Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 10, 2019

Book Giveaway: LEMON LAVENDER IS NOT FINE by Elle Pallmore

Elle Pallmore has a new YA book titled, LEMON LAVENDER IS NOT FINE. Elle has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Elle!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

An unforgettable name…
A longing to be invisible…
And a viral video…
= NOT fine.

Life isn’t all that great for Lemon Lavender. Ever since her perfect sister dropped out of college and fled to Europe, she’s saddled with taking care of her zombified mother while dodging her father’s angry tirades about responsibility. Hiding is her first choice, but there’s nowhere to escape at home, and at school, invisibility isn’t an option when your name is a flashing neon sign.

The one bright spot in her complicated reality is Graham Stuart. As they share their deepest secrets over slushees, Lemon falls hard, even as Graham’s most ardent admirer makes it clear she should back off, or risk being the subject of a vicious gossip vlog. Despite her attempts to lay low, the worst happens, catapulting Lemon—and her notorious name—into a spotlight that shreds her reputation and damages her relationships. With relentless mean girls out to get her and a family on the brink of disaster, Lemon has to find her voice and fight back—if she’s ready to step out of the shadows.

BOOK’S JOURNEY:

Books are a lot like people—they all have their own unique journey. Twelve years ago, I only had one path in mind for my writing career, which was to traditionally publish so that I could see my novels in bookstores. I’d often peruse the shelves at my local shop, envious of the covers, and excited by the prospect of being an author among them.

As I worked on my craft, completing novel after novel, a thought came to me one night. What would it be like if you had a terrible name that everyone remembered, and yet, all you wanted was to be invisible? Like many writers, I was a quiet, shy kid who always felt more at home with books than I did with people, so it wasn’t such a stretch to imagine a world for my character. I immediately came up with the name Lemon Lavender, inspired by two different commercials during the show I was watching. Quickly, she was born, and yet, just like in the novel, she wasn’t nearly ready for her spotlight.

While querying agents for my other work, I tinkered with Lemon’s story, struggling to really drill down to its heart. She wasn’t like a lot of female YA characters I was used to reading. She wasn’t in AP classes, she didn’t participate in sports, or have a hobby or school subject she loved. She was most comfortable in the shadows. So, what do you do with a character that doesn’t have much of an identity, except for a memorable name? How does she entertain you when she doesn’t want to be seen?

That question became the driving theme of Lemon’s story, and forced me, as a writer, to dive into what makes us who we are while accepting the things we may not like about ourselves (such as a name). We are all made up of many traits, and like Lemon learns, you sometimes have to figure out who you aren’t before you can figure out who you are.

This was my experience as well, but as an author. Like my other novels, I queried agents for quite a while, but couldn’t get beyond the request stage despite positive words about my writing. After twelve years, I decided my craft was ready to be put to the test, just not in the way I always imagined. I was wary of self-publishing, not only because I knew nothing about it, but because it wasn’t the dream I envisioned. Even so, I chose Lemon Lavender as the book I would debut first, since it was fitting that she was growing into an identity in the story as I was growing into my identity as an author. Together, we’ve learned so much we didn’t know, and took some risks we didn’t think we could ever take.

I started writing Lemon Lavender Is Not Fine in 2011, and now, eight years later, she’s finally out there, ready to be seen by the world. It’s given me the courage to continue forward, releasing my other novels in the coming months, and hopefully years. While I might not have taken the journey to publishing that I thought, I am on the road. It’s a different route, but the destination—connecting with readers—is the same.

Lemon Lavender Is Not Fine is available on Amazon in ebook and paperback formats.

ELLE’S BIO:

Elle Pallmore earned a degree in fine arts before deciding she wanted to tell stories with words instead of pictures. Focused on contemporary YA fiction, she writes by day and reads obsessively by night. LEMON LAVENDER IS NOT FINE is her debut novel. You can visit Elle at ellepallmore.com and on Instagram @ellepallmore.

Elle, thank you for sharing your book and its’ journey with us. I have it on my YA books to read list. Looking forward to reading. Love the cover.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Love the name! What a fun premise for a story. 🙂 Congratulations on your new book! I receive this blog via email. 🙂

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  2. Hooray for you for sticking with it!

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  3. Sounds like an intriguing book. And the name Lemon has so many possibilities from sour to lemonade and the adage “when life gives you lemons…”

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  4. Love your journey. Love the name Lemon Lavender!

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