Blog Tour and Author Interview for Perfectly Misunderstood by Robin Daniels

 

 Book Title: Perfectly Misunderstood
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Book Synopsis: Jayden Valdez is an overachieving intellectual. Mike McGinnes is Franklin High School’s dumbest jock. Even though they barely know each other, she finds his personality repulsive and he thinks she’s got a giant stick up her you know what. Mike and Jayden are surprised and annoyed when their teacher pairs them together for Spanish tutoring. Both feel it’s a complete waste of time, since nobody could learn from a person who bugs the crap out of them. Not to mention that their reputations might be ruined if people realize what they’re doing. But it doesn’t take long for Jayden to discover that Mike has a secret—he isn’t the person he appears to be. Much to her dismay, Jayden finds ‘Secret Mike’ strangely attractive. And for some crazy reason, Mike is amused by Jayden’s clever insults and witty banter. Suddenly, they have a much bigger problem than their mutual disdain. What started as irritating tension is beginning to feel more like romantic tension and acting on it would be a very bad idea.
Author Interview:
  1. What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?

My writing process is different every day. I have five kids, two of which aren’t in school yet and one of them is an adorably naughty two-year-old. I’m trying to be a full-time writer and a full-time mom and it’s a huge juggling act. I’ve had days with a word count as high as 10,000 (those are rare) and other days I don’t get to write at all. My schedule is very hectic.

My goal each day is to write as much as I can. Sometimes that means waking up before the kids or not even starting until after they’re in bed. But once I sit down to my computer, I definitely aim to finish at least a chapter. I never stop mid-scene unless I absolutely have to. My kids are used to it by now and have given up complaining because it’s futile. If I’m fifteen minutes late picking them up from school, or dinner doesn’t get made until seven, it’s probably because I was in the middle of a conversation and didn’t want to lose my momentum or train of thought. My perfect work day would include eight hours of uninterrupted quiet time. But I’m not holding my breath for that anytime soon.

  1. What sort of research did you do for this book?

So far, none of my books have required a ton of research. This one has required the most though, because I don’t speak Spanish. I made some jokes in the book about Google translate, but it was basically my best friend while writing. A lot of the learning process explained by Mike is exactly what I went through. For example: checking a word from English to Spanish then Spanish to English, to make sure it was the same both ways. Sometimes, when I intentionally needed words that didn’t translate correctly, I had to try translating a bunch until I found one that worked. I’m not Hispanic/Latina, so for this book I also had a bunch of Latina beta readers and spent extra time with their reviews. Then I did some rewriting in an effort to make sure nothing sounded offensive or incorrect.

  1. What are you working on now? Any chance of a sequel?

My motto is always quit while you’re ahead, so there won’t be a sequel or spin off to Perfectly Misunderstood. This was even the last book in the series.  I’ve had requests to write Brady and Beth’s story (from book 1), Jake and Lilly’s story (from book 2) and most recently to write a spin-off for Becca. And while I’m glad that readers have loved my supporting characters enough to want a whole book about them, I know there’s no way I could please everyone. Plus, I have too many ideas floating around in my head. It’s time to move on to something new.

Currently, I’m working on a book about two people brought together by a series of mysterious events, which are orchestrated by a secret matchmaker. It has a hint of mystery and elements of magical realism, but it’s basically another YA contemporary romance. This one is unique because it’s a series of four different novella length books and each book covers the same week in time but is told from a different character’s point of view. Each point of view builds on the last and reveals different scenes or clues that tie into the overall story. I’m not sure yet if I will release them as four different novellas or compile them into one really long book.

  1. How did you come up for the idea of your book?

I knew from the second I mentioned Mike McGinnes in book one, that I needed to do a story about him. There was just so much potential for something ridiculous or funny because of the type of guy he is. But I also knew that it would be fun to give his surface character some unexpected depth. As for the storyline, that adapted a lot as I wrote it (as do all of my books). I’ve always enjoyed a good hate-to-love story, so I knew from the beginning that’s what Perfectly Misunderstood would be. I love writing humor, sarcasm and witty comebacks. Also, I find stories where the characters dislike each other in the beginning, particularly rewarding in the end when they get together.

  1. Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?

