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The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia… I Can’t Wait For This Release!

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The Lovely Reckless has been on my radar for a number of weeks now. I love YA and am very much looking forward to the October 4th release of this book

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, a contemporary romance full of loss, love and redemption…

Seventeen year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to public school in the Downs, where fistfights in the halls don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him…and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

Your own heart will race with each page turn of this heart-stopping star-crossed love story.

 

Preorder your copy of The Lovely Reckless today:  http://amzn.to/2cIECQh

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~AFTER TUESDAY by Renee Ericson~ Spotlight Day!

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Hey crew,

Renee Ericson and her book AFTER TUESDAY is our spotlight for the day. Woot! Woot! Get this one on your TBR- it will make your heart smile.

Synopsis:

Family really is a pain…especially when your father is an addict.

For the last two years, high school senior Ruby has been her own rock and solace. She has learned to depend only on herself and hides her family’s issues by keeping herself somewhat unnoticeable. Despite her isolation, Ruby has intrigued the affections of someone unexpected. Finding herself loving life once again as his persistence sparks a romance awakening a well-protected heart.

While Ruby’s relationship with her father is constantly teetering, her new-found affection continues to blossom into something more than she ever thought possible. Soon, Ruby comes to realize that opening up your heart means being susceptible to love and disappointment.

*YA-M: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language*

Click here to see what Renee was listening to when she wrote After Tuesday…

AFTER TUESDAY PLAYLIST!

Special POV (Brent):

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m in the car to pick up my brother, Cohen. I can’t believe my mom bailed out again. Her work schedule has really gotten out of control. I understand that she wants a career, but I know Cohen is going to be upset that she isn’t picking him up like she promised. He’s been gone all week at camp; she really should reschedule the meeting and pick him up like she said she would. But nope, it’s me picking up the slack and now I’m going to have to deal with him whining the whole way home about it. Like this summer hasn’t been bad enough.

There’s nothing like finding out about a month ago that your girlfriend of three years has been cheating you with some guy across town. I guess that will teach me to go away for two weeks again. Sure, she broke it off with me before I found out, but it still doesn’t mean it didn’t suck. We’d been together for as long as I can remember and I thought I knew her. Guess not. I can’t believe she didn’t even have the guts to call it off before she decided to go sucking face with Mr. Football Star.

It’s official; I’m done dating. There’s no reason to even start anything with anyone. My friend, Owen, may have a different take, saying I need to just get out and “see what other fish are in the sea,” but I’m just not interested. What’s the point? I don’t need the hassle.

I’m not really paying attention to where I’m going, but I when I see the sign for Camp White Ash, I turn down the drive and park in the dirt lot. It’s empty, so I look at my watch and notice that I’m really early. Figures. My mind has been all over the place lately, so of course I’m early.

After sitting in the car for fifteen minutes, I decide I might as well head in to wait. There’s a small path and a sign at the edge of the lot that indicates the direction of the lake and lodge. I take my time getting there, kicking a few stones along the way. When I reach the opening to the lake, I don’t see the lodge anywhere in sight, only a large supply shed on the ridge. Shit. Where is the lodge?

I continue to walk up the incline, hoping that maybe the lodge is on the other side. When I’m almost to the top, I see a girl walk out of the building. She has long brown hair, up in a ponytail and is wearing a pair of khaki shorts—short shorts—and a dark green T-shirt. Looks like a camp uniform.

“Excuse me,” I call out to her. “Is this where we pick up the kids?”

I take a few steps closer until I’m about ten yards away. I really shouldn’t be staring at her ass, but those shorts. What the hell?

“No,” she says, while locking up the shed. Her long chocolate hair swings to the side as she tilts her head. Then she begins to turn around.

“Oh. Well, can you tell me where to go?” I ask, stopping in my tracks when her brown eyes stare straight into my green ones.

Jesus. I think my heart literally just stopped. No, I’m not interested. I’m not interested. I’m not interested.

I try to look anywhere other than her, but her eyes just keep pulling me in. Do I know her from somewhere?

“Sure,” she begins to answer my question. “You just need to head farther up the drive, and you’ll find a parking lot where the path ends. From there, you can see the main lodge where families will meet in about an hour.”

