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Fact Fusion: Marie Landry + Giveaway


About the Author:

Marie Landry has always been a daydreamer. She has created imaginary worlds for as long as she can remember, so it only seemed natural that she would become a writer. With a passion for words that started in early childhood, Marie has written a varied range of works, and has been freelance writing since 2009. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews.
Although Marie Landry's Blue Sky Days isn't one of my favorite books, I still liked the story. And today, as part two to my blog tour stop, I'm welcoming the author behind the story, Marie Landry, and I hope you enjoy learning more about her!
Here's what you don't know:

Written by Marie Landry
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I share a birthday with Jane Austen and Beethoven, which I always thought was ironic because two of my greatest passions are writing and music.

#2

I’m obsessed with Ireland. My ancestors on my mum’s side are all from Ireland, and it’s my top wish list destination pick. I love Irish music, Irish folklore…Irish boys with Irish accents. ;-)

#3

I always eat pizza, pie, and sandwiches crust first.

#4

No matter where I am or what I’m doing, if I hear the theme song for Friends, you can guarantee I will stop what I’m doing and clap during that part of the song.

#5

I love Ryan Gosling. I’m almost beginning to think he’s my muse, because it was while watching The Notebook (three times in the theatre) that the idea for Nicholas from Blue Sky Days fully formed in my mind, and it was while watching him in Crazy Stupid Love just a few days before the BSD launch that I got the idea for my next novel.

#6

When I was 17, my best friend and I went to France together on a school trip. We were surprised (and amazed and excited) to find out that we pretty much had free reign when we weren’t doing group activities. Those were definitely the best 10 days of my life.

#7

My guilty pleasure is crazy, dramatic reality TV. I try to stay away from drama in real life, but when it comes to TV, the more drama the better. I’m obsessed with the Real Housewives shows. Those women tend to have more money than brains, get in fights over the stupidest things, and I get so mad at them, but I’m completely addicted.

#8

I’ve been a house-sitter, a house-cleaner, a nanny, a preschool teacher, an editor, a graphic designer, and a whole bunch of other little odd jobs.

#9

I think I have my mum just about convinced that I am the reincarnated spirit of her Gran, who died a decade and a half before I was born.

#10

When I was 22, I traveled across part of the States with someone I met online and hardly knew. We hit nine States in about as many days. Someday I’d like to write a road trip book. I know there are a lot of them, but I love them, and I want to do all the research first-hand.


Thanks so much, Marie, for stopping by the blog and letting us all know a little bit more about you! Be sure to read my review of the book.

A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother - studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing - and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn't have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn't know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn't helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it's time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she's stepped back in time.

When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes - he's unlike anyone she's ever met before, the kind of man she didn't even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realizes that you don't always need a plan - sometimes life steers you where you're meant to be.

Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it's time for her to help Nicholas the way he's helped her. Emma will have to use her new-found strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.


Official Giveaway Info:
  • you do NOT have to be a follower
  • there are extra entries available
  • all entrants must be at least 13 years old or older
  • giveaway deadline is March 1, 2012
  • giveaway is open to Everyone*
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4 comments:

Marie Landry said...

Thanks so much for being part of the tour Asher, I really appreciate it! :-)

Asher_Knight said...

It was my pleasure, Marie :) I had a lot of fun putting these posts together!

Marie Landry said...

 I'm so glad! Oh, and I forgot to mention that I love the banner you made for the tour! :-)

Asher_Knight said...

Aw, thanks, Marie! I love to play with making graphics and stuff :)