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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Undeclared" by Jen Frederick (Spotlight/Interview/Giveaway)

(Woodlands #1)
Author: Jen Frederick
Publisher: Jen Frederick
Release Date: 4/28/13
Genre: New Adult

For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.

Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.

This is a mature New Adult book. I see that it is classified as YA - not sure how to change that - but I wanted to be clear that it has explicit love scenes in the story.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

You can read Anna's 4.5 Moon Review HERE

Welcome to Book Lovin’ Mamas! We are so glad to have you here today!

1. Tell us 3 things about yourself that readers may not be able find out about you on the web. 

a)  I like lists. Lots of lists.  I have lists of lists.
b)  I wish I had a cat but I'm really allergic to pet dander so I console myself by looking at cute kitten pictures on the internet but that actually only serves to increase my longing for a cat.  I guess I'm a little like my heroine, Grace, with self destructive tendencies.
c)  I love sweet tea even though I am a Northerner. Sweet tea is a staple of Southern households and I had it once visiting a friend and got hooked on it.  I looked up how to make it once and shuddered at the amount of sugar I had to put in it.  I like drinking it without knowing the caloric intake. 

2. What does a typical writing day look like for you? 

I have a full time job so I work the writing in and around my job and my family.  I try to write 2000 words a day and I break that up by writing first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  Sometimes, though, I'll write for hours at night and get very little sleep.  That is both a good and bad problem for me. Good because it means I'm really into the book and bad because I'll pay for that lack of sleep down the road.

3. Who are some of your favorite authors? 

In the New Adult category, it would be Tammara Webber and Colleen Hoover. I also love Samantha Young's contemporaries, Julie James, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, and Jessica Clare. 

4. When you’re not writing, what are your hobbies/interests?

I'm starting to run by doing the couch to 5 K program and I'd love to run a half marathon someday if I can fit that in between the job, the writing, and all the time I spend reading other authors' awesome books.  I'm still waiting to achieve that elusive runner's high and beginning to wonder if it is a myth.  Do you know?

5. Fun Question: Describe yourself in 3 words.

Loyal. Loving.  Independent.

6. Fun Question: If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Italy!  I went once shortly after I got out of college and I've always wanted to go back.  The country is so rich in history.  The "new" buildings are 200 years old.  In Rome, you walk down a street and see ancient ruins nearly everywhere.  There are water fountains that populate the city that are fed by the ancient aqueducts.  It's just an amazing place.

I want to travel all over the world, though, because when you step out of your own hometown, you realize how big and extraordinary the world is.  You learn to appreciate the things that make your town or people unique while at the same time appreciating the different elements of other people's culture.  As you travel and meet new people, I think your heart grows bigger.

7. Do you ever base your characters on people you know in real life? 

I haven't although I think there are pieces of me and my friends in these books.  If I did base my characters wholly on real life people, it would be the good characters and never the negative traits. I wouldn't ever want a person I loved to read a book of mine and feel like I had somehow portrayed them in a bad light. 

8. Can you tell us a little bit about Undeclared and what’s to come in the future for the Woodlands series?

Undeclared is the story of a former Marine who pursues his penpal of four years.  He has a lot of explaining to do because he stopped writing to Grace after he separated from the military.  As you can imagine, Grace was crushed by this and is very wary of Noah's advances.  But who can resist a handsome Marine, right?

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said "Stay safe. Sleep with a Marine." LOLOL.  Grace eventually realizes that resistance is futile. 

The rest of the series will focus on each one of the guys that lives at The Woodlands: Bo, Noah's best friend; Finn, the house flipper; Adam, the guitarist and songwriter; and Mal, who will close out the series.

My plan is to release Bo's story (Unspoken) sometime in late August and Finn's (Unmarked) in December.  Adam and Mal's stories will be released in 2014.

9.  What was your inspiration when writing Undeclared?

I don't know if there is a person who doesn't have someone they know who was deployed.  This is a generation of young men who are touched by war and I'm not sure we can ever truly appreciate their courage and sacrifice. 

I wanted to write about one of those young men and give him a happy ever after.  Happy endings are what I love to read and I couldn't imagine writing a story without one.

10. Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for giving a new author like me a chance.  You all have so many choices and it's an honor for you to choose my book to read. I love to hear from readers.  They help power me forward on days that I am stuck and give me inspiration to continue on.

Thank you so much and we hope you will come back again! :)

Jen has kindly offered up an ebook copy of Undeclared, a signed cover flat and a set of dog tags to one lucky commenter. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your email address so we can reach you if you are the winner! :)
This giveaway is for US/Canda ONLY


Thank you for a chance to win a copy! This is on my TBR, and I can't wait to read it. lcminer at windstream dot net

HMitch76 said...

This book sounds awesome! Thanks you to the opportunity to win a copy. My email address is

Natasha said...

Sounds like a great read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. Undeclared sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it to see more of Grace and Noah. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway.


Unknown said...

Undeclared sounds like an awesome read...totally on my wishlist. Hope I win it!



Unknown said...

Looks awesome.. I can't wait to read.. is on my TBR list no matter what! Thanks for the chance of a win.

vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

This is on my TBR; would love to win a copy!

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