Giveaway and Tour for Finding Harmony by Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger

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About the Book

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Book: Finding Harmony

Authors: Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger

Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance

Release date: July 5, 2022

Can two people-pleasing musicians win the grand prize, or will they be forced to give up music for good?

Newly hired worship leader Elijah Peterson can’t seem to catch a break with his church’s congregation. With conflicting demands from congregants, he struggles to find a way to make everyone happy, especially Don, a man who’s rumored to have driven out the last worship leader.

Music teacher Olivia “Liv” Wilson says yes to everything—piano lessons, church volunteering, extra shifts—all while struggling to help pay her dad’s medical bills. As jobs fall through, she’s hit with even worse news—with bills piling up, they could lose her childhood home.

When their meddling roommates force Elijah and Liv into a cooking class together, the two come up with a plan. They’ll enter an indie songwriting competition—with a cash prize that could be enough to save Liv’s house. And maybe if Elijah can win, his musical family and congregation will finally take him seriously.

But winning the competition might mean losing themselves in the process. Can they find a way to strike harmony between writing songs they love and songs the audience wants to hear?

AND NOW READ A LITTLE SOMETHING SPECIAL FROM THE AUTHORS

  1. Has writing fiction always been in your blood?

Starting when I was about three years old, I would dictate stories to my parents. They would write them down on construction paper, and then I would “illustrate” them. By kindergarten, I was filling notebooks with my own childish scribbles, stories about unicorns and princesses and dinosaurs. You could say I’ve been “writing” for as long as I can remember.

4. How long did it take to publish your first novel?

From the time I became agented to the time I signed my first book deal, I spent about a year in the query trenches. I had just turned twenty-two when Hope Bolinger and I released our first book together, a little over two years after I had first become agented. After that, contracts came much quicker, and we’ve been releasing about three books a year.

  1. How much of your personality goes into your stories? 

Hope and I love to be silly and crack jokes, and I think you’ll find a lot of that in our writing. At the same time, we like to explore themes that are important to us and that we’re dealing with in our lives. So, woven through our lighthearted tone, you’ll find explorations of calling, purpose, art, trust, and the struggles of living day to day as a twenty-something. In Finding Harmony, I relate strongly to our female lead, Liv, and her problems with overcommitting and people-pleasing.

17. Which scene, character or plotline changed the most from first draft to published book?

We tend to outline pretty thoroughly, but sometimes, characters surprise us! One character who surprised us was Boris, the chef and instructor of the cooking class our main couple attends. Boris is eccentric, to say the least. From making egg puns to wearing peppers on his head, he keeps Elijah and Liv on their toes.

35. Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years? 

I don’t know about five years, but this fall, Hope and I will be releasing the third book in the series, and the fourth will come out in 2023. Meanwhile, Hope and I write a lot of young adult fiction both separately and together, from Hope’s YA suspense series Blaze to my YA fantasy The Wraithwood Trilogy. We hope to keep writing plenty of books with lots of heart, humor, and high stakes.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Authors

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Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat are the authors of nearly twenty books both independently and co-authored. They have worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as agents, editors, writers, journalists, and publicists. When not writing, Hope is a theater nerd who loves to hike, and Alyssa is a history nerd and game enthusiast. Both are proud cat moms. You can learn more about them on social media @hopekbolinger and @alyssawrote.

More from Alyssa

In college, Hope and I (Alyssa) didn’t know the word “no.” After all, our professors, advisors, and chapel speakers all told us, “Say yes to every opportunity. Volunteer for everything. If you don’t do it now, it will be too late. Your career will fail. You won’t please God. Etc. Etc.”

So we followed that advice, and we well-nigh burned ourselves out. Faced with a litany of health issues caused by overworking, we realized after college that maybe we had taken things too far. So we began to work on unlearning this mindset.

To this day, we have to call each other and ask, “Is it okay if I turn down this unpaid opportunity? If I don’t have time for this volunteer work? Will people be mad at me?”

We channeled a lot of this people-pleasing into Finding Harmony. As we recovered from overworking ourselves, our characters Elijah and Liv learned that they didn’t need to do everything. As we fell back in love with writing for the sake of the art, not for the A+, our characters discovered how to remain true to their music.

We hope you enjoy reading Finding Harmony as much as we enjoyed writing it—and we encourage you to follow God’s call on your life, regardless of expectations.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 20

Spoken from the Heart, July 21 (Author Interview)

The Sacred Line, July 21

Texas Book-aholic, July 22

Inklings and notions, July 23

For Him and My Family, July 24

For the Love of Literature, July 25 (Author Interview)

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, July 25

deb’s Book Review, July 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 27

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 28

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 30

Splashes of Joy, July 31 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 1

Blogging With Carol, August 2

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Hope and Alyssa are giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and Picture Imperfect and Finding Harmony, in preferred format (paperback U.S. only)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1f7f6/finding-harmony-celebration-tour-giveaway

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anita Yancey
    Aug 01, 2022 @ 09:27:02

    Sounds like a really good book, with a great cover.

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  2. Eva Millien
    Aug 01, 2022 @ 11:06:02

    I enjoyed reading the little something special and Finding Harmony sounds like a wonderful book for me to enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a marvelous week!

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