"What do you want to be?" "Happy," she says with a smile. - Colleen Hoover

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Elizabeth O'Roark Interview

I have to tell you guys, when I reached out to Elizabeth about doing an interview with me and then actually got a message back from her....I freaked out.
Like I said in my review for Waking Olivia it's one of my favorite books of the year (definitely one of my all time favs as well) so to actually be able to interview the woman who wrote it, well, it was pretty damn exciting. So thank you Elizabeth for not only taking the time to answer my questions but also for writing such an incredibly beautiful book.

Alright guys, I hope you enjoy :)

1. When doing some research I saw that you used to be a medical writer, how did you make your way to writing romance instead?
I quit work to stay home with my kids. When I realized I was going to be getting a divorce, I knew the clock was ticking...that I'd be going back to work and between that and the kids I'd never have the energy to write a romance, which had always been a goal. So I cranked out Undertow right after I left.

2. Waking Olivia is the first book I have read from you and I recently finished Undertow. (I LOVED both.) Out of all that you've written which would you recommend the most to new readers?
Of all the ones that are published, Waking Olivia. But to be honest, I really think my book that comes out in June (Parallel) is by far the best thing I've written.

3. I went crazy for Will and Olivia from WO, which book couple makes you swoon?
That's so hard. All the couples from question #7. Plus every couple Megan Hart writes, Aiden and Alex from Jennifer Armentrout's Covenant series. Tris and Four from Divergent, Grace and Jack from Alice Clayton's RedHead series.

4. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Make friends with other authors! They're going to be, hands-down, your best source of advice and support when you publish. Read books about writing, especially plotting, I'm still learning too, and just sent 50 pages to this big-time editor solely in order to learn...her criticism was a little painful but I learned so much from it.

5. If someone approached you and said one of your books could be turned into a movie, which book would you want it to be?
Parallel - it just has a crazy, trippy plot and lots of suspense.

6. Okay okay, so the book is becoming a movie now, who's starring?
For the new book, Theo James (the guy who played Four in Divergent)  and Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider). For every other book, still Theo James, lol.

7. The moment I started WO I knew that it was going to be one of my favorite books - the kind I can read over and over again. What are 3 books that you can repeat read?
I read these three books repeatedly: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, The One Who Got Away by Bethany Chase and Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren. And if I can sneak in a fourth, The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons...that one is crazy long so it's not an annual read, but I've definitely read it at least three times.

8. If you could hang out with one couple from your books and date another character who would you choose?
Hmmm...the couple I'd hang with is probably Maura and Nate, from Undertow. Because they'd be chill and Maura's the character I feel is the most like my friends. To date? It would probably be Nick from the book that's coming out...he's smart and funny and he was a college swimmer, which is a personal weakness of mine.

9. What is the best thing a reader has said to you?
People have said lots of nice things, but the one that stands out because it's awful and still makes me laugh years later is "If she checked her grammar as often as she uses the F word I'd have given this more stars."

10. If Waking Olivia had a theme song, what would it be?

That's easy! "Figure You Out" by Citizen. I was really struggling with the end of this book and as soon as I heard that song I felt like I had it. I was on a date and all i wanted to do from that point on was go home and write.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O'Roark

"That girl isn't just trouble of the not-a-team-player, not-a-reliable-runner variety. She's trouble of the devious, manipulative, too-f***ing-hot-for-her-own good variety. She's the kind of girl who causes trouble merely by existing, and then makes sure to cause more. And the last thing I need right now is more trouble."

That's the first thing I read when I looked this book up on Goodreads. The second I finished it I started reading Waking Olivia.

Hands down, one of my favorite books of the year.

And yes, I know it's only May.

Olivia is a runner on her college track team with a seriously dark past that she can't seem to remember. Almost every time she wakes up it's in a different location because she basically sleep runs.

Will is the hot track coach who has plenty of his own baggage. He came home to help his mom on their family farm after his father passed and is struggling pretty bad.

