Thursday, April 13, 2017

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy {story behind the title & giveaway}

Hello! Today I'm hosting the blog tour stop for Alexandra Sirowy's 
Read on for a guest post from Alexandra, where she'll tell us all about the conception of the title, and a tour-wide giveaway!

by Alexandra Sirowy
♦publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
♦release date: July 25th, 2017
♦hardcover, 448 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society – for the four of us. 
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. 
Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. 
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

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Guest post with Alexandra Sirowy
The Story Behind the Title:

The title for my upcoming book, FIRST WE WERE IV, came to me almost as soon as the first impulse of “I want to write a book about four best friends who start a secret society to play vigilante-pranks, but it ratchets way out of control and twists into a weapon of revenge, costing all of them something, and one of them everything” did. A chaotic impulse, I know.
This title was with me from the beginning and I never considered another because FIRST WE WERE IV cuts right to the bone of what the story is. The title helped to shape the book as I wrote. It evokes the books twisty, mysterious atmosphere. It’s also the first thing people ask about the book – what’s up with the title? What does it mean? Why use a Roman numeral?
The title hints at one of the book’s core mysteries. Four best friends – Izzie, Viv, Graham, and Harry – invent a secret society. Only three survive it. FWWIV begins with the end of their story. The aftermath. It begins with broken hearts and broken rules. It begins with a dead body.
I chose to use the Roman numeral IV for the same reason Viv tells the group they should name their secret society the Order of IV rather than the Order of Four – way more badass.

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Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING, the Bram Stoker Award® Nominated THE TELLING, and the upcoming FIRST WE WERE IV. Alexandra attended a women's college as an undergrad and received her graduate degree in International Studies. When she isn't writing, she loves to travel, read, eat, and get into mischief. She lives with her husband in Northern California.


Purchase First We Were IV: 


Don't miss any of the stops of the tour! 

Week 1
March 27: Brittany's Book Rambles - Intro Post + Excerpt

March 28: YA and Wine - Most Mischievous YA Characters 
March 29: Rattle the Pages - Nail Art
March 30: Book Nerd Addict - Inventing A Secret Society
March 31: Fables Library - YA Books with Secret Societies

Week 2
April 3: Emily Reads Everything - Fancast 

April 4: The Eater of Books - History of Secret Societies
April 5: It Starts At Midnight - Author Guest Post: FIRST WE WERE IV vs. Alexandra's Previous Books
April 6: BookCatPin - Mystery YA List
April 7: A Book and a Cup of Coffee - Moodboard

Week 3
April 10: The Book Buzz - YA Thrillers You Need to Know About

April 11: The Candid Cover - Bookworm Initiation Quiz
April 12: Girl in the Pages - Book Recs for First We Were IV Characters
April 13Stories and Sweeties - Author Guest Post - Story Behind the Title
April 14Little Lillie Reads - Playlist

Week 4
April 17: Literary Legionnaire - Favorite Quotes 

April 18Chapter by Chapter - Author Guest Post: Secret Society Initiation Rituals
April 19Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Secret Societies You Never Knew Existed
April 20YA Book Central - Author Guest Post:  3 Favorite Books About Secret Societies
April 21The Bookish Feels - Author's March Favorites

Week 5
April 24: Waiting For Wentworth - Author Guest Post: Secret Society Rules

April 25The Reader and the Chef - Book Inspired-Recipe 
April 26Forever Lost in Literature - Author Guest Post: What We Do For Friendship
April 27Flying Through Fiction - Favorite YA Friendships
April 28: One Way or an Author - Phone Wallpapers 


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