Monday, June 4, 2012

Insanity Blog Tour

Today I am apart of the Blog Tour for Insanity by Lauren Hammond. This is book #1 in the Asylum series! 
Also, be sure to check out Books With Bite who is also posting for the tour today!
Today I have Lauren Hammond here on the blog for a guest post about;
How to tackle a "Darker" YA topic

First, I’d like to say thank you so much for having me!
I’m really, really excited!

Dark YA. Dark topics in general are usually my favorite kind of reads. My latest release, Insanity, is actually considered New Adult. It is not YA, but I do write a lot of dark themed YA novels, A Whisper To A Scream, being one of them.
I believe there’s a certain finesse that you have to get down when tackling a dark themed YA book. You really, have to get into the character’s head. Think like them. And remind yourself that something you’d do is not necessarily something they’d do. Realistically, that’s the beauty of creating a character. Especially darker characters, because you get to think differently. At least until the book is completed, lol.
When choosing to write darker themed YA novels, I think you have to limit yourself in a way. You can’t push it too far because kids younger than you think still read the books. I’m not going to necessarily say I believe in all of the censorship, but I will say sometimes you have to ask yourself ‘how much is too much?’ Or even where do I stop pushing the boundaries?
I go down a list when I start a YA book that has a dark topic and ask myself these questions.
  1. How many times did I swear? Did I overuse some choice words? 
  2. Sex. Is it too graphic? 
  3. Violence. How much bloodshed is too much? 
I think this a major reason why for some of my books I’ve transitioned into the ‘New Adult’ catergory. There’s more freedom. I like to push the envelope. I think it sends a message. But I also know the age range of people reading it will be slightly older and will understand more what I’m trying to get across.
Thanks again for having me!
If you get a chance, check out my New Adult book, Insanity!

I love it!! Awesome post! Thank you for stopping by Between The Pages, and I will defiantly be looking into getting Insanity!! It sounds amazing!!

Kindle Edition: 190 pages
Published: May 8th 2012

Publisher: S.B. Addison Books
ASIN: B008173I62
Released: May 8th
Series: #1 Asylum
Sometimes love...can drive you crazy.Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't be more opposite.Adelaide's mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father.Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love.And they had a plan.They were going to run away.Be together forever.And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up in The Oakhill Institution for the insane.Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure...She wants out.And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her memory that are missing.And it doesn't take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes...That one true love never dies.
Excerpt from Insanity:
Shoving my feet off the side of the bed, new surroundings burn my eyes. Tan plaster walls instead of thick white padded ones. One oblong barred window. Two dressers. Two closets. Two beds.
They've moved me to a different room.
A gentle squeaking noise bounces off the walls and my eyes avert to my right. Oh crap. They put me in a room with a nut job.
They say I'm a nut job.
But not like this.
Not even close.
She rocks back and forth on her cot, knees to her chest, twisting a piece of her wiry, red hair between her fingertips. Her freckled arms are trembling. She sings with vibrato.
I am slowly going crazy. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.
Crazy going slowly am I. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.
I think about screaming again. I think about plugging my ears. Somebody turn her off.
She lifts her head slowly, a maddening look in her big, brown eyes, an eerie smile crawling across her pale, freckled lips. “Shh,” she whispers. “They're coming for us.”
“Who's they?”
She shakes her head and lets out a cackle laced with the deepest kind of crazy. I think they put her in here with me purposely. They're trying to break me. They think if they put me around truly insane people that I'll accept my place here.
Well...They are wrong.
Purchase links for Insanity:

About Lauren:
It all began with a dinosaur, a T-Rex to be exact. He was the main character in my very first short story. Me and T, well, we went places. He is the reason I won my first essay contest at age ten. And he is probably one of the number one reasons, I pursued a career in writing.Throughout high school, I was what you would call a rebel. Someone who had convinced herself that she had life figured out at age sixteen. Still, writing was my only safe-haven during that time. I wrote notebooks full of poetry, even writing fellow classmates papers for them.Unbeknowest to me, creative writing, seemed to be my one, true calling, my passion in life.At age twenty, I began writing my first novel. After that, everything seemed to fall into place.I won Best Poets and Poems of 2007, and The Editor's Choice award for my poem, Summer Days.Also, during that time I wrote or co-wrote fifteen different screenplays, some which earned me finalist spot in various screenplay competitions.In 2010, I've come full force, with my novel Love Sucks, that was released by Punkin House Press, in August of 2010. On top of Love Sucks, I have six novels that are slated to be released through the next five years. Also, doing some various marketing work for authors and publishers.I pride myself in telling fellow writers to always follow their dreams. Who knows where I would be if I would have given up.
Where you can find Lauren:


  1. This sounds amazing! I have to read this book!
    Thanks :)

  2. Can't wait for this book.
    Thanks for sharing! :)


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