Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Giveaway & Guest Post with Author Ivy Adams!

Around the World in 80 Kisses Smooch Stop #37: 
Release Day!!!

Today I actually intended to write about my ten favorite YA books of the year. I was all set until I realized the huge gaping flaw in my plan: I don’t read enough. I didn’t have a list of ten, I only had like three.

Don’t get me wrong. I love to read. I mean, give me a great book, a comfy stretch of hammock and I’m good for hours. But that’s fantasy world, right? I have a friend who just got a Kindle (and so she’s keeping track of it for the first time) and she averaged a book a day in November. I’m so stinkin’ jealous.

Here’s the weird thing about my brain. I can only keep so many stories in my head at once. If I’m on deadline and actively writing my own book, I don’t have a lot of space in my mind to read a good book. My favorite times to read (and generally the only time I have free to read) are at bedtime as I’m falling asleep and when I wake up on Saturday and Sunday. But when I’m on deadline, that’s writing time. I can’t afford to fall asleep thinking about someone else’s book. Our brains work when we’re asleep and I want my brain working on my own book, not off fantasizing about someone else’s characters.

That’s some of the best advice I can give new writers. The last fifteen minutes before you fall asleep each night should be spent working on your book. It should be the thing you fall asleep thinking about. And if you can swing it, the first fifteen minutes of your day should be spent on your book, too. Even if that’s the only time all day you get to write, it’ll keep your story fresh in your brain at all times.

Unfortunately, it will mean a lot less time to read all the great books out there. But I will say this, when I turn in a book and have time to read, I’m like a kid in a candy shop. Not reading anything for a couple of months makes picking up a book all the more exciting.

So, just in case you’re curious, here’s the list of books I read after finishing my most recent deadline: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding (‘cause I’d just watched the movie and fallen in love with it all over again), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (‘cause I’d never reread the sequel, and it was better than I remembered), and My Name is Memory by Ann Brashears (‘cause my niece recommended it.)

What about you? Do you have activities in your life that keep you from reading as much as you wish you could? Tell me in the comment (leave your email so we can contact you) to be entered to win the Around the World In 80 Kisses daily and weekly prize and also become eligible to win the Grand Prize, a Kindle Fire!! For a list of all our Smooch Posts you can visit and earn more entries to win, visit us here. 

The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams is the story of four best friends: Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy--the misfits of Paris, Texas. Their whole lives, they’ve dreamed of escaping small-town life and seeing the world. So when Piper is the victim of an embarrassing prank that goes viral online, she gets the idea that the girls should escape via the school’s international exchange program, in search of fun, love and internet redemption.

Emily McKay, Shellee Roberts and Tracy Deebs write under the pseudonym Ivy Adams. They shop, gossip and watch movies in Austin, Texas.


  1. I like to read about a book a day, but there are these 3 little things called children that want things like food all the time and that usually cuts into my reading time.


  2. Work gets in the way of my reading. I should quit, just to catch up on my reading list, but then how could I afford the books? It's a problem.


  3. I wouldn't say it keeps me from reading. I have a lot of studying to do every single day and for a huge upcoming test! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom In fact, I probably read too much -.-

  4. School. Always school. I used to read a lot as a kid, but after I got into the current school that I'm in I barely have any time to read books that I want to read. I realized though that I actually get dumber when I don't read for fun (proven by the comparison of my grades) so I've been trying to take more time to go to the library (: I used to go to Borders every Saturday, but they're all closed now...RIP Borders.


  5. Cooking, cleaningand the computer runs into my reading time.
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  6. SCHOOL! Ugh! It takes up all my free time, and sleep. A girls gotta sleep!

  7. Work definitely cuts into my recreational reading. I have a brain & computer intensive job so I suffer brain drain & eye strain. At the end of the day, it requires less effort to watch the idiot box. Most of my reading is done on the weekends.


  8. After-school activities such as tennis and debate cut my independent reading time. Still, I like the required reading assignments for English class :) so I am able to read every day. If there is a book that I simply must read, I read after I finish my homework.

    ~ Lecea

  9. Yeah, the place I go 5 days a week so that I can pay for more books definitely cuts into my reading time. :-P

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

  10. Work and school but I read about 1book a day. I try and make books come first


  11. I read way more then i do now all this was before I Got a Computer.now I'm on it a lot.

    sasluvbooks at yahoo dot com

  12. my granchild :) she doesnt like the attention not all on her :)

  13. I would love to read more but between work and housework I can't read as much as I want to.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  14. Right now, the only thing getting in the way of my reading is the internet and tv, but I've actually been reading at a much quicker rate lately than I ever have before :]




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