Saturday, August 31, 2013

CREATUS by Carmen DeSousa!

In every myth there is a modicum of truth…
The reason we believe in Fairy Tales—and Monsters.

As the sun’s rays peeked above the horizon, lighting the abyss below her, she inhaled a deep breath, closed her eyes, and jumped. She didn’t scream; she didn’t look down. As much as she hated her life, she hoped it wouldn’t end this way. She’d really like to see him one more time.

Her life didn’t flash before her eyes as she’d always heard. Just an image of her mother covered in blood and her Dark Angel telling her he was sorry.

Creatus, by best-selling author Carmen DeSousa, is a new romantic-suspense novel with a supernatural edge that answers the myths and fairy tales you’ve heard about preternatural sentient beings.

Prepare yourself to believe.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Review: Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert

Breaking the Reins

Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert
Release Date: August 14, 2013
Format: eARC, 400 pages
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review

Description from Goodreads:
Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma's life and kills her horse, Hannah's immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can't turn away even though she's not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.

What really intrigued me about this book was the horses. I thought it was a super cool premise to have the MC run a ranch and try to take care of poor Argus. And then on top of that, there was the abusive relationship. I was incredibly interested to see how it all fit together in one book. Whether it would feel random and scattered or what. The result, though, was actually way better than I could have imagined. This book was so good! Juliana Haygert did a great job of tying all those details of this story together into a book that I truly enjoyed reading.

As a character, Hannah didn't exactly WOW me. But she is also a respectable MC and I don't hate her. I don't even think she's that bad. She's okay, I'd say. And then Leo...oh goodness. THIS GUY. He is kind and caring and absolutely wonderful. I understand why Hannah was so into this dude. And their romance? Ah! So great. I do think their feelings started off rather quickly, but there is NOT insta-love. They do not by any means start throwing around the L word before it was acceptable for them.

Eric. At first, I actually liked Eric. He didn't seem like a bad guy, and he seemed like he cared. But then time went on and...things got huge. You'll discover that for yourself, but I'm just saying that I want to punch Eric in the face. Also, Juliana did a nice job of writing the relationship between Hannah and Eric. When reading about an abusive relationship like this, it's easy to get mad at the girl for sticking around. But in this book, it's all explained in Hannah's mind (and whatnot) so that...I get it. I HATE IT. But I also get it. That doesn't mean I agree 100% with how Hannah handled that problem, but still. It's nice to understand.

Argus! I love that horse. So cute!

I'd have to say my only real issue with this book was that I predicted what was going to happen. PREDICTABLE. I was completely pulled into the story by that point that I didn't get bored anyway, but predictability happened nevertheless.

The ending of this book is something I love and approve of. I also think that I would LOVE to see more Hannah and Leo. Together. Because they are all kinds of adorable.

Overall, I highly enjoyed reading Breaking the Reins and has a cool enough premise that it's definitely a worthwhile New Adult story to give a chance. Plus, you probably want to meet Leo. Ohmygosh, so hot. ;)


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Character Interview: West from Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine!

You've heard of Click to Subscribe, right? By L.M. Augustine? I wrote a review for it not too long ago. I said nice things. Because this is a freaking nice book. But if you haven't heard of this one yet, it's THIS:

Click to Subscribe
Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine
Release Date: May 9, 2013
Format: eARC, 188 pages
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Buy It: Amazon
 Description from Goodreads:
135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them.

As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I <3 Sam Green” T-shirt Harper promised she'd have on.

To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.

So now that we all know what's up...

The author, L.M. Augustine was awesome and let me borrow West for a little bit not too long ago. Today, I'm going to share the interview we did! I'm going to be honest here--this thing makes me laugh. More than a little.

