Friday, July 31, 2015

If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison Giveaway! (US/Can only)

If I Could Turn Back Time
Beth Harbison

Told with Beth Harbison's wit and warmth, If I Could Turn Back Time is the fantasy of every woman who has ever thought, "If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I'd do things so differently..."

Thirty-seven year old Ramie Phillips has led a very successful life. She made her fortune and now she hob nobs with the very rich and occasionally the semi-famous, and she enjoys luxuries she only dreamed of as a middle-class kid growing up in Potomac, Maryland. But despite it all, she can't ignore the fact that she isn't necessarily happy. In fact, lately Ramie has begun to feel more than a little empty.

On a boat with friends off the Florida coast, she tries to fight her feelings of discontent with steel will and hard liquor. No one even notices as she gets up and goes to the diving board and dives off...

Suddenly Ramie is waking up, straining to understand a voice calling in the distance... It's her mother: "Wake up! You're going to be late for school again. I'm not writing a note this time..."

Ramie finds herself back on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, with a second chance to see the people she's lost and change the choices she regrets. How did she get back here? Has she gone off the deep end? Is she really back in time? Above all, she'll have to answer the question that no one else can: What it is that she really wants from the past, and for her future?

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away three print copies of If I Could Turn Back Time—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
If you could turn back time knowing what you know now (say, to your high school years!), what would you do differently?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Beth and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends August 14th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Top 5 Fun Facts About the Fool's Gold Series by Susan Mallery, Author of Thrill Me + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Thrill Me (Fool's Gold #18)
Susan Mallery

Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool’s Gold, California—five gorgeous men who’ve left a trail of broken hearts in their wake...

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool’s Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya’s been hired to promote her hometown’s new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del’s not the type to hold a grudge, he’s determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He’s a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya’s kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Interview with Kyra Davis, Author of Just One Lie + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

I'd like to welcome the lovely Kyra Davis, to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of Just One Lie, the long-anticipated sequel to Just One Night, from Pocket Books!

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Kyra! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

Kyra Davis is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Just One Night, Pure Sin and the Sophie Katz series, as well as So Much For My Happy Ending. Just One Night has been optioned for television by Anonymous, the producers of True Detective.

Before publishing her first book, Sex, Murder And A Double Latte in 2005, Kyra supported herself and her son as a marketing manager for a sports club; before that, she was a department manager at Nordstrom’s Savvy department. She studied at The Fashion Institute off Design and Merchandising and Golden Gate University.

Kyra now lives with her husband (director and screenwriter, Rod Lurie), her teenage son (proud science-geek and Hawaiian-Shirt-aficionado), dog (champion eater and guardian of the backyard... no squirrel will dare set foot in it) and gecko (the gecko doesn’t do much).


It's amazing to get to feature you today! Readers, here's a bit about the book, which hits shelves yesterday:

In the instant international sensation Just One Night, sensible Kasie Fitzgerald unleashed her passions—and found herself—through an explosive affair. In Just One Lie, we meet Kasie’s wild and tortured sister, whose impulsivity and lack of self-control has set off a chain of events that changes her family forever.

Melody Fitzgerald is the opposite of the “perfect” daughter. The lead singer of an indie rock band, she is impulsive and creative, with a rebellious streak that both defines her and becomes her greatest enemy. Her lover, the enticing and unpredictable Ash, shares her free spirit and penchant for trouble. On the face of it, he seems to be her perfect match.

So why is she so drawn to her soft spoken, reliable drummer, Brad Witmer? How can a man who wears polo shirts and reads the financial section of the paper be of any interest to her at all? And why on earth does someone like that appear to be so captivated by her?

Before she knows it, Melody finds herself on a path of self-discovery, passion, and affairs of the heart. But will a dark secret from her past derail it all? Or will its exposure be the very thing that unburdens her heart and allows her to seek a future with the one man who loves her completely?

Describe Just One Lie in six words (or less!).

A story of rejection, indulgence, & redemption. (I stole that from the Romantic Times review, don't hold it against me).

I wouldn't ever! How did you arrive at writing romance? Are there any other genres you’d like to try your hand at, or any you want to stay away from?

I started with chick-lit murder mysteries and women's fiction for a different publishing house and when my editor moved over to Simon & Schuster, he asked if I would be interested in writing erotic romance for them. My other books, while not technically romances, were essentially about relationships and did have romances in them as well as a few descriptive sex scenes so this wasn't that huge of a leap for me.

