#5DaysBefore (Day 1): Winners!!!

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Today is our last day in the #5DaysBefore celebration—Before by Anna Todd is out tomorrow!!! Thank you so much for participating, sharing, commenting all week!!! Below are the winners of each giveaway (with one still open today!). Graphic winners, please email vilmasbookblog@gmail.com with your mailing address! Congratulations!

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About Before

Dec-08Book Five of the After series—Anna Todd’s Wattpad fanfiction that racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated romance readers across the globe! Before explores Hardin Scott’s life before Tessa, reveals what happens after After, and gives new insights on their turbulent #Hessa romance. Cosmopolitan called Anna Todd “the biggest literary phenom of her generation.” That’s Normal declared Hardin and Tessa “The Mr. Darcy and Lizzy Bennet of our time.” Revel in the awesome, messy power of true love. BEFORE Hardin met Tessa he was a raging storm. DURING those first moments they met, he realized he needed to keep her for himself—his life depended on it. AFTER they got together, the world would never be the same. Hardin and Tessa’s dramatic love affair became a vortex pulling in everyone around them. For the first time these others are given voice as they appear before, during, and after the events in original After novels. Alongside them, Hardin’s account of his first encounters with Tessa—which will change what you thought you knew about the brooding boy and the angel who loved him.

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#5DaysBefore (Day 2): 5 Things To Know About Before + Giveaway

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Today is day 2 of our #5DaysBefore celebration—5 days of exclusive, never-before-seen content and giveaways as we count down to the release of Before by Anna Todd!

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I asked Anna to give us 5 surprising things we should know about Before! Check them out below!

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5 Things to Know about Before
  1. Hardin is even more sarcastic.
  2. A lot of the things you wanted to slap him for in After may not have been as they seemed. 😉
  3. It’s not only Hardin’s POV from After. Only about 30% of Before is from his POV from the first book.
  4. Some reader favorite characters get a chance to tell a little of their story!
  5. Tom Hanks will appear at your doorstep with cookies and a bag full of Kendra Scott jewelry if you read it. Seriously, he will.

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About Before

Dec-08Book Five of the After series—Anna Todd’s Wattpad fanfiction that racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated romance readers across the globe! Before explores Hardin Scott’s life before Tessa, reveals what happens after After, and gives new insights on their turbulent #Hessa romance.

Cosmopolitan called Anna Todd “the biggest literary phenom of her generation.” That’s Normal declared Hardin and Tessa “The Mr. Darcy and Lizzy Bennet of our time.” Revel in the awesome, messy power of true love.

BEFORE Hardin met Tessa he was a raging storm. DURING those first moments they met, he realized he needed to keep her for himself—his life depended on it. AFTER they got together, the world would never be the same.

Hardin and Tessa’s dramatic love affair became a vortex pulling in everyone around them. For the first time these others are given voice as they appear before, during, and after the events in original After novels. Alongside them, Hardin’s account of his first encounters with Tessa—which will change what you thought you knew about the brooding boy and the angel who loved him.

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#5DaysBefore (Day 3): Excerpt + Giveaway

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Today is the third day of our #5DaysBefore celebration—5 days of exclusive, never-before-seen content and giveaways as we count down to the release of Before by Anna Todd!

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So excited to share an exclusive excerpt from the novel with you!

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Excerpt

There are so many mistakes to be made in life, and he made them all. Every ounce of respect he held for her seemed to disappear beneath the confusion of his mind. He loved her and cherished her more than his own breath, but he failed and failed and failed to show it. To remember it when it counted. He toyed with her, played immature games, and didn’t show her his truth. This truth that he had hidden away, locked away tightly and guarded by his upbringing, by the fact that he couldn’t remember the number of times he was hugged and cherished as a child. He wasn’t trying to make excuses, he was only used to doing so. He always blamed everyone else, never took credit for what he did or said. It was easier that way.

But eventually, he learned his lesson.

“Dare.” I roll my eyes at the childish game. Like anyone thought I would choose otherwise.

I stare at Tessa, watching Mother Theresa fumble at the challenge of coming up with a good dare. “I… hmm. I dare you to…” She comes up short. Everyone is waiting, anticipating her question as she plays into our scheme.

“To what?” I push her to hurry along with this shit.

This girl, who doesn’t even know how much trouble she’s in with this pack of jackals… she still sits in silence, looking around the group in a dramatic panic. It’s only a party game, but I can tell she’s an overachiever, even when it comes to something this stupid. It’s entertaining to watch her worry over something so small. She has a habit of chewing on her bottom lip, the same way I play with my ring. Briefly I imagine her with a ring through her lip. She would look so fucking hot.

“Take your shirt off and keep it off the entire game!” Molly says for Tessa.

And Tessa’s cheeks flush. A pattern.

