Riley Graham | Author Interview

After doing the review for Accidents & Incidents, I asked Riley if she would like to answer a few questions that mostly popped into my mind while writing the review. And she agreed. Yay! Here are her answers which I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.

What can you tell us about you that we can’t find anywhere else?
I go through phases during which I get really obsessed with a certain thing and do tons of research on it. A few years ago, it was holistic pet foods. Last year, it was The Doctor Oz Show. I had to stop watching because I couldn’t keep track of all the information and it was taking up way too much of my time trying to.

What was your inspiration for your debut novel, Accidents & Incidents?
It actually started with a play I wrote many years ago, in which a girl walks out to the school parking lot and finds a guy smoking in her car. I changed that detail (because Dennis is way too polite to smoke in someone else’s car!) but the story grew from there. And a few things are partly based on my own high school experience—feeling out of place, for instance, and being attracted to both the bad boy and the nice guy. Continue reading

Accidents & Incidents by Riley Graham | Book Giveaway

Yesterday I published a review of the YA novel, Accidents & Incidents, which you should definitely check it out if you haven’t done so. I’ll still include the summary here for good measure.

Summary: Sometimes finding love means taking the scenic route …

Living with her faultfinding mother has taught Leslie not to ask for much. Just watch your step, stay on the sidelines, and take what you can get. But she wants a mom who thanks her for cleaning the kitchen instead of yelling at her for missing a spot, and a boyfriend who does more than score her a seat at the popular table—someone who actually notices her sitting there.

So when Cain, the school heartbreaker, turns his Carolina blue eyes her way, Leslie can’t help but be tempted, even if he’s her boyfriend’s best friend. Things get even more complicated when Leslie strikes up unlikely friendships with Meredith, Cain’s girlfriend, and Dennis, a boy addicted to cigarettes and solitude. Despite his tough exterior, Dennis seems to understand Leslie in a way that no one ever has, and to need her as much as she needs him.

For the first time in her life, Leslie feels like she could belong. She’s just not sure where.

Just in time for the holidays, this teen romance features a Halloween betrayal, a Thanksgiving revelation, an unexpected Christmas gift, and a New Year’s Eve party where everything comes to a head. Will Leslie ring in the New Year with the right guy, or end up right back where she started—alone?

If you like this book, here’s your chance to win a signed copy or a signed bookmark. The giveaway is open internationally and it will run through January 11th. Note: You have to click to see the Rafflecopter entry form.

EDIT (1/11/2014) : The giveaway is over. Congrats to all the winners!

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Accidents & Incidents by Riley Graham | Book Review

Accidents & Incidents

Title: Accidents & Incidents
Author: Riley Graham
Genre:
YA romance, Coming of Age
Published:
11/25/2013
Length:
222 pages in print
Format:
ebook, print
Buy at:
Amazon

Summary: Sometimes finding love means taking the scenic route …

Living with her faultfinding mother has taught Leslie not to ask for much. Just watch your step, stay on the sidelines, and take what you can get. But she wants a mom who thanks her for cleaning the kitchen instead of yelling at her for missing a spot, and a boyfriend who does more than score her a seat at the popular table—someone who actually notices her sitting there.

So when Cain, the school heartbreaker, turns his Carolina blue eyes her way, Leslie can’t help but be tempted, even if he’s her boyfriend’s best friend. Things get even more complicated when Leslie strikes up unlikely friendships with Meredith, Cain’s girlfriend, and Dennis, a boy addicted to cigarettes and solitude. Despite his tough exterior, Dennis seems to understand Leslie in a way that no one ever has, and to need her as much as she needs him.

For the first time in her life, Leslie feels like she could belong. She’s just not sure where.

Just in time for the holidays, this teen romance features a Halloween betrayal, a Thanksgiving revelation, an unexpected Christmas gift, and a New Year’s Eve party where everything comes to a head. Will Leslie ring in the New Year with the right guy, or end up right back where she started—alone? Continue reading