Is she blushing? She doesn’t seem to be embarrassed, rather confident. Standing tall, keeping her eyes on me, no weird fidgeting…but what is up with the pink cheeks?

Taking a few steps closer, until we are only about an arms length apart, I can’t help but grin a little when I see the warmth in her cheeks deepen. It’s kind of cute. Stop thinking like that! Not interested.

“Okay, but I might get lost. Do you think you can show me the way? I’d be happy to give you a ride,” I respond without thinking.

What is going on with me? Okay, it’s not like I asked her out. I just asked her for help. No harm in that.

“Oh, I’m sure you can figure it out.” She laughs a little. “Plus, I need to finish a few things here before I head up to the main lodge.”

“I can wait.” Seriously, what is wrong with me? I need to reel it in a bit.

Her eyes narrow slightly, like she’s confused by what I’ve just said. Heck, I’m confused by what’s coming out of my mouth, but I can’t seem to help myself.

“Found three pairs of underwear!” a blonde shouts as she approaches the top of the small incline where we’re standing.

I turn to see it’s Lexi, a girl I know pretty well from school, holding what looks like…underwear?

“Hey, Lexi. Are those for me?” I address her, as I point to the sopping wet undies. Where did she get those?

“Hey, Brent. What are you doing here? And, no, these are not for you. Well…” Lexi smirks, and holds them in my direction with her fingertips. “Unless you haven’t grown since you were ten. If that’s the case, then I’m happy to donate these to your wardrobe.”

“Ha! That’s okay. I think I’m all set. I’m here for my brother. He’s been at camp this week.” I notice she’s wearing a uniform identical to the other girl. “I didn’t know you worked here. Is that why I haven’t seen you all summer?”

I look to the brunette, now standing between Lexi and I. The brown-eyed girl hasn’t said anything. I wonder if Lexi knows her?

“Yep. It’s cool. It’s good for college apps and shows I can work well in a group environment or something like that.” Lexi continues. I keep looking to the brunette and can’t help smiling. Damn it, I’m being obvious too. “Brent, you know Ruby, right?”

“Well, I do now,” I say giving my full attention to Ruby. It’s a different sort of name and not one that sounds familiar. I could be wrong, though. “You go to Carver, right? I think I saw you at one of the basketball games last year.”

Lexi blows out an exasperated lip-vibrating breath and then begins to giggle. “She goes to Howard with us. Didn’t you know? She’s a senior too.”

Well, shit. This is embarrassing. I look over every part of Ruby’s face, from her arching brows, petite little nose, and pale pink mouth. I still can’t place her, but the fact that I go to school with her, and didn’t even know is ridiculous. How could I have missed her?

“Um, yeah,” Ruby offers a little shyly, “I moved here from Colorado during our sophomore year. I don’t think we’ve had any classes together.”

“Cool,” I say, trying to cover what an idiot I am for not recognizing someone from my own class. Turning to Lexi to take the attention away from this little awkward moment, I say, “Owen is having some people over tonight. Are you going?”

“He is?” she asks, physically jumping a bit. “Heck yeah, I’m going. I thought he was out of town with his family for the summer.”

“He was, but he came back a couple of weeks ago for summer practice. His family is still gone though. I think they’ll be back in a week.” Even though I have no idea why, I look to Ruby and ask, “Are you going?”

Ruby’s head physically pulls back a bit, like she’s in shock that I’m asking her such a thing. I wonder what that’s about?

“Sure,” she says, but she doesn’t sound ‘sure.’

I look quickly to Lexi, who is gazing over the lake, then pull my focus to Ruby and say, “Great. See you tonight. I’m heading up to the lodge to get my brother. I don’t want to be late.”

I turn away from both of them and head back down the small hill, to the path that leads to my car. Running my hand through my hair, I can’t help but think of Ruby on my short walk. I’m not too happy about how that little ‘meet’ went down…at all. Apparently, seeing a hot girl makes me an idiot. Does she really go to school with us? I need to stop thinking about her. I’m not looking, I’m not looking…but maybe that’s the point. Maybe Owen’s right and I should do the “fun thing” and check out that “sea of fish.” Ruby looks like she could be fun, but I have a feeling a girl like her is more than just someone I want take on a date. I’m not sure I need or really want the hassle of dating right now. Or that I can deal with someone who makes my heart stop when I see them and causes me to say things without thinking.

