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Thursday, February 14

Blog Tour: Traced by Megan Squires

tracedTitle: Traced
By: Megan Squires
Series: The Outlier Chronicles 1
My Copy: Ebook for Blog Tour
BookWhisperer Rating:
Tessa can’t sleep.

But when your parents are dead and the government directs your path in life, sleep shouldn’t come easily. Lately, Tessa’s fitful nights are growing even more predictable, almost like déjà vu. And she’s beginning to think that something greater is at work—something her society has taken drastic measures to keep hidden.

Caught between self-discovery and government conformity, she’ll have to choose either the boy who can help her reveal this new truth or the one that can provide her with the security of familiarity.

Tessa’s faced with a weighty decision. And she’s going to need more than a good night’s sleep to make it. About Traced - Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, The Book Depository

About Megan Squires - website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
Megan Squires lives with her husband and two children just outside of Sacramento, California. A graduate from the University of California, Davis, Megan is now a full-time mother, wife, and dreamer – though her characters don’t often give her much opportunity to sleep.

our thoughts
Wow, Squires created such a different world for Traced and I was delighted to live inside of it for the few days it took me to finish. Yes, this is a dystopian book but resembles our world in the very beginning. How Tessa describes her world at first is just like ours, it takes a while for you to realize this is different. That there has been a war that created a powerful and controlling Hub, that there are sectors that have been placed by the government that chooses their future and Tess is different in a way that the Hub would not approve.
This first book is Tess realizing that she is not the normal 16/17 year old. Things are happening that can’t be explained until she reveals her secret to Joel. With Joel’s help, Tess is able to understand her secret better and finally has someone to confide in. However, a new student, Liam, is thrown into the mix giving Tess a sense of familiarity and she is torn between the two guys.
I’m going to be honest and say that it took a little while for me to get into the book in the beginning but soon I hit my stride and could not put the book down. I am eager for this Spring so that I can continue this journey with Tess and find out who she ultimately chooses. BTW, I am team Joel.
Once you read Traced, please leave a comment and tell me how you liked it. More importantly, tell me if you are team Joel or team Liam. I won’t judge!

Page to Screen
A Note from the Author

We all do it—picture the characters in our head as we’re reading a book. And often when those characters are brought to life through casting, we’re disappointed with the selection. Something is just a bit off or the person chosen doesn’t embody that certain spark.
When I began writing Traced, I knew I wanted to combine my love for photography with my love of writing. For me, it was a natural pairing—to bring the characters to life not only on the page, but on the screen and in a photograph.
Casting was the biggest challenge. I knew what I was looking for when it came to Joel and Liam—I’d always had clear visions of them in my head. But Tessa was so much harder. The story was always told from her perspective—through her eyes—so I never had a concrete idea of what she looked like. I knew she had dark hair and blue eyes, but that was as far as my mind went with her physical appearance.
My videographer actually found my Tessa. Jessica is a fellow photographer and had photographed our Tessa in the past and when she sent me her picture, I knew she was perfect! I put out specific model calls for Liam and Joel, and it was one of those friend-of-a-friend things finding both of them. None of my models were actual models at all, but were willing, totally awesome teenagers who were incredibly wonderful to let me put their faces to my characters names.
Filming our teaser trailer was so much fun. We found a local inn that resembled my idea of the ranch, and just went from there. I did the photography while Jessica did the filming, and after writing up a narrative, she did all of the editing and actual work. Finding the perfect background music was challenging. I wanted something that built slowly and had a sense of drama, but not so much that it distracted from the images and narrative. I think the end result is absolutely perfect.

Behind the scenes footage:

Last, but not least I was also informed that as part of the tour we can offer a giveaway. Each tour host will offer a bookmark, and one ebook copy of Traced. They also tell me that each participant in the daily drawings will be entered in a tour wide giveaway for the grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite skinned in the Traced cover art. Make sure to sign up at the rafflecopter link below!

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