For today's post, you're in for a triple treat....you not only get a book review, but a Q&A with the author and a chance to win your very own copy of the book! (Exciting, right?) I had actually seen this title in stores once or twice as the brillant pink cover is definitely eye-catching, but I had not had the opportunity to snag a copy for my own reading pleasure. Thanks to Jana at HarperCollins and her matching capabilities, the title and I found our own place in readers heaven. Without further adieu, today's book choice is....
That's right! Best friend Christie has always wanted to win the coveted crown at the Snow Queen competition and this is her year to enter. The problem? Christie has a bit of a confidence issue when seeing things through and so she not only entered herself in the competition, but Aubrey as well! Let's see, sports loving tom-boyish girl plus a girly-girl pageant competition...equals a recipe for potential disaster! It's No worries! Aubrey is there to support her friend so win or lose, she'll be A-OK! Well, that is until Layla Chamberlain begins her attempts to sabotage Christie and sparks Aubrey's competitive instincts. The satin gloves are about to come off, but who will the ultimate winner be?
Okay, so when I first heard the book I was matched with for today's post, I wasn't sure what to think. I mean, the title could go so many ways. Once I began reading though, I can honestly say I was happy for the YA chick-lit type break. (You need that sometimes from the heavier fantasy-laden reads, you know?)
This is the perfect book for a weekend escape. You get to bond with your new girlfriends Christie and Aubrey, see the dark and light side of little-miss-perfect Layla Chamberlain (love her or not-so-much-love her, you gotta love the flippancy her character shows when she knows who her audience is....it's on rank with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!), revel in the first notes of potential love with Grayson (whom I dare say would definitely be a site for sore eyes!), and hope against hope for that rare appearance of snow! Being Southern state bound myself, I can totally sympathize with Aubrey. I've lived where there was PLENTY of snow, but just when you want it...it decides to play hide and seek without telling you where to find it. All in all, a fun little romp for your next reading adventure (in my humble opinion, of course).
Enough of my rambling....let's get on to the good stuff! We've got a special treat indeed! May I introduce....a special Q&A session with none other than author Emma Harrison! (cue the applause.....okay, you may stop applauding now....people are staring, plus it makes it hard to read....)
Christie is always pretty nervous around her crush, Jonathan. Do you have any tips for getting over nervousness like that?
What’s your favorite romantic movie?
When it comes to romantic dramas, I love Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, and Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly. The moment at the end of that movie when Mr. Darcy comes walking toward her in the sunlight . . . gets me every time. My favorite romantic comedies are While You Were Sleeping and The Wedding Planner, although I’ve been obsessed with The Proposal lately, too!
What do you think is most important to have in common with someone you’re dating?
I think it’s important that the two people like to do some of the same things. Not EVERYTHING, because you want to have some activities you can enjoy on your own that belong just to you. But I know that every guy I’ve dated has been interested in sports, food, travel, movies, and books, which just gave us a lot of events to attend together and mutually enjoy, and a lot of stuff to talk about. I don’t think I could be with a guy who didn’t want to take me to a Yankees game every once in a while, or play tennis with me or gorge on Italian food or sit at the movies a couple times a month. I know opposites attract and all that, but if there’s nothing fun you can enjoy together, then what’s the point?
What destination have you been to that you’d recommend for a romantic getaway and why?
I’d say Paris, but I was there when I was thirteen and I was with a bunch of girls from my school, so I can’t attest to its romantic side. Though I’d really like to take my husband there and find out! The most romantic destination I’ve been to with a guy would have to be Antigua. The beaches were gorgeous and the light as the sun went down over the ocean was amazing. And if I can dance outdoors with a guy I love to the sound of a Caribbean band while a warm balmy breeze tickles my bare ankles and the waves crash in the background, that’s really all I need.
Review copy courtesy of Jana at HarperCollins. I'd like to save a special thank you for allowing me to play host for the day on such a fabulous book promotion. (THANK YOU!) Special thanks as well to author Emma Harrison for the great answers and insight into this fun read (I too favor some of the movies you listed!). To my readers, thank you for stopping by! Be sure to check out our feature page for the day and enter for your chance to win your very own copy of this book! Remember, this feature lasts through the month of February so check the widget every day for a chance at a different book!
Until next time....happy reading!