Right away the two of them are at each others throats. Olivia can't keep her mouth shut and Will instantly doesn't like her. When she keeps showing up tired and not performing at her potential Will practically forces her to admit that she's running throughout the night. Not sure if he believes her he sits outside her place and sure enough, off she goes. Thus begins her sleeping at his home with him and his mother. What starts off as a coach trying to help his athlete turns into some serious sexual tension - which to be honest is heavy through the entire book.

I'll be honest, I don't always like characters who push things the way Olivia does but I LOVED her. I wanted so desperately for her to let Will in because I felt like she deserved it. I felt like she needed to know that it was okay to actually need someone and let them help you. I also have a massive crush on Will. He is by far one of my favorite male characters I've read this year and probably ever. Watching the two of them navigate their relationship was at times stressful but also really exciting.

I also adored Will's mom and brother and many other characters in Waking Olivia. There really is not one thing I can say I didn't like and that rarely happens.

Without a doubt I recommend you read this book!

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Nicole French Interview

Before I start the interview I have to thank Nicole SO much for answering my questions. When I read books like hers and get so wrapped up it's hard for me to believe that the author will be interested in talking to me. So when they not only agree but they are as nice as Nicole French is it really makes me love their books even more. Thank you again Nicole <3


1. Did you know from day one that this would be a trilogy?

I did. I love series, so when I set out to write this story, I knew it would be long. I like to live with characters for a long time, multiple books, so I wanted to deliver that to readers as well.

2. Which book was your favorite to write?

I really enjoyed writing the second book in the series, Legally Mine. It was my second novel, so the process was a little faster, and I just enjoyed taking them to France. That was fun. But I think the book that was the most enjoyable to write out of all my books was True North. That story came very quickly, and it was also very cathartic because of how close those characters were to me.

3. I'm overly attached to these characters - thank you for that. Which characters in this series are you the most attached to?

Thank you so much! Obviously, I love Skylar and Brandon because they are my first pair. But I also love Eric and Jane, who sort of popped out in the second and third books with their own story in the background. Their personalities and chemistry were so much stronger than your average secondary characters, so it was pretty much inevitable that they would get their own book.

4. Brandon has been through so much in his life, was it hard to write those scenes?

It was, and it wasn't. I really enjoy writing characters with rich interior lives, and that inevitably means some heartache. But that's what makes the good stuff feel good, you know? So, sure, I definitely cried while I wrote because you feel the pain right along with your characters. But there is catharsis in that too, and I think that's what good stories do anyway.

5. Skylar is strong willed, kind, beautiful and pretty badass. What traits would you say are the most like you?

Well, I don't look anything like Skylar, but we have a lot in common. I speak French like she does, I attended NYU (and nearly became a lawyer myself), and I am also a trained pianist. I also share her penchant for old jeans. I'm pretty stubborn too, but I've never slapped someone for giving me a present. I put a little of myself into all my characters, but she certainly takes more than her fair share.

6. Skylar and Brandon are both lawyers, if you were to go to law school what would you want to practice?

I actually did consider a career in law at multiple points of my life and seriously considered going into family law, specifically women's advocacy. So, similar to the work Skylar ends up doing at the Family Law Clinic, especially the cases where she helps victims of domestic violence. I'm pretty passionate about that issue.

7. The more I read the more I wanted to read, seriously I couldn't get enough! What was the last series you could NOT put down?

That's a great question! I really enjoyed L.M. Halloran's Art of Sin and Sin of Love duet. Her writing is sharp and addictive. This isn't a series, but I thought Ella James' last release, Covet, was also very beautifully written. Really lush. And this is an old one, but Giana Darling's Evolution of Sin was also lovely.

8. I'm in love with Brandon, there, I said it. He's wonderful. Definitely a new book boyfriend for sure. Who are your book boyfriends?

