Thursday, September 15, 2016

Blog Tour: One Night by Deanna Cabinian

One Night


by Deanna Cabinian


Genre: YA Contemporary


Release Date: September 5th 2016


Summary from Goodreads:

Thompson may be only seventeen but he knows he’s just checked into Heartbreak Hotel for good, now that his girlfriend, Caroline, has put an end to their burning love. Since then he’s been sleepwalking through his summer job at Super Kmart while desperately dreaming of ways to win her back. He even drops by the Tiki House on Elvis Presley Night hoping that she, a diehard fan of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” will be there as well. That’s when he meets Johnny Lee Young—real estate agent by day, Hawaii’s Favorite Elvis Impersonator by night—and the lovesick teen’s world suddenly takes a wild and unexpected turn.

As luck would have it, Johnny needs a temporary assistant to help with equipment and social media and Thompson eagerly accepts the offer, hoping it will distract him from his painful and lingering romantic issues. But like Thompson, Johnny is nursing a secret heartbreak and pining for his own lost love. So the new roadie starts making plans—with a little help from his friends Ronnie and Greta—to accompany the counterfeit King on an odyssey of a lifetime that will take them far from their island paradise home in search of true love.



Excerpt:


Love at 17

I think one of the main reasons people read YA is to live vicariously through the story’s characters, not because it necessarily bears any resemblance to their actual life situation. Take me for example. I was what one might call a loser in high school. My “friends” dumped me my sophomore year. I had terrible acne. I never went on a date or to a dance, the prom included. Needless to say I didn’t have a boyfriend. I think one of the reasons I’m so drawn to young adult fiction is because it often resembles an environment I didn’t have in high school: tons of friends, parties, and yes, romantic love.

I hate to make generalizations, but on the whole, I think a lot of teenagers aren’t madly in love with someone, but they daydream about it. They dream about the kind of guy who will bring them fistfuls of flowers and hold up a boom box outside their window in the middle of the night. (I might be aging myself with that reference—if you haven’t seen the movie Say Anything you should check it out.) They dream about meeting the kind of guy who believes in love, and if Thompson in One Night believes in anything, it’s that. He believes in it so much that he puts himself in ridiculous situations, such as showing up to an Elvis Presley Night to try and run into his ex-girlfriend. When I was seventeen I wouldn’t have understood this, but now that I’m older I do. Who among us hasn’t done—or thought about doing—something equally embarrassing after a breakup? I know I have and I think most of the world has, too.

I think when I wrote One Night, I was writing about the kind of guy I’d wish I’d known when I was seventeen: a hopeless romantic who’ll do whatever it takes to make sure love prevails. Ultimately, I hope readers enjoy seeing the world through Thompson’s eyes and hopefully they see a bit of themselves in him. 

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About the Author
Deanna Cabinian has worked in radio, television, and magazine publishing, but her greatest passion is writing. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in sport management. Her debut novel, One Night, was released on September 5. Find her online at deannacabinian.com.

About the Author

Deanna Cabinian has worked in radio, television, and magazine publishing, but her greatest passion is writing. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in sport management. She writes from wherever she happens to be, but the majority of her writing is done from Chicago.

When she isn’t writing she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and family.


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