Why not, though?

 

Author Interview:

Hi Renee!!! Welcome to Flirty and Dirty. Thank you so much for sharing your awesomeness today. So I’ve got a few questions for you. I think they’re relatively painless. *winks*

F and D: You recently announced that your series will cross genres over the three books and therefore cross a significant timeline for the characters age and relationship evolution. I don’t think any one has done this before. So why did you want to do this and why do you think this is important?

R E: I wish I could say that it’s something I wanted to do, like it was premeditated, but that would be false. It wasn’t until After Tuesday was sitting with my editor that I realized there was more story to tell. I was hesitant at first to make the genre and age leap with the series and characters, since it’s not something I’ve seen done before, but the idea would not leave my head. So I wrote the first chapter of Forgotten Yesterday, got some positive feedback from my amazing critique partners in regard to the direction, and knew it was the right move. I think it’s important to show character and relationship growth in a realistic fashion. Human and character development is something that I appreciate as reader, so it feels natural for me to write a series this way.

F and D: You make reference to Michael Jackson in After Tuesday, are you an 80’s pop culture fan?

R E: Not really. I grew up in the 80’s, but I think I’m more of a 90’s pop culture fan. I could watch movies like “Clueless,” “Austin Powers,” “Reality Bites,” and “Wayne’s World,” on a loop, while chewing on a giant strip of bubble tape. However, Michael Jackson’s presence is everywhere, even today and that’s why his name is referenced in the book. They actually teach the “Thriller” dance in my son’s gym class. 

F and D: What does it mean to you to be an indie author?

R E: For me, it’s everything as an author. I have been a long time supporter of indie writers (for about three years they have been filling my kindle) and I’m happy to be one of them now, too. When I imagined myself as an author, I always knew the indie route was the way I wanted to go. There is so much freedom in scheduling and ideas. It’s a lot of work and sleepless nights, but I love being indie.

F and D: What is the hardest thing about being an author? What do you love most about it?

R E: I’d have to say the publishing process is the hardest. There a lot of decisions and technical things that need to be addressed along the way and the slightest hiccup can delay your book from going live. It’s a very stressful time and as a newbie, a huge learning process.

As far as what I love most…it’s the moments when I get a message from a reader who says my story touched their soul. Everything is worth that moment.

F and D: How did you come up with Tuesday’s story?

R E: Tuesday’s story started more as a character exploration. I had Ruby’s character in my mind and just wanted to learn more about her. So I started to write and VERY slowly, she began to open up to me. Honestly, I knew nothing about her or her story until I was deep into the writing process. The story came as I bled it onto the pages.

F and D: Is there any advice you would give to aspiring writers?

R E: WRITE! Open that document and write. Write on your phone, on napkins, on pieces of paper, on your hand…wherever. Share! Talk about your story with trusted friends. Give them chapters as you write them and listen to their feedback. Most importantly, write from your heart. Don’t worry about publishing or anything else. Write because you have a story to tell.

F and D: All right this wouldn’t be a flirty and dirty interview if I didn’t ask for one flirty thing about you and one dirty thing about you? *giggling*

 R E: I have a sexy lingerie collection and a lot of experience handling balls. I will let you decide which is “flirty” and which is “dirty.” *winks*

Thank you so much for stopping by Flirty and Dirty. It was so much fun to spotlight your fabulous talent. We can’t wait for more of  Tuesday and Brent.

Review:

Renee Ericson’s AFTER TUESDAY was a refreshing coming of age story.  What I love about YA books is that there aren’t gratuitous or frivolous scenes or words to the story. An author must fill the story with heart—making the story somehow connect to the reader if not by a personal connection then by an emotional connection. Renee Ericson does this in After Tuesday. You never left wanting from this book.

I love how she treats Brent and Tuesday’s (Ruby) relationship gently almost coyly in the beginning; just what you see between two 17/18 yr. olds finding true love for the first time. Not lust, not sex, true love. They are shy, get embarrassed, and are really aware of the other person.

What was also really fresh about this book, is although Brent is a gorgeous book boy, it wasn’t his physical appearance that was always at the forefront. This made him much more swoon worthy.

