Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Honored to be spotlighting author N.A Alcorn and the oh so sweet Holly from Holly's Red Hot Reviews..

Whooooo we made it to DAY 13!!

Yes my friend today is the day we here at the blog spotlight another great Author and Blog!!!


I am so happy to be apart of this Author/Blog Spotlight tour for Book Boyfriend Reviews 2yr blogiversary. 
Today I am spotlighting Author N.A. Alcorn and Blog Holly's Red Hot Reviews.
 There is a Q&A with both Author and Blog, where you can learn more about Author N.A, as well as Holly from Holly's Red Hot Review so you can get to know a bit more about that blog.

N.A. was chosen because is an awesome writer who writes rom-com and contemporary military romance. In real life she is just as witty as her characters, she will make you laugh and cry but most importantly she is just an overall great person.

We asked her a few questions so you all could get to know her better. Enjoy!


Tell us your Name, books you have written and what you’re working on.

Hi! I’m N.A. Alcorn and I am so honored to be a part of this 2 year blogiversary celebration!  

I’ve written a few books over the past year…

I published the first two books in the Infamous Series, The Infamous Ellen James and Avoiding Amy Jackson.  This series is a rom-com style of romance with a spice of raunchy, inappropriate humor.  Each book is a stand-alone and can be read out of order. There is a warning/disclaimer associated with these books: These books are bound to make you laugh, smile, and provide you with enough sarcasm to choke your grandmother. No, N.A. doesn’t want anything bad to happen to your Grandma Ruth, but she does want you to strongly consider re-naming your vibrator after a guy who’s at the top of your spank bank rotation. Be prepared for dripping juice-boxes, awkward pelvic thrusting, and a little suspense to keep your snatch on edge. Warning: This novel contains explicit sex, profanity and far too much vaginal humor. This novel is not meant for anti-fornicators, up-tight prudes, or virgins who refuse to go to Pound Town.

I also have a romantic suspense series- The Strong Series. The first book, Covertly Strong, was published in October. This series focuses on a Navy SEAL Team. There is lots of romance, lots of action, and sexy alpha males kicking some serious ass. The female leads are no damsels in distress either, they can definitely hold their own. 

I’m currently working on the last book in the Infamous Series- Finding Lizzy Montgomery. I’ve also got another project in the works. This project has sex, love, rock n’roll, and a shocking twist that revolves around the idea that sometimes there is more to the story. Sometimes you don’t have all the facts, and sometimes a love triangle, might not really be a love triangle. I hope to get both novels to you very, very soon! 

Covertly Strong is different than your first 2 books, what inspired you to write it?

Covertly Strong is definitely different than the Infamous Series. There is some humor, but nothing like the craziness Ellen or Amy bring to the table. I’ve always been intrigued by Navy SEALs. Those men are kind of a breed of their own. The mental strength, tenacity, and endurance they possess is sometimes hard to comprehend. 

I decided to write the Strong Series because I loved the idea of writing the female equivalent to a Navy SEAL and then bringing those two hard-asses together. I’ve always been inspired by famous women who’ve held their own, who blaze their own trail, and never back down. Sloan Walker, the female lead in Covertly Strong, is that type of woman. Of course, she has her vulnerabilities, but her strength is my 
favorite characteristic. She can definitely kick some ass when she needs to. 

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

Hmmmm…That’s a tough one. I think I would pick mind-reading. I’ve always been intrigued by the way the human mind works. It would be awesome to have the ability to tap into someone’s thought processes and really understand what compels them to make certain decisions or say certain things. 

Sure, there would be some serious negatives. I would prefer not to hear someone thinking about how big my ass looks in yoga pants, but I really think the positives of reading someone’s mind would outweigh the good. Imagine the possibilities! I’d be the perfect wing woman, the human version of a lie detector, and not to mention, the ridiculous amounts of fun I could have….*insert evil, maniacal laugh*

Who is your favorite go to author?

