Thursday, May 16, 2013

Broken Promises by Dawn Pendleton Interview and Giveaway!!!

After three years in Boston attending college, Mallory Wells has come home to Casper, Maine to care for her father, who is dying from cancer. She left Casper without looking back, leaving her small-town life and everyone in it, behind. Including her sexy high school sweetheart. 
Luke Bates was devastated when Mallory left him for the city life. He managed to pull himself together and move on, even if only just barely. When Mallory shows up in town, Luke vows to stay away from her at all costs. So why does he keep checking in on her and her father, showing up when he's clearly uninvited? Maybe Luke isn't as 'over her' as he thought.

Author Interview:

Tell us about Broken Promises.
Mallory and Luke are high school sweethearts who broke up when Mallory decided to go to college in Boston, 250 miles away from her tiny hometown. But her dad has cancer, so after three years being away, she comes home to help take care of him. She didn’t expect to still have feelings for Luke, though.

What inspired you to write Broken Promises?
I have been writing since I was about 15, although what I wrote then was hardly any good. This past year, I’ve spent my time learning about self-publishing and really digging into what genre I wanted to write. I knew YA was too young, but I didn’t necessarily want to write strictly adult, either. New Adult is paving the way in the age category of writing, and I found that it was exactly what I wanted to write! Once I discovered NA, it was like a light bulb went off and Mallory and Luke just sort of spilled out across the page.

What are your current projects?
I am working on a second book in the Broken series, Broken Dreams, which will release in August and will feature Rainey and Baker, who are secondary characters in Broken Promises. I am also writing a dystopian, which is completely uncharted territory for me. But it’s fun to write and the characters are growing on me. It doesn’t have a title yet but I am hoping it will release early in 2014.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Do you have any advice for other writers?
            I learned not to listen to naysayers, but also to develop a thick skin. Not everyone is going to love your book, but not everyone is going to hate it, either. You have to take the good with the bad and hopefully focus on the good. For other writers: keep writing, never stop. Even if you aren’t sure it’s any good, even if you get a million rejection letters from traditional publishers. If you have the words inside you, you must get them out.

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