Tuesday 27 May 2014

Blog Tour Promo Post & Giveaway - Perfectly Messy by Lizzy Charles

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Perfectly Messy
by Lizzy Charles
Release Date: May 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
Popularity isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota's next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren't enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin's dad's gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.

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Effortless With You

Book One in the series:
(linked to Goodreads)

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From Panster to Planner

Hi everyone! I’m so pumped to be on the blog today talking about my approach to writing a novel. Perfectly Messy, the sequel to Effortless With You (my first published young adult novel), was actually my third attempt at writing a novel (I’d like to think that attempt was successful). Funny enough, each time I sit down and face the daunting task of writing something new, I approach it differently. Perfectly Messy, bless its soul, was given a full court press. For the first time in my writing career, I was on deadline. I took one and half years to write the first draft of Effortless With You. Five months to write my second novel, which is not yet published. But with Perfectly Messy, I had less than eight weeks. Now, if you aren’t a writer, that may seem like a lot of time. If you are a writer, you know that it’s tight, but doable. But life, as it often does, kept things interesting while I attempted to keep pace with that deadline. First off, I was busy tending to the promotion of Effortless With You. Second off, I work as a neonatal intensive care nurse. Third, I’m a mother. At the time, I was parenting a newly minted three year old, a twenty month old, and was twenty some weeks pregnant with our third child. Oh, and there’s the whole wife thing too. Basically, without needing to write a new book, I was barely keeping my head above water. With it? Well … I was one exhausted woman who often wore snorkeling gear.

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Basically, my eight weeks really boiled down to a handful of actual evenings where I could write. That was it. The stress forced me to engage my type A personality that I reserve only for nursing. An outline was born. I created a word count calendar with mandatory goals. I arranged babysitters far in advance for my few hours of writing. I could not stray from the plan. Each time I sat down to write, I sprinted. There was no “Ah, let’s have a relaxing evening to write.” It was insane concentration, pounding away on my keyboard to the point where I actually broke it. As I hammered out my word count, Perfectly Messy took on a life of it’s own. I swerved away from my outline. I believe it’s important to listen to your characters. It’s what keeps them alive. Justin broke down my doors, demanding to no longer be just a love interest, but the main character. And, no surprise here, I discovered that Justin needed to chill out and address his overly scheduled lifestyle. It was time for him to learn to let things go and live a little. Life isn’t about being perfect. It’s about being real. And thankfully, I had Lucy available from page one of Effortless With You to teach him that in Perfectly Messy. ;-)


About the Author

When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.

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3 ecopies of Perfectly Messy plus a $10, $15 and a $20 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs.

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  1. LOVE how she approached writing on a deadline!! It's awesome that she just focused like that :)

    Lovely blog post :)

    Thank you :)

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to promote Perfectly Messy and host a guest post. I appreciate it so much! Best of luck to you!

  3. Good luck with this and your forthcoming 4th novel! (we hope) And, yes, dark chocolate rules!