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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Breaking Saint Jude

Guys! Okay, hi. So, my sister wrote this book titled Breaking Saint Jude It's filled with amazing words, amazing characters, and an amazing love interest. So, I guess what I need to know is: Why have you not pre-ordered this book? Haha but seriously this book is beyond epic. It is my favorite book of hers so far. So, let's talk about it. 

1. The cover is beautiful.


See? Beautiful!

2. In its pages reside a chain smoker, a computer hacker, a drug dealer, a taxidermist who may or may not look like he belongs in a Tim Burton movie, and two teenage guys who make the best LGBT couple in the world. 

3. A brotherhood of misfits (see above!) who aren't your typical game hunters who have an underground 'lair'.

4. Yes, it is a contemporary novel! 

5. It will make you want to collect colors of the rainbow in the form of broken glass.

So, you should go pre-order it (or make sure you get it when it comes out on January 14th!) and see how all of this comes together to make one of the most beautiful stories ever. 


Blurb

When sixteen-year-old Jude Calvert sets out to steal stained glass from a broken cathedral window, he finds more than shards of red. He finds Max Rangel - his eye candy from his new LGBT support group - hauling a giraffe carcass across an abandoned part of town with a pack of guys. And he still accepts Max's dinner invite a few days later.

Still, animal lover Jude can't get the giraffe out of his mind. It doesn't take long for him to confront Max, who gives him partial answers and introduces him to a secret brotherhood of not-so-typical game hunters. Unable to tell his mom (the savior of black cats everywhere) or his dad (the zoo's head veterinarian) and unwilling to go back to his overbearing therapist, Jude quickly finds himself sucked into the underground world of taxidermy, theft, and drug deals.

At first, he's willing to do anything for the brotherhood just because he's so thankful to belong to someone again after serious drama with his ex-clique and ex-boyfriend. But when his underground life collides with his life above, he realizes he may have bitten off more than even the biggest animal can chew.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

LGBT Books vs. Slash FanFiction

As the sister of an author who writes LGBT books, I feel the need to write this post. It really bothers me when people are 100% against reading an LGBT book but will read slash fanfiction of their favorite male characters banging the heck out of each other. If you're against LGBT in real life and against LGBT in fiction no matter the type of fiction, this post does not include you in what I am saying.

 You are entitled to have an opinion, but please don't be a hypocrite about it. I once heard a girl say 'Oh no, it is totally wrong for guys to make out and be in love...unless they're hot. Then that's okay.' So, ugly LGBT people aren't allowed to find love? That's how her statement sounded to me when I heard it.

Let me state that I get the thing with slash fanfiction. You already know these characters and love them, so it's easier for you to jump in and love them in a fanfic. The thing is, you could easily love new characters in new books who have an actual shot of falling in love. What I absolutely do not understand is how the same people who will go read Edward/Jacob fanfic with them doing all kinds of sexual things to each other will curl their noses when it comes to an LGBT book that is not a fanfic. Girls all around the world ship Larry Stylinson and will get on Wattpad and read every fic about Louis and Harry they can find, but they refuse to read an LGBT book because 'it has people of the same sex kissing.' OMG. Uhm, I'm not sure when I missed the announcement where Harry or Louis told the fans that he was a girl. If you happened to see it, please leave the link in the comments section below.

I fall in love with new characters all the time. I ship characters like you wouldn't believe. I am the reason Darby McMillon's (Kids In Love) sister has a boyfriend because I shipped 'Maxel' like you wouldn't believe. BUT, the first Nikki Godwin characters I shipped were Micah and Ridge. Micah Youngblood (Falling From the Sky) was her first love interest ever (and OMG at the love). I would like to say now that there is no sex in FFTS, and it is a very clean LGBT book. So, if you're looking for steamy sex scenes between two guys, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a good book with well-developed characters and a good love story, this is most definitely the book for you.