Wow. This is a tough one. I have an eclectic taste in books. I love romance, suspense, thrillers, mysteries, crime, autobiographies…Seriously, it’s a very long list. I think the one author who I can always read, no matter what, would be Stephen King. He is the king of mind-f*cking you. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the middle of one of his books and had to pull a Joey Tribiani…hide the paperback in the freezer, or throw the Kindle in the closet. No joke, I’m a total chicken shit when it comes to the horror genre, but for some reason, I just can’t stop myself from reading it. 

If you could meet one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?

S.E. Hinton. She is the author of The Outsiders along with many other best-selling, amazing novels. I’m mesmerized by her talent, and the fact that she wrote The Outsiders when she was only 16 years old is insanity! God, when I was 16 I was too busy…never mind, I’ll keep those ridiculous teenage years’ stories to myself. 

Anyways, I would love to have the opportunity to pick S.E. Hinton’s brain, to understand what inspired her at such a young age to write a novel that has become a true heirloom to the literary world. The Outsiders was the first novel that I fell in love, and still, to this day, it is one of my all-time favorites. 

“Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”  

What are your writing goals for 2015?

I haven’t set specific writing goals. I honestly try not to. I try not to pressure myself into writing something when I’m not really feeling it, but there are two things I would like to accomplish this year. I’d like to give the Infamous Gang their proper ending. It might end with Lizzy’s book, or it might end with a follow up novella to the series. I’m not quite sure yet how it will pan out, but I can promise it will be worth the wait. 

And I’d also like to write something that is really out of my comfort zone, something that scares the shit out of me.  Not sure what that will be yet, but I will say, one of my current projects has been pushing my boundaries… A LOT. 

Music is amazing and inspiring what music helps you in your writing process?

I agree. Music is amazing. It can make you feel so many emotions. Lyrics can mimic your life, and make you feel like someone else understands the current situation or dilemma or mood that you’re in. Music is almost always on while I’m writing. I strive to find the perfect songs to depict a specific scene I’m working through. Honestly, there is nothing like writing a sexy scene with some hot-ass music in the background to get your characters in the mood. 

Name one food you cannot live without while you are writing?

I rarely eat when I’m writing. Not because I’m trying to be healthy or watch my calories, it’s mainly because I’m really messy. Coffee, gum, and Charms Blowpops are about the only thing I could not live without while writing. Coffee is the only thing that I CAN NOT live without.

Whom in this industry have you met that you are so grateful for (besides me duh!)?

Oh wow, this is a tough one. There are so many amazing people in this industry. Readers, bloggers, authors. Everyone is truly unique and adds something magical to the book world. 

But if I had to choose just one, I’d have to say that the one person I am most grateful for would be my friend Mo, otherwise known as angst-writing-genius, Author M. Mabie. She started this crazy journey with me back when we were both bloggers, and somehow we just became best friends. We dived into writing at the same time, and I am forever grateful that she is by my side. And I love that our friendship has grown outside of just being blogging-turned-writing buddies. 

It’s rare to find someone in life who you can call and say, “I need your help.” And her response is, “Is it a I need you to help me hide a dead body kind of problem or how many minutes am I supposed to cook this pot roast kind of problem?” And your response is, “Does it matter?” And her answer would be, “I just need to know if I’m going to have to put pants on.” 

Those are the kind of friends you keep for life, and that’s why I’m keeping Mo forever. 

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

Probably just the normal everyday hobbies that most Americans enjoy—hookers, cocaine, and sex. 

Kidding!

Hobbies…Hobbies…What are my hobbies? I’d say it goes hand-in-hand that reading is a hobby of mine. 

Stephen King once said, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. 

Simple as that.” I truly believe that. Being a voracious reader makes you a stronger writer. 

I also love to run, stalk my favorite bands at concerts, and I can eat an entire bag of Reese’s Cups in less than fifteen minutes. 

What is the best part of meeting your readers?

Everything. There is no best part in meeting one of my readers, whether it is talking to them in person at a signing or chatting with them through social media, there is no one best part, the whole experience is amazing and extremely humbling. It still boggles my mind that someone has picked up one of my books and read it, and the fact that there are actually people out there who enjoy them is mind-blowing.  