Hmm, that's a hard one. I'm a big fan of Miller Hart, from Jodi Ellen Malpas's One Night trilogy. I'll pretty much read anything she writes. It's a weird thing to say, but I also just like my own books. I write them and then find myself reading them a year later, often having forgotten those small details. It's fun to watch the characters fall in love again. So, Brandon, Nico from Bad Idea, Will from Discreet, and now Eric from The Hate Vow. All my forever boyfriends.

9. If someone wanted to start this series what would you say to them before they dig in?

I'd say, be prepared to get sucked in.

10. If the Spitfire series had a theme song, what would it be?

Well, it's got to be a Springsteen song, obviously. Probably Tougher than the Rest. After all. isn't that what the series is about? How they both have to gut it through a whole bunch of trials to last together? Eve the problems they bring to the table themselves?

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Legally Yours (Spitfire #1) by Nicole French

Skylar Crosby is kind of a bad ass.

She's graduating from Harvard Law, takes care of her family, has a neurotic absent mother, a smart mouth, gorgeous face, and now she has the attention from a seriously swoon worthy guy.

Brandon Sterling is kind of a bad ass.

He's an incredibly successful entrepreneur, has a massive house,  he's sexy, crazy smart, somehow found his way after a terrible childhood, and is now crazy about a certain redhead.

After a night at the bar with friends Skylar goes with one of her closest friends to a house she's never been so she can wait for a ride home. However when she gets there she realizes her man whore of a friend is there to meet a girl who works at the house - not a girl who owns the house. Leaving the servants quarters Skylar heads to the main room to call for a ride when Brandon Sterling walks in. The chemistry is instantaneous and ooh boy could you feel it. Due to weather and a turn of events she ends up staying the night at the house with Brandon - nothing happens ya dirty pervs. Flash forward and Brandon invites her to his office - oh wait did I forget to tell you that he's her BOSS at the place she's interning?!?! Once she arrives he pretty much lays it all out there for how much he wants her but she leaves.

The two end up finding their way to each other after some - well, many - miscommunications and it's so so freaking good.

I thought that Skylar was a really great character. I appreciated that even though she cares so much for Brandon she didn't want him to take care of her. She wanted to make her own way in the world without the help of a man and I think that's really admirable. A lot of times in books you see the hot alpha man taking care of the damsel in distress and even though there were times Brandon saved her she also saved him.

Brandon is a total book boyfriend character. There were times where I was like "what the f were you thinking dude?" But honestly, those moments kind of made me love him more. He is so in love with Skylar and such an amazing man that it's impossible not to fall for him.

Legally Yours was exciting and delicious and I seriously couldn't put it down. The second that I finished it I downloaded the next two and read until my eyes hurt. After I finished the series I was felt a loss without them. Yep, I really did.

I definitely recommend the Spitfire series!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Twenty Questions Book Tag

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?
Hmm, that's tricky. Sometimes I wish that books had an infinite amount in a series because I love the characters so much. However, I hate watching the characters I love so much constantly get messed with. So I think 3 is a safe number. Any more than 5 can be a bit much. (Except for the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines which has like 800 books and I love them all.)

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I hate them.

3. Hardcopy or paperback?
I like big floppy paperbacks.

4. Favorite book?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

5. Least favorite book?
I recently read Hold on To Me by Taylor Holloway and was not a big fan.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?
I am not the biggest fan honestly, but sometimes they can be done well.

7. The most recent book you just couldn't finish?
I can't remember the last book that I stopped reading.

8. A book you're currently reading?
I just finished Undertow by Elizabeth O'Roark and LOVED it.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?
Um, you guys should read Undertow by Elizabeth O'Roark. ;)

10. Oldest book you've read? (Publication date)
Gosh, um, I haven't really read a lot of "older" books completely. Did Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume or The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton come out first?

