Series: Stand Alone
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Elizabeth Lee
Release Date: March 2013
Here's the deal... I learned a long time ago that sometimes you have to use what you've got to make things happen. What I happen to have is a pretty smile, long legs and the ability to make men believe anything I say. Before you get on your high horse and start judging me, can you honestly say you've never batted your lashes at some guy for a free drink at the bar? That's what I thought.
Keep that in mind as I tell you my story of how I took it one step further. My story of lies, deceit, manipulation and love. Yeah, love. Believe me, it fits. Especially, when you factor in Nick and Tucker – one had my heart and the other one wanted it all for himself. Which one? Well, I can't tell you that. It would defeat the purpose of the story. If I'm going to fill you in about me, Lila Garrison, and my life as a con artist you're going to need to know all the facts, including the ones about the two guys who made me want to give up the life of fancy clothes, expensive jewelry, fast cars and easy money. Because sometimes, one person can give you something that's more valuable than all of that.
If you're still interested, stick around. Just remember, I'm pretty good at convincing people to do what I want, so if by the end of this whole thing you feel worked over, don't say I didn't warn you.
The cover for this book looks amazing! I was given the opportunity to Beta read this book while it was being written and let me tell you, it doesn't dissapoint! I can't wait for you guys to get your hands on it but in the meantime check out my interview with author Elizabeth Lee Below:
1: First of all tell us a little bit about yourself and your book:
Well Hoot, I was born and raised in a small town located somewhere between the middle of nowhere and B.F.E. I married my high school boyfriend and we have one son that keeps me constantly running in circles. When I'm not chasing him or writing, I spend most of my free time conversating with the lunatics I met on Twitter and pinning irrelevant content on Pinterest.
My debut novel, Shattered, was released in Sept. 2012. It follows the lives of Alyssa and Jesse who recently lost their best friend in a tragic accident. (Paste Blurb Here - Because I'm too lazy to explain it) Alyssa Boyd had big plans. Big plans that included getting the hell out of the little town she’d grown up in with her two best friends. When she decided it was time to let one of them know her true feelings for him; a change of plans resulted in a tragic turn of events. Now, Alyssa is left alone to find her way out of the darkness that an untimely death has left in its wake.
Jesse Vaughn was never good at letting people in. He’d learned a long time ago that it’s easier that way because people leave, or, unfortunately, die. The one person he wanted to let in doesn’t want him anymore. The only problem is he can’t stop thinking about her. Jesse returns to the childhood home he left behind with one goal in mind… to convince her that they should be together.
When Jesse finds Alyssa she’s not the same girl he left behind. She’s wild, reckless and hell-bent on not giving Jesse a second chance. Lucky for Jesse, his stubborn streak has always been a mile-wide and he’s not about to give up on her.
When your life has been shattered can you really pick up all the pieces and move on?
2: So where did you get the inspiration for Shattered?
The tiny town I grew up in has seen it's fair share of tragedy over the past few years. It's true when they say everyone in a small town is related, whether it's by blood or just because you've known them your whole life -- it's like having one big family, which means when someone dies it affects us all in some way. I've been on the emotional rollercoaster that comes on the heels of death and watched many friends go through it as well. I was inspired to tell a story that reflected how we all deal with death in different ways and wanted an ending that let readers know that life does go on if you let it.
3: Tell us what some of your favorite tv shows are?
Where to begin... I have an unnatural addiction to television. Current favorites include: Shameless, Girls, The Vampire Diaries, How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings and The Walking Dead.
4: What are some of your more "off the wall" story ideas?
I love reading "off the wall" stories, but I'm horrible at writing them. However, I'm really good at "off the wall" comments, so those appear frequently in my work.
5: Who is your celebrity crush at the moment?
Who isn't my celebrity crush?! There's something about the whole celebrity status that makes a man super attractive.
Justin Timberlake and I have been dating (in my mind) since he was on the Mickey Mouse Club and I was just a lonely 4th grader.
I'm also partial to anyone named Ryan. Reynolds, Gosling, etc...
And, I love funny guys like John Krasinski.
6: What is more fun.... Eating a big mac in your underwear or trying to milk a cat?
Is this even a question?! Milking cats is the best!
7: I have it on good authority that you are writing another book, so can you tell us about it?
I'd love too! My next book is called Give Me Something and is set to be released in March 2013. After being emotionally drained from Shattered, I wanted to write something that was a little bit lighter and had a fun side, while still giving readers the highs and lows that they love in a good book. I've always been drawn to characters that fall on the wrong side of the law. (Maybe I was a gangster in another life!) The main character in GMS, Lila, is a beautiful, street smart con artist, that has perfected the art of lying to get what she wants, but when she meets her latest mark, a sweet talking country charmer, her world and her heart are flipped upside down. But it couldn't be that cut and dry... did I mention her partner in crime is as hot as sin and willing to do whatever it takes to keep Lila in the game?
I had so much fun writing this one and I really hope the readers fall in love with this cast of characters as much as I did!
8: If you could REWRITE any book out there, what would it be and how would you put your own spin on it?
This is such a hard question! I've always wondered what would have happened if Romeo and Juliet would have just run away together. It would have been interesting to see how they dealt with their families, or what would have happened if they had known each other for more than a couple days! Maybe Romeo was a snorer or Juliet chewed with mouth open? They might have thought twice about the whole suicide thing if they knew each other better. Shakespeare really dropped the ball on a series franchise with that one! ;-)
9: WHo is the worst TV mother of all time?
Easy! Lori Grimes on the Walking Dead. If there is a zombie apocolypse you don't let your kid out of your sight! Geez! ( I totally agree!)
10: Who are some of the authors that have influenced your writing?
Every book, every author -- I draw something from each thing I read.
11: Where would go if you could go anywhere in the world?
The Oscars! I want to wear a fancy dress and have Ryan Seacrest interview me.
12: Favorite Food?
Pizza - never met one I didn't like.
13: What are some things we can expect from you in the future?
I have notebooks full of story ideas so I hope a lot! I'd love to be able to call myself a full-time writer!
14: Any last comments, advice or inspiration for your readers?
Nah! They are probably bored reading about me.
About The Author:
Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.
Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany... I should write a book. And I did it! My first YA/New Adult novel is out now!
If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny one-year old, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.