I’m excited to be part of the Traced blog tour! If you haven’t heard of Megan Squires’ Outlier Chronicles, this is your chance to make an acquaintance! Today the author is sharing her bibliobiography and there’s also a giveaway! Thursday, I’ll be posting my review. In the meantime, here’s a tantalizing peek at Traced:
Tessa can’t sleep.
But when your parents are dead and the government directs your path in life, sleep shouldn’t come easily. Lately, Tessa’s fitful nights are growing even more predictable, almost like déjà vu. And she’s beginning to think that something greater is at work—something her society has taken drastic measures to keep hidden.
Caught between self-discovery and government conformity, she’ll have to choose either the boy who can help her reveal this new truth or the one that can provide her with the security of familiarity.
Tessa’s faced with a weighty decision. And she’s going to need more than a good night’s sleep to make it.
Now for Megan Squires’ life story in books! Welcome, Megan!
by Megan Squires
I wasn’t the reader in my family growing up. In fact, I remember countless times asking my older sister to play Barbies with me, only to be denied because she was deep in a good book. Once I even stormed into her room and tore all of the neatly alphabetized books off of her shelf just to make a statement. Unfortunately, at the time I didn’t realize what I was missing. While I was creating my own world with my dolls, my sister was enjoying so many others written within the pages of her books.
My very favorite book as a child was There Were Ten in the Bed. I loved this story not for the words, but because there was this little wheel that you would turn with each page and a different character would “fall” out of the bed. It was engaging and interactive and reminded me so much of my own bed stuffed with more animals and dolls than I could fit
It wasn’t until I was older that I really began reading on my own. I owned Molly McIntire, the American Girl doll, and was fascinated with her stories. This is where my love for playing helped grow into my love for reading. I would act out the scenes from Molly’s books with my dolls and relive the stories written in them. My mom always ordered them from the scholastic book club, and I remember being so thrilled every time I would find a recent order in my cubby at school. I can still smell the distinct scent of these books and remember their smooth pages. I loved the bit of history that I got to relive each time I read them, and I loved acting out those plots on my own, too.
Throughout my younger years, I mostly read for my school assignments, and when I was in sixth grade (I believe), we had to read My Brother Sam is Dead. I had already developed a love for historic fiction from my American Girl books, but this was the first book that really sparked a love for reading about war. This book gripped me, and to this day I remember the lines, “Ned’s head jumped off his body,” and “He’ll lead us through the Lobsterbacks like a hot knife through butter.” I don’t know why these stuck with me, but the descriptive writing was something that got my brain going and I soon caught the reading bug my sister had developed so many years earlier.
Throughout junior high I read pretty much every Mary Higgins Clark book I could get my hands on. My mother read them first, then my sister, and then they were passed down to me, so the mysteries had long been solved, but I loved the suspense in them and how they were just nail-biting enough to keep me reading without terrifying me entirely.
In high school it was back to reading for assignments, and of those I was drawn to works like The Great Gatsby, The Odyssey, and 1984.
About Megan Squires - website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
Megan Squires lives with her husband and two children just outside of Sacramento, California. A graduate from the University of California, Davis, Megan is now a full-time mother, wife, and dreamer – though her characters don’t often give her much opportunity to sleep.
Contest Info: Enter for the chance to win a Traced bookmark and an eCopy of Traced to one lucky winner. All entries into the daily give away count towards the grand prize give-away of a Kindle Paperwhite skinned in the Traced cover art!
Check out the rest of the tour!
Monday, February 11th – A Book and a Latte
Tuesday, February 12th – Coffee, Books and Me
Wednesday, February 13th – The Cozy Reader
Thursday, February 14th – The Book Whisperer
Friday, February 15th – Ticket to Anywhere
Monday, February 18th – Sara in Bookland
Tuesday, February 19th – Tynga’s Review
Wednesday, February 20th – Imagine a World
Thursday, February 21st – Oops I Read a Book Again
Friday, February 22nd – Jenuine Cupcakes
Monday, February 25th – Ruby Reads
Tuesday, February 26th – My Neurotic Book Affair
Wednesday, February 27th – The Book Faery Reviews
Thursday, February 28th – Rants N Scribbles
Friday, March 1st – The Book Hookup
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