The point of this whole post is basically this – Don't be a hypocrite. Like I said above: If you're against LGBT in real life and against LGBT in fiction no matter the type of fiction, this post does not include you in what I am saying.

To everyone else: Be open to read LGBT books if you enjoy slash fiction of your favorite characters in other books. Don't be the girl who says "It's okay only if they're hot." Please, PLEASE don't be that girl (or guy.)

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If you're not sure how you feel about reading an LGBT book, then Falling From the Sky is a good book to find out with. It doesn't throw the LGBT thing in your face. The relationship slowly grows throughout the book and warms you up to the idea of these two boys being together.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Let's talk about Sex in YA books.

Today I turned on my Kindle and decided to look for a few new books to add to my 'To Be Read' list. I'm a sucker for a good love story, but I'd prefer my story to have a plot alongside it as well. I typed in 'YA Romance' into my search bar and it automatically suggested that I add 'with sex'. This really, really irked me. It irked me that so many people have searched for young adult novels that have sex in them that it would automatically assume that I wanted it in the stories I read as well.  I don't.

Now, let me make myself clear, I am not bashing on books that have explicit scenes it them, but I don't think that authors should add them into every single book they write. I am so, so, so sick of books that are just porn without plot. There are a lot of books with nothing but verbally abusive boyfriends wanting to have sex with the main character...in every chapter! Seriously, enough is enough!

Teen pregnancy is a serious issue in America now. I graduated with four teen moms. All of them were younger than I was. My friend got his fifteen year old girlfriend pregnant the year we were graduating. She now has two children by two different guys, and she's not even eighteen yet. Teenagers are beginning to think it's okay to go around and have sex as much as they want, and we are constantly promoting that to our audiences.

I'm twenty-one years old. I'm not some mother or grandmother who thinks the media is poisoning my child/grandchild's brain. I'm a little sister and a big sister. My little sister is sixteen years old, and I constantly worry about her getting pregnant or catching an STD. I don't know if she's having sex with the guys she's dating. I don't live with her or monitor her. What I do know is that movies, books, and songs promote sex like it's some shiny thing that everyone should be doing all the freaking time. My sister listens to music, she watches movies, and she will occasionally crack open a book. My little sister is being exposed to it every day of her life. Your brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, and friends are being exposed to it every day.

Do my characters have sex? Yes, I do have a FADE TO BLACK scene in my book Behind the Wooden Door, but if you want to pretend they didn't have sex, go right ahead. You can do that, and it will not hurt my feelings at all. In Mutilate My Heart, I have a scene where my main characters get a little too close, but they don't do anything. They pull back and are like 'OMG I'm an idiot.' That is very paraphrased, but you get the point. I don't have explicit scenes in my books because I want parents to feel comfortable handing my books to their children/grandchildren. I don't want any teenagers getting it in their head that it's totally cool to go sleep with a guy they just met because they read it in one of my books.

I have heard authors say things like 'the only way any of our books are going to sell is if we add a lot of sex to them.' Uhm... I'd rather not sell books than to have to make my books filled with raunchy, explicit scenes. I don’t 'talk dirty' to my boyfriends because that is the most awkward thing in the world to me... and slightly disgusting.

Authors, let's stop promoting that it's totally okay to sleep with a guy you barely know and that sex is the way to make a guy love you/stay with you. If a guy (or girl) only wants you for sex, you're better off without them.  Promote love that doesn’t have to rely on a physical relationship to keep it afloat.


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Let's talk about 'that book.'

Every reader has that certain book that can bring them back from the darkness of their mind. There is always that one book you go back to in your mind, and you can't help but whisper a 'Thank You' to the author of said book in your mind. Let's talk about that book.

Two years ago, I was emotionally numb. I was being forced to go to college. A college that I did not even want to go to.

