Behind the Scenes Release Week Blogginess


Hey there fellow book lovers! Once again I emerge from my writing cave with excitement from the book world. This time it comes in the form of a release week blog party for a Young Adult Contemporary Romance I’ve been anticipating since forever. Why? Because Dahlia Adler is one of my favorite people in the publishing world, thus I am ridiculously excited to read her words. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable about all things involved in and related to books in general, and an excellent source for recs when you’re feeling stuck, but she’s one of the nicest, funniest, most incredible people you’ll ever meet. Seriously.

behind-the-scenes-adler-coverHigh school senior Ally Duncan’s best friend may be the Vanessa Park – star of TV’s hottest new teen drama – but Ally’s not interested in following in her BFF’s Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father’s mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van’s on-set assistant to get the cash she needs.

Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she’s capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can’t play by Hollywood’s rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.

Buy the Book:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Indiebound

Sounds amazing, right?! I’m still waiting for mine to arrive (hurry up, UPS!), so I have absolutely no review as of yet, but if you want to read a pile of those, check out all the stars on Goodreads, or just, you know, grab it at your local bookstore because it releases today!

As a part of Dahlia’s big bloggy celebration, I’m sharing aDierks little “Behind the Scenes” into my life. The shadiest thing I could pinpoint about myself is that my secret alter ego is a songwriter. (Don’t tell anyone, m’kay?) Novels have always been my first love. Not a means of getting my feels out, but more of a an actual extension of me. With music, I usually grab someone else’s lyrics and hold them close. “This is what I want to say right now!” But I do have a few hundred songs of my own, so when you see me freaking out on Twitter because I’m obsessed with a certain songwriter and I’m literally gushing, it’s because there’s a huge part of me that intensely connects with those music people.

Here’s a song I wrote on the road when I was seventeen and only performed in public twice (the second time was at a barbecue, so it hardly counts).

Gas Station by Rachel O’Laughlin

are all gas stations this quiet
are all walls this blank
does anybody really have a destination
or are they just filling up a tank
sunlight beats on the asphalt but it can’t change the color at all

was this corner of the world created lonely
or did the wind strip it bare
did a flood wash it clean and empty
or is it just that you’re not there

are all mirrors this dirty
are all faces this tired
does anybody really want to be here
or are they just robots rewired
I’ve got a purse on my shoulder
and some high heels to make me look sharp

was this corner of the world created lonely
or did the wind strip it bare
did a flood wash it clean and empty
or is it just that you’re not there

are all gas stations this quiet
are all faces this tired
was this corner of the world created lonely
or is it just that you’re not there

I’m going to run to the corners of the world and find you
because it’s just that you’re not here

You’ve officially seen me backstage now! Before I go, here’s a bit about Dahlia. Check out her website and follow her on Twitter, and grab BEHIND THE SCENES as soon as you can!

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About Dahlia Adler:
Dahlia Adler is an Assistant Editor of Mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and a YA writer and blogger at The Daily Dahlia, YA Misfits, and Barnes & Noble at every spare moment in between. Her debut novel, BEHIND THE SCENES, releases from Spencer Hill Contemporary on June 24, 2014. She is represented by Lana Popovic at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth.

Connect With Dahlia:
Website | Blog | Twitter



2 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes Release Week Blogginess

  1. Okay, I am SO, SO happy I did this bloghop, literally just to learn this about you. This is AMAZING, Rachel!! I love that you’re a songwriter!! If you ever decide to write contemp, I bet you could get a fabulous rock star romance out of it ;) Thank you so much for sharing!

    • D’awww, in that case I’m ridiculously glad you did it, too! I mean, I LOVED being a part of your huge, huge day, of course. ;) I have some pretty awesome stories from the five years I sort of toured with bands during high school, though… If I ever do write contemp, I’ll make sure some of them make it in. :D

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