I’m excited to have one my good friends, L.M. Augustine here for a little Q&A about his new book, TWO ROADS, a New Adult debut featuring a dynamic couple sure to steal your heart. Read on! And be sure to enter to win a copy at the end!
This was way more difficult than it looks, but:
“Insulting her dead brother’s geeky best friend has always been Cali’s way of feeling okay about herself. Until she starts to fall for him.”
IceyBooks: TWO ROADS is NA, is there anything that sets your NA debut apart from the rest?
L.M. Augustine:Well, there are few hate-to-love romances in NA so far, and there are even fewer where the female character is sort of instigating a rivalry which Cali does in Two Roads. But what I think sets this apart is that a lot of the focus of the story is on Cali herself, her struggle with reality vs. pursuing her dreams vs. her parents’ wishes career-wise, her lingering guilt over her brother’s death, and the way she hides behind this mean girl exterior because it makes her feel safer than facing the truth of who she is. I like to think the story is as much about Cali as it is about the romance, and that’s something I haven’t seen as often in NA.
IceyBooks: Poetry seems to play a major role in TWO ROADS, where did you find the inspiration behind the use of poetry?
L.M. Augustine: It definitely does play a major role! While I was writing Two Roads, I knew Cali had to have some sort of passion to help relate her character and her choices, and poetry felt like the perfect fit for her. She struggles a lot with the loneliness that comes with pretending to be someone she’s not–the mean girl–and escaping into poetry helps guide her through her college career. Poetry also plays a big role in the romance, and she uses a couple of poems to help make sense of her developing feelings toward Logan and the choices she has ahead of her. ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost is alluded to in a few places, which is where the title Two Roads comes from. :-)
IceyBooks: Name one question you wish you were asked, and answer it.
L.M. Augustine: This is going to be a total ego-trip, but let’s just go with it.
– “Why are you so awesome?”
– “Because I have major dorky powers and I am not afraid to use them.”
IceyBooks: Give us the one:
-Movie you can’t wait to see:
The Heat all the way!
IceyBooks: Snack you’re craving right now:
Crepes! But that may be because I’m thinking about Two Roads right now and crepes appear in it several times, thanks to Logan’s quirkiness.
IceyBooks: Book you can’t wait to read:
I’m psyched for Tabitha Suzuma’s new book, Hurt. Her book Forbidden was one of those books that I still think about, even a year after reading it.
About the Author
L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake. Click To Subscribe is his first novel, but it won’t be his last.
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The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.
Ever since Cali’s parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better–and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn’t hurt that he’s part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.
But when Cali’s parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.
And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren’t that obnoxious after all…
And now for the giveaway! Thanks to L.M., I have one e-copy of TWO ROADS to give away to one lucky international winner. Just enter the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!