Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Good - Book Tour

Blurb (from Goodreads)

Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake her junior year in high school which costs her ten months in juvenile detention. Now a senior, she’s lost everything: her best friend, the trust of her parents, driving privileges, Internet access. It’s a lonely existence.

But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her very cute, very off-limits 28-year-old calculus teacher. She falls hard for him—a ridiculous schoolgirl crush headed nowhere. She can’t help it. He’s the only good thing at Crestview High. She doesn’t expect him to reciprocate her feelings. How inappropriate, right? But he does. And he shows her.

And that’s when her life goes from bad to good.

(New Adult romance)

Review—Good by S. Walden

“’Your life isn’t so bad, Cadence,’ it said, winding its way down and around my heart, through my arms and legs, spreading to each finger and toe.  It lulled me into indifference.  It didn’t have to believe it as long as it made my body fee this good.  Nothing was that bad so long as I had a bed to lie down on, a place to escape, the dreams in my head that were always waiting, far better than my reality.”

Mistakes of one’s past are often the judgment of their future.  Cadence is a victim of that.  Starting her senior year in high school, she knows it’s not going to be easy.  See, Cadence used to be a considered a good girl…now, she’s considered anything but.  Unwise decisions the year prior landed her in juvenile detention, a year of doing community service and “hard time” has made her a social outcast.  No longer accepted and being bullied are par for the course in her Georgia town. 

There is only one thing that is keeping her somewhat together…

During her last community service detail, Cadence happened upon a man changing his tire.  The sun was shining and when he looked at her, things changed.  She didn’t know is his name and they didn’t really talk, but one look, one smile from the mysterious man in the “Midnight in a Perfect World” t-shirt and without even knowing; Cadence’s life was about to become much more complicated.  How complicated?  Turns out, he’s her math teacher…and the connection they shared on the side of the road, though only a split second, will be what completely unravels them both…

“I think you’re the best kind of drama.  And I want you to be my drama, and make me feel all the time, and turn me inside out, and do to my heart and mind whatever you want.”

This book.  This book absolutely messed with my head, my heart, and my entire insides.  I can’t just say I loved it because it’s deeper than that.  I devoured this book.  I wanted it to never end and to say I was pissed when it did…well, it goes deeper than that too.  Having a story like this, set in my town, where I know the streets (and the type of people), makes it very real.  So real in fact, that when I’m talking about it, it’s as though it really happened (which I know it has). 

The relationship between Cadence and her teacher is exactly how I would picture a “good” Christian girl who has decided that her Faith has let her down far too many times; it broke my heart.  Seeing the struggle between what she’s been taught and how she feels, yet still choosing the path to destruction is something I am sure every person goes through (even if on a different level).  I have witnessed the out casting, the judgment, the bullying, the guilt…it’s amazing how strong a young person has to really be in order to withstand that kind of treatment; especially from people who are supposed to be anything but those things.  Sometimes life if just more gray than black-and-white.  Cadence learned that the hard way and I admire her strength for standing up, even though alone.  Now, don’t mistake my opinion of the situation as a whole…it was wrong.  So wrong that it was incredibly right…and I feel weird just saying that. But I have found one thing to be true in life (both in fiction and non), sometimes the most wrong things end up being the most right.  Age is just a number. Free will is just that, free, and even if the situation isn’t ideal, one doesn’t choose who they fall in love with; that is one thing that I see black-and-white.  It’s just a matter of discerning those feelings to make sure the decisions that follow are right for the individual.  See!  Real.  Totally real. And really, really GOOD.  I look forward to finding out what happens in Better (the final part of this series) very soon!  ~V~

**4.5 Hot for Teacher Stars**

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.

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Summer also needs our help!  She is running a contest for the cover of book 2 titled Better.  She would like her fans to help her find Mr. Connolly (the same ethereal look as how Cadence appears on the cover of Good).  The contest will start on Day 1 of the blog tour and will run for a couple of weeks and Summer needs our help to promote it on our blogs and get the information out there.  The winner of this contest will receive signed paperbacks of both Good and Better and a special thank you on the copyright page of Better for finding the image.  I appreciate any help you can give her!  Here is the info below – if you could schedule posts to go off on your Facebook pages as reminder leading up to end of the contest that would be AMAZING!  Thank you so much!!!!

Find Mark Connelly Book Cover Contest

Fans, I need your help! I cannot find a picture of the perfect Mark Connelly to go on my cover of BETTER. I've given up and am handing the matter over to you. Here' the deal: find me a picture of Mark and you may win a signed copy of both GOOD and BETTER. Oh yeah, and you'll be acknowledged on the copyright page of BETTER, too!

The Rules:

1. ONE submission per person. Email me THE LINK to your perfect pic at (I gotta know where to purchase it)
2. The pic must be a stock photo with a model release (pics on sites like and have model releases. They actually say it.).

Contest will run from 9/30 – 10/21.  Make sure you get your submissions in before 12 A. M. on 10/21.

He's out there. I know it. Now someone find him for me!

Note: I reserve the right to cancel this contest at any time if I stumble across the perfect pic. I don't think that's gonna happen, though.

1 comment:

  1. Fern,

    Your review. Wow. I knew I was taking a big risk speaking to the faith community and its hypocrisy. I wondered if I'd have readers who could relate, or if that entire theme in the story would be lost on people. Obviously it wasn't, and I thought a lot about your review after I read it. I'm glad you could connect with Cadence's story perhaps on a deeper level than most. I think that's a very special thing: when a writer who doesn't know a reader's background, experiences, life, can tell a story that creates a connection. Maybe a profound one. I don't know. It just made me think. Well, your review made me think. Thank you for its honesty and for sharing your love of this book.

    xo Summer