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Flashback Friday: Excerpt and Giveaway – How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis

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I’m chuffed to bits to have author J.C. Lillis with us today to help celebrate the release of How to Repair a Mechanical Heart in print.

I first read this book back in November of 2012 and fell instantly in love with Brandon, Abel, and all the wacky and wonderful characters who populate this delightful story about coming out, accepting yourself, and then falling in love with your best friend. All set alongside the Castaway Planet shipping fandom.

J.C. has brought you an excerpt from the book and is also giving the chance for one lucky reader to win a copy of it – In PRINT to a US resident OR in E-BOOK to an International winner. You can enter the contest by clicking on the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck!


HtRaMHBlurb: The summer after high school graduation, two cute and snarky boys hit the road in an RV. Their mission: follow the traveling fan convention for Castaway Planet, the cult sci-fi show they’re both obsessed with. BRANDON irons his t-shirts, loves the dapper and reserved Castaway android Sim, and hides his pesky Catholic guilt from his out-and-proud roadtrip partner, Abel. ABEL collects funny belt buckles, loves Castaway‘s brave and dashing Captain Cadmus, has a hot boyfriend with a phoenix tattoo, and has nothing to hide—except his epic crush on Brandon. During their six-week cross-country adventure, Brandon and Abel post new entries on their Castaway Planet fan vlog, spar with an online community of slash fiction writers, meet their TV idols, play with their action figures, uncover big secrets, and maybe possibly fall in love. Can two fanboys face down their obstacles and write themselves a real-life romance—or is fiction the only thing bringing them together?

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Excerpt: Here’s a peek at Brandon & Abel’s first vlog post of the trip; they’re recording in Abel’s kitchen just before they take off. I picked this scene because a.) it sets up the whole road trip, b.) it’s a nice intro to their dynamic, and c.) it is SUPER geeky, so if you tolerate/appreciate this level of geek, it’s a pretty sure sign you’ll enjoy the rest of the book. (WARNING: It might make you hungry for Cookie Crisp.)

~J.C. Lillis


“You ready, partner?” he says.

“We’re unveiling now?”

“We have to. The girls’ve been trolling us all morning. Wait’ll you see.”

Abel and I hunch in front of his laptop at the glass kitchen table, next to a stack of cruddy glasses and plates I very much want to scrub. He’s crunching Cookie Crisp from a china bowl that probably cost more than my car. His limited-edition Plastic Cadmus grips the pocket of Abel’s robe with his super-ripped hero arms and I side-eye him; even three inches tall, Cadmus is a smug bastard. No one’s home besides us, as usual. Abel’s dad’s at Mercy fitting someone with a new heart, his mom and little sister are in Boston on their book tour, and his brother Jacob’s at some school in New York for musical geniuses with bad attitudes.

“Don’t worry. You look lovely.” Abel slides on his shades with the red steel frames, an exact replica of Cadmus’s. “You’ve got that cute all-American khakis-and-flip-flops thing going on. You’re like Volleyball Ken.”

I sip my water. “Now with Eye-Rolling Action.”

“Do I have sex hair?”


“Brandon, seriously. Wait’ll you meet Kade. Best five days of my life!”

“Please spare every detail.”

“Cynicism gives you blackheads. Studies show.”

I tip my chin at the laptop. “Let’s go.”

He grins and hits record.

Bonjour, fellow Casties.” He musses his hair and turns on his best news-anchor purr. “It’s your two favorite recappers, coming at you live from my kitchen on May the twenty-ninth, a day that will forever live in infamy. Say hello to my distinguished fellow commentator, Brandon—”

“Hi guys.”

“—currently obscuring his cute little abs with the baggiest Castaway Planet t-shirt in recorded history.”

“It’s comfy.”

“What are you hiding under there?”

“Secrets. Many secrets.”

Abel rips off his shades and cocks an eyebrow. I let out a snort. I picture a handful of strangers watching this at home, thinking my secret is cool and mysterious like a jagged scar across my chest, and not dull and heavy like I gave up church but not the angst.

“Anyway, guys.” Abel pops one last Cookie Crisp. “Today we unveil that Super-Secret Summer Spectacular we’ve been teasing y’all about, ‘cause we know how our fifteen fans like, follow our every move and have shrines and shit.”

