28 September 2017

Cover Reveal & GIveaway: Antipodes by Michele Bacon

Today Michele Bacon and Rockstar Book
Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive excerpt for ANTIPODES, which
releases April 3, 2018! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an ARC!

On to the reveal! 

Author: Michele Bacon
Pub. Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Formats: Hardcover,
Pages: 400
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When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in
Christchurch, New Zealand, she is focused intently on her mission: do something
unique that will erase the mess she made of her life days before her 17th
birthday. She’s already lost her swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and
her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s
chances of a good future. Once Erin sees her uninspiring host family and city,
though, Erin’s not so sure.

Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always
intense and focused. A mission used to sound like a fun adventure, and the only
ivy she cared about was the stuff growing around her grandparents’ back porch
at their peaceful Upper Peninsula home. When had her priorities gone upside

Now Erin balks at NZ’s scratchy school
uniforms, cold houses, and her hosts’ utter inability to pronounce her name
correctly. Christchurch does boast amazing rock climbing, gorgeous scenery, and
at least one guy who could make her forget Ben if she lets him. With months
ahead of her, Erin slowly begins to draw on the years behind her, one step back
into her memories and then another, as she rebuilds her life from the other
side of the world to find that when life turns your world upside down and
you’re farthest from home, every way you move takes you closer to where you
came from.

Alone at lunch, Erin cracked her Italian book and read ahead. The clouds had burned off during her art experiments, but everything was still damp. She juggled her Italian book and lunch until Jade called her name.
“In here!” Jade pulled Erin into a gymnasium.
They sat on the floor, and Jade said, “How are you finding New Zealand?”
“Still jet lagged,” Erin said.
“True kiwi lunch here, want some?” Jade held out a plastic container of brown and grey food.
“Every time someone mentions kiwi, I picture fuzzy green fruit,” Erin said.
“Aye, we’ve got kiwi fruit, too. This is bangers and mash.”
“Funny, isn’t it? Last night, Felicity asked whether I liked—whether I fancied—kumara. An orange vegetable. Not a carrot. Soft in the middle when cooked, but not a squash. Then she served it and it was a sweet potato.”
“Kumara are my favorite in winter.”
“Yeah. My grampa used to make them with brown sugar and cinnamon. I love them, so you see how off-kilter I feel. Same cars, but yours are smaller. And slower. Everything is a little slower. We speak the same language, to an extent. But sometimes? I have no idea what people are saying. And sometimes, words have entirely different meanings. At home, biscuits are small, fluffy, buttery breakfast breads. What you call biscuits, we call cookies.”
“Sounds delicious, either way,” Jade said.
Outside, a circle of guys bunched up over the rugby ball, pushing hard but not moving in any particular direction. “Aren’t words funny?” she said. “I once met a girl at a resort in North Carolina—that’s actually in the southern part of America—and she and I realized when a Chicago native says she skis, she means skiing in snow. But we also go water skiing.
“In the south, though, where it’s warm, skiing means water. And they call the other kind snow skiing.”
“Here, of course, the North Island is the warm part, and we get the cold down here,” Jade said. “One of us is upside down.”
“Yeah. It’s definitely me.”

3 winners will receive an ARC of ANTIPODES
(when they are available in January 2018), US Only.

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About Michele: 

I was born in Trumbull County, the only
square county in Ohio, where books were my favorite means of escaping an
unhappy childhood. Writing was my transparent attempt to create the things I
craved: big happy families, international adventures and unconditional
friendship. From a young age, I was drawn to people’s stories, and I still want
to know how you met your best friend or fell in love with your partner.

In high school, I embraced my inner geek
and wrote my first novel. In college, there were short stories and still more
novels. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English, with
concentrations in critical theory and creative writing.

Full-time work sapped my creative brain
for several years, but my professional life was one of reinvention. In state
government, business management consulting, and nonprofit fundraising, I
adapted easily and absorbed the languages of different professions. My last
paying job was as an independent fundraising consultant for nonprofit
organizations. That was seven years ago.

Since then, I have been writing and
traveling (and, let's be honest, chasing down small people who don't like to
wear clothes). I've traveled to all 50 states and dozens of other countries,
always collecting pieces of characters and ideas for stories. I recently spent
a year on sabbatical in Christchurch, New Zealand, where I may have left my
heart at Ilam School. Now that we've settled back in the States, I'm writing
for adults and young adults, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and baking like a
fiend. (You'd thinking baking would be the same everywhere, but it's not.
Something is different about kiwi butter.)
When an idea strikes, I scrawl sweeping
plot outlines, character idiosyncrasies, and ideas for scenes on the nearest
blank spot of paper. My current manuscript was born of those torn slips of
paper, used envelopes, lollipop wrappers, fuel receipts and--once--that little
paper bit that keeps a nursing pad sticky until it's time to use it. My
manuscripts are better than the quality of papers where they began. Promise.

Outside of writing, I am a tabletop game
enthusiast, passionate skier, and lover of prime numbers. I also am a mentor at
the Moving Words Writing Clinic, and a freelance copyeditor.

I live in Seattle with my husband and
three growing children.

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