Monday, November 7, 2022

Virtual Tour and Giveaway: Things Changed by Patrick Jones

Welcome to my stop on the virtual tour for Things Changed by Patrick Jones. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt form the book as well as an interesting guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Things Changed
Author: Patrick Jones
Publication Date: November 8th 2022
Print Length: 205 pages
Genre: New Adult Fiction
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Johanna and Paul have a passionate, yet volatile relationship. Shy Johanna knows no amount of passion can wipe out the verbal, emotional, and physical abuse. She finds the courage to walk away to have her own future.

Bret is a social outcast, but an intense relationship with Kylee makes him believe that dreams can come true. Bret's world crashes down when Kylee cheats with one of Bret's friends leading to a disastrous prom night confrontation.

Bret and Johanna, home from their first year of college, meet and find an instant attraction. Their chemistry is undeniable, but shadows from the past threaten the present when Paul re-enter Johanna's life and Bret's home life turns upside down. Can two broken-hearted people break the grip of the past and find happiness?

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EXCERPT:
I honk even though my hearing is blocked by the blaring music from the car in front of me spilling out into the night. In a second, my eyesight is clear as I see the black Firebird parked in front of me.

It happens fast. The man—which has to be Paul since Johanna told me often about the black Firebird and I saw it in her driveway once—comes toward me. I quickly lock all the doors and get my phone ready to dial 911 although this far out in the burbs, and with all crime in the city, I doubt they can help me. Paul bangs on the driver's side window. I'm just about to put the car in reverse while I hear louder sounds coming from the window. It is Paul kicking at it with his right foot. In seconds, the glass explodes, sending shards all over the front seats. I feel some of it cut the skin on my arms and face. I reach up and wipe away the blood. Paul reaches in his hand and hits the switch so the doors open, then he punches me hard in the jaw. Stunned by this blitz attack, I can’t fight back. He pulls open the driver’s side door, and in one swift motion, undoes my seat belt, then grabs me by the shirt. I try to fight back, but I am defenseless against his enraged onslaught. He’s all fury, and I’m all fear. Fury wins.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
From Flint MI but now residing in Minneapolis MN, Patrick Jones is the author of over fifty novels for teens. His working with teens in correctional facilities and alternative schools has informed his works such as the Unbarred and The Alternative series. While he published his book in 1992 and this first novel in 2004, his initial publication was for a professional wrestling magazine when he was only eight years old.

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GUEST POST:
Having done more than my fair share of visits to high schools in my writing career, it was rare that I didn’t get asked this question: are you the main character in your book? The next thing asked by the student is if they can be a character in my next book. The answer is yes, then maybe.

Many of us who write for / about teens I believe carry the scars of those years with us. I know that I do. It is one of the reasons I chose to focus my writing on YA (Young Adult) literature.

There are three main characters in Things Changed and all of them are my teen self in some way.

Johanna is the smart and grade focused me. A little shy at school and a little combinative at home. Fixated on being a relationship while wanting to be independent. A person who wants to be loved by another more than be in love. A person with two lives: the good student shown at school and the less than parent-approved teen away from school. A person who thinks being smart solves everything, so not really understanding that is not how life works.

Paul is the worst version of my high school self. Loud and mostly funny. Caring, yet sometimes cruel. Passionate yet also possessive. A strong personality, if a conflicted one. Exactly the kind of boy a smart girl would never bring home to meet her parents. Paul is someone who makes bad choices because he doesn’t how to make good ones. He can’t control himself so he tries to control others. He is a broken version of me.

Bret is the person I wanted to be and mostly achieved by my senior year. I was successful on stage and off it. While not widely popular, I had an inner circle of theater friends who appreciated my smart mouth, alliteration addiction, and anti-authority attitude. And by college, I had the coolest girlfriend in the world. Then that ended and my world collapsed.

I don’t think I was unique in having this clash of various different personalities during my teenage years. You are trying to figure out who you want to be, so you try on different outfits. Sometimes the clothes fit, and sometimes they don’t. Some clothes are clean, others are dirty. But all of these personas are part of the person you are as a teen. Some will burn off by the time you are twenty, while others, the rust lasts a lifetime. I still am parts of all of these three characters or rather all three characters are still part of me. Some things change, some things don’t.
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GIVEAWAY:
Patrick Jones will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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81 comments:

  1. It somehow seems fitting that the except chosen from Things Changed is the fight scene. It takes me full circle. I started publishing at age eight as the Michigan correspondent for a New York based professional wrestling magazine where I found type (yes, as in typewriter type) up the matches I saw on TV and send them into magazine. Fast forward to 2012 and I published an entire book on pro wrestling called The Main Event. I would follow that a few years later with four novels about mixed martial marts (The Dojo) and also do a nonfiction book (Ultimate Fighting) about mixed martial arts. One of those books (Head Kick) was a Junior Literary Guild selection. You can find a list of all of my books -- almost all of them with a fight scene - at my website www.connectingya.com

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  2. Nice cover for this YA read. I enjoyed the excerpt and guest post

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    1. Thanks for the comment. The cover is great - not only are the characters represented perfectly based on the physical descriptions in the book, but the image of Paul lurking in the background is perfect which is one barrier in Johanna and Bret's relationship while the other barrier - it is a summer and Johanna is going back to school soon - is shown with the image of the clock. One of my best covers ever.