Any special words that you would like to say to your readers?

There is not enough space on my Google drive to say everything I want to say, but just know that you, my beautiful, loyal, amazing, hilarious readers, you make life wonderful. The messages, the emails, the words of encouragement, the enthusiasm you bring to my world are what drive me to continue publishing books. I’m honored and grateful that you love escaping into the fictional worlds my crazy brain has created. THANK YOU.
              
I march to the beat of my drum. Can you hear that? That perpetual bang, bang, bang that’s continually drumming relentlessly inside of my head. Oh, that’s just me? Never mind then, carry on…
Beautiful words. Lovely plot lines. And coffee. Those three things are my kryptonite. My soul’s primary source of nutrition.
I savor the weird, embrace the pervy, and open both arms willingly to anything that will make me laugh.
My obsession is books. I like to read them, write them, and inhale them in any way my ravenous mind will allow.
I’m awkward and sarcastic and can’t take a proper selfie if my life depended on it.
I was once told by my high school English teacher that my colorful ability to state the obvious would be my biggest weakness. I thanked him and made it my life’s mission to make that my biggest strength.
At times, I’m bordering on obscene and have strongly considered tattooing the words Approach With Caution on some part of my body. Tomorrow…I’ll probably do it.
Procrastinator at heart who tries to tell herself that she’ll meet every deadline. Tomorrow. I’ll finish it tomorrow, I swear.
I’ll listen to anything that The Black Keys produce and I won’t deny that I wear Taylor Swift perfume. It’s wonderfully aromatic and smells of heart-break, girls in frilly dresses adorned with ruby red lipstick, and  black-and-white Instagram photos.
I can’t wait to continue this writing journey. We should meet sometime. Tomorrow good for you?
Stay Weird

The blogger that is being spotlighted is Holly's Red Hot Reviews Click on the link under her logo to check out her amazing blog.


What made you want to be a blogger? 

I started reading a lot more after my mom passed away in 2011 as my escape and started sharing what I was reading on Facebook. After meeting other bloggers and readers I decided to start my own blog; it made it easier for them to follow along with what I was reading. 

 What has been one of your most favorite books to review? 
Karina Halle’s Love, in Spanish. I read Love, in English on the flight to Book Bash and gushed to her about how much I loved Mateo and Vera’s story. Like, LOVED LOVED it! She had ARC opportunities for Love, in Spanish in NYC in October and I think I may have promised her my first
born during my fan girling.  I squealed and jumped when Mateo landed in my mailbox (it was a paperback ARC) 
  What was your number one book of 2014 and why? <– is this a trick question? 
Ok, since it’s by the same author, this counts as one lol. Love, in English and Love, in Spanish (to be fair, LiS is a companion novel so it can totally count as one
book!!!) Mateo and Vera’s love story was angsty, and complicated as HELL and they couldn’t be more different, BUT they didn’t let their differences get in the way of how the other made them feel. Their love was deep and it was real.
No matter what BS came their way (and there was plenty) they never stopped loving each other.  I could FEEL their
love for one another deep in my chest *sigh* 
  Who else do you have on the blog with you?
I blog solo
  Do you post every day or every other day or certain times of the week? 
I used to have posts scheduled every day but I found myself getting burnt out, feeling like I was constantly setting up posts. Now I’ve cut back to every few days and I’m trying to focus on posting more reviews.
  What is your favorite genre? 
 Romance. 
  You want readers to come to your blog so what do you do to separate it from other blogs? 
I try to insert my personality into my posts whether it’s sarcasm, snark, or humor. IDK I just try to let my blog be a reflection of me in real life. 
  What do you love about blogging?
I love finding the hidden gems of books. I love talking to other bloggers, readers, and authors about the books we all love and having people that get me and get my love for books.
  What goals do you have for your blog this upcoming year?  
I want to try and review more books than I did last year and just keep growing. 

Thank You Holly and N.A for participating. 

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Jillian Dodd!