11. Newest book you've read? (Publication date)
I'm currently reading an ARC for Lisa Suzanne so that one.

12. Favorite author?
Colleen Hoover.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?
I really love to buy books but recently I've been insanely in love with Kindle Unlimited. I've been able to read so much this year and it's been a blast.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
I started to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I couldn't get into it. Now that doesn't mean I don't like it, it just means I wasn't in the mood for it at the time.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks. How dare you dog ear a book you absolute savage.

16. A book you can always reread?
The Fault in Our Stars, Beautiful Disaster, Rule....

17. Can you read while hearing music?
Yes I sure can, that's how this blog started. ;)

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
It really depends. I have a 3 year old so I can't just sit there and read for hours. Sometimes after he goes to sleep I read...and stay up to finish.

20. Who do you tag?
Just Another Bookish Blog

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Jaine Diamond Interview

On Tuesday I freaked and told you guys just how much I love the book Dirty Like Me. Well today I am so freaking thrilled to be interviewing the author, Jaine Diamond!!

I have to tell you that she is super nice which makes me love her books even more.

Thank you so much Jaine for taking time to answer all of my questions and for being so kind in the process.

1. What is the first thing you remember writing?
I was ten years old and my school teacher taught us about poetry and assigned everyone in class to write a poem. It was the first time the concept entered my mind that writing wasn't just something that magically existed in books; that it was something I could do. I wrote an overly idealistic poem about world peace, as only a ten year old can, and I was hooked. I was a writer from that day on.

2. What is the hardest part of being an author and what is the best?
I can only speak about being a self published author, as that is my experience, and I would say the hardest part is actually making a business out of being an author, in other words, making a living. I am incredibly fortunate that my partner in life is also my business partner, and he helps run the business end of things. He's brilliant at marketing the books - so readers find them. The best part is twofold: that I get to live my passion, which is writing books, and that I get to be in business with my man.

3. I've only read Dirty Like Me and Dirty Like Brody so far but I can't wait to read more about my new favorite boys! Who is your favorite male and female you've written in the series?
Thank you! So excited that they're your new faves. Seriously, every one of them is my new favorite while I'm writing them. They're all so different, and they're so real to me when I'm writing their story. All I can say is that Jude has always had a special place in my heart, for some reason I can't quite explain. I probably admire Katie the most, and not just because she has Jesse; because of who she is. But I truly adore every one of them, flaws and all. If I didn't, I couldn't write their story.

4. How did you come up with the concept for the series?
It began with Jessa and Brody, who are featured in the second book. I knew nothing about the rock star romance genre. I just wanted to write a love story and I had the kernel of an idea to write this book about a girl whose older brother was a guitarist in a band, and his close friend was the band manager, and she had a complicated history with him and a dark secret that was keeping her from being with him. But as I played around with the idea, her brother just kept getting louder and sexier ;) and insisted on his own story being told first, so he got the first book. As I wrote Jesse and Katie's book, the series really started to take shape in my head.

5. The band is familiar with fan girls and boys, what band do you fan girl over?
Well that's an interesting question. My first thought was, "My fangirling days are way behind me," lol. However. I'm pretty sure if Johnny Stevens or Alex Turner passed me on the street and asked to borrow my pen or something, I'd probably do something super smooth like walk into a pole.

6. There isn't a short of steamy moments in this series - is it hard to write these scenes?

No, actually! It's fun, but I'd say the biggest challenge is keeping those scenes fresh, interesting, and engaging. I can't just write sex over and again the same way, for the sake of throwing in a sex scene. It's like any given scene in a book: it has to keep moving the story forward or reveal something new.

7. Dirty is headlining a major world tour, which two bands are opening?

I"m assuming you mean if Dirty was in the real world? In that case, the lineup would be: Highly Suspect, Arctic Monkeys, Dirty. Dream concert!

