Thursday, October 6, 2016

Blog Tour: The Row by J. R. Johansson with Dreamcast & Giveaway

The Row

by J.R. Johansson

Genre: YA Mystery

Release Date: October 11th 2016


Summary from Goodreads:

A death sentence. A family torn apart. One girl’s hunt for the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent.

Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately, but she cannot forget what he’s told her. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, she discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.

Also available October 11th by the author, the paperback of CUT ME FREE!

Dreamcast Guest Post Thoughts:

RILEY BECKETT: To me, the emotion of Riley’s character is more integral to her than how she looks. She needs to be both vulnerable and strong. She’s fiercely loyal and also stubborn. I think Alycia Debnam-Carey from The 100 would be incredible.

JORDAN VEGA: From Jordan we need someone who is protective and sweet but also doesn’t back down in the face of Riley’s strength. He stands up for what he believes in both to Riley and his dad. Also…he’s super cute. Thus…Tyler Posey.

DAVID BECKETT: This one was fairly hard for me, but once I came across Edward Norton I couldn’t really find anyone else that seemed to fit as well as him. He’s a phenomenal actor and this part would need that. He’s been through a lot and he loves Riley more than anything. I think he’s perfect.

AMY BECKETT: Amy is a character that seems to have everything together, but it’s often a fa├žade. She has been through as much as any of them and it has broken her in ways she doesn’t let on. I chose Jennifer Aniston because I think she’s a great actress and hey, what are dreamcasts for if not to dream big?

BEN MASTERS: Interestingly, when I wrote this role I had the general manager for my favorite football team (Green Bay Packers) in mind for this role. He speaks slow and has a drawl, but the mind behind that demeanor is wicked fast. All characteristics I borrowed from in creating Mr. Masters. But since he’s already got a job and it isn’t acting, I’m going to go with Terence Stamp. He feels like a great fit for the role.

DETECTIVE VEGA: The man who arrested her father has haunted Riley’s dreams for years. He needs to feel ominous to her, but also be able to carry off a role as a hard-nosed detective and a father. True or not, he has always kind of a presence symbolizing unfairness in Riley’s mind, but he’s also a father. It’s an interesting role. When looking up some of the many talented Latino actors out there to pull from, I discovered Leonardo Sbaraglia. He’s exactly what I had in my mind.

About the Author

J.R. Johansson's books have been published in a dozen languages and more than twenty countries worldwide. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. She lives in Utah with two sons, a wonderful husband, three cats, and a hot tub named Valentino.

She is represented by the stellar Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

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