West, my boy! Welcome to my blog! You better have brought ice cream. Seriously, if you didn’t I’m going to have to ask you to leave.
WHAT???? You said YOU were bringing the ice cream. That's the whole reason I'm doing this interview!
KIDDING. I’m kidding!
I'm still waiting on my ice cream bribe. There is no kidding here.
Seriously, though, are you aware of how cool your name is? West Ryder. That’s a cool name, dude.
I know, I know. It also compliments my great hair. I have such great hair, you know. Did I mention I have great hair?
Soooooo, West. How’s life? You still with that cool chick? (I totally know her name. It’s just more fun to use the word “chick.”) But tell Cat I say hey!
Yeah, Cat is awesome. But she is kind of wondering why you abducted me for this interview and didn't even feed me ice cream.
We are not amused.
How are things goin’ with your dad? Getting better or anything? I must say, …actually I won’t say. For all the people who are silly enough to have not read this book yet, I shalt not spoil.
A little better. I don't know if I can ever really forgive him after what he did to my mom and me, but he seems to be, for once, trying. It's a start, at the very least.
What’s your favorite color, West? And why, if there IS a reason, that is. Sometimes people have reasons, and sometimes they don’t.
I love the color of red-velvet cake, because it reminds me of Cat.
So you started your vlog and ran it for a huge amount of time without telling anyone close to you. Um, why? I mean, I don’t exactly shove my blog in my people’s faces (HA, there is one exception to this, actually…hahahaha), but I do mention it. A lot.
I don't know, really, but I guess I just needed a personal place, where I could escape from everything else and no one would know me. It was nice, especially after Mom died. She was the one who knew about the vlog, and so it started to feel like our own little thing, my own personal way of talking to her even when I couldn't otherwise, and I didn't want anyone else knowing about the vlog to ruin that.
Also: I'm still waiting on that ice cream you promised. *ninja stare*
Was it hard keeping your vlog a secret? Because I repeat: I ramble about my crap all the time.
Not really. I am, you know, RESPONSIBLE sometimes. (Also people scare me.)
Of your whole entire life, what is your favorite memory? And I mean #1, not a list of memories you could choose from. PICK ONE. Actually, wait…that is a really hard question…if you can’t pick ONE, try not to make it more than three…yeah. Three’s a nice number. (NEVER SAY I DON’T HELP PEOPLE.)
(What would be HELPFUL is if you get me my ICE CREAM that you promised.)
I don't even need three memories. I know my favorite for certain: it's the first time I visited The Icecreamery, when my mom took me and Cat there when I was six and we got into a food fight with vanilla ice cream and rainbow sprinkles. We were laughing and looking totally stupid, and we didn't even care because we had each other and we were genuinely happy. I loved that moment.
If you were to have a pet tiger, what would you name him and why? (And don’t EVEN argue with me on his gender. IT WILL BE A BOY BECAUSE I SAY SO. Deal with it.)
(Caps for emphasis.)
Describe our girl Cat in five words or less.
First off: our girl? OUR? She is mine--singular. You stay away from her! You scare me!
But to describe Cat in five words: "Everything I will ever need."
How's that for deep? (I WIN THIS ROUND MUAHAHAHA.)
Now describe HARPER in five words or less. (hehehehehe)
Funny, dorky, weird, my escape.
Describe YOURSELF in five words or less.
Awesome, charming, has GREAT hair.
Now finish this sentence: “If I had a dollar every time I ______, I would be able to buy Jessica a lifetime supply of ice cream with sprinkles.”
If I had a dollar every time someone promised to buy me ice cream then DIDN'T (*coughs in your direction*), I would be able to buy Jessica a lifetime supply of ice cream with sprinkles.
And because I’m feeling bossy, describe ME in five words or less.
(Did I mention bossy?)
Do you ever just get songs stuck in your head? Because, MAN, I have had “Lover of the Light” by Mumford & Sons stuck in mine for way too long. IT WILL NOT LEAVE. I’m even listening to it now. What is the song currently stuck in YOUR brain?
Well "Gone Gone Gone" by Phillip Phillips is currently stuck in my author's brain, so I guess that means it's stuck in mine too?
Do you have a favorite book? What is iiiiiiit?
Harry Potter for the win!
What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
What’s your favorite thing about Cat?
Her smile.
What’s your favorite thing about your dad?
Per my Fifth Amendment right, I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate me…
Oooo, what’s your favorite thing about vlogging? (I really like this question…but still not as much as I love the tiger question.)
I like the freedom in it. I like that it gives me an escape, a place to express myself, to really be who I am. Sometimes it feels like truly being yourself is difficult in high school.
If you had to rate this interview—SO FAR, it’s not over yet—on a scale from 1-10, what would you rate it and why?
A 4.
Do you know who Dante Walker is? If you don’t, you really must read the book in which he is AWESOME.
He sounds UBER cocky. Which just means that he's awesome. So yes, I will read his book one day.
Hmm…I’ve never done this in an interview before, but I think it would be amusing. So I’m going to give you a word, and I want you to tell me the first thing that comes to mind, okay? GO.
I am scared…
Dinosaur: Dead.
Banana: Murderer.
