Wednesday 6 December 2017

THE HEARTBREAK CURE ♥ Blog Tour Plus! ♥ Interview

The Heartbreak Cure

How to get over a heartbreak:

Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she’s fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…

The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby
Publication Date: December 4, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen: Crush

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“Please don’t tell my mom that one. She doesn’t need any more bad puns to put on her cards,” Cat said as Alex’s cell phone buzzed. He read the text message before looking up.
“You could tell her yourself—or not tell her, as the case might be. She wants you to call her.”
“What?” Cat said in surprise before dragging out her own phone and staring at the dead screen. She’d obviously played one too many games on it during math. “How did she even get your number?”
He shrugged. “I guess Joe gave it to her.”
“Oh.” It seemed Cat wasn’t the only forgetting Alex wasn’t her real boyfriend.
The darkening afternoon sky was a spectrum of blues as he held up his cell. “You can use mine.”
“Thanks.” She took the handset. The screen was cracked, and there was a fine coat of grease on the keys. She grinned at his screen saver, which was of Snoopy dressed up as the Red Baron. “Frozen and now Snoopy? I always knew you had a marshmallow heart.”
“Yeah. I’m a total softie,” his voice was light, but his knuckles whitened. Cat winced. Franklin had tarred and feathered him with the same brush they’d used for his parents. The worst thing was he seemed to believe it, too. Frustration gnawed at her chest.
How I am the only one who can see how amazing he really is?
Her mom answered on the second ring and explained she’d been held up in a sales meeting and it was going to run for another two hours, which meant she couldn’t pick Cat from school.
“It’s fine. I’ll hitch a ride with Nikki,” Cat said, promising to charge up her cell phone, eat some vegetables with her dinner, and on no account throw a house party.
“You’ll never guess what just happened.” Nikki came running outside, her eyes glowing and her cheeks bright.
“Mackenzie fell into a vat of glitter?” Cat suggested. “Or glue?” Alex added.
“Wrong. Parker just asked me if I wanted to grab a burger with him. Well, he said you guys could come, but I told him you were busy. Right. Right?” Nikki narrowed her gaze so there could be no misunderstandings.
“Right,” she agreed with a smile before recalling her transport predicament. “Go, have fun, and don’t tell him about the time you beat your brothers up. It will only scare him.”
“Duh.” Nikki grinned and went racing over to Parker, who was nervously chewing his lip.
“I can give you a lift,” Alex said once they were alone.
“Are you sure? I feel like every day I impose on you more,” she said, achingly aware of how close they were standing. 

“What kind of fake boyfriend would leave his girl stranded?” He shrugged.
His girl.
His. Girl.
She tested out the words like a new flavor. Her body trembled in response and she nodded. “Okay, great.”

Book Review:

The Heartbreak Cure is a friends to more romance and a fake boyfriend story. Two of my favourites, so this book was a winner before I opened it!

Kids can be cruel and unfortunately, Cat is the last victim. Her humiliation is displayed for the world to see and the tears that followed. The summer break is just about over and Cat has to face the music at school. She doesn't want drama. She wants a job on the school paper and is willing to do whatever it takes.

Alex has been in love with Cat forever but feels she can do better. He was the boy next door. He has had an unfortunate upbringing and has gained a bad boy reputation. He likes to keep his head down and doesn't get close to people. Cat is his only friend.

Cat sees the good in Alex and she wants the best for him. Maybe they can help each other out of their slumps?

The Heartbreak Cure is a sweet story with a lot to offer. There are also a few side chapters who have their own stories. This book worked really well and I enjoyed every minute of it. 4.5 stars out of 5.

Question One: What inspired you to write The Heartbreak Cure?

I had no plans to write a YA romance at all but the idea of a shy writer who had been dumped literally just fell into my mind and when I wrote the opening paragraph about Bennet, I was so curious to find out what happened next that I kept writing!!

Question Two: Alex was a lone wolf before he started hanging around with Cat. What did his usual school day look like? Where did he have lunch?

Poor Alex. His regular day at school was keeping his head down. When he was younger he wasn’t as big and would get picked on, not to mention targeted and gossiped about over what happened to his mom and sisters, but as he got older and stronger, kids tended to leave him alone. He spent most of his spare time in the library because he could be by himself, and also he was motivated to study, since he very much saw that as his ticket to get out of Franklin!

Question Three: Alex and Cat used to live next door to each other. What type of stuff did they do together?

You know they really didn’t do much at all. Most of their relationship was spent just sitting in Cat’s backyard under the tree. Because he was so scarred from his past, he found her presence relaxing, especially because she didn’t seem to judge him or try and make him talk. For Cat, she just liked spending time with someone she could be herself around. They definitely talked about music a lot and he confided in her his plans to leave Franklin once and for all, while let him read her writing (which as most budding authors will know, is a scary thing!)

Question Four: Bennet Miller was the perfect villain in this story. How did you come up with his devious character?

Normally when I get a book idea I jot down some random notes and then plan what might happen. But in the case of The Heartbreak Cure I just started writing about a girl who’d had her heartbroken and was writing about the guy in her journal. So, Bennet was literally the first thing I wrote in the story and I figured that if he’d been mean enough to make Cat want to have him eaten by killer ants, he must be pretty bad!!!! So, really I just wanted to make sure he lived up to the bad reputation I’d given him at the start of the story!!!

Question Five: What was your favourite thing about writing The Heartbreak Cure?

Birdie and her brownies! I’ve always loved the idea of someone making slightly magical food. And while Birdie’s
brownies were technically just made from flour, sugar and cocoa, I like to think that there was something special infused in them.

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture. She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age.  Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.



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