August 29, 2016

Blog Tour: Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas – Interview and Giveaway




Hello Readers!

Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Keeping her Secret by Sarah Nicolas

presented by Entangled TEEN!

We are so excited to have Sarah on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

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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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  1. Veronica Vasquez

    It sounds like a sweet and unique read!

  2. Sarah Nicolas

    Woo! Thank you so much for having me

  3. Stephanie

    This isn’t my usual kind of read, but it sounds very sweet.

  4. Natalie

    Riya sounds very unique! She is not your typical girl.

  5. Judy Thomas

    The cover really caught my eye and I want to read it!

  6. Emily Endrizzi

    I would say that the book blurb is most making me want to read Keeping Her Secret.

  7. Tracy Robertson

    Wow, we didn’t have anything like this when I read YA novels. I am past YA age now, but I still love to read one every now and then and this one sounds great!

  8. Edye

    I want to read it because it sounds like a sweet romance :)

  9. amy

    It just sounds like an interesting story!

  10. Kristy Petree

    Keeping her Secret sounds like a great YA read. Most of my YA reads with gay or lesbian characters have been by Cat Clarke, and my favorites are Undone and A Kiss in the Dark. Thanks!

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