Creepypasta: Horror movie.
Red: Cat.
Panada! Sad!
Chat: This.
Seven: Ice cream.
That last one was literally because there were seven words, and I hate the number seven, so I had to add something and I couldn’t think of anything so BOOM.
You know, I would appreciate your cleverness A LOT more if you just gave me that ice cream…
Oh, and you and I are friends. It’s already been decided.
…Um… …no….
And this interview is almost over, which is why I’m getting even more ramble-y.
You were always rambly, Jessica.
Before I start accepting that the interview’s over, though, is there anything random you’d like to say? The randomer the better.
I am convinced that when the sun sets, bananas come to life and strangle people to death with their skin. They are mind-controlling serial killers.
Oh, hey, how are things going with Cat? I’ve been meaning to ask that for like, the past ten questions, but it kept slipping my mind. Or did I already ask? I don’t think I did. I have a terrible memory.
You totally did already ask, but since I pity you: things are going really well. SHE actually buys me ice cream, too. *glares*
Okay…I think that is all…waaah. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DROPPING BY! You totally have to stop by again. Or maybe I’ll invite you over to hang out on Bookish sometime. It’s pretty chill there, too. Or, OHMYGOSH, I’ll have to interview you and Cat at together sometime…
If there is ice cream involved, I AM IN. My schedule is not exactly filled… with anything… and, you know, school is unimportant and can easily be pushed out of the way, SO LET'S DO THIS THING.
We are so going to have fun. Thank you! And don’t you dare be a stranger! I know where you sleep.
Thank you for having me! As much as you scare me, you are kind of cool. Kind of. I guess. Maybe.
And that's the interview! Tell me, what do ya think? Hehehe!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #20 ♥ The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)
Expected Publication: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Description from Goodreads:
In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.
Why I'm waiting on this:
Adrian. Honestly, I just really want more Adrian. Like, NOW. I'm especially excited for the chapters in his POV. Eeeeeeeeeep! I finished The Indigo Spell a few days ago and now I'm all into this series again and ahhhh. Also, on a less Adrian-crazy front, I'm curious as to how things will go with Sydney's sister and this new guardian guy who just showed up. Especially after having read the first chapter. (I haven't read the second chapter yet. I don't think my mind can handle it yet. I NEEEEEEEEEEED THIS BOOOOOOOOOOOOK.)
What do you think of my pick this week? And what are YOU waiting on? I want to know! If you made a post, leave a link so I can seeeeeeeee!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
Goodness knows I love me some secondary characters. WOOT! Since it says "most memorable" I'm just listing the first ten that come to mind. And I may or may not stretch the definition of "secondary character"...heh...
My Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters:
Daniel from Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2) 
This guy was hilarious. And I LOVED all his random names for people. I'm so glad he's getting his own novella! Colleen Hoover actually posted a sneak peek chapter on her blog yesterday, which made me even MORE excited!
Ziri from Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) 
I know most people would put Zuzana here, but...I can't help it. In this book Ziri was my boy. I REALLY hope everything turns out well for him. Even though, with my luck, it won't. Wah. Nevertheless, looooooooooove.
Blue from The Collector by Victoria Scott
The Collector (Dante Walker, #1) 
Blue left quite an impression on me in this book. Especially with how his part of this story ended. And...that's all I'm gonna say here. ;)
Deacon from the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Half-Blood (Covenant, #1) Pure (Covenant, #2) Deity (Covenant, #3) 
Deacon's so funny. Especially when he's with Luke. The end of Deity is the first thing that comes to mind. Hehehehehe
Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars 
I can't help it. This guy needs to go on this list because of humping the moist cave wall. THAT PART. Just. HAAAA!
Roar from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) 
I wish so much that Roar was real. This guy is awesome.
Daniel from the Touched series by Nancy Straight
Blood Debt (Touched, #1) Centaur Legacy: Touched Series Book 2 Centaur Rivalry 
He is my LITERAL book boyfriend. Obviously he's memorable to me. :)
Teddy from If I Stay by Gayle Forman
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) 
Awww, this little boy. Just...AWWWWWWW.
Nan from the Too Far trilogy by Abbi Glines
Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach, #1) Never Too Far (Rosemary Beach, #2) Forever Too Far (Rosemary Beach, #4) 
This is the only girl on this whole list (ha, my mind...) but she had to be on here. I HATE her. So much. But she was also one of the first characters to come to mind when I started making this list. She's terrible, though.
Christopher from Love's Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella
Love's Forbidden Flower (Forbidden Flower, #1) 
I love this book. And it's sequel. And Christopher is my favorite part of it aaaaaaalll. He is such a sweetheart. I heart him!
And that's ten! What do you think of my list? Who would you put on YOUR list? If you made a post, I'd love a link to see it!

