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Q&A: Erin Fletcher of ALL LACED UP

All Laced Up Erin Fletcher

It’s election day, which means things are going to be tense for the next few hours. We’re unwinding with this awesome Q&A with the lovely Erin Fletcher, author of All Laced Up!


What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Love Actually, 17 Again, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Notebook, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

Love ActuallyThe signs / “to me you are perfect” scene gets me every time!

17 Again The “You’re the best decision I ever made, I just forgot” scene is my favorite. Plus, it has Zac Efron AND Matthew Perry in the same scene!

10 Things I Hate About YouThe poem! Always the poem.

The NotebookThe rowboat / kissing in the rain scene is my favorite for obvious reasons.

How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days I love the “that’s how it’s done” scene when they both think they’re playing the other. So adorably naïve!

 

Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

Not really…while I love watching these scenes, I try not to borrow too much from them! The movie closest to All Laced Up is probably The Cutting Edge, but I intentionally did not watch that while writing the book. (It is a great movie, though…toe pick!)


FIVE BOOKS

If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

That’s such a tough question, and the answer changes fairly often! But here are today’s five…

  1. Every Day by David Levithan – I love the premise, and it makes me think differently about people and the world, in a good way.
  2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I’d choose this one because it just makes me happy.
  3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Both the story and the writing style are fantastic. I could easily read this one over and over again.
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – It’s a classic for good reason.
  5. The Bible – It’s a book that’s important to me.

BOOK BOYFRIENDS

Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?

Since I read and write young adult novels, but am not a young adult myself, these would be my book boyfriends if I were still in high school: Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss), Four (Divergent), and Wes (The Truth About Forever).

I like them all for different reasons – Etienne because he’s sweet and gorgeous, Four because he’s smart and strong, and Wes because he’s swoony and mysterious. These guys are similar to Pierce from All Laced Up, because he’s gorgeous, strong, a little bit mysterious, and a lot swoony!


FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):

What was the first romance novel you read?

I think the first “romance” I read was A Walk to Remember.

 

What do you remember about it?

I read it when the movie came out back in college (yeah, I’m old), so I remember reading it on my bunk bed in my dorm room while my roommate studied organic chemistry. I remember wanting guys like Landon to exist in real life.

 

What did you like most about it?

The thing I like most about reading it was escaping from the college world and into Jamie and Landon’s world. I liked pulling for the two of them to end up together.

 

What did you like least about it?

It was sappy and predictable, but still made me cry like a baby.

 

Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?

I don’t think I have reread it! It would definitely bring back a lot of memories from college.


SNAPPY CHAT

Darcy or Wentworth?

Darcy

 

Christian or Gideon?

I don’t know either of these!

 

Rochester or Heathcliff?

Team Rochester!

 

Spock or Kirk?

I’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek.

 

Sunrise or sunset?

Both! I’m a sucker for sunrises and sunsets. But if I had to choose one, I guess it would be sunrise, because I’m a morning person.

 

Angst or humor?

Depends on my mood, but probably humor most of the time.

 

Tea or coffee?

Both! But coffee more often than tea.

 

Wine or beer?

Neither. Liquor or water for me.

 

Cake or pie?

Cake!

 

Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?

A little bit of scruff.

 

Blue-collar or white collar?

White Collar! (Probably only picking that one because I love the show…)

 

Jeans or a suit?

Jeans

 

Car or motorcycle?

Car

 

 

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Guest Post: “I Always Go Back to Romance” by Shannon Greenland

Shadow of a Girl Shannon Greenland

I was never a reader. In fact, if a teacher told me I had to read, it was almost painful. It wasn’t that I couldn’t read. I just didn’t like it.

Then one day when I was twenty-five years old, a friend of mine brought me a stack of historical romance novels and said, “Here. Read. You’ll like these.”

With a roll of my eyes, I reluctantly picked one up, flipped a few pages, flipped a few more, and before I knew it, I had read my very first novel, and I had enjoyed it! It was Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

After that, I was hooked. I read every historical romance my friend had brought me, and then I headed over to the library. At twenty-five, I had my very first library card. And boy did I use it! I made my way through every historical romance I could find, and then moved onto contemporary romance and then landed in romantic suspense. Which is where I fell completely in love. To this day The Troubleshooter series by Suzanne Brockmann is still my favorite.

Six months after that reading binge I picked up a pencil and starting scribbling a novel. It was crap, but I was writing. I was writing! I joined Romance Writers of America, started going to meetings, met tons of other authors, and really began to understand the genre from a writing perspective.