“My shrines are bigger.” I grin.

“Whatever. Here’s the deal. You real fans who come here and watch our episode recaps every week are A-plus, right, ‘cause you love Castaway Planet as much as we do and you’ve got more than ten brain cells to your name. But as we all know, there’s one faction of the fandom…”

“One very vocal faction.”

“…that is, and we say this with love, STONE COLD CRACKERS WITH A SIDE ORDER OF CRAZY FRIES. I am referring, of course, to—”

He plunks Plastic Cadmus in front of the camera. I do the same with Plastic Sim.

Cadsim shippers.”

I perform a cartoony shudder.

“Guys, I don’t know if you’re following our ginormous flamewar with Miss Maxima and her minions at the Cadsim fanjournal.” Abel sighs. “The slash fiction was bad enough, but these rejects have been calling it canon since the crystal-spider-cave episode, and that we cannot abide. Look, maybe it’s semi-tempting to think they had secret sexytimes when they’re stuck in the cave and there’s that ‘meaningful look’ and the fadeout, but people? Captain James P. Cadmus is a blazing hot male specimen who can kill a sixty-pound alien spider with his bare hands, and Sim is a freakin’-damn ANDROID—”

“Who’s way too good for Cadmus.”

“That statement is too ludicrous to acknowledge,” Abel huffs, petting Plastic Cadmus’s plastic head. “Anyway, our feud with the crazypants Cadsim girls? Officially ends this summer. We at the Screw Your Sensors vlog have made a wager. Hold up the CastieCon tickets, Bran.”

I fan them out. Abel explains the bet, which basically goes like this: we hit the six tour stops the Castaway Planet convention makes this summer, go to the Q&As with all five main cast members plus the showrunner, and ask them what they think Cadmus and Sim did in the cave scene after the fadeout. If a majority of them agree that no hookup happened, the Cadsim girls have to run an all-caps disclaimer on every one of their fanfics, forever.

“Brandon, tell them what it says.” Abel slides me a printout.

“PLEASE NOTE: A legitimate Cadsim hookup has been definitively disproven by the cast and creator of Castaway Planet, as well as professional Internet gods Brandon Page and Abel McNaughton. I freely admit I am a dingbat with zero respect for canon or for Cadmus or Sim as characters; I just want to see hot boys get it on. Read at your own risk.”

“That’s right. However, on the extreme off chance we lose? Miss Maxima, the Queen Bitch mod of the Cadsim community, will select a scene from one of their rotten little fanfics and we’ll act it out on camera—”

“—Within. Reason.” Why did I say yes to this?

“Right. Strictly first base, pervs. We’re gay but not for each other.” He scrolls through the Cadsim fic archive on his phone. “For instance, we won’t do the one where Dr. Lagarde plants a ‘sex chip’ in Sim’s brain and he and Cadmus do it in a hammock.”

“For crap’s sake.” I facepalm.

“Nor will we perform the futurefic where they’re back on Earth and get stuck in an elevator during a blackout.”

“Or any other elevator fic.”

“Or hurt/comfort fic.”

“Or alternate-universe steampunk fic.”

“So we better make damn sure we come out on top.”

“Sim likes the top.”

It just shoots out. I feel my ears redden; when I slip and say something flirty, it sounds like an elephant trying to bark.

Abel cracks up and stops the recording right there. He hits upload before I can object.

“On that note, Tin Man,” he says. “I have a little…surprise.”

He reaches in his robe and rummages. My left leg starts jittering. Last time Abel surprised me it was my birthday, and he slipped a special card under my windshield wiper: Sim’s head taped to a cutout of a gym rat in a leopard thong.

This time it’s just a small silver envelope.

“Open it,” he sings.


J.C. LillisAbout the Author: So about me. I am a veteran of eight tempestuous Internet fandoms, three Catholic schools, and countless crushes on fictional characters. I live in Baltimore with my awesome and patient family and a ragtag band of tropical fish, some of which will probably be dead by the time you read this. I obsess over thrift store art, homemade dollhouses, second-tier 80s sitcoms, koi ponds, retrofuturism, Game of Thrones, Edward Gorey, and peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

My mom still has my first batch of homemade books. I wrote them when I was six or seven, on stapled pieces of construction paper. They were about a family of talking silverware, a gray shoe who lost her mate, and my father’s grim adventures at his office and in “Giantland” (vastly different locales, though in both places he was shouted at by the disembodied head of his boss). I’ve been trying to top the Giantland story ever since. Maybe this will be my year.

