Monday, 10 October 2016

Blog Tour - Love Me Crazy By Camden Leigh

love-me-crazy-bt-ban Today we have the blog tour for Love Me Crazy by Camden Leigh. We are so excited to share this fantastic new contemporary romance with you! Be sure to check it out and grab your copy today!    love-me-crazy   About Love Me Crazy:   “We’re broken in the most screwed-up perfect way. It was inevitable we’d end up together.”   Cassidy Beck is focused on one thing, and one thing only: planning the Southern wedding of the century in Lucas Hill, South Carolina. Fresh from a tragic breakup, Cassidy’s not in the mood for any distractions. But when antebellum hottie Quinn Covington arrives in all his sexy, tattooed glory, he might prove to be the biggest distraction of them all.   MIA ever since his father’s death, Quinn doesn’t plan to stay any longer than it takes to start his dad’s vintage truck. But the sight of Cassidy trying to fend off his family’s pet turkey sends him for a loop. Red-haired and fierce, she’s just as broken as he is. But even though Cassidy’s past makes her the only one able to understand Quinn’s own scars, they also make her wary. After all, how can she trust him with her heart when everyone else she’s ever given it to has thrown it away?   Sexy, heart-wrenching, and full of Southern charm, this new contemporary romance from Camden Leigh shows just what happens when two people who are perfectly broken end up piecing each other back together.   Get your copy today! Publisher | Amazon/Kindle | iBook | Nook | Kobo | Google Play   About Camden Leigh: author-photo Camden Leigh is a sucker for first kisses, first hook-ups and anything that adds the unforgettable first sparks of love–humor, seduction, hot-n-sexy bods, angsty determination...what have you! Her stories expose the real dirt, grime and grit that befalls a seemingly perfect relationship, the heartache as a result, and the growth, perseverance and strength it takes to make flaws work for her characters. She wants her characters to experience love that wraps arounds their hearts, turns them into sizzling flames and results in a grand finale of fireworks.   When Camden isn’t writing, she’s either crafting, flicking through images of gorgeous paper, saturated palettes or...um, lip-lickin' washboard abs. When feeling guilty, she attempts to keep up with her energetic kiddos by beach combing, kayaking, golfing (can it really be called golfing if a seven-year-old beats you?) or being that crazy person at a concert. Her addictions: chocolate covered raspberries, real southern sweet tea (not the fake stuff with the sugar crystals hanging out in the bottom of the cup), her pups and pretty paper she’ll never use.   Connect with Camden: twitter: https://twitter.com/Camden_Leigh instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camden_leigh/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/camden_leigh/ facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Camden-Leigh-912698852155676/?pnref=story goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/camdenleigh   Giveaway Details: lmc-giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway    
10 Things You Don't Know About Love Me Crazy:

 Typically, my first draft is the foundation for my story. For LOVE ME CRAZY this was not the case. My first draft told a much different—and darker—story. And as editing goes, scenes get rewritten, cut and bulked as needed. With that in mind, the following “Top Ten” highlights facts about LOVE ME CRAZY and its evolution. A “Did you know…” of sorts.

Did you know there were seven siblings in the first draft? I love how big families work—the dynamics, the personalities—all intriguing and that make for great stories. The Covington family started with seven siblings: Quinn, Ellie, Victoria, Meredith, Savannah, Lucy and Kat. Three were cut, leaving Ellie, Quinn and Kat. Lucy became a cousin.

Did you know in my first draft Quinn was a NYC suit going home for his sister’s wedding and needed a date? Yup, he was going to hire an escort—Cassidy’s roommate. She thought it would be grand to send Cassidy in her place…since she was out of a job and needed the money.

Did you know the green truck in the story was written in because I want one? When my husband and I purchased our house, there was an option to buy an old green Ford truck as an add on. I regret not buying it and think about it almost every day because, well, it was AWESOME! And reminded me of laid back country living and home.

Do you know why I chose Charleston, SC as the setting? That city is where my hubby proposed. Granted, I was like, give me that ring! We were both shaking (me,excited; him, probably scared shitless) and I thought it was going to fall through the cracks in the pier just off the Battery. It seemed appropriate to set a romance in the historic, beautiful town where I started a new chapter for my own love story.

Do you know how many times I used y’all in Love Me Crazy? Sixteen times. All the y’alls are for all y’all southerners who can’t get enough! (Now that I live up North, hearing it is a real treat!)

Did you know indigo isn’t like RIT dye packets where you just add water? I interviewed a wonderful woman from South Carolina about the dying process (and watched many Youtube videos), still the process was foreign to me. So I bought indigo from a reputable supplier and made a batch for myself. Then I learned the art of shibori (tying, blocking and tubing fabric in different ways to make patterns once dyed) and my daughter and I spent several days learning the process. It’s quite magical, and I’m not going to lie…labor intensive, but so worth it. Two of my giveaways include a lightweight scarf I hand-dyed. I had to change my indigo scene to honor the process…of course I bent it a little since Quinn’s dad liked to experiment with the process.

Did you know the second draft included Cassidy’s backstory through flashbacks? I had several scenes where something Quinn said or did triggered Cassidy’s memory. All revolved around her mathematic mind and her mother finding out she was a genius. I loved the scenes but in the end, they were cut.

Did you know Quinn’s darkroom skills came from my personal experience? I’m not going to say I was exceptional…or even great. I sure as heck couldn’t get that dang negative strip fed into the roll in a pitch black room, but once I figured it out, I LOVED developing my own photographs.

Did you know Cassidy confronted her parents? Yup! In a previous draft, she tore into them and told them exactly how she felt about being raised as a genius instead of a person. And she returned all the money they sent her over the years. Every penny.

Do you know who my favorite character is? Quinn would be a good guess. I’m all for the finery that is one tan, muscular (think Stephen Amell) and can totally imagine myself wrapping around…anyway, I digress.  My favorite character is Kat. I love her spunk. I love her attitude. And I love when she throws the tape dispenser on the floor at the bus station.

Did you know Mrs. Covington went by a different name in a previous draft? Early on, Quinn’s mom went by her maiden name and was known to Cassidy as Mrs. Monroe. Cassidy also didn’t know Mrs. Monroe was Quinn’s mother, leading to a climatic reveal where she had to decided between her job or her heart. However, I’m the only one that liked that draft :)

Did you know my favorite scene got cut? Let’s just say it involved Quinn, Cassidy, a copperhead and firearms. That scene, my lovelies, will appear somewhere at some point!