When I watch TV, I tend to binge watch my favorites over and over again. Right now, my husband and I are in season 4 of Psych. If you can’t tell from my writing style, I love to laugh, and the Sean and Gus relationship is so funny and over the top. I love their little quirks and shenanigans. Other shows I’ve watched start to finish, multiple times include: The Office, Community and Raising Hope. If I could achieve any goal as a writer, it would be to write for a television show like one of those. Steve Carell is a comedic genius.

About the Author:

Robin Daniels is a sixteen-year-old trapped in a middle-aged body. She’s married to an amazing guy and has five cute but crazy kids. When she’s not chasing children or writing books, she’s coaching volleyball or working on her blog. She tries to read as much as possible, especially when she has housework to do. Robin’s favorites include napping, dessert, pedicures, Christmas, Arizona winters, and Diet Coke.
Read below for an excerpt from the book:

Jayden’s glare intensified, and I could tell she was sending me mental death threats. Eventually, she gave up and sat down across from me. “Was that so hard?” I asked.

“About as hard as you head.”

“I have harder parts than my head,” I countered. Her eyes grew wide at the implication. I let her stew for a second before lifting my sleeve and flexing my bicep. “You think that’s hard? You should see my abs.” I’d said it as a joke, but it was basically true.

She was surprised for the briefest moment, then she grunted. “How Cro-Magnon of you.”

“Your grunt suggests you’re familiar with the genotype on a personal level.” I smirked.

Jayden’s eyes narrowed. “At least I’ve evolved. Your face suggests that you haven’t yet.”

I tsked in good nature. “Your face might be prettier than mine, but your manners prove you haven’t evolved as much as you think.”

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Where I Found You (Sea #1) by Heidi R. Kling

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where-i-found-you-200x300Where I Found You (Sea #1) by Heidi R. KlingGenre: YA Contemporary

Published by Entangled Teen

Published on December 4th, 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36430174-where-i-found-you

https://entangledpublishing.com/where-i-found-you.html

After her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean, seventeen-year-old Sienna Jones gave up everything she loved about living in California. No more surfing. No more swimming. No more ocean, period. Playing it safe, hiding from the world, is the best call.

Until her dad throws down the challenge of a lifetime: spend the summer with his humanitarian team in Indonesia, working with orphans who lost everything in a massive tsunami.

The day they arrive, Sienna meets a mysterious boy named Deni, whose dark, intense eyes make her heart race. Their stolen nights force her to open up and live in a way she thought she couldn’t anymore. When she’s with Deni, she remembers the girl she used to be…and starts to feel like the woman he sees in her.

A woman he wants for his own.

Gulp.

But when Deni’s past comes looking for him, Sienna’s faced with losing another person she loves. She can’t do it. Not again.

Fortunately, this time, she has a plan.

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About the Author:
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Heidi R. Kling writes about normal girls in fantastic situations. PAINT MY BODY RED, a romantic thriller about a girl fleeing secrets from home launches November 2 with EntangledTeen, followed by several more novels on various Entangled imprints. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School, but has been writing books, plays and screenplays since she could practically hold a pencil.

Her first novel, SEA (Putnam), was a Gateway Readers Award Finalist & Northern California Book of the Year nominee, was a Summer 2010 Indie Next Pick and a Goodreads “Mover and Shaker”.

Website: http://heidirkling.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2936539.Heidi_R_Kling

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeidiRKling

Debut Authors Bash – Interview with author Jodi Kendall about THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY

Jodi Kendall

  1. What is your writing routine? Do you aim for a word count, to tackle a certain number of pages at a time, or do you go scene by scene? (Something else?)

I work best in the morning, so that’s generally when I schedule my writing time. When I’m first-drafting, I do like word sprints and setting word count goals to help me keep moving forward, but mostly I just time myself to stay focused. I do “pomodoros” which is a time management technique. I use the website Grooveotter.com (it’s free!) and set 25-minute sessions on the clock. I aim to do a few Pomodoros a day on my writing days (which is not every day).

  1. What was your inspiration for your book? What was the most fun and the most difficult part of getting the story just right?

THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY was inspired by a real life childhood experience of mine, when my brother saved a runt farm piglet from certain death. The pig’s name was Ellie and she lived in our home for an adventurous six months! (You can read more in this recent Columbus Dispatch article: http://www.dispatch.com/entertainmentlife/20171024/joe-blundo-familys-novelty-pig-inspires-novel-by-upper-arlington-native). I had a lot of fun developing Josie’s character and creating bonding moments between her and Hamlet, the mischievous pig, and the sibling relationships. I’m from a big family, and I love big family stories. The most difficult part of working on this book was going through the multiple stages of revisions. It felt a bit like narrative surgery with deleting scenes, moving events around, smoothing the narrative, eliminating unnecessary characters, figuring out how to stitch it all back together. But I actually love revision, so even though it can be a bit scary (and messy!) dissecting a manuscript in a detailed manner, there’s a point when the chaos becomes.

Jodi Kendall

  1. What are your favorite books? What authors inspire you the most?

Oh, so many! I’m passionate about nature, conservation, animal advocacy, and human-animal connections, so those stories tend to really speak to me as a reader and an author, but I’m an eclectic reader. WISHTREE by Katherine Applegate was such a beautiful story; Katherine’s very much one of my inspirations. In the middle grade space, I also loved A DOG’S WAY HOME by Bobbie Pyron, THE WILD ROBOT by Peter Brown, and PAX by Sara Pennypacker. Growing up, some of my favorite books were CHARLOTTE’S WEB and all of E.B. White’s stories, HATCHET by Gary Paulsen, MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George, and anything by Roald Dahl and Judy Blume. I love to read YA and recent favorites are DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone, THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas, and CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber.

  1. Odd question – what TV shows do you like?

I don’t watch a lot of television, but when I do I usually prefer something that’ll make me laugh like SILICON VALLEY, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and SNL. I’m also a huge GAME OF THRONES fan.

  1. Lastly, is there anything else we should know about you? Do you like to listen to music when writing? What book projects are on the horizon for you?

Let’s see – I’m a mom to two wonderful little kids, and I live with my family in Manhattan. As much as I love being in the Great Outdoors and around animals, I love the energy, excitement and convenience of city life too. New York City is my favorite city in the world. We spend a lot of time in the parks here (which are so wonderful!). I’m a vegan, Christian, and into weightlifting. We’re fostering our first rescue dog right now (check out Waggy Tail Rescue if you’re in NYC or LA!) and go to small venue concerts when we can (CAAMP at Mercury Lounge was amazing recently!). I do listen to music when I write, but I prefer peaceful guitar, jazz, classical, anything without lyrics. I am finishing up copyedits for book two, the sequel to THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY, which publishes in Fall 2018. I’m also working on a new, unrelated middle grade book proposal, which is a lot of fun! For aspiring children’s book authors, I’m a debut author featured in the 2018 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market Edition (Writer’s Digest Books) and interviewed in the January 2018 Writer’s Digest Magazine (on newsstands now).

More info on www.jodikendall.com

THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY is available now wherever books are sold!

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Book Tour for Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee

LOVE IN THE FRIEND ZONE by Molly E. Lee

Release Date 8/14

Published by Entangled Teen

Genre: YA Contemporary

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-in-the-friend-zone-molly-e-lee/1126839721?type=eBook

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Friend-Zone-Molly-Lee/dp/1973885522/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502666737&sr=8-1&keywords=love+in+the+friend+zone

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35683226-love-in-the-friend-zone?ac=1&from_search=true

The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.

Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.

Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two best friends whose sexual chemistry is off the charts…if only they’d succumb to it.

About the Author:

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a fourth year mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult Contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

Website:http://www.mollyelee.com

Twitter: @MollyELee

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Release Day Blitz for Anya and the Shy Guy (Backstage Pass #4) by Suze Winegardner

 
Anya and the Shy Guy (Backstage Pass #4)
Release Date: 07/14/15
Entangled Crush
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Anya Anderson doesn’t just need a big break, she needs any break. Living on the streets doesn’t leave a girl many options, so when she scores a gig reporting on the Seconds to Juliet tour, she jumps at the chance to earn enough money to sleep somewhere safe. And the paycheck will get bigger—and keep her off the streets for good—if she can dig up dirt on Will Fray, the irritatingly hot “shy guy” of the band.
 
