Hello, YASH April 2019 Participants!
I'm so excited to share with you some literary "treats" related to my debut novel, North to Nara, which published in ebook format on March 20, 2019.
Here's a bit of background on the book--and some goodies you won't see anywhere else! Have fun exploring! :)
XO, Amanda Marin
NORTH TO NARA
About the Book
Neve Hall has always admired the good works of the civil servants who brought prosperity back to the Nation. She especially respects the Sufferers—empaths who, with the help of technology, anonymously bear others' troubles for them. But when her assigned empath is abruptly retired, she uncovers certain secrets. Like the identity of her new Sufferer, Micah Ward... and the fact that behind his kind smile is a life filled with loneliness and pain.
The closer Neve grows to Micah, the more desperate she becomes to protect him from a cruel and gruesome fate. But in a world where only a few are allowed the luxury of love, saving Micah comes with a price: Neve must choose between her loyalty to the Nation or her heart—a decision that will take them both on a race for their freedom, and their lives.
Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopian, Futuristic
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
Publication: March 20, 2019
Available through ebook retailers (print coming soon!)
Watch the North to Nara extended teaser... before anyone else!
NORTH TO NARA PLAYLIST
Here are some actual songs I was listening to when writing and revising North to Nara. Can you guess which songs inspired which scenes or passages? Happy listening!
Nara | alt-J | Nara is a real place in Japan; both this beautiful city and this haunting song helped inspire my version of Nara, the place Neve and Micah long to go.
Move | Saint Motel | Micah knows he shouldn't break his contract with the Nation.. but Neve might just be worth the risk!
Geyser | Mitski | We're all passionate about something; Neve is passionate about Micah.
&Run | Sir Sly | Neve and Micah have a similar choice to make: will they run to or away from love?
The Idea of You | Billie Holiday | Old-school slow dancing, anyone? Yes, please!
Love is to Die | Warpaint | Oh, the complex emotions of falling in love...
Go! | M83 and Mai Lan | A perfect song for secret romantic meetups!
Some Kind of Love | The Killers | Micah admires the power of Neve's love in much the same way. *sigh*
YASH EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAYS
In addition to my contribution to the Green Team grand prize (a copy of Mercury Rises by the amazing Scarlett Kol!),
I'm running the following two giveaways.
(Sorry for having to split up prizes for US and non-US-based readers! I'm in the US and there are restrictions on gifting ebooks here.)
Note: these giveaways are cross-posted on my blog page for YASH; they are not additional contests.
NORTH TO NARA-THEMED
Provide email address for a chance to win one North to Nara-themed prize pack consisting of: $25 Amazon giftcard, North to Nara stickers and pen, and a gold-toned Alex and Ani oyster bracelet. Open to all entrants. No purchase required. Winner chosen at random. If selected, I will email you to arrange shipping and Amazon giftcard country preference.