Contact me at jclillisbooks AT gmail DOT com with questions/comments/haiku.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and thanks so much to all of you for stopping by to see who we have store for you in the week ahead. I hope you’ll stop back by to visit with our guest authors and take the opportunity to enter in some of the great giveaways we have in store. And, of course, we’ll have lots more reviews to share with you.

Here’s what’s on tap!


Monday – Kicking off our week this week, we’ll be bringing you authors L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov on their blog tour for On the Clock, the next installment in their Market Garden series

We’ll also have author A.E. Via with us today as she stops by on her Don’t Judge blog tour

Tuesday – Today marks the next of our guest visits on the GayRomLit Countdown Celebration, as we welcome author Cody Kennedy

Wednesday – Author J. Scott Coatsworth drops by today on the tour for his new novella Between the Lines

We’ll also welcome author Ingela Bohm on her Not Safe for Work blog tour

Thursday – Making a stop today is author Cari Z., on her Where There’s Fire blog tour, the sequel to Where There’s Smoke

Friday – Closing out our week for us, we’ll welcome author Perie Wolford on his Sam Dorsey and Gay Popcorn audiobook tour

We’ll also have a special Flashback Friday event for you today, when author J.C. Lillis stops by with an excerpt and giveaway of a book I fell in love with all the way back in November of 2012. How to Repair a Mechanical Heart is being released in print format, and we’ll be helping J.C. celebrate


And that wraps up the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!


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If You’d Love To Learn How to Repair a Mechanical Heart, J.C. Lillis Is Here To Give You A FREE Shot At It!

Look! It’s The Nifty Retro-Sci-Fi-Flavored Cover! Sweet!

Hi guys!

I’m very excited to offer a free copy of How to Repair a Mechanical Heart to the winner of this contest. It’s only available as a Kindle version for now, so the winner will just need to provide an email address that’s linked with an Amazon account so I can gift a copy. The giveaway winner will also receive a FREE POSTER of the nifty retro-sci-fi-flavored cover, created by Baltimore artists Mindy Dunn and Andrea Sabaliauskas. Good luck! And thanks again to Lisa for having me as a guest on the blog and organizing this giveaway. – J.C. Lillis

A free Kindle copy of the book AND a free poster of the cover sounds pretty great, right? Well, all you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment right here on this post between now and 11:59pm Pacific time on November 19, 2012. A random drawing will be held on November 20th and the winner will be contacted by J.C. for the distributing of the goodies. Please be sure to leave your email address in your comment, as well, so she knows how to reach you. And good luck from me too! :-D

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Author J.C. Lillis Talks Fandom, Fiction, And Which Characters She’d Love to Slash

Hi, J.C.! Welcome to The Novel Approach; I’m so glad to have you here with us today. :)

A. Very excited to be here! Thanks for having me.

Let’s just start right off by having you tell us a little bit about yourself.

Q. Is there any one person you’d credit for influencing you to become a writer?

A. Probably my second-grade teacher, Mr. Daniels. He was so awesome. He was this snarky bearded guy who drew caricatures of himself on your papers if he liked what you did, and he had real love and respect for kids. He had us keep a journal, and I hated it at first. I remember thinking okay, I’m seven. NOTHING EXCITING ever happens to me. “I ate Corn Chex and went to school and did my book report and my guppy died and I watched Little House on the Prairie and went to bed.” I used to start off every single entry with “Today was a normal day” until Mr. Daniels got fed up and wrote in the margin, “When do you have an ABnormal day?” I looked up abnormal in the dictionary. Then I retooled my strategy. I started writing these intricate stories about my mysterious “pet,” who was eight feet tall, green, and liked popcorn, midnight dance parties, and backyard campouts. I was scared Mr. Daniels would call me out for tall tales, but instead he started sketching bearded smiley-faces on my journal entries. I was pretty much hooked.

