Monday, May 8, 2017

Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis Guest Post + Giveaway

Stealing Candy
Author: Stewart Lewis
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Candy hates boarding school. As a junior, graduation is still eons away, and making films is the only way to survive the boredom. Until she is kidnapped.

Candy panics. Along Came a Spider, Ransom, Taken, Cellular… Candy knows how these movies end. The only reason anyone would abduct her is to get a payout from her rock star father. Except Candy and her father are estranged. There’s no way he’s going to pay.

But with every hour that passes, Candy’s fear slowly recedes. Being on the road is freeing, not to mention great material for a new documentary. And the more time she spends with her handsome captor Levon, the more she learns the whole scheme is not just about ransom. It’s about revenge. What began as a kidnapping is spiraling into a crazy road trip adventure as Candy and Levon find a lot of wrong ways to do the right thing.

Guest Post: 10 Songs to Listen to While Reading Stealing Candy
1) “Loudspeaker” by MUNA. Candy is an empowered character. This could be her theme song.

2) “Cavalier” by JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW. This song builds slowly, like Candy’s story. And it has to do with a “first love” which for her is Levon. 

3) “Torpedo” by JILLETTE JOHNSON. Candy is not messing around. She will fight this war.

4) “American Teen” by KHALID. Candy’s American Dream is not what she thought it would be. But there is time. Maybe it will come true. 

5) “No Secrets” by MISSY HIGGINS. For the first time in her life, Candy feels like she can trust someone. The secrets come out. 

6) “Luck Now” by BIG SCARY. I can just see the blurred trees out the window. I see this is as a song Candy would put in one of her films.

7) “Switching Off” by ELBOW. This is Levon’s favorite band. Also just a perfect song for an open road. 

8) “Passenger Seat” by DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE. This song speaks volumes, and echoes the book perfectly. Just listen. 

9) “Let Go” by FROU FROU. This song feels like the creative force behind everything I write. It never gets old. 

10) “Go Do” by JONSI. In my version of the movie, this would be the closing credit song. If I had to say something to Candy in the end, it would be, “You can do anything.”

About the Author
Stewart Lewis is a singer-songwriter and radio journalist who lives in D.C. and western Massachusetts and frequents New York City. Stewart has had two YAs published by Delacorte (You Have Seven Messages in 2011 and The Secret Ingredient in 2013). Visit
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1 comment:

  1. Ooh, I love book playlists! I've never actually listened to them while reading the books before, but I definitely have to make time to try that out. Thanks for putting this book and these songs on my radar--great post!