13 July 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Rising Tides by Katy Haye

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Rising Tides by Katy Haye.
Audience/Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic.
Publication: June 24th 2016 by Plumshine Books.
The truth won’t stay submerged forever.

City is the last civilised place left on a drowned Earth, a floating town built from metal and plastic from the Time Before. It’s the only home doctor's daughter Libby Marchmont has ever known or wanted – until her father helps the wrong patient and she's forced to flee.

Cosimo came to City for one reason. Then he should have vanished back to his people on the Wastes. But what about his promise to Libby’s father?

Stranded in the middle of the sea, can the two enemies learn to trust each other? And can they survive long enough to uncover the truth: City isn’t the safe haven Libby always believed it to be …

“a compelling read [with] cool and ingenious concepts, a captivating plot [and] vivid and engaging characters” - Readers’ Favourite

"A gem of the young adult genre" - YA Books Central

Guest Post: Rising Tides Playlist – Katy Haye

I always listen to music while I’m writing. The playlist for Rising Tides evolved as a mix of inspiration from my 80s/90s collection, and what happened to be on the radio while I was writing or editing.

First on my playlist is Morcheeba’s The Sea. I consider this the overall theme tune for Rising Tides and for Libby, who spends all her life “down by the sea.” It’s also a lovely, mellow song that I could happily sit and listen to any time.

Most times, songs struck me as being appropriate for a particular character. Libby’s theme at the start of the novel is Nik Kershaw’s Wouldn’t it be Good? This came on the local radio while I was revising the opening scene of the kayak race, and I thought it was perfect for Libby’s social awkwardness with her peers, where she can’t quite get the hang of informal interaction and envies the confidence of forward and flirtatious Hannah.

Hannah earned her own song, too. Her character grew as the book progressed from a barely-speaking “extra”, to someone who provides a marker for Libby’s own development over the course of the story. Hannah gets Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. I can just picture her dancing along to this one, hair flying out as she does so!

Will Keyne starts the novel as Libby’s reluctant (on both sides) love interest. She supposes she’ll marry him because in the small world of City she doesn’t have a great deal of choice, but she can’t consider the idea with any enthusiasm. Meanwhile, Will has no desire to pair off with Libby – he’s having far too much fun charming all the girls. Republica’s Drop Dead Gorgeous struck me as the perfect song for handsome, charming Will who Libby finds lacking in discipline and intellect!

Now we get to Cosimo, hero of the story. His song is not about him in particular, but more about his relationship with Libby, which doesn’t get off to the best of beginnings... He gets Erasure’s I Love to Hate You – probably sung from the point of view of Libby, who later discovers her lazy assumptions about the Reamers are very far from the truth...
Oh, sorry, I had to get up and dance to that one. Where were we? Ah, yes. Cosimo and Libby are stuck together, but neither seems to have considered the idea that everything could get much worse...

I’ve given the people Libby and Cosimo meet on New Eden a single song. Libby considers New Eden to be City’s ally, so she’s shocked by their suspicious treatment of her when she first arrives. Her puzzlement is captured beautifully by Depeche Mode’s People are People.

Now we come to our antagonist. The Magistrates starts the novel as a trusted friend of Libby’s father; the man in charge of City; and most likely her future father-in-law. Over time, though, Libby discovers he’s not the man he pretends to be. His theme is the Eurythmics’ angry anthem, Would I Lie to You?

One final character who gets a song is Melisande, the Magistrate’s wife who also isn’t what she pretends to be. Her song is deliciously unsettling Dubstar’s Not so Manic Now. If you read Rising Tides you’ll understand why that’s appropriate!

And my playlist finishes with another song for Libby (well, she’s the heroine; she’s allowed two). The end of the novel sees her breaking free of her restrictive live on City, and Ellie Goulding’s Anything Could Happen is the perfect, upbeat song to mark the start of this new chapter in her life.

You can get a copy of Rising Tides for your Kindle (to buy, or with Kindle Unlimited) using this universal link: http:// authl.it/B01FHXD8HG?d

GIVEAWAY: Win a book-lover's survival kit.Your survival kit is as follows:

1. An Amazon voucher for £10/$15US/$20CAN, AUS, NZ. Load up your Kindle with books to read, while shops remain.
2. A solar charger so when the national grid fails you can still read your books.
3. A mirror. When you are stranded in the open sea you can signal for help by reflecting the sun's light. Alternatively, if you have no wish to be rescued because you still have reading to do, flip the mirror over to depict the slogan, "Go away I'm reading."
4. Ribbon bookmark. If all your books have been washed away by the rising seas, thiscan be rolled up and packed into the neck of a cut-open bottle and will double-up as a water filter. Note: this will not desalinate salt water, sorry. 5. A bag to put the last of your belongings into. DO NOT LEAVE THIS BEHIND.

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Katy Haye spends most of her time in imaginary worlds - her own or someone else's. She has afearsome green tea habit, a partiality for dark chocolate brazils and a fascination with the science of storytelling

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