Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen @JennP_Nguyen @XpressoTours

Fake It Till You Break It
Jenn P. Nguyen
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 28th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.
After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.
The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…

Interview with Jenn P. Nguyen

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I’d choose an otter just because they’re so darn cute! And if it’s good enough to be Hermione Granger’s patronus then it’s good enough for me!

How many hours a day do you put into your writing? 

I don’t really have a set number of hours I write. Sometimes I can write 3-4 hours and sometimes I’m unable to write anything. Life gets in the way sometimes (especially now with two little kids), but you just have to pull through it. Especially when there’s a deadline looming overhead! There’s never any time until you make it!

Do you read your book reviews? If yes, do they affect what you write in the future?

Even though I shouldn’t, I do read my book reviews, BUT I make sure not to read any that are below three stars. In the beginning, I used to in case I could use the constructive criticism, but it did more harm than good. Over time, I learned to brush it aside. Everyone has their own opinions and ideas. What one person loves could be something that someone else hates.

However, seeing the good reviews were always nice. It thrills me to see other people enjoying my books. Although I know my books won’t be the Next Big Thing (despite what my husband wishes for), it makes everything worth it just to know that my books brought a smile to someone’s face or helps them get away from their lives just for a bit.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?

Yes, I do! I’m not sure if anyone would notice, but Carly from THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME makes a cameo in my newest book, FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT. And both books have quirks that people who know me will recognize. Ms. Ann Nguyen, the successful lawyer at the end of WAY TO GAME, is a tribute to all of my older sisters. Our names all have the word Anh in them. In FAKE IT, Jake calls Mia ‘Boo Boo’ as a term of endearment in front of their moms. This was my husband’s nickname for me when we were dating. Everyone at our college and later at his dental school didn’t even know my real name. They just called me “Boo Boo’ for ages.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Fake It Till You Break It?

The two main characters in Fake It Till You Break It are Mia and Jake. They live right down the street from each other and their mothers are best friends so they’ve grown up together practically their whole lives. And they are determined to hook Mia and Jake up. Even making a ship name for them “Jakia”.

Unfortunately because they’re together 24/7, Mia and Jake know way too much about each other. Mia has a Korean drama addiction and is practically tone deaf. Jake can sing, but doesn’t like to. Mia is a better cook, but Jake is a better at cleaning. Basically they’ve seen each other at their best and their worst. Which obviously is good and bad for any relationship. Or is it?

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

I am actually planning another YA contemporary romance. It’s still very early in the beginning stages so I’m not sure if this will be my next published book or not, but so far it’s pretty fun. It’s a reverse Cinderella story that’s set in Austin and instead of a slipper being left behind, there’s an oversized sweatshirt with a library card, a gym pass, and a dry cleaning receipt.

What inspires you to write?

I don’t want to give the stereotypical answer and say anything can inspire me, but that’s really the truth. Sometimes it can be a movie or a song. My first book THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME was from a Korean drama I watched a long time ago. Can’t even remember the name to be honest. My husband inspired FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT after our son was born. And the current project I’m on was inspired by a hiking blog post I saw on twitter. Basically just keep your eyes, ears, and imagination open and the ideas will come!

Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction all the way!

Read series or stand-alone?
I usually love a good series, but unfortunately I only have time to read stand alones these days.

Read Science fiction or horror?
Horror as long as it’s not nighttime and I’m not alone.

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz
Stephen King for the win!

Read the book or watch the movie?
Read the book and then watch the movie.

Read an ebook or paperback?

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only?
A room with a computer and Wi-Fi so I could read online AND watch movies. J

Do a cross-country book store tour or blog tour online?
Blog tour online

Author Bio:
Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’.