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Guest Post: “Top 5 Forbidden YA Romances” by Melissa Chambers

The Summer Before Forever Melissa Chambers

My name is Melissa, and I’m addicted to YA romance. Make that a forbidden YA romance, and I’ll see you when I’m done reading. So, of course I had to write one.

In my new novel, The Summer Before Forever, Chloe goes to Florida to live with her estranged father who is getting married at the end of the summer. Her heart goes gooey when she sees her future stepbrother who’s hotter than a steering wheel on a hundred degree Florida day. Chloe intrigues Landon in ways he’s never known and seems to know just the right thing to say when he drops his guard and lets her in. But in addition to the fact that they shouldn’t be together because they are getting ready to be family, the two each hold secrets that will change the way the other sees them, and neither one thinks they can handle that.

So in honor of Chloe and Landon, I present you with my top five forbidden YA romances.


1 – Anna and St. Clair in Anna and the French Kiss: Hands down my favorite YA romance. St. Clair may be the best-written YA romance hero ever, and as someone who is 5’10, I adore the fact that he is shorter than Anna! They are forbidden because he has a girlfriend. Why St. Clair, when Anna is wonderful and beautiful and you have chemistry more explosive than a Die Hard movie?

2 – Simon and Blue in Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Oh, how I fell in love with this book and these two heroes. Both boys are closeted, but have found each other. Problem is, neither boy knows who the other one is! Their relationship grows through email (Blue is afraid to give Simon his phone number), and they fall deeply and passionately for each other before they ever even see what the other person looks like. It’s exciting and scary and so freaking sweet. Oh, and if you are going to read this one for the first time, be sure to have a package of Oreos handy. You’ll thank me later.

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Guest Post: “How My HP Ship Fandom Inspired the YA Romances I Write” by Chris Cannon

Blackmail Boyfriend Chris Cannon

Hello, my name is Chris Cannon, and I have a Harry Potter Romance-Fandom confession. I desperately wanted Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy to end up together. Yes, I know Harry was the hero, but he could’ve married any number of girls. Draco was the spoiled rich brat who was raised believing his father was brilliant and that Ginny’s father was an eccentric fool. Her family was dirt poor, and it would have been beneath him to even consider dating a Weasley. Think of all the wonderful conflict that would’ve caused.

Ginny could’ve taught Draco that everything he’d been raised to believe was wrong. She could’ve redeemed him. She had six older brothers who hated him and everything his family believed. Six! He would’ve had to fight his way through all six and convince them that he loved their little sister. Draco and Ginny would have been a match made in hell, and it would have been awesome.

I think that’s where my fascination with the normal-girl-dating-the-wealthy-boy and the little-sister-dating-her-brother’s-enemy tropes started, and it’s why I’ve written two romantic comedies featuring these tropes.

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Guest Post: “My Love for YA Romance” by Monica Murphy

Daring The Bad Boy Monica Murphy

The love started when I was a young adult (once upon a time). I’m going to totally age myself with the following: I remember going to the mall and visiting the B. Dalton bookstore (RIP). They had an end cap featuring various young adult romances, including those published by Silhouette. I started in on those books and fell head over heels, eventually devouring a TON of them. They set my young teen heart aflutter.

What’s funny is I read a bunch of them, but could never remember their titles, the authors, etc. Except for one. My absolute favorite book from that line was Love at First Sight by Elaine Harper. Oh, MAN I loved that book. It was so swoony and sweet and full of teen angst and featured the most popular boy in school. I eventually lost my original copy but a couple of years ago I found it on Amazon. I one clicked that sucker (I think I got it for around a dollar) and will cherish it forever. The cover is faded and it’s been abused but it reminds me of the one I owned, so it’s perfect.

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“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow—Spooky Story or Love Triangle Romance?” by Gaby Triana

Wake The Hollow Gaby Triana

You might think The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the eerie tale of the Headless Horseman, the 18th-century ghost of a Hessian trooper who rises from his burial site every Halloween and ridesaround Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on his horse in search of his missing head. Well, only partly. See, the ghostly horseman only makes an appearance in the last few pages of the story. So then, what is the rest of the tale about?

If you’ve never read LOSH, go ahead and do it. Seriously. It’s not that long, and not only is it an American classic, penned by Washington Irving, but you can also see a love triangle at its most comical. That’s right—The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is actually a comedy, one that Irving considered silly compared to his greater works. It introduces Ichabod Crane, an awkward, educated out-of-towner who’s taken a job in Sleepy Hollow as a schoolmaster. Soon, he falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of the town’s richest farmer.

