Shine On: The IF YOU FIND ME Blog Tour!
March 17, 2013

It’s not easy to shine. We all think it is, looking into whatever light we find, wherever we’re lucky enough to find it, whether people, place or thing.

But the truth is, it takes courage to shine. To take that risk, that leap, that plunge. To let people see you, hear you, read you, know you … to own that light and believe in the inalienable right to shine, shine, shine.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

Please join us on the IF YOU FIND ME blog tour, kicking off March 18th at The Midnight Garden! I’ve been hard at work composing original material, companion pieces and even an interview with Carey! Here’s what Wendy Darling has to say:

Please join us next week, when the official If You Find Me Blog Tour begins!

We have a fantastic line-up of exclusive interviews, excerpts, and guest posts for you hosted by some wonderful bloggers. Each stop will also provide an opportunity for you to win a copy of this beautiful book as well, so be sure to follow along with the tour.

3/18  The Midnight Garden
3/19  Alluring Reads
3/20  Live to Read
3/21  YA Romantics
3/22  Winterhaven Books

          3/23  Once Upon a Prologue
          3/24  Hobbitses

3/25  ExLibris Kate
3/26  Xpresso Reads
3/27  Bookish
3/28  Great Imaginations
3/29  Good Books and Good Wine

Blog Tour Coordinator Extraordinaire

I look forward to seeing you there! : )

*Thank you to the blog owners and hosts making this tour possible. Your kindness and generosity mean the world to me!

Booklist Starred Review For IF YOU FIND ME.
December 10, 2012

(*Author’s note: if you don’t want spoilers, please skip to the second paragraph.)

Booklist

Advanced Review – Uncorrected Proof

Issue: February 1, 2013

(Star) If You Find Me.

Murdoch, Emily (Author)

Apr 2013. 256 p. St. Martin’s/Griffin, paperback, $9.99. (9781250033277). St. Martin’s/Griffin, e-book, $9.99. (9781250021533).

Carey’s little sister Jenessa has not spoken since the white starry night, a night so traumatic that neither acknowledges it happened. But now Carey’s father and Mrs. Haskell, the social worker, have found the girls and arranged for them to live together with him and his new family even though Jenessa is not his biological daughter. He and his wife Melissa and step-daughter Delaney offer the girls a life that is, while not without its challenges, far from the Hundred Acre Wood, the druggie mother who disappears more frequently than she stays, and the hard-scrabble existence of canned beans, pee-smelling coats, and cigarette-burned flesh.

First-time author Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful, surprisingly quiet book that charts the best and worst of humanity, especially family, with characters who worm their way into your heart—or repulse the reader’s very nature. Her narrative is full of unique yet breathtaking similes, detailed descriptions, and unflinching dialogue all masquerading as backwoods Tennessee dialect.

Exposing child abuse, sexual abuse, and drug abuse for the terror they are, she validates the courage and ingenuity of young people the world over for whom survival is instinctive; protection of siblings is nonnegotiable; and love both a right and a gift bestowed upon those fortunate enough to find it.

— Frances Bradburn

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To say I’m honored would be an understatement.

It was my elementary school librarian who typed up my first novel and sent it off to publishers.

I donated my lunch hour to putting away books for her, and I’m sure I read through the entire library before graduating and moving on to high school.

When I dreamed of being published, it wasn’t about the bookstores;  it was about earning a place on those amazing library shelves.

Growing up is tough. (And the truth is, we never stop.) Books save. And I’m honored to be part of something so sacred.

(Is thanking reviewers a faux pas? I guess I’m a rebel that way, because Ms. Bradburn, *thank you*.)

(*Author’s corrections: IF YOU FIND ME publishes in hardcover in the US on March 26, 2013, and in softcover in the UK through Orion/Indigo on May 2, 2013.)