Blog Tour + Giveaway - She Wants It All by Jessica CallaTuesday, May 16, 2017
NEW RELEASE! SHE WANTS IT ALL (Book 3, Sheridan Hall Series)
Author: Jessica Calla
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: BookFish Books
Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll, Race-Point US
Happy to sing cover songs with his band and float through New Jersey University with little to no effort, Dave Novak spends the first week of college partying. Then he meets Maggie Patrinski. Performing on stage in front of hundreds is easy for Dave, but the mere thought of Maggie sends his heart racing and turns him into a bumbling idiot. Even so, he can’t get her out of his mind.
Maggie’s not exactly thrilled when her roommate sets her up with Second Floor Dave, the hottie with a reputation. Not only has she just had her heart broken, but she’s vying for a competitive summer internship and studying to become a vet. She doesn’t have time for guys and isn’t interested in falling in love, especially when she may be moving across the country for the summer.
But as Maggie gets to know Dave, his charm wins her over and she falls hard and fast. The problem? Maggie has goals, Dave doesn’t. Maggie studies, Dave doesn’t. Maggie wants it all, Dave only wants her. With their summer plans up in the air and past mistakes creeping back into their lives, their future together is uncertain. The only thing they’re sure of is that when they’re together, they’re better.
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/She-Wants-Sheridan-Hall-Book-ebook/dp/B0727PC95H/
Other Books In the Sheridan Hall Series...
SHE LAUGHS IN PINK (Book 1, Sheridan Hall Series)
SHE RUNS AWAY (Book 2, Sheridan Hall Series)
Thank you, Natasha, for allowing me to share your corner of the internet during my exciting release week!
Romance! My favorite topic! Who doesn’t love a little romance? But recipes? Well, I’m not much of a cook, but I do have a story for you…
My husband and I never had a special song. When it came time to plan our wedding, we had to pick something. As I was busy will all things bride, I figured this was a good task to delegate to the groom since he had a large library of music and seemed more interested in picking our song than centerpieces.
So while I ran around like a Bridezilla, he kept busy by staying out of my way and laboring through his humongous CD collection (this was before the days of iTunes, friends). Finally, he announced that he chose a Johnny Cash song called “Memories are Made of This.” (Note: Dean Martin also sings a version). Here are the lyrics:
Take one fresh and tender kiss
Add one stolen night of bliss
One girl, one boy, some grief, some joy
Memories are made of this.
Don't forget a small moon beam
Fold in lightly with a dream
Your lips and mine, two sips of wine
Memories are made of this.
Then add the wedding bells, one house where lovers dwell
Three little kids for the flavor.
Stir carefully through the day
See how the flavor stays
These are the dreams that we will savor.
With His blessings from above
Serve it generously with love
One man, one wife, one love for life
Memories are made of this.
Add in Johnny’s classic voice, a snappy but appropriate tempo, and all the feels about his love story with June, and we declared it a winner. (YouTube link: https://youtu.be/RfBp_dumnH4 ). Most people had never heard of it, so when they’d ask me about my wedding song, I’d say, “It’s a recipe for a marriage.” It’s sweet—kisses, bliss, moon beams, and dreams—a perfect recipe for love. Or so we’d like to think.
In She Wants It All, Dave is trying hard to impress Maggie, his crush. He can’t seem to figure out how to do it on his own, so he buys a handful of romance novels and studies their blueprint. The only problem is that the blueprint for romance never seems to work out for Dave in real life, no matter how hard he tries. You’ll have to read the book to see for yourself, but I’ll tell you this—Dave can’t seem to catch a break.
As a romance writer, I’ve learned that there’s a definite pattern to romances. Readers expect these stories to have certain elements. Without these components, the reader feels lost, bored with a character, or uninterested in the couple’s relationship. Does that mean romance is predictable? Heck no! My favorite thing about romances is the journey to that happily ever after. The flirty interactions, the bantering, the meet-cute, the first kiss. These are the events that make me all warm and fuzzy inside and keep me writing (and reading!) love stories. With a good romance novel, where the recipe is followed and well-executed, I finish and hug my Kindle to my chest, squeezing the love from the screen into my heart. (Doesn’t everyone do this?)