Way to set the bar high, Ichabod.

Like something out of a teen movie, Katrina thinks Ichabod is super dreamy, but she already has a suitor, town hero, Brom Van Brunt. Brom is a strapping young lad, quick with a prank and agile on his horse. And trust me, he’s not too keen on know-it-all, ladykiller Ichabod coming to town to flirt with his girl.

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Deal Alert: Megan Bryce, Karen MacInerney, and Claire Delacroix

It’s super (not-so-secret) mid-week Deal Alert time! Why? Because we love books. Especially when we can afford them. Don’t miss these steals from Megan Bryce, Karen MacInerney, and Claire Delacroix!


To Catch a Spinster by Megan Bryce

Come back to a time when manners are everything and rules are made to never be broken. Come back to a time when men are in charge and women do what they are told…

Yeah, that never happened.

Welcome to Megan Bryce’s Regencyland, where ladies with backbone get what they want. Where a woman can thumb her nose at rules and care little for convention, and yet somehow, unexpectedly and most reluctantly, find love.

Olivia Blakesley, self-proclaimed spinster extraordinaire, is quite happy with her life. She has her studies and her duties, what need does she have of a husband? With five sisters married she knows the reality does not live up to the promise, and does not need to personally experiment with the state to know she would be ill-suited to it. However, she finds herself envious of at least one aspect of marriage. But to experience the physical side of marriage, one doesn’t need a husband, all one needs is the right man…

Nathaniel Jenkins knows his duty. Marry a young girl from a respectable family and father an heir, no matter how cold the endless parade of suitable girls leaves him. But a shocking proposal from a scholarly spinster leaves him wondering if unsuitable is just what he’s looking for. Can he convince his spinster that marriage is the greatest experiment of all?


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Deal Alert: Gwyn Cready, Alicia Michaels, and Ali Parker

It’s super (not-so-secret) mid-week Deal Alert time! Why? Because we love books. Especially when we can afford them. Don’t miss these steals from Gwyn Cready, Alicia Michaels, and Ali Parker!


Just in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready

From RITA winner Gwyn Cready comes a Scottish borderlands time travel romance perfect for fans of Outlander

Modern day battle reenactor Duncan MacHarg thinks he has it made-until he lands in the middle of a real Highland battle and comes face to face with their beautiful, spirited leader. Out of time and out of place, Duncan must use every skill he can muster to earn his position among the clansmen and in the heart of the devastatingly intriguing woman to whom he must pledge his oath.

Abby needs a hero and she needs him now. Duncan is not that hero-yet. He’s a man with no measurable battle skills and a damnably distracting smile. But she sees in him a fighting spirit, and Abby will do whatever it takes to turn him into a Scots warrior herself-one demanding and intimate lesson at a time.

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Deal Alert: Maureen A. Miller, Angela Quarles, and Susan Ward

We are exactly the kind of people that shop while hungry, so today’s Deal Alert? Chock full of entirely unrelated, but fantastic reads! Don’t miss these steals from Maureen A. Miller, Angela Quarles, and Susan Ward!


Beyond by Maureen A. Miller

It is the day after Aimee Patterson’s high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes.

Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth.

A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead.

Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars.


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Guest Post: “Why Pride and Prejudice Still Works” by Emily McKay

How Willa Got Her Groove Back Emily McKay

I have a confession that will date me. I graduated from college prior to 1995. Which means, when I first read Pride and Prejudice for my British Satire class, Colin Firth had not yet leapt into the pond in that white shirt.

In fact, I read P&P for the first time, knowing nothing about it. To this day, I remember reading Darcy’s proposal and gaping at the book in complete disbelief. Then, I stayed up all night and skipped class the next day to read the rest of the book. By the time I finished the book, my heart belonged to Darcy.

Two years later, Colin Firth dove into the hearts of women everywhere. Handsome men have been trying match that ideal ever since. Here’s a link to an article by EW listing some of the highlights, though I disagree with them about Lost in Austen! It’s ah-mazing! Please give it a try!

There are anywhere from ten to fifteen film adaptations, depending on whether or not you’re counting things like Twilight, You’ve Got Mail, & Death Comes to Pemberely. When we start to look at books, we’re really in trouble, because there are—literally—countless historical spin offs and modern retellings (of which my own How Willa Got Her Groove Back is one).

Which raises the question, why is this story so enduring? How is it even still relevant?

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