The Friend Zone by Sariah Wilson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Format: I received a copy of the book in advance to review from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions in this post are my own, and in no way was I compensated for this review.
Preorder here: https://www.amazon.com/Friend-Zone-Sariah-Wilson/dp/1542094291
From the bestselling author of the #Lovestruck novels comes a rousing romance about following your dreams, second chances, and playing the game of love.
Disgraced college quarterback Logan Hunt was on his way to NFL stardom when he messed up big-time. Now the Texas star player with a bad temper has a new option: Seattle’s EOL College—as in End of the Line, to his fellow misfit recruits. It’s Logan’s last chance. If he can follow the rules. No parties, no fighting, no swearing, and oh, no dating the coach’s daughter, Jess. Simple. Yeah, right. For Logan, there has never been a rule he’s more tempted to break.
The deal is “just friends.” The pretty, confident, and fiercely smart math whiz is fine with pizza, tutoring, and keeping Logan in line. But the closer Jess gets, the more receptive she is to his warm heart and spirit—not to mention his irresistible off-field passes. With defenses down, they’re both heading into the danger zone.
It’s more than thrilling. It’s love. It’s also a game changer that could sideline Logan’s NFL goals—and more important, a future with Jess. But dreams are worth fighting for, right?
Guys! One of my all time favorite authors wrote another book!! LMAO, that’s super vague, but, today, I’m reviewing The Friend Zone by Sariah Wilson, and let’s just preface it with, I loved it. And you know it’s a good book when my review is literally the length of a research paper.
Sariah Wilson is one of those authors that as soon as she drops a new book, I will read it, and I have always loved each and every one of them. At least, up until now, and with how her writing is going, I’m going to predict that I will continue to love anything she puts out, as long as it’s not fantasy or scifi (which is just because I haven’t been enjoying reading those genres).
Onto the actual book itself. One, it’s football. I’m a sucker for sports books, as I have said over and over again. The romance is super sweet. Logan, a football player has hit rock bottom in Texas, and coming to EOL (the school) to play football on a scholarship is his chance to start over, and it’s one he’s going to take, even if it means that he has to follow all the strict rules. Jess, the coach’s daughter, is strictly off limits. She’s a math tutor, and guess what? She’s assigned to tutor Logan. It’s genuine; they try to stay friends but their chemistry is undeniable. When they do descend into something more, it’s hot and amazing. I love how their passion oozes out of the page, this is something that only a talented and skilled writer can accomplish, and Sariah has done that, and more! I don’t even know how! It’s incredible to read her writing.
There’s something about a broken background that makes characters super mysterious, and that’s the definition of Logan. He’s gone through trouble since he was a little kid, and that’s carried into the way he acts, and the way he’s looking for the second chance that this new school and football team offers him. With Jess, she’s gone through some things that ended up getting her dad fired from his old job, and uprooted the both of them across the country, and she’s the reason for the NO GIRLS rule the team has. But as we all know, rules are meant to be broken, right?
I really loved the dynamic between Logan and his roommate/best friend/teammate Bash. While Bash isn’t a super in depth character, we get enough of him to see that he loves football, and he has his bro’s back. He’s a 100% rule follower, which makes him a slight softie.
Along with that, Jess and Kehlani, the academic advisor’s dynamic is also great. Though Kehlani is slightly older and is working for the coach, they are both close and Kehlani has Jess’s back, whether it’s to go to a party and be her wingman, or to be there with ice cream.
One thing that I would have liked more of was the interactions between Jess and Danielle, the girl that she’s competing against in everything, after Danielle reveals a very big piece of personal information. It seems like she kinda just disappeared…and it would’ve been nice to see more of that.
The epilogue though. When I got to it, I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but it was AMAZING! I want a sequel to this so badly. Even if it’s just a couple more chapters about their life afterwards. Please Sariah? Make this happen?
Ok, to avoid any spoilers, I’m going to stop here. I feel like I’m missing so much, but I don’t want to ruin anything for you guys, so you will just have to read it and see. I believe that the book comes out this summer, but pre-order links are already out so, what are you waiting for? GO GO GO PREORDER IT!
Quick slightly unrelated note, but also kind of related, as a graphic designer, I can’t not notice the cover, and guys, look at it! It’s so brilliant! Fri[end] zone? End zone? Football reference? Friends? Jess and Logan insisting on just staying friends to not get in trouble? Ok I’m done lol.
