Friday, October 25, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety (The Cecily Taylor Series #2) by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety by Krysten Lindsay Hager. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a great guest post about overcoming anxiety. There's also the tour wide giveaway for you to enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety
Series: The Cecily Taylor Series, #2
Author: Krysten Lindsay Hager
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her. 

Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?

EXCERPT:
One day I had the career and the guy of my dreams. Then Danielle King came along. If people could be trusted, maybe it would have been okay, but they can’t. They suck. And now my dream relationship was gone and no one would ever know what had actually been in my grasp.

How can a person go from having a whole life with someone, and then it ends like you were never even together? No wonder people talk about how awful divorces are. That must hurt a million times more. Sure, I don’t have to see Andrew every day at school like I did Zach, but it seems like Andrew was everywhere. I went to the grocery store with my mom and they were playing one of his songs because he’s technically a local.

Andrew’s music was always what I listened to when I was sad. His heartache music got me through the worst times and now, not only could I not stand to listen to it, there was now the chance I could end up hearing music about our breakup. Actually, I didn’t know which was worse: the possibility he’d use our relationship as inspiration for a song, or finding out I was barely a blip on his radar and not even warranting a mention.

What was I supposed to do with my life now?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values.

She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True. True Colors won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient. 

Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.

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GUEST POST:
Things to Help Overcome Anxiety
by Krysten Lindsay Hager
This is a big topic and it’s a theme a few of my characters have dealt with in my books. In In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety, we see Andrew, the pop star, sharing his battle with anxiety. We also have Cecily, the main character, dealing with it (in both books one and two) and having it rear its ugly head on her first magazine photo shoot. I also have my middle school character dealing with it and finally sharing with her mother how it’s making her physically sick in a book called, Landry in Like. I get a lot of messages from people about how that has helped the girls reading it talk to their parents and grandparents about their own issues with anxiety.

In the books, I’ve had my characters try a variety of methods to help them and just a few are mediation, devotionals, music, and guided imagery. I find when I’m anxious that I need to be selective with the music I listen to as it impacts my mood big time. It’s not just the beat, but any memories the songs can bring up that can impact me, so I pay attention to what I’m listening to not just on the radio, but on TV, too. I keep a playlist of music that is calming and someone told me classical music can help so I downloaded some Mozart, too.

I also have certain books that always help me escape and calm me down. Devotionals and reading the Bible are very calming for me as well. I also go online to find scriptures that deal directly with it and Psalm 55:22 is one I refer to a lot.

I hope these tips and the ones the characters try in the books help!
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GIVEAWAY:
Krysten Lindsay Hager will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop each day during the tour. Good luck!
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56 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for being on the tour!

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  2. So happy to have gotten to know about your book. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  3. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

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  4. What draws you to write in this genre?

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    1. YA and middle grade books were lifesavers to me growing up and I've always loved that genre.

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  5. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  6. I like the cover. The colors are beautiful.

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  7. It sounds amazing and the subject is close to my heart too. Thanks for sharing it.

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  8. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Awesome job!

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  9. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This sounds like a great read and I'm looking forward to it.

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  10. What’s the best way to market your books?

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  11. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

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  12. 1 book I need to read since I deal with anxiety, curious as to how the character deals with it.

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  13. Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

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  14. This sounds like a wonderful book, thanks for the chance.

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  15. Thanks for the chance. I love your cover. I'm looking forward to reading this.

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  16. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

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  17. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?

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  18. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

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  19. After a day of writing, what do you do to relax?

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  20. What is the first book that made you cry?

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  21. HAPPY MONDAY WHATS YOUR FAVE BOOK ?

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  22. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  23. I really enjoy the premise of this book because it is so relatable. Anxiety affects everyone.

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  24. What are common traps for aspiring writers?

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  25. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

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  26. HAPPY THURSDAYY FAVE PART OF WRITING A BOOK

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  27. Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

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  28. Thanks for writing a YA novel on a sensitive topic. Best wishes on the new release.

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  29. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

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  30. I loved the excerpt,this sounds like a great read!

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  31. Besides a public park setting, do you ever find inspiration to write in the wilderness?

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  32. Pretty cover. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

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