I plan to continue in my other genres as well as romance going forward. I don't know if I'll got outside that, though. Maybe a fantasy or historical. The only thing I would never write is anything that's really dark. I don't mean sexy, dark, and edgy like my Pure Sin series. I mean I couldn't write something like The Kite Runner (a masterpiece) or Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. When you write a book you live in the world of your characters, and living in a world of sexual violence or unspeakable and devastating child abuse would destroy me.

That's a valid point! Accolades to authors who are able to. As a huge fan of first lines, I’d love to hear the first line of Just One Lie. Could you give us a brief commentary on it?

I love this question. The first line is:
There is nothing more crushing than the ruin of a perfect moment.
That sentence tells you everything about Mercy. She is all about the moment. She clings to that so she doesn't have to think about her troubled past or worry about where she's headed. As a result, she's a seize-the-day kind of girl.

Are the characters from your book based off anyone you know in real life? How much else of your actual life gets written into your fiction?

Every character in Just One Lie is completely their own person. But I am now married to one of the most eloquent and romantic men on earth, so I was able to use some of the things he said to me at pivotal times in our relationship as lines in the last third of the book. When you're living a romance, writing them becomes a lot easier.

I love how you have romance both in your fictional and real-life worlds :) What’s the greatest thing you ever learned?

That "life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." It's a quote by Anaïs Nin and it's absolutely true.

Blog babes, click "Read more" to find out Kyra's random favorites, the most interesting comment she's received about Just One Night, and what makes Just One Lie stand out as a book from all the rest. We're also hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of Just One Lie, so you don't want to miss that either!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The First Lines of The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

It's a total honor here at Books à la Mode to be kicking off the tour for Kimberly Belle's sophomore novel, The Ones We Trust, out today from Mira Books. The author has been kind enough to stop by to share the first lines of her new release, as well as give away a print copy of the book!

The Ones We Trust
Kimberly Belle

A moving and evocative exploration of grief and guilt in the wake of one family's devastating loss—and the relentless pursuit of truth

When former DC journalist Abigail Wolff attempts to rehabilitate her career, she finds herself at the heart of a US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan—with unspeakable emotional consequences for one family. As the story of what happened comes to light, Abigail will do anything to write it.

The more evidence she stumbles upon in the case, the fewer people it seems she can trust, including her own father, a retired army general. And she certainly never expected to fall in love with the slain soldier's brother, Gabe, a bitter man struggling to hold his family together. The investigation eventually leads her to an impossible choice, one of unrelenting sacrifice to protect those she loves.

Beyond the buried truths and betrayals, questions of family loyalty and redemption, Abigail's search is, most of all, a desperate grasp at carrying on and coping—and seeking hope in the impossible.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Power of Collaboration by Iris and Roy Johansen, Authors of The Naked Eye + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

The Naked Eye (Kendra Michaels #3)
Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

How can you catch a killer when everyone thinks he's dead?

Kendra Michaels was instrumental in bringing serial killer Eric Colby to justice. And yet, despite his apparent execution at San Quentin, Kendra is convinced that Colby is still alive. The problem is that she can't prove it. Even her razor-sharp powers of observation—developed to an amazing capacity during the twenty years she spent blind and now in constant demand by law enforcement agencies—have gotten her nowhere.

But then a reporter who very publicly humiliated Kendra is murdered. Visiting the crime scene in search of anything that might link the brutal homicide to Colby, Kendra instead finds evidence that points to her. Finally Colby's master plan becomes clear to her: he is framing Kendra for murder.

Suspicions mount and Kendra is thrust into deadly pursuit to clear her name and catch the killer no one believes exists anymore. A killer who is always nearby, watching, waiting to make his next move, even as everyone believes him to be dead. A killer whose trail of destruction is invisible to the naked eye, despite the carnage he leaves in his wake. It will take everything Kendra has to find and stop Colby—and save her own life one more time.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Kindness by Polly Samson Giveaway! (US only)

The Kindness
Polly Samson

A novel both heartbreaking and hopeful, about love and family, and the major and minor ways we lose people in our lives—from an acclaimed talent.

Julian’s fall begins the moment he sets eyes on Julia, flying a hawk high on a ridge. Julian is an English student, heading toward academia; Julia is married and eight years his senior. And yet, ignoring warnings from family and friends, they each give up all they have to be together. Their new life in London offers immense happiness, especially after their daughter, Mira, is born.

