#5DaysBefore (Day 5): Anna Todd Guest Post + Giveaway

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I’m so thrilled to host an exclusive, exciting campaign with the talented Anna Todd!!! Starting today, we’re kicking off #5DaysBefore—5 days of exclusive, never-before-seen content and giveaways as we count down to the highly anticipated novel Before, told in Hardin’s POV. Today, I’ve got a guest post from Anna, where she talks about what to expect, as well as a not-to-miss contest and giveaway.

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I’m so excited to release Before because I absolutely love writing from Hardin’s POV and I feel like he needed to have a voice in the first book. You’ll get to know more about his background, and also delve into his mind, better understanding his choices and how they affected him. I think you guys will be really surprised at many of the scenes you *think* you know well… sometimes things aren’t exactly as they seem. 😉

Also, I got to write some fluffy stuff about their future and the other characters, which is always fun!

I’m really thrilled to work with Vilma and her blog this week… we have some exciting things planned! You’ll definitely get some early scoop as we countdown the days to Before. Make sure to check my page or Vilma’s page daily.

Contest

Enter to win a personalized, signed copy of Before! All you need to do is create any kind of teaser graphic using one of the below three quotes (see example below). Share on social media and use the hashtag #5DaysBefore. Anna and I will be stalking Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and we’ll pick three winners on Sunday evening. Winners  announced on Monday, December 7th.

“He was getting by just fine before—before he made the beautiful mistake of allowing her to become his entire world.”

“I’m convinced that she was sent here just to torture me, to test every bit of my self-control.”

“She’s been my calm, my fire, my breath, my pain, and no matter what’s we’ve gone through, every second was worth getting to the life we have now.”

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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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Exclusive Interview + Signed Giveaway: Christina Lauren and Anna Todd

INTERVIEW

Recently, I had the chance to spend some time gabbing with Christina Hobbs, Lauren Billings and Anna Todd, who were doing a signing in Austin, Texas. I loved spending time with them, it was so much fun as we spent most of our time laughing. We talked Finn and Hardin and upcoming projects and so I’m thrilled to be able to share both a written and fun video interview with you. Plus, make sure you scroll down below and enter the signed giveaway!

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Interview

anna toddLet’s start off with Anna Todd! Last time we talked you were gearing up to release After, the first book of the self-titled series. Now, you just recently released After We Collided. Give us a quick run-down of what to expect with the novel.

After We Collided starts right where After leaves off, except this time we get to see Hardin’s POV.  There is just as much drama and back and forth between the two of them in this novel and it ends with another surprise 🙂 

You have a tremendous fan base on Wattpad who have fallen in love with these characters and their story. What has been their reception on this expanded, new edition? Have many of them read it all over again?

My readers love it! They love getting expanded and new scenes. It’s really fun for them to relive the story again with Hardin and Tessa. They rushed out to the store to get After and After We Collided! 

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You recently shared the gorgeous cover of the fourth book, After Ever Happy. Originally, there were three books, but the final book was split in two… is that right? Give us the scoop! What can you tell us about this installment? Will we see some new material? 

Yes, that’s right! The third book was the longest, (Yes, even longer than the first two) so we decided to split it into two books instead of cutting too much content. Also, I am reworking the ending so there will be plenty of new material! ☺

Ok, so now let’s talk fans, fans and more fans. You’ve amassed a huge following on social media, but are now being welcomed by a whole new set of readers in the new adult and contemporary romance side. What has that experience been like?

It’s been really, really great. I love my original readers and appreciate them so much but it’s always nice to welcome new readers as well. 

christina laurenAnd of course, you’ve had amazing peers like the talented duo of Christina Lauren, which is way cool! So let’s move on and talk to the girls all about their super sexy, sizzling latest release, Dirty Rowdy Thing! That boy Finn… wooowwwzers!!!! He is a little bit naughty, a little bit bad boy and a whole lot sexy. What can you tell us about Finn?

Thank you for having us! Finn is definitely different from anyone we’ve written before, and he was so much fun. There’s a line in Dirty Rowdy Thing that sums him up quite nicely: “I mean, sweet Jesus, the man works with his hands, sweats when he works, fucks like it’s his vocation and was raised by a father who expects, above anything else, that his sons are capable fishermen.”

What is it about Harlow that is alluring to a guy like Finn? Describe their dynamic. I was fascinated myself by it!

Harlow and Finn’s dynamic is a lot like Chloe and Bennett. Bennett would grow bored with anyone who couldn’t stand up to him, or beat him at his own game. Likewise, Finn needed someone who was strong enough to handle him, and in his case he also needs someone loving enough to coax him out of his shell. Finn is proud, and trust is very important. It took someone loving and patient enough—though she absolutely wouldn’t describe herself as patient—to get him to open up. 

And when we think about it, Harlow might very well be the Bennett in this scenario because she is a LOT to take—loud, funny, sweet, opinionated, strong—and needed someone who could handle her as well. 

