Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blog Tour: Double Clutch by Liz Reinhardt - Interview & Giveaway

Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen! This is stop #11 (my favorite number) on Liz Reinhardt's DOUBLE CLUTCH Blog Tour, hosted by Missy's Reads & Reviews. This blog tour runs from November 13 - December 4 and includes Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways and even Guest Posts from Liz herself. If you have not been following the tour well now is your chance to catch up, just click here

This is an exciting day at O'Boyled Books because you are about to read my very first author interview post, plus a bonus for you - she is giving away a copy of Double Clutch. I think I scared my puppies when I got the email then screamed like a little girl with happiness. Later I found out that not only do I get to learn more about Liz herself, but she generously shared her book with me as well. You will have to come back though for my review later this week because this post is all about Liz. Alright, I think I have sufficently pumped up you for the interview so let's get this show on the road. 

What happens when you fall for the perfect one day?

Brenna Blixen spent her freshman year homeschooling in Denmark; now that she's back in the States, she's determined to make her sophomore year unforgettable. And by unforgettable, she imagined awesome classes, fun friendships, and maybe a little romance.

What she got was a whole lot of romance, and all at once. (From Goodreads)


Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget that exist right alongside an intense longing for the bagels and fast-talking foul mouths of her youth. She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.

What is your interesting writing quirk?

Since I have to write with little kids running around at my feet, I am pretty addicted to music. I need it to drown out episodes of Max and Ruby and repeat viewings of Alice in Wonderland! I keep Pandora running constantly, and when I find a song I really, really love, I search it on Youtube and make a huge mix. When payday comes, I buy the songs and load them on my iPod. I have the longest, craziest playlists for every one of my books!

My Side Note: I know what it is like to have to drown out Alice in Wonderland, I know my sister is probably reading this, but she ruined the movie for me. Anytime it was her turn to pick the movie we just had to watch that one like the world depended on it for survival.

Did this book come naturally (from personal experience) or was it a struggle at times?

More than any other book, Double Clutch just poured out of me, no problems, no issues! I even found myself falling asleep over the keyboard because I had so much more to write and say! And this book really felt like the characters just took over and decided what to do and when and how. So if there's anything you don't agree with, I swear it's not my fault! You can totally blame Brenna, Saxon, and Jake though ;)!

My Side Note: I am always happy to hear when authors have to keep their characters in line because it is so cool to be able to channel so many different personalities. 

What does your family think of your writing?

Any time I ever have my laptop out, my daughter is like, "Oh, are you working hard? Are you writing a book?" That makes me feel so bad if I'm fooling around on Facebook! My husband is very proud, but always paranoid that I'm writing about him and making him look bad. My sister and sister-in-law read all my stuff and are my best cheerleaders. My parents think it's brilliant that I've self-published, and they brag to everyone and give me lots of strange advice about what I should be doing, even though they don't know all that much about self-publishing. So, all in all, I have a really awesome, supportive family!!

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I know this is really weird for a YA author, but I would choose Maurice Sendak, who wrote Where the Wild Things Are among other amazing books. He had a passion and a vision, and he went with his gut, even when people complained that his work pushed the boundaries for what kids should be exposed to. But he didn't push boundaries just to do it; he had amazing respect for the children he wrote for. As a writer, anyone can pick up your work and judge it. People can say really hurtful things about what you pour your heart into. I hope I can be like Sendak; focus on the art, on the readers who I know will love what I do, and ignore the naysayers.

What is the message you hope your readers grasp from reading Double Clutch?

I hope they come away with the idea that these three (Brenna, Saxon, and Jake) are so crazily complex and still growing. I hope that they see that teenage years are a time for exploring yourself and your interests, and also a time when you're going to make mistakes and face situations that feel impossible. It's only by facing those kinds of situations that you find your true strength and build your character.


A big thank you to Liz Reinhardt!! I threw a few tough questions at her today, but she answered them all with grace and style points for choosing Maurice Sendak who is also a personal favorite of mine. I think Liz is well on way to being remembered for her art of writing like Sendak, especially by me since she my first author interview post and no one else can take that honor away from Liz. :-) The fact that her family sounds wonderfully supportive always makes me smile. It is always easier to achieve your dreams when you have people cheering you on. 