But when Julian’s adored—and remote—boyhood home becomes available, he sets out to recreate a lost paradise for his new family. Once again, he allows love to blind him. Only when Mira becomes dangerously ill does it become impossible for Julia to conceal the explosive secret that she has been keeping.

In this first introduction to American readers, the acclaimed Polly Samson explores how the yearning for the past can affect joy in the present and the future. The Kindness is a haunting story of love, grief, betrayal, and reconciliation—masterfully plotted and exquisitely rendered.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away three print copies of The Kindness—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Do you think it is a foolish or romantic notion to give up everything you have—including current friends and family—just to be with the man or woman "of your dreams"?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Polly and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publicist—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at Goldberg McDuffie Communications!
Giveaway ends August 8th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Unexpected by Lilly Avalon Giveaway! (Open internationally!)

Unexpected
Lilly Avalon

Ever had one of those days? Alina Lyons is having one. Everything keeps falling apart and going wrong. Just when she thinks it couldn't get worse, it does. After a case of mistaken identity and a broken heart, she finds herself questioning the things she thought she knew. She wonders who she can turn to or trust anymore.

An unlikely bond with her former best friend's ex, Ryan Wilcox, sends her life in a new direction. He offers her a place to stay while she gets her life back on track. His friendship is exactly what she's been missing—what she's been needing. Alina's never felt this alive. As time goes by, the dynamic of their relationship becomes more than either of them expected. A few innocent kisses could lead them in a new direction, but are they prepared for what's on the other side?

Only one way to find out.
Buy the book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Smashwords

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one digital copy of Unexpected, one $5 Amazon gift card, and one fabulous Unexpected swag pack—that's three winners total. Yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Alina, the heroine from Unexpected, loves baking. What's your favorite dessert to bake?

You can double your chances of winning one of the above prizes by following Lilly on Twitter. Just leave your Twitter handle in your comment and I'll give you an extra entry!
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Lilly and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to the lovely Lilly Avalon!
Giveaway ends August 7th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open internationally. That means anyone in the world can enter, as long as you have a verifiable email and/or mailing address. Woohoo!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Thousand Miles to Freedom by Eunsun Kim Giveaway! (US/Can only)

A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea
Eunsun Kim with Sébastien Falletti

Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country... despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated.

By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun was in danger of the same. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survive a North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

Now, Eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away three print copies of A Thousand Miles to Freedom—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Are you interested in humanitarian current events involving North Korea? If so, what first piqued your interest? If not, what would you like to learn?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Eunsun and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends August 6th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Double Mint by Gretchen Archer Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Double Mint (Davis Way #4)
Gretchen Archer

It’s convention season at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino and Davis Way Cole barely notices. It’s hard to pay attention when you live in a Jambalaya Junkyard. But when Special Events Coordinator Holder Darby walks off the job just as five hundred Alabama bankers pour in the front door, Davis steps up.

Or would that be in? Definitely in. Davis steps in. It.

Not only has the convention director vanished, but a certain Bellissimo guest is missing. One who forgot to pack the million dollars he left in the bathtub. It looks like our redhead newlywed Super Secret Spy’s lazy summer is over when the Bellissimo vault is robbed. Can Davis connect the dots before it’s too late? Can she get her Taser gun back from Bianca Sanders? Will she be stuck with Eddie Crawford’s 1962 Cadillac forever? What Davis needs is a little faith. And a lot of luck.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away two print copies of Double Mint—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What is the most memorable dream you've ever had? Recent or from childhood!
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Gretchen and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publicist—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at Claire McKinney PR!
Giveaway ends August 5th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Lawyer for the Dog by Lee Robinson Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Lawyer for the Dog
Lee Robinson

One of the sharpest attorneys in Charleston, S.C., Sally Baynard isn't your typical southern belle. She's certainly not what her mother hoped she'd grow up to be, especially since she divorced her husband, Family Court Judge Joe Baynard, and his historic family with their historic wealth and historic houses. Maybe Sally was never going to be a proper society lady, but her success as a public defender and family lawyer have been enough for her. She's represented murderers, burglars, drug dealers and lately has taken on some of the thorniest divorces, all cases closed with her Sally Bright Baynard wit, charm, and brains.

