The Next Big Thing Blog Hop


There are the books everyone has heard about: Twilight, Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Grey. But what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag five new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.

I was tagged by Robyn Peterman. You can learn more about her book How Hard Can it Be? by clicking here. 

This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:

1: What is the working title of your book? 

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for this book (and my previous release, ONCE AGAIN) was the idea that love was timeless and could transcend generations... even death. I took the paranormal element of reincarnation and crafted a story that would suit Young Adult fiction readers!

3: What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult... Paranormal Romance. It's geared toward teens, but hey, there are plenty of young-at-hearts like me who love to revisit the exuberance of youth and first love by reading YA!

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For ONCE AGAIN, book 1 in the series, I picture Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew) as Layla and Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) as Lucas. In ONCE AND FOR ALL, I haven't pictured anyone specific, but Alex Pettyfer (from I Am Number Four) would probably make a good Todd. For Phoebe, maybe Teresa Palmer (Becky from The Sorcerer's Apprentice). I think she has the girl-next-door look I picutre for Phoebe.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
ONCE AND FOR ALL - "Will their love be the key that breaks an ancient curse once and for all?"

6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Between a full-time job and three kids, it takes about a year to finish a manuscript. I usually have two manuscripts going at one time, and then at some point, I focus in on one manuscript, push to the finish, then edit and polish.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
As far as the target audience, they would be similar to Twilight, The Hunger Games, or Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. However, the content is much different given that these are reincarnation stories. Additionally, each book can "standalone", although the books will be more enjoyable if read in order. Each book has a different set of main characters, rather than the same protagonist being the focus of each book.

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The rush, intensity, and beauty of first love. I wanted to capture that somehow. Reincarnation gave me a fun vehicle to show love as something timeless!

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book - and previous one - is set in Maine. I have a cousin who lives in Maine and I used her as my reference! She gave me lots of great information about life in Maine, everything from the climate to regional traditions. She also told me what it was like to be a southerner transplanted to chilly New England!

Sandra Bunino has been tagged by me to follow me next week! So be sure to visit her blog and learn more about her! She just might be The Next Big Thing!


  1. Sounds great Amy! Can't wait to read. Good luck with you book and Happy New Year! Robyn

  2. Great blog Amy. Your first book was great. And I know the second one is just as good!!!

    Can't wait to see it published.
    Teresa R.