Monday, August 07, 2017

Celebrating Debutantes 2017: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Hi guys! I'm featuring another playlist on Fragments of Life for #CelebratingDebutantes2017. Chelsea will share about her playlist for The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, which was released January of this year! Stick around for a special giveaway at the end!

Hawthorn wasn't trying to insert herself into a missing person's investigation. Or maybe she was. But that's only because Lizzie Lovett's disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don't happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she'll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now.

So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie's disappearance. A theory way too absurd to take first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie's life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie's boyfriend. After all, it's not as if he killed her-or did he?

Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn's quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.

1. Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie by Belle & Sebastian

The main character of the HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT is Hawthorn Creely, a book nerd who sees herself as an awkward social outcast. This being the case, Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie could be her theme song.

2. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

The book begins with popular, beautiful Lizzie Lovett disappearing—during a full moon. Soon enough, Hawthorn finds herself oddly obsessed with the missing persons case. Not only does Bad Moon Rising make me think of the night Lizzie disappears, it’s also an omen for the trouble Hawthorn is about to find herself in.

3. Psycho Killer by Talking Heads

After Lizzie goes missing, rumors begin to circulate that she was murdered by her boyfriend, Enzo. When Hawthorn meets and befriends Enzo, people are aghast—after all, he’s most likely a serial killer.

4. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division

Hawthorn never believes Enzo is a killer, though. She’s convinced he’s nothing but a sad guy who misses his girlfriend—the kind of person who makes art while listening to angsty music (like Love Will Tear Us Apart, which is playing at his apartment one evening) not the kind of person who murders women in the woods.

5. You're Nobody til Somebody Loves You by Dean Martin

Hawthorn remarks at one point that old music sounds haunted to her. This song would fit the bill. Added bonus: the fictional town where THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT takes place is based on the real life hometown of Dean Martin, Steubenville, Ohio.

6. I'd Love to Change the World by Ten Years After

Though Hawthorn is obsessed with Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance, there are other things concerning her. Such as the hippie caravan that’s taken up residence in her backyard. The leader of the caravan, Sundog, spent his youth listening to quintessential hippie songs like I'd Love to Change the World. (Maybe not much has changed—Hawthorn would love to change the world too.)

7. People are Strange by The Doors

From hippies to potential killers, Hawthorn meets a lot of strange people on her journey to solve Lizzie’s disappearance. Though, in all honesty, Hawthorn might just be the strangest of them all.

8. Personality Crisis by New York Dolls

Throughout THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT, Hawthorn grapples with who she is and what her path in life should be. Eventually, she begins to think she’s not the only one who’s had these thoughts. Lizzie, the beautiful girl who looks so perfect from the outside, might be battling demons of her own. Hawthorn wonders if perhaps no one is as perfect as they seem, if maybe we all struggle in one way or another.

9. That’s How People Grow Up by Morrissey

Growing up sometimes means facing harsh truths about yourself and the world around you. As she gets deeper and deeper into the mystery surrounding Lizzie’s disappearance, Hawthorn discovers more about herself and the people around her—and not all of it is easy to accept.

10. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals

As the song goes, Hawthorn’s intentions are good. But even the best intentions can get misconstrued, or end up hurting people. Though her interest in Lizzie’s disappearance begins innocently enough, as Hawthorn gets deeper and deeper involved, her actions have unintended consequences. Though Hawthorn has always felt like an outsider, she’s about to be more misunderstood than ever before.

Thank you, Chelsea!

About the Author:

Chelsea Sedoti fell in love with writing at a young age after discovering that making up stories was more fun than doing her school work (her teachers didn’t always appreciate this.) In an effort to avoid getting a “real” job, Chelsea explored careers as a balloon twister, filmmaker, and paranormal investigator. Eventually she realized that her true passion is writing about flawed teenagers who are also afraid of growing up. When she’s not at the computer, Chelsea spends her time exploring abandoned buildings, eating junk food at roadside diners, and trying to befriend every animal in the world. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she avoids casinos, but loves roaming the Mojave Desert.

Find Chelsea: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Book Description:

398 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn't mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie's life. That includes taking her job... and her boyfriend. It's a huge risk — but it's just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.


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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Celebrating Debutantes 2017: The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin (Playlist + Giveaway)

Hello, guys! For #CelebratingDebutantes2017 today, we are featuring a playlist made and explained by Maggie Ann Martin for her debut, The Big F! She will take over the blog in a little while.
I hope you guys stick around for the music, the background and the international giveaway at the end!

The Music Behind THE BIG F

Music, for me, is my biggest source of inspiration while I’m writing. I like to find a song that fits a certain scene, and listen to it on repeat until I’m finished writing that scene. Songs set the tone for me while I’m drafting and editing, and I’m always on the hunt for my next inspirational song.
My playlist for THE BIG F (out August 29!) is one that I’ve had for many years. I’ve added to it since my first draft I wrote in 2012 to editing it in 2016. Though it’s grown over the years, there are some key songs that have pushed me through the writing process for this book.


The Deep End by Hannah Georgas I call this the song that started it all. I found this song through the MTV show Awkward and slowly became obsessed. The lyrics “who’s gonna hold your breath when you’re diving off the deep end?” really resonated with me and remind me of Danielle, who is essentially diving off the deep end into this uncharted territory, and she has to do it on her own.

Clean by The Japanese House I’m pretty sure I completely edited THE BIG F to the tune of this song. It’s mellow, calming, but has an emotional edge that guided me through some of the more serious parts of the book.

The Way to the Future by Katie Herzig If THE BIG F had a theme song, I’m pretty sure this song would be it. Danielle is so unsure about her future at the beginning of the book, and by the end, she’s charging head first at a future that she believes in. This song completely sums that up.

Even if It Kills Me by Motion City Soundtrack One of my all-time favorite songs by one of my all-time favorite bands. I think this song could apply to both Danielle and Porter, especially the line “For the first time in a long time, I can say that I’m gonna try, to be better and overcome each moment in my own way.” They are each trying to live a better, happier life and letting the people around them lift them up, rather than pull them down. Plus, I had to sneak a little Motion City Soundtrack on here.

All of the other songs on this playlist were either listened to on repeat when I was writing a particular scene, or I felt like applied to any one of the characters in THE BIG F. Let me know in the comments if you can guess which other songs might correspond with a certain scene or character!

Thank you, Maggie!

About the Author:

Maggie Ann Martin hails from Iowa City, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She has a shiny new BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa, the most welcoming literary community in the world. When she is not writing, you can find her binge watching TV shows or passionately fangirling over fictional characters on the Internet. The Big F is her debut novel.

Find Maggie: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Book Description:

Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 29 2017 by Swoon Reads
Danielle effed up. Big time.

Danielle's plans for the future were pretty easy to figure out... until she failed senior English and her single college application was denied. Suddenly she's in hot water with very few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a semi-famous "college psychic"?!

Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass her English class and get back into Ohio State and her mother's good graces. Romance isn't on her radar... until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden-boy-next-door, Luke.

Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can't help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.

One thing's for sure: This time, failure's not an option.


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What's up for grabs: Pre-order of The Big F from the Book Depository! BookDepo needs to ship to your country.
Scope: International

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