“How juvenile.” I lift my black T-shirt up over my head and catch Tessa’s eyes on my body. She’s staring, hard, so hard that she doesn’t even notice me catching her. Steph nudges her with her elbow, and she looks away, cheeks red and eyes downcast.

I’m officially winning this. Zed has no chance.

The game continues, and I sit here half dressed and watch Tessa try and keep her eyes off of me. I can’t read her—I can’t tell if she’s disgusted by my tattoos or intrigued by them. Her jaw keeps twitching; she’s trying her best to sit still.

Interesting.

“Tessa, truth or dare?” Tristan asks.

I lean back on my palms. “Why even ask? We know she’ll say truth—”

“Dare,” the stubborn girl says, surprising me with the challenge in her voice. It’s a defiant sound, different than I would have thought possible just a few moments ago.

“Hmm… Tessa, I dare you to… take a shot of vodka.” Tristan smiles.

“I don’t drink.” She sticks her chin out in refusal.

I figured as much, but I’m pleased by this revelation. Everyone around this place can’t wait for their next high; it’s refreshing to have someone who doesn’t rely on that.

“That’s the point of the dare,” Tristan counters.

“Look, if you don’t want to do it…” Nate starts to tell her.

“She’s such a pussy,” Molly says into my ear.

Pussy? Because she doesn’t want to drink?

“Fine, one shot,” she says. And like that, Little Miss Oh-I-Don’t-Do-X-Y-or-Z caves easily.

Honestly, I’m a little disappointed. Not sure why, but I thought there was something different about her. I thought she wasn’t like the rest of us, desperate to get the attention of our peers.

I was wrong about her, obviously.

“Same dare,” Zed says to her, and takes a large swig before handing vodka over. I’m annoyed by them drinking from the same bottle; it’s disgusting, really.

As the game goes on, drink after drink, she winces and wipes the burning liquid from her lips. Her eyes are red now, her cheeks matching. She looks lost and off balance, even when sitting down.

She lifts the bottle to her lips again, and I find my hand grasping it, pulling it from her. She doesn’t try to stop me—does she sense that she’s had enough to drink?

Does she see this as her first taste at freedom? Such a sheltered girl, out here in the big bad world of people who drink to numb themselves from whatever issues their shitty parents passed on to them. Maybe hers, like mine, is neglect. Was this girl neglected, too? I move my eyes to the neatly pressed collar of her shirt. Nope, she sure as hell wasn’t neglected. It’s possible that her low self-esteem is just a phase. She wants to break free of her controlling mummy and daddy and show herself that she can be a wild girl, too. She’s fully capable of hanging out with the bad kids and drinking herself sick.

The other possibility is that the lot of us are just that good at dragging people down.

“I think you’ve had enough,” I say, and go to hand the bottle off to Nate. But Tessa quickly grabs it at the last second and takes another drink. The trace of a smirk covers her full lips as she licks them clean. I watch her throat as she swallows in a defiant gulp, and want to push her lips open and drink the liquor from her mouth.

I shake the thought away. Molly glances at me, swirling her finger in the air to say that I’m crazy.

Maybe I am.

“I can’t believe you’ve never been drunk before, Tessa. It’s fun, right?” Zed asks her.

She giggles and I roll my eyes.

“Hardin, truth or dare?” Molly asks.

“Dare.” Did she have to ask? Maybe I should have done what Tessa did, just to prove a point.

“I dare you to kiss Tessa.” Molly’s painted lips turn into a smile, and I hear Tessa gasp.

She speaks before I can get a word in. “No, I have a boyfriend.”

“So? It’s just a dare. Just do it,” Molly says, picking at her nails.

“No.” Tessa’s voice rises. “I’m not kissing anyone.” She stands and walks to the other side of the room. I take a drink of my water and watch her disappear out the front door. She was looking at me all night, staring at my shirtless chest, yet she was so disgusted by the thought of kissing me that she would throw a fit and run away?

Or is it possible that a kiss could mean more to her than just conceding to a dare?

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About Before

Dec-08Book Five of the After series—Anna Todd’s Wattpad fanfiction that racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated romance readers across the globe! Before explores Hardin Scott’s life before Tessa, reveals what happens after After, and gives new insights on their turbulent #Hessa romance.

Cosmopolitan called Anna Todd “the biggest literary phenom of her generation.” That’s Normal declared Hardin and Tessa “The Mr. Darcy and Lizzy Bennet of our time.” Revel in the awesome, messy power of true love.

BEFORE Hardin met Tessa he was a raging storm. DURING those first moments they met, he realized he needed to keep her for himself—his life depended on it. AFTER they got together, the world would never be the same.

Hardin and Tessa’s dramatic love affair became a vortex pulling in everyone around them. For the first time these others are given voice as they appear before, during, and after the events in original After novels. Alongside them, Hardin’s account of his first encounters with Tessa—which will change what you thought you knew about the brooding boy and the angel who loved him.