Monday, August 26, 2013

A to Z Book Blogger Survey!

Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner did this around the beginning of August and I thought it looked like fun! So I'm going to give it a go. :)
Author you've read the most books from:
Goodreads says Sarah Dessen--I've read nine of hers (all except for her newest, The Moon and More). But the answer should be Jennifer L. Armentrout. Well...if you combine her JLA ones with her J. Lynn ones. I've read more than nine of those, I'm pretty sure. Oh! But if you want to go before I started uses Goodreads and was a little wee one, it's Mary Pope Osborne. I've read a crap load of Magic Tree House books. Those things are the bomb.
Best sequel ever:
The first book that comes to mind is Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. But I also REALLY loved Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor. This is such a hard one to answer! I'm going with both.
Currently reading:
Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert. And I'm really liking it so far!
Drink of choice while reading:
Water. That's actually my drink of choice a majority of the time.
E-reader or Physical Book:
Physical book. I do adore my Kindle but I LOVE being able to hold and look at and pet physical copies of books. I also love arranging them on shelves. (Or in stacks. You know, when I run out of shelf room...)
Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:
Since I'm in high school right now I guess I just say who I'd date now? Ahhhh, I love so many book boys. But realistically...probably Dexter from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. He's a goof and is also sweet...yeah, I see that.
(I was GOING to say Guy Chambers from Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott at first. Just so we know.)
Glad you gave this book a chance:
Love's Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella!
Hidden gem book:
I've done so much thinking about this one. If I had to pick ONE, though, I'd probably have to say I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan. So good and so sweet.
Important moment in your reading life:
Borrowing books from my friend Ashley. Twilight was the book (and series) that got me into reading, but Ashley was the person that got me to branch out into other YA. Her and my 8th grade advanced English class. A lot of the girls in there read Sarah Dessen books. Without becoming a Sarah Dessen fan, I...I don't even know. THANK YOU PEOPLE. <3
Just finished:
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. FINALLY!
Kind of books you won't read:
Middle grade and most non-fiction. I'm also not a big fan of heavily religious books.
Longest book you've read:
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (756 pages)
Major book hangover because of:
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.
Number of book cases you own:
One. It holds more books than you'd think, though. The rest of my books are in stacks. But I seriously need another. But first I must find room for it...
One book you've read multiple times:
The Secret Circle trilogy by L.J. Smith. That's three books...but I can't read one without reading the others! Team Nick all the way! I actually borrowed those books from a friend (Ashley, who I mentioned before, hehe) and then when I had my own money I bought them so I could read them whenever I wanted. Which has been quite a few times since then. LOVE those books.
Preferred place to read:
My bed. It's comfortable and it's also not private so when I start crying or yelling at books I don't get strange looks. There's also this rocking chair at my brother's house I'm quite fond of reading on as well.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:
And we're going back to my boy Dex... "You know, when it works, love is pretty amazing. It's not overrated. There's a reason for all those songs." -This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. I also have a pen with this quote on it. Thank you, Sarah Dessen!
Reading regret:
Taking as long as I did to read Perks of Being a Wallflower. That was a big deal to me.
Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series):
There are a bunch of these, actually. I have a fear of final books. But I'd say the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. I have the first two books and have read them, but I don't even own the last two. I need to get on that!
Three of your all-time favorite books:
I have a shelf for this on Goodreads, so I'm just picking the first three I see...
Stolen by Lucy Christopher, Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover, Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Unapologetic fangirl for:
Jennifer L. Armentrout (along with Val & Kay--the triplets!) and Victoria Scott (once the Super Fan, always the Super Fan)
Very excited for this release more than all the others:
The first book that comes to mind is Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott, which I have already read but I cannot wait for everyone to get to read it because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
But I'll put one I HAVEN'T read, too--White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Can't wait to see her make gargoyles all hot and smexy ;)
One more because I can't help myself (I'm terrible at this, can't you tell?): The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. Adrian! Ahhh, that boy kills me with his beautiful words. I can't wait to be inside his mind.
Worst bookish habit:
I don't do anything super bad...I treat my books super well. I do have a weird habit, though, of taking books of my shelf for little reasons and then not putting them back so they're stacked next to my bed. I usually do this until the stack is about to tip over, then I rearrange my shelves again.
X marks the spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Your latest book purchase:
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout :)
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late:
King Hall by Scarlett Dawn! Goodness, that book was addicting.
Oh, wait! The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. I was up late for that one.
Jamie always has the coolest ideas for fun bloggish stuff! What do you think of my answers? Did you do the survey? I'd like to see!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

If You Leave by Courtney Cole Blog Tour (Character Interview & Giveaway!)