But in real life, I don’t think there’s a recipe for romance. Despite Johnny’s sweet song and the romance novel blueprint, happily ever afters take work. Romance takes work. Life and love take work. Whether you’re dating or married, young or old, live with each other or far apart, there’s a certain amount of effort that’s needed by both parties. As unromantic as that may sound.
Dave learns this in She Wants It All and puts the work in to win Maggie’s heart. Maggie also realizes that true romance isn’t about the heroes, hotties, and the Scottish guys in kilts that she reads about in her books. Rather, it’s about the day-to-day gestures that show someone cares. Like when Dave buys her a cushion for her butt so she’s comfortable in the library. Sometimes, a recipe for romance can be as simple as a butt cushion and a few reassuring words!
In my opinion, the recipe for a good romance is to be the best version of yourself that you can be. You’ll radiate light and love, and someone special is bound to be drawn to you.
Thanks again, Natasha, for hosting me! Cheers to the happily ever afters!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of She Wants It All generously provided by BookFish Books and the author. I will always look forward to reading a Sheridan Hall story!
★5 Oh-My-Dave Stars ★
Scoot over alpha Romeos because nerdy rockstars are taking the center stage!
Chase was a darling, Ben was McDreamy, but Second Floor Dave? He is a hot mess that Maggie and I melted into a puddle for.
He's charming me with his insecurities.
It is hard to believe that Dave, the ladies man of the second floor, rumored to have a huge manly part and a rising rockstar would lose his wits and stutter in the presence of his dream girl, Maggie. And boy, it was too funny to read!
Random fact: Dave's behavior whenever he is talking to Maggie reminded me of a scene in 22 Jump Street where Channing Tatum delivered his legendary line. If you don't know which one is that, check out the gif below :P
Like I said, HOT MESS.
The story picked up from Meg's deal with Dave to get Maggie to go out on a date with him. After Maggie's horrendous breakup with her longtime sweetheart, Winston, she swore off guys and stopped believing in the Happily Ever Afters that only happens in romance novels. Dave was no romance hero, he does not have smooth flirty lines (as a matter of fact, he is pretty much incapable of speech in front of Maggie) nor does he have grand gestures - and when he does, it always go awfully wrong -. For the first half of the book, I laughed so hard reading at all Dave's attempts to woo Maggie, he's just so incredibly genuine!
At 66% - Gosh I would never forget this.
The. Plot. Twist. Ruined. Me.
That's when the story started to take a serious turn and I was immediately transported back to the first book where everything goes down the drain with the incident that shook Sheridan Hall. Between Dave's dilemma and the heaviness that flowed through the chapters, I bawled too many times and kept wishing things would turn out for the best. Ugh, the emotions were too much to handle.
Dang it Jess! You had me again this time.
I fell irrevocably in love with Dave and Maggie's story not because it was the perfect fairytale romance, but because real life romance can be perfect too. I loved how it took one too many tries for Dave and Maggie to find their way to each other, I loved the fact that all the characters are a close bunch that supports each other during hard times, but most of all, there's something magical about Sheridan Hall that makes me crave for more.
The Sheridan Hall series just keeps getting better!
I need a Pooja/Rocco story next! And what's with Evan Riley? And Tucker? Maybe Amber? Suzi?
Jessica Calla is a contemporary romance, new adult, and women's fiction author who moonlights during the day as an attorney. If she's not writing, lawyering, or parenting, you'll most likely find her at the movies, scrolling through her Twitter feed, or gulping down various forms of caffeine (sometimes all three at once).
Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. A Jersey girl through and through, she resides in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and dog.