Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Going Under by S. Walden

 Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

(This is a New Adult fiction book with mature themes. It contains graphic sex and language and a description of sexual violence.)

Our Review
5 Stars given by Heather
SPOILER: WARNING: Very graphic rape scene in this book.
"You think you have it all planned out. But something in you always surprises you."
Wow. Going Under is a great read it was intense, raw and real. It kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen.
"The heart wants what the heart wants."
Brooklyn is struggling to deal with her best friend Beth's suicide. She feels responsible for her death. If only she wouldn't have slept with Beth's boyfriend and if she would have gone to the party with Beth she would still be alive.
She is now trying to learn how to forgive herself so she can let go of the guilt. She has one mission at school this year, stay out of trouble and get revenge on Cal the guy responsible for Beth's death.
Brooklyn realizes that there is a secret sex club at school, and is determined to find out which guys are in it. So she can expose everyone involved and make them pay for their crimes. She decides the only way to expose them is to get Cal to force himself on her. She later realizes that isn't a smart move and decides to just expose the sex club. The one thing Brooke underestimates is the price these guys are willing to go to keep it a secret. Does she pay the ultimate price to expose them?
"Fuck the world. Do what you feel is right, and you have every right to love whomever you want."
The last thing that Brooke expected in her journey was to forgive herself and to fall in love. Does she learn to live with her experience? Can she forgive Ryan and let him be in her life? I highly recommend this book!
All About Ryan
“Ryan, why are you so gorgeous and strange?”

My sister told me she laughed her butt off at that part in the book—the part where Brooke gets drunk. I wanted it to be silly and lighthearted to take away from some of the heaviness in the novel. I mean, good grief. If the entire novel were like Chapter 20, who on earth would read it??
But back to gorgeous and strange Ryan. It’s official. The ladies love him, and many of you were a little mad you didn’t get more of him in the book. In my defense, I will say that Going Under was not meant to be primarily a romance. In fact, I purposely wrote the romance as a side item. This did not make for completely happy fans. You were semi-happy, but not all-the-way happy. ☺ So here’s me making it up to you. I’m giving you a little inside information on our leading man that hopefully will allow you to forgive me in some way for not featuring him on every page. xo
Full name: Ryan James Foster
Born: September 27 in Raleigh, North Carolina at WakeMed
Astrological Sign: Libra
Stats: 6’2”; 180 lbs; brown hair; blue eyes
Favorite food: Steak fajitas
Favorite music: The Smashing Pumpkins, specifically their Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness album. (His older cousin turned him on to ‘90s alternative rock.)
Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones
Activities: surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding (he’s really hot when he snowboards), swimming, making out with Brooke
Favorite book: The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Favorite movie: Snatch (Hey, what do you want me to say?)
College degree: B.S. Business Finance
Current job: Finance manager for a chain of local skateboard and skateboard supplies stores in Chapel Hill, NC
Idiotic move in college: Hosted a “hurricane party” at a friend’s place half a mile from the beach. These are popular parties during hurricane season in Wilmington, NC, and they really piss off the local authorities. No one was hurt, but a lot of college students got wasted and then naked. Ryan only got partially naked.
Biggest regret about Brooke: Not getting out of the car. He drove to NC State to see Brooke her freshmen year. He sat in the car in front of her dorm. He waited for hours and finally saw her walking towards the dorm entrance. And he wanted to go to her, but he was afraid. So he watched her swipe her key card, open the door, and disappear from view. He wouldn’t see her again for two years.
Sweetest Moment: Marrying Brooke. Simple. No fuss. A courthouse. The important people. A beautiful woman in a little white dress. Saying “I do.” And the next installment in their great big adventure.
Random Stuff:
~Broke his arm three times when he was in elementary school and middle school.
~Had braces twice: once in fourth grade and then again in seventh because he never wore his retainer.
~Played center forward in soccer until he messed up his knee.
~Pledged a fraternity in college and then quit.
~Turned down a make-out session with a girl in his freshmen composition class. Told her he was already committed to someone else.
~Became inseparable friends with Alyssa from philosophy. She was the only one who could stomach his incessant talk about Brooke.
~Wears one contact in his right eye to give him monovision (one eye sees distance and one eye reads up close).
~Does pushups every day.
~Tried vegetarianism for a week at the insistence of his friend, Charlie. Missed his steak fajitas too much to commit for life.
~Wants to give Brooke babies as soon as possible.
Okay fans. If that didn’t placate you, I will be collecting questions about Ryan during the tour that I will answer at the end. You have to email me at to ask a question (please limit them to two), and I will post all the questions and answers by June 9. Sound good?
About The Author
S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at and follow her blog at where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects.

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  1. Fabulous book! Thanks for the insight on Ryan. I was not upset about the missing romance, I was too entranced with the bigger story, but it was nice to learn a little more about the nice guy.

  2. Going Under was one of the best books I've read in a long time. I like that the relationship took the back seat because there was so much more going on. That said, I love Ryan and I'm glad we get to know him more now!

  3. Going Under is a book I plan on reading, very soon!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  4. I have read Going Under and loved it. It was so different and a little out of my comfort zone but I enjoyed every minute of it!

  5. Hey Heather and Annie,

    Thank you both so much for featuring me today and for posting a fab review! I appreciate you taking the time to read my work, and I'm even happier that you enjoyed it. xo


  6. I have the ecopy of this and it's one of my next reads! Can't wait! Thanks for the post & giveaway!