Once again, I am lucky enough to be a part of another Misty Provencher Tour! If you are new to the blog, I met Misty last spring when I read and reviewed her brilliant YA novel Cornerstone. Since then, I have pretty much read everything MIsty has written. She is one talented lady. Misty is definitely one of those indie authors you need to be reading. She writes amazing, unique books with well written and engaging characters. I know that when I pick up a book by Misty, I am going to have a good read. Full of Grace was another book I would highly recommend especially for all your New Adult addicts. It is the companion book to Hale Maree. Before I get to the interview and review, let me once again introduce you all to Misty:
Once a high school drop out and runaway, Misty Provencher became a college grad, and is now a full-time novelist with a close knit family. She doesn't do labels well. While she can ride a motorcycle, knows how to Karate chop, and has learned enough French, Spanish, and Sign Language to get herself slapped, Misty's life is the ruse she uses to connect with people. She is totally enchanted with them and spends her days trying to translate the soul bouquet of her muses into words. Misty Provencher lives in Michigan. Knock on her internet blog door at: Misty Provencher's Books, FB, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.
For the tour today, I had the pleasure of interviewing Misty. I appreciate her being patient with me as I totally forgot to get the questions to her in a timely matter, but she came through and I am very grateful! Here is my interview with Misty:
1. I have met four spectacular boys thanks to your books: Sean and Garret (Cornerstone Series) and Oscar (Hale Maree) and now Landon from Full of Grace, how do you write such swoon worthy boys? Do you have a real life inspiration?
I’m so glad to hear that you find them swoon-worthy, Heidi! Let’s see…yes, Garrett was modeled after a childhood crush I had. Ohhhh, he was an uber-hottie too, just like Garrett. Sean, Oscar, and Landon all came to me as characters- they weren’t really modeled after anyone I knew. They were just in my head and they are each lovely and I’m so happy that I got the chance to write them, because they’re a bunch of hotties and wicked fun to put into print!
2. If you were going to go on a date with one of your boys who would it be and why?
Garrett. Because he was my first. blush
3. How long does it usually take you to write a book, you seem to be turning them out at a rapid pace?
It depends, but usually it takes me a couple months to write. Keystone took me the longest so far- writing it was stretched over a couple years. Hale was fastest- taking me about 2 weeks to get down the first draft.
4. Where do you think Oscar, Hale, Sher and Landon will be ten years from now?
Hmmm, I like to think that they would be closer than ever and that their children would be like family to one another. I can’t say much because I’ve been musing with a novella epilogue, but it’s not in the works for a while.
5. Do you have favorite characters from your work, if so who?
That’s hard. I think of every single one of them as my favorite as I write them. I eat character’s crazy little quirks for breakfast. But the Addo might be one of my lasting faves, because he’s funny and wise at once. And he gets away with wearing sweatpants, knee socks and sandals, coated with cookie crumbs. Who can do that??
6. What keeps you awake at night?
Besides my man’s snoring? Re-runs of The Big Bang Theory can do it, a good book turns me into an instant insomniac, and I keep my Alphasmart and a notebook beside my bed for the ideas that always seem to come just after I turn out the light. Otherwise, I sleep like a brick.
7. Who are some of your favorite authors?
Marissa Meyer is one of my new faves, and I’ve also added Adam Kunz, Tiffany King, Fisher Amelie, and Ella James to my list. I don’t have a small, select group of absolute favorites- I have wide spread piles of favorites. I’m a junkie.
8. Tell me a fun tidbit about yourself!
A fun tidbit…hmm. I like to sing Roxanne, by The Police, at the top of my lungs wherever and whenever I can.
9. Have you enjoyed being an indie author?
Definitely. It has taught me a great deal about several fascinating aspects of the business, like formatting and cover art, that I wouldn’t have a clue about otherwise. Being an Indie has also landed me in a warm community of authors, bloggers, and fans that are all about helping one another and celebrating one another’s successes. I love that.
10. What advice do you have for other aspiring indie writers?
Hmmm…this is a job that requires joy. Don’t get caught up on titles or ranks or reviews. None of that crap matters. What does matter is the work and if the work brings you joy. Cinchy.
11. What is next for Misty Provencher?
Summer will be a slower pace, since my kids are out of school and my first joy and biggest job is being a mom. After that, CAPSTONE (the final book in The Cornerstone Series) and world domination and all that jazz should be in the works.
Thanks so much Misty! I love your answers! I cannot wait to see what you have in store. You know I am very anxious for the next book in the Cornerstone Series! I am certain Misty will be back here very soon! In the meantime, Misty has a couple of giveaways that you all need to enter. Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter. See all the details of the giveaways on Misty's site. Please note: These giveaways are not hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. The first if for U.S. residents only and the second is open Internationally!
Here is my review:
Running about 7 bananas strong on shots from Hale and Oscar Maree's wedding bar, what happened between Landon Grace and Sher Traifere was supposed to be a one time thing. A quickie on a romantic night. Sher wanted a fast evening of fireworks to remember on the dull horizon of her life; Landon wanted to get his mind off his psycho ex by feeling Sher's curves. By the end of the evening, a secret of Sher's complicates Landon's attempt to escape the girl's chainsaw giggle. Some one-night-stands just can't be finished in one night. Even more complicating, this one rises back up with a hard shot of morning sickness and an entire repertoire of questions. The most important being: how much pull does a guy really have in a woman's choice to pursue or terminate a pregnancy? And in this case, how clever can he be about stealing her pants?
Published (first published April 18th 2013)
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Four and a half stars: A sexy read with terrific characters that will leave you smiling!