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    1. Rita - thanks I hope you will get a copy and find out that is is great read for both teens and adults

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  4. Are there any animals like dogs in your stories?

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    1. Not normally but I do have a story in my short story collection (Genre Friction) that features a dog who accompanies the main characters on their journey

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  5. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Debbi - thanks for the comment. I realized after I wrote my comment that it is not really a fight scene, but an attack scene since Bret is unable to fight back. The action here mirrors an attack that Bret suffers from a bully at his prom near the end of my 2nd novel Nailed

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I think it is a very strong book, but it should be since it took me 16 years to write it!

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    2. Sorry forgot to log in as me so you could get to my website www.connectingya.com with more info about me and a list of all my books (it is a long one)

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  8. Congratulations on tomorrow's release of Things Changed, Patrick, I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt and your book sounds like a great read for me! Good luck with your book and the tour!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular week!

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  9. Thanks for the comment. The tour has been great so far. I hope you will get / enjoy the book.

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    1. Sorry forgot to log in with info about my web site www.connectingya,com

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  10. If you weren't a writer, what kind of career do you think you'd have?

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    1. Actually writing is a part time career; full time I manage a library

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  11. I enjoyed the guest post. You have had an interesting career which at times must have been very difficult and also rewarding.

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    1. Thanks - I believe one of the most rewarding parts of my career has been in doing school visits at making in person connections with kids. Sadly, especially with the first book Things Change, there were too many email connections with young women who had been in an abusive relationship like Johanna was in Things Change and is, in many ways albeit not with physical violence, still in as part of Things Changed

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  12. congrats on the release this sounds like an interesting book

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I think one of that one of the things that makes this book interesting is how the story is told which is alternating first person POV from Johanna and Bret. I like write YA because use of the first person is more than standard third person you find in most adult fiction.

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  13. Love the excerpt. Love a volatile romance.

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    1. I think when you have young characters like Johanna and Bret you're bound to have some volatility in a love story because they are trying to figure out relationships mostly through trial and error. The theme here is about how those rocky relationships of the past influence those in the present.

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  14. This sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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    1. The cover is great and thanks for your kind words about the excerpt. I will probably do something I've done for my other books and put up some more excerpts on my blog: http://www.connectingya.com/blog/

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  15. Great excerpt from the book. Thanks for sharing

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  16. It was really hard to decide what excepts to send in because I think the book has many powerful scenes. I really like the ones where Bret visits his father in jail not only because they are powerful, but because this subject of kids with incarcerated parents is of great interest to me. I did a series of five books (Unlocked) about kids with parents inside, and the book I was submitting this Friday also has a girl with a parent locked up. This concept of ambiguous loss that goes with parental incarceration needs to be explored more in YA fiction.

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  17. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway! :-)

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    1. Coline - thanks. The thing to know about the excerpt is there is a lot more kissin' than there is kickin' in the rest of the book.

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  18. This sounds like my kind of read and I am also loving the cover too.
    heather hgtempaddy

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    1. Thanks - hope it is exactly what you are looking for

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    1. Thomas, thanks and thanks for the friend request

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    1. I hope that starts with from the get to which reveal Johanna's internal conflict -

      “Johanna, it’s Paul.”
      I earned an A in AP Physics as a high school senior, so I know time can’t stand still, but hearing Paul’s voice again makes me question that. It makes me question everything.

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  21. Wonderful cover and I enjoyed the post.

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    1. I think it is the best covers I've had in particular in capturing the physical description of the characters

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  22. Sounds like a very interesting read!

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    1. David, thanks - it was sure interesting to write a book that is sequel to two books, not just one

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  23. I enjoyed reading this well done excerpt.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. Thanks for reading and following this wonderful blog

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  24. Heather - thanks for hosting me today.

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  25. My niece would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  26. Definately getting this book as a holiday gift!

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  27. Is there a season you tend to write more in?

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  28. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  29. Congrats on your new release! It sounds great.

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  30. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  31. -29 here this morning thinking I need to live in a warmer climate

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  32. Do you do anything special to treat yourself after finishing a book?

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  33. Happy Wednesday!

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  34. 50 Novels is a ton! I love finding well written authors who have so much to choose from!

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  35. What are your plans for the holiday?

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  36. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

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  37. Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving?

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  38. looks like a fun one

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  39. do you have a main job or is it writing

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  40. Thank you for sharing about your book. It sounds really good.

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  41. Happy Thursday!

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  42. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

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  43. Sounds like a good book. Congrats on your new release.

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  44. LAST DAY.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  45. Happy Friday!

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  46. Congrats on the release! And thanks for the chance!

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  47. Sounds like a good book! What’s your favorite genre to read?

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  48. Fabulous post!! I really enjoyed learning more about this intriguing book!!

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