It's Jillian Dodd's birthday 
 she has a present for you! 

For ONE WEEK ONLY, you can get the entire Keatyn Chronicles - SEVEN BOOKS - for 99 cents!

Keatyn has a life most girls would dream of.
She's the daughter of America's favorite actress. Has a closet full of designer clothes. A Malibu beach house. The hottest boyfriend at school.
But the girl who seems to have everything isn’t happy with the direction of her life, so she makes a wish on the moon.
Follow Keatyn on her journey of discovering what's really important in life and love in this modern-day epic fairytale.
Because, sometimes, wishes do come true.

 Pick up the set for you own collection 
or gift to a friend. 

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FREESTALK ME - Book 1

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She's popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.

She's just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because, really, things aren't all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.

Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. 

It's exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And, deep down, she isn't sure if she has any true friends.

To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker.
A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together.

And she's crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. 

But little does she know, there's someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn't happen.


KISS ME - Book 2

I've always written scripts for my perfect life.
But no way could I have ever scripted this.
My life is so far from perfect, it’s not even funny.
All because of a stalker.

I’m at a boarding school where I have to lie about who I am.
I can’t see my family.
I’m tutoring a Hottie God that tortures me with his smile.
The most popular girl already hates me.
But there’s this boy.
This hot, sweet, sexy boy.
So I’m going to stop trying to script my life and just live it.
Because who knows how long I have left.


DATE ME - Book 3

I’m not scripting my life anymore.
I’m living it.
I’m done with the God of all Hotties.
I’m going to give my heart to the boy who I think deserves it.
The boy whose kisses are hotter than molten lava.
The boy who offered me the key to his heart.
The boy who asked me to Homecoming in a big, sexy way.

There are so many things to look forward to.
Parties at the Cave. Homecoming festivities. Drama Tryouts. Shopping trips to NY.

But things aren’t always as perfect as they seem.
I find out that my best friend has been keeping a secret from me.
Not that I can blame him.
I have secrets too.
But, for now, I’m going to pretend I’m just a normal girl.
I’m going to pretend he’s not still out there.
I’m going to pretend he’s not getting desperate.
I’m going to pretend I’ll never see him again.
But, I will.
And this time, I might not get away.


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LOVE ME - Book 4
My mom says that you can’t love someone until you learn to love yourself.
So even though Vincent is getting more and more scary.
Even though he’s doing a nationwide search for me.
I’m going to learn to love myself.

Well, I’m going to try.
Mostly, I want a boy to love me.
But which one?

Dawson - The gorgeous boy who made a mistake, but whose molten lava kisses and steaminess I can’t freaking resist.
or
Aiden - The God of all Hotties, who is practically infused with love potion. Who I thought liked me, but now says he wants to be my friend.
or
Brooklyn - The boy that first stole my heart. Who has always loved me. Well, until the whole cabana incident.

I mean, it was bad enough when there was sort of a love triangle, but now that I’m talking to B again, it’s like I’m in a love rectangle, or a rhombus, or something.

Oh, and did I mention Cooper Steele?
The new soccer coaching, health teaching, tattooed hunk?
Who Garrett sent to school to guard my body.
I mean, be my bodyguard.

But back to loving me.
I should forget about boys and worry about me.
Love me.
Like, eventually.


http://amzn.to/1isSjeYADORE ME - Book 4.5 (Novella)

I’ve finally become the kind of girl my little sisters could look up to.
Except for the lies.
Lying to my friends is killing me.
And the longer I’m there—the closer we get—the more I feel like I’m being eaten from the inside out.
If I go back to Eastbrooke, I’ll end up nothing but a shell.
So I'm not going back.
I'm going to St. Croix by myself. And for the first time in my life, I'm okay with being alone.

Except...I don't actually end up on the island alone.



HATE ME - Book 5
I was told if I went away, he'd forget about me, lose interest, and move on.

But he hasn't.

In fact, my being gone has only made things worse.

So it's time for me to take matters into my own hands.


It's time for me to fight back.

