Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Against All Odds: Interview + Giveaway


I'm so pleased today to welcome author Patricia Vanasse to the blog as part of the promotional tour for her new release, Against All Odds. It's a Q+A kind of week here on the blog, so I hope you guys enjoy my temporary secondary career as a professional interviewer ;-) If Patricia's answers about Max and Loren pique your interest, please add Against All Odds to your TBR lists! Be sure and check the bottom of the post too for all the details on a special giveaway.

Max and Loren have a lot of obstacles to overcome in order to be together. If they wanted a break from the drama of their lives, what one other fictional couple might they read about in order to feel better about their own relationship challenges?

Oh, wow! I think the challenges Romeo and Juliet encountered would make anyone feel better about their own relationship challenges.

If Loren could write her father a letter that lays bare everything she’s been feeling since her friend Lily’s death, how would the first line read?

Dad, if there’s anyone in this world who can understand what I’m feeling right now, that person is you, and still, you’re failing me completely.

What’s one quirk or habit of Max’s that Loren never would have noticed if her dad hadn’t invited him to live under their roof? One of Loren’s that Max never would noticed?

Max has the habit of touching his watchband when he’s nervous, and Loren bites the inside of her mouth. The more they get to know each other, the more they come to understand their habits.

If Loren could talk to Lily one last time and ask her for once piece of best friend advice regarding Max, what would her first question be?

I’m sure Loren would ask Lily if she should keep their relationship a secret or face anyone who is against them being together. She valued Lily’s opinion more than anyone else’s.

What would Loren say are the top 3 most romantic books she’s ever read?

-Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
-Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Thanks so much for stopping by Patricia!

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AGAINST ALL ODDS


Sometimes boy meets girl, and the stars align, and their future is laid out neatly before them. Together forever. Meant to be. But Max and Loren are not one of those couples.

Seventeen-year-old Max DuPont is on the verge of becoming a ward of the state and foster kid. Contrary to expectations, Max is not from the "wrong" side of town. He's from a good home in a nice neighborhood, but his mother left after his father lost his job and turned to drinking. Max has been struggling to keep his head above water ever since. All he wants is to survive his senior year, play hockey, and move on to college. When his dad lands himself in jail, Max has no choice but to accept an offer to live with his father's do-gooder attorney, Mr. Larssi. The only contingency is that Max must stay far away from Larssi's beautiful teenage daughter Loren.

Loren is aware that she's had every opportunity in her young adult life—at least, that is, every opportunity her parents designed for her. She excels in academics at a competitive prep school, she never parties, she never dates, and she's a budding ballerina and major hopeful for a Juilliard scholarship. But since her best friend Lily died tragically three months ago, Loren is lost. She knows just how precious life is. But she has no idea how to make the best of it. How can she live—really live—with obsessive parents breathing down her neck…and inviting the only guy who never noticed her to live right under their roof?

Loren's first step in living her own life might be to get Max to notice her. Max's only chance at a solid future without foster care is to keep his distance from Loren. But their chemistry is undeniable. And they can't fight the odds forever.


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PATRICIA VANASSE


Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest. She has been through Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible. Her weakness- an obsessive relationship with caffeine.


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GIVEAWAY

Patricia is generously offering up a variety of prizes for this tour!
  •     A $25 Amazon gift card (international)
  •     A signed copy of AGAINST ALL ODDS (US only)
  •     2 eCopies of AGAINST ALL ODDS (international)
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31 comments:

  1. Okay, I'm a sucker for covers with hot guys. Max and Loren's relationship seemed like something that would get me addicted to!

    Thanks for sharing, this looks great!

    Natasha @ Dreamland Teenage Fantasy

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    1. Glad you're excited about it Natasha!

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  2. I'm not normally a fan of straight-up romance novels but want to give this one a try for some reason. I hope it doesn't involve too much drama though. What did you think of it, Jenny?

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    1. I haven't had the chance to read it yet Z, but it's on my list:)

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  3. Thanks for the fun interview, Jenny! Great questions - love the romantic books choosen . I can't wait to meet Max and Loren :)

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    1. Thanks Kim, so glad you enjoyed the interview!

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  4. This sounds like a sweet and angsty story, Jenny. I love two of Loren's top picks for romantic books so I'm already a fan of her. I'm curious to find out how these two work things out.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Loren clearly likes a little heartbreak in her romances based on her book choices, so I'm hoping her romance doesn't end that way!

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  5. Love the cover Jenny. This does sound good. P&P and WH are favorites of mine as well!

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    1. You and Loren have similar tastes then!

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  6. Your interviews always make me want to go out and buy the book you are showcasing Jenny! Great job! I always love these type of reads in the winter, I will have to keep this one in mind. ;)

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  7. This sounds so sweet. I've been seeing it around a lot lately. I've added it to my TBR... I hope to get to it soon! :)

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    1. Yay, so glad it's on your list now Lisa!

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  8. oh wow, love your interview, that was so much more fun to read then the normal.

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  9. You always ask the best questions! It sounds like Loren is a real romantic at heart!

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    1. Thanks Candace! Glad you enjoyed it:)

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  10. Another fantastic interview. I should have done this tour, but I didn't have time.

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    1. Thanks Heidi! I always have fun asking questions:)

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  11. I so love Wuthering Heights, but I wouldn't want that kind of relationship, ever!
    Great interview Jenny!

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  12. I always love your interviews! iBooks has decided to not let me open it (my phone will force my lazy ass to update it, whether or not I want to!), so I'm hoping to start it as soon as that gets fixed!

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  13. Oh boy. The title alone speaks of angst to come. Wuthering Heights made me so mad. Catherine and Heathcliff deserve each other. Lol.

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  14. Your interviews ALWAYS rocks, so I could definitely see it actually being a 2nd career. ;) Dude, the answer for the first line to the characters dad ... that made my heart hurt a little.

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds like a great read for this fall.

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  16. An interesting situation. Thanks for this opportunity.

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