April 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray – Interview and Giveaway


Hello Reader!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray

presented by Entangled TEEN Crush!

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

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For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll fall in love.   

Don’t Kiss the Messenger (Edge Lake High School, #1)
by Katie Ray
Publication Date: April 10, 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!

Hi MaryAnn, thanks so much for having me on your blog! I have written six books for young adults and I’m thrilled to be publishing my seventh book under my new pen name, Katie Ray.



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

Don’t Kiss the Messenger is a modern day retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac and the film adaptation, Roxanne.



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

I have wanted to rewrite this book for over ten years. Roxanne was one of my favorite movies growing up and I really related to Charlie. I wanted to rewrite this as a YA novel and make Charlie’s character a girl.



Tell us about the main character(s).

CeCe Edmonds is the captain of her varsity volleyball team. She’s sassy, confident and definitely a bad-ass, but she’s also deeply insecure about a scar running down the right side of her face from a car accident when she was young. Enter Emmett Brady—senior football transfer, intense, old fashioned and not the typical jock that CeCe pins him for.



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

“I find a warrior a hell of a lot sexier than a princess.”   I love this line from Emmett!



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

Not really a specific part, but originally this book was written only from CeCe’s perspective. My editor wanted me to flip narratives between CeCe and Edmond, so I had to go back and rewrite half of the book from his shoes. It was a long and exhausting rewrite, but I loved getting into Emmett’s head. I think it really added to the story.



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

I’m working on a new book, but I can’t go into the specifics yet.



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!!

Thanks for having me! I hope you check out Don’t Kiss the Messenger, coming out April 10th. If you like music and a slow burn romance, I know you’ll love it.



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