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“A Day in The Life” With Leigh Ann Kopans + Review and Swag Giveaway!

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Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the One Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop, check out Leigh’s guest post on “A Day in the Life…” , sip some tea as you read Sarika’s glowing review, and enter to win some AMAZING prizes!




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“A Day in The Life” With Leigh Ann Kopans + Review and Swag Giveaway!One by Leigh Ann Kopans
Series: One #1
Published by: Self Published on June 11, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 374
Format: eBook
Source: Blog Tour

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About the Book:

When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.







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One by Leigh Ann Kopans follows the story of a young girl, Merrin, caught in between two universes, normalcy and the supernatural world. Being a One, she fits in nowhere, consequently without any sense of community or belonging, until the day she meets Elias…


One of the things I believe the author captured extremely well was the entire high school experience; I personally felt like I could relate to some of the topics explored through the novel, the awkwardness of adolescence, the new relationships you build, and wading to the superficial to find the real you.


The romance aspect felt too rushed for me, however. Although I liked the idea of a supernatural girl falling for someone who makes her a better person, the key to unlocking her potential, I already knew what was going to happen to the characters romantically two chapters before they actually did. The routine of instant love, replicated through thousands of YA books, was not missed here. I just found it very unbelievable that one of the most good-looking boys in school would take a sudden interest in the new kid because “There’s a good energy coming off [her] or something”, further hindering the whole reliability-thing that the author had going on.


And although Kopans did touch on significant issues such as ‘unfriendly contact’ and harassment with the protagonists past, it was unsettling to see the quick and easy manner in which she discarded her history and fell head over heels in love with Elias.


Having said that, I believe that the book brilliantly captures the aspects of life teens go through every day; it puts into words what most of us are unable to express by ourselves. He’s jealous of his sisters, but the love is stronger than the jealousy; although these lines are certainly out of context with regards to the situation they are in, all of us must have felt like this at some point or another with our siblings; the author’s ability to capture human emotion and express them on paper is certainly uncanny.


Moreover, although the plot started a little slow towards the beginning of the book, it picked up towards the second half, throwing twists and turns that left me gripping the book, on the edge of my seat. The second half definitely made up for the lack of characterization in the first, and it wasn’t until the final stroke hit the canvas that the entire painting began to make sense. Overall, this was an enjoyable read; nothing to heavy, a perfect book for a bit of light, entertaining. reading. and I would recommend it to anyone interested in young adult fantasy/teen romance. Happy reading!


 My Rating

4 out of 5 Controllers 

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A Day In The Life…



Hi! Thanks for inviting me to your blog to talk about a day in my life…even though I’m afraid it’s kind of boring! LOL. I work 4/5 days a week for 9 months out of the year in a University setting, and so I’ll tell you about THOSE days, because I think they’re the most interesting. J


4:00 – Wake up…well, sort of. Hit snooze on my iPhone, get up, hit snooze on the alarm clock I strategically placed across the room, get back in bed. Repeat twice. Actually leave bed at around 4:18.


4:30 – If I’m smart, I went to bed in my workout clothes, but sometimes I’m too tired. In that case, dig in the (unfolded) laundry bins for a sports bra and socks. Curse myself for neither putting on the sports bra before bed nor folding the laundry.


4:40 – After getting shoes on and filling a water bottle, either slog through the 30 day Shred or get on the elliptical. I like the elliptical better, because it lets me read while I exercise, but I don’t feel as strong after I do it.


5:05 – The children start screaming downstairs. We’re either being attacked by evil ninjas or someone touched someone else. It’s hard to tell. I continue working out.


5:30 – If I’m smart, I set the coffee pot to brew and the kids’ cereal bowls out the night before. I am rarely smart. I feed the wild beasts while my coffee brews.


6:15 – The oldest three kids (ages 5, 4, and 3) have all been wrangled into shoes and socks, and the girl’s hair has been tied back. I try to chug a cup of coffee before the baby wakes up.


7:00 – Coffee chugged, baby woken, given a bottle, dressed, and roaming around the living room to hunt and gather her breakfast. I’m slapping on some makeup and maybe straightening my hair before blindly grabbing something out of the closet. Hopefully, while I’m doing this, my husband is getting lunches into backpacks and finding my keys, which I always lose.


7:30 – Drop the kids at preschool. Get back in the car and take a second to thank God for rare moments of silence. Breathe.


8:00 – Arrive at a coffee shop for an hour of writing work.  Tweet for too long. Feel as though I have connected with human beings, which is good for this introvert.


9:30 – Arrive at work. Meet with students and staff most of the day. Maybe sneak a half hour here or there for writing work, but nothing heavy-duty – a bit of critiquing, some blogging, some reading.


5:15 – Pick up the kids from school. Panic about what to feed them when we get home. Ask them their favorite thing about the day, and who their friends were. Try to referee the fights about who was talking first, and not yell.


6:00 – Locate some veggie chicken nuggets in the freezer or boil some pasta for the kids’ dinner. Beg them to eat. Dismiss them from the table after ten minutes of non-eating and tell them to get ready for a bath. Once they are standing stark naked in the living room, they will inform me they’re hungry for popcorn, so I just throw a bag in the microwave now.


8:00 – Baths given, children wrangled into “pajamas” (They wear their clothes for the next day to bed. This isn’t my first day on the job,) audiobook started, tuck-ins achieved. Usually I’ve set aside something for my husband and I to eat for dinner. He puts it on plates while I sneak upstairs to our little office (also the workout room) to answer emails or do some administrative work.


9:00 – Have eaten and watched a show with the husband. Sometimes, I’ve crawled into bed to read. If that’s the case, I’m done for – I WILL fall asleep. If I can manage to sit upright enough, drink enough Coke Zero with dinner, or actually get out of bed, I can get some writing done.  If not…at least my alarm is set for 4 the next day.


Hope this didn’t make your head spin too much! I do a lot of my writing on the weekends, and during school breaks (December and the summer) and I write REALLY fast. That’s how I get it done!


Thanks again for having me. This has been fun. J



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(My four crazies. Wheee!)








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Up For Grabs:

(US) 10 Sets of Graphic Novel Postcards 

(US) Biotech Hub of America Coffee Mug

(US) 2 Paperback copies

3 eBooks

(UK) Copy of AICD 


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About Leigh Ann Kopans

Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole.

Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)

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