Tuesday, December 12, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday! Today I'm posting a brand-new giveaway, in celebration of there being twelve days until Christmas. Technically it's thirteen days but I'm posting this early, don't mind me. So, what can you win?

I'm giving away a YA book that was published in each month of the year of 2017! Twelve books total, all YA, all nice and shiny. These are a mix of finished paperbacks, finished hardcovers, and ARCs. 

This giveaway is open internationally (*gulp*). I'm ending this on the 31st, 11:59 PM EST. (Yes, not on Christmas, I know!) I'm also going to post this on Twitter, if you'd like more entries! I'll post on Twitter sometime tomorrow evening.

Good luck!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: The Forbidden Heir by M.J. Scott


The Forbidden Heir by M.J. Scott
Book Two of the Four Arts series
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy provided by the author

Summary (from Goodreads):

She fled to save her life, but surviving what comes next might destroy everything she believes in… 

The royal witches of Anglion have always been bound to serve their country. But Lady Sophia Mackenzie, whose unbound magic and near claim to the crown made her a target, was forced to flee Anglion, leaving behind a dead assassin and shattered loyalties. Now she finds herself in Illvya, where the magic is everything she’s been taught to fear and the only person she can trust is her new husband, Cameron.

Sophia and Cameron must navigate a strange world of illicit temptations, dangerous threats and political intrigue, where as a royal witch Sophia is both prized and reviled.

As she begins to master her powers, the factions seeking to control Sophia close in, and her magical and emotional bonds with Cameron are pushed to the limit. To survive long enough to claim the future she seeks, she may have to choose between love and loyalty, and hope the price of her choice is one she can bear.

What I Liked:

The Shattered Court was one of my favorite adult books back in Spring 2015. To this day, I've reread it so many times, I could probably quote the book. I'm a huge fan of adult fantasy romance and the book really clicked for me. The Forbidden Heir has been a long time coming and I found that I wasn't disappointed at all. While I loved The Shattered Court more, I was completely hooked on this sequel and I'm dying for more.

The Forbidden Heir picks up pretty much exactly where The Shattered Court left off, with Cameron and Sophie fleeing Anglion and seeking asylum in Illyva. They are granted asylum but they trust no one, especially since the Illyvan customs on magic are strange to them. Cameron and Sophie must be on guard at the Illyvan magic school and at court, where there enemies are both familiar and unfamiliar. To protect themselves, they must make choices that could put everything they worked for at risk.

Much of this novel takes place in the Academe, where Cameron and Sophie are granted asylum under strained circumstances. They decide to train at the Academe and take classes to strengthen their skills, while they are lying low. But tensions are very high, especially when an envoy from Anglion arrives, demanding that Cameron and Sophie return. Sophie is a valuable commodity to Anglion, and not just as an heir to the throne.

This story was packed with action, political intrigue, scheming, and high stakes. There was a different feel to this book, compared to the first book. In the first book, everything felt confined to Anglion and Cameron/Sophie's bond. But this book takes the story to bigger, broader heights. More important figures come into play, like the emperor, who has taken an interest in the young couple.

This book is told in both Cameron and Sophie's third-person POV, which I'm always a fan of. Dual POV in romance novels really works, and the author does a great job with both. I also love third person narratives and this was well-written as well.

Cameron was a favorite of mine in the first book and he remains a favorite. I love how protective and fearless he is when it comes to Sophie. Alpha males get a lot of crap for being too macho and manly and whatnot, but on Cameron, the alpha male archetype works. He never tries to control or subdue Sophie, but he is so committed to her as a husband and protector. I love his loyalty and his strength, and his clever mind. He is the smarter and more careful of the two, but that's not to say that he doesn't make mistakes. 

Sophie is more impulsive and less experienced in certain aspects of court, but she is also very intelligent and a fast learner. She is just as brave as her husband and she has a backbone and a will and she is never afraid to speak her mind. Sophie is a strong female protagonist and I have never not liked her so far.

