Welcome to Day 1 of Forever Kinda Love Celebrations.
Today’s guest post is from my alpha/beta reader, Jessica Baker. The importance of beta readers is incomparable. Every author relies on a group of trusty beta readers (I had 5) that understand the genre. As an Author, we write the story based on how the story flows and how the characters react to scenarios in our heads. However, to make the story realistic, the beta readers help to tweak the personalities, the slang, and the culture of the genre.
Jessica was a valuable beta reader in that sense, because of the following reasons:
- She’s a teenager, so her insight was helpful in confirming the behavior of my characters.
- She’s an avid reader and blogger in the YA community.
Now without further ado, please welcome JESSICA BAKER!
I’ve known Priya for a while. And when I say “a while” I mean…well, I mean a while because I don’t know exactly how long. All I remember is that I was sitting in English IV when I replied to Priya’s email about Dracian Legacy (because I was the best effing high school student ever). So I guess we’re coming up on two years now. In that time, I think it’s safe to say we’ve become friends.
And in becoming friends, I’ve somehow managed to become one of the people Priya tells her new ideas to. I remember the day I got the email for Forever Kinda Love so well. I remember how I loved the characters’ names, and I loved the story of how they met, and I remember that there wasn’t much more to the story at that time. Yeah, when Priya first gets ideas, they need more time to be fleshed out. Because Priya is human and humans need time to think. The story of FKL started with the characters. Two fabulous, lovable characters.
Along with getting Priya’s emails full of new ideas, I also have the privilege of nagging the crap out of her until she sends me whatever she’s currently writing. Luckily, it didn’t take much demanding from me to get FKL, and I kind of got to read it every step of the way. And when I say “kind of” I mean I totally did.
Priya’s writing process always starts out with something of an outline. Or a barebones draft. I read that, and got SO EXCITED for when I’d read it once it was fleshed out, with all the details and extra cool stuff. And with more story and conflict added in. That first draft (or two?) was where I fell in love with the characters. Well, fell in love even more than I already was. And then I got to read later drafts, when the characters were going through their STUFF, and I felt for them so much.
There’s just something amazing about seeing that story and those characters grow throughout out the ENTIRE PROCESS. And now we’re here. It is absolutely crazy that Forever Kinda Love is releasing. Heath and Ace’s story has come so far and grown so much, and it has such a special place in my heart. I am so attached to this book now, and Heath and Ace, and the SERIES (which I cannot wait to get more of when Priya gets to writing more!), and I am so excited for more people to fall in love with Heath and Ace!
And then once everyone falls in love with Heath and Ace, I’ll be over here feeling all happy pants and preparing for the story Heath’s brother Harry (I refuse to call him Harrington) with a girl who is very appropriately named…Jessica. 😉
Today’s Giveaway Ends at Midnight:
eBooks (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century & A Tale of Two Centuries) and signed bookmark by the fun/witty Author Rachel Harris
For those of you that don’t know Rachel, here’s a little about her and be sure to follow her:
Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.
An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!