 I hated the idea of any kind of school because my high school experience was so bad. I wore a little too much black eyeliner and band tees to really fit in with the people in my small town county school. Students would actually throw up crosses at me because they thought I did witchcraft. I will never understand where they got that, but it was what is was. Honestly, the whole place was a joke. The teachers were too busy gossiping with the students to actually teach us anything. The only classes I ever learned anything in were my English classes and Performing Arts. They both taught me very different things, but they helped me find who I am. I passed all of my classes with epic grades because I actually studied and read my text books (unlike most of my class mates.) 

So, with very little help from my high school teachers and my self-esteem being pretty much non-existent, I was beyond dreading college. I begged my mom not to make me go. She thought I would regret not going and told me to give it one semester. I reluctantly agreed.

That semester brought me to an all time low, but because of that low, I found the one thing I needed to bring me back to life.

My mom was going through some bad times at work and with other things, and she wasn't exactly nice to me. She had gotten really sick with something and everything pissed her off for a few months. She would take the smallest disagreements and turn them into something utterly ridiculous. She once accused me of not caring about other peoples lives and that I was trying to kill people by driving with very little sleep. It was a stupid argument that sent me to my room crying for hours. A few days later, she accused me of wanting her dead because I brought our cat inside the house for a few minutes. Mom was convinced she was allergic to the cat and that was what was making her sick. She is not and has never been allergic to the cat. All of this happened over the course of a weekend, and it took everything in my power to get out of bed and go to my classes that Monday. 

The day went by in a blur. I took my notes and answered all of the questions the teachers asked. When I finished up with my last class, I didn't want to go home. So, I went to the bookstore to get a frappe. I walked the Teen section of the store, and my eye caught a last name on a book. FUNKE. 

Now anyone who knows me, knows that Cornelia Funke is my all time favorite author. I adore her books like Potterheads adore the Harry Potter series. It's that serious. I had read her Inkword Trilogy in high school and it got me through my last two years there. I remember standing there with my hand freezing from the frappe as I read the back of the book. I didn't have much money. I was a college kid, of course I didn't have much money, but I didn't care. I would just have to go without gasoline because I HAD to have this book. 

I read the book, RECKLESS, in a few hours. I devoured every word. That book was a light in a dark tunnel that lead  me to be okay again. It made me feel something for the first time in months. I took it with me every day to every class until that semester of college was over. I didn't go back for a second semester. When I started my first job, I brought Reckless with me and kept it stashed away in my purse for a while. I still take it with me when I travel places. It's the first thing I put in my car.

Two years later, I'm okay. Reckless stays on my nightstand every night, and I am actually re-reading it now. I love it as much as I did then. I am thankful that Cornelia Funke put that story into writing. I am also thankful that other people find their very own books that make them want to breathe in every breath they can because without those books, none of us would be here. 

My hope for my books is that one day someone will stumble across them in a dark period in their lives and it will make them feel something. 

If there is a book (or song, or movie, or anything at all) like that for you, I'd very much like to read (or hear/see) it. So, if you want, drop a title in the comment section.

Much Love.

<3



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tristan and Lanie = Love

I don't know if you all know this, but I wrote this book called Behind the Wooden Door, and Nikki, author of the Drenaline Surf series and Saturn series, says it's the best book I've ever written. That's really saying something seeing as she loves Mutilated Arteries. So, I decided to let you guys have a look at who Tristan and Lanie from Behind the Wooden Door are. Enjoy!