Or have they? One case she's never successfully closed is her marriage. And when Judge Joe assigns her to one of his divorce cases by appointing her as the Lawyer for the Dog—Sherman, a miniature schnauzer—she's forced into close quarters with him again. Juggling the needs of the dog, the angry owners, her amorous but uncommunicative ex-husband, her aging, Alzheimer's-ridden mother, and the expectations of the court is more than Sally could have imagined. And as rascally Sherman digs his way into Sally's heart, he brings along his charming vet Tony, a man who makes Sally question her views on love and marriage.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Lawyer for the Dog—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What's the most surprising or uncharacteristic thing you have ever done?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Lee and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends July 24th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Interview with Kim Karr, NYT Bestselling Author of Toxic + Giveaway! (US/Can)

I'd like to welcome the lovely Kim Karr, to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of Toxic from Penguin Random House!

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Kim! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I've always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions: writing.

I wear a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of the family. However, I always find time to read. One of my favorite family outings use to be taking my kids to the bookstore or the library. Today, my oldest child is in college and my twins are on their way, so they no longer go with me on these outings. And although I don't need to go to the actual store anymore because I have the greatest device ever invented—a Kindle—I still do. There's nothing like a paperback. So now my six-year-old and I make dates out of going to the bookstore—it's time I love and cherish.

I like to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. I love to drink champagne, listen to music, and hope to always stay young at heart.


It's amazing to get to feature you today! Readers, here's a bit about the book, which hits shelves today:

New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr turns up the heat in a smoking hot, emotionally compelling romance that takes you into the world of Manhattan’s elite.

Meet Jeremy McQueen, a sexy, intense, brooding entrepreneur who goes after what he wants, and Phoebe St. Claire, a socialite-turned-CEO who’s been drifting through life searching for something she thought she’d never find again—the right man to share her future.

Phoebe St. Claire has devoted herself to saving her family’s hotel empire—but her best efforts have not been good enough. With her whole world in turmoil, the tenacious go-getter turns to the once love of her life. Far from innocent, Jeremy McQueen was a guy from the wrong side of the tracks and her parents would never have approved. Their years apart have only made the sexy bad boy more irresistible than ever—and their reunion is explosive.

When she asks Jeremy to help her salvage her family business, he agrees immediately, with only one condition—he wants her in his bed.

But soon surprising circumstances leave Phoebe reeling. Was this fairy tale romance just too good to be true? Will Jeremy’s secrets pull them apart all over again?

What was the inspiration for the book?

I’d read an article about underground nightclubs and thought it was such a cool idea. People show up in the oddest of places to party and then move to another. That transformed into Jeremy’s business in a more legit way. As for Phoebe and friends, I wanted to create a group that was somewhat against the grain of how we think of socialites.

As a huge fan of first lines, I’d love to hear the first line of Toxic. Could you give us a brief commentary on it?
I had a ring on my finger and no date.
Phoebe has been struggling through the last 5 years after losing Jeremy and thinks she’s happy but knows everything isn’t perfect.

Tell us about your road to publication, such as how you first queried, unexpected challenges, and things you picked up along the way.

I wrote Connected and three days before I self-published it, I woke up in the middle of the night (my little one was ill) and once he was settled I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I checked my phone. I had an email from my now agent, Amy Tannenbaum and I thought it was a hoax. She asked if I could send her my MS and I did. I signed with her the morning of my release and a month later she brought me a publishing deal from Penguin, who I have been with ever since. Surreal really.

Hard work pays off in miraculous ways! Are the characters from your book based off anyone you know in real life?

Not to date. There’s not enough drama that surrounds them. LOL.

Which character from Toxic was most difficult to write?

Dawson Vanderbilt. He is Phoebe’s ex-fiancé and he couldn’t be perfect for her so that was difficult.

Name the top five novels that have made the biggest impact on your life or on your writing.

Wife 22
Fifty Shades of Grey
In Death
Mr. Impossible
The Cinderella Deal


What’s the greatest thing you ever learned?

All people are different and that’s okay.

How do you react to a negative or harsh review to your books?

Everyone has their own opinions on books. I know in my heart that I have done the best I could do. I give my books 100%. Sometimes I learn things from those reviews but the harsh, negative ones that attack me personally, I choose to read and move on from.

That's a great way to not get dragged down. Blog babes, click "Read more" to find out Kim's random favorites, what kind of kid she was in high school, as well as the message she wants readers to take home from the book. We're also hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of Toxic, so you don't want to miss that either!