decided to give it a shot.
              That leads to the big question: What’s the difference? What makes a book YA versus A? I can tell you why Burning Midnight felt YA to me, and also the things I had to change when I decided to write Burning Midnight as a YA book.
              First, the characters needed to be younger. I had been writing them as college students at Fordham University in The Bronx (my alma mater). Instead I made them high school students in nearby Yonkers.
              And, come to think of it, that was it. That was the only substantial change I made when I converted it to YA, because it already felt like a YA book.
              If there had been more cursing in the book, I would have had to tone that down. Not that your average fifteen year old doesn’t know all the curse words I know, it’s more that publishers don’t want to publish YA books filled with F-bombs, and librarians don’t want to recommend them. Except for my first book, Soft Apocalypse, I use cursing in my books sparingly anyway, so that wasn’t really an issue in Burning Midnight. (If cursing puts you off, though, definitely don’t read Soft A).
              So why did Burning Midnight feel like a YA book? Because YA books tell stories with a powerful emotional core, and are a bit less caught up in justifying and explaining the weirdness of the book’s world. In a nutshell, Burning Midnight is about mysterious colored spheres that are hidden all over the world, and if you have two of the same color they give you something. Easy-to-find colors might give you straighter, whiter teeth; rare colors might give you high intelligence, or physical strength. In the book, two teens find a sphere so rare no one knows what it does. But everyone wants it. It’s a wild premise. I think YA readers are willing to give you slack in telling a story with a wild premise if the story is compelling, and has heart. And YA books can be more unapologetically idealistic. They believe in true and everlasting love that doesn’t end in divorce. That’s my feeling, anyway. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to them as an adult reader.

About Will:

Will McIntosh’s debut novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for both a Locus award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He is a frequent contributor to Asimov’s, where his story “Bridesicle” won the 2010 Reader’s Award, as well as the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. His third novel, Love Minus Eighty (based on “Bridesicle”) was published by Orbit books in June, 2013, and was named best Science Fiction novel of the year by the American Library Association. His upcoming novel, Defenders has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film. Will recently moved to Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife Alison and twins Hannah and Miles. He left his position as a psychology professor in Southeast Georgia to write full time, and still teaches as an adjunct, at the College of William and Mary. Will is represented by Seth Fishman at The Gernert Company. Follow him on Twitter @WillMcIntoshSF


3 winners will receive a finished copy of BURNING MIDNIGHT, US Only.
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  1. I love adventure and action. The characters all sound well-drawn and people that I want to spend time with and find out more. Thanks for the post!

    1. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you love this read too.

  2. Congrats on the move to Virginia. I also have twins but live across the state near Virginia Tech. Go Hokies!

  3. I covet this novel relentlessly! Thanks for the chance to win Rock Stars (to say nothing of the actual writers on the front and back end here -- I love book bloggers and authors more than most family! ;-) Cheers, Kara S


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