Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on May 16, 2012 in Books, Guest, Magnetic Poetry |

Please put your hands together for Meradeth Houston author of Colors Like Memories, a YA Paranormal released from MuseItUp Publishing on May 11th.

Meradeth is having a giveaway for her blog tour. Anyone who comments on this or any other post from her tour will be entered into a drawing. Two lucky winners will receive a copy of Colors Like Memories and one winner will get a $25 gift card for Amazon or Barnes and Noble (full details on Meradeth’s blog).

A bit about the Colors Like Memories:

Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of. 

Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this ‘breath of life’ she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It’s a job Julia used to enjoy, until the accident that claimed her boyfriend’s life—an accident she knows was her fault. If living with the guilt weren’t enough, she’s now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, something Julia’s not exactly the best role model for. If she can’t figure out a way to help her, Julia’s going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen.

Meradeth (being the good sport she is) agreed to take on the challenge of creating some original work based on the infamous magnetic poetry that graces my refrigerator. She said she channeled this ditty from her main character, Julia:

Some say, cliché,
It is better to loved, & lost,
Than to have never loved at all.
But to imagine life,
With-out light,
Heart, or warmth,
Makes this dream,
A night(mare).
Sweet essential release,
Would be a tremendous grace,
If this time
Is a dream.

Don’t be jealous of her poetic prowess. She admits to having some experience in this area, “My roommates and I used to have several sets on our fridge in college and we were always playing with them, though there were times when we’d have to rush and take them all down before a boyfriend could enter the kitchen—they weren’t always, er, polite…”

She also offered this magnetic line from the writerly part of herself:

My manuscript is not a dictionary, or a dream, but a vacation from the present.
Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
~She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use “like” a lot.
~When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
~She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It’s her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
~If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.
Thanks for stopping by the Observation Desk, Meradeth!
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  • Marian L says:

    Good Luck, Meradeth

  • Marie Laval says:

    Good luck with the release of your book. It sounds really original and very intriguing.

  • Penny Estelle says:

    Meredith, I wish you much success with your story. It sounds really good!

  • Susan Royal says:

    A vacation from the present…That's the kind of reading I like!!!

  • meradeth says:

    Thanks so much for hosting me today! I love this idea–it's so fun & original. And the lists of words was a hoot!!!

  • Rosemary Gemmell says:

    Really enjoyed your post, Meradeth – and your poetry (great idea)! Love the sound of your book.

  • Mirka Breen says:

    Really enjoyed reading about and from this northern California girl (howdy, neighbor!*) and Meredith's writing is an inspiration.
    I'm not a native*, but my DD uses 'like' a lot.

  • Kelly Hashway says:

    The cover is very pretty, and I love Meradeth's line.

  • Katie L. Carroll (KT) says:

    You're welcome, Meradeth. Good luck to everyone for the giveaway.

  • Wild About Words says:

    Sounds like a really fun read! Good luck with your release, Meradeth. Katie, how are you doing? Drop me a line when you get a chance.

  • S.Durham says:

    A little late, but Meradeth what a lovely premise for a book. I wish you tons of success. Btw sequencing DNA sounds fascinating!

    Cheers, Sara

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