Hello everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the Holiday season! This has got to be of my favorite times of the year where I can snuggle up in a blanket, grab a cup of cocoa and bury my head in a book! 🙂
And for today’s post, I am so excited to announce that I am collaborating with an awesome author, Amanda Ashby, writer of The Heartbreak Cure to bring you all exclusive content about her new book! First, let’s look into a brief summary of this sweet contemporary read!
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
How to get over a heartbreak:
Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.
Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.
Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.
Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.
After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she’s fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…
Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.
Words from the Author 🙂
Hi Ash, thank you so much for hosting me, and helping me to celebrate the release of The Heartbreak Cure! The thing I get asked the most often is where do I get my ideas from. And most of the time I have no clear answer because the creative process is so weird that sometimes ideas merge and meld in the mind and it’s hard to pinpoint the actual beginning. But in the case of this book I remember exactly how it started. I was sitting in the sun while a builder was inside my house ripping down the kitchen wall. Oh and I was meant to be working on another project that was due in a few months. Instead I got this vision of a girl sitting under a tree writing a slash and burn story on the guy who broke her heart. I was so intrigued as to what he’d done to her that I kept writing to find out more. Then when her hottie ex-neighbor climbed over the fence I was hooked. Now I must add that not all of my books come about so easily. Normally there is kicking, screaming and tears—and not from the characters. But I can honestly say that this book was a real delight to write. And I absolutely refuse to mention just how many brownies were eaten in the process…
“Please don’t tell my mom that one. She doesn’t need any more bad puns to put on her cards,” Cat said as Alex’s cell phone buzzed. He read the text message before looking up.
“You could tell her yourself—or not tell her, as the case might be. She wants you to call her.”
“What?” Cat said in surprise before dragging out her own phone and staring at the dead screen. She’d obviously played one too many games on it during math. “How did she even get your number?”
He shrugged. “I guess Joe gave it to her.”
“Oh.” It seemed Cat wasn’t the only forgetting Alex wasn’t her real boyfriend.
The darkening afternoon sky was a spectrum of blues as he held up his cell. “You can use mine.”
“Thanks.” She took the handset. The screen was cracked, and there was a fine coat of grease on the keys. She grinned at his screen saver, which was of Snoopy dressed up as the Red Baron. “Frozen and now Snoopy? I always knew you had a marshmallow heart.”
“Yeah. I’m a total softie,” his voice was light, but his knuckles whitened. Cat winced. Franklin had tarred and feathered him with the same brush they’d used for his parents. The worst thing was he seemed to believe it, too. Frustration gnawed at her chest.
How I am the only one who can see how amazing he really is?
Her mom answered on the second ring and explained she’d been held up in a sales meeting and it was going to run for another two hours, which meant she couldn’t pick Cat from school.
“It’s fine. I’ll hitch a ride with Nikki,” Cat said, promising to charge up her cell phone, eat some vegetables with her dinner, and on no account throw a house party.
“You’ll never guess what just happened.” Nikki came running outside, her eyes glowing and her cheeks bright.
“Mackenzie fell into a vat of glitter?” Cat suggested. “Or glue?” Alex added.
“Wrong. Parker just asked me if I wanted to grab a burger with him. Well, he said you guys could come, but I told him you were busy. Right. Right?” Nikki narrowed her gaze so there could be no misunderstandings.
“Right,” she agreed with a smile before recalling her transport predicament. “Go, have fun, and don’t tell him about the time you beat your brothers up. It will only scare him.”
“Duh.” Nikki grinned and went racing over to Parker, who was nervously chewing his lip.
“I can give you a lift,” Alex said once they were alone.
“Are you sure? I feel like every day I impose on you more,” she said, achingly aware of how close they were standing.
“What kind of fake boyfriend would leave his girl stranded?” He shrugged.
She tested out the words like a new flavor. Her body trembled in response and she nodded. “Okay, great.”
He grabbed a shower and was just toweling off his hair when there was a knock at the door. He frowned as he hastily dragged his T-shirt on and stepped into his jeans.
It would be Pete, the other mechanic, probably kicked out again by his girlfriend and wanting to bunk on Alex’s couch. He yanked the door open, and his mouth dropped.
She was wearing her favorite band T-shirt tied in at her waist to show off just a hint of stomach. She looked cute as all hell. His skin prickled, and his eyes drifted to her full lips, slick with some kind of pale gloss. Edible.
“What are you doing here?” The words came out harsher than he intended, and he watched the color rise in her cheeks. Smooth.
“Hey,” she said as she clutched at her backpack. Her hair was hanging down around her shoulders, and her dark eyes were shining. “Your hair’s wet.”
“Shower,” he said before wincing. He was really mastering the inane today.
“Oh.” She looked down to her boots and then peered up from between her lashes. “Is it weird I’m here?”
Weird? Dangerous? Brain melting?
Tough one to call.
“Um, no I guess it’s fine. Is everything okay? It’s not Bennet?”
“What?” Her face wrinkled before understanding seemed to dawn. “No, nothing like that. It’s good news, and I wanted to tell you, but then it seemed dumb to call when I had to run an errand and was walking straight past here. But then when I knocked, I suddenly wondered if it—”
“Might be weird,” he finished. She was still on the top stair while he clutched the door in some kind of stand-off. “Do you want to come in?”
“Sure. I mean, yeah,” she said, though her mouth was set in an uncertain line as he stepped back. He caught her scent—it was sunshine and oak trees and safety.
And it could lead directly to trouble.
“Cool.” He took another step back as she swept past and scanned the room, no doubt taking in the wallpaper, which was an explosion of brown swirls. It might’ve worked in some hipster café, but in a beat-up old apartment it was headache inducing.
“I’m not sure what I imagined your place would be like, but this wasn’t it.” She looked around.
“Yeah, well, I’m in the middle of changing decorators. You know how tough it can be.”
“The pain is real, my friend.” She grinned as she walked over to the old couch.
YAYYY!!!! I am so happy to share this new novel with all of you! It sounds like such a fun read and I can’t wait to start it. Thank you to Amanda and Entangled Crush for reaching out to me to collaborate for this great contemporary. Looks like another cute novel is officially added to my TBR!
Thank you so much Amanda! And Best of Luck with the release!
Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all again with another bookish post!