Monday, May 1, 2017

LOVE AND VANDALISM by Laurie Boyle Crompton - Guest Post and Giveaway

LOVE AND VANDALISM is the new YA contemporary by Laurie Boyle Crompton and you can get your hands on it tomorrow - May 2nd! 

Today I am hosting Laurie as part of the LOVE AND VANDALISM blog tour. Check out which books made her fall in love with reading and then enter for a chance to win a copy of LOVE AND VANDALISM. 

Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

He calls it fate. She calls it blackmail.

Rory has a secret: she's the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he'd probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory's sure she's busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won't turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy is hot.

As they spend more time together, Rory worries she made the wrong choice. Hayes has a way of making her want things she shouldn't want and feel emotions she's tried to bury. Rory's going to have to distance herself from Hayes or confront a secret she can't bring herself to face...

Welcome Laurie!!

What books that made you fall in love with reading and writing. What book do you love to reread and why?

I was probably about ten or eleven the first time I read the book LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott. I still remember identifying so strongly with Jo March that I wanted to be just like her. It’s probably a large part of the reason I became a writer! Not just because I loved the book, but because the character spoke to me so strongly. Thankfully, beyond just wanting to be like Jo, it turned out I truly do love to write. And reading is a huge part of any writer’s job which is awesome! If I wasn’t an author, I’d probably be an editor or agent because no matter what I need reading to be part of my job description! I read all the fiction I can find time for, and on top of that I really enjoy reading books about the craft of writing. I’ve learned so much from authors like Stephen King and Anne Lamott who are generous enough to give us a peek behind their own creative curtains. In fact, Rory’s dreadlocks are a tribute to Anne Lamott and there is a dark and twisted secret backstory in one of my books that serves as a nod to my love of Stephen King. I’ll never tell what that is because it might ruin those characters for some people, but it is so much fun to put in little private homages to my author heroes. 

In LOVE AND VANDALISM Hayes talks a lot about THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE by C.S. Lewis, who is another one of my favorite all time authors. I particularly love THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS which really impacted me when I was younger. I love books that don’t shy away from hard truths and particularly ones that really make me think. Lewis’ prose is so dense I love rereading it because new things seem to jump out at me every time! Other books I love to reread are Stephen King’s ON WRITING and Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD every year or so, just to recalibrate my focus and inspire me to continue to grow as a writer. 

Like you, I like books that look at truths and make me think about or rethink about my views of the world around me. Thanks for sharing.

About the Author: When she was 17, LAURIE BOYLE CROMPTON painted her first car hot pink using 40 cans of spray paint. This turned her into an overnight icon in Butler, PA. She now lives near NYC in Queens, but maintains a secret identity in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found tromping through the forest. Visit

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