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The grass is cold against the exposed skin of my back. Frogs and crickets harmonize in the night air of the garden as I stare up at the bright stars. I replay the dream in my head for the ninth time. I’ve seen that door before, but where? Everything about it feels so familiar. The dark peeling wood. The arched shape. The large, rusted iron hinges. It’s like trying to reignite a dying ember.
A stick snaps somewhere to my left. I jolt upward and scan the garden. I can feel someone’s eyes on me in the shadows. My breath comes out quickly as I exhale into the night.
“Who’s there?” I call out.
It’s silent for a moment before my observer walks out of the shadows.
“It’s just me,” Tristan says with his hands up like he’s surrendering a battle.
Curse this stupid heart of mine for beating so quickly. And for no reason at all. He’s just a soldier. Just a soldier. A blood lusting killer. Maybe that’s why my heart is acting so odd. Stop lying to yourself, Lanie. You know you’re not afraid.
“Hawk said you needed to talk to me,” he says.
He walks the distance between us and hesitates before he sits down beside me. He made Hawk keep me away, and now he willingly comes to see me. That was a lot of trouble just to find me later. I stare at his shadow and try to rid my mind of the image of the cloaked figure from my dream.
“Why have you been avoiding me?” I ask.
Don’t look at him, Lanie. He’ll think you actually care.
“I haven’t been avoiding you,” he lies. “I’ve just been busy.”
“With what?” I inquire.
He runs his fingers through his hair and falls back onto the ground with a loud sigh. His chest rises and falls slowly, and he wets his lips with his tongue. I look away from him and up at the night sky.
“What have you been busy with?” I repeat.
“Why does it matter to you?” he snaps. “Nothing I do should matter to you, Princess. Hell, I’m trying to fight a war, and I didn’t even get to lead my soldiers into battle because…”
He growls in frustration and focuses his attention on the stars. I bite down on my bottom lip and consider what he said. He’s right. It shouldn’t matter to me what he does. But it does matter. It matters a lot.
I fall back beside him.
“How’s your shoulder?” I ask.
He sighs and looks over at me. “It’s fine. Thanks for giving my brother a near heart-attack by the way.”
“You’re welcome,” I say sarcastically. “I just figured he knew already.”
Tristan hums in response, and then he gives a small laugh.
“Bretildon would be right above your castle,” he says.
“What’s Bretildon?” I ask.
He looks at me with his eyebrows drawn together.
“Constellation,” he replies. “Bretildon is said to be the god of war, hate, and lust.” He points to the sky. “That’s him.”
Bretildon was right to stand over my castle. There’s plenty of war and hate here. But lust?
“Where?” I ask.
I don’t want to think about lust.
Tristan grabs my wrist and lifts my arm up. The warmth of his skin is a nice contrast to the night air, but it makes my skin tingle. Tristan straightens my index finger and directs my hand to the war god. The constellation doesn’t look like a god, though. Unless Bretildon is shaped like a seagull.
Tristan’s hand lingers on mine.
“Aissur?”
His jaw tightens when I address him, but he makes no action to respond.
“Tristan?”
He drops my hand, and it falls lifeless to my side.
“Are we on first name basis now?” He sounds nervous when he speaks.
I roll over onto my side and stare down at him. He’s acting odd. He turns his head the other way, so he doesn’t have to look at me.
“Not avoiding me, huh?” I say. “You won’t even look at me.”
He pushes himself up and stands, but he doesn’t go anywhere. He looks around the garden like it will miraculously tell him what to say to me. I hate to tell him, but the garden doesn’t speak. It never does when I ask for help.
“Tristan, look at me,” I say, standing.
He doesn’t move. He keeps his eyes on the rotten pears that hang from the nearest tree.
“Dammit, Tristan! Look at me!”
He faces me with a look full of anger. He opens his mouth, to yell at me more than likely, but I don’t give him the chance.




When an army of soldiers marches through her castle doors, Princess Lanie is plagued with thoughts of blood, death, and sorrow. War is something she never fathomed happening in her lifetime. Falling in love with the army's commander, Tristan, wasn't part of the plan either. He's smart-mouthed, arrogant, and everything her tyrant father would disapprove of. After all, Tristan's place is on the battlefield, not a throne. 

After the kingdom's fortune teller predicts a deadly outcome, Lanie knows her secret romance is an execution waiting to happen. She has to do something - fast - because the war path has redirected toward her.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cover Reveal for Until We Die (Mutilated #2)

Hey guys! So, I decided yesterday that today I would post the cover for my next Mutilated book! In Until We Die, you guys will find out the "how" and "why" the Mutilated Arteries guys are what they are! Sooooo....here ya go!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Cover Reveal -- KIDS IN LOVE by Nikki Godwin

Today is the cover reveal for my sister Nikki's upcoming Saturn Series novella, Kids in Love!


