Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Love in All the Wrong Places by Audrey Harte




Annie Chang is in her mid 20s and has lived in Los Angeles all her life. After a series of failed relationships, she's beginning to feel like she will never meet Mr. Right. But seeing one of her longtime BFFs find love on the internet, she decides to give online dating a try.

After finally finding an amazing guy who sweeps her off her feet, will he prove to be everything she could have wished for and more or is he too good to be true?

Our Review
Annie has had terrible luck in the love department, from the high school boyfriend who dumped her when he left for college to the non-working actor boyfriend who cheated on her. All the horrible past experience's had Annie wondering if she would ever find the right person. So Annie decided to follow the advice of her friend and give online dating a chance.

She made several profiles on craiglist, and waited for the responses to start pouring in. After combing through all the creepers and weirdos, Annie thinks she may have finally found Mr. Right. Does Annie end up finding true love? Or does she continue to be unlucky in love?

Audrey Harte did a great job at balancing comedy and romance in her debut novel. This book had me laughing out loud, screaming at my kindle and falling in love with all the characters. 

I loved how Audrey Harte explored the positive and negatives of online dating. Annie was very relatable because we all have either tried online dating or have known someone who has, and have heard the horror stories that go along with it. This book has just enough spice to get your blood flowing and just enough adventure to keep you intrigued until the very end.

This book ends with a cliffhanger, and I am eagerly waiting to find out what happens to Annie. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun, fast read.

What inspired you to become an Author?
I’ve always been a creative person, but I kind of went on hiatus for several years after moving from Nebraska to California and joining the “real world” (i.e. getting a full-time job). I used to write dozens of poems and songs and kept them in notebooks and even published some online, but my few attempts to write a book never went anywhere. I think a big part of that was that I had just built it up to be this big thing where I thought I could never get published or that I wasn’t good enough. Once I discovered about self-publishing from my BFF, Kimberly Knight, it was huge motivation for me to finally write a book – knowing that I could get it out there and people WOULD read it, rather than it just sitting on my hard drive “collecting dust”.
Are you surprised by the overall reaction from the fans?
Hmm, I don’t know if I’d say surprised so much as relieved! Of course, I thought I had written a fun little story and hoped that people would respond well to it. So, I was very relieved that people seem to be enjoying it.

We loved your playlist; does music play an important part when it comes to writing for you? If so, what one song inspired you the most?
I’m so glad you like the playlist! And most definitely, music is an important part of writing to me. As I mentioned before, I’ve always been a creative person. I used to want to pursue a singing career; I even auditioned for American Idol twice, but that didn’t go anywhere, lol. But my love of music endures and it has been such a huge part of the writing process for me. I concentrate best when I’m zoned out in my living room, tucked away in my little corner on my laptop with my headphones on, listening to all my favorite tunes. The song that inspired me most while I was writing this book is on the soundtrack. It’s called I Remember by Kaskade and Deadmau5 and it’s mentioned in the book as well, when Annie and Gabe are dancing at the club. There’s just something about the night life, especially out here in the City of Angels; anything can happen and it can seem like you’re living in your own movie. I can’t tell you how many interesting experiences I’ve had in the 15 years I’ve lived here – where I would wake up the next morning and be like, “Did that just really happen?” And I Remember reminds me of what kind of interesting adventures can happen at night in L.A. :)
How are you and the main character, Annie, similar? How are you different?
I (like Annie) have used Craigslist for online dating and just meeting platonic friends, as well as other things like finding a job, buying and selling furniture, finding roommates, etc. I even met my fiancé of 10 years on Craigslist, but no, he’s not in the book! Some of the experiences I’ve had were pretty crazy, and I would think to myself, “Someday, I need to write a book about some of this stuff”…so I finally did. Though what is truth vs fiction, I’ll never tell! ;-) And Annie’s interests are the same as mine.

As far as being different, Annie is a little older than I was when I first started getting on Craigslist. Also, she is half Chinese (I’m half Japanese) and half Caucasian, she was born and raised in L.A. and I’m a transplant. And she’s got a body to die for – the one I WISH I had, lol.
Like Annie, I fell for Gabe’s character despite his downfall; are we going to find out what happened to him?
You’d have to be immune to not fall for Gabe! He is actually a mixture of a few different guys I met or talked to online. One experience I’ve had that I wanted to use in a book was the trip to Phoenix…that really happened. Only, the guy was from Arizona (not from here) and he flew me out there for a weekend. Not every detail about the trip is true, but the location, the passing her by because he got distracted by her legs, the outdoor bathtub, that all happened. And what Gabe tells Annie when he gets back from Phoenix? THAT happened, too. Devastating. Gabe may make a reappearance in book 2, but if he does, it’ll probably be pretty minor. 

If you had to write your own personal ad for your online dating profile, what would it say?
Ha, well, you read the ads Annie wrote in the book. Those are pretty much the types of ads I used to write. I tried to be unique and funny and specific to try to weed out the weirdos or the guys who just copy/paste a response to every single posting.

Annie did not like guys responding to her post using pickup lines, what is the worst pick up line you have ever heard?
Ha, well, I’ve never really had guys use pick-up lines on me, although I did meet a street hawker outside of a Justin Timberlake/Christina Aguilera concert MANY years ago who hit on me and I ended up going on a date with him, and he kept going on about my FEET…dude had a real foot fetish. Needless to say, that was the one and only date we went on! I need to get to know a guy a little before finding out about his foot fetish. :P
Who is your dream cast for Love in All the Wrong Places?
Well, the ONE character I had an actual muse for while I was writing was Casey. Channing Tatum is Casey – as I wrote each word about him, I could see Channing in my head, I could hear Channing respond to Annie, lol. That was actually very helpful to me while I was writing the last two chapters. But after I finished the book, I went on a Google spree and searched for people I thought fit the other characters. If you want to check out my Pinterest board, you can see pictures I’ve pinned of my dream cast. 
MY DREAM CAST (in order of appearance in the book)
Annie: Jarah Mariano
Mark: Jake Gyllenhaal
Alex: Lucas Arantes
Gabe: Bartolomew Farsano (BTW - I am open to my readers helping me find a better cast for this character – I had a hard time finding a guy who I could picture as Gabe – this was the best I could do so far)
Summer: Amanda Siegfried
Katie: Dannie Riel
Teresa: Emma Stone
Nate: Hunter Parrish
Casey: Channing Tatum
In All the Right Things do we learn if Annie finally finds Mr. Right?
Yes, you do!
Is All the Right Things the last book in the series, or will there be more?
Yes, there will only be two books. When I started writing, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make Love in All the Wrong Places be a stand-alone or a series, but I ended up with enough material to do two books, so there ya go! J All the Right Things will not only be about Annie finally getting together with Mr. Right – it’s also about her journey to find herself and figure out what she really wants to do with her life.

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