Hey, Vincent. You ready for a little chaos?





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GET ME - Book 6

Will Keatyn get her life back?
And if she does, which life will she choose?



 

I’m a sucker for romance and write romantic stories. My first book, That Boy, was published in May 2011, and the sequel, That Wedding, in February 2012. I married my very own prince charming over 20 years ago, and he still makes me melt.

I love anything sparkly, hot pink, or bright orange. I’m hoping to have a midlife crisis soon, so I can justify the purchase of a hot pink car with thick black racing stripes. I love to paint, doodle, draw, design interiors, rearrange furniture, cheer for my Huskers, cook, entertain, and shop for shoes. I’m addicted to diet coke, Donald Pliner shoes, reading, and buffalo wing popcorn.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Day10..I am honored to be doing an Author Spotlight with J Sterling!!!



Day 10!!!
Who is excited? I know I am. I get to spotlight an Amazing Author and Blog.



Today is a great day and I hope you all enjoy this video from both the author and blogger. 

J. Sterling the Author of The Perfect Game and Jack effin' Carter did a short Q&A for us.

See even Drake approves LOL!!




And Nat from Read This Hear That also did a short Q&A because she is today's 

Click on the link to watch the video!!!





I got fired from my last job.

It's true. 

I know you're sitting there thinking, "Jenn, how could anyone in their right mind fire someone as amazing and awesome as you are???" And i'd love to give you a good reason, but the truth is... being This! Awesome! is clearly very scary to other less awesome people.  :)

So I said screw them and started writing my first book. And you know what I realized? Writing books that mean something to me is a million times better than working my ass off for someone who doesn't really care about anything other than the bottom line. 

My soul feels more satisfied. 
My heart, more full.

So thank you for reading, loving and recommending the stories I write. 
I think you're awesome- and not only am I not scared of other awesome people, I want them on my team!



ABOUT READ THIS HEAR THAT



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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Are you ready for the Hustle? Join me in the pre-release tour for author KJ Bell's upcoming book!

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Blog Tour for Emily Krat's Flawed and Damaged.


Book Title: Flawed and Damaged
Author: Emily Krat
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 22 July, 2014


Two people haunted by their past…
The collision of two damaged hearts…
Meet Elizabeth Williams. She is at the airport on an important work assignment. If everything goes smoothly, after three years of hard work, she’ll get a promotion and a much-needed raise. Elizabeth is putting her life back on track after it was ripped out from under her feet four years ago when she lost her parents along with all her dreams. Standing here, she believes her life is going to change for the better any moment now. Nothing can go wrong, right?
Meet Ryan Price. He came to Moscow on business. Right now, Ryan is standing at the airport looking at a ‘present’ from his brother, judging by the sign a beautiful young woman is holding. Damn his brother for not cancelling this arrangement as Ryan asked.
Miscommunications and misunderstandings and a love story begins.
There will be a scary flight, lovely breakfasts, long evening conversations, sharing a secret or two, discovering one another, a lot of laughter, tender moments and some tears, a fight and, of course, the I-am-ready-for-the-end-of-the-world kiss.
Somewhere along the way, they won’t be able to fight their feelings any longer.
For the first time in his life, Ryan will experience a different shade of lust. And for the first time in her life, Elizabeth will have to trust despite all of the times she has been hurt.
Will these two wounded lost souls find love, peace and comfort in each other or will they just break each other more? Is it a train wreck of a love story or a happily ever after?



