Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Blitz: Milda Harris

Crashing Prom by Milda Harris

Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: November 7th 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Avery Rylee never went to her high school prom. It is one of her biggest life regrets. Now, at the age of twenty-four, Avery has many more regrets. She is stuck in a rut with her career and she has just been dumped by her fiance. After a night of cheap wine and hitting rock bottom, all Avery wants to do is lie in bed at home with a gallon of ice cream, but her three best friends have other ideas. They have planned a cross country road trip to a prom to help Avery start over. Step one is an Ex-Bachelorette Party in Vegas to help Avery try and forget her ex-fiance. Instead of forgetting him, though Avery finds herself the star of her own web series. As a result, she goes on a filmed hunt across America to find a prom dress, a hot date, and a pair of amazing shoes. Will Avery be able to heal her heartbreak, survive internet reality show fame, and have the perfect prom?

That was when Lucas attacked me with a stuffed fuzzy pink bunny. I was totally surprised out of my thoughts. I forgot everything and grabbed the nearest stuffed animal off the shelf. It was a furry brown stuffed moose wearing a Hawaiian shirt. It was war! I fought back with my valiant moose.
Lucas and I parried with our stuffed animals. I lunged with my moose and he evaded. Then he attacked with his bunny. I laughed and attacked back.
"See, toys are still fun even if you're grown up," Lucas said as I hit him with my moose.
He attacked again with his bunny. I moved back and my foot hit the bottom of the display causing me to careen backward toward the rest of the stuffed animals. Lucas' hand grasped my wrist and he pulled me toward him, saving me. I dropped my moose as he drew me closer and closer to his chest.
And that was when he attacked again. I laughed and automatically moved toward him moving the rest of the way into his chest. His arms were around me and suddenly he dropped the fuzzy bunny. My breath caught and I looked up into his face. He was looking down at me. Time froze for a moment.

Guest Post:
Writing Crashing Prom

I actually started writing Crashing Prom a few years ago. I wrote it for fun as a 23,000 word novella for the 3 Day Novel Contest that takes place every year on Labor Day weekend. If you’ve ever tried to write a book that fast, you’ll know this – it has to flow fast if you’re going to get it written in three days. For me, that usually means wacky things have to happen. That’s how the tone of the book came about. It’s silly and fun and very romcom, although there are some serious topics in there, like Avery’s breakup with her fiancé and how hard breaking up with someone can be.

Anyway, I didn’t win the 3 Day Novel Contest and I wasn’t sure what to do with a novella at the time, so it sat on my computer. I always meant to go back to edit it and maybe make it into a full length novel. This year, I finally did. I was looking for a project to fix, maybe something a little less time consuming than writing a book from scratch because in my personal life, I had just given birth to baby twins!

So, I reread the entire book. I had a ton of things that I wanted to fix and add to the book. I also had one big question. I wasn’t sure that Avery should end up with the guy she ended up with in the novella. I didn’t think it worked. So, I pondered and after much debate, I changed the ending completely. I also filled in details that got lost when I was writing the book in those original three insane days. I added in way more about Avery’s friends and I feel like the female friendships in the book are really a cornerstone of the novel. Now, I hope to write future books as a series based on that.

Who knew? That’s right, Crashing Prom was originally going to sit on my computer for eternity and now I’m thinking of writing multiple books based on it! My experience writing Crashing Prom showed me that even an old story sitting on your computer can be revamped, molded, and turned into a fun, satisfying story. It doesn’t have to gather dust. You just have to take a chance on it!

Q & A with Author:
Interview with Milda Harris, author of Crashing Prom

What inspired your book, Crashing Prom?
The idea for Crashing Prom came out of wanting to write a prom story. I didn't want to write a typical prom story, though, set in high school. So, I thought: what if you missed your prom, always regretted it, and decided to go back to prom as an adult... And that's the story I went with!

Tell me in one sentence why someone should read the book.
You should read Crashing Prom because it's a fun, romcom read and it will brighten your day!

Do you see yourself in the main character, Avery Rylee?
A little part of me is in all of my characters. Avery is dealing with a major breakup and I've definitely dealt with my share of those. That part of the book was definitely inspired by my own life. I also broke up with a fiancé. It was an awful experience, but luckily I had a cousin in San Diego and I fled there to escape for a weekend. I had the best weekend there too despite the major trauma happening in my life at the time. I swear that I've never crashed a prom, though.

Do you have a prom story from your prom?
I have a couple, but here's the one that popped right into my mind. I remember dancing with my date. We went as friends and there was nothing romantic between us. As we were dancing, though, I looked over my date's shoulder and saw the guy I liked. Our eyes met and our gazes locked. There was a moment of possibility in that look and I've never forgotten it. Then the spell was broken and that was it. Lol! I still think about that moment, though.

When you're not writing, what are you reading?
I read a ton of YA, NA, and anything chick lit. The last books I read are: I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk and Easy by Tammara Webber. I'm reading On Dublin Street by Samantha Young next or maybe Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

What are you working on now?
I'm working on the latest book in my Funeral Crashing series called Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak. Yes, that's another crashing story. It's a totally separate series, though. It's about a teenage girl who crashes funerals and solves mysteries with the hottest boy in school. The first book in the series is called Adventures in Funeral Crashing (it's a perma-free e-book btw!). Yes, I obviously have an obsession with crashing events! I admit it!

Author Bio:

MILDA HARRIS has a dog named after a piece of candy (Licorice), was once hit by a tree (seriously), and wears hot pink sunglasses (why not?). She is the young adult author of Doppelganger, Adventures in Funeral Crashing, Adventures of a Graveyard Girl, The New Girl Who Found A Dead Body, and Connected: A Paranormal Romance. She also works in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That's So Raven.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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