So, I give this book a 9/10 (5/5 stars). I’m just a little annoyed at how Danielle seemed to disappear, and think that it would have added so much more, and reveal why she was so mean all the time, but that’s also not the focus here. There were a few loose ends that seemed to just fade away which isn’t super disturbing but was enough for me to notice.
Now, let me know in the comments what you’re looking forward for in this book. I promise, the romance will not disappoint. As always, I will have more reviews coming soon, probably about sports.
Sidelined by Suzanne Baltsar
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Format: I received a copy of the book in advance to review from Netgalley. All opinions in this post are my own, and in no way was I compensated for this review.
Buy (preorder) here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/150118833X/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=150118833X&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
From the author of the whip smart and charming Trouble Brewing comes a fast-paced story about a female football coach that will have you laughing out loud and cheering for the home team as you wait for the final whistle of the game.
When Connor McGuire loses out on his dream job of being the head coach of the local high school football team, he thinks life can’t get any worse. Then he discovers just who got the coveted position—it was a handout to the kid of a well-known, successful college coach. Connor’s sure this is just a publicity stunt, but the kid turns out to be not only a sharp strategist, but a driven and sexy young woman, too. Frustrated in more ways than one, Connor realizes that he might have to step up his game or risk losing altogether.
Coach Charlotte “Charlie” Gibb calls a flag on the play when she finds out that her very male, very attractive, but definitely-rooting-for-her-to-lose assistant coach resents her for taking what he considers to be his rightful position. But never one to back down from a little healthy competition, Charlie is determined to prove her worth—both on and off the field.
Baltsar’s “sweet, funny, witty, addictive writing,” (New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young) is not to be missed!
I actually received this book a while back from the publisher via Netgalley, but help off posting the review because I wanted to wait until closer to the publication date. But...I couldn’t wait so here it is! Make sure to pre-order the book at the links above, and let me know if you’re excited!
So premise of this story is...we’re focusing on a BADASS LADY BOSS. Being one of the only girls out on the field, and especially in a higher level position in football takes a lot of balls, and that is what Charlie has. She is overcoming all the barriers and will not stand down to those that think that she isn’t capable. As the first female coach at this school, she has a lot to prove and no doubt, a plan to execute them. I was very, very excited to read the summary because in this day and age, I want to see more female empowerment. Charlie isn’t exactly a likeable person, but that makes sense given her background as the only female on the field, she has to grow a tough exterior. But we never saw a soft side to her that made us sympathize.
The way that Connor reacted to the situation was very immature. Like, dude, I get that you didn’t get a job, but stop being a dick (sorry for the wording here but it seems appropriate). Face the fact that a girl (OMG WHAT? A GIRL CAN DO THE SAME JOB AS A MAN??) got your ‘dream job’ but if you’re so hung up over this, maybe set your sights higher. So this is really a testament to the author’s writing, to be able to convey this and the douche-iness of the character. He was a little flat, though, as a character and kinda left more to be desired.
I like how the big upset in the plot wasn’t very predictable. There were a lot of ways that Suzanne Baltsar could have gone with the plot, but I feel like the way that it was executed was new and different, which is good. But the rest of the book was a little overdone, with them going back and forth over and over again.
The way the book ended left me wanting more. It wasn’t exactly like everything was resolved, and I was a little disappointed in the way that Baltsar left it. I give the book a 6/10 (3/5 stars). It was a good plot, but there was a little that left more to be desired, and a little more in depth wanted in the characters.
That’s it for this review guys, as always, let me know your thoughts! I will have more reviews coming out very soon!
Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee
Genre: YA Romance
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Format: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own and in no way was I compensated.
Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Ask-Me-Anything-Molly-Lee/dp/1640636587
“Edgy and smart with a sweet and sexy core.” —Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Eyes on Me
I should’ve kept my mouth shut.
But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.
And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?
Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.
Ask me anything…except how to make things right.
In a private school, there are 2 top hackers: Amber (aka Pixie) and Dean (aka NightLocker). After a school assembly that promotes abstinence and hearing concerns from her friends that there are not a lot of resources for teens, Amber decides that for her ‘senior prank’ she will fill that void and create a website so that everyone will have the information they need.