“Ryan, I love you.” He looks confused, but relief is evident in his eyes, so I continue. “It was wrong of me to tell you about my feelings like I did yesterday. I was being a coward. I’m glad you shared all this with me. I won’t run, Ryan.”
“But, I don’t understand. How can you love me? Even after I told you about what I’ve done … How can you love someone so … horrible?” he says bitterly.
“You are not horrible, Ryan. I know it. I feel it.”
“How?” The desperation in his voice squeezes my chest.
I stare into the deep green pools that are his eyes and wonder how I can show him what I see.
“In here,” I point to my heart, “I believe my heart. And from what you told me, I can tell that you had no family except Mark. You were a kid at thirteen who didn’t want to lose his brother, you were a young man who sacrificed his own freedom for someone he loved the most. Now you are a big business mogul who may be harsh toward his employees, but puts them first even when seeking revenge. It’s an honor for me to love someone as devoted as you.”
“Liz, I’ve lied – ” I interrupt him.
“We are people, Ryan. We all make mistakes. You think I’m so pure? I wanted to use David to stay in Seattle. I agreed to marry someone for my own selfish reasons. Then I came to Russia and spent more than six months making my Granny’s life a living hell. She lost her only daughter. I never once thought about her feelings. She was old, she needed my care, and all I did was sulk for my old life. Even with you, how do you know I’m not using you? Maybe I just like this sense of fulfillment I feel with you that overwhelms the loneliness I've felt for so long. I am not a saint, Ryan. I also did awful things.”
Ryan contemplates my words for several minutes. Then says quietly, “I lied to you.”
I sigh. Now I don’t like the direction this conversation is taking. “You already told me that you didn’t need an assistant. There’s more?”
“I read your journal.” 
The blood drains from my face.
“You what?” My voice trembles.
“When we were in Nice – the night you got drunk with Mark – I saw your notebook and I read it.”
“I … I …” No words come out of my mouth because I don’t have any. I can’t believe he did it. I wrote my sacred thoughts there, poured some raw feelings on those pages. They were never meant for anyone’s eyes other than mine.
“I’m sorry I did it. I was at a loss, I couldn’t understand what I was feeling for you.”
“So you read my journal to understand yourself? Ryan, it’s private. I poured my soul there. How could you do this?” I may be screaming now, but I don’t care. Some boundaries can’t be crossed.
“That’s who I am, Elizabeth. I don’t care about people’s privacy.”
“I’m so mad at you right now. I don’t even know what to say. Is that all?”
“No.”
Oh God!
“Tell me.” He almost looks scared. That’s when I know there are so many more lies he doesn’t want to tell me about. “Now, Ryan. You are going to tell me every damn thing. You owe me this.”



My 4 star Review 

Elizabeth Williams finally has her life back on track, four years later and lots of hard work, she is up for a promotion and a much needed raise. Taking care of her grandmother hasn’t been easy nor has it been cheap.
Working as an assistant she is determined to show her boss that she is ready. Her assignment is to pick up a client from the airport and take him to the meeting. Easy right?
Ryan Price is handsome, smart and very rich and determined to get back at his father and yeah, he is a bit jaded when it comes to woman and their motives. He knows all too well the lengths they will go through, the lies they will tell, just to get to his bank account and their pictures in the paper.
While on a business trip he runs into Elizabeth *insertchaoshere*. When he sees Elizabeth he is immediately attracted to her but he thinks she is a “friend” of his brothers. *insertassholeryhere*
When Elizabeth meets Ryan, there is something about him that makes her whole body hum. She tries hard to fight her attraction to him. She is confused by his attitude with her but when they realize a miscommunication of GIANTIC proportions was made, it ends up costing Elizabeth her job. Ryan, feeling bad, does something unexpected to help her out.
Slowly, they break down each other’s walls and soon find themselves confiding in each other about everything. Ryan has feelings he didn’t know could possibly exist and he also has secrets, ones that if she were to discover them, will send her running the other way.
I have to say, it took a bit for me to warm up to Emily and once I did, I really enjoyed her character. She is smart, puts other’s before herself, and she is beautiful and determined.
Ryan is the character when you first meet him you are not fond of him but grow to love him. He is a jerk, he doesn’t listen, it is his way or the highway but he has HEART.
This story is funny, sad, romantic and a bit angsty and there is a bit of a cliffhanger- not a HUGE one but one that will change the course of Ryan and Elizabeth...
Emily Krat did a wonderful job. Flawed and Damaged is a great read.
I can’t wait to see where Ryan and Elizabeth end up.











