Wednesday 14 September 2016

Blog Tour Promo & Giveaway - One Night by Deanna Cabinian

One Night
Author: Deanna Cabinian
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: September 5th, 2016

Book Description:
Thompson may be only seventeen but he knows he’s just checked into Heartbreak Hotel for good, now that his girlfriend, Caroline, has put an end to their burning love. Since then he’s been sleepwalking through his summer job at Super Kmart while desperately dreaming of ways to win her back. He even drops by the Tiki House on Elvis Presley Night hoping that she, a diehard fan of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” will be there as well. That’s when he meets Johnny Lee Young—real estate agent by day, Hawaii’s Favorite Elvis Impersonator by night—and the lovesick teen’s world suddenly takes a wild and unexpected turn.

As luck would have it, Johnny needs a temporary assistant to help with equipment and social media and Thompson eagerly accepts the offer, hoping it will distract him from his painful and lingering romantic issues. But like Thompson, Johnny is nursing a secret heartbreak and pining for his own lost love. So the new roadie starts making plans—with a little help from his friends Ronnie and Greta—to accompany the counterfeit King on an odyssey of a lifetime that will take them far from their island paradise home in search of true love.

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Where I got the idea for One Night

One thing authors get asked about often is where they get their ideas from. The idea for my contemporary YA novel, One Night, can be traced back to six years ago.

In 2010 I was working at a job I hated. I had some money saved up and decided to quit and travel for a while. One of the first trips I took was a road trip to Graceland with my sister. Up to that point we had thought Elvis to be somewhat overrated. We just didn’t get it. But when we drove into Memphis and later visited the King’s estate it all became clear: the man was a musical genius. On that same trip we saw an exceptional Elvis impersonator who was skilled at charming the crowd. This was the first time I thought an Elvis impersonator would make a great character for a novel.

Another trip I took during my sabbatical was to Maui to work on a house with Habitat for Humanity. Every couple of days we would take the day off to go sightseeing. We drove the postcard-beautiful road to Hana, went snorkeling, and partied at a luau. I fell in love with everything about Hawaii: the people, the weather, the food. When I started working again I made friends with a coworker who was half-Hawaiian. She left the company for a job in Honolulu, but we stayed in touch and I visited her. Again I was enraptured by the beaches, the culture, and the friendly spirit of Hawaii.

In the summer of 2014 I started writing a novel about an Elvis impersonator who was getting ready to quit show business. I wrote ten-thousand words and got stuck. In the fall I was walking to the train station after work one day and the character of Thompson (the main character of One Night) popped into my head. I got this vision of an awkward teen in Hawaii, and he would be friends with the aforementioned Elvis impersonator, only the Elvis guy would be young not old. In March 2015 I completed the first draft.

I wish all ideas came to me the way this one did, but really, this novel was six years in the making.

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About the Author
Deanna Cabinian has worked in radio, television, and magazine publishing, but her greatest passion is writing. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in sport management. She writes from wherever she happens to be, but the majority of her writing is done from Chicago.

When she isn’t writing she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and family.

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  1. Love the cover.Sounds like a goodread.

  2. Love the cover.Sounds like a goodread.

  3. Thank you ! I can't wait to read this book !

  4. It looks like a terrific read. Count me in!

  5. is this book based on any real life experience?

  6. Looks like a fun read along with the musical implications of an Elvis impersonator.