As a couple, Cameron and Sophie really fit together. Cameron is strong and steady and always there to catch Sophie, and Sophie is impulsive and headstrong and so caring. They balance each other with their strengths and weaknesses, and they lean on each other as any healthy couple might. I loved seeing their relationship grow in this book because they became even stronger as a couple, which made them stronger characters. They have many obstacles and trials to overcome, among themselves as well as involving outside threats, and I think as a newly married couple they worked through things well. 

Not to mention that the romance is pretty steamy. Cameron and Sophie have great chemistry and this chemistry doesn't let up just because they're married, or on the run. 

The conflict of the book boils down to the Anglion queen demanding that Cameron and Sophie return... as well as the Anglion line of heirs growing shorter (with Sophie being next)... and of course the emperor has his say in whether or not Cameron and Sophie can leave. Throw in some demons that won't leave Cameron and Sophie alone, and they've got big problems. The ending of the book is not quite a cliffhanger but it ends with some serious problems in the horizon, and I'm definitely looking out for more. I can't wait to see what trouble these two get up to next!

What I Did Not Like:

The ending is a bit shocking and made me a little disappointed (in terms of one of Sophie's decisions). I think a bit more communication with Cameron would have been nice, but in the end, I think what happened was probably inevitable. The ending sets up well for a third book so I'm not mad about it, but it was the type of ending that left me on edge.

Would I Recommend It:

I definitely recommend this book, if you enjoyed The Shattered Court! And actually I highly recommend The Shattered Court, if you're a fan of adult fantasy romance and have not read the book. It's a favorite of mine. This sequel is quite good and will not disappoint! Binge-reading the series is a solid idea, given the ending of this sequel.

Rating:

4 stars. I'm excited for The Unbound Queen, whenever it will be published! The title alone makes one think... I bet it will be an exciting third book. I'm definitely going to reread books one and two in the meantime! Give this series a shot if you love fantasy, romance, and an action-packed story.


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Review: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet


Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various authors
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 

Readers will experience Nina LaCour's beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard's glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon's imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno's story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick's charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants. 

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

What I Liked:

If you know one thing about me, it is that I love a good romance. I am a huge fan of romance, and I am such a hopeless romantic. When I first heard about this book, I knew I needed to read it. Meet cute moments are amazing and I live for them! If you want to read about a meet cute of my own, check out #ManBunGuy on Twitter (and look for my updates -- @Alyssa_Susanna). Not that I'm dating the guy - but it's still an adorable meet cute. It would have made an amazing addition to this anthology. ANYWAY. I really like meet cutes and adorable beginnings to romances so this anthology was right up my alley. Most of these stories were amazing!

I'm not usually one of anthologies for one reason: short stories are always too short. I hate feeling like what I read wasn't complete enough! I don't love being left with the feeling of wanting more (but knowing there won't be more). I will say that some of the stories in this anthology definitely left me wanting more; the short stories were based solely on the meet cute moment, and not the aftermath (i.e. going on a date, dating, etc.). BUT this didn't irritate me because the premise of the book is the meet cute moments, and so I knew upfront that the stories would be exclusively about the meet cutes and not the entire romance/love story. This seems like a simple thing but it makes a difference! 

I'm not going to talk about all of the stories because some of them didn't really stick with me and some of them I didn't really like. For the most part, all of them were interesting and worth the read. But some of them were better than others!

I think my favorite was Jennifer L. Armentrout's story, "The Dictionary of You and Me". It involves a girl who works at the library, and has to call patrons when they haven't returned their overdue book. There is one patron, around her age (based on his voice), that has had a dictionary checked out for forever. Every time she calls him, they end up talking about other things... and he never returns the book. She likes talking to him though. What happens next? You'll have to read the story to find out! Honestly it is so cute and it is the type of meet cute that I could see happening to me (meaning, while it is definitely fiction, it isn't so far-fetched). I was smiling the whole time I read this story.

