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May 18, 2017

Blog Tour: It Had to be You by Lizzy Charles – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

It Had to be You by Lizzy Charles

presented by Entangled Teen Crush!

We have Lizzy on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

 

James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks to her dad’s job, but when it comes to friends and boys, she knows exactly nothing. Newly enrolled in boarding school, Edel is now on a mission to learn it all. James says he’ll help her experience the ultimate high school life—if she’ll be his fake girlfriend. And fake is perfect, because he’s exactly the kind of player she’d never date.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains red-hot romance, all the feels, and a soul-mate bad boy.

It Had to Be You (Brokemore Academy, #1)
by Lizzy Charles
Publication Date: May15, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thank you so much for having me. I’m psyched to be here.

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

Homeschooled Edel knows nothing about high school. Boarding school should fix that, and the quickest route to knowledge? Dating the #1 player. It Had to Be You

 

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

The inspiration for this novel came from my love of Gilmore Girls . Rory’s high school, Chilton, always fascinated me and I wanted to explore this setting with two unlikely characters but taking it to the next level through the boarding school. This novel simmered in my mind for years until the characters came to life.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

James is contagious, intelligent, and has a long history with not only the girls at Brockmore Academy, but also neighbouring schools. He is captain of the football team but also has time to submit short pieces of literature to literary blogs and publications.

Edelweiss, a homeschooled diplomat’s daughter, enters Brockmore with zero history of attending traditional school, which is exactly why she’s there. She’s organized, with a to-do list of experiences she must have before she goes off to college. Unfortunately, no one prepared her for high school, and she’s forced to turn to James, the only guy she was told to avoid, for help.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

Yes, let’s just say there’s an unexpected showering incident that leads to Edel relying completely on James for her escape. Here’s a little teaser from right after the escape:

 

 “Hey, Edelweiss.” His voice is loud, and he takes my hand to guide me in through the window. I jump down.

The room gasps, and I force myself to smile, gazing only at James. I sweep my bangs out of my eyes and stand up straight.

He opens my towel and wraps me in it, his arms lingering around me in a close embrace.

“You’re killing it,” he whispers.

 

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

As I white woman, it would be naïve of me to say any other part of this novel was more difficult than striving to connect with James on a level that would accurately reflect the experience of a black student. I took a lot of care and sensitivity, using sensitivity readers and rewriting scenes over and over to make this novel to be true to who James really is. With that said, this is not a novel about race, but one about love and connection.

 

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

I’m plotting the next novel to this series and I’m also in the midst of a launch of my new blog, SheisBright.com, a space for creativity and inspiration for girls and women.

 

 

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thank you again for having me. I’m always thrilled to stop by the Chapter by Chapter blog!

 

 

About Lizzy Charles

Lizzy Charles writes young adult contemporary romance. She’s a tea fanatic, guacamole expert, and sushi lover. When she’s fixing lunches, dressing kids, or wiping pizza sauce off sticky hands, she escapes to La La Land and imagines all sorts of little love stories. Lizzy loves her daily dose of fitness and is also a RN so she can triage any symptom you send her way. Her best friend from high school is also her husband. Oh and she has a little pup named Professor Lupin who is pretty much the glue to the whole writing operation.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Marcy Meyer
    5/18/2017

    I’m excited to read it, because I really think it sounds like an interesting story. The differences between the two characters should make for a fun read.

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  2. This sounds super cute. I remember seeing it in the publisher’s newsletter and I was super tempted to get an ARC. My TBR pile is going to crush me one of these days, so I decided against it. Ha ha!
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  3. Julie Bickham
    5/19/2017

    It looks like a fun read. I like reading books like this!

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  4. ShootingStarsMag
    5/19/2017

    I love that the author worked hard to take care of the way James was represented in the book, even though the book isn’t ABOUT race.

    I love boarding school books – Harry Potter, Looking for Alaska, etc.

    -lauren
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  5. Edye
    5/20/2017

    I love the plot!

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  6. Julie Waldron
    5/23/2017

    I think this sounds like a good book, my daughter’s would enjoy it as well.

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