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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jay Crownover Interview

Recently I was lucky enough to get an interview with Jay Crownover, author of "Rule" If you've seen my first blog post then you know that I am a HUGE fan of this book. Like had a crush on Rule-can't stop reading-I need more loved it!
Many thanks go to Jay for giving me her time and answering my questions.

Enjoy!




1. How long have you been writing and what made you want to become a writer?
I have always been a person that writes things, but being a writer as in a person that puts things out in the world for others to read, that is all new this year. I have never before Jan 2013 made a profit of a writing. I like stories, I like characters both real and imaginary...I like the idea of building things up and breaking them down for a reader so I guess that's why I write. Plus it's fun and I can do it in my pajamas.

2. Do people you know ever influence your characters?
Kind of. More my world and the life I live influences my characters. I really do try and stick with writing about things I kinda know about, I like the story and characters to be relatable as much as possible.

3. I read on your goodreads that you'd love to be a rock star. Do you play any instruments? If not what do you wish you could play the most?
I do not. I just love music so much, it's a huge part of my life. It plays a huge part in developing a character and a scene for me in my head. If I had musical talent I would play the guitar and try and be a singer/song writer.

4. You aslo said you have many tattoos, as do some of your characters in Rule. Are there any other similarites between you and your characers?
I work in a bar like Shaw and Ayden, I went to college and lived in Denver for a lot of years, I like to hang out in bars and listen to live music, I used to be a punk-rocker like Jet, I'm kind of wacky like Cora, I often feel like the responsible older sibling like Rome but mostly I do what I want, when I want often to spite myself and it doesn't always end well just like Rule. His desire to be his own man is one we all struggle with. I was just lucky enough to have a mom and dad that let me do it and never try and make me conform.

5. Do you listen to music while writing? If so what genre?
I do, the play list at the back is what was playing while I wrote. I like Americana and good ole Southern Rock and Roll. The Drive By Truckers are my favorite, right now it's a lot of death metal and hard rock getting in the mood for JET.

6. How did you come up with the character Rule?
I just saw him and Shaw and then sort of took over. He was a guy that I understood but I wasn't sure how to make people like him since he was such a jerk initially. Really he's like a lot of the 20 something guys I encounter day in and day out while i'm at work, just a guy living like and trying to figure it out.

7. Why did you choose Rule to be the main male character and not Remy?
Well Remy was always gonna be dead so there was no way I could make the story about him and I knew that Shaw was going to be in love with Rule forever so it just made sense. Rule and Shaw just had chemistry and a powerful dynamic all along.

8. Will we get to see Rule and Shaw in your next book "Jet" or do we have to wait and be surprised?
Like I said I want to keep the stories relatable and in real life our friends don't just disappear because we have stuff going on in our lives. They'll be around, I kind of feel like they are the glue that holds the group together.

9. All of the characters in this book were so interesting in their own ways. Who was your favorite to write about?
Rome...gotta a big soft spot for the big guy. Can't wait to get to his story. I want a big brother like him.

10. Do you think you'd be interested in writing a sequel to "Rule" about him and Shaw?
Right now no...I think I can play their after HEA out in the rest of the books to follow. I feel like they worked pretty hard to get to a happy place and I don't want to stir the pot for them anymore. Maybe if I have loose ends after the final story in the series I'll consider a novella.

11. Can you see yourself writing a story for any of the other characters in Rule?
Jet is almost done, Rome us up next and then Nash and Rowdy...at least unless I run out of steam or ideas :)

12. When can we start looking for the release of "Jet"?
I want to have it out in May, looks like I should be able to make that happen.

13. If "Rule" had a theme song what would it be?
I always say Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Beat the Devils Tattoo is Rule's song, but I guess for the whole book If I Wanted Someone by Dawes really kind of covers it.
Lots of Love from Colo
JC


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley

This book frazzles me.
I really enjoyed the story. I've never read anything like this before so it was exciting. I also really enjoyed the love between Liam and Amber. Amber was a cool chick and Liam was totally crush worthy.
However I didn't like it all that much. Confusing right?

There were sooooo many errors in the e-book that it drove me nuts! I never thought i'd be a snob about something like that but it was unbearable. It wasn't just 5-10 mistakes it was like 50-100 mistakes. Grr.
Also I got SO annoyed with the use of the same words. Whenever Amber tried to be sexy the author would say "purred" Like "blah-bitty blah blah" I purrrred. Okay we don't always purr. We aren't cats. She'd also say "waggled" all the freaking time. "I waggled my eyebrows at him suggestively" Why is everyone always "waggling?" Geesh.

Okay okay now that i've said my pet peeves about this book i'll get on with the goodness.
This story is about Amber and Liam. Durr. Amber, Jake (her brother) and her mom used to be abused by Amber's dad. Liam (Jakes best friend and next door neighbor) saw Amber crying through her window (his window faced hers) one night when they were like 8 or something and he snuck over to console her. This pattern kept up and he ended up sleeping in her room every night. 3 years before the book actually begins Jake and Liam beat the crap out of Ambers dad because they catch him about to rape her. So her dad ends up leaving and they don't hear from him again.

Years later Ambers mom works away from home leaving Amber and Jake alone. Liam continues to sleep in Ambers room with her, and while she enjoys their nights he drives her crazy during the day. Eventually she finds out that he likes her and they kiss. Then they become boyfriend and girlfriend. It's really sweet. Really.
He helps her with her fears and she makes him the happiest man in the world. I really do love them.
However a LOT of the things that the author would say were just ridiculous. However that doesn't mean i'd be opposed to reading more from here. I can't even really explain.
Anywho i'd recommened this book if you have time.
Cover: 4/5
Couple: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5
Writing: 2.5/4


The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window Playlist
Ours by Taylor Swift
Don't You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean feat. Kelly Clarkson
Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer
Check Yes or No by George Strait
Closer to Love by Mat Kearney
She Is Love by Parachute

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Favorite Books Of The Year Sooooo Far

So the year has just begun and i've already read some AMAZING books! Oh yes, yes I have indeed. I figured that since i'm such a nice person i'd share them with you. : ) These are the books that I have given 5/5 stars to! ENJOY!
                       
The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington
Goodreads Review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/522666799
Playlist:
I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift
Should've Said No by Taylor Swift
Happy Ending by Avril Lavigne
Since You've Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson
You Oughtta Know by Alanis Morissette
Cheated on Me by Gavin DeGraw
Rule by Jay Crownover
Goodreads Review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/534632093
Playlist:
Lips of An Angel by Hinder
Last Request by Paolo Nutini
Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Just Breathe by Pearl Jam
Whiskey by Jana Kramer
So Far Away by Avenged Sevenfold
I'm Not Okay I Promise by My Chemical Romance

Between The Lines Trilogy by Tammara Webber
Goodreads Reviews:
Between The Lines:
Where You Are:
Good For You:
Between The Lines Playlist:
I'll Be by Edwin McCain
Fallin' For You by Colbie Caillat
The Trouble With Girls by Scotty McCreery
Stupid Girls by P!nk
Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum
Wait For You by Elliot Yamin
Just The Girl by The Click Five

Where You Are Playlist:
Where The Lines Overlap by Paramore
Everything by FeFe Dobson
We Belong Together by Gavin DeGraw
Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson
Misery Business by Paramore
I'm In Love With A Girl by Gavin DeGraw
Check Yes Juliet by We The Kings

Good For You Playlist:
Give Your Heart a Break by Demi Lovato
Try by P!nk
The Only Exception by Paramore
Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
Little Things by One Direction
Daylight by Maroon 5
Glad You Came by The Wanted
It's Your Love by Tim McGraw