Landon is trying to adhere to his seven banana drinking rule at is best pal Oscar’s wedding. If he has anything beyond seven drinks, things get risky. Like many good intentions when drinking is involved, they often fly out the window. In a moment of drunken abandon, Landon makes a mistake. He ends up having a steamy sexual encounter with the bride’s best friend Sher. After the fact, he discovers that Sher was a virgin. He doesn’t want to be “that guy” so he endeavors to make it right. After a month of unanswered phone calls, Landon figures he is off the hook with Sher, even though he really did try. Oscar and Hale return from their honeymoon and Landon once again comes face to face with Sher. She has a bit of shocking news: she is pregnant with his baby. Even though a baby is not what he had planned, Landon desperately wants to see this pregnancy through,but the young Sher has other ideas. Can Landon somehow convince Sher to have his baby?
What I Liked:
- I am never disappointed with the creativity of Ms. Provencher’s story lines. This time she brings a plot that is very realistic as it involves a one night stand that ends up in a pregnancy. What makes this different is that you have the man fighting to keep the baby and willing to do whatever it takes to make sure the baby is born. If that means taking Sher into his home and life and even at times holding her pants hostage then so be it. What follows is a bit of fun, smexy and difficulty as these two new acquaintances become roommates and struggle to get to know each other. Will they make it through the nine months?
- Landon.... once again Ms. Provencher has brought me another absolutely swoon worthy male lead. Landon is probably my favorite to date. He is not only handsome and kind, but he is big hearted, compassionate and so sexy. Landon was reared by a single mother and he is the youngest behind four older sisters. Needless to say, he has learned a thing or two about women, virginity and even pregnancy along the way. His background makes him very sympathetic to Sher’s predicament and he does everything he can to make it right for her. How can you not love a guy like that? What I liked most, though, is that the book is told from his view point. Misty must know how to channel a twenty something guy because at no point did I not believe that I was reading a male point of view. Landon behaves like a typical guy and believe me, he has plenty of deliciously dirty thoughts. If you are looking for a new book boyfriend, I urge you to give Landon a go.
- Sher is an interesting character as well. At first, I found her to be a bit obnoxious, as does Landon, with her incessant giggling. However, as the book wears on, you get a peek at her deeper layers and you see that she is a terrified eighteen year old who comes from a less than desirable background. Sher is one of five children all being raised by a single mother and all of them have different dads. Sher being the oldest takes on many of the responsibilities of an adult. Sure she is a bit immature and she makes some stupid mistakes, but it is easy to understand why she acts the way she does once you learn her background. Even though Sher is a struggle sometimes, by the end of the book I had a whole new appreciation for her.
- The secondary characters are just as interesting as the main characters. Oscar and Hale are back and they have numerous appearances in this book. It is nice to see how everything worked out for them. Aside from them, there is also Sher’s mother Lisa. Lisa has a hard life trying to raise all those kids on her own. They live in a run down apartment in a bad neighborhood. Even though she has made her bed and has a difficult life, she still tries to do what she can for her kids, and she is fiercely protective of her kids. I giggled at the scene where one of the neighborhood hoodlums is bothering Sher so she grabs her pellet gun and lets loose. She just so happens to be an excellent shot. Gina, Landon’s lesbian sister, was another character who almost stole the show. She is so supportive of Landon and always there to offer him some great advice, not to mention hit on chicks. I would love to see a book from her point of view just because she is so darn fun. (Hint hint, Misty).
- Let’s talk about sex......okay I have made this statement in other reviews. I am not always the biggest fan of love scenes, especially if they are over the top and go on and on and on. If it gets to be too much I start blushing.... Let me tell you, there are plenty of smexy time moments in this one, but not once did I feel uncomfortable while reading them. Ms. Provencher does an excellent job in writing her scenes so they are just right.... you won’t feel like some dirty peeping Tom after reading them. They are sinful and wonderful! Heads up, the sex scenes are for mature readers only.
- Finally, this book has plenty of bumps in the road, but in the end you get a nice sweet satisfying ending that will leave you smiling. This is one of those New Adult novels that refrains from an overly dramatic storyline. Yes, there is some drama but not the rip your heart out, punch you in the gut kind. Everything wraps up neatly and there are no love triangles!
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I was completely satisfied with the way things ended, I would like to know how Sher worked everything out. Did she enroll in college? Is she going to plan on a career? Did she and her mother work out their differences?
- I was excited to see Oscar and Hale return, but I wished they had just a little bigger part. I would have loved to hear Hale’s side of a few of those phone calls to Sher to see how she was settling in.
- I was curious as to why there were not more details on Landon as far as his job and all of that went. He obviously has a good job, but it isn’t clear what he does for a living. This is not a big deal, just me wanting to know all there is to know about the sexy Landon.
Full of Grace is another excellent indie book that you need to try, especially if you are a New Adult addict and you are tired of all the angst and drama. This book has wonderful characters and a solid story line. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it left me smiling. If you have yet to try a book by Misty Provencher, what are you waiting for?
“ I just came off a quickie relationship with Amy-the-Psychopath, and now I’ve landed the Giggler, who might actually end up going Jack the Ripper on me.”
“I’m just saying, Sher.....it’s harder for me not to be into you. The more you’re around, the more I want you to be. You’re a potato chip. The more I have, the more I want.”
“She reaches across me, brushing over my crotch, and the alarm in my jean-submarine instantly flashes: Semen! All hands on deck! All the other thoughts drain from my brain.”
“I’m not getting needles stuck through my stomach or up my hobbit hole.”
“And I’ve been de-pigging your pig hole all day. I haven’t even gotten to your closet yet. That’s going to take a week to sort out.”
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.
Photo Courtesy of Misty Provencher