Q. When did you decide that your writing was something you wanted to share with others rather than something you kept to yourself?

A. It took a long time. I’m a natural introvert, and it’s always been tough for me to share my writing with anyone besides my parents (who are terrific and supportive) and a few close friends. Writing’s always been like this secret lover I visit at night. I’d do it no matter what, love it no matter what. I’d submit something to an agent every now and then, but it wrecked my nerves and my heart was never in it; I was happier using my spare time to write new stuff. But then this year I grew a pair and confronted myself, like “what are you doing? Are you seriously going to write in a vacuum your entire life? MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.” My husband—who’s also my copy editor, because we’re crazy like that—passed me this article on indie publishing just when I’d officially had it with the hermit-writer routine. I spent a few more months doing one last merciless edit to this book, and then I closed my eyes and jumped in. And it’s been awesome. The fact that people are finding, reading, and enjoying the book I wrote on my couch in my flannel PJs is. . .I don’t know, whatever word is stronger than “thrilling” but doesn’t sound cheesy. Plus the indie YA community is huge and friendly and generous, and I’m proud to be part of it.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for How to Repair a Mechanical Heart?

A. Well, I’ve been involved in one fandom or another my whole life; when I was a little kid I fangirled over Star Blazers and Sesame Street (totally shipped Bert & Ernie), and I’ve followed tons of online fandoms, starting with X-Files in the mid-90s. So I know and love the world, and I knew I wanted to write a YA novel about it.

In one of my fandoms a few years back, there was some hotly debated real-person shipping going on, and I started thinking about how bizarre it would be to find yourself on the receiving end of that—especially if you were a regular kid just a few months earlier and rocketed to fame on a reality show or something. That’s what sparked the idea. I toyed with writing about two teen reality stars with a rabid fandom trying to push them together, but then I thought it would be funnier to do it on a much smaller scale: like, two regular boys with some dinky vlog that’s attracted this unlikely little cult following. I also thought it would be interesting if they themselves were anti-slash; the first thing I imagined was this horrific moment where they’d stumble across the fan community and see all the slash written about them, and they’d just go fluorescent with embarrassment.

I knew right away that this would be a love story, and the boys would both be gay and nursing a mutual attraction. I didn’t want to make one of them straight and force an unrequited-love thing. I had this idea that they’d be fans of a sci-fi show, kind of Star Trek meets Lost. And I knew one of the guys would be super-comfortable with himself and use fandom in a fun, lighthearted way (the way I use it now), and the other would be dealing with the aftermath of coming out and rely on fandom as a lifeboat (the way I used it as a teen). The rest of the plot elements—the roadtrip, the bet with the Cadsim fan community—fell into place pretty fast once the basics were down, though weaving it all into one cohesive story was kind of a challenge.

Q. Was it always going to be a Young Adult novel, or did it begin as something entirely different?

A. It was always YA. I’ve tried to write a few books for adults, but it never really works. Most days I still feel like I’m seventeen inside. There’s so much about the adult world that baffles me, but that feeling you get when you want to kiss someone but your hands are sweaty and you’re scared they’ll turn away at the last second? I get that. That sense of terror and discovery and possibility. I’ll be writing about stuff like that until I’m seventy.

Q. How long did it take you to write the book?

A. I worked on it off and on for a little over two years, pausing at regular intervals to bang my head against the keyboard and vaporize entire chapters. There was a lot to juggle, and it took some trial and error.

Q. I have a very personal passion for Brandon’s struggles in the story. What made you decide to bring his family’s faith into the plot as a point of conflict for him?

A. I kind of backed into it. I didn’t start with that intention, but as I thought about Brandon’s character, it reached up and smacked me and I was like, “oh crap. He’s an angsty Catholic boy, isn’t he?” I knew I was taking a risk, because a plot element like that is bound to turn some people off, but it made a lot of sense for his character. I gave myself a talk before I started writing. Like, “okay, you can make this a part of his character, but you can’t drench the whole thing in angst, and you have to play fair. No fire-and-brimstone villains, no cheap shots.” I’ve seen a lot of “evil priest” characters, and I didn’t want Father Mike to come across that way. I wanted to make it clear that he had a big impact on Brandon not because he was some raging bigot, but because he was otherwise friendly, gentle, caring, and intelligent. When a person is all of those things, it’s harder to reject what they’re teaching you.

