Blog Tour & Guest Post: Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 30 July till 12 August. See the tour schedule here.

Everything Under the SunEverything Under the Sun
By Jessica Redmerski
Genre: Dystopian/ Post apocalyptic
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Adult
Pages: 683 pages
Release Date: 28 August 2017

Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.

Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?

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Everything Under the Sun Quote 3

“Why are you so angry, Atticus?” My voice was soft and concerned now.
He blinked, but offered no response.
“I’ve seen men fight before,” I went on, “but I’ve never seen a man as angry at the world as you are. The way you beat that man in your room”—I shook my head with despondency—“the one just now; Atticus, you’re just so full of rage and hate. Why?”
He snorted, as if he’d found my question ridiculous.
“Why?” he mocked incredulously, holding out his hands, palms up. “I’ll tell you why, Thais: at every turn someone wants to rob or maim or kill us; we can’t sleep, night or day, without the thought in our heads as we close our fucking eyes that we might not wake up.” He gestured his arms wildly, his features constricted with indignation. “We’re covering our shit up like animals, sleeping in ditches, watching over our shoulder every second of every day for the chaos to grab us by the ankles and pull us down with it—and you ask why?”
I sat against my quilt, unable to stand to hear this truth. And as if his movements depended on mine, Atticus fell into a crouch in front of me, bouncing on the toes of his boots. I never looked away from the pull of his gaze, trapped by the intensity of it.
“I haven’t slept since you arrived in Lexington City,” he went on. “When I saw you that day, clutching your sister as she was ripped away from you; when you lay on the sidewalk, begging me to help you—it did two things to me, Thais”—he held up two fingers, and then dropped them between his legs—“it fucking killed me; the things I had to do, the part I had to play in not only your fate, but the fate of every girl in those ropes—it fucking killed me! It killed what little was left of my humanity!” His voice had risen with his heated words, his memories, but then he paused to calm himself, lowering his head but for a moment.
I remained motionless, speechless, but my heart began to ache and fill up at the same time. I listened raptly to every word, my heart breaking as he spoke them.
“It killed me,” he repeated. “But then something reached into Hell, grabbed me by the throat and pulled me back. I died that day in the street, Thais Fenwick; I died and then there I was, looking down at you with the eyes of the man I used to be, and I wanted to help you. I still fought with myself after that, but I wasn’t going to let you die or be raped or forced to marry a man you didn’t love—I didn’t know what to do, but I was going to do something, goddammit.”
I sighed. I wanted to hold him, but all I could do was sigh.

Jessica RedmerskiAbout the Author:
Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international bestseller, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. Her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, has been optioned for television and film by actor and model William Levy.
She also writes as J.A. Redmerski.

You can find and contact Jessica here:
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10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer – Jessica Redmerski

1. As almost ever other author says when asked this question: Read alot. And don’t just read in the genre you write, but step out of your genre and read others as well.
2. Pay more attention to your surroundings. When you’re in a store, or driving, or sitting in an airport, watch the people around you; see how they dress, how they walk, how they look at others. Keep not only your eyes open, but all of your senses. Touch things, and taste weird foods, etc. Everything is an experience, and experiences are what creates scenes, and the more you open yourself to, the more experiences you will have.
3. Reread and edit your book yourself at least 10 times before passing it off to someone else.
4. Become your characters. Seriously. Writing is more than typing words on a screen; you need to also be an actor; you need to take on the personality of the character, get inside her head, feel what she feels, see through her eyes.
5. Try not to stress about whether or not you think your book is ‘good’ – just write! In the beginning, that’s the most important part. Worry about the other stuff after you’ve actually finished the book.
6. Always write from your heart and soul. It’s true what they say: If you don’t love it, nobody else will.
Don’t worry about what’s popular - write what you feel; write that story you just can’t get out of your head. The “popular” stuff is popular because someone else did it, so trying to emulate them won’t make you popular too. Do your own thing and carve your own space in the literary world.
7. If you’re like me and you have a million stories in your head, and you’re anxious to get them all written, then you might end up writing nothing. And you could end up wasting months doing NOTHING. Stop the madness and get back on the writing train by picking ONE story and sticking with it until it’s finished, no matter what else is loomong over your head.
8. Write every single day. Idon’t care if it’s just one sentence – write it! There have been so many times I’ve feelt like Ijust couldn’t write; I didn’t feel like it; I didn’t WANT to! But when I sat down and wrote onesentence, Ilooked up two chapters later wondering what happened. It’s a little magic trick. And it almost always works for me.
9. Listen to your critics, and take their advice. Learning from your mistakes is key to moving on to being the writer you want to be.
10. Be a better person. Before you can be a better anything, you should always strive to be the kindest, most humble and generous person you can be.

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