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Monday, April 27, 2015

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Toxic Bad Boy by @AprilBrookshire

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Book Blast


clip_image002_thumb[1]Toxic Bad Boy

Beware of Bad Boy Trilogy

Book 3

April Brookshire

Genre: mature young adult contemporary romance

Date of Publication: March 30th, 2015

Number of pages: 220

Word Count: 70,000

Book Description:

Caleb and Gianna’s lives were ruined by a brutal attack. She ended up in the hospital and he was thrown in juvie.

For Caleb, being apart from Gianna is worse torture than being locked up. He’s unable to help her through the aftermath of the assault and dealing with the confinement of youth corrections.

Gianna is lost, her mind going to dark places. She loves and misses Caleb, but doesn’t know how to deal with the upheaval and panic attacks. Emerging, are new threats to her safety and her relationship with Caleb.

While Gianna struggles with her ability to be Caleb’s girlfriend after he’s released, Caleb struggles to hold on to the only girl he’s ever loved.

This is the third book and conclusion to the Beware of Bad Boy series.


Book 1 Available at Amazon


Book 2 Available at Amazon

Author Interview

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I went to college for Economics, but writing fiction is much more fun. I’ve always thought up stories in my head, it just didn’t occur to me until a few years ago that I should write them out.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

When I self-published my first book, Young Love Murder.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

I’ve never tried the traditional route. Self-publishing has worked for me so far and seems like less of a hassle.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

Writing is my only job right now. I used to own a scrapbooking supply business, but my only focus at this time is writing.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

Toxic Bad Boy.  Mature young adult about stepsiblings who fall in love.  Caleb is trying to hold on to the girl he loves.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

I self-publish.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

Plotting takes 2-3 days. If I’m free from distractions, I can write a book in a month. But life is never distraction-free when you’re a single mom, so that month’s worth of writing usually gets stretched out to two. Plus, editing is quite a process, too.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

The next book I’m working on is the second in the Young Assassins series (new adult romantic suspense). After that I’m working on an adult contemporary romance. This summer, I hope to get out the third book in the Dead Chaos series (zombie apocalypse with urban fantasy).

What genre would you place your books into?

The Beware of Bad Boy series would have to be considered mature young adult. It’s like a young adult and new adult fusion.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I’d read a lot of young adult where the teens were mature to the point of having boring personalities. I wanted to write a young adult book with humor and edge.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

Caleb from the Beware of Bad Boy series is an entertaining character, but Jackson from the Young Assassins series is more of a mystery and badass assassin.

How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?

I’ve been writing for a little over 5 years. Reading romance stories from different subgenres inspired me.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I always listen to music while writing. I have different Spotify and iTunes playlists, sometimes for a specific book.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

I shouldn’t, but I do. Usually a good thing, sometimes very bad. Not every book is for everyone.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

It can go both ways. I always know the title at least halfway through writing a book.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

The internet is a magic portal of knowledge. If I don’t already have experience with a place, I’ll research it online. Sometimes names come to me and other times I find them online on name meaning websites.

Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?

I pick the character name or place first.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

I figure out the characters traits of characters before or early on in writing.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")

Sometimes there are hidden messages or morals, but my number one goal is always to entertain readers.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I read ebook most often, but I also own a ton of paperbacks and hardbacks. If an author is a favorite of mine (like Kresley Cole), I’ll buy all of her books in paperback or hardcover.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

I don’t have a favorite book exactly, but I’ve read all of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark books more than once (I reread the series once or twice a year).

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is your favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

I’ve never seen a movie that was better than the book. It’s why I haven’t read the Hunger Games books. I’m worried I’ll think the movies suck. New Moon from the Twilight series was a mess as a movie. Vampire Academy ended up being a parody of the book.

Your favorite food is?

Papa John’s pizza.

Your favorite singer/group is?

I don’t have a favorite, I have lots of favorites, including The Sounds, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Coldplay.

Your favorite color is?

All shades of blue.

Your favorite Author is?

Kresley Cole and Kristen Ashley.


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About The Author

April Brookshire is the author of the Beware of Bad Boy and Young Assassinsclip_image008_thumb[1] series. She also co-authors the Dead Chaos series. She writes under the contemporary romance and apocalyptic fantasy genres and has a few projects in the works for 2015.

Growing up with four brothers, she doesn’t like chick flicks but devours romance books of all genres. A book addict, she’s read almost two thousand books to date.

April lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, where she raises her young son. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually reading, but also enjoys attending concerts and plays in the numerous venues of the city.

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