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So this is the second book in the Wild Seasons series and one of the things I’ve loved about both books—Sweet Filthy Boy and Dirty Rowdy Thing—is that there is so much humor in them. The novels are incredibly sexy and seductive with some gripping emotional moments, but I think the humor that’s woven in gives the stories a realness and an edge that make them stick with you. Was that always the intent, or did it happen more organically?

We do our best to make every book funny so THANK YOU! We heard someone describe our books as smutty sitcoms, and we don’t think it’s possible to love that description more. We’re silly and ridiculous and we love that our personalities shine through in the stories we tell. We all love books that make us think and feel, but we also love books that let us laugh or blush or even just disappear for a slip of time. If we give our readers an escape from the real world—even if it’s only for a few hours—we feel like we’ve done our job. 

And speaking of balancing acts… emotion, sexy times, wit, action… do you both like to tackle a little bit of everything, or does one of you tend to write more emotional scenes while the other writes sexier scenes, for example? How does this duo function??? What’s the secret?!

We each have things we’re better at, but for the most part everything is split pretty much down the middle. We outline in person—usually in the car or while waiting in line at Disneyland—and divide by POV, chapter, or even scene. Christina really loves world building and setting a scene, while Lo is great at those emotional and heart-wrenching moments. We can each do both, but if there’s something we think the other will do well, we’ll assign it to that person. Then we write our particular chapters/sections, and switch when we’re done. By the time it’s compiled it’s sometimes hard to remember who wrote what. 

Just one teeny-tiny glimpse. Give us something on Dark Wild Night!!! I mean Lola and Oliver! I can only imagine…

Lola and Oliver are two characters who, from the outside, have their lives entirely together. Both are climbing the ranks in the comic industry—either with a new, hot comic book store (Oliver) or as a comic writer-illustrator (Lola). They’ve had their heads buried in work and when things cool down, are able to start to look around them and at the building tension between them. But just because someone seems like they have it all together on the professional side doesn’t mean that they can navigate relationships quite so easily.

These two were the couple that we’ve been excited to write since we first came up with this series. We’ve loved every single couple, but there’s something about how long we’ve made Oliver wait—in book years, before it was his turn with Lola—that made it really fun to write. And it’s also a more emotionally complex story in some ways because the mistakes they each make are genuine, human errors.

Okay, so let’s do some fun rapid-fire questions.

Favorite song of the moment.

  • Anna: Taylor Swift, Blank Space
  • Christina: No Control, One Direction
  • Lauren: The live version of Jane Says by Janes Addiction I saw on Friday night

Last awesome movie you watched.

  • Anna: The Fault in our Stars
  • Christina: Mockingjay!
  • Lauren: Mockinjay! (We saw it together, heh)

Last kickass book you read.

If I wasn’t writing, I’d be a…

  • Anna: Someone in the makeup world!
  • Christina: Working with teens
  • Lauren: A research scientist

If I could be a character in any book, I’d be…

  • Anna: Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • Christina: This is so hard! Most of the things that make for a great book would make for a terrrrrrible life. Can I cheat and say I want to be Cinderella or something?
  • Lauren: Pippa Marbury in Sarah Maclean’s One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

Last time you fangirled was…

  • Anna: At the AMAs!!!
  • Christina: We met Susan Ee at YALLFest a few weeks ago and I was pretty embarrassing
  • Lauren: Meeting bestselling authors Sarah J Maas and Alexandra Bracken, or tweeting with Sarah Maclean about how much I love her books.

Thanks so much you guys!!!

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Review: After (#1, After) by Anna Todd

My Thoughts

Utterly Addictive. Explosive. Sexy. Unputdownable.

Synopsis

after coverNow newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same. #Hessa

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

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“All that I am certain of is that my life and my heart will never be the same, not after Hardin crashed into them.”

“I want you. More than I have ever wanted anyone or anything in my entire life.”

Reading Order and Links

Each book should be read in order.

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Spotlight + Exclusive Interview + Giveaway: AFTER by Anna Todd

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I am so excited to have an exclusive video interview with AFTER author Anna Todd! AAANNNND, I am thrilled to be able to host the first giveaway for a signed paperback of AFTER! You can win one of two copies. Please note the winners will receive closer to release date! *happy dance*

If you’re not familiar with AFTER, here’s what you need to know:

  • It’s the most read story online with over 900 million reads on Wattpad
  • It’s being re-released through Gallery Books on November 25th
  • The story is inspired by One Direction, but the characters have evolved on their own
  • Harden is our bad boy and Tessa is the girl who becomes his whole world 
  • There are three books in the series
  • The books are intense, emotionally charged and full of plot twists
  • So the one thing you can count on is to expect the unexpected.

Watch my video interview with Anna on USA Today’s HEA blog ✦

Make sure to pre-order the books so you’ll be among the first to have it on your ereader!

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Tessa didn’t plan on meeting H. during her freshman year of college.
But now that she has, her life will never be the same.

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