8. I can't tell you how many times I smiled, laughed, got upset, or felt all warm and tingly while reading these books! Have you ever cried, gotten angry or laughed while writing this series?
That's so wonderful to hear and the highest compliment to me --when readers FEEL while reading what I've written. I don't think I've gotten angry. I've definitely cried and laughed out loud -- every book. I have this standard: I always say if I cry, laugh and get horny while writing the book, I'm doing it right.

9. Out of the entire series, which book was the most difficult to write and which one was the easiest?
Honestly, they were all difficult for different reasons. I definitely don't make things easy on myself and simply write "boy meets girl and sexy things happen...HEA". I would get bored so fast. But I have definitely cursed aloud at myself at the beginning of many of these books, like "what have I done to myself?" because I've set up really complex, difficult situations and then had to figure out how the hell to write them. Overall, though, Dirty Like Jude was probably the most difficult for me. For one thing, I wrote it under a too compressed timeline, and wrote around the clock, days, evenings, weekends, which was hard on me and my family, and not something I want to do again. Besides that, the story had challenges; I was daunted by weaving Jude's motorcycle club life into the book in a way that worked (but didn't take over) and did justice to it; that was extremely important to me as a fan of both Jude and MC romance as a genre. Plus, the timelines in that book (and all the past/present scenes) had to be diligently tracked and worked out so that everything lined up right. As for the easiest book, I'd have to say A Dirty Wedding Night was the least difficult to write. It was so much fun writing that collection of four stories of behind the scenes hookups on Jesse and Katie's wedding night, and the stories flowed really fast. I'm really thrilled with how that book adds so much to the series and sets things up for later books.

10 If Dirty Like Me had a theme song, what would it be?
R U Mine? by Arctic Monkeys, and for the HEA specifically, Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay. (Each of the books has a full playlist on Spotify to go with it! You can find them in the back of each book or on my website - linked below - just click on whichever book you want, and you'll find the playlist widget on the book page, where you can sample songs or click through to Spotify where you can hear the entire playlist.)

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dirty Like Me by Jaine Diamond

The other day I was looking at the books I've read over on Goodreads and I realized I've had a pretty great reading year and it's only March!

Now I'll be honest, there have been a couple of books that I've been like wtf was that - one that I can think of clearly. But overall I've been pretty lucky.

Some of these books have stuck with me and I was sad to see them end but guys this book? This book!

Dirty Like Me is the first in a series by Jaine Diamond and I literally do not have the words to express how much I f'ing loved it!

So far I've read the first two in the series and I can tell you that - scouts honor - they are pure gold.

Dirty Like Me is about Katie who goes to visit her talent agent friend one day and runs into the hottest man she's ever seen. Turns out this gorgeous piece of man meat is also the lead guitarist for the popular band Dirty and is now doing a solo album. He's getting ready to shoot his first music video and guess what? They cast Katie to play his girlfriend. Even though the two are acting for the video the chemistry is insane and the video skyrockets and blows up the charts. Because of the crazy good reaction Jesse makes Katie an offer.

To be his girlfriend for 6 weeks on tour.

To promote his album.

The plan is to make out and pretend to be in love for the cameras and just be friends when they're alone. But let's be honest, that's not happening.

This book was hot. Like real hot. Jesse is the quintessential rock star and boy oh boy was I swooning. I've read a lot of books where I loved the male but the female drove me nuts sometimes - in fact that's happened a few times this year - but I LOVED Katie. She was so cool with her skateboard and funny with her Bohemian Rhapsody covers. She is the perfect girl because she's true to herself. Together these two were epic romance worthy and I could not love them more than I do.

You know those books you read that once you finish it actually makes you feel a little empty? But it's also an amazing feelings because you feel that way because you loved it that much.

I felt empty and whole after this. That's a conundrum.

I felt empty because it was over. I would miss them. But I felt whole for the same exact reason. I would miss them. They made me so happy to read and I'm thrilled that Jaine wrote a series about the other band members and people associated with the band because now I get to not only learn more but I also get more time with Jesse and Katie.

Obviously I definitely recommend this book!!

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