Release date: August 2014

As one of the original Saturnites, Darby McMillon has been a longtime face of the fandom. From the days when the boys were just a YouTube band trying to gain fans up through their recent lockdown, Darby's channel - Darby's Daily Dose of Drama - was the "go to" spot for all things Spaceships Around Saturn. 

Until now, she's been trusted by most and envied by few, but her meet up with SAS girlfriend Chloe Branson shakes Darby's world. She learns quickly that when you're with the band, everything isn't always red carpets and music videos. 

And the closer she gets to her SAS crush Tate Kingsley, the closer she comes to losing her Saturnite status forever.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Behind the Wooden Door's New Coverrrr :)

Behind the Wooden Door's new cover is finally here for the world to see! :) This book has gone through a hell of a lot with me. In the past few months it has gotten a new cover and a re-write. As soon as my editor (AKA Nikki) gets finished with it, I'm going to re-publish it.
Much love as always to everyone. <3


Friday, March 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: Rough Waters by my sister, Nikki Godwin

This series has been "my" series since waaaay back before it was even a series. I remember when Nikki pitched the original idea of Chasing Forever Down to me. I was instantly in love with the book. It went through some major changes and plot twists before the final version was published, but this book has always been my favorite of everything Nikki has written. Also, I get to brag that I'm currently reading this book AS SHE WRITES IT because I have the sister privilege.  Today I'm helping release the cover for ROUGH WATERS, book #2 in the Drenaline Surf series!

 
Rough Waters
by Nikki Godwin
 
Publication date: April 27, 2014
Genre: Upper YA / New Adult
 
Haley's future has been waiting on the west coast for the past year, but she isn't the only new face in Crescent Cove this summer. When Colby Taylor's parents locate him and interrupt his surf competition, the surf star spirals out of control, dragging Drenaline Surf's reputation through the mud and into the ground with him.
 
With Colby's secrets plastered across surf magazines and tabloid headlines, Haley takes on the job of playing damage control for Drenaline Surf - which isn't easy when Colby breaks everything he touches, Topher breaks the law, and Miles breaks his leg.
 
Instead of chasing dreams of forever, Haley spends her summer chasing the unraveling careers of the hottest new faces in the surf world, and she's about to learn what happens when forever doesn't last.

Monday, February 24, 2014

My Sister's Newest Release - Falling From The Sky

Falling From The Sky
Title: Falling From The Sky
Author: Nikki Godwin
Date of Publication: February 21, 2014
Genre: LGBT contemporary YA
All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy’s life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys’ heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.
Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can't decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn’t felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.

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About Nikki Godwin
Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. She adores pro surfer John John Florence and has made it her life goal to meet David Desrosiers of Simple Plan.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Where I've Been Lately

Hi! *waves awkwardly*

I've kind of disappeared for a while, and I'm sorry about that. I started a job, rewrote my first novel (which is still in another round of edits), and I have very, very slow internet, so I've totally slacked off of my 40 days of CFD posts (Sorry, Nik), but I plan to start back on them very soon.

I originally wanted to publish Mutilated Time in March, but it's not looking like that's going to happen. It is going to get written and published this year (hopefully before Summer), but I'm not going to guarantee any dates. Behind The Wooden Door will be republished with a pretty, shiny (not so shiny) new cover! So, maybe you guys who are waiting for the second Mutilated book can pass the time with BTWD (or one of Nikki's books. Any of them work for me!), or don't. It's really up to you. :)

But I love you guys and thank you all for your patience! <3

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Excerpt Time!


So, it's no secret that I absolutely LOVE Miles Garrett! Today you guys are getting an excerpt from CHASING FOREVER DOWN that's all Miles-ish! Enjoy ;)

The maroon can grows smaller and smaller as it flies through the air. I don’t see where it lands, but I’m sure Miles will kick it again if we stumble across it. A group of people move in our direction, coming from beyond the collapsed pier.

