Exciting news: I'm giving away a signed copy of Take Me On! But before I get to that, lets talk about West.
Whenever people ask me about West Young, I typically give the following answer:
West Young is a hot mess and I love every inch of him.
Every part of that statement is true. West is gorgeous, a senior in high school, the third of five children, and he’s also the son of one of the wealthiest men in the state of Kentucky. He goes to the best schools and has the best clothes and he should have an absolutely perfect life, but he doesn’t.
From the moment I first met West in CRASH INTO YOU, I hurt for him. West’s parents had three children. One was dying of cancer, so they decided to have more children—they decided they wanted another girl. West was the first result of that goal. How do you think this makes him feel? Wanted? Not wanted? Like a byproduct?
West feels deeply—very deeply with all his emotions. When he loves he loves and when he hurts he hurts and when he gets angry, West has no problem throwing a fist into some guy’s face. Combine all of this and that’s how I knew that West had a story to tell.
He loves his sister Rachel, more than anyone can comprehend, and what happens to her in CRASH INTO YOU greatly affects him. So much so that West’s story, TAKE ME ON, takes place during the three-month gap between events in CRASH INTO YOU. To be exact, it begins one week after a major turning point in CRASH INTO YOU.
There are certain subjects that I decided to tackle in TAKE ME ON that were hard for me to write about. TAKE ME ON is a very emotional book for me and it is a story that hurt to tell, but one that I am so proud that I did. This one is special to me. It took a lot of strength and courage to write and I’m ready for West and Haley’s story to be out in the world.
Because TAKE ME ON needed to take place during the period of time that was fast-forwarded through in CRASH INTO YOU, I knew that I either told West’s story immediately after CRASH INTO YOU or his story would never be told. It needed to be told.
I needed to tell it.
Can TAKE ME ON be read as a stand-alone? Yes, I write all my books so that you can read them without having to read the others. You won’t be lost if you haven’t read the rest of the series beforehand. It may be interesting to see how the characters progress from one book to the next, but as I said, it’s not a necessity.
For those of you who want more Isaiah and Rachel, they are so in there. You’ll get peeks of what they went through during those harrowing three months. And for my Abby fans—you might be pleased to know she plays a huge role in TAKE ME ON.
Why West? Because he’s a hot mess and I love every inch of him. Because he has a very emotional story that deserves to be told. I can’t wait for all of you to read TAKE ME ON when it’s released on May 27, 2014!
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Now for the giveaway. There will be no print advance reviewer copies of TAKE ME ON. I do *believe* that there will be copies available on Netgalley a few weeks before the release. But would you like a copy of Take Me On before then? Here is your chance. I just received my print copies and I'm so excited that I'm giving one away now. As a bonus, I'm also giving away a poster of the cover of TAKE ME ON! This giveaway is open internationally.
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