Monday, August 31, 2015

FFBC: Welcome to the club, Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian

Like It Never Happened
by Emily Adrian
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, High School, Chick Lit, Theatre, Fiction
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Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian’s The List, and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.

Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.

Hello Emily! Welcome to the FFBC! We are super excited to have you in our FFBC tours! 

Thanks for having me!

Yes! It’s about a sixteen-year-old actress, Rebecca, finally finding a group of friends who share her passion for theater. It’s about this group of thespians, “The Essential Five,” struggling to keep their personal lives from bleeding into their roles onstage. It’s about Rebecca navigating first love and family drama, and trying to figure out who she is, without losing her talent for pretending to be someone else. 

For Rebecca: Earnest

For Charlie: Ambiguous

For their relationship: Mystifying

I really wanted to write about a girl who feels more confident performing onstage than she does in ordinary social situations. Rebecca’s character—and really, the whole plot—grew from that idea. I also wanted the novel to be super voice-driven, as if Rebecca’s telling her story with all of these events fresh in her mind, so I was inspired by books with really memorable narrators, like The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. 

One of my favorites is: “Sisters were overrated. Simple things, like robbing the liquor cabinet, became so complicated.”

Yeah, I had a really good time writing the scene in which Rebecca goes with her sister, Mary, to visit Mary’s ex-girlfriend. 

Haha, that’s a great question, and yes! I don’t want to spoil anything, but you’ll know it when you read it. 

Definitely the two authors I mentioned above, along with a bunch of others: David Levithan, Courtney Summers, Jandy Nelson… 

The first.

Books, Joni Mitchell, tacos, particular dogs in my neighborhood…

Cheez-Its and Diet Coke. 

So far, my favorite YA release of 2015 is First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano. 

Maybe Curtis Sittenfeld, who’s very much alive. I think she does an incredible job of combining page-turning plot with emotional depth, and I’d like to ask her about that. Plus, she seems like a badass. 

Thank you so much for everything, Emily!

Thank YOU!

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Emily Adrian was born in 1989 in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Portland State University, she moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she worked as a receptionist while secretly writing books.
Emily currently lives in Toronto with her husband and their dog named Hank. Like It Never Happened is her debut novel.

Release Day Blast: Indecision by Elisabeth Grace

Do you love a man in uniform? Us too - and boy, has Elisabeth Grace supplied one for us! Jamie is sweet in the streets and sizzling in the sheets, and you most definitely want to get your hands on him in INDECISION, which is available now!

Release Date: August 31st 2015
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Jackie Davenport will try anything once, especially in the bedroom. Anything except falling in love. She lives a carefree existence packed full of fun, but free from emotional entanglements and that’s just how she wants to keep it. When she meets the new police officer in town, she’s unable to deny the connection between them. His over confidence and bullish ways grate on her…still she can’t help but find herself falling into his bed AND falling for him.

Jamie McTavish is man enough to admit that he probably didn’t make the best first impression when he met the 911 Operator. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still sizzling sexual tension between them. He’s a man of action and he’s not content to sit on the sidelines until Jackie works out her issues. But trying to tame this tiger might be too big of a challenge for even him.

Note: "Indecision" will be available in Brenda Novak's charity box set, Sweet Seduction, from May 1st to June 30th."

I pulled the cruiser into Jackie’s driveway. What the hell was wrong with me? It was only yesterday that I’d gotten her off and yet here I was, sitting unannounced in her driveway like a stalker.

If I’d thought it difficult to get her off my mind before, what had happened in the wine cellar had made it damn near impossible. 

Everyone I’d talked to had said the same thing—that she’d turned down each and every cop or fireman that had asked her out. No one was sure if she was just trying to keep her personal life outside of the work environment or what, but I intended to find out. The insane pull between us didn’t leave me any other choice.

With a sigh, I unbuckled my seatbelt and glanced at the small bungalow. It was cute with white siding and black shutters. Hanging baskets of colorful flowers hung from hooks around the veranda and a kickass bicycle was leaning against the side of the house. That helped to explain why she had such a firm ass.

I opened the door to the cruiser when the front door of the house burst open, and Jackie stood there frozen, her hand held to her chest and such an expression of fear on her face that I bolted out of the car and up the front steps.

“What’s wrong?” I demanded as soon as I was in front of her.

“Wh-what are you doing here?” she asked in barely a whisper.

I relaxed a fraction once it was clear she was okay. “I figured you could use a lift to Don’s place for your car. Didn’t think you would’ve driven home last night.” I shrugged. “It’s been quiet today, so I popped by to see if you wanted me to drive you over.”

She released a pent-up breath and relief washed over her face. “Oh, thank God.”

I frowned and gripped her upper arms. “What’s going on? Everything okay?”

She glanced down at where my hands lay on her soft skin and looked back up to me, blinking twice. “It’s nothing. When I saw the cruiser in the driveway...never mind.” She shook her head.

I studied her for a moment. She was sexy just rolling out of bed with her hair thrown in a messy bun and last night’s make-up still on her face. “You sure?”

She nodded and her eyes flicked down to my hands once more. “Why are you always touching me whenever I see you?” Her voice had come out all breathy, not at all convincing me that she didn’t like my hands right where they were.

I grazed her collarbones with my thumbs, causing goose bumps to form on her skin. “I think you know exactly why.”


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