A Lovestory That Lasts Forever: A MILLION JUNES Interview + GIVEAWAY


Hello everyone!! We hope that you are all enjoying today and we thank you for joining us on our tour stop for A MILLION JUNES. This story was mesmerizing and when the opportunity came up we jumped at the chance to join this tour and want everyone to know about this amazing book. So, stay a bit and check out our interview and don't forget to enter the contest at the end of this post.


BOOK SUMMARY:
There are two things everyone in Five Fingers knows about the O'Donnells and the Angerts. One: They've been there the longest, ever since the town was first founded in the Gold Rush days. Two: They hate each other.



June O'Donnell--a.k.a. Junior, a.k.a. Jack, a.k.a. Jonathan O'Donnell IV, a.k.a. the first female O'Donnell first-born--has always been haunted--in more ways than one--by her family's complicated legacy. When June's father and best friend, Jack III, died suddenly seven years ago, she made up her mind to skip college and live the life of adventure that her dad always wanted for himself. Now seventeen and heading into her last year of high school, June is itching to leave her ghosts behind in Five Fingers and travel the world. It's not that she's not happy--she is, mostly--grief has left her with an emptiness that she believes only real life experience can fill. 



But then what kind of O'Donnell would June be if an Angert didn't swoop in at a crucial moment and ruin everything? Enter Saul Angert, the eldest son of Eli Angert, a.k.a. June's father's mortal enemy, back in town from a writing career in the city to care for his ailing father. Somehow June's path just keeps getting tangled up with Saul's, no matter how creatively she tries to avoid it, until the unthinkable happens: She finds herself intrigued by this gruff, taciturn, yet strangely tender boy whom she was born to loathe. 



But when June and Saul accidentally stumble into a bit of the forest magic, they are allowed a glimpse into the past at the fateful, horrible moment that started all the trouble between their families. Now, everything is different. The only problem is, June doesn't know if this new discovery means she should hate the Angerts even more, or if it's finally time for her--and all of the O'Donnells before her--to let go.




AUTHOR BIO:
Emily Henry is the author of The Love That Split the World. She is a full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. She tweets @EmilyHenryWrite.




Interview with Emily Henry



1.  Feuding families, strange magic and a harrowing curse... A Million Junes is amazing. What can you tell our readers about this wonderful, fantastical, heartbreaking, and inspiring story?



A Million Junes is the story of a magical town in northern Michigan and the two families who have been feuding over it, in small ways, for roughly a century. The story follows the two youngest members of these families, June O’Donnell and Saul Angert, as they try to uncover the truth about what started the history of hatred between their families, after lifetimes of hearing conflicting and larger-than-life stories about both the feud and the magic of the land the two families live on.


So that’s the general premise of the book, but thematically, I’ve been thinking of this book as my “grief book.” Writing it was both difficult and cathartic, and if there’s a group of people whose hands I especially want to get the book into, it would be readers who are wrestling with how to move on from a loss, without letting go of what you’ve lost. That’s where I was when I wrote this book, and it’s where Saul and June are throughout its events.


2. It is said that A Million Junes is a companion novel to The Love That Split The World, but can one read A Million Junes without reading it's companion?

Yes, definitely! I think even calling it a companion is a bit of a stretch. The two books could definitely exist within the same kind of world but there are no overlapping characters or places or plot points! The books stand totally independently of one another—they just very much belong in the same strangely magical version of our world! 


3. I shipped "June" and Saul so much. Their forbidden romance was achingly addictive to read about and I could not get enough. What was your favorite moment about this couple?

Oh, thank you so much! I’m so happy you loved them! I’m not sure if I have a favorite moment between them. Maybe the movie theatre scene? I just loved writing their banter and slowly unspooling their connection across each of their conversations. But I do particularly love the earlier scenes, when June’s most vehemently fighting her interest in Saul.

4. The friendship between June and her best friend Hannah seemed so real, exactly as a high school friendship should be. Did you base their relationship on your own high school friendships?

For SURE! I always feel excited and flattered to hear how much people connect with the friendships I write, but I definitely can’t take full credit for them. I was very lucky in high school to have amazing, loving people in my life, and I think that shows through in what I write. Hannah and June have an almost sisterly bond; they almost feel like each other’s missing pieces, and I have a few longlasting friendships that are very much that way to me. I obviously love to write (and read) romance, but some of the greatest loves of our lives are friendships, and I wanted to show that with June and Hannah. 

5.The magic surrounding this story had me wanting to keep reading and find out more. It was dreamy, kind of subtle, beautiful and it flowed through out the story so seamlessly. What inspired you to write such beautiful stories.

First of all, thank you! I love to hear that the book’s atmosphere struck you as “dreamy,” because that’s definitely how I visualized the world and hoped it would translate.

I’m not sure I can pinpoint an inspiration for the “type” of stories I tend to write—I’ve tried writing other kinds and for now, this feels the most natural to me. One of the things I’m most inspired by (and not just in a writing way but in a vague “makes me excited to be alive” kind of way) is nature. I love to be in naturally beautiful places and to take in all the smells and sounds, and the feeling of the air. Even when I was a kid and first started writing, my ideas would often start with a setting, and I’m still very much that way. The magical element of my work usually tends to be an extension of a place’s natural attributes, and the atmosphere tends to be an extension of the setting! As June’s hometown—the fictional Five Fingers, Michigan—took shape, the magic of it grew to match the world it belonged to.

6. Can you tell us about what you are working on now?

I wish I could say more but for now, I can vaguely allude to the fact that I’m working on an amazingly fun (and very different) semi-secret project with Brittany Cavallaro (A Study in Charlotte; The Last of August). I’m hoping to be able to say more soon!

7. What were your favorite reads as a teen?
Well, I was obviously a Harry Potter girl through and through, but when I was a little younger, I was obsessed with K.A. Applegate’s Animorphs series! Some other favorites were The Giver, A Wrinkle in Time, Bridge to Terabithia, Daughter or Smoke and Bone, Tuck Everlasting, Uglies, and The Secret Garden.
8. When writing A Million Junes did you have an inspiration board (Pinterest)? A soundtrack? If yes, could you share them with us?


I did have a Pinterest board! You can find that here: https://www.pinterest.com/eannehenry/ghost-house/

Thank you for time and for answering all of our questions. It has been a pleasure!


Make sure to check out the other blogs on this tour

TOUR SCHEDULE: 
Week One:
May 15 – The Paige-Turner – Review & Mood Board
May 16 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&A
May 17 – The Innocent Smiley – Favorite Unsolved Mysteries 
May 18 – Arctic Books – Review 
May 19 – Twirling Pages – Review 
Week Two:
May 22 – ButterMyBooks – Book Look 
May 23 – Ex Libris – Review  
May 24 – The Children’s Book Review – Guest Post 
May 25 – The Young Folks – Review  
May 26 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post


GIVEAWAY 

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the interview today! I love that this book is set in Michigan and I've never read a book about feuding families before. This will be fun to read.

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    1. This book was so very lovely and I think it is perfect for Summer reading.

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  2. I've been seeing some great reviews for this one. I have The Love That Split The World in hardcover but have yet to read it (kind of holding out for audio that doesn't appear is going to happen). Thanks for hosting!

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    1. I would agree with you on wanting an audio. It is my preferred way due to my wicked commute but it's such a lovely read that it is one you won't want to miss.

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  3. Im super excited for A Million Junes! I hated R&J in high school because I read it in high school three years in a row. But I think this book will change that! I'm excited for this one. :)

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    1. Yes, AMJ is so good and I believe you will enjoy it.

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