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November 6, 2018

Blog Tour: The Edge Rules by Melanie Hooyenga – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Edge Rules by Melanie Hooyenga!

We have Melanie on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

Click on the banner above to follow the rest of the tour,
and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

 

 

Being a bully isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Sixteen-year old Brianna had everything she wanted: money to ski all over the world, underlings to do her bidding, and parents who gave her every freedom—as long as she played by their rules. But when she’s busted shoplifting and assigned to the Chain Gang, she ditches her shallow ways and realizes being herself is easier than manipulating people.

Forced to partner with kids she’d never dream of befriending, including Xavier, a boy who makes her pulse go into hyperdrive, Brianna vows to be a better person. Breaking Old Brianna’s habits isn’t easy, but her infatuation with Xavier—someone her parents would never approve of—motivates her to keep trying.

Even when he convinces her to trade her swanky skis for a beat-up snowboard.

Brianna lets go of her need to control everything and finally starts to feel free—until her past threatens to jeopardize her first real chance at love. She discovers balancing on the edge is as challenging in life as it is in snowboarding, and when a new friend is in trouble, Brianna must decide between the superficial things that used to be her world and putting her friend’s safety before herself.

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

Thank you for having me! You’re always so supportive of authors and I’m really excited to talk about my book!

 

 

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

Being a mean girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

 

 

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

The Edge Rules is the third in a series, and I knew right away that I wanted to tell Brianna’s story. She’s the mean girl in the first two books, and I wanted to show readers that a) if you have a bully or mean person in your life, that there’s probably a reason they act that way (not excusing their behavior, just explaining it), and b) that if you ARE that person, you don’t have to stay that way. I’ve already had readers tell me they see themselves in her and that means SO much to me.

 

On a lighter note, the series is sports romance, so I debated which sport to give Brianna—rock climbing and kayaking were at the top of the list—but snowboarding won because I wanted to return to the snow.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

Brianna Vines is stuck-up, beautiful, and gets whatever she wants. Readers of The Slope Rules (the first book in the series) HATE her, and rightfully so. In The Trail Rules, there are hints that her armor’s cracking but I don’t give anything away until chapter one of The Edge Rules, which opens with her in jail for shoplifting. That chapter ends with her father walking out on her and her mother, and throughout the book she gets her comeuppance for being so awful.

 

It’d be easy to take a mean character and just dump on them to make readers happy, but I wanted readers to LIKE her by the end. (And so far reviewers say they do!) She learned her behavior from her parents, who she’s always strived to be like, but as her world crumbles around her, she realizes that there’s more to life than having everyone be afraid of you, and that if she doesn’t want to end up bitter and alone, she needs to change.

 

Xavier, the love interest, is the opposite of everything she was raised to believe she wanted. He’s sweet, kind, and doesn’t strive to be the richest person in the room. People like him—including her arch-enemies Cally and Blake—and he doesn’t play games, something Brianna isn’t used to.

 

Drea, her new friend, is sarcastic, down-to-earth, and dealing with her own serious issues. She’s the first person Brianna lets see her real self and the two quickly form a friendship that’s unlike anything Brianna’s had before.

 

 

 

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

Brianna is working her way towards becoming a reformed mean girl, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t slip every now and then. This quote is one of my favorites: “Having people hang on my every word, their eyes widening as I feed them more lies, is addictive. And I’ve gone without a fix for too long.”

 

As for a favorite scene, I think it’s when she meets her half-sister and the woman who broke up her parents’ marriage. Brianna battles with being her old b*tchy self and trying to be the bigger person. She doesn’t handle it perfectly, but I’m proud of how she gets through it.

 

 

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

The trickiest parts for me with this book weren’t emotional—they were the physical scenes. This is the third book I’ve written where the characters are kissing while wearing a helmet, and let me tell you, there’s only so many ways you can jab someone in the face with a hunk of plastic, lol. Having Brianna wipe out on a snowboard, then try to kiss Xavier—all while keeping track of which way their legs were facing and making sure they could physically twist that way—took some effort!

 

 

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

This book wraps up The Rules Series, and on November 1st (yes, NaNo), I’m starting something completely new. It’s a YA psychological suspense, and the story has been percolating for over two years. It’s very different from my current series, and even darker than the Flicker Effect trilogy, and I can’t wait to jump in.

 

 

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!!

I really enjoyed this. Telling Brianna’s story is important to me, even though I’ve had to relive some moments from my high school days that I’d rather leave in the past. I stop short of saying I was bullied, but there were definitely a pair of mean girls whose mission it seemed was to make my life hell. Diving into why they acted that way wasn’t always fun, but if it helps a reader today, it was worth it.

 

 

website: melaniehoo.com

facebook: facebook.com/MelanieHooyenga

twitter: @melaniehoo

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About Melanie Hooyenga

Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.

 

 

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  1. Emily Heisler
    11/6/2018

    Looking forward to reading this one

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