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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Peachy Author: Spotlight on Teresa Orts (from The Year of the Great Seventh)!

Today I would like to put a spotlight on Teresa Orts, the author of The Year of the Great Seventh, which will come out on July 6th, 2013. I'm luck to have been contacted by Ms. Orts to read and review her book! I have so far heard many great things about her book so I am super excited to get in to it! Please take the time to read all about her and her upcoming book as it sounds fascinating!

Unlike most authors, I didn't start writing books when I was five years old. In fact, I’d never been too interested in reading or writing. Hanging out with friends in the small Spanish town where I grew up always seemed more appealing than anything a book could offer. 

It took about twenty-seven years and a global financial meltdown for me to discover the magic world of writing. At the time, I was living in New York City, and one morning I discovered I was no longer expected at my sixty-hour-a-week investment banking job. Most of my friends had very demanding jobs, so I spent my days wandering around on my own. Like other unemployed people, I started living through the nights and sleeping through the days. New York is known as the city that never sleeps for a good reason! 

One night, tired of surfing the web and watching TV, I opened a Word document and started typing a short story, which I saved in my computer with little interest. That was the day Nate and Sophie were born. Days later, since the financial industry seemed to be going into a downward spiral, I decided to spend three months traveling through Southeast Asia and New Zealand. I thought, na├»ve me, that by the time I returned, the financial crisis would have come to an end. Something really strange happened to me during that trip. No matter where I went, I couldn’t stop thinking about the story. Nate and Sophie followed me everywhere. No matter how hard I tried to forget about them, they just wouldn't go away. At the beginning, I thought I was losing my mind, but soon after, I realized I had to continue writing the story. When I came back to New York, I went right back into it, and that’s how The Year of the Great Seventh was created. Unfortunately, halfway through the novel, I received a letter from the immigration department informing me that, with no job, I was no longer welcome in the United States. Without much of a choice, my boyfriend and I decided to pack our lives, along with my half-drafted manuscript, and begin another exciting adventure in London, where we now live.

Sophie has always felt out of step—an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture. Her life in L.A. seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail.

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Keep checking back, as I will be sharing an excerpt of her book and an exclusive interview with Ms. Orts herself! Also keep your eyes peeled for my Review on The Year of the Great Seventh, which will be posted around the publishing date (July 6th, 2013)! Hence, much to come so stay tuned ;)

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