Today I’ve got a little something for all my romance lovers, especially those of the coming of age type stories! 🙂 Lemme show ya!
A city girl.
A small town boy.
A summer they’ll never forget.
Spending the summer at her Grammy’s in Lilac Bay, Devon, is city girl Alexis ‘Lexy’ Edwards idea of hell. That is, until she reconnects with her childhood friend, Jen, and meets Alec Johnson.
Alec is the kind of guy Lexy knows she needs to stay away from. He’s the village flirt, ridiculously hot and very dangerous to her self control. But there’s a problem – she can’t seem to keep him out, even though she knows he’ll break her heart.
As Alec slowly strips away Lexy’s defences and the two embark on a summer romance she never wanted, their feelings grow to more than either expected. But nothing lasts forever, and reality intrudes.
As her world is shaken to it’s core, Lexy’s self made prediction comes true when she discovers she’s spent six weeks surrounded by secrets. Kept out by her family and the only guy she’s ever trusted, she falls apart.
And when Grammy tells her that ‘you might not end up where you wanted to be, but you’ll always end up where you’re meant to be,’ she has to figure out if her meant to be is back home in London, or if it’s been in Devon the whole time.
My Review is to be coming soon* (sorry I got crazy and fell behind, but I promise to get it to ya!)
WELCOME!! First, tell me a little about your book and why you wanted to write this particular story….
Never Forget is a New Adult Contemporary Romance set in my home county of Devon, England. The idea was born when I – very randomly – had Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey stuck in my head. I was cooking dinner and after making a few initial notes, I let it stew until I was unable to ignore it. I don’t think it’s a matter of me wanting to write it, it’s a matter of me having to. I was sucked entirely into Lexy and Alec’s world.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I think I was so young any beginnings of an interest I can’t even remember – so I think I always knew. When I was little, I did tell everyone I’d be a writer one day. I was right, apparently.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
My first book, A Magical History, book 1 in The Mauve Legacy was inspired by a love of Young Adult paranormal novels and an equally strong interest in the Salem Witch Trials. From that combination, the story of Lily Mauve was born. It’s also strongly woven with themes of Wicca, from the spells, goddesses worshipped and there’s also a Wiccan-style funeral ceremony in one of the later books.
I also had a counselling course at the beginning of last year for a tough part in my early teens and needed a vice for my emotions. Writing about Lily became my escape from the emotions I was bringing back up. I never expected it to become what it has!
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Sometimes, like with Never Forget, I’ll draw on reality. Despite Lilac Bay being a fictional village, it’s made up of real places I know and love. (I actually couldn’t choose one place, so I put my favourite bits together. It’s like a dream town!) Some of the stories Alec’s Mum shares with us are real – one was a story my mother-in-law told me about my hubby and another was shared with a me a friend.
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
I don’t. Sometimes I’ll go into a story with a clear idea, other times it’ll smack me in the face leaving me as dumbstruck as my readers. You can guarantee I’ll cry every time, though.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I honestly don’t have much time to read (my two year old daughter sees to that!), but I’m currently working with my critique partner on her début novel. I’m very excited about it, so you should all go and search for True Connection by Rachel Walter on Goodreads!
Who do you look up to as a writer?
Enid Blyton is my number one idol. I was getting lost in the worlds of Mallory Towers and The Twins at St Clares before Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games were even dreamt about. Enid Blyton carried me through my childhood. I still have my books so I’ll share her stories with my daughter, too.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Of course. In my eyes, Never Forget will never be perfect. About half an hour before coming to this interview, I submitted the files for print to Createspace. I’m refraining from touching the file because I just know I’ll need to reword something. As an author, you find fault in your work where no-one else will – you just have to remember that no-one else will!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Oh.. Endings. Yeah. I’m not good at those. I think it’s why all my planned novels that were originally stand-alone novels have planned companions.. I get a little too emotionally invested in my characters sometimes!
What book are you reading now? Or what genre? My followers love author’s opinions!
Nothing. * hides * But, I am reading New Adult. It helps to read your genre, and there are some really good New Adult books out there! Young Adult Fantasy still rates high on my list, too.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
I made the cover! I’ll be honest – I don’t have the money to hire someone, so it’s a matter of necessity really. I have too many solid ideas of what I want to hand it over to someone, I think.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
True love is infinite, if only you believe in it.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
Jen. Without a doubt. (Although, I think I’m half her. We have the same wit. It’s a British thing.)
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
Mythology by Helen Boswell and Light of the Moon and The Witch’s Curse by David James. All three books are wonderful stories! And the authors are pretty cool, too. In fact, Helen is my proofreader. She can consider this her payment. 😉
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
That they’re all awesome, and I couldn’t continue doing this without their support!
Thanks for having me, Maghon! It’s been fun. 🙂
Thanks so much for coming over and having such a blast with me!! 🙂 You’re welcome back anytime!
By day, Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of wine and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. She has two new series planned as well as her New Adult Romance, Never Forget, due February 2013. She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes.
Her debut YA series, The Mauve Legacy, is an Apple iBooks Bestseller – and this makes Emma excited.
Where to stalk: (they’re all links)
Twitter : @EmmaHartAuthor
Since the lovely author is international herself, and she wants to make sure everyone is included, she is having two separate giveaways! So I will list them below…Each one os for 1 signed copy+ swag and then 1 EBOOK copy.
Never Forget Blog Tour Feb. 22- Mar. 8
February 22 – kick off blog tour
Crazy Book Chicks http://crazybookchicksafterdark.blogspot.com/ Alec Interview
Michelle Nicole www.authormichellenicole.blogspot.com release party
Momo- http://booksoverboys.blogspot.com Guest post, promotional stop
Traci Http://thereadinggeek.blogspot.com Review
Ava Smith Avasmith.org author interview
Maghon Thomas https://magluvsya03.wordpress.com Author interview, review, guest post, giveaway
Danielle Sibarium http://www.daniellesibarium.com/blog Alec Excerpt
KK Hendin www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com Review
Kristen PenandMuse.com review/ character interview
Tobi Helton- http://forgetthehouseworkimreading.blogspot.com Review/Guest Post
Tess Watson http://tessmw.blogspot.com/ Author Interview/ Review
Cylithria Dubois http://cylithria.me Author Interview
Priya – http://priyakanaparti.com/ (guest post)
Jolie Hudson http://joliehudson.wordpress.com/ Review, Carl Interview
Doodle- http://doodlesbookblog.blogspot.com Review, Author This or That Interview
Carly Jayne http://ramblingsofalogophile.blogspot.co.uk/ author interview
Brittany www.brittanyblabsbooks.blogspot.com Review
Michele supagurlbooks.blogspot.com interview with Jen
Luis jllicea.blogspot.com Review
Mary Elizabeth http://www.maryelizabethscrazybookobsession.com/ Review
Rachel Walter http://rachelwalterauthor.blogspot.com/ Bing Interview
Laura http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.com Review/Guest Post
Pereza Mulanax-Thompson pezzrambles.wordpress.com (Promotional)
Jessica Watterson www.bendthebind.blogspot.com (Review)
Desi http://fantasyinyourmind.blogspot.com/ Lexi Interview
Michelle Muto http://michellemuto.wordpress.com/ promo stop
Christianna Marks http://thewhiteunicornfiction.blogspot.com/ review + character interview
March 8 –last day
Thank you to everyone who stopped by and I wish you ALL GOOD LUCK!!! 🙂 Happy Reading and Later Gators!! 🙂