Today I’m happy to be part of the blog tour promoting Kailin Gow’s newest book, the circus dystopian Circus Summer! I’ll be putting up a review at a later date, but today I have something that I always find rather fun. Kailin is guest posting and letting us know her dream cast if there were ever a movie version of Circus Summer!
And seriously, if there was ever a movie version, it would be super-awesome, because this book has crazy action, monsters, romance, and circus funtimes. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to see that?
So now you’ll know who Kailin had in mind as she was writing Circus Summer, and that’ll make your life easier when you read it. Or at least, it should. That’s how my brain works, at any rate.
As a bonus, if you want to go buy the Kindle version of Circus Summer, there’s a contest/giveaway for the chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card hidden in the pages!
*Looks ruefully at paperback*
*Considers buying Kindle version in spite of already owning signed paperback*
Oh, also, if you are intrigued and would like to purchase a copy of Circus Summer, email your receipt to info(at) theEDGEbooks(dot)com, along with a comment saying that you heard about the book from me. Whichever tour host generates the most sales gets goodies. And I like goodies. Obviously.
So without further ado, here’s Kailin!
Guest Post – Kailin Gow
Circus Summer (Circus of Curiosities #1)
When I thought up the idea of the Circus of Curiosities Series, I pictured a world in sepia and red. A world that has been devastated by war and poverty, but where people still have the willpower to survive and love despite all the devastation.
Out of the ashes from the devastation in this post-apocalyptic world, emerge the champions of humankind. Everything is cryptic in Book 1 (Circus Summer), as seen through the eyes of Leela Sinclair, who is kept innocent and ignorant of the Invaders, the War, and the mysteries behind the Capitol. Like most citizens in the United, this is intentional, as is the Circus’ purpose to entertain and distract while displaying the height of human capabilities as well as faults. However to those who know a bit more about the War and the Circus, such as Zachary Niles, the Circus presents an opportunity to change things, an opportunity he must keep secret.
Dex Hightower (Dr. Dex)
Dex Hightower is the mysterious and charismatic, handsome, quirky, and charming ringmaster of the Circus of Curiosities. He can be cruel yet kind at the same time. He has a connection to Niles and Leela’s mother, as well as an intriguing bad boy past in Sea Cliff, the little town the Circus of Curiosities have stopped at to perform this summer. Somewhere in the beginning of writing, Johnny Depp kept popping up in my mind as a strong contender for the role of Dr. Dex. He has the smoky and sexy quality that gives him an allure that allows him command the attention of all those in the crowd, as well as the circus performers. He’s also charming, smart, and mysterious. He can be a villain as well as a hero, which Dr. Dex walks the fine line with in his Circus.
Zachary Niles (Zach)
Zachary Niles is the gorgeous, popular and charming boy in Sea Cliff, whom Leela Sinclair had always had a crush. His parents own the only marketplace in Sea Cliff, which makes Zachary the richest boy in school. He volunteers to be in the Circus, although no one can figure why, since he doesn’t need the opportunities, food, and money as the others who enter.
Thomas is Leela’s best friend and family friend. He’s handsome in an All-American boy next door who’s a hunky hottie way. He and Leela have always been done things together like dive for oysters and go rock climbing together. He’s Captain of their school’s swim team, and very much in love with Leela.
For some reason, I didn’t picture an actor specifically to play Thomas. But from reading Circus Summer and about Thomas, who would you cast?
(And yes, I realize I cast Matt Lauria last time I did a dream cast too. What can I say, I want to see FNL actors in EVERYTHING.)
Leela Sinclair is a hard-working teen living in Sea Cliff with her ailing mother and little brother. Her older brother has been drafted to the War and her father, who used to be a doctor, was sent to the War to help. Leela is the provider of her family, which means she couldn’t have time for anything other than school, work, and taking care of her family. When the Circus of Curiosities rolls into town, she finds the Circus, as morbid and dangerous as it is, a way to help her family and a way for her to do more with her life. She’s a natural beauty, who is athletic yet feminine at the same time.
Again, I’m leaving the character of Leela Sinclair open. Who would you cast after reading Circus Summer and getting to know Leela?
(Again with my great love for FNL.)
Well, there you have it – the main cast of Circus Summer.
Thank you for letting me share Circus Summer with you!
About the book:
In post-apocalypse America, every season, the Circus of Curiosities visits the city, bringing with it the most fantastic circus acts that are beautiful, majestic, curious, and death-defying. Every season performers for these acts are chosen from the young men and women in each town, trained, and sent to perform in a live grand performance, performed literally to the death. Two performers from Sea Cliff, a beach town at the outskirts of The Center find themselves chosen to be in this Summer’s Circus Act. Both must win at any cost, but could they ignore their feelings for each other? Leela Sinclair needs to win in order to get to The Center where she can get medical help from the best physicians for her ailing mother, plague with a condition no one have heard of. For Zachary Nile, his reasons for becoming a performer at the Circus is more mysterious. Only the ringmaster and the Circus of Curiosities owner Dex Hightower (Dr. Dex) knows what the touring Circus is really about amidst the magic and splendor. Despite the Great War and the poverty surrounding the land except for the towns fortunate enough to be near the Center, Dr. Dex and the Circus performers all know, “The show must go on.”
About the author:
Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are: The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more. A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film. She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and had traveled extensively around the world.