About the Book:
If You Leave by Courtney Cole
If You Leave (Beautifully Broken, #2)
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Forever
Series: Beautifully Broken #2
Buy It: Amazon | B&N 
Description from Goodreads:
26-year old Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be, anyway. As an ex-Army Ranger, Gabe never thought he needed anyone. But after one horrible night in Afghanistan scars him in a way that he can't get past, he needs someone who can help him heal...even if he doesn't realize it.

25-year old Madison Hill doesn't need anybody...or so she thinks. She grew up watching her parents' messed-up abusive relationship and she knows there's no way in hell that she's ever letting that happen to her.

They don't know it in the beginning, but Gabriel and Madison will soon develop a weakness: Each other.

But Gabriel's got a secret, a hidden monster that he's afraid Maddy could never overcome... And Maddy's got issues that she's afraid Gabe will never understand. They quickly realize that they need each other to be whole, but at the same time they know that they've got demons to fight.

And the problem with demons is that they never die quietly.
Character Interview With Jacey:
Hey, Jacey! Welcome to my blog!
Thank you so much for having me!
How are you today, girl? I’m so glad you could stop by :)
*rubs foot*  Well, five inch heels probably weren’t the thing to wear, but other than that, I’m good.  I’m happy to be here (and sitting down!)  J
So, if you had to pick one thing about Madison, what would you say is your favorite?
Her heart.  She has a bark that is way worse than her bite…. But really, inside, her heart is soft as hell.  And she’s as loyal as the day is long.  She’s the best friend anyone could have. 
Now, Gabriel. Ahhh. What’s your favorite thing about him, if you had to choose one?
Ummm.  That he’s mine.  My brother, that is.  There are way too many good things to pick out one by one.  He’s pretty awesome, really. But don’t tell him I said that.  He’ll get a big head.
Gabriel’s your brother and Madison’s your best friend. (Wow, I am totally stating the obvious right now. Ha.) What was your first thought when you found out they’d already met that night at the club?
I was like.. it’s about freaking time!  I’ve been wanting them to go out for a LONG time. 
You said you always thought Gabriel and Madison were perfect for each other. Why?
Because Maddy needs someone like Gabe—someone strong and forceful but that will be soft with her. And I just knew that she’d turn him to mush—that she’d be good for him.  He was hard around the edges until she softened him up.  They’re perfect for each other. 
If you were to be stranded on an island and you could only have three things, what would they be and why?  A vat of sunblock because I burn easily and hey, I won’t be on the island forever.  I don’t want to look like a saddlebag by the time I’m 30.    And an iPod so I wouldn’t feel so lonely.   And a piece of flint to make fire.  I don’t even need matches—my brother taught me all kinds of weird survival shit. 
You and Madison have been best friends for a while—are there any funny stories about you two? Can you tell us one?
Hmm.  Oh—there was this time when she stayed the night at my grandparents’ cottage with me when we were in high school and we sneaked out to go down to a beach party.  When we sneaked back in, Maddy walked in on my grandpa in the bathroom.  He…uh… was going.  I teased her forever about liking geriatric penis.  It was one of those things where you had to be there, but it was so funny.  She couldn’t look my grandpa in the eye for weeks.  And he never asked her why she was completely dressed at 3am!
OH! As Gabriel’s sister, do you have any funny stories there to tell us? Please?
When he was about… oh, six or so, for some reason, he put on one of our mom’s bras over his shirt and came parading out into the living room. My mom took a picture of that—which of course I dug out as blackmail material years later.  In high school, whenever he would mess with me about anything, I’d just threaten to pull out that picture and show whatever girl he was dating at the time.   It was pretty freaking funny.  It’s not effective anymore, because Maddy has seen the picture.
Okay, okay. Jacey. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
I like that I’m not too rigid. I’m pretty chill.  I pretty much go with the flow.  
So…do you have anything to say about Brand?
Brand?  There’s not much to say.  I love him. He knows that.  He’s like my brother.
All right, let’s do some favorites!
Color?  Red
Band?  OneRepublic
Book?  The Fault in Our Stars. I read it whenever I need a good cry.
Food?  Indian.
Song?  Counting Stars. 
Person? Ha!  I can’t say.  My own book will be out soon and I don’t want to be spoilery. But good try, Jessica. Sneaky!
It’s just about time for this interview to be over (sadly!), but before we say our goodbyes, do you have anything to say? It can be as random as you’d like. Seriously, that random is fun.
I’m scared of chipmunks.
Thank you SO MUCH for dropping by today, Jacey! You rock, girl!
Thank you so much for having me!  You’re pretty awesome, too!
About the Author:
Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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