Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Interview + Giveaway: Molly McAdams + Stealing Harper


I'm hugely excited today to welcome new adult author Molly McAdams back to the blog to celebrate the upcoming release of her new novella, Stealing Harper. For those of you who have read Taking Chances, this novella is written from Chase's point of view. Molly was nice enough to answer a few questions about Chase and the events of Taking Chances and Stealing Harper for me, so I hope you all enjoy! And don't forget to check the bottom of the post for an exclusive excerpt as well as a fantastic giveaway!

For those who have yet to meet Chase, please describe him using only the title or titles of other pieces of fiction.

“More Than Meets the Ink” “Bad Rep” “Passionate Ink” “Bad Boy Secrets” “Torn By Love”

What was the most fun/fascinating/difficult part of being in Chase’s head and writing from his point of view?

I absolutely LOVED getting to know him. I felt like I knew exactly who he was when I wrote Taking Chances, but I really had no clue. He’s very complex, caring, and willing to hurt himself emotionally, if it means that Harper has a better life. So finding out all these things about him absolutely gripped me, and I fell in love with him all over again.

If you were to sit down and interview Chase, what’s the first thing you would ask him?

Before I wrote Stealing Harper, it would have been “Why didn’t you fight for her in the beginning?” but I know that answer now, along with hundreds of others I had. So now, it would probably be something along the lines of, “How are you? I miss you.” Chase will always have a big part of my heart when it comes to my characters.

You don’t pull any punches emotionally when it comes to your stories, and your characters (and readers!) are always put through the wringer. What’s the last book you read that tied you up in all sorts of emotional knots?

When We Collide by A.L. Jackson. All her books bring me to my knees with the emotions in them, I love what she evokes in her readers!

What’s one question you wish someone would ask you in an interview? How would you answer?

“How ninja are you?” I’d probably say something along the lines of… “I’m the lamest they come, unless there’s a spider, or other bug, or a random floaty object in front of me. Then I become so ninja it’s insane. I karate chop at whatever it is, then disappear before it can find me again.”

*Jenny dies laughing*

If you were to channel Chase and get a tattoo that represented the events of Taking Chances and Stealing Harper, what might it look like or say?

I’m not sure if I can think of something that represents what happened in the books. But, to be honest, I love the lilies Chase gave Harper. I wouldn’t get exactly that, but I am getting something from it. I’m getting one orange lily with the word “Princess” hidden in one of the petals. Those lilies are a way of Chase, and his love, to forever be with Harper. No matter what happens, it won’t go away. And I love that.

What’s one line from Stealing Harper that brought a smile to your face the minute you wrote it?

“Swear, bro, you should have started with that, because I thought you were going to start batting for the other team.” –Brian. I just love anything Brian says, really. haha

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MOLLY MCADAMS


Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughter. Some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach…which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm...or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM STEALING HARPER

And no, the fact that I hid the word “princess” within the design I wanted to complete my right sleeve had nothing to do with her or the fact that I couldn’t stop thinking about her. At all. Fuck. I slammed my sketchpad shut and shoved it into my desk.

I stretched my arms and back before leaving my room and locking the door behind me. I’d almost gotten to the end of the hallway when I heard Drew’s loud slur.

“YYYEEEAAAH Bree and fresh meat are sleeping over tonight!”

I figured “fresh meat” was Bree’s new roommate and felt bad for once again forgetting to meet her. I needed to make sure my sister wasn’t going to be rooming with some crazy person. When I got into the living room, Bree was over taking shots with Drew and Zach, and there standing near the doors to the backyard was my gray-eyed princess. This better be a fucking mistake.

Plastering a smile on my face, I couldn’t help but embrace the images that were now burned into my mind, “Well, well. If it isn't the princess.”

She froze when she heard me, and as she turned to look at me her eyes narrowed and the fakest smile I’ve ever seen crossed her face, “I almost didn't recognize you without a tramp attached to you.”

Be sure and check out both yesterday's excerpt over at Flirty and Dirty Book Blog as well as today's additional excerpt at Confessions of a Bookaholic!

Stealing Harper: 

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GIVEAWAY

Win a Molly McAdams prize pack! Prizes include all of Molly's books as well as a beautiful lily pendant, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck everyone!

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HarperCollins has been running a fabulous promotion wherein if the pre-orders for Stealing Harper reached a certain number, the novella would be released a full two weeks early. WIN! That goal has since been achieved, ensuring Stealing Harper will be released on May 21st, so mark your calendars, and be sure to pre-order your copy!
 


47 comments:

  1. Ok so ... I would so love to read this one... But it's Chase the one from Stealing Harper who dies? I would be so insanely devastated reading this book...

    But the Ninja part made me giggle like hell:)

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    1. Hey, Yes thats Chase, Its going to be a tough read, and you are going to need plenty of tissues, so cant wait for the book!

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  2. I read From Ashes and loved it! I would love to read her other books!
    esined615@yahoo.com

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  3. I have loved McAdams previous work :)

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  4. So many books, so little time

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  5. Ooh, he's adorable! I just love me some tats, too. And I love Harper's comeback to him in the excerpt -- you tell him, girl!

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  6. Fantastic interview! I had no idea that this novella was coming out. I really enjoyed Taking Chances--definitely a guilty pleasure for me. I will have to check this one out!

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  7. Look Look Look at that arm tat! NOM NOM! :) :)

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  8. Great interview, Jenny!
    I've heard how brutal this author is when it comes to her characters, so I'm too scared to give her books a try! >.<

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  9. Ooooh that's one sassy excerpt! Haha I haven't read Taking Chances, but I assume I should give it a go? Your interview has me desperate to snag it! ;)

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  10. I'm mesmerized by that guy's tats, Jenny! They look so intricate. While I don't think this book is my cup of tea, I definitely do know friends would would love the novella/books. I'll pass the info on to them. Thanks!