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#5DaysBefore (Day 4): Interview with Anna Todd + Giveaway

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Today is the second day of our #5DaysBefore celebration—5 days of exclusive, never-before-seen content and giveaways as we count down to the highly anticipated novel Before! (See Day 5 post here)

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Interview

annavilmaI’m thrilled to have my good friend Anna back on the blog! So excited to discuss her upcoming novel, Beforethe fifth book in a series that has captivated readers around the globe. Before explores Hardin Scott’s life before Tessa and delivers new insight into their turbulent, but epic relationship. Written in Hardin’s point-of-view, the novel will certainly hold some surprises for devoted fans.

Vilma: Hi Anna!!! It’s been awhile since I officially interviewed you in my tiny office at home! 😉 Things were already pretty crazy and I know things have only gotten crazierin a good waysince we talked then!

Anna: Hey lady! It has been a while. It’s crazy to think that our little makeshift interview was a year ago! They have gotten so much crazier, but I’m loving every moment!

Vilma: So let’s talk about your super exciting new release! How did the idea for BEFORE come about? And when did the idea first start to percolate?

Anna: The idea came a long time ago actually. I started writing this before I even had a publishing deal. I promised my readers on Wattpad that I would show them what Hardin was feeling in the beginning. They wanted to read his thoughts from the first book so badly, so I told them I would give it to them when I finished the other books. I wrote the first chapter over a year and a half ago, but then I got busier and busier and busier, so it took a while haha!

Vilma: What were some of your concerns and objectives when writing the novel? I know that writing a point-of-view book is never as simple as it seems, especially when we consider Hardin’s emotional intensity and turmoil…

Anna: My main concerns were not softening him too much in the beginning. By the time I had actually dived into writing this novel, I had already written Hardin as he grew throughout the novels. My little broken boy was now a responsible and kind man, so it was so strange to go back to how he used to think and I didn’t want to soften that for the sake of “romance”. There’s such a fine line and Hardin doesn’t shy away from it.

Vilma: There is a lot we’ll see from Hardin before he met Tessa, as well as some new content during their tempestuous coming together. Anything you can share with us?

Anna: Hmm, you will get to see how Hardin felt when he met her, how he navigated his blooming feelings and his inner turmoil about what to do about those feelings. There are also a couple little snippets from some other beloved characters 😉

Vilma: What do you hope readers will walk away with after they read BEFORE?

Anna: I hope they will feel closure with Hessa and they will understand how Hardin came to be, well.. Hardin.

Vilma: You are always busy, juggling multiple projects, anything you can share with us in terms of what else is coming up for you?

Anna: I’m not as busy as you! I should ask you this question. lol. I can say that I’m finishing up two books about Landon’s character from After but they will be considered their own story. You don’t have to read After to read Nothing More or Nothing Less in 2016.

Vilma: Okay, friend. Let’s get the scoop on the movie!!!

Anna: I’m so excited for the movie. It didn’t feel real for a while, but now that the script is finished and I’ve met with Paramount again, it finally clicked. It also helped that I met with the perfect Hardin and he made me even more excited for the film. 😉

mad in the a.m.Vilma: Sooo… big question!!! The One Direction album “Made In The A.M.” dropped last month! What are your thoughts so far? Any favorite song?

Anna: Eek! I freaking love it. At first I was sure that I was confused and accidentally played Fleetwood Mac. It’s awesome and I’m proud of them. My favorite song is Wolves.

Vilma: The holidays are upon us… any fun plans or traditions during the Christmas season? (Other than hang out with friends… *coughs*)

Anna: haha. Just hanging out with friends, *bats lashes at you* and I’m going to get a Christmas tree this week. I lost mine. Like we literally lost ours and can’t find it haha. I also have lots of writing for books and other fun things.

Vilma: Thank you so much for talking to me and to the readers! We are all looking forward to release day!!!

Anna: Love you! xo

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About Before

Dec-08Book Five of the After series—Anna Todd’s Wattpad fanfiction that racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated romance readers across the globe! Before explores Hardin Scott’s life before Tessa, reveals what happens after After, and gives new insights on their turbulent #Hessa romance.

Cosmopolitan called Anna Todd “the biggest literary phenom of her generation.” That’s Normal declared Hardin and Tessa “The Mr. Darcy and Lizzy Bennet of our time.” Revel in the awesome, messy power of true love.

BEFORE Hardin met Tessa he was a raging storm. DURING those first moments they met, he realized he needed to keep her for himself—his life depended on it. AFTER they got together, the world would never be the same.

Hardin and Tessa’s dramatic love affair became a vortex pulling in everyone around them. For the first time these others are given voice as they appear before, during, and after the events in original After novels. Alongside them, Hardin’s account of his first encounters with Tessa—which will change what you thought you knew about the brooding boy and the angel who loved him.

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Win a special Anna Todd box with a tote bag and mug with After/Before illustration. Also included is  a postcard with handwritten note from Anna and a bookmark. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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