The Catholic thing is personal for me, too. I want to acknowledge up front that I’ll never have specific firsthand experience with what Brandon’s going through—I’m a girl married to a guy, so my particular situation isn’t comparable. And my parents are wonderful, much more open-minded than Brandon’s. But I was born with this nervous, introspective streak, like Brandon, and adding Catholicism was like splashing gasoline on my natural anxieties and lighting a match. I mean, sexuality? Forget it. I wasn’t comfortable with my body until I was into my twenties, and I’m way too familiar with the kind of superstitious dialogues Brandon has with himself. Like, “if I do X, then something bad will happen.”

I know that won’t resonate with all readers, and I’m glad; I wouldn’t wish my old neurosis on anyone. My goal wasn’t to slam religion as a whole or ridicule people who use faith for good. But a lot of young people who find themselves at odds with religion start locking horns with their families as they reach adulthood, and I think it’s always a good question to grapple with in a YA novel: How do you secede from your family’s belief system while maintaining a relationship with the people who love you?

Q. Okay, I simply have to ask this. If you were going to slash any two well known characters, literary or otherwise, who would it be and why?

A. Jeeves and Wooster from P.G. Wodehouse’s novels (though that might be my Hugh Laurie love talking), and Dylan and Brandon from old-school 90210.

I’m totally serious about Dylan/Brandon (Dyldon?). I just rewatched that episode where they meet and that first scene between them is crackling with sexual tension—there’s like an obscene amount of smoldering going on. This would have been so much hotter than the Kelly vs. Brenda drama and Brandon’s revolving door of girlfriends. Plus they would’ve cancelled out each other’s worst qualities. Brandon would tell Dylan to admit he’s 35 and stop James Deaning all over West Beverly, and Dylan would tell Brandon to knock it off with the hair gel, cut the self-righteousness in half, and quit kissing like he’s devouring a person’s actual face.

Q. Have you always written M/M romance? If not, how did you find your way to it?

A. This is actually my first time writing M/M, but probably not my last. I usually come up with a basic story idea first and then start developing characters. This concept lent itself naturally to an M/M pairing, but I loved writing Brandon and Abel so much that I’ll probably go back to M/M at some point. I’ll always do whatever feels natural for the characters. They’ll let me know early on if they like boys or girls.

Q. Which would you say is the most difficult part of a book to write: a great beginning or ending?

A. Neither—the middle is what kills me every time. I love writing beginnings. It’s like the blissful first bites of a big banana split. And then halfway through you start getting a stomachache, and your mind starts to wander, and you get SO FREAKING BORED with ice cream that you start craving corn chips, pickles, ANYTHING else. About eight or nine chapters in, I always hit a wall and consider “cheating” on my book with a bright shiny new idea, and that’s when I have to shove aside writing for a while and recharge. I read books I admire, pick up some great nonfiction. Then I’ll come back with fresh perspective, and that helps me address stuff that’s not working and power through to the end. I stress out over endings, too, but I like writing those.

Q. If you could trade lives with any one fictional character, just for a day, who would it be and why?

A. Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones). Just once I want to know what it’s like to have a flawless quip ready the second I need one.

Q. Have you ever read something and thought, damn, I wish I’d written that? If so, what was it?

A. Oh, it was probably something by Zoe Heller or Ian McEwan. Or Francesca Lia Block, who’s one of my YA heroes. The imagery she comes up with makes me almost dizzy sometimes; punk music that’s like black roses on fire, a broken heart that’s like a giant bee sting, descriptions of food that make me so hungry I want to zoom off to the nearest farmer’s market and buy everything. It’s like, I can’t even envy her because I never get the sense that she’s showing off—these lovely words just radiate from her naturally. Whenever I’m feeling burned out, I’ll grab one of her books and soak up four or five chapters before bed, and I’ll wake up kinda loving words again.

Other than that—well, there are tons of authors I admire who write better books than I ever will, but I wouldn’t trade places with any of them. I’m glad to be me, writing exactly these stories.