I also adored "Click" by Katherine McGee. This story is set in 2020 and it is about a girl and a boy who uses the Click app. The app matches you with a person that is highly compatible to you, up to the 99th percentile. Alexa is on her way to a date with a guy she matched with on Click, in the 99th percentile of compatibility. She and Raden meet, but then she realizes she left her cell phone in the taxi cab. Raden uses his phone to track hers, and they go off to chase down her phone. I thought this story was so sweet, and the twist at the end made me smile. This one made me think about how we are in this day, with dating apps and matching and whatnot.

Another story I liked was Dhonielle Clayton's "The Way We Love Here". I didn't quite understand what was happening at first, especially in terms of the world-building, but this was the type of story that you needed to keep reading in order to fully grasp what was happening. It isn't set in a purely contemporary world and the world-building wasn't thrown in all at the beginning, so it took a bit for me to understand the what's and how's. The story involves a girl who saves a boy from drowning, but there is so much more to it. It made me smile, it made me feel a little sad, but it also made me feel a spark of hope. This pair had a heartbreaking yet romantic meet cute.

"Print Shop" by Nina LaCour was adorable. A girl gets hired at an old-fashioned print shop, where banners and things like that are hand-lettered. But a mishap with an order happens, and the customer isn't happy. The customer is a high school student like our protagonist. These two "meet" at the very end of the story when the protagonist takes the banner to the customer, but the meet cute is still so cute. And the story itself was intriguing - there was a lot going on besides the meet cute. I liked it!

Like I said, most of the stories were so interesting. I'm not going to talk about all of them because this review would go on for forever and ever, but I liked most of the stories and therefore, I recommend the anthology as a whole. I must give a shout-out to all of the authors who featured diverse characters. There was such a wide array of characters - it wasn't just boy meets girl/girl meets boy. The meet cutes were all so different but the characters themselves were so different. I loved seeing so many different relationships. 

Bottom line: I liked this anthology! It was definitely worth the read.

What I Did Not Like:

There were some short stories that I didn't really love, and that's okay! It's an anthology so there was bound to be at least that I felt kind of ehhh about. I'm not going to talk about any specifically because me feeling ehhh about them is very subjective (as with all stories, really). I didn't find anything "wrong" with any of these stories though.

Would I Recommend It: 

If you are like me, a hopeless romantic who loves love and romance and relationships, then give this anthology a shot! Meet cutes are one of my favorite aspects of a good romance, and I love what the authors came up with. This anthology is so sweet and heartwarming and made me really happy.

Rating:

4 stars. Worth the read, in my opinion. I don't usually go for anthologies but this one is as good as it sounds. It would make a great gift! If you live in the USA and preorder the book, you could get some neat buttons from the publisher. Just a thought!


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (#259)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!


So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, December 3rd to Saturday, December 9th?


(all links to Goodreads are provided!)


In the mail:



I read Letters to the Lost earlier this year and loved it! I got this ARC via trade (thank you, Kristen!). And I got Pacifica is from the publisher! Thank you, Tor! It is one of my most anticipated publications of 2018. 


From NetGalley:



A happy coincidence! I can't wait to start this book. I've read all of Kemmerer's books but I have to say, Letters to the Lost was her best. I'm quite sure More Than We Can Tell will be just as great! Thank you, Bloomsbury. =)


Reviews from this week:

(Click on the covers to go to my reviews!)


Giveaways from this week:

(Click on the banners to go to my posts!)


Favorite Instagram post from this week:

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What a week! I had an amazing time in Philadelphia last weekend. I got to see Kel on Sunday which was awesome. Unfortunately this week wasn't great for me (at work especially) but it ended on a positive note. We're supposed to get snow here, which is exciting but also a little annoying because I wanted to do some shopping on Saturday. But, first snow of the season!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Release Week Promo and Giveaway: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill


Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing the release day blitz for Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill! This book published on Tuesday; it is the conclusion to the duology (featuring Ever the Hunted, and this book). This is a YA fantasy series that you won't want to put down. Be sure to enter the giveaway!


