Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Blog Tour: Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins (Author Interview + Giveaway!)

Welcome to my stop on the Stir Me Up blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.

I had a great time reading Stir Me Up last year, and I can assure you do the same and pick this book up for your next read! I'll be sharing a promo post - author interview that can be read below! There's a giveaway for y'all to win as well! Don't forget to participate in it!

Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins
Release Date: 10/01/13
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….

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Praise for Stir Me Up:
"Fun, steamy, and leaves you hungry for more. Sabrina Elkins nails the vulnerability of becoming an adult and the choices that come with growing up." —Katie McGarry, author of Dare You To

"Cami's slow burn for a wounded hero will rivet readers. I seriously loved this book." —Jennifer Echols, author of Dirty Little Secret

"This book is one of my favorite young adult contemporaries. Not only does it feature a hot romance, it's also very meaningful and well, you just have to read it and see." —#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author Interview with Sabrina Elkins about Stir Me Up and interesting questions that you can check out below! Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and most specially to the author for getting my questions answered!

What inspired you to write Stir Me Up?

At first I just wanted to write a story about a girl who is an aspiring chef. I knew I wanted it to be a romance, and that I wanted the love to develop over time and be antagonistic at first. But what really got my fingers flying was when I came up with the idea of Julian – the hot, traumatized war vet who recently lost his leg in an IED explosion and suddenly finds himself sent home.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

If I had to pick my favorite chapter it would probably be the one where Cami and Julian go into the woods and he finally tells her what happened to Ken Cooper. I like their intimacy and the imagery of the forest and the water. It’s a pivotal moment for both of them, particularly for Julian. Surprisingly, the scene wasn’t a difficult one to write. It came out very close to how I wanted it, which for me is fairly unusual. I almost always need to revise many times before I’m satisfied.

Who is your favorite character and why?

I love both Cami and Julian, and am tempted to say they are tied for me, but actually I think if I had to pick just one favorite it would be Julian. He faces enormous challenges in the novel, both physically and emotionally. He’s heroic, sensitive and intelligent and his main fear with Cami is that he won’t do the right thing by her. He’s so careful not to influence her choices and decisions. I guess I have a soft spot for him.

Do you find yourself reflected in any of the characters? If yes, which character and in
what way?

No, I’m not really like any of the characters in Stir Me Up. Of course, I created them, so there must be something of me in each of them, but I can’t really point to any one character and see a close match. Cami and I both share a love for cooking, but her personality is actually quite
different from mine. She’s sweet and spunky – I wish I was more like her.

What’s your favorite dish to cook?

My mother has this cake that’s made with pineapple whipped cream and hazelnut meringue. You bake the meringue layers in the same pan as the cake layers and then invert one layer and add the filling. It looks interesting and tastes amazing. I also really like it because it reminds me of her.

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Could it be a bounty of desserts or a massive fruit salad? No wait, how about this: French fries for the appetizer, a Caesar salad and deep dish pepperoni pizza for the main course, and a hot fudge sundae with sliced bananas and strawberries for dessert.

What do you consider to be your biggest failure?

Oh, there are so many fun ones to choose from! My biggest girlhood failure was stinking at singing when I would have given anything for a lead in the high school musical. Notice how Cami, Julian and Taryn can all sing pretty well? Ha ha. See, I get to live vicariously through them.

Best incentive to start your day?

A review or note from a reader saying they liked my book. It’s the greatest feeling in the world knowing someone is out there reading what I’m writing and liking it. When that happens, it’s amazing!

About the Author

I am a former journalist who worked for the Los Angeles Daily Newsand other newspapers in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to this I worked in advertising, writing ad copy for corporate travel accounts and major motion pictures. My first job out of college was as an administrative assistant to an executive chef and a food & beverage director at a Four Seasons hotel. I also spent some time working as a prep cook for Spago in Beverly Hills.

I received my Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. While in graduate school, I had the privilege of studying fiction writing under renowned author Hubert Selby, Jr., and comedy writing under famed comedian Shelley Berman. I am a past participant of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Summer Writing Workshop.

Raised in the woods of Vermont, I now live in the greater Los Angeles area with my husband and three children. STIR ME UP is my first novel.

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Cami’s Cookbook Pack
Le Petit Paris: French Finger Food by Nathalie Benezet
500 Soups by Susannah Blake
Godiva chocolate bar
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Julian’s Late-Night Pack
George Noory’s Late-Night Snacks by George Noory
Dinner and a Movie by Katherine Bebo
Godiva chocolate bar
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Sweet Desserts Pack
Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor
Cutie Pies by Dani Cone
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Contest is void where prohibited. Entrants must be 18 or else have parent or guardian’s permission to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner’s name will be selected. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity.

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