Thursday 19 June 2014

Blog Tour: The Same but Different by Serena Clarke

Today I am part of The Same but Different Blog Tour with a guest post from the author, Serena Clarke.

The new you could be someone unexpected…
Stunned by a life-changing secret and an unexpected inheritance, Cady Morrow leaves her responsible London life behind and hits the California flash mob trail. With her wild twin sister Shelby in tow, she’s determined to make every day of her new start count. So when they’re invited to travel on the flash mob team’s luxury tour bus—in close company with Reid, a man who sets her dangerously, deliciously off-kilter—Cady grabs the chance to be a different version of herself.
But she soon discovers that not everyone she encounters is who they seem to be. A complicated new family, unwelcome surprises, and secrets past and present test her faith in her reinvented self, as well as in those around her. And when Shelby goes missing, Cady has to rely on the enigmatic Reid for help, even as she doubts his motives—and her resistance to his teasing charm.
With the flash mob facing disaster, her sister in jeopardy, and things with Reid heating up, Cady realizes that what started as ‘fake it ’til you make it’ has become her reality. And when she finds herself in a life-threatening confrontation, she learns just how different she can really be…and exactly what she’ll do for the sake of a new start.

Guest Post
I kind of have a thing with titles. If there was a job just sitting around making up book titles all day, I would SO be there. (The real trick, of course, is writing the books to go with them all!) Some people work absolute magic with their titles: 1816 Candles, by Amanda Brice. The Untied Kingdom, by Kate Johnson. And the utterly inspired Withering Tights by Louise Rennison. Love them! I haven’t been clever enough to come up with anything as brilliant as those, but I do like a title that has layers of meaning. My first book, All Over the Place, finds Livi in that state both literally (NZ, London, Paris) and emotionally, as she tries to figure out what the heck she’s doing with her life, who she should be doing it with, and where she should be doing it all! Or, as a reviewer said much more eloquently, she’s on a “journey of both distance and heart”.
The fun thing about The Same But Different was that as I wrote, the title applied in more and more ways to the story—sometimes in ways I hadn't realised until I thought about it. So maybe there was a little bit of title magic going on after all. I think everyone has things they’d like to change, but underneath, our real selves stay true. In The Same But Different, Cady leaves London determined to be a new version of herself in California. But, of course, the same issues tend to follow you wherever you go...confidence and doubt, love and lust, family and forgiveness, and figuring out the things that are really important in life.It doesn’t help that Cady has a secret burning in her conscience, and her aggravating twin sister Shelby in tow, too. She and Shelby are the same in their twin-ness, but oh-so-different in their outlook. (Much as we love them, don’t sisters have the power to drive you especially mad, if they put their minds to it?) On her travels, Cady finds a lot of people are different from what she expected, or first assumed. And Reid—enigmatic, teasing, irresistible—turns out to be someone entirely different from the man she thought he was...or is he just the same, really? Either way, what he sees in Cady helps her find the clarity she needs to step out boldly into her new reality. Cady’s determination to transform herself does change everything, but in ways she never expected. Sometimes, the ‘different’ we think we’re striving for turns out to be surprisingly similar to our true self. Despite all the ways we try to be different, maybe you’re actually pretty great—as Mark Darcy would say—just as you are.

The Same But Different by Serena Clarke is available from Amazon UK

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