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  11. OMG that ninja question! bahahaha love it. I haven't read any of the books in these series but I am definitely intrigued now. The guys eyes are really creeping my out on the cover right now though. *walks away slowly*

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  12. I'm so torn about this. I've heard great things about Molly McAdams' novels and I've heard some pretty awful things, too. I'm sure I will eventually try one for myself as I am becoming a bigger and bigger fan of New Adult novels, but I'm still a tad skeptical.

    But that was a seriously awesome interview and Molly seems so sweet!

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  13. I have heard so many things about the first book, mostly how it broke everyone's heart that I have been so leery on starting it! I know I will eventually read it though, just not until I am ready for a really emotional read and have a box of tissues handy!

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  14. Great interview! I want to read this book, I do. I just feel held back by other reviews...Not sure if I should read it or not.

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  15. I just finished this book.....I was hoping the end was gonna be different....(sobs a bucket)

    ~Tina

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  16. I don't know if I can put myself through the emotional wringer of reading this book. Then again, I am Team Brandon, so maybe I can! ;)

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  17. I have never read anything by Molly McAdams, so i would love to win this one! Thanks for the chance and for sharing!!
    Casey
    Caseroo7@gmail.com

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  18. I love LOVE Molly McAdams books!!

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  19. I great interview! I can't wait for Stealing Harper. I feel like I pre-ordered it ages ago. Thank good Edd it's only a week away now!!!

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  20. I am reluctant to start Taking Chances as well as this since among my friends on GR the original book wasn't that popular and everyone was team Chase so I'm not sure I want to torture myself with this novella. However, I must admid that you are a wizard of coming up with awesome interview questions. If your current occupation tires you out, you should try journalism, Jenny! Molly seems like a lovely and fun author and even if I never end up reading Taking Chances, I'd love to chat with her on twitter. Thanks so much for sharing:-)

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  21. Ooh killer excerpt, her last line made me giggle. Wonderful interview and now I need to read both books! All of these NA books have the same troupe and yet I cannot get enough of them..LOL

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  22. I have a bottle of wine and a huge box of tissues waiting for this book...

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  23. I am still laughing over karate chopping and using ninja skills on bugs. I have seen this series around and I definitely would love to check it out. I want to meet this boy who is more than the ink! What a fantastic giveaway as well! Happy Tuesday!

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  24. Ahh, you always ask the best questions, Jenny! As for ninja moves where bugs are involved, I just recently battled with a scorpion for an entire hour and then wrote an epic tale about it for my friend Flannery. It was exciting.

    I really have to read these books, and I LOVE that I'll be able to see things from both sides. It's my very favorite thing and I'm sure it's well done. I love that more of Chase was revealed to Molly as she went.

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  25. I've been wanting to read her books. Also, anyone that can turn ninja when truly needed is an author I must read! Oh this book does sound like something I would enjoy!

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  26. You always ask the best questions, Jenny. I love your interviews and this is no exception - great job! I'll have to check this out for sure!(:

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  27. OMG! Lame ninja! Molly is so funny. I still haven't read the first book because of the whole cheating thing, but I'll get to it soon. Chase sounds like someone I would love!

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  28. This interview was adorable! I'm also totally a lame ninja, but I'm impressed she goes all action movie on spiders and random dust particles. I just cower and hope they go away without touching me. :-) I still need to read Taking Chances, and can't believe I haven't already done it! This is a reminder to get on it. :-) Fabulous questions, and love the excerpt too!

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  29. Spiders bring out the exact opposite of the ninja in me. I've been known to make my students deal with them rather than do it myself. I'm convinced spiders are evil incarnate.

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  30. Hmm...well...ummm I think I'd like to get to know the guy with all those tattoos but not after Danny's comment. I don't like to cry if I don't have to. Avoid sadness at all costs.

    You do have great interviewing skills. You know I think that! I have a question to ask you but it has nothing to do with this interview or book so I'll email you.

    Heather

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  31. i've been seeing a lot about these books and the new adult genre in general!

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  32. This was such a great interview! Karate chopping at everything, that's hilarious! I'm definitely lame ninja. Oh no, I remember what I'd go ninja on! The moles in our yard. I spend weeks making it all nice and pretty and it destroys it all in one night! SO frustrating! I'd go ninja on it (or them) for sure! These books sound fantastic!

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  33. Great interview. I love the How ninja are you question. I'm not ninja at all. Especially not around bugs.

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  34. Love the interview! I'm so excited for the release!

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  35. I cant wait to read this book. It sounds really good.

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  36. Thanks for the heads up on another great series I need to read.

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  37. I'm already preparing my survival kit: tissues, water, tissues, pillow (to muffle my sobs), tissues, blanket (to hide my ugly crying face), and some more tissues..

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  38. Omg I may not live through this book. Loved the interview!. thank you so much for the excerpt and the giveaway!

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  39. I really loved Taking Chances. I fell for Chase shortly after meeting him. I'm really excited to see his side of the story.
    Great interview! Love the ninja comment :)

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  40. Wow! I can't WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
    I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list immediately!
    I wonder what kind of events or people in the author's life inspired them to write this book!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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  41. I love that tattoo, and I haven't read any but I plan too!

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  42. Sounds great. Cant wait to read it.

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  43. Love the sisterly banter in the excerpt!!

    Heard awesome things about the author:))

    Thank you:)

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  44. I can't wait to read Stealing Harper!

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  45. I have been very impatiently awaiting for stealing Harper! I cannot wait! I fell so hard for have in taking chances so I know this is gonna rock!

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