“Who the hell are they?” Miles asks, like I’m supposed to know.

I don’t answer him. He stands as solid as those jagged rocks in the water. We stay right here on the shoreline until they come within a few feet of us. I feel like I’m on the front line in an ancient war, like I can’t fire until I see the whites of their eyes.

“Where do you think you’re going?” Miles asks.

There are two girls and three guys, two of whom are carrying surfboards. Both of them are taller than Miles, who is probably five-foot-six flat-footed. Still, Miles doesn’t move.

“To surf,” one of the guys says. “The waves are better down there.”

“I know,” Miles answers. “But that’s Hooligan territory. From the pier to those rocks – those waves are spoken for.”

I glance behind us to take in a panorama of ‘Hooligan territory.’ The waves are definitely better there.

The other guy laughs and rams the tip of his surfboard into the sand, letting it stand next to him. “I don’t see your Hooligan name anywhere on it. It’s a free country, so I’ll surf in whatever water I want to surf in.”

Miles laughs and shakes his head. “You’re either deaf or just fucking stupid. The pier to those rocks – my water. The pier and beyond – your water. Now get the fuck out of here or I’m gonna fuck you up and drown you in my water!”

I take a few steps back because I know with everything in me that Miles will hit this guy. He’ll get into a knock-down brawl before he’ll let these guys surf in Hooligan territory.

The first guy who spoke hurls his surfboard onto the ground. Oh, how I wish it would’ve snapped in half. He bulks up, standing a good six feet, and looks down at Miles. Part of me wants to scream for the other Hooligans, just for back up, but the smarter part of me knows not to dare insult Miles’ pride that way.
I don’t have time to scream, though.


After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she's more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he's been dead for years. Knowing he's very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he's Colby Taylor, the west coast's biggest professional surfer.



If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she'll have to get past his four intimidating "bodyguards" who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the perfectly corporate future that's been planned for her. But dealing with these bodyguards isn't exactly what Haley imagined it'd be. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of them might just be worse.
Buy a copy of the book (links below), and keep up with my blog to find out all kinds of things you did and didn't know about Chasing Forever Down!!
 

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Interview With the Author of CHASING FOREVER DOWN, Nikki Godwin.



What made you decide to write a book based in a surf town?
I've never read any books about surfing or surf culture, and it sparked my interest. I decided I'd give it a try. I think it worked out quite well.

If you were a character in your book, would you rather live in Crescent Cove or Horn Island?
I'm gonna have to go with Crescent Cove only because Horn Island is a bit scary, although I'd probably date a Horn Island boy. ;)

Where's your favorite place in Crescent Cove?
This place isn't really explored a lot in CFD, but there's a rustic beach house a few houses down from where Reed, Alston, and A.J. live. It's where the beach party is held in chapter 8. It's where we first meet Topher, Miles, and Dominic at the pool table. This house is really special and will be in the other books in the series. It's my favorite place in the cove.

Who was the character you had the most fun writing?
A.J. Gonzalez. He really came to life on the page and was one of those "anything goes" kind of characters. There are endless possibilities with him.

What would you say is the biggest difference and similarity in CFD compared to American Girl On Saturn?
I always say that AGOS is more like cotton candy, and CFD is more like salsa. CFD is grittier, edgier, and a bit more serious. AGOS is just a lot of cute, sweet fluff. CFD goes deeper and has a real plot/journey, where AGOS is more romance and just sweetness.

If you could hang out with any character in CFD for one day, who would you choose and why?
This question really depends on the day and how I'm feeling, but for now, I'll say Topher. He's very upbeat and fun, and I need more upbeat-ness and fun in my life right now. I think he's just a genuine person who would be a great person to have in your life.

What was the most difficult scene to write in CFD?
The goodbye scene between Haley & A.J. destroyed me. I seriously cried until I was sick. It was a rough morning lol.

