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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: The Body Institute by Carol Riggs from Entangled Teen


The Body Institute
Release Date: 09/01/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…

For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…

Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…


The Science Fiction of THE BODY INSTITUTE
This novel is set in the near future, roughly the year 2033. Here’s some technological changes you can expect to find: 

1. EVERYONE HAS AN IDENTIFICATION CHIP. For security purposes and to prevent identity theft, everyone has an ID chip inserted into the back of his or her hand. This chip is scanned before classes, at airports, when riding buses or trains, and while entering stores or restaurants. Thus, the government knows exactly who you are and where you are at almost any time.

2. CASHLESS SOCIETY. The ID chip also serves to pay for things. No more carrying around cash, no more stolen or misplaced debit/credit cards! Your hand is simply scanned, often with a handprint added for greater security. This chip-and-handprint combination is called a “bio-ID,” which is also useful for signing contracts like Morgan (main character) does when she accepts her job as a Reducer.

3. ROBOTS ARE COMMON. In this society, bell-shaped hostbots guide you through buildings. Servbots take your food and drink orders. Vacubots clean your carpets, and airbots drift overhead in office buildings or homes to purify the air. 

4. PUBLIC SECURITY CAMERAS. These monitor public places like Metro-Transit (train) shelters, streets, public parks, stores, etc. It’s similar to how Britain’s security is set up today, only in the novel it’s widespread and the norm everywhere in the world. These cameras are installed to make the city a safer place.


5. ELECTROMAGNETIC RESONANCE TRANSFER, or ERT. This ingenious procedure downloads one person’s brainmap (cluster of brainwaves) into another person’s body. The Body Institute uses this process to transfer the minds of their Reducers into the bodies of their Loaner clients to help those clients lose weight. ERT is also used to remove Loaner clients’ brainmaps from their bodies, which are then stored as datafiles while the Reducer accomplishes the weight loss.  




Fun Facts About Writing THE BODY INSTITUTE

1. BOYFRIEND NO MORE. The main character, Morgan Dey, used to have a boyfriend named Aaron in the beginning of the novel—until 8 months before the book was published. He got slashed by Carol’s Entangled Teen editor. In the original version, Morgan broke up with him by walloping him in virtual paintball.

2. BEST FRIEND TWEAK. Morgan’s best friend, Blair McClure, was called Bunny in the first drafts. Blair sounds more serious and fits her better, now that she’s Morgan’s science-minded friend.

3. TITLE CHANGE. The previous title of THE BODY INSTITUTE used to be SHAPERS. This was changed by Strange Chemistry when the book was under contract with them, before they went out of business and Entangled Teen picked up the book. ET liked the new title and kept it.

4. EVEN EARLIER TITLES. Back in 1990 when the novel was just an idea, the working title was FARRADAY’S FAT FARM. In 2010 when Carol started the actual writing, this morphed into EMRT. (Electromagnetic Resonance Transfer—the process of downloading one person’s brainmap into another person’s body.)  An editor at an SCBWI conference wisely suggested that Carol change this to SHAPERS. (Now the body-swapping process is more simply called ERT, which is more reader-friendly.)

5. INSTITUTE WORKERS. When the book was called SHAPERS, the weight loss was performed by workers called Shapers, instead of being called Reducers as they are now.  

6. AVATARS NO MORE. In early versions, Morgan had a holographic princess warrior avatar that popped up on her phone; she used this instead of the texts and voice-to-text that appear in the final version of the book. Bunny communicated using a (duh) bunny avatar, and Krista used a slinky clown. Morgan’s ex-boyfriend Aaron was a troll.




