Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blog Tour: Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty {Guest Post + Giveaway!}


In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.
You know their names. Now discover their beginnings.

Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park, and sixteen-year-old Lock has challenged his classmate Mori to solve the crime before he does. His only rule: they must share every clue with each other.

Mori reluctantly agrees, but what begins as fun and games quickly becomes sinister. As she gets closer to solving the case—and more and more drawn to Lock—she discovers that the murder is connected to her own past. Now she’s keeping secrets from Lock, her family, and her best friend, secrets with dire consequences.

To save herself and loved ones, Mori is prepared to take matters into her own hands. Will Lock be standing by her side when it’s all over? That’s one mystery Mori cannot solve.

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The fabulous Heather W. Petty shares with us her favorite scenes in the book and her inspiration behind them!

To be honest, most of the scenes I write into a book don’t have any kind of direct inspiration, other than their place within the storyline. But one of my favorite scenes in LOCK & MORI was definitely inspired by real life. 

Favorite Scene: Lock and Mori on the boating lake in Regent’s Park

I worked at a summer camp for a few years during college in the Sequoia National Forest of California. The camp was built on top of an old logging camp on a beautiful lake. I’m not a super outdoorsy girl, but I managed to hold my own through the dirt and BEARS and giant-flying-bugs-that-will-not-die and also BEARS. Still, on our days off, instead of challenging survival missions or going on spelunking expeditions, I preferred to read. Books. 

This mostly meant I spent my days off alone, but in my second season at the camp I met a friend who also preferred reading to thirty-mile, off-road bike rides. I used to love to sit on the end of the boat dock to read surrounded by the sounds of the lake and the water birds. My friend decided that we should take it one step further and go out on the lake to read. 

I’ll spare you the hilarious stories of two people who are really bad at rowing learning to navigate a rowboat. But, while we had great reading intentions, one day my friend needed to talk through something, and we found that the boat was a really great way to hide away from everything and everyone at camp and talk about all of those deep questioning things we didn’t want anyone else to hear. We also laughed about ridiculous things and told stupid jokes and nearly capsized a boat trying to retrieve a lost oar. (We were super bad at rowing.)

So, obviously when I saw a sign about boat rentals in Regent’s Park, I definitely pulled from my own rowboat adventures to write my scene of Lock and Mori out on a boat. I also stared at this picture a lot for inspiration. These two could totally be Lock and Mori reading a book together out on the lake. 


Heather Petty has been obsessed with mysteries since she was twelve, which is when she decided that stories about murders in London drawing rooms and English seaside villages were far superior to all other stories. She is the author of the Lock & Mori series. She lives in Reno, Nevada, with her husband, daughter, and four hopelessly devious cats. You can visit her online at HeatherWPetty.com.

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