If you would like to learn more about Liz, then you should check out the very funny interview done by Liz's sister over at Team Unpubbed. You can tell that interview was done with love. In addition, don't forget that there are more stops on this wonderful blog tour! Up tomorrow is a Special Guest Post by Liz over at Vicky's Books, Biscuits, & Tea. Also be ready for my review of Double Clutch coming soon! 


I do hope you will go out and pick up a copy of this great contemporary YA romance, Double Clutch. It is currently available at Amazon as an ebook. Although, you could just be lucky enough to win a copy.

Rules are simple:

  1. Name you want announced when you win.
  2. Your email address or twitter handle. (So I can contact you when you win)
  3. Answer to one of the following questions: Who inspired you to read? OR Which author made you love reading again?
Contest ends 12/11/2011. Winner announced 12/12/2011. International Giveaway.

Thank you again to Liz for joining us today. It was lovely to have you!

Happy Reading,


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  1. Thank you so much for having me, Michelle! I'm sorry your sister ruined 'Alice' for you ;)! My brother kind of did that with 'The Land Before Time.' I can still talk along with that movie to this day. And I'm so happy to have the coveted spot at the top of your author interview list...I know for a fact there will be many more! Your questions were fantastic!

  2. Ah, I absolutely love Alice In Wonderland.. so I really hate that your sister ruined it for you!

    Love the interview. Great post!! :)

  3. Liz: I am so glad you loved the questions. It was wonderful having you and I can't wait to read your future books. Oh, 'The Land Before Time' is has been a long time since I have seen that one. Ducky was so easy to love. Thank you again for doing the interview.

    Missy: I think there are a lot of people who agree with you that 'Alice In Wonderland' is a childhood staple. Some of my favorite over used quotes came from that movie. I especially like: "Speak English! I don't know the meaning of half those long words, and I don't believe you do either!" Thank you for putting together a great blog tour. You made it so stress free!

  4. Another fab interview on your blog tour Liz - Im so envious of your energy and writing enthusiasm that you can keep doing these great guest posts. Im enjoying reading them all...As you know, Im a huge Double Clutch fan, so always on the hunt for more more more from the author!
    I like your comment on the supportive family behind your writing. Im so grateful for mine and so I know just what you mean. I can complain about having to be a mum and writer but truly, I prob wouldnt ever have written a book without my family and children behind me every step of the way.

  5. great interview,lovin this tour

  6. Michelle - Ducky ROCKS! ;)!
    Missy - Totally agree, and totally agree with Michelle's are the woman and I adore you!!
    Lani - Are you kidding?! You went on a whirlwind tour for 'Telesa'! All I did was get in my jammies and type more than I usually type ;)! And I know EXACTLY what you mean about the family love/craziness. What would we do without them?
    Roro - Thank you so much! I love that you started us out!

  7. Great interview Michelle & Liz! This book sounds great! I've added it to my TBR list :-)

    The author that got me to read again was actually Stephanie Meyer & her Twilight series. I used to read about 2 books a year (so sad) and after reading her books, I haven't stopped reading. I now read about 2 books a week :-)

    Thank you very much for the giveaway!

    Amber Hughes

  8. Double Clutch was such an amazing book!
    GFC: Arianne Cruz
    email: cruz042@csusm dot edu
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    I didn't used to be a bookworm... until I had my heart broken for the very first time.I found the House of Night series and clung to it for survival. From then on, I LOVED books like crazy.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your talents. Liz, I was smiling with you as you shared how you drown out the children's noise so you could work. The noise of children's chaos brings back a flood of memories I have grown to love. The noise from our children may change. You can breathe easier as time passes but no matter how loud you turn up the music the chaotic noise of them running around will be remembered with a mother’s love and only she hears it for years to come, for that noise is engraved in my heart with loving memories. You are extremely talented. Remember to laugh in order not to cry sometimes and never give up. I am looking forward to Double Clutch. Thanks for the giveaway, Tami at After pushing books on my children for years, it was my daughter that sent me the Twilight series that sparked the love of reading again. She also gave me an ipad with many books at my finger tips. She’s a keeper!

  10. I have a confession to make. I am guilty of the old habit of judging a book by its cover. I don't even remember signing up for this blog tour. But I went through it anyway, and boy was I glad I did!!!

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