About the Book:


Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill
Book Two of the Clash of Kingdoms series
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 5, 2017

Official Summary:

Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she'd like to, and now he's insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.



About the Author:


Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.



The Excerpt:

The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods. 

Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase that smile. I slam the door. 

“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against the stone. 

“I am.”

A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”

“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.” 

“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something different form brown trousers.

“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust on me and make me noble.”

Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.

“Stop it,” I snap. 

She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.
The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how to break the bond.

If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods. 

I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of the bond. I have to. 

Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.” 

I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of ale. 

I’ve felt this way before.

“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is very wrong. 

“The king.”


The Giveaway:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of Ever the Brave, US Only.
Ends December 12th midnight EST.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Swoon Thursday (#254): Meet Cute


- From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering

- Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting


This week, my swoon is from Meet Cute (an anthology)!

"Do you want to be kissed?" he asks.

His words dig under my skin, tickling me and warming me from the inside out. "I don't know."

"You shouldn't die without experiencing it at least once." 

"Is that so?" I ask. "And are you going to be the one who helps me?"

"Only if you want - and I have the time right now. Normally, I'm quite busy and important. Can't you see? There are girls - and a few boys - lined up, wanting and wishing that they'd have the opportunity to kiss me. There should be a superlative called Most Kissable, and there you'd find me."

My eyes wander to his mouth. The pink of his lips reminds me of the insides of the conch shells Papa would bring back from the sea for my sister and me. If I were to paint them, I'd use sunset peach and a little ruby red and cream white.

"I've been told I'm a great kiss-"

I press my mouth to his, pushing the words back inside. His mouth is soft and tastes like he's been eating cherries.

- eARC, page 146



This anthology is really cute! I especially love this scene from Dhonielle Clayton's short story, The Way We Love Here. =)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Berkley Bookmas with Jasmine Guillory (and GIVEAWAY!)


Welcome to Berkley Bookmas! This is a blog event hosted by the lovely Penguin Random House imprint, Berkley Romance. Today I'll be featuring Jasmine Guillory and The Wedding Date!

But first, check out the complete Berkley Bookmas schedule:



The Excerpt:

(At the rehearsal dinner)

Boy, was it nice when this guy touched her. The hand-holding was particularly great. She felt like she was back in high school, except instead of the nerdy girl that everyone liked in that generic way, she was the girl holding hands with the hot guy at the party. She’d always wondered how that had felt.

News flash: it felt awesome.

She fought back her smile before she remembered that she was supposed to be besotted with Drew, so she let it beam as they walked through the party and up to the bar.

“Full bar, thank God. What’s your drink of choice?” He gestured to the bottles of alcohol along the bar with a flourish.

“Tonight? Let’s start with a gin martini, please.”

Drew handed over her drink and clinked it with his bourbon. They each took long sips of their drinks without breaking eye contact. Alexa glanced at an empty table in the corner and rose her eyebrows to Drew; he nodded and took her arm to steer her over there. As Drew set his glass down, a tall blond guy came over and slapped him on the back before he turned to Alexa.

“So this is Alexa? So glad you’re here with Drew for the wedding,” he said, holding out his hand for her to shake.

Drew put his hand on the small of her back.

“Alexa, I’d like to introduce you to Josh Rogers, the groom. Josh, my girlfriend, Alexa Monroe,” Drew said, his hand stroking the small of her back in a way that made her whole body tingle. Or maybe that was the gin hitting her bloodstream. She ignored whatever it was and smiled at Josh as she shook his hand.

“A pleasure to meet you, Josh. Congratulations on the wedding! I’m honored to be here.”

