August 29, 2016
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Keeping her Secret by Sarah Nicolas
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Two girls. One kiss.
The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.
Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy’s desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them make her feel an iota of what Riya’s kiss did all those years ago. But Courtney needs to uphold appearances at all costs—even if it means instigating an all-out prank war with Riya as her main target.
Neither girl can stop thinking about the other...but that doesn’t mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains drinking, sexual situations, and a fairy-tale romance sure to make your heart melt.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
It’s great to be here! I love this book with all of my heart and I hope that readers will love it too.
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
A light-hearted summercamp romance between two very different girls who declare a prank war rather than face their feelings for each other
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
This one was actually in response to call for summer camp romances from my publisher. I had been wanting to write a YA f/f romance for a while and when I heard about this series, these two girls popped into my head. With so little good bi representation in media, I really wanted to feature a confidently bisexual teen. I also love pranks IRL, so I’ve actually used some of these pranks on my sister before!
Tell us about the main character(s).
Riya is a volleyball player with a quiet confidence. She’s very confident in the big, important ways, like knowing who she is, but has a lot of the insecurities we all face, like not being good enough for her crush. Riya’s also a great singer, though she hates for anyone to know that about her. She’s openly bisexual and half Indian with very supportive parents.
Courtney has everything a girl could want. She’s beautiful and rich and boys fall all over her. Unfortunately, she doesn’t feel anything when they kiss her. She’s been raised in a homophobic environment so she struggles heavily with her sexuality, lashing out like a wounded animal when Riya gets too close.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
There is a lovely conversation between Courtney and her twin brother Colt early in the book, when Courtney is still in major denial mode and Colt has her figured out before she’s figured it out herself. Here’s part of it:
“My point is, big sis: What’s not to like?”
“I don’t like girls.”
“Maybe not.” Colt shrugged and turned to face her, bowing his head to peer directly into her eyes. “But you do like Riya Johnson. Or, at least, you did.”
The hair on the back of her neck rose to attention. Courtney tried to slide her hands into her pockets, but they only went as deep as her second knuckle. Damn girl pockets.
“I don’t like any girls,” she insisted.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
There is one scene where the girls fight and say some pretty awful things to each other. That one had me sobbing while typing.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I don’t have any more YA on the horizon right now (soon!), but I do have two paranormal romance books coming out later this year under my pen name Aria Kane.
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 so much for having me! I’ll come back anytime!
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