My Interview with Ryan and Elizabeth


KK Reviews: Do you still let your past interfere with your future?
Ryan: Wow, you are starting with the hard one, Kristie. I want to answer that I don’t let it, but it would be a lie. Liz changed me a lot and, thanks to my beautiful fiancée, I now look at the world differently. She says that my past shaped me into an amazing man I am today, so who I am to disagree with her, right? Jokes aside, revenge is still important to me. Nothing can change the fact that my father made the life a living hell for my brother and me while he was alive. I still need to do something to put it behind me. I can say what for sure, but something needs to be done. However, I am curtain whatever I come up with, it won’t affect our relationships with Liz. Elizabeth and her happiness will always be my first priority.

KK Reviews: When did you finally realize that she was the one?
Ryan: Well, I should have known from the first shy smile she gave me, but I didn’t exactly believe in ‘the one’ at that time. I knew for sure I would never let Liz go after reading her journal. It was wrong to read her sacred thoughts, but you know me… Privacy issues and all. My brother Mark also helped talking some sense into me for what I am very grateful to him.

KK Reviews: What song would best describe your relationship right now?
Ryan: Ed Sheeran’s ‘Kiss Me’. We are in love, we kiss a lot (gives Elizabeth a mischievous smile). But I am still trying to persuade her to settle down with me and I am not very good at it since obviously we still don’t have a wedding date.


KK Reviews: How has Ryan helped you deal with your past?
Elizabeth: Ryan helped me realize I wasn’t dealing with it in the first place. I was living trying not to think about it, not to feel too much. I was lying to myself thinking that I already coped with the loss of my parents. Since we met, I made such a progress. I am seeing a grief counselor now. And even though I still cry at nights, I feel better. Ryan’s encouragement and faith in me made this journey less painful. He is always there to help me and I couldn’t be more grateful to him for that.

KK Reviews:At what point did you know that you would spend the rest of your life with Ryan?
Elizabeth: Well, I hope I will spend the rest of my life with Ryan. It’s the dream come true to be with him. But sometimes I wonder if I am dreaming. I am afraid to make plans and then see them disappearing right in front of me. Life surprises us all the time and those surprises aren’t always in my favor. So, I know he is ‘the one’ and I truly hope I get to spend the rest of my life with him.

KK Reviews: What do you love most about Ryan?
Elizabeth: Wow, Kristie, I don’t even know how to answer. I love everything about him. Well, almost everything. I mean except for the times when he is a hard-headed ass, he is quite amazing. Such a special kind soul hidden underneath that handsome hardcore exterior. Ryan is kind, loving, and attentive. He has such an amazing good soul. He listens to me and he gets me. One look and he knows what I feel. He tells that’s because I am an open book with my emotions written all over my face. But it’s not true. Other’s don’t see what he does. I love that I am an open-book for him. I also love that I can be myself around him.


KK Reviews: Okay Ryan and Elizabeth, it is time for the Lightning Round of questions. Answer with the first thing that comes to your minds:

1.       Favorite Food?
Ryan: Any food. I am the man that loves to eat. Elizabeth’s homemade lasagna is on top of my list right now.
Elizabeth: Steak and French fries.

2.       Favorite Drink?
Elizabeth: Hot cocoa.
Ryan: Hot cocoa and scotch.

3.       Favorite Color?
Elizabeth: Green (looking at Ryan’s eyes).
Ryan: Blue and black.

4.       Favorite Place?
Elizabeth: The beach house we stayed at the South of France.
Ryan: Near Elizabeth.

5.       Go out or Stay in?
Elizabeth: Stay in.

Ryan: Stay in. Preferably in bed.



Always an avid reader who consumes whole books in a single day, Emily Krat is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page. For her writing stories and developing ideas for novels is a true passion and a dream come true. Emily is a chocolate junkie, “Grey’s Anatomy” fan, and admirer of good music. She loves summer rains, warm blankets on cold winter nights, as well as traveling, sleeping in late, watching TV shows, cooking, and baking. When she’s not writing or rewriting, she loves spending time with family and friends.