A strawberry blonde with soft curls and a knee-length white eyelet dress walked up to them. Alexa had pegged her as the bride as soon as she’d walked into the room—who else would wear white to a rehearsal dinner? At her approach, Alexa moved closer to Drew. He picked up his drink and sipped it, but she knew he noticed, too, because he slid his arm around her waist. Damn, there was that tingle again.

“Drew, is this Alexa? Alexa, I’m Molly. It’s so nice to meet you.”

Molly gave her a huge smile that felt genuine, and not for the first time, Alexa wondered what the whole story was between the Molly and Drew breakup. Did Josh and Molly feel guilty for what they’d done to Drew? Did they ask him to be in the wedding to assuage their guilt?

She wasn’t going to get an answer to that question right now (if ever), so her job was just to stand here next to Drew and turn on the charm. Luckily, she worked in politics; charm was her middle name.

Alexa increased the wattage of her smile by at least fifty percent.

“Molly, thank you so much for having me. Everything is lovely. What a wonderful choice for a rehearsal dinner. I can only imagine that the wedding will be just as beautiful.”

Drew’s thumb traced circles around her hip as she and Molly exchanged bright pleasantries about the wedding, the perfect weather in the Bay Area this time of year, and Josh and Molly’s upcoming honeymoon in Hawaii. Between the sensuous feel of his touch and her now-finished martini, she was almost distracted enough not to wonder if he could detect the Spanx underneath her dress. Almost.

After a few minutes, Molly glanced to the corner of the room and sighed.

“My mom is signaling me; I think I have to go talk to one of my aunts. I hope to get to talk to you more later, Alexa. And you, too, Drew. Oh, and don’t forget! The hashtag is #jollymosh.” Molly smiled and glided away.


About the Book:


The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other... 

They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want...

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The Giveaway:

Win one $100 Visa gift card, and a book/galley/bound manuscript by each of the authors participating! Click HERE to enter, and to read the full rules.


Before you go!

For tomorrow’s fun, head to one of the following blogs:

- Babs Book Bistro
- Dirty Girl Romance
- A Southern Girl’s Bookshelf
- Harlequin Junkie
- Book Binge
- Undeniably Book Nerdy
- The Blogger Girls
- Adria’s Musings and Reviews


Aaaaand, check out Berkley's 12 Days of Shipmas challenge, on Instagram!

12/1: I Will Go Down With This Ship = fave ship of all time
12/2: Paranormal Pairings = fave paranormal couple
12/3: Love Is Love = fave LGBTQ couple
12/4: Haters to Lovers = fave enemies-to-lovers couple
12/5: Game Baes = fave sports romance couples
12/ 6: Men in Uniform = fave couple with military/army/navy/etc. character
12/7: Angst on Angst on Angst = fave angstiest couple
12/ 8: 3’s Not A Crowd = fave ménage/poly pairings
12/ 9: Christian Bae Day = fave kinky couple
12/10: Heroes in History = fave historical romance couple
12/11: Biker Baes = fave MC romance couple
12/12: Hot Scots = fave Scottish heroes/heroines

Waiting on Wednesday (#258): The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week, I'm featuring:


The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead
Book Three of The Glittering Court series
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: June 26, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

The dazzling conclusion to #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead's The Glittering Court series.

Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court's hard-angled emerald. Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks. But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course.




I can't wait to see how this series ends! Plus I loooove this cover. :D

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Debut Authors Bash, Featuring Jennifer Honeybourn (and GIVEAWAY!)


Hi bibliovores! Welcome to the 2017 Debut Authors Bash. Today, I'll be hosting Jennifer Honeybourn, author of Wesley James Ruined My Life! I loved this book and I'm excited to share my interview with this amazing author.



Meet Jennifer Honeybourn!


Alyssa: Hi and welcome to The Eater of Books! So glad you could join me today. =) Congratulations on the publication of Wesley James Ruined My Life! I read this book and absolutely adored it. What was the inspiration (or inspirations!) behind this book?