The cutest thing is that Amber and Dean call each other by their chatroom names. Like, that is the most adorable thing ever, something in their own little world. The names mean more to them because of their friendship as computer science geniuses. Inside jokes between couples make things so much more intimate and this is exactly what their chatroom names did.
I absolutely love this book. It’s so different from anything else I’ve read in a long, long time. There’s romance, drama, hacking, and just regular pressures any teenage faces. I used to read books about super genius girls who hack into the government files and then get into a whole bunch of trouble, all the time, but there was an element of realness that this book has. The hacking that happens in the book are things that people at my school might actually be able to do, and they’re relatable.
All the characters were very well developed and written. Of course, guys as sweet as Dean don’t often exist, but it’s always fun to read about them. Their principal is the ultimate bad guy, manipulative and willing to go to any cost to protect his position.
Another thing that is particular about this book is the focus on STEM, especially coding. STEM is very important and I like how this promotes more girls in the field.
Something very important that I really liked how Ms. Lee does not shy away from is the topic of sex. In the book, the school they attend is very pro-abstinence but that doesn’t stop the students from engaging in such activities.
The ending was good, a very big gesture from Dean to prove to Amber that he really does care for her. However, I felt that it was a little rushed and I would’ve loved to have another chapter or two for more elaboration.
I’ve read other books by Molly E. Lee and I have to say, this type of writing suits her much better. I’m not dissing her other books, they just seem a little...juvenile compared to this piece of work. Not saying that they were bad, but this book was so much more in depth and was not as light of a read. While there was romance, it wasn’t the complete focus of the book.
Overall, I give the book a 9/10 (5/5 stars). It was an amazing read and a very unique topic. I actually didn’t even realize that this book was part of the Entangled Teen publication until I came across their logo at the very end of the book. I usually love anything that they publish, and this one was no exception. This was a very well written book and dives into topics that most YA books don’t. Go read it! And then let me know your thoughts!
I have a lot more reviews coming soon, with quite a few sports romances so...get excited!
Coming up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 4, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book in advance to review from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions in this post are my own, and in no way was I compensated for this review. Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity.
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Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.
All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love?
Ok so, to start off, let’s just state that this review is way, way, wayyyy overdue. I received a review copy via Netgalley in 2017, right about the time that I took a hiatus from this blog to focus on other things. I did read it, and I did write the review for it, and recently, I re-read it and updated some things in this review to better reflect my thoughts now, 2 years later. But one thing is still the same, I loved the book, and I 100% stand by everything I say in this review. Now with that said, here is the review:
This was the perfect story of childhood friends and competitors that turn into something more. It’s no secret that I love reading about sports, and swim is such a versatile one that I feel like I don’t read a lot of, especially recently. The story of Maggie and Levi (the two main characters) are so sweet, and we really see the complexity of relationships in a high level athletic training environment. This story also really reminded me of “The Boy Next Door” by Katie van Ark, so if you’ve read and liked that book, I’m like 99% sure you will like this one, and vice versa. The story of best friends turned relationships is one that is done pretty often, but Miranda does make it very special and it doesn’t feel like, “oh my god, this is the same plot that I’ve read a million times now” so props to her, as she did a spectacular job.
The characters are all so well developed and in depth, that we really get to see all of their layers. They are student athletes, and their entire lives have been about the sport, so naturally, as college approaches, their main focus is to get an offer, and swim as best as they could. This is definitely a more mature book, I feel, and Miranda stepped up her game to a whole new level and I am absolutely in love with it. Maggie feels the real pressure of senior year, and faces real problems such as bullying, and realizes things that she might be less experienced than most people. One thing that I really loved was the transition of Maggie and Levi from friends to something more. It wasn’t rushed but was so natural. I love how everything has such a happy but my heart breaks everytime the book actually ends because I know that we won’t get anything about them anymore.
We get a cameo from Miranda’s first book, and I love to see how the characters have matured over time, and now have become the teachers to our main characters. I love Jordan and how she impacts her students. This really ties in the whole Hundred Oaks town and are fun easter eggs to find while reading. This reminds me, I need to binge-read the entire series over again soon. On that noe, I WANT MORE!!!! I love the Hundred Oaks so...I need more of them. Like sequels of all the books Miranda has written. I will literally buy and read all of them. And since my opinion is just so important, I’m going to put this here too: MIRANDA KENNEALLY SHOULD START ANOTHER SERIES THAT FOLLOWS EVERYONE IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE WE DON’T SEE ANYMORE!
