May 30, 2014

HOW TO SEDUCE A BAND GEEK BY Cassie Mae {Guest Post/Giveaway} @CassieCook2 @swoonromance

Big THANK YOU to this page for letting me crash for the HOW TO SEDUCE A BAND GEEK tour! 

It's not a huge surprise that this book was written to make people laugh. But I do tackle an issue within the pages that meant a lot to me. So I'd like to briefly explain why.

When I was a teen, I'd heard of Ambien parties, but refused to believe people actually did this. And for those of you who don't know what they are, it's basically a drug party, different forms float around, but the one I encountered is similar to the one I bring up in the book. Taking pills from a bowl, guessing what people are on, mixing prescriptions, etc. Scary. When one of my friends showed up on my porch drugged out of her mind, crying and paranoid and seriously not herself after one of these things, it broke my heart and scared me into the reality of it. I couldn't ignore their existence anymore and begged my friends not to attend any. 

After I became a writer, I was at a doctor's appointment with my sons, and I had an interesting conversation with my family physician (who is hilarious, btw. It took me about twenty minutes to convince him I wrote for teens and not erotica, lol.) He brought up how it would be great for someone to write a funny and comedic book, but to bring up the scary social issues teens deal with that people like to ignore. Or maybe that people don't know about. And badda boom, he said, "Like have you heard about the Ambien party crap people are into?" 

I was in the middle of drafting Band Geek, and his thoughts hit me so hard and the fact that I'd been pretty close to people in that situation, I decided to tackle it. It was rough to write. I wanted this book to be light, but after lots of thought and writing it out, I knew it had to be in there. If only to protect just one person from doing this. Or make one person aware of it. Or even just for me. 
And that's why this book in particular means so much to me. And I'm so happy I can share it with the world :)

Sierra Livingston’s got it bad for her sister’s best friend, Levi Mason—the boy who carries his drumsticks in his pocket, marches with the school’s band, and taps his feet to whatever beat runs through his head. Sierra racks her brain for ways to impress the sexy drummer, but the short skirts and bursting cleavage don’t seem to cut it.
When Sierra gets paired with Levi’s sister, Brea, for a mentorship program, they strike a deal. In exchange for Sierra keeping her mouth shut about Brea ditching the program, Brea lets Sierra dig for more info on Levi to help get the guy of her dreams.
But when Sierra discovers Levi no longer plays the drums, his family has moved into a trailer, and he’s traded in his Range Rover for a baby blue moped, Sierra’s not sure if she can go through with violating his privacy. She’ll have to find the courage to ask him straight out—if he’s willing to let her in—and explore other ways to seduce the school’s band geek.

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestsellers REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND and HOW TO DATE A NERD, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

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1 comment:

  1. Cassie, you're such a wonderful writer! You did a fantastic job of tackling this issue in the midst of what is otherwise a light-hearted read. And hey, that's real! Many people are going along in their happy-go-lucky world when they hit something dark and scary.