Friday, April 4, 2014

Top Ten List of Date Ideas for Smudges: Elizabeth Fama on Plus One (+Giveaway)

I read PLUS ONE recently and adored it. I wrote this blurb for Bloggers Recommend:

Don't call it dystopian, but Fama's thrilling new novel tackles a society where people have permission to either be out during the day (rays) or the night (smudges), but not both. While trying to do a favor for her dying grandfather, Smudge Sol breaks her curfew and goes on the run with a day boy, setting up an epic star-crossed romance. Plus One is heartbreakingly perfect.

So obviously I jumped at the chance to be part of Elizabeth's blog tour.

I asked Elizabeth to share with us what kind of dates a smudge might go on. And here's what she had to say:

I'm so happy to be on Lenore's blog! Can I admit that it has been a secret dream of mine for years?! I may even have written a novel with a dystopia feel just to achieve it. :)

The Top Ten List of Date Ideas for Smudges:

10. Watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan from a boat.
In the world of PLUS ONE, the open seas (and Great Lakes) are the only places that are not subject to curfew. (The curfew bell sounds exactly when the upper edge of the sun breaks the horizon, at sunrise and sunset.) Thus, many Smudges and Rays in Chicago may never have seen a sunrise over the water, unless they live in a high-rise along the lakefront or own a boat.

9. Hide from Hour Guards in the steam tunnels under the University of Chicago. 
Granted, the tunnels are really hot and humid, but in a pinch you can spend daylight hours there, all alone together. ("Warning: Check with a doctor before use if pregnant, in poor health, or under medical care. Breathing heated air in conjunction with consumption of alcohol, drugs, or medication could result in unconsciousness.")

8. Meet the 'rents! 
You're taking your relationship to a new level. Time to figure out the complexity of his family dynamics, and endeavor not to say something stupid, all while feeling feverish!

7. Hunker down under Lake Shore Drive and whisper into the night. 
Your feet near his face, his feet near your face. Hey, it's a lot more romantic than it sounds.

6. Run out of gas in another state. 
Oh, darn! *snaps fingers in dramatic resignation* You're stuck with each other now!

5. Look at the stars while lying in a field.
Contemplate something bigger than yourself, savor the moment of being quietly together. The Milky Way was on your bucket list anyway.

4. Sleep side by side in a cave.
Ugh, it's damp and chilly and sandy and there are bats! But the guy you're with is awesome. You're feeling warm after all!

3. Get a (Noma) makeover.
Mullets were in fashion once. Maybe it could happen again? Besides, nothing signals togetherness more than getting pierced, dyed, and tattooed together!

2. Negotiate a hostage situation. 
Anyone can grab a pizza on their date, but only power couples can navigate the game theory of kidnappings and come out on top.

1. Steal a baby. 
The basis for many great relationships in history! (Hmm, come to think of it, maybe there's only one other: Hi and Ed McDunnough in Raising Arizona.)

More about the book:

Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story

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Buy at:

Amazon / Barnes and Noble

Author Bio:

ELIZABETH FAMA is the YA author most recently of Plus One, an alternate-history thriller set in contemporary Chicago. Her other books include Monstrous Beauty, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and an Odyssey honor winner, and Overboard, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a society of Midland Authors honor book, and a nominee for five state awards. A graduate of the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A. in biology and an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in economics, she lives with (and cannot live without) her boisterous, creative family in Chicago.

Check out her:

Website / Twitter / Tumblr

Follow the tour: (a chance to win the book at every stop!)

March 31st - Fiction Fare
April 1st - The Starry Eyed Revue
April 2nd - Ivy Book Bindings
April 3rd - Carina's Books
April 4th - Presenting Lenore
April 5th - Shae Has Left the Room
April 6th - The Best Books Ever
April 7th - Teen Librarian Toolbox
April 8th - Love is Not a Triangle (Release Day)
April 9th - The Bevy Bibliotheque

Win the book:

I have one hardcover copy of PLUS ONE up for grabs. Fill out this form by April 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. Restricted to US and Canadian residents. Prize shipped by tour operator.

FTC disclosure: Netgalley


roro said...


Orchid Forsythia said...

I haven't heard much about Plus One, but it does sound like an interesting read.

Christina said...

IRL, meeting the rents on the first date would definitely result in not getting phone calls returned.

Looking at stars is actually a good date. Lol. What is it doing here? :-p