Blog Tour and Giveaway: #SWEET by Emmy Laybourne

Today I have the pleasure of participating in the #SWEET Blog Tour hosted by MacMillian. I am a fan of Emmy Laybourne and have had the pleasure of talking to her and and she is so incredibly funny. That humor clearly shines in her newest novel #SWEET and I had a good chuckle over this dark comedy that had my attention from beginning to end. As part of this tour I interviewed Emmy so please check it out (it's way cute) and don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for a copy of #SWEET at the end of this post.

SWEET by Emmy Laybourne

*People would kill to be thin.*

Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

*But will they die for it, too?*

Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the opportunity to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong.

Sounds awesomely twisted, right? The perfect read if you're looking for a dark comedy. Now onto my fantastic interview with Emmy. Sit back, relax, get some popcorn and spend some time with a super cool author.

It’s so cool to be here on the Ravenous Reader. YUM. Is there anything more delicious than books? I don’t think so - and maybe that’s why I’ve named my new book SWEET! Thanks for having me here to talk about it!

What was the "spark" that inspired the premise of SWEET?

The spark of the idea for Sweet came from my lifelong addiction to sugar. Unlike most people, I just can’t handle the stuff. When I’m on it, I think about it all the time, and I get more and more unstable in terms of blood sugar. I guess I wanted to torture a whole bunch of people by making them feel what I feel! Of course, people who get addicted to Solu act much, much worse than I ever did!

Is there a message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?

Gosh, it’s such a fun book - it’s a romantic comedy/horror book at its heart, but it does touch on issues of body acceptance and addiction. My message would be that it’s important to love your body unconditionally - and to treat it well by not feeding it, um, poison!

Just as your novel will inspire future authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

So many authors! I’ll give you three of my contemporaries who are inspiring me right now:  
Mary Pearson - Her Kiss Of Deception series is so good. It makes me glad we’re in the same publishing house, because I get to read her ARCS!
Jennifer Mathieu - I got to tour with Jen last year with Fierce Reads and we’re touring again together this year. She has an ability to write quiet, beautiful stories that really stay with you. I just loved Devoted. It’s a look into a world that’s very different from my own - a conservative Christian community - but it’s never judgemental or broad.
E. Lockhart - Yes, like most YA readers, I loved We Were Liars. Then I went back and read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and I was so deliciously jealous of how good that book is. [E.! You absolutely nailed what I felt like in high school and college. Were you sneaking peeks into my diary?!]

What are you working on now?

My next project is called Berserker. Set in the 1880’s Dakota territories, it tells the story of a farm boy who falls in love with the daughter of a family of Norwegian immigrants who have ancient Viking superpowers. It’s my “Little Paranormal Romance on the Prairie” series!

SWEET has moments of hilarity and horror that can be quite entertaining and I believe it would make an awesome movie. If a movie deal was made and you had complete control of the cast who would you choose for Laurel, Tom and Viv?

Oooh, dreamcasting! If I can do anything I want… I would raise the ages up a bit and ask the actresses to gain some weight for the roles…
Laurel - Emma Stone
Tom - Zac Efron
Vivika - Ilana Glazer

SWEET is an entertaining read that had my attention from the first the start and there are quotes in that book that I absolutely adore.  Do you have a favorite quote? And could you share it with me?

So hard to pick a fave! But I do like this one from Rich Weller, the publicist for the cruise. In the very first scene of the book, Laurel finds herself on the red carpet, just about to walk through the gangs of photographers on either side. Rich gives her this pep talk, “Sugar-pie, listen to me.” Rich murmurs. “Shoulders up, now. That’s good. Now you go and walk that carpet, Sis. Come on, stand up straight or they’ll eat you alive.” That Rich… he really knows what he’s talking about!

I can understand the lure of going on a cruise with the promise of losing weight an easy way,  but If SOLU were truly available would you take it despite it's side effects?

No, I wouldn’t! I’ve made my peace with my weight. I’m a nice size 12 and I’ve been at this size for the past 3 years. I’ve found a way of eating that works for me and I’m off the roller coaster of dieting. It’s a huge relief. Actually, I’m a lot like Tom in this regard - I’m very careful about what I eat (no sugar and no wheat) and I don’t mess with my own success!

SWEET is a totally different novel than your other series. Was it easier to write or did it have its own challenges?

The world of the Monument 14 series is so intense and dark - it’s life or death for those kids. It was really fun to get to start a new project that was in such a light, “bubbly” world. Celebrities! Delicious food! Champagne! Luxury! Of course, things go very, very wrong, as they tend to do in my books, but it was fun to write in such a blue sky world for a while!

The challenges about writing the book came from writing the characters who don’t like fat people. I very strongly believe in body acceptance, but I felt I had to represent all the different attitudes about weight that are out there. I’ve written a letter to the readers of Sweet with more info about my own experience with sugar addiction and my views on weight.You can find it at on the page for Sweet.

Thank you, for taking the time for this interview. It has been a great pleasure and I wish you much success always.

Thank you my dear! It was really fun to answer your excellent questions. I can’t wait to hear what your readers think about Sweet. I’m @EmmyLaybourne both on Twitter and Instagram. And you can sign up for my mailing list at: . Keep in touch!


Emmy Laybourne is a novelist, public speaker, screenwriter and former character actress.

Emmy’s Monument 14 trilogy has earned critical praise ("Frighteningly real… riveting" - New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice) and has been nominated by readers to the YALSA Teens Top Ten in 2013 and won in 2014.!

Emmy’s new book SWEET tells the story of a luxury cruise to launch a new diet sweetener that goes comically, then tragically, then terrifyingly wrong. It got a perfect 10 from VOYA and hits the stands on June 2, 2015

Before her life as an author, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV and VH1; and acted in the movies "Superstar," "The In-Laws" and "Nancy Drew," among others. Emmy loves visiting school and libraries. Find out more at:

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  1. Great interview! I am interested to see where the next book goes, Berserker sounds intriguing.

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