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Monday, April 19, 2010

Simone Elkeles Guest Post + Giveaway!


I'm a huge Simone Elkeles fan so I'm honored to feature her with a guest post. Thank you to Kate for giving me the opportunity to participate in this amazing tour. Check out the guest post and awesome giveaway below!

Simone Elkeles has written five young adult novels, including Perfect Chemistry and Leaving Paradise, and was recently named Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She received her Master's of Science degree in Industrial Relations and also spends time mentoring other teen and adult authors.

-Perfect Chemistry (Book #1)
-Rules of Attraction (Book #2)
-Leaving Paradise (Book #1)
-Return to Paradise (Book #2) - 9/1/10
-How To Ruin A Summer Vacation
(Book #1)
-How To Ruin My Teenage Life (Book #2)
-How To Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation (Book #3)

Guest Post:

Can you explain to us the theme of opposites attracting in both
Perfect Chemistry & Rules of Attraction. Why did you decide to t
ake that route? Have you ever fallen in love with a bad boy your parents would disapprove of? Also, since this series will be a trilogy what can we expect from the third book?

Opposites definitely attract. Dating and being with someone just like you is boring! I loved challenging guys and verbally sparring with them- it’s like foreplay (am I allowed to admit that here?). My husband is a brainiac and I’m SO not. He was valedictorian of his high school and I was a B-average student. We are definitely opposites, and where he excels (school and academics) I fail and where I excel (socially J), he fails. We definitely compliment each other, just like Alex and Brittany compliment each other in Perfect Chemistry and Carlos and Kiara compliment each other in Rules of Attraction!

I have to admit that I fell for the bad boy when I was in high school. His name was Andy and he was gorgeous and tall and…a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. He’d lived such a dangerous life before we met and was trying to get his life straight when I met him. My parents were not happy that Andy was 1) three years older than me and 2) barely holding on to his sobriety and 3) had been caught lying to his parents and 4) we’d fallen in love. Unfortunately Andy relapsed when I went away to college and we broke up, but he’ll forever hold a piece of my heart. He taught me how to live hard, laugh hard, and love hard…but my relationship with Andy also taught me the hard way what it means to have a broken heart. I love writing about the reformed bad boy and the girl he loves getting the happily-ever-after ending. What could be better than that?

The third novel in the Perfect Chemistry series will be about Luis Fuentes, the youngest Fuentes brother. He’s such a good guy who doesn’t live with the a
ngst that his big brothers have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams. When he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he’s never known to try and save her from herself. Just when he thinks he’s got life all figured out, Luis learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?


person will win:

  • Copy of Perfect Chemistry
  • Copy of Rules of Attraction
  • PC & ROA Bookmarks
-Deadline ends May 3, 2010 at midnight, EST
-Open to US & Canada

!! Fill Out This FORM To Enter !!


slommler said...

Great giveaway and a wonderful interview!

elizabeth said...

Awesome giveaway! I loved the interview. I have yet to read any of Simone's books. Hope to someday.

YzhaBella (aka Kate) said...

Great interview! And thanks for introducing me to another great author!

I would be honored if you would enter me for this giveaway! I have a great Book Review Blog and can totally commit to posting a review within the time frame you have stated!

Kate aka YzhaBella's BookShelf

Kelsey said...

What a great question, I love Simone's answer as well! Thanks for the contest :)

blueicegal said...

oh nooo. damn man not international i want rules of attraction so bad *sigh* man this sucks great interview though good luck guys

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BookFreak said...

Hey Simone! I LOVE you! I already have the books so i wont be entering in the contest.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

What a great giveaway - both books look so good!

pirate penguin said...

Amazing guest post! *GASP* I didn't know that there was going to be ANOTHER book to the series(although maybe I should have...there are three brothers, lol) And how cool that instead of the bad boy falling in love, it's going to be the good guy falling for the bad girl. Sounds great x)

holdenj said...

What a great post. I really liked her "How to Ruin.." books. Thanks for the chance to win! I entered using your very easy form!

Christa Holland said...

Wow. : )

That's all.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Ah, I'm sorry I've been MIA FOREVER!! I missed your awesome blog and, of course, amazing interviews like these. Lol, Andy sounds just like one of those bad boy fictional characters minus the relapse part, but I think experiences like those are what makes Simone's books so great. And you already know what I think of Alex... Great interview! :D

Martha Lawson said...

Great giveaway! I hope I win.

dor said...

Thanks so much.

misskallie2000 said...

Thanks for the great giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Mandy said...

Great interview, and thanks for the giveaway! I absolutely LOVED Perfect Chemistry. <3
I haven't read Rules of Attraction yet, but have been DYING to read it.

Chas @ LLL said...

*clapping* yay! This is one heck of a great giveaway!

*waving* Aloha Simone. I agree with you... opposites attract and who doesnt like a reformed bad boy.
Thank you for sharing Andy with us. I completely understand... and when you say 'hard' I get that!=)

Best wishes to all entrants!!=)

The Graef Family! said...

Great interview! Opposites totally attract. My husband is opposite then what I am. Funn enough its like Simone and her hubby. Except I'm the brain and hes the socializer. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Omg I've heard so many good things about these books! I really want to read them..eeek!

Thanks for the fantastic contest!

The Book Vixen said...

I would love to win this!! I am a huge Elkeles fan. I love her style of writing. I can't wait to get ROA and RTP!!

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Awesome interview! I've been wondering what the third book is going to be about. I like how the girl is going to be the 'bad boy/girl' this time around. I think that will be interesting!

Lynsey Newton said...

Thank you for an amazing contest and wonderul interview with Simone. I would LOVE to read these books, have heard a lot about how good they are!

I always love the bad boys ;)

angie said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Not all bad boys are as bad as they seem. I guess that is the challenge and their charm.

thaeter7 said...

Oh to be young gain!

celi.a said...

Thanks for the chance to win these books. I got Perfect Chemistry from the library last fall and absolutely fell in love with the story. I'd be glad to have my own copy, and getting the sequel would be AWESOME. Great contest!

Bianca said...

Thank you soo much for this giveaway! I already read/have Perfect Chemistry but not Rules of Attraction, which I'm anxious to read!

I thought I already entered this contest but I guess not.

sharon54220 said...

Another great giveaway. I've been wanting to read these for awhile.

Thanks for the chance.

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

Thanks for the contest, guest post & sneak peak at book #3!

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