GET HAPPY Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway



Today, I am HAPPY about being a tour stop on the GET HAPPY Blog Tour. GET HAPPY is written by Mary Amato and it is a contemporary story about a young songwriter who creates her own family due to her own broken one. Mary Amato has a guest post today and she is sharing her inspiration. Afterwards reading her post please check out the video and don't forget to enter the giveaway. Good Luck!


GET HAPPY
In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.

A hip high school girl who loves music, writes songs, and is desperate for a ukelele, learns to her shock that her father did not abandon her years ago and has been trying to keep in touch. She begins to investigate him, only to discover that he has a new life with a new family, including the perfect stepdaughter, a girl who Minerva despises.

   
 

Mary Amato is an award-winning children's book author, songwriter, musician, puppeteer, and poet. She writes for children of all ages, and is beginning to focus on YA. Her first YA novel was Guitar Notes. Mary lives with her family outside Washington, DC, where she also performs regularly, singing and playing her own songs. Mary is a popular speaker and runs numerous workshops for teachers and students, including many on all aspects of creative writing, even songwriting. The author lives in Silver Spring, MD. You can visit her online at www.maryamato.com

 GUEST POST with Mary Amato

What songs or artists inspired?
I love Pandora and have favorite stations. Here are the artists I listened to the most when I was writing Get Happy, not because they necessarily reminded me of Minerva or any of the other characters, but just because I found the music to get me psyched and in the mood to let loose:

Regina Spektor
Mumford & Sons
The Lumineers
The Head and the Heart
Ray LaMontagne
Ingrid Michaelson
Matt Epp
Hannah Miller
The Weepies
Iron and Wine


I play a lot of music and have many wonderful musician-friends. I also enjoy catching local live music as often as possible. I’m a volunteer for an organization called The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., and we organize over 80 free music, arts, and cultural events every year. We host a Wednesday night series for young talent, and I love making sure teens have a place to try performing for the first time.

Check out 16-year-old Jamey Geston. She is recording the songs I wrote for Get Happy, and we’re posting them online.

http://www.thrumsociety.com/get-happy-songs/



















Please continue following the other stops on this blog tour and get to know the author and GET HAPPY a little better. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Q&A and giveaway
Review and giveaway
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Guest post and giveaway
Review and giveaway
Review and giveaway
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Guest post and giveaway
Q&A and giveaway
Review and giveaway
Friday, October 24, 2014
Youth review and giveaway
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Guest post and giveaway
Review and giveaway
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Guest post and giveaway
Q&A and giveaway
Monday, October 27, 2014
Guest post and giveaway
Question and giveaway
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Q&A and giveaway
Guest post and giveaway
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Review and giveaway
Review and giveaway
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Q&A and giveaway
Review and giveaway
Review and giveaway
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Question
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Guest Column and giveaway



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