Q. How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?

A. I never know what’s going to make me laugh. I love dry wit and wordplay, and I also love when someone wipes out on waterskis. My five-year-old makes me laugh. She told me the other day that she didn’t like rhinos because they lolled around all day “like they’re too heavy for themselves.” Maybe I’ll ask her to write my next book.

Q. Do you have news of any works-in-progress you’d care to share with us?

A. Yeah! The book I’m working on right now is actually a revision of the novel I wrote before this one. It’s still YA, but it’s really different from HTRAMH—it’s about a guy and girl who fall in forbidden-love with each other and try to “reengineer” their emotions with this crackpot self-help program. It’ll probably be out late spring/early summer.

I’ve got about a half-dozen other book ideas in my head right now. It drives me nuts that I can’t work faster. I’m an awful hypochondriac and I’m always terrified I’ll die before I write everything I want to. However long I last, I hope people who enjoyed HTRAMH will come along with me for the ride!

Q. Where can we find you on the internet?

A. On MY BLOG, on TWITTER, and on FACEBOOK. I love talking to readers, so stop by!

Q. Would you consider sharing an excerpt from How to Repair a Mechanical Heart with us?

A. Sure, you can sample the first 2 chapters on AMAZON. I’m not supposed to post excerpts anywhere else for now, but you can read a nice chunk of it over there and see if you might enjoy it.

Thanks again very much for being here today, J.C. I hope you’ll come back and visit again soon! :-D

Thank YOU for inviting me! It was a pleasure.

Make sure to check back on Friday, November 16, 2012, for your chance to win a Kindle copy of How to Win a Mechanical Heart!

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How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m just going to go ahead and say right out of the gate that finding How to Repair a Mechanical Heart was at least, at least, eleventeen kinds of awesome for me.

This is a story that deals with one boy’s coming out and with his struggle to reconcile who he is with whom his religion has instructed him to be. It’s a story of contrast. It’s the story of a guy who decides it’s better to simulate a heartbreak with a perfectly fictional perfect ex-boyfriend than to risk his real heart on real romance, especially when it comes to the one guy he wants more than any other. It’s the story of three friends who go on a six-week-long road trip and along the way discover that sometimes life truly does imitate art, and that sometimes truth is very much stranger than fiction, and that oftentimes if you don’t like the way a story’s going, you have to be brave enough to go ahead and rewrite it and give yourself the ending that can best mend a fractured heart. It is a story of two friends who play their roles in a popular lexicon but quickly discover the pretense might exact a far higher price than they’re able to pay, especially when it stops being a game. It is a story of what it means to begin something in the public eye that suddenly becomes very personal and private, and how difficult it can be to live up to the image that’s been spun for you when things begin to unravel.

But the part that really makes this story rock out loud in so many different ways is the “Castaway Planet”-worshipping fandom it’s set against, where fanfiction meets purists, where lines are drawn, wagers are made, illusions are tarnished, and Brandon Page and Abel McNaughton discover something a bit creepy/flattering about a group that follows their vlog, Screw Your Sensors. But in the end, for Brandon and Abel, it all boils down to the blurry line of conflict between what is the fact and what is the fiction of the virtual reality romance they allowed themselves to be lured into.

And there you have it. Just when I’ve become complacent in the belief there can’t possibly be any more original ways to tell me a coming-of-age story, J.C. Lillis happens along and not only tells it but sells it in a colorfully wrapped package of humor and pop-cultural icon worship and maybe even just a smidgen of satire, then plops a big red bow of characters I unashamedly fell in love with smack-dab on top of this ginormous gift.

Brandon, Abel, their fabulous friend Bec, and perhaps the most prominent character of all, Brandon’s hyperactive and very vocal conscience, shared a story with me that made me laugh, brought a lump to my throat, and tweaked the part of me that made me want to hug Brandon close and tell him that love is never wrong.

I can’t even recommend this book highly enough.

Be sure to stayed tuned, folks, because tomorrow, I’ll have J.C. Lillis here to tell us a bit about herself and how she came up with the idea for How to Repair a Mechanical Heart.

And coming up on November 16th, she’ll be back to offer the chance to win a FREE Kindle copy of the book!