I give this book 10/10 (5/5 stars). I love swimming related books and this was a perfect fit. But now, I have a few questions that no one is going to be able to answer, but I’m going to ask them anyways if you want to speculate along with me. What happened to Roxy? What about Georgia and Hunter? Did they get together? Can we predict a future book about them? And of course, what happened to Maggie and Levi as they went off to college? DId they go their separate ways and continue a long distance relationship?
So that’s it for this review. I apologize for it coming so, so late, but currently, I have a TBRead and TBReviewed list longer than ever, so in the next couple of months, you can expect lots and lots of reviews. Now, I want to know your thoughts. Leave them in the comments below, and tell me what books I should add to my TBRead list (because we all know this just needs to be longer right?) What books are on your list? I will have another review here, very soon!
So....I'm a senior in high school and about to graduate. Right? Should be the most exciting part of my educational career but here I am, stressing. What am I stressing about? There are so many people that I need to reach out to, through a formal manner to invite to graduation parties and thank you notes to send. How in the world am I going to do all that?
Here's my answer: Paperless Post . They are a company that specializes in online cards, fit for every occasion. From birthdays to company events to weddings and graduation, they have it all. One of my favorite section is their "Just because" section because it's always nice to receive a card. And why stop there? They also offer a variety of other products such as flyers too. They have a whole of lot options and I love how clean they all look.
Go check them out and I'm sure you'll like what you see. Take your cards to the next level and use Paperless Post .
*Today's post is about a company that reached out to me and provided the materials so I can review them. All opinions are my own.*
For today's post, I thought I'd do something different. A lot of the books that I have reviews for right now can't be posted until closer to their publication date but I didn't want to not post for another few weeks. So here is a compilation of a few things I'm currently loving!
*Disclaimer, none of this is sponsored. I pay for everything myself. That said, if anyone wants to sponsor me...I'm game!
I am a book blogger, so I have to leave a few books in here. Here are a few that I'm loving:
1. Mint Oreos
3. Trader Joes Salt and Vinegar Chips
1. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream Creme Fouettee
2. it Cosmetics CC Oil-Free Matte foundation
3. Urban Decay finishing spray
and...that's it! I hope y'all enjoyed this switch up from my regular reviews and other book-ish posts. Leave a comment below and tell me what you've been liking recently!
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The Boyfriend Bid by Jodie Andrefski
Publication Date: April 8, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Sarah Campbell’s never bid in her high school's charity auction to win a date with one of the school's hottest guys. And she’s certainly not going to start now––when she’s still hurting over a bad breakup. The absolute last thing she’d ever do is bid on Mr. Ego himself, Chance DuPont.
Chance just wanted to help out a worthy cause, not get roped into not one but six dates with someone who seemingly can’t stand him. But when Sarah’s friends bid on him on her behalf, that’s exactly where he ends up. Now a local blog is covering the story by following them on all their dates, too?
Seems like everyone loves a good love story––except the two living it.
Ms. Karon opened the paper, leaned into the microphone and read, “And the winner of this year's Bachelors for a Cause Auction Raffle for six weeks of dates with Chance DuPont is…”
I held my breath.
“Sarah Campbell! Congratulations, Sarah!”
Wait, what? Sarah bid on me? I jerked my head over to her table, sure I had to be hearing things.
The expression on her face assured me she was just as shocked to hear her name being called as I was. And more than that, she looked downright pissed.
“Sarah, why don't you come on up here for a photo?” Ms. Karon beamed.
Sarah looked ready to chew nails. Her head swiveled back and forth so fast as she whispered to her two friends that I half-expected it to pop right off any second.
“Sarah? Where are you?” Ms. Karon looked around the room, probably wondering why the person who'd just forked over three hundred bucks wasn't cartwheeling her way up to the stage to claim her prize.
I noticed Emma gave Sarah a small push to get her out of the seat, but Sarah wasn't budging. The evil side of me took over. I walked to the edge of the stage. “There she is!” I pointed straight at her, giving her a wicked grin. She glared at me.
