Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Tour: Unusual Awakening by S.M. Knowles

Title- Unusual Awakening

By- S.M. Knowles

Publication Date- December 1, 2013



With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together. While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of parent.

Now, two years later, a freak accident involving a bus at school promises to restore some normality to her family. In spite of not knowing how their father is, her mother is happy and her sisters don’t seem to fight as much as they used to. Rylee herself is seeing more of her friends and is even trying to sort out her own feelings about Brock Parker. However, something dark threatens to disrupt that normality for personal gain, and that darkness is willing to break every rule to get what it wants.

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About the Author

S.M. Knowles was born in Elmira, New York where she was swept away in a whirlwind to the Land of Oz—Independence, Kansas. Her parents were relocating for working opportunities and decided that this would be the perfect place to start new roots. Little did she know that this place would contribute to the inspiration for the first book she wrote in her Rylee Everley Series.

While growing up, S.M. would travel the roads around her house while imagining she was somewhere else. Her imagination would take her everywhere, making the long hot summer days seem shorter throughout her fantasies.

At the age of twelve, she decided to write her first book. Filled mostly with dialog, she filled up one-hundred pages, front and back. After taking the book downstairs to show her mom, and persuading her to buy her more paper, she excitedly ran back to her room. As she barreled through the door, S.M. tripped over items left on her floor, and her papers came raining down in her room. Discouraged, she stood there in tears, picking up her papers and throwing them in the trash. Her work had no organization, no numbers on her pages, just a child fulfilling a joy that she would put down and not pick up again.

When she became older, she joined the military for something different. In that time, she was able to explore many places and even met her husband in Iraq. After coming home, she started her family in Arizona and went back to school, earning a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training. 

Author Interview 
Made by Nancy Allen from The Avid Reader

1. What inspired you to write Unusual Awakening?
It’s something I always wanted to do. I started writing at a young age so once I finished my 2nd masters degree I sat down and just started writing not sure which direction I would go.

 2. When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I was nine when I started writing.

 3. What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?
I honestly don’t remember. Six? :)

 4. What genre of books do you enjoy reading?
I love YA and NA.

 5. What is your favorite book?
Of Witches and Warlocks Series by Lacey Weatherford

 6. You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?
Lacey Weatherford, she took the time to talk to me as a reader and that really impressed me. She gave up her time to talk to me. I am doing my best to give back in that way.

 7. If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go
and why?
I would like to go back to see the Greeks and how they lived. I’m a history major and love the early era of life.

 8. When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?
When I write I tell everyone it is like driving in the dark. You can only see as far as your headlights allow and you finally understand where you’re going once you’re there.

 9. Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?
I have three dogs and a cat. Too many if you ask me. ;)

 10. What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?
I don’t really have a “to die for”. I do like mexican food. :)

 11. Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?
Take your time and find the right people to help you. Make sure you ask an author first.  They will be the first to give you the right answer.

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