Thursday, July 21, 2011

On The Go With Melissa Walker + Giveaway

Please welcome Melissa Walker! Leave a comment to win a copy of her new novel, Small Town Sinners.

You have been given your Dream Vacation. Where are you going & what are you doing?

I'm going to Spain, first to sit on the beach in Andalucia, then to spend a few days in Madrid, a city I love almost as much as NYC. 

What if you could travel to a different time period?

I'd go to the 1920s, if only for the style. I love a vintage flapper dress. 

Are you a planner or a seat-of-the pants traveler?

I'm a mix. I like to get flights and hotel in order, but for the day by day I go with what I feel like doing in the moment. 

What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you on vacation?

Flying back from Brazil once, we almost landed at JFK but then had to divert to MIAMI! I spent four hours on the runway there before flying all the way back to NYC. Luckily, I had a good book--Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides--to keep me distracted. And actually, I feel lucky that this is the worst thing that's happened to me while traveling--not so bad!

About The Book:

Small Town Sinners is the story of Lacey Anne, daughter of the pastor and perennial good girl, who is eligible for a lead role in the season’s Hell House production—a role she’s been coveting for years. But when Ty moves to town as casting begins, a new perspective is added to Lacey Anne’s world and she starts to see her tight-knit, Evangelical community in a different light. With the help of her two best friends Starla Joy and Dean, and her potential first love Ty, Lacey Anne begins exploring her own thoughts and feelings about her religion, her community, and her place within both. While this novel deals with provocative issues like religion, teen pregnancy and underage drinking, it is not an “issue” book; the topics are masterfully interwoven into this story of friendship and family. Read an article about the book in the New York Times Book Review.

About The Author:

Melissa has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. She is the author of the Violet on the Runway series as well as Lovestruck Summer. Melissa manages I Heart Daily, an e-newsletter and blogs for ReaderGirlz, an online community for teens.

To win a copy of Small Town Sinners, please leave a comment! 


  1. Spain!!! I'd really love to go to spain! *_*
    have you been in brasil? You should talk about it! =)

  2. I'd love to go to Spain!
    Waiting on the runway isn't fun at all, though.


  3. I would head to Australia. I would love to visit the larger cities, but then go walk-about and really see the country.I'd be ok with traveling by the seat of my pants as long as I knew I had somewhere to sleep every night. Other than that, I enjoy experiencing the food, culture and atmosphere of every place I visit. When I was 15 my family traveled to Italy. We had it planned to the minute, but all that got shot to heck when we got lost and ended up in the wrong city for almost an entire week! Turned out ok, if going down one way streets the wrong way in a rental is one's idea of a good time! Everyone spoke Italian and bad I had faked my way through 2 years of French class. Boy were my parents shocked when I couldn't even ask for directions!!

  4. AnonymousJuly 21, 2011

    Sounds like a wonderful book with excellent subplots! (Still wondering what the travel interview has to do with the book synopsis, but that's beside the point.) Glad you had good reading material for your travel disaster...I've had a few disasters of my own, but they usually happen when I'm on the ground! I love the Bahamas and Brasil...but next on my Bucket List of Travels is Scotland! :) Thanks for the contest... *crosses fingers, holds breath*

  5. "Small Town Sinners" -- she had me at the title. Sounds great. For another excellent book about a teenager separating from her family's beliefs, try "A Complicated Kindness", by Miriam Toews, about a rebel grrrrl leaving an Amish community.

  6. This book sounds fantastic! When my kids were little we flew to the great grandparents. I'm not a great flyer. My father-in-law is standing at the window looking at the plane going on and on about how small it is and how if it goes down all his babies are on it. Gee thanks!

  7. Spain, the 1920's...nice. I love the flapper style too! Especially the hats.

    arallison at gmail dot com

  8. If the giveaway is still open and for international peeps, please enter me!:) This book sounds really good and I'd love to have a chance to read it.


  9. I've always wanted to travel to France, or at least somewhere in Europe! Love the title, I'm sure Small Town Sinners will be an enriching read~


  10. As long as it's by Melissa Walker, I'll read it lol. Small Town Sinners seems great, thank you for the giveaway! I haven't been to Spain before, maybe it's time for a vacation? ;)


  11. I love how you do your interviews, it's always nice knowing a bit more about authors and their real-life personalities...And these are pretty awesome questions!

    dreamsandfreefalls at gmail dot com

  12. I love traveling! Except Spain's like really far away so maybe it wouldn't be possible for me to go there for a vacation anytime soon. But one of my biggest dreams is to see the world, for myself, through my own eyes. Wonder when that will be?

    Love the synopsis of Small Town Sinners. I live in a city so I don't know how being in a small town would feel like, but maybe this story might be able to teach me a thing or two about it!

    magicinlaughter AT gmail DOT com

  13. Thanks for the giveaway, please enter me! (if it's not too late and open to international residents :D)

    sleepylullabies AT gmail DOT com

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  15. Like the last poster said - if it's not too late and open to international entries, please enter me!

    I still haven't been to Madrid - dying to go!


    tiff DOT ing AT gmail DOT com

  16. What a lovely interview. I'd love to travel to Spain.

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  17. I'd love to go to the UK. England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland... the place enchants me.

    Thanks for the contest.


  18. I want to participate! Thank you for this giveaway.