November 7, 2017

Blog Tour: Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews – Interview and Giveaway


Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews

presented by Entangled Teen Crush!

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

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Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?

All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bit of blackmail, a lot of sarcasm, and an ending guaranteed to melt your heart.

Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews
Publication Date: November 6, 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 for hosting me at Chapter by Chapter. I’m so glad to be here and can’t wait to share Offsetting Penalties with everybody.



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

When tight end Garret agrees to take ballet lessons to improve his game, he doesn’t expect to be blackmailed by Izzy to keep it secret.



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

When I told my editor I wanted to write a YA story, she suggested something about a football team taking ballet lessons. When I sat down to plot out the story, I decided to set it up so it was just one player taking ballet lessons, and he wanted to do it on the down low. Then I decided that it would be even more fun if a ballerina spotted him at the dance studio and decided to blackmail him to keep it a secret.



Tell us about the main character(s).

The heroine, Izzy, has grown up in a wealthy family, but her mother died of a drug overdose when she was a baby, and her father is busy making a bid for a U.S. Senate seat. She is used to spending most of her time alone, and she is determined to be a prima ballerina on a prestigious ballet company.


Garret, the hero, frequently butts head with his father, but gets along well with his mother and younger sister. He’s a pretty easy going guy, but he’s willing to work hard to achieve his goal, which is to earn a college football scholarship and get out of rural Texas.



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

I think my favorite scene in the book is when Izzy has to measure Garret for a costume. Here’s a tiny snippet from that scene:


“All right, here comes the awkward part,” Izzy said.

“That wasn’t it?” He closed his eyes and held his breath.

“I’m afraid not.”

She knelt next to him and measured from the top of his hip to his shoe. That wasn’t so bad.

Beads of sweat had formed on her forehead. “Um, I need to measure the inseam now.”

He shook his head. Do not pass go, do not collect two hundred dollars. She was not going anywhere near…there.



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

No, but for the first time, it was easier for me to write in Garret’s point of view than Izzy’s. Usually I find writing the hero’s story more difficult than the heroine’s. I think it’s party because Izzy is a very private person and it took a while for her to open up to me.



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

I don’t have any other books releasing soon, but I am working on a sequel to Offsetting Penalties.



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!! 



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  1. Lacey Waters

    I’ve always thought of ballet more of an art form than a sport although now that I think about it they are incredible athletes.

  2. Ally Mathews

    I agree! Ballet dancers are amazing athletes.

  3. Patti L

    This could be fun. Reminds me of an episode of “Fame” from back in the 80s, where they made a football team join one of their “movement” classes and wore them out. Thank you for offering the chance to win.

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