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1. Why do you think readers will like your book?
I think readers will enjoy THE BODY INSTITUTE because it
includes the issues of appearance
and body image, related to a person's weight. People oft
en make assumptions and snap
judgments based on what other people look like, and they ca
n also be cruel and bullying. These
reactions can shape someone’s personality and sense of
identity. We’ve all seen this played out,
whether from personal experience or someone we know.
Today, weight is a really controversial and heated topic
. For instance, are some models too
thin—and are others too “fat”? What message are we sending o
ur teens when Hollywood and the
modeling industry portray beauty as only belonging to slim
figures?
2. Where did you get the idea for THE BODY INSTITUTE?
The germ seed for this novel happened as I found myself won
dering, "If I were in someone else's
body, would I do the same things that person does?” And more
specifically, "If I were in a body
of someone who was overweight, could I lose weight FOR
them?" I started thinking about how
much appearance affects our personality.
At first I thought my mind and personality would stay the
same regardless of whatever body I
was in. Sure, I could lose weight for that person, easy
-peasy. But upon further thought...maybe
my personality and beliefs would begin to morph once I w
as in that person's shoes, while
experiencing all the things that affect her daily life:
situations, friends, family, strangers, societal
pressures. Above all, my new and heavier appearance. I wa
s fascinated by this scenario.
1. Why do you think readers will like your book?
I think readers will enjoy THE BODY INSTITUTE because it
includes the issues of appearance
and body image, related to a person's weight. People oft
en make assumptions and snap
judgments based on what other people look like, and they ca
n also be cruel and bullying. These
reactions can shape someone’s personality and sense of
identity. We’ve all seen this played out,
whether from personal experience or someone we know.
Today, weight is a really controversial and heated topic
. For instance, are some models too
thin—and are others too “fat”? What message are we sending o
ur teens when Hollywood and the
modeling industry portray beauty as only belonging to slim
figures?
2. Where did you get the idea for THE BODY INSTITUTE?
The germ seed for this novel happened as I found myself won
dering, "If I were in someone else's
body, would I do the same things that person does?” And more
specifically, "If I were in a body
of someone who was overweight, could I lose weight FOR
them?" I started thinking about how
much appearance affects our personality.
At first I thought my mind and personality would stay the
same regardless of whatever body I
was in. Sure, I could lose weight for that person, easy
-peasy. But upon further thought...maybe
my personality and beliefs would begin to morph once I w
as in that person's shoes, while
experiencing all the things that affect her daily life:
situations, friends, family, strangers, societal
pressures. Above all, my new and heavier appearance. I wa
s fascinated by this scenario.
1. Why do you think readers will like your book?
I think readers will enjoy THE BODY INSTITUTE because it
includes the issues of appearance
and body image, related to a person's weight. People oft
en make assumptions and snap
judgments based on what other people look like, and they ca
n also be cruel and bullying. These
reactions can shape someone’s personality and sense of
identity. We’ve all seen this played out,
whether from personal experience or someone we know.
Today, weight is a really controversial and heated topic
. For instance, are some models too
thin—and are others too “fat”? What message are we sending o
ur teens when Hollywood and the
modeling industry portray beauty as only belonging to slim
figures?
2. Where did you get the idea for THE BODY INSTITUTE?
The germ seed for this novel happened as I found myself won
dering, "If I were in someone else's
body, would I do the same things that person does?” And more
specifically, "If I were in a body
of someone who was overweight, could I lose weight FOR
them?" I started thinking about how
much appearance affects our personality.
At first I thought my mind and personality would stay the
same regardless of whatever body I
was in. Sure, I could lose weight for that person, easy
-peasy. But upon further thought...maybe
my personality and beliefs would begin to morph once I w
as in that person's shoes, while
experiencing all the things that affect her daily life:
situations, friends, family, strangers, societal
pressures. Above all, my new and heavier appearance. I wa
s fascinated by this scenario.
1. Why do you think readers will like your book?
I think readers will enjoy THE BODY INSTITUTE because it
includes the issues of appearance
and body image, related to a person's weight. People oft
en make assumptions and snap
judgments based on what other people look like, and they ca
n also be cruel and bullying. These
reactions can shape someone’s personality and sense of
identity. We’ve all seen this played out,
whether from personal experience or someone we know.
Today, weight is a really controversial and heated topic
. For instance, are some models too
thin—and are others too “fat”? What message are we sending o
ur teens when Hollywood and the
modeling industry portray beauty as only belonging to slim
figures?
2. Where did you get the idea for THE BODY INSTITUTE?
The germ seed for this novel happened as I found myself won
dering, "If I were in someone else's
body, would I do the same things that person does?” And more
specifically, "If I were in a body
of someone who was overweight, could I lose weight FOR
them?" I started thinking about how
much appearance affects our personality.
At first I thought my mind and personality would stay the
same regardless of whatever body I
was in. Sure, I could lose weight for that person, easy
-peasy. But upon further thought...maybe
my personality and beliefs would begin to morph once I w
as in that person's shoes, while
experiencing all the things that affect her daily life:
situations, friends, family, strangers, societal
pressures. Above all, my new and hea



vier appearance. I wa
s fascinated by this scenario.

1. Why do you think readers will like your book?
I think readers will enjoy THE BODY INSTITUTE because it includes the issues of appearance and body image, related to a person's weight. People often make assumptions and snap judgments based on what other people look like, and they can also be cruel and bullying. These reactions can shape someone’s personality and sense of identity. We’ve all seen this played out, whether from personal experience or someone we know.

Today, weight is a really controversial and heated topic. For instance, are some models too thin—and are others too “fat”? What message are we sending our teens when Hollywood and the modeling industry portray beauty as only belonging to slim figures?

2. Where did you get the idea for THE BODY INSTITUTE?  

The germ seed for this novel happened as I found myself wondering, "If I were in someone else's body, would I do the same things that person does?” And more specifically, "If I were in a body of someone who was overweight, could I lose weight FOR them?" I started thinking about how much appearance affects our personality.

At first I thought my mind and personality would stay the same regardless of whatever body I was in. Sure, I could lose weight for that person, easy-peasy. But upon further thought...maybe my personality and beliefs would begin to morph once I was in that person's shoes, while experiencing all the things that affect her daily life: situations, friends, family, strangers, societal pressures. Above all, my new and heavier appearance. I was fascinated by this scenario. 



About the Author
I'm a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body image. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree; I'm an SCBWI member. 

You'll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading--mostly young adult novels--as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds. 


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