Renee Ericson did a beautiful job of creating characters where you were truly able to focus on the characters and their connection to one another. It wasn’t about one character having more money or one being more broken than the other. Those elements were there but the focus was on Brent and Ruby and how they navigate their feelings for one another and discover each other. Both characters were very well done. Ruby’s home life was not over the top. In fact it is probably more the case in real life than we would like it to be. What was so well executed in this story is the problem in Ruby’s life was not made out to be anyone’s fault or broken to the point that it was ugly and irreparable. It was sad yet hopeful. Ruby wasn’t going to be left to fend for herself. Someone was always trying, including her family and her dad who was the root of the problem. This wasn’t about the main character (Ruby) having to fix the problem but allowing someone (Brent) to help shoulder the burden. All the characters recognized the problem and were going to work together to figure it out.

It was so refreshing that this story wasn’t so angst ridden either. There was enough to grab at your heart but again it let you focus on the characters and the growing affection for one another.

This was a wonderful balance of young love and self- discovery. It was fresh, sweet heart warming. I can’t wait to take the journey with Ruby and Brent. The THESE DAYS series is definitely one to become invested in. Forgotten Yesterday will be released this fall.

Forgotten Days Teaser:

“Do you like me in your shirt?” I ask friskily in his ear.

“I like you out of my shirt even better.”

“Fine.” Sitting up, I grab the hem of the shirt and pull it over my head. “You can have it back. I’ll wear something else.”

I toss the shirt, and it gently lands on his face. I begin to move off of him and the bed.

“Nuh-uh.”

Grabbing my arm, he pulls me down and to the side. He rolls over on top of me as he moves one hand behind my head while the other grazes its way up the side of my half-naked body. Well, it’s now ninety-percent naked. I have a feeling that this thong only covers ten percent of my body. Okay, maybe it’s only three percent.

“Now, where do you think you’re going?” he asks.

“To get dressed.”

“You were already dressed.”

“Not really. You threw such a fit about wanting your shirt back.”

“No. I said I like you out of my shirt.”

“I can tell.” I hook my legs behind his back, pulling him against me. “I can tell you really like it,” I sass, referring to his hard-on.

“Yes. Thank you for stating the obvious.”

“You’re welcome.”

His mouth softly touches mine. With only my panties and his boxers between us, he grinds against me. I have to admit that this isn’t exactly how I expected to start my morning, but I’m not complaining.

For the whole first chapter of Forgotten Days visit Renee Ericson’s blog at…

Renee Ericson’s Blog

Here is a trailer for Forgotten Days too…

 

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~ Too Real? ~ Check out this interesting article on YA Lit.

Read the article. Let us know some of your thoughts. My oldest is nine so we are still very selective about what he reads. However, he is extremely bright and articulate, that we are able to have some in-depth conversations about what kind of literature is out there and why some of it may not be suitable for him at this time. Case in point, he and I just had a conversation about the premise and story line for The Hunger Games Series. He was wanting to read them and I said no way, not yet. We were however, able to talk about the books in a general sense. It was really insightful for me to learn how he felt about these types of books and honestly just how much he truly does understand. He still isn’t allowed to read the books yet. I’ll give him a few years to mature yet. 🙂 D

Remember, we would love to hear your thoughts on this. D and Nic xx

click the link for the article:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jan/04/sick-lit-young-adult-fiction-mail

~NEW RELEASE~ KISS ME (Keatyn Chronicles #2) by Jillian Dodd

 

Kiss Me (The Keatyn Chronicles: Book 2)

Author: Jillian Dodd

Romance, Mature YA

Release date: November 28, 2012.

Stalk Me, Book 1 in the series will be on sale for .99 the week of Nov. 26 – Dec. 1.

Stalk Me Amazon link:  http://www.amazon.com/Stalk-me-Keatyn-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0090SXRXK?&linkCode=wsw&tag=flianddirboob-20

Kiss Me Amazon link: coming soon– there have been some formatting issues. We will post the link as soon as it is available.

 

I’ve always written scripts for my perfect life.

But no way could I have ever scripted this.

My life is so far from perfect, it’s not even funny.

All because of a stalker.

I’m at a boarding school where I have to lie about who I am.

I can’t see my family.

I’m tutoring a hottie god that tortures me with his smile.

