September 7, 2016

Now Live: THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH by Lisa Brown Roberts {Interview/Giveaway}

The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
Publication Date:  September 6, 2016
Publisher:  Entangled TEEN

True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

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One (1) winner will receive
·A signed copy of The Replacement Crush
·Nerd glasses necklace
·Signed poster
·Spock Funko Pop!

*What would you be doing right now if you were not an author?
Well, I’d probably still have my day job in higher ed, but I’d be extremely bored and unhappy if I wasn’t writing books.

*5 years ago: what were you doing?
Five years ago I decided to buckle down and get serious about my lifelong dream of writing. 2011 was the year I wrote my first (horrible) draft of HOW (NOT) TO FALL IN LOVE, which was published in 2015.

*Do you have a certain writing ritual?
I get up very early to write before I go to my day job. I make a pot of coffee, then am ready to go at my computer by 5:00 a.m., sometimes earlier. I have a couple of candles that I light- one is a Jane Austen candle and another is a creativity votive. I put in ear buds and start up the playlist for my work in progress and write for two hours.

*What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
When my first true writing mentor (a brilliant YA author) told me I’d lost the “freshness” in a story. She’d read a few early chapters of a book and loved them, but when I finally got around to working on that story again- YEARS later- I’d lost the passion and emotion of the story.

It was a painful lesson, but incredibly valuable. Now I try to write my first drafts quickly to capture the raw emotion and enthusiasm I have for the story.

*Ever fangirled over another author? Who was it?
Most recently Kristan Higgins at RWA. I actually forgot my name. Good thing I was wearing a nametag :)

*Is there an author you'd like to meet?
So many! I’m fortunate that I get to meet authors every year at conferences and reader events, which is fantastic. I would love to meet J.K. Rowling some day.

*Biggest writing pet peeve?
For me, it’s unlikable protagonists. Some people like to read about them, which is great, but they just don’t work for me.

* Do you read other's reviews of your books?
Not as many as I used to. I do read the ones from blog tours, from bloggers who tweet me, and in trade journals. I remind myselt the reviews are about the books, not me as a person (though a few have crossed that line). Here’s what I told a friend recently who was upset about bad reviews:  Reviews are like pizza. Not everyone likes the same ingredients, so not everyone will like your pizza. Doesn’t mean it’s still not a good pizza.

*Fav Color:

*Fictional Character you'd like to spend the day with:
Sherlock Holmes. Okay, let’s be real- the Benedict Cumberbatch version of Sherlock.

*Fave food:
Pasta is my comfort food. All types, all sauces, you name it, I probably love it.

*Fave song and/or singer:
That’s really tough! I love all kinds of music and playlists are a big part of my writing process. In honor of a certain scene in THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH I’ll go with the amazing band Queen for the win.
*Guilty pleasure:

The anime romance app games by Voltage.  It’s possible there are a ton of them on my phone ;)
Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.

Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.
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