Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts @LBrownRoberts @chapterxchapter @EntangledTeen

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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Interview with Lisa Brown Roberts

What inspired you to write THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH? 

A couple of things. I am in awe of the book blogging world and I wanted to write about a blogger who knew all about romance novels but struggled with real-life romance. Also, I liked the idea of a girl making a list of guys she “should” like and working her way through the list.

When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Second grade, age seven. My teacher had a shoebox full of story ideas and we wrote stories based on the idea cards in the box. Eventually she told me I didn’t need to use the box anymore, I could use my own ideas - which were very strange, by the way – like a family of coffee cups living in the ocean.

What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book? 

Probably first grade.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading? 

I love romance, mysteries, women’s fiction, YA, and interesting nonfiction about extraordinary lives and experiences. When my son raves about a fantasy or sci-fi book he enjoys, I usually check it out, too.

What is your favorite book? 

That’s very tough. I don’t know that I can pick just one, but for right now I’ll say Pride and Prejudice.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why? 

Well, again this one is very tough, but to tie into question five, I’ll go with Jane Austen. She was brilliant, with sly humor, satirical send-ups of society, and romance, of course. 

If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why? 

I wouldn’t.  I’d rather go forward to the future- I’m more of a Star Trek person. I wouldn’t go backwards because life was so much more difficult – just surviving took so much effort and luck. What’s ironic is that I read a lot of historical romance – but those characters usually live a certain type of privileged life. 

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task? 

It depends on the book. Some books come easier than others. One of my previous books was a real bear to write, but my brilliant editor helped me work out the plot issues I was struggling with. The book was well received by readers, thank goodness!

My favorite part of writing is the first draft, when I’m capturing all the raw emotion of the story and watching my characters fall in love for the first time.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets? 

I love animals! Currently I have one dog and two cats, and a new puppy is on the horizon for later this fall.

What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat? 

Food is one of my favorite things. I love going to new restaurants with family and friends. Some of my favorites are sushi, pasta, and desserts of all types. I will try anything with fresh ginger in it – it’s my catnip.

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Never, ever give up. If you want this badly enough, you’re going to have to work very hard, go through rejections, grow a thick skin when putting your work out for critique and submissions to publishers or agents, and then grow an even thicker skin with reviews. But if you are one of those people who has to write (and you know who you are) it’s all worth it in the end.

Also – write every day if you can, or most days. I believe you build up your writing “muscles” this way and train your creative brain to be ready to work whenever you sit down at your computer or with your notebook. And you’re much more likely to finish something this way. 

Thank you for having me on your blog today!

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.


One (1) winner will receive
•        A signed copy of The Replacement Crush
•        Nerd glasses necklace
•        Button
•        Signed poster
•        Bookmark

•        Spock Funko Pop!