Sunday, 12 October 2014

On the Move by K.V. Flynn Blog Tour - Guest Post + Giveaway
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On The Move

On the Move (On the Move #1) by K.V. Flynn
MG/YA Action-Adventure, Dystopia
Published: 2nd September 2014

Callum Vicente and his four best middle school buddies live in a Southern California beach town, and narrowly miss being grounded for life after they sneak out of town on the bus for a great skateboard day just before promotion from 8th grade. Their pal Justice ends up with a wicked broken leg, but their parents soon forget about it because weird, tense things are happening in the news. So Callum, Levi and his bff Apollo are soon deep into their best summer ever at PEAK skateboard camp where they learn tricks from the pros, grind on endless street courses, and careen off one awesome ramp straight into the lake. It is mad fun until the War breaks out: the teens watch major cities blown up on TV, have no idea what’s happened to their parents, and then lose virtually all communication with the outside world.

Stranded, the boarder buddies strike out on their own to find their families, travelling north through all of California and Oregon, following a network of underground message boards and savvy riders who they find holed up in skate parks along the way. They pick up their school buddy Mateo Beltran and hitch a ride with their Native friend Obbie, on his way to safety on his dad’s reservation in Washington state, and even get some surprising help as they try to figure out a world gone crazy while they are On the Move.

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Note about the book from the author

This is older MG/young YA, targeted at 10-15-year-olds. It’s action adventure with boys as the main story focus—I think that there are never enough books for and about boys in this reading level. ON THE MOVE really lives inside the world of skateboarding and boys’ friendships. Also, this is about a totally multi-cultural group of buddies: Obbie is Native American, Mateo’s Mexican, their camp friend Martin is African-American, and narrator Callum is half Spanish. And, because these guys experience a huge War, they also pick up on a cool underground network of retro tech, green living, secret clues, and skater support like no other you’ve read about before.

Like all the great teen adventures—think Maximum Ride, Pendragon, Ender’s Game, Demonata and Cirque du Freak—the boys in this book are strong, smart, funny, resourceful, and tight. Also, unlike many YA books, the boys experience a very real, world-changing event that challenges what they know and where they’ll go. But their skills, their brains, and their love of skateboarding guide them through the chaos and complications—plus, most of the time, they have a blast doing it!

Guest Post by K.V. Flynn

A Day in the Life of K.V. Flynn

Thanks, Pieces of Whimsy, for having me here today. You asked about a Day in the Life of K.V. Flynn… Well, Okay! Here’s a peek inside…

On my ideal days, I write a little when I first wake up. I’m a dream journaler, and try to grab anything I remember before fully diving in to my day. Especially the strange stuff! Then I check email, drink a cup of hot water with lemon and my morning fix of vitamins, and head out for some exercise. If it’s the gym, I have stacks of stuff to read including my Kindle HD with the morning blogs and papers. Yes, I’m a new junkie. Love to know what’s goin’ on, and I can catch up on that on the treadmill or bike after a lot of practice bobbing and reading at the same time. Other mornings, it’s a class like yoga or TRX, maybe some core conditioning. Really helps me settle in to work at my screens the rest of the day.

I have to divide up my time between promoting On the Move, working on my new book On the Rim, and doing my day job. I edit and proof and format books for other authors, get them published in ebooks and paperback, clean up their work then walk them through the process. Sometimes, if it’s a subject I know a lot about, I even ghostwrite their books, which requires a bunch of research but can help them out and keeps me working as a writer. It’s a cool business, very flexible. I love working with experts and artists, telling their stories. And I have lots of clients who come back with their second and third books—we really get them on a roll, pushing their writing out there so they can share their knowledge.

On the Move is new to market, so I spend part of my day doing social media marketing in the skate, middle-grade, young adult and indie book worlds. I check out the teams, the new skateboard photos, kick-ass tricks and brand appearances. See what’s doing around the country. Tell more parks and stores and guys about the book. Invite bloggers and parents to do reviews to spread the word. Last summer I took a buddy with me to do a skate safari through Europe as research for On the Rim. Now I’m about half way through writing the first draft, which is about the same kids in On the Move, but takes place six months earlier. So, it’s all about eighth grade and the opening of a local park, then planning for the big Spring Break trip to Europe with their classmates. Crazy things go down in Spain, as you can imagine. That’s cool to write and research, too.

I have a big beautiful spoiled dog who makes me get up and walk around outside every couple of hours. We’ll take breaks at one of the nice local parks, or walk up to the Mexican coffee joint and get something cold to drink, peek in at our neighbor who keeps desert turtles in her yard and feed them an hibiscus or two. I have a wad of finches and a pair of squirrels who operate on the feeder outside my writing office, so they show up for attention throughout the day, too.

At some point we have to go out and skate or, if the tide is low, drive up to the beach and knock around the sand, check for dolphins or migrating gray whales. My dog always wants to go—anywhere!—so it’s fun to get out, clock the sunset, be outside. If you’re in SoCal, why not enjoy it, right?

I may do a little more blogging or work before dinner. We eat kinda late, like to check in on the news shows or HBO, maybe go out to a movie or see a concert. I stay up too late reading and watching The Colbert Report or Jimmy Kimmel, but it’s good to end the day laughing!

Thanks, Whimsy, for having me over. You have an awesome day. And I hope you and your readers will check out my book.

Thanks so much K.V., and don't forget to check out on the move at the links located near the top of this post!

Author Bio - K.V. Flynn

K.V. Flynn is a writer who lives in Southern California, kind of near Manhattan-Huntington-Malibu Beach. His action-adventure book ON THE MOVE about 14-year-old skater friends who are stranded at skate camp when a War breaks out, comes out on Sept.2. Follow the news about it at His favorite ride is an 8.25" Krooked deck, Independent trucks, and 53 mm Spitfire wheels. He is half Spanish and half Irish. K.V. has a dog, and has been watching "Pretty Sweet" by Chocolate Skateboards, "Stay Gold" by Emerica, and "The Deathwish Video" by Deathwish Skateboards. What about you!? He and his bros regularly cruise Venice, Stoner, Skatelab, and Van’s. Talk back:

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Tour-Wide Giveaway


A set of Orangatang Cages - key clue in the book + On the Move skateboard sticker
A Skateistan t-shirt + On the Move skateboard sticker
An On the Move skateboard sticker

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  1. Thanks for the profile, Whimsy. Awesome site to visit!

  2. Wow, he sounds like an author who is always busy and got something to do. I like the sound of that, and a hard working author is the best one ;) I would aspire to be quite like him!