Thursday, May 10, 2012

Streamline Blog Tour - Creating Chemistry by Jennifer Lane



I was part of the Streamline Cover Reveal a few months ago and now I'm part of the Streamline Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Book Blog Tours, today I was supposed to post a review of Streamline but the review copy was sent really late so I was not able to post a review. Alas! I have a Guest Post for you by Jennifer Lane about Creating Chemistry and a Giveaway so you could read it yourself!

Creating Chemistry by Jennifer Lane

To me, chemistry is mostly about physical attraction but there’s also an element of emotional attraction. Since I’m a big psychology nerd, I think about psychological research when it comes to chemistry.

One well-known aspect of attraction is pheromones, so I make sure to play up my romantic characters digging each others’ scents. Leo smells like soap and chlorine, and Audrey smells like coconut and chlorine. Who knew chlorine could be such an aphrodisiac? ☺

There’s also a psychological theory of attraction called the Imago theory. According to this theory, we seek romantic partners representing parents/caregivers with whom we have unfinished business. These partners might be the exact same or exact opposite of our parents. (Why do you think the words “partners” and “parents” are so similar? LOL) we’re trying to heal and grow by resolving the conflict we had with our parents through our relationship with our partners.

I hope I’ve written good chemistry between Leo and Audrey. Audrey is the opposite of Leo’s father in that she never criticizes him. Instead, sees the good in him and praises him all the time. Through his relationship with Audrey, Leo begins to heal his abysmal self-esteem. Audrey’s kindness is similar to his mother’s, but Leo’s mother has been largely absent since her accident so it feels good to Leo that Audrey needs him.

Audrey feels attracted to Leo because he’s similar to her father—he’s an honorable man. He’s also prone to addictions.

Chemistry is also about nicknames and inside jokes. I used the nicknames McSailor and Bonnie in my adult romantic suspense The Conduct Series. In Streamline, the male swimmers tease each other by feminizing their names: Leo becomes Leopatra, Eric becomes Erica, and Alex becomes Alexis.

Very interesting question that was fun to explore. What does chemistry mean to you?

About the Book

Streamline
by Jennifer Lane
Published: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Young Adult


Synopsis:
Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He’s captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother’s crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father’s abuse, battered and alone.

Leo’s girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida’s top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there’s an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder.

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything’s on the line . . . streamline.
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Starred Reviews

This book is PACKED! So much happens! This is not your average teen-angst story. There is NEVER a dull moment. While the numerous topics covered in this book, from abuse to addition to murder and more, are incredibly heavy and intense, the author has done a beautiful job exploring the effects of each with grace and detail. - Britney

This review is so hard for me to write. To be honest, and this is a little embarrassing, I'm tearing up just thinking about it STREAMLINE. It has been enlightening and thought-provoking, to say the very least. So I'm not going to recap the synopsis. I'm not going to dissect the characters. I just want to touch on the impact of STREAMLINE. - Andrea Thompson

Another great book by Jennifer Lane. It kept me guessing the whole time. I thought for sure I knew who the real murderer was, but it turned out I was completely wrong. When it was finally revealed I couldn't believe it, but it all makes sense. - Victoria Lyons

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About the Author



People fascinate the psychologist/author (psycho author) known as Jennifer Lane. Her therapy clients talk to her all day long about their dreams and secrets, and her characters tell her their stories at night. Jen delights in peeling away the layers to scrutinize their psyches and emotions. But please rest assured, dear reader, she isn’t psychoanalyzing you right now. She’s already got too many voices in her head!

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love and empathy. She is the author of The Conduct Series—-romantic suspense for adult readers—-and is currently at work on the third and final installment: On Best Behavior. Streamline is her first foray into writing for young adults, but she’s found this sort of writing even more fun. A former college swimmer, Jen was able to put a lot of her own experiences into this book.

Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and hanging out with her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.

Other Books by Jennifer

Giveaway

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13 comments:

  1. Chemistry is about studying reactions between things, so in the text of romantic chemistry I suppose it's about the feelings between a couple and how volatile they are :)

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  2. I appreciate you all being part of the Streamline tour! That was kind of you to highlight some of the best reviews.

    Sarah, I like your explanation about academic chemistry. Volatility is a wonderful word when it comes to romance!

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  3. Chemistry is all about sparks and reactions, the result of interaction between items or people. It takes many forms and can be good or bad.

    Here's wishing the tour a big success! Cheers!

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  4. The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word chemistry is the reaction between people. If two people react positively with one another, they are capable of forming a very strong relationship - whether it be friendly or romantic.

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  5. Chemistry is when all your senses just connect with the other person. It's more than words and actions, it's feelings as feel. You're together and are drawn closer with your senses.

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  6. Chemistry is the emotions and feelings between two people who are in love and soul mates. Tore923@aol.com

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  7. Chemistry for me is not just a physical connection but a connection with someone who gets you completely!!

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  8. I added this to my to read list. I love the cover and the synopsis. I'm always down to read a good murder mystery with lots of romance lol. Thanks for the guest post & giveaway.

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    1. Just saw the question: Chemistry starts out physical and can grow into emotional like the post talks about. I think you can have physical w/out emotional but you can't have emotional without physical if that makes sense.

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  9. chemistry is like the thing that sparks your interest, it can be anything, that doesn't matter, what matters the most is that it has to be there :)

    thanks for the chance, I'm dying to read that book!

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  10. It means having a connection with someone else.

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  11. I love the sound of this, off to add to my wishlist. Not sure how I've missed this book.

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