The most popular girl already hates me.

But there’s this boy.

This hot, sweet, sexy boy.

So I’m going to stop trying to script my life and just live it.

Because who knows how long I have left.

Teaser Excerpt:

He tells everyone we’re tired and drags me into the house.

Then I think his hormones kick into overdrive.

He kisses me, like, fast, hard, long, intensely deep kisses. He pushes me up against the counter in the kitchen, holding my hips tightly in his hands. He kisses hard down my neck and then strips off my shirt and tosses it on the floor.

Then he walks me backward through the house while still kissing me, quickly working his way back to the bedroom. He pushes me against a wall in the hallway, where he pulls his own shirt off, then unties my bikini top, his warm, naked chest pressing against me as he shoves his tongue deeply into my mouth. I suck on it recklessly.

We finally get to the bedroom, where he quickly shuts and locks the door, then pushes me up against it. He’s kissing me and, like, ravishing me. I feel like I’m living a hot romance novel. And this is the kind of thing I have always pictured.

Always dreamed of.

A boy who wants me so bad he can barely stand it.

A boy who pushes me hard against the door and kisses me like he means it. A boy who takes my wrists and holds them above my head, pinning me to the door as he sucks his way down my chest. A boy who kisses me so deeply it makes my head spin. A boy whose one free hand feels like ten because it is everywhere on my body.

 

 About Jillian Dodd: 

Jillian Dodd grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She has drank from a keg in a cornfield, attended the University of Nebraska, got to pass her candle, and did have a boy ask her to marry him in a bar. She met her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear, and two Labrador puppies named Camber Lacy and Cali Lucy.

She is the author of the That Boy Trilogy and The Keatyn Chronicles Series.

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Stalk Me – The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd only $.99 on Amazon

It you haven’t had a chance to read Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd, now’s your chance.  Right now you can download Stalk Me from Amazon.com for only $.99

 

Stalk me. The Keatyn Chronicles: Jillian Dodd: Amazon.com: Kindle Store.

~REVIEWS~ and A Journey of Our Own

We gals at Flirty and Dirty would just like to say something about why we read, why we should read and what a book does for the mind, body and soul.

I’m sure like most of you, we read because we love to – unless it’s a textbook and we are studying for exams. Then it’s a must do… We love to see how others take perspective on something, be it friendship, love, tragedy, betrayal, sex or life in general.
We believe everyone should read. If not to remove yourself from the daily grind, even if just for a few moments, then to open your heart, mind and soul to the ‘other’ that is out there. Other may be something spiritual, something exhilarating, passionate, and different or something that you just can’t get from real life. Read to learn, to enjoy, to speculate, to ponder, to dream and to feel that AHA moment. Read because you can.
A book can take you on an amazing journey. Each time you reread a book will take you on an entirely different journey from the last. Every new book read takes you on yet another amazing path. Even when a book is not that appealing to you or you just couldn’t feel it, that story has evoked an emotion in you. It has made you think of something. If ten people read the same book, there will undoubtedly be ten different responses to that book.

 

We ask that when you post a review or comment on the blog or FB, that you respect everyone’s journey. So that means no spoilers and no bashing. We all have the right to read and the right to escape through stories.

 

Happy reading and get flirty and dirty! Cuz books are HOT!

D and Nic

~SNEAK PEAK~ The second novel in the Keatyn Chronicles, Kiss Me by Jillian Dodd

For all of you waiting for the next installment in the Keatyn Chronicles, here is a sneak peak at from Jillian Dodd for Kiss Me.  I don’t know about you, but we can hardly wait for the release of Kiss Me!

http://jilliandodd.net/the-keatyn-chronicles/kiss-me-sneak-peek-2

~BLOG TOUR~ Interview with KEATYN, star of STALK ME by Jillian Dodd.

STALK ME BY JILLIAN DODD BLOG TOUR: INTERVIEW WITH KEATYN

Stalk Me. by Jillian Dodd
Release Date: September 1st, 2012
Publisher: Bandit Publishing; 326 pages

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed of. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most coveted lunch table.  
She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.
 Because really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam. 
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. 
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends. 
To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker. 
A hot, mysterious man keeps flirting with her and telling her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. 
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

We here at Flirty and Dirty had the amazing chance to catch up with Keatyn. Let’s find out a little about Keatyn’s World.