Problem is, Will Fray isn’t who everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s not Will at all. Matt, Will’s identical twin, is actually the guy onstage, reluctantly covering for his brother while he’s in rehab. To make matters worse, Matt’s being shadowed by a cute reporter with troubled eyes determined to get the scoop. On him. And he’s having trouble finding the willpower to keep his distance…
 
But if the secret gets out, it won’t just be his head on a platter—it’ll be the whole band’s.
This Entangled Teen Crush book contains steamy make out scenes, graphic language, and a love story so hot your copy may spontaneously burst into flames. You’ve been warned.

About the Author

Suze Winegardner is an ex-pat Brit who quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She thinks her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference, well, she already considers you kin.
She is represented by Laura Bradford, of the Laura Bradford Literary Agency,and writes for Entangled Publishing‘s Crush imprint.
She’s lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled, for the time being, in North Carolina.
When not writing, Suze loves to travel with her military husband, and take long walks with their Lab.
 
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Book Blitz for Cookie Cutter by Jo Richardson


Welcome to the promo stop for Jo Richardson’s NA Romantic Comedy, Cookie Cutter. Check out the teaser below and enter to win an awesome prize!

Release Date: March 23, 2015
Publisher: Little Bird Publishing

Purchase: Amazon

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Synopsis via GOODREADS:


Iris Alden and Carter Blackwood couldn’t be more different. Change-averse Iris likes her life neat and organized, while Carter’s itchy feet mean he doesn’t plan to stay in the same place for long.

When Carter moves into the house across the street from Iris, to renovate it, she fights the disruption it causes in her life. Before long, though, it’s not simply the house Carter’s rebuilding, but Iris’s heart, too.

Excerpt
(Iris Alden POV)

“What are you doing here?”
It’s Carter freaking Blackwood. Of course.
He smiles that ridiculously bright, white smile of his and lets out a soft snicker. “I’m fixing a floor for a friend, what are you doing here?”
It’s completely obvious what I’m doing here, seeing as I’m carrying two huge trays of sugar cookies in my arms.
“A friend? You just moved in. How do you have friends already?” I say it a bit harsher than I probably should but honestly, how does he have friends already?  James and I were here a good six months before people started really talking to me.  It was a year before I could call any of them friends. The edges of Carter’s mouth turn down and his head dips to one side as his shoulders hunch then settle.
“People like me, I guess.”
The smug look on his face is enough to make me want to slap it.  Or kiss it.
Wait. Not kiss it. I didn’t mean kiss it. Why am I staring at his lips?
“People who don’t want to kill me that is.  Are you okay?”
I blink, and search my brain, but I’m still not quite sure what to say to him, so I extend my arms. “I brought cookies.” As soon as I say the words, I hear them. I sound ridiculous and Carter’s bright eyes crinkle with amusement.
He closes his lids and he breathes the baked goods in. Then hums. The sound of his voice sends a vibration through me and I shiver. I am eternally grateful that he doesn’t see it happen.
His eyes open slowly. When they reach mine, I’m glued to his stare like a deer in the headlights.
“Those cookies smell really fucking good, Iris.”
The bedroom eyes catch me off guard and my mouth falls open so I snap it shut. I’m a buffoon with no ability to speak.
“Can I have one?” He reaches out and I balance the platter with one hand, then slap his fingers with the other while I find words. A word that is.
“No.”
“Ow.” He pulls his hand away, like a child getting reprimanded, only when we make eye contact again, he doesn’t seem child like to me.
I wouldn’t say he’s angry. He doesn’t exactly laugh, either. And his eyes gleam as he stares at me. I hate his eyes almost as much as I hate his teeth. Maybe more. Dammit, I’m staring, again.

“They’re for Ally’s class,” I tell him. “Fundraiser, I mean bake sale.” I fumble my words. He’s so frustrating.



About the Author
A movie fanatic, a writer of stories, a lover of life.
Jo grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity – but it was too cold up North for this thin blooded girl. So today, she lives in Florida with her two girls and a husband that shares her same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.
Life is too short to put dreams on the back burner.
Jo tells contemporary stories with romance, humor, the supernatural, the paranormal, suspense, mystery, action and anything else she can think up.



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