Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Countdown to UtopYA Author Spotlight Series Day Seven: Meet Sarah Negovetich

Hello friends and welcome to an exciting week here at One Guy's Guide to Good Reads. For the next week, my beautiful bookish soul-mate, Christina Marie from LuLo Fangirl and I will be hosting an incredible new feature series to get everyone PUMPED for UtopYAcon in Nashville, TN next week!

After WEEKS of deliberation, Christina and I have hand-picked FIFTEEN of our favorite authors attending UtopYA and will be spotlighting one each day for the next 7 days. These posts will include an interview with 15 special guests, ranging from seasoned literary vets to first-time debut authors. Each post will also feature a quick spotlight of the authors latest or upcoming works. You are not going to want to miss out on this awesome series!

Each day Christina and I will feature a different author on one of our blogs and will be cross promoting between the two. We really want to get the word out to all of our readers. As a special incentive, we are offering an exclusive UtopYA giveaway for a signed book from ANY participating UtopYA author! How exciting! We can't wait to share this awesome series with you all and look forward to an awesome time in Nashville!

Happy Reading!


Day One: Meet Sarah Negovetich
Sarah Negovetich

Sarah Negovetich knows you don't know how to pronounce her name and she's okay with that.

Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it's accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.

Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and working with amazing authors as an agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her life’s goal is to be only a mildly embarrassing mom when her kids hit their teens.


Intro to Sarah Negovetich:

Let's see. Where do I even begin to introduce you guys to Sarah? Last... hmm... October, was it? Right after my birthday, it was, I was approached by this debut author who was gathering reviewers for her upcoming novel. Our experience was unique from the very first correspondence. Not only did she offer me a copy of her novel for review, she went the extra mile to actually read my reviews, my 'about me', and go through my 'Hall of Fame' so that she could really get to know me as a blogger before offering me her debut novel. I'll never forget that first email. From sharing our mutual love of theatre and our passion for literature, it was brought up that she was also a literary agent and was looking for an intern. I jumped on that ship and from there a beautiful bookish friendship has been born! I devoured Rite of Rejection (her debut novel) and then jumped on to her team at the Corvisiero Literary Agency back in November and have been working under Sarah ever since. We make an awesome team and she puts up with my crazy every day. I couldn't ask for a more awesome industry professional to work under! I have never met Sarah in real life, even though we talk... several times a week. I am BEYOND excited to meet her in person this week at UtopYA! We will both be fanning out to the max! If you see one of us, I'm sure the other won't be too far behind!

Let's learn a bit more about Sarah and her work:

Latest Release by Sarah Negovetich

Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancĂ© she’s almost certain she can learn to love. 

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.


Seriously one of my all time favorite YA Dystopian novels!

Exclusive UtopYA Interview with Sarah Negovetich

1. Tell us about your experience with UtopYA. What's your history with UtopYA and why do you attend?

This is my first UtopYAcon and I couldn't be more excited. I love that the focus is on speculative fiction which is my jam. I also love how female friendly this conference is. Science fiction and fantasy have long been considered male dominated territory so it's great to see so many amazing female authors get the spotlight for some really fantastic additions to the genres. Even though I'm an author, I totally plan to fangirl my little heart out.

2.What is your favorite Nashville attraction and why? If this is your first time attending UtopYA/visiting Nashville, what are you most excited to see?

I have not been to Nashville since high school, which was a depressingly long time ago. However, I do remember that they have a fun minor league baseball team (the Nashville Sounds), so I'd love to take in a game. Of course, I'm just as happy hanging out at the hotel making tons of new friends.

3.What makes UtopYA different from any other book convention/signing?

Since this will be my first time, it's hard to say for sure. But I don't think I'll miss the panels where the one or two guys takes over and talks all over the other female authors.

4. When not attending the conference, where will you be spending your week in Nashville?

I have two kiddos at home so I'll be coming in and out just for the conference. I'll be staying at the conference hotel, which I highly recommend for anyone attending a conference. Yes, there are cheaper options pretty close to the conference that you could easily drive to. But so much of attending a conference is all the amazing networking that happens when the official conference schedule is done for the day. I plan to get as little sleep as possible so I can spend my time making at least a hundred new friends.

5. What are you reading right now?

I just finished The Saints, the second book in the Quarantine series by Lex Thomas and the final installment of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. Up next on my TBR is Sabriel by Garth Nix. I've heard such good things about this series and for some reason I never read it. It's sitting on my night table right now, taunting me to get my work done so I can start reading.

6. What are some of your favorite summertime reads? What recs do you have for your readers to check out this summer?

I've been trying to read more NA books lately and recently finished The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen after some really great blogger recommended it to me (hint hint: it was Ethan). It was everything I wanted from a NA and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series soon. I also usually reread a few Jane Austen books each summer. I'm pretty certain Jane Austen is my spirit guide.

7. What can we expect next from you?

I am working so hard to hurry up and finish my edits for Rite of Revelation, the second book in the Acceptance series. This one has been hard for me since it ins't a book I ever planned to write. But I'm slowly falling in love with the way my characters continue to grow and surprise me. I was initially planning for an early summer release. That clearly isn't happening, but I promise readers it will be worth the wait.

Quick, don't think!

-Favorite summertime beverage? Bourbon Slushy

-Favorite Ice Cream flavor? Chocolate

-Favorite part about summer? Camping and sitting around the fire.

-Lounging on the beach or summer road trip? Road trip.

-Favorite 'song of the summer’? Shut Up and Dance by Walk Off the Moon

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Alright readers, that's all I have for you today during our UtopYAcon Author Spotlight Series! I hope you've learned a lot about our featured author, Mrs. Sarah Negovetich! Words cannot say how absolutely PUMPED I am to meet her this week! She's been such an inspiration and huge supporter of mine for the past several months and I can't wait to see her in real life!

Don't forget that Christina is also hosting an amazing spotlight over on her blog today, her guest is Tia Bach! Click the LuLo FanGirl banner below to check out Christina's post!

Be sure to enter the giveaway before you leave! You won't want to miss another surprise guest tomorrow! Until next time, Happy Reading!


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