We at Flirty and Dirty want to raid your closet!!! We love your style. Tell us, who is your favorite clothing designer and or shoe designer?

That’s a really hard question. I’m sort of all over the place. I love Jimmy Choo shoes, Proenza Schouler handbags, have a lot of Free People, Alice + Olivia, Alexander Wang, Urban Outfitters. I’m kind of excited about where my new school is located. I get to dress for fall! I got a gorgeous Burberry leather-trimmed trench coat, the most adorable bright yellow Hunter wellies. I really don’t stick to certain brands. I order a lot online. Shopbop.com is my favorite. And I love Barneys. Barneys shoe department=heaven.

We know you are just settling into your new life and all but we are gonna ask you a tough question… Are you worried that Vincent will be able to find you? … You just seem so calm about all this. Sorry we know this is a sensitive question.

I’m really not that calm about it. I’m a wreck inside. And I’m very worried he will find me. But after what happened with my little sister, I had to do what I did. I had to listen to Garrett, who is an expert at all this. I don’t think it’s going to be easy at all. I’ve been told that Vincent hasn’t given up. He’s been (okay, so I shouldn’t tell you this because it’s actually in the next book, so, shhhh…) at my school. He’s following Cush around. He even danced with Vanessa at a club. All those things make my skin crawl. I hated leaving my friends, especially Cush, without saying goodbye, but I want them to be safe. I want me to be safe too.

Was there absolutely no way to let Cush know you were okay and that you love him? You just got him back… how are you feeling about all that? Are you really in love with him? You are crushin’ on the god of all HOTTIES. I mean we get why… but Cush- sorry we have a soft spot for him.

I feel bad about Cush too. Am I in love with him? Really truly in love with him? Probably not. I thought I was. In that perfect moment at my party, I felt like I finally figured everything out. That he was the one. And I just said it. I probably shouldn’t have. And I know I kinda have a thing for shoes, but HE GAVE ME BOOTS! The. perfect. boots. He said the perfect things. But I was not at all over B when I said it. I just sort of blurted it out.

But then I came here. Kicked a soccer ball at the hotties’ head. And BAM! It was like lightning or something. I think I believe in love at first sight. Do you? Mom and Tommy fell in love right away. I definitely fell in love with B when I first met him, but that ended up being….hell, I don’t even know what we are. We broke up, but then I slept with him before I left. I know, don’t judge. I sort of thought it was breakup sex. But lately he acts like it was makeup sex. He really confuses me. All his talk about fate. I personally would like to kick fate’s ass right about now.

So um… Damian. He’s  hot! How come you and him never hooked up. He’s cute, he’s good to you and gets you and he’s a rockstar!!! What’s not to want?

Awww, I love Damian. He is a good friend. He’s the kind of friend I can go months without talking to, but the minute we’re back together it’s like no time has passed. And he has gotten super cute lately. He’s not quite a rock star yet, but I think he will be someday. I hope he will be. It’s really his dream. Not the rockstar part so much, but to make music that lots of people want to listen to. His voice, it’s oh so dreamy. But we grew up together. He feels more like my brother. I can’t imagine kissing him. I think it would just feel wrong. But he’s adorable and I hope he finds the perfect girl for him.

So enlighten us cuz we just aren’t getting it… Why the heck do you put up with Vanessa. She’s more harm than good. You are gorgeous, popular (and not cuz of your mom) and your smart. What exactly is her hold on you?

Honestly, I think the hold that most mean girls have on people is their lack of confidence. I lacked confidence around her for a long time. I was afraid she would tell everyone about something I thought was embarrassing. (Not having sex with Sander.) Everyone thought we were the perfect couple. I liked being the perfect couple. And then when I tried to break free of her. To make my own group of friends, I kinda turned into a bitch. I didn’t want that either. And you know what happened with Mandy. Truth is, it is easier to let Vanessa deal with that stuff. And I’m really not gorgeous. I do get good grades, but I really I don’t know why I was popular. Is it because of my mom? Because of my relationship with Sander? Because I hung out with Vanessa? I don’t really know. I don’t really think I’m all that special. Like my mom, she just shines whenever you are around her. I don’t think I have that shine.