Jennifer: Thanks Alyssa! The inspiration for Wesley James Ruined My Life comes from a renaissance faire I attended back in 2012. I wanted to write an enemies to lovers stories but set in a unique place, so I took the idea of the renaissance faire and transformed it into a theme restaurant. The first character that came to me was King Henry VIII, but Quinn and Wesley followed shortly after that.   

Alyssa: What made you decided to submit to Swoon Reads?

Jennifer: I first learned of Swoon Reads when I saw an announcement for Katy Upperman’s book, Kissing Max Holden, on Twitter. I looked into what Swoon Reads was all about and I really liked the crowdsourcing aspect and the fact that I could get feedback from readers on my manuscript. I felt like Wesley James Ruined My Life might be a good fit for them, so I uploaded my book the next day.  

Alyssa: I adored the medieval restaurant theme! Have you been to a themed restaurant like that?

Jennifer: I have not been to a medieval-themed restaurant, but I am DYING to go to one. It’s the kind of thing that is right up my alley (along with renaissance fairs).  

Alyssa: What was the most difficult thing about writing this book? Did you get stuck somewhere?

Jennifer: The most difficult thing for me with any book is always writing the first draft. I tend to get stuck in the weeds, trying to make a sentence or a paragraph perfect, when I really should just be worrying about the plot and character development. I can focus on smoothing out the language in a later draft, once the story itself has been nailed down. I much prefer the revision process, when I have some guidance from an editor. I like the process of working together to make the book the best it can be.  

Alyssa: How did you come up with the title of this book?

Jennifer: The title is a gift from the creative minds at Swoon Reads. I’m not great at titles, so I’m thankful that they are!

Alyssa: I adoooooooore the cover. What were your thoughts when you first saw the final design?

Jennifer: I adore the cover too! Swoon Reads does cover voting, which is really fun and a great way to engage readers, so Wesley James Ruined My Life originally had three different cover options. I was so happy when the food truck cover won because the expression on Quinn’s face perfectly captures how I think she feels about the situation she finds herself in.   

Alyssa: What’s your favorite line or scene from this book? With as little spoiler-y content as possible, of course!

Jennifer: My favorite scene comes right at the end of the book, when Wesley brings Quinn home after their shift and she lets him into the house for the first time since they were kids. I also like the scenes with Quinn and her grandmother, mostly because they remind me a little bit of me and my grandmother. 

Alyssa: What are some other swoony YA contemporary romance novels that you would recommend to readers of Wesley James Ruined My Life?

Jennifer: Some of my recent favorites are The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett, It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm, and I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios.

Alyssa: Do you have plans for writing more books in this world? Direct sequel, or maybe a companion novel?

Jennifer: I don’t have a sequel to this story in mind, but I have thought about writing a companion novel. We’ll see how it goes! 

Alyssa: Can you give us a teaser or something ~exclusive~ about your next book, When Life Gives You Demons? (Readers, this is a standalone, unrelated to Wesley James!)

Jennifer: When Life Gives You Demons, coming July 17, 2018:

Sixteen-year-old Shelby Black has spent the past year training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest and Shelby’s guardian—believes she has a gift for expelling demons, and he’s put her through exorcist boot camp hell, but he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity quiet, especially from Spencer, her cute math tutor. Secrets run in Shelby’s family, though: her mother has been missing ever since an exorcism went horribly wrong, and Uncle Roy is tight-lipped about it. But Shelby’s hell-bent on finding her mom, no matter what—even if what it ends up costing her soul AND a date with Spencer.

Alyssa: Thank you so much, and best of luck with everything!


About the Author:

Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She's a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she'd have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE is her first novel.



About the Book:


Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: July 18, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.



Check out When Life Gives You Demons:

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The Giveaway:

Jennifer Honeybourn has generously offered a signed copy of Wesley James for a giveaway! This prize is open to USA/CA readers only. Blog giveaway rules apply. Good luck!