I hopped off the edge of the stage and walked over to her. I bent down until I was a breath away from her ear and whispered, “Listen, you may not like me, and right now I don't really give a damn. But all of these people worked way too hard on this for you to ruin it for them. So you're going to get up out of that chair, stand up, walk on that stage and stand next to me. And you're going to smile the entire time you're doing it, or so help me god I'll pick you up and carry you up there myself.” I stared her in the eyes so she knew I meant it. “Got it?”
She gritted her teeth. “Got it.”
I backed up to give her room to stand.
About the Author:
Jodie Andrefski has been passionate about reading ever since she was a little girl, when she used to climb trees to escape with a favorite book. She lives and writes in a New Bern, North Carolina, and has a grown son and daughter. Andrefski often draws on her background in education and mental health counseling to bring real world experience to her writing. She loves coffee, a good Netflix binge and just about any dessert. She is a firm believer in the magic of a first kiss, and insists that you should never, ever give up on your dreams. She loves to hear from her readers!
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Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Format: I received a copy of the book in advance to review from the publisher. All opinions in this post are my own, and in no way was I compensated for this review.
Buy from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Me-Rachel-Harris-ebook/dp/B07G73LVZ2/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=LUM4LA5YQQUD&keywords=eyes+on+me+rachel+harris&qid=1553656858&s=gateway&sprefix=eyes+on+me+rac%2Caps%2C156&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
More options: https://www.goodreads.com/book/39863541/get_a_copy
Y’all! It’s been way too long since I’ve reviewed anything. I’ve definitely been reading, and attempting to keep up with the YA book world with the new releases and stuff, but definitely not been doing a great job. But over the next couple of weeks, I have a few reviews for you all.
The first one is today, which is a review for Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris. I was given this book to review by the publisher, but that in no way affected this review. Wow, I’m really out of practice. That really long winded sentence was just to say, ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. I WAS NOT PAID TO WRITE ANYTHING. Cool, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, here we go!
I loved the book!! The characters were well developed, and because I’m at the point where I’m in my senior year and everything is so stressful with college and the happenings, I related really deeply with the main character, Lily. She’s just had a bad medical episode, that was purely stress induced, she had lost a parent, and her other parent was not entirely present in her life. For so long, she’s been dependent solely on herself, but after this health scare, she needs something, or maybe even, someone else to lean on.
Her father’s solution is to sign Lily up for dance lessons. Of course, Lily, by all means, refuses. She plays along, to get her father off her back, oblivious to the fact that the super hot boy, jock football player Stone, was paid by her father to keep her enrolled. Needless to say, Stone keeps this little fact away from Lily, and the two start falling for each other (and not just because Lily’s dancing skills may have dragged the two of them down a little, lol).
For one thing, I definitely related to Lily. The college application process is extremely stressful, and I don’t know how I managed to get through it. Many times, I felt like I was going to fall apart like Lily did. That struck a chord with me and I was very sympathetic towards the character. Lily was very well written, so props to Ms. Harris for such amazing writing.
And, who can pass on a football player? Like, yes please! Stone is so dreamy and anyone would want to be his dance partner. He is a popular guy with an element of mysteriousness, given that he’s a dancer.
There are other relationships in this novel, one in particular being Stone’s twin sister and Lily’s best friend, Sydney. I really like how their worlds intertwines because of their friends as well, which really helped drive along the storyline.
This novel’s plot is a bit cliche and predictable, but there are elements that are surprises. We all know that the main characters will fall in love, but the process they go through is unique. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the ending was the best!
Also, I absolutely love the cover. The pastel colors are so, so, so pretty. It’s simplistic but also so romantic. One of my goals in life is to be a book cover designer, and it’s covers like these that I look up to.
This was one of the first books I read to get back into reviewing, and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT. I give the book a 9/10 (5 stars).
Definitely go give this book a read. It’s a nice light romantic read and a good warm and fuzzy book! Let me know your thoughts, I want to talk books with y’all!!
About The Truth About Cowboys:
I had my life figured out.
Engaged to a successful man.
About to make partner at my firm.
Bought a high-rise apartment in downtown Denver.
And then, poof, it’s all gone. Now, like in some cheesy romantic comedy, my car has broken down in the pouring rain on my way to “find myself” in The Middle of Nowhere, Texas. Cue hot guy coming to my rescue and changing my tire. This is the part where we flirt and have a meet-cute, right? That’s how it works in romance novels, and I should know—after all, I’m coming to Texas to write my own cowboy romance. But nope. This sexy cowboy lights into me about not being prepared for the country roads and how inappropriate my high-heeled boots are.