Ok, we have to know cuz I’m (Denise) a Cush girl and Nicola is a B girl… (whispering the question) who’s better in bed? We promise we won’t tell anyone.

That’s like comparing a Jimmy Choo to a Christian Louboutin. They are both good shoes. They are also different. Cush was more of a wham, bam, thank you ma’am kind of guy. Steamy, hot, and usually fast. He was maybe more concerned about making himself feel good. Brooklyn was sweet and adorable. He’s the kind of guy that cares more about making you feel good. You know he’s into karma and all that shit. His philosophy of give good karma and you will get good karma in return definitely fits his sexual style. I’d say B was also definitely more romantic. He quoted me poetry for gosh sakes! He would write our names in a heart in the sand. You know how it is. The guy your with always seems great until he does something to break your heart.

So we know things didn’t exactly work out with B couple wise. Do you regret your summer with him? Would you change anything regarding B?

I’ll never regret anything with B. He was my first real love. We had the most amazing summer together. I think part of me will always love and care about him. Even though Cush was super hot and sexy, I still wish B would have been my first. I think we choose boys like we choose outfits based on the weather. With everything that was going on at school, B was the relaxed, calm, chill kind of guy that I craved. He helped balance me. It will be interesting to see how going on the surfing tour will affect him. I have a feeling he might like the spotlight once he’s in it.

You have such a flare for fashion and you love music and dancing, have you considered a career in the fashion or music industries?

I told Damian if he ever does a video, I want to be in it! I do love fashion, but I really think I want to act.

And a random question cuz we just love our music— what’s currently on your iTunes playlist?

Of course lots of Twisted Dreams, but right now, Breathe by He is We, is my favorite song. After everything that happened, it’s sorta become my theme song. I listen to it a lot. It kinda makes me cry sometimes. Other times it sort of gives me confidence. After the incident, I felt like there was no air for me to breathe. Like I was being strangled. I also am apparently good at faking it because no one can tell all that’s going on inside me. The lyrics really resonate with me. But at school, I feel safer and like I can finally breathe again.

I have a playlist for songs that go with the first book here: Stalk me playlist.

The last song on the playlist is Only One by Sammy Adams. I adore that song. It reminds me of a certain boy 🙂

Playlist for Stalk me.

Scene Title                                        Song                                       Band

Come play with Cush.                      Wild Ones                              Flo Rida

Your dirty little secret                     Crave You                              Flight Facilities

My laid-back surfer girl.                 Surfer Girl                              The Beach Boys

Our lips finally meet.                       Stolen                                     Dashboard Confessionals

Possibly a little bit hotter.               Beautiful People                    Chris Brown

Please say yes.                                  Tonight                                  John Legend

I smell like a princess.                     Hit and Run                           Breathe Carolina

Body shots!                                       All You                                   The Cataracs

The biggest bitch of all.                  Monster                                 Skillet

My life is a mess.                              Love Life                                He is we

Keats for my Keats.                          Float Away                             Robbie Rivera

Hands all over your ass.                 Russian Privjet                      Basshunter

All bullshit aside, I did.                    Since you’ve been gone      A Day to Remember

All bullshit aside, I did.                    Happy Birthday                     Click Five

Everyone will love you.                    Sirens                                     Angels & Airwaves

Keatyn Douglas is no more.           Breathe                                   He is we

Died and gone to hottie heaven     Only one                                Sammy Adams

I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to talk to me!!

Keatyn Monroe

Thank you Keatyn!!! We can’t wait to hear more from you. We adore you. <3<3

About the Author:
Hey everyone!! I’m Jillian Dodd, author of the That Boy series. That Boy and That Wedding. I’m working on a new series called The Keatyn Chronicles as well as plotting out That Baby. I love to read, love hanging out at goodreads, and love to talk to y’all!!I was lucky enough to find my own prince in college. We have two wonderful teenaged children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear and a new Lab puppy named Camber Lacey.

I have an active blog, which my daughter, Kenzie, helps me with. We’d love to have you visit us there. I am a big believer in giving back, so I donate a portion of my book sales to charity!!

 

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~BIG NEWS~ Reason to Breathe and Barely Breathing Author Rebecca Donovan

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