Picture drawn by Maggie Stiefvater, 2009. Header made by S.F. Robertson, 2010.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Blog Tour- Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
"When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life.

Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.

What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows..."- summary from Amazon

OMG I loved this book- it's so suspenseful, has tons of twists and turns, and is a wonderful page-turner. Richards has written a fantastic debut that will have readers begging for more books from her! Chloe is a great main character and it's so interesting to go along on this journey with her, learning things as she learns them and her reaction to these changes in her life. I really enjoyed the budding relationship between Adam and Chloe, and thought it built up nicely throughout the book and didn't overtake the overarching mystery of what happened during those six months.

Overall, loved this debut and I'm excited to read more from Richards. Definitely check this book out!

and here's an interview with Natalie:
1) How did you get the idea for Six Months Later?

Believe it or not, it all started with a nightmare. I had this super-short, but completely creepy dream where I had drifted off to sleep and woken up to a totally different season. It doesn't really sound like a classic nightmare, but I woke up chilled to the bone and completely unnerved.

A question started burning in my brain. "What if you fell asleep and woke up six months later?" It was a scary thought, one that led to many more scary thoughts. :-)

Chloe drifts off in Study Hall and wakes up six months later to a new an improved version of her former life. Everything seems perfect, but why can't she remember? And why does it feel so wrong?

Right away, it was the kind of book I knew I needed to write. It was just too creepy and compelling to not figure out!

2) What are you currently working on? Can you tell us anything about it?

I can tell you it has been both harder and more amazing than any project I've ever tackled. Excited doesn't even touch how I feel about this new book. Sadly, it's in edits, so I can't give too much detail yet.

I will say it's a thriller with a heavy dose of moral ambiguity, a story that follows my heroine through some disturbing discoveries and then into an opportunity to change things for the better. But that opportunity comes at a cost she might not be able to afford.

3) What's your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor(s), or if you don't like those, your favorite snack while writing or as a reward for writing?

Alas, I am not a jelly bean fan, though I am a snack fanatic. I usually don't scarf down big means, but I do nibble on something every couple of hours. Which means....no way can I pick one! So I hope a list is okay!

Favorite Fast Food: Raisin' Canes chicken strips (the sauce is CRAZY)
Favorite Salty: Cracked Pepper Triscuits with melted cheese
Favorite Sweet: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (homemade and preferably warm)
Favorite fresh-from-the-oven Snack: Trader Joe's Mini Tacos

4) What book(s) are you reading now, or are about to start? Any upcoming books you're looking forward to reading?

Eleanor & Park and holy, holy macaroni is that an outstanding book. I can't wait to read Rainbow Rowell's newest--Fangirl, which just released. I also am beside myself over Katie McGarry's Crash Into You which will be out in late November. I typically read a book a week or more, so I'm always looking for new stuff. Any suggestions you'd like to give me??

James, thank you so much for having me here today! I'm so excited to be stopping here as part of my blog tour and really appreciate you hosting me! You're the best!

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. Hi James, thanks so much for having me today! I absolutely adore your picture from Maggie Stiefvater -- how cool is that? :-) I'm really glad you're looking forward to reading Six Months Later, I sure hope you enjoy it. :-)

  2. This book sounds absolutely amazing and even though I am on a kind of book buying ban right now I am seriously tempted to break it for this.