Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

Title: Wesley James Ruined My Life
Author: Jennifer Honeybourn
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads

Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.

What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
I grew up reading Judy Blume, so her books had a major influence on me. There’s so much to being a teenager — heightened feelings, the intensity of first love, friendships — and even though I’m writing fiction, it’s almost nostalgic for me, revisiting those feelings.

When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
My favorite part of the creative process is definitely the beginning, when I have a new idea. Naming characters and figuring out their story, all the stuff that swirling around in my head before I sit down to actually write, is where I have the most fun.

When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I read a lot, across all genres, but I’m most drawn to Contemporary YA, especially books with real humor and heart. I like stories with happy endings and characters that I can root for. Just a few of the books I’ve read this past year that I really loved: It’s Not Me, It’s You (Stephanie Kate Storhm); Alex Approximately (Jenn Bennett); Optimists Die First (Susin Nielson); and The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You (Lily Anderson).

If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Great question! I would pick Meg Cabot because Meg Cabot. She is so creative and prolific and her books are fun, and so I imagine she’d be fun to work with. I especially loved The Princess Diaries, I’ve re-read that series a couple of times.

Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a writer. I’ve been writing, off and on, since I was in the second grade, but it wasn’t really until 2012 that I really got serious about writing YA. I spent a lot of years trying to write literary fiction, before I finally realized that genre wasn’t where my heart was. Once I figured out that I should be writing the stories I love — which seems so obvious now — I found my voice.

Author Bio:
Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.



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Barging In by Josephine Myles

Title: Barging In
Author: Josephine Myles
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2017
Cover Design: Harper By Design
When the boat's a rockin', don't come knockin'!

Out-and-proud travel writer Dan Taylor is a city boy who can’t steer a boat to save his life, but that doesn’t stop him from heading into the English countryside to write up a narrowboat holiday. Compared to London, the canal seems dull as ditchwater. Until he crashes into the boat of a half-naked, tattooed man whose bad-boy, penniless appearance doesn’t fit with his posh accent. Dan is intrigued, and he always gets his man.

Still smarting from a past betrayal, Robin Hamilton is firmly closeted in his narrowboat—his refuge from outrageous, provocative men like Dan. But as circumstances keep throwing them together, he can’t help himself from coming to the hopelessly out-of-place city boy’s rescue. Exposure to Dan’s sunny charm starts to melt Robin’s resolve and he’s tempted by the idea of a brief, harmless fling.

After all, in less than a week, Dan will have left the canal and be back to his diet of casual hook-ups and friends with benefits.

Determined not to fall in love, both men dive into one week of indulgence…only to find themselves swept away by a current of escalating intimacy and emotional intensity. Troubled waters they didn’t anticipate… and haven’t a clue how to navigate.

Warning: Contains one lovable tart, one posh boy gone feral, rough sex, alfresco sex, vile strawberry flavoured condoms, intimate body piercings, red thermal long-johns, erotic woodchopping, an errant cat, a few colourful characters you wouldn't touch with a bargepole, and plenty of messing about on the river.

Author Bio:
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo’s novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an incessantly curious toddler.


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