Little did I know, Michael Montgomery would tilt my world into a new dimension with his sinful smirk and his bad attitude. Every time I turn around, he’s there to reluctantly save the day. And every time, I think there may be something to that spark we ignite. But there’s a reason the majority of country songs are about broken hearts. The closer I get to this man, the closer I get to learning the truth about cowboys.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43593386-the-truth-about-cowboys
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Truth-About-Cowboys-Renee-Jones-ebook/dp/B07MYX888W/
Entangled Publishing: https://entangledpublishing.com/the-truth-about-cowboys.html
Prize: $50 Sephora Gift Card
About Lisa Renee Jones:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara's character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with. In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, Lisa has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa's other bestselling series include: DIRTY MONEY and WHITE LIES. She is presently working on her LILAH LOVE series to be published with Amazon Publishing/Montlake Romance. Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine. Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.
Yall, it's been a while. But I think I'll be posting sporadically now! I'll do an update post soon.
Hey guys! Today I am back with an author interview: J.C. Welker of the book The Wishing Heart!! All the information for the book is also included below! I can't wait to hear what you guys think about it! (I absolutely love the palette of the cover)
What gave you the idea for your story THE WISHING HEART?
The premise of the story came about quite clearly, of a girl looking for love and healing through stories and magic, and finds herself immersed in a world where all the myths she only ever read about turn out to be more real than not. In many ways it’s a metaphor of some of my own experiences growing up, at a time where I felt invisible, unloved, was hiding who I was, and like the character I looked to stories to fill that hole.
What was your favorite scene to write?
It’s a tie between two scenes. First would have to be when Rebel is caught by the police-turned-werewolf, and is chased into the metro tunnels. Action scenes are some of my favorite to write. Second to that would have to be the kiss scene, because in many ways all the slow-burn scenes prior to it were all working towards getting the two characters to that moment. I’ll just leave it at that…
Did your main characters give you any trouble?
Rebel has a gift for trouble. However, because I hold a special bond with her it was easier for me to find her voice than it was for the other characters. Granted they were all stubborn, and wild and at times weren’t focused on sticking to the story line.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
There weren’t any scenes edited out that I felt compelled to keep. However, there was one chapter where I cut out half of it due to the main characters doing nothing but flirting. But the banter and chemistry was so good I tried finding ways to work it in elsewhere.
Many authors write about people they know. Who shows up in your stories over and over?
All the girls I’ve crushed on over the years, and regretted never talking to.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Drafting and research. Getting to know the characters for the first time while building the world and creating something you’ve only fabricated in your mind.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
There’s a saying that goes “Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20”. Not letting all the doubt and self-judgment screw with you is one of the hardest parts, because it will hurt your writing and it will show.
What has been your most rewarding experience as an author so far?
Growing up I never had queer stories to cling to. So being able to know that somewhere someone will read my words and it will give them hope, that maybe my book could help make someone’s life more bearable is truly rewarding. Stories can be healing, and my wish is that this one finds the heart’s who need it.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
One of the best things I’ve read on writing was about Octavia E. Butler. She literally wrote her future into existence with positive thinking. She would write affirmations to herself that she was already a best selling author and that her books would be read by millions. She wrote: “I will find the way to do this. So be it! See to it!”
Even amongst rejection, persist to speak your victory.
Release Date: 5/1/17
About the book:
Winner of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards for paranormal fiction that Mia Siegert (JERKBAIT) calls, “An exhilarating read.”
With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel's been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.
But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni's vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.
Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.
But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline's freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel's heart...
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Wishing-Heart-J-C-Welker-ebook/dp/B06Y5WFY1C
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/d/Wishing-Heart-J-C-Welker-ebook/B06Y5WFY1C
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wishing-Heart-J-C-Welker-ebook/dp/B06Y5WFY1C
About the author:
J.C. Welker is an author who's been, among other things, a fashion designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously). Her short documentaries, which focused on homeless Iraq veterans and lgbtq+ issues in the military have been featured on CURRENT TV, and her debut novel THE WISHING HEART won first place in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards. She continues to work towards giving a voice to stories that are needed, while facing magic and monsters along the way.
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