Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fire & Ice Begins With Guest Post and Giveaway From Author Jessica Sankiewicz

Once again I am super excited about not only being a part of this tour but being able to co-host again with the lovely Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings, Candace @ Candace's Book Blog and Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

These ladies are fantastic and I know that once again, they will have a week packed full of those steamy hot reads just perfect to get your blood pumping and your heart racing this time of year.

The tour starts today and what better way to start the tour off than with a guest post from an author I just discovered, Jessica Sankiewicz  and her sweet novel, If Only We.

To see my review of If Only We please click HERE

They say all it takes is one wrong move and you lose the game. One false step and you’re trapped. One slip-up in your choice of words and you ruin a friendship forever. That is what they say. They say I lost.

I do not believe them.

At the end of the summer after graduation, Adrienne wonders what happened to cause her life to be in ruins. She isn’t getting along with her mom, her stepsister isn’t talking to her, and, to top it off, the boy she’s been in love with doesn’t want anything to do with her. She believes the turning point was a choice she made at graduation. When she wakes up the next day, she has been transported back three months to that moment, the one where everything started to fall apart.

Adrienne realizes she has been given a second chance—and this time she doesn’t want to mess anything up. Reliving the entire summer, though, turns out to be a lot harder than she thought. As the same days and weeks go by, she starts to see how simple decisions can make a huge impact on the world around her. Despite knowing some of what lies ahead, there are some things she didn’t anticipate. She thought she knew what mistake led her to where she ended up the first time. She was wrong.

And by the time summer is over, she discovers what was really at stake.


About the Author:

Jessica is the 28-year-old author of IF ONLY WE, a YA contemporary. You can often find her either reading or marathon watching TV on DVD, her favorites being Castle and Veronica Mars. She frequently mismatches her clothes and giggles uncontrollably. She knows almost every Billy Joel song by heart. She collects books and toys, and she has an intense love of cats and lemurs. Currently in the midst of her quarter-life-crisis, she is still takin' names and getting very close to reaching an epiphany.

The Romance in If Only We

Whenever I get asked about what inspired If Only We, I mention how it all started with the scene in the first chapter where Adrienne meets up with Chevy. How one idea led to another and to another until the premise of a second chance came into play. While the story isn't primarily a romance (and the book is more in the field of coming-of-age), it is still a love story in its own way. I mean, it is called If Only We after all.

I'm the type of person who really loves reading stories with romance, even if it is a side story. My favorite kind of love stories aren't the kind that happen overnight. While I do like the occasional insta-love (occasional, mind you), it's a lot harder to believe. Some people fall in love quickly but not everyone. When it takes place over time it feels realistic. So when I start working on a new story idea, there's always some sort of love story, expected or unexpected.

With Adrienne and Chevy, I knew that there was something between them (something important that has been there awhile) but there were a lot of outside elements at play that needed handling. No matter what, everything would always come back to them. They're friends, good friends, who obviously care a great deal about each other. The first chapter might not make you think so, but as the story goes on you slowly understand why. They both had a lot of growing up to do, and in the midst of it all, they grow closer as friends, and their feelings for each other grow deeper.

As I wrote the story, the possibility of Adrienne and Chevy finding love in their second chance was a very real factor. By the time you reach the end, you discover how much of the story weaves in and out of that possibility, and how necessary their friendship is in what they both had to learn. While love might not have been the goal in mind when I started, love in general played a huge part. Because love is important, whether it be romantic or friendship.

Thank you so much for being here today Jessica!!

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Also don't forget to check out my giveaway I have going on right now for an Amazon gift card and of course the other posts today for the Hop. 

You will find a list of them below:

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Fire and Ice Blog Hop Giveaway Kickoff
Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings: Ophelia London: Definitely Maybe In Love


  1. I definitely prefer to watch the romance develop more slowly. I like some good sexual tension before anything ever really happens. As long as there's not too much back and forth though!

    1. Me too Candace, there is nothing like a slow build up full of steamy tension!

  2. I like having the tension and not just jumping into it, kind of kills it for me I think since I read most of my books due to it. The ones that's insta-love drives me nuts

    1. Once in a while I like the insta love but very rarely.

  3. I love friendship to lovers, and the slow build is a favorite of mine. Wonderful guest post and thanks for the giveaways.

  4. Me too!

    Thanks Kim for stopping by!

  5. You know, I like all different types of romances, even the occasional insta-love. I just have to mix them up. Great post!

  6. Great guest post. This is just the kind of book I enjoy.

  7. Following on GFC as Savings in Seconds. This sounds like a good book!