To say that she’s one of my favorite authors isn’t just a little bit of an understatement. But, so, without further ado, take it away, Kasie!
Hello!! Kasie West here! Thank you Debby for hosting me today and thank you readers for wanting to see my cover! And I’d love to tell you about what else you’ll find in this blog post.
- The cover (of course)
- A summary of the book
- A sort-of interview by me about me (yes, I’m very narcissistic like that)
- A raffle! You can win an ARC of P.S. I LIKE YOU (I don’t have ARCs yet, but as soon as I do, I will award this prize)
- And remember to visit all the blogs participating in the cover reveal today because each blog has different content (including some extra scenes from previous books)! And if you leave a comment on each blog that counts as another entry for the ARC!
Signed, sealed, delivered . . .
While zoning out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her.
Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters — sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out . . .
Kasie West brings irresistible wit, warmth, and sparkle to this swoon-worthy story of love showing up when you least expect it.
I hope you’re as excited to read this book, as I am to publish it. I can’t give you any more of P.S. I LIKE YOU right now, but I’d love to share with you some answers to a question I’ve gotten since I started publishing.
A question a lot of people have asked me over the years is if I am like any of my characters. My standard answer is that I didn’t base any of my characters off of myself but that I’m sure some of me has snuck into each story somehow because I am the writer. So today, I was trying to decide what I could tell you about myself that I haven’t answered in previous interviews, I thought I would analyze that question a little more, think about each story, let you know exactly where I had snuck into my books without me realizing before now.
I have 5 books out, but I’m just going to talk about the three contemporaries (since this is a contemporary cover reveal).
Book 1. The Distance Between Us. There is a scene between Xander and Caymen where they are talking about their biggest fears. Caymen says dogs (so she doesn’t have to say him) and Xander says failure. He says he’s sometimes so scared of failure that he doesn’t try certain things at all because there is a chance of failing. That is totally me. I’ve had to learn to overcome that. Especially in publishing. This is an industry of failing and trying again. When I first started writing I was frozen by that fear. I thought about just keeping my writing to myself, just writing for the fun of it, not putting it out in the world because what if someone said I wasn’t good enough?! What if someone told me no?! I had to and still occasionally have to talk myself past those thoughts. So yes, I put that in Xander. (Debby: That is SO me as well. Awww!!! *hugs*)
Book 2. On The Fence. I have two brothers who are very athletic and big goofballs, kind of like Charlie’s brothers. So I did draw from that a lot for some of the scenes with her brothers. My brothers also play disc golf. And if you’ve read the book, you’ll know there’s a whole scene that happens around a disc golf game. So while the book wasn’t straight out of my life, it felt familiar, comfortable, easy for me to write in a lot of ways. And when I re-read it sometimes (no, I don’t sit around re-reading my books all the time. In fact, once they’re published I rarely re-read them. But sometimes when I decide to do some extended scenes I have to get myself back into the tone of the book and re-read) I get that same feeling almost like they’re scenes from just outside my memories.
Book 3. The Fill-In Boyfriend. Gia has very little of me in her. She’s probably the character I am the least like. But when I was a teenager I did share one common thought with Gia. You see, I grew up in an average home. My parents were middle class, great, loving parents. I remember feeling, like Gia, that because I had no personal tragedies, that made me shallow. I remember thinking that until something major had happened to me, I wouldn’t seem deep or interesting. So just like Gia had to learn that finding depth doesn’t happen by looking inward, but rather outward, I had to learn that as well.
Okay, okay, enough about me. Now it’s about you! Enter this raffle so you can win an ARC of my next book. (So that’s still kind of about me, but hopefully it will benefit you as well.) 😉
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Be sure to visit the other cover reveal posts for more entries!
The Irish Banana
Too Fond of Books
About Kasie West
Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing. Visit her online at www.kasiewest.com.
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THAT – FREAKING – COVER!!! I mean, I have always loved all of Kasie’s covers, but this is without a doubt my favorite to date. Seriously, Kasie, whatever you sacrificed to the cover gods, it was worth it. And thank you so much for coming to share it here on the blog! I’m just staring. And staring. And staring. And I love it and can’t wait to have it in my hands!! 🙂