You've stated many times that this is your favorite book and the one closest to your heart. Would you say this book has more of yourself in it than AGoS does? If so, how?
CFD was a book that I truly believed in 100%. I was working a day job from hell at the time I was writing it, so it took A YEAR to finish the first draft. It was draining, and I nearly gave up so many times. This book was really what brought me happiness and gave me an escape from the job from hell. I queried CFD, but it wasn't "enough" for the traditional industry. I knew this book was amazing and deserved to be read, so I made the decision to self-pub because of this book. This was a story that needed to be told. Too much of my heart had gone into it for it to be trunked. AGOS was something I wrote for fun, in a month & a half, hoping it'd be commercial enough to get my name out there. The book wasn't even my idea (HI EMILY). It's never truly felt like "mine" like CFD did. I love AGOS, but I love CFD much more.

Which book do you think has the more swoon worthy characters?
For ME, CFD has more because I like edgier guys. For the majority of people, AGOS would have more swoon worthy guys. AGOS is very swoony. CFD is gritty. I like gritty boys LOL.
 
What are you most excited to write about in the sequel to CFD?
I'm super excited to write more with Colby Taylor "on screen." He was very important in CFD, but he was always an idea or a memory. He was rarely ever actually there on the page, live in the flesh... (words?) He's a huge part of CFD2 (Rough Waters), and I know his back story. I know why he's done the things he's done. I personally really love him as a character. He's one of my favorites. I understand why people hate him now, but hopefully he'll redeem himself well by the end of the series. Also, I'm just really excited to get back to my "old friends" on the west coast.



After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she's more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he's been dead for years. Knowing he's very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he's Colby Taylor, the west coast's biggest professional surfer.


If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she'll have to get past his four intimidating "bodyguards" who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the perfectly corporate future that's been planned for her. But dealing with these bodyguards isn't exactly what Haley imagined it'd be. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of them might just be worse.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Logan Riley from CHASING FOREVER DOWN





Logan Riley is just a name in CHASING FOREVER DOWN. He is an East Coaster who is Colby Taylor's biggest competition. He's a great surfer and very much a pretty boy. Rumor in Crescent Cove is that Mr. Riley may just become the next guy sponsored by Drenaline Surf!


What will happen when he and Colby are on the same team? Well, that just may be discovered in CFD's sequel ROUGH WATERS!





After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she's more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he's been dead for years. Knowing he's very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he's Colby Taylor, the west coast's biggest professional surfer.

If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she'll have to get past his four intimidating "bodyguards" who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the perfectly corporate future that's been planned for her. But dealing with these bodyguards isn't exactly what Haley imagined it'd be. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of them might just be worse.
Buy a copy of the book (links below), and keep up with my blog to find out all kinds of things you did and didn't know about Chasing Forever Down!!
 

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Kale Nakoa from CHASING FOREVER DOWN



A guy with an incredible natural tan and long black hair meets us halfway across the clumpy sand.

"And I’m the honorary Hooligan,” Kale says. “Dominic won’t let me be official.”

Kale is the honorary West Coast Hooligan. Dominic Richardson won't let him be an official Hooligan because Kale is from Hawaii and not Horn Island like the other guys. He still hangs out with the WCH and surfs with them, though. Kale's a major flirt and loves to party and have fun. If there is a party in the Cove or Horn Island, you can be sure he's there!
So if you guys ever find yourself at a party in Crescent Cove, make sure to keep an eye out for Kale!



After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she's more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he's been dead for years. Knowing he's very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he's Colby Taylor, the west coast's biggest professional surfer.

If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she'll have to get past his four intimidating "bodyguards" who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the perfectly corporate future that's been planned for her. But dealing with these bodyguards isn't exactly what Haley imagined it'd be. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of them might just be worse.
Buy a copy of the book (links below), and keep up with my blog to find out all kinds of things you did and didn't know about Chasing Forever Down!!
 

Keep up with Nikki to find out about her 2014 book releases!

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