Friday, October 11, 2013

When It Rains - Blog Tour + Interview (V)

Title: When it Rains
Author: Lisa De Jong
Release Date: Sep 25, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't. 

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn't care who I used to be, he's simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt. 

I’ve been saved. 

And I’ve found hope. 

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…

Review—When it Rains by Lisa DeJong

“I’m not sure how long I was in the room, but it felt like an eternity.  My whole life flashed before me as I was overcome with grief…I hate him.  The old Kate is gone…and she’s never coming back.  And I’ll always hate when it rains.”

Kate had dreams, just like every other young girl her age.  But one night, her dreams were shattered and her life was forever changed.  Innocence stolen, trust broken, her life becoming a shell of its former existence.  Keeping everything in only makes matters worse and when the time comes for everyone to head off to college, Kate is still stuck in two years ago…watching everyone grow, flourish, including Beau Bennett, her best friend and love of her life; doing all the things she feels she will never get to do because fear wracks her to her very core. 

“’Are you going to miss me?’ I ask.  I instantly regret the words as soon as they slip out of my mouth.  He turns his head to the side before he faces me again with a somber expression on his face. “You really have no idea, do you?” “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have asked,” I reply, shaking my head.  He sighs, running his hand through his damp hair. “That’s not what I meant.”…”Yes, Kate, I’m going to miss you. I’m so damn in love with you, I can barely stand to spend a few hours apart from you, and now we’re going to be miles and hours apart. It sucks. It really f**king sucks.”

So, the one person whom Kate has loved since she was five; the one person she trusts will never hurt her, is leaving and with being able to barely hold herself together as it is, she immerses herself in her work at the local diner where her mother works as well.  When Kate is working she isn’t thinking and not thinking is exactly what gets her through her lonely days…until one morning, a new face walks into the diner.  Stunning blue eyes and blonde hair, a man she’s never seen and certainly hoping to see again.  Of course this is completely contradictory to everything she has felt in the last two years, but something about him just eases her...there is just something more with Asher Hunt.

“There’s an honesty to him that makes me want to know him a little bit more.  But I know better than to trust too easily…it can get me in trouble if I’m not careful…It turns out I’ve spent fewer nights with my mind lingering in the past and more thinking of Asher.  He makes me look forward to my tomorrows, and he’s always pushing me to try new things.”

The process is slow, but goes by in the blink of an eye for Kate as she lets herself open up to Asher.  The more time they spend together, the more she finds herself falling for him.  The fear is always there, but for some reason, Asher knows Kate carries something dark in her past; after all, he carries his own secret, one he may not be able to hide forever…

Determining to make the most of their time together, Asher pushes Kate to do things she wouldn’t do on her own and slowly encourages her to come out of her shell; falling in love with her every step of the way…

“Some kisses are just kisses, but Asher’s kiss is the best kind of kiss.  It feels like heaven, and I never want to let him go.  I feel like I’ve been living the last two years for this moment…for someone to save me.  It’s a new beginning for me.”

I know this only covers a very small part of the whole story…but this is a spoiler-free review; it has to be.  It has to be because I want anyone and everyone who reads this book to have the full experience.  Normally when I review a book, I can separate myself enough to give a nice little re-cap along with my thoughts…I am literally struck speechless with When it Rains.  This book wrecked me so completely that I cannot form words to do the beauty of it justice.  This book was absolutely, hands-down, the hardest, most amazing story of pain, love, life and death.  I cried pretty much through the entire. Freaking. Book.  I will not only never forget this story, but there are so many aspects I can take from it…my favorite being just one simple quote:
“When it rains, Kate.  Remember me.”

I will forever remember Asher, Kate and Beau…and think of this beautiful story…When it Rains

**5+ Still Crying Stars**

Interview—When it Rains by Lisa De Jong:
First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me for Whirlwindbooks.  You are a wonderful writer and I am huge fan, I look forward to reading more of your works!
 Thank you!  I look forward to releasing more books…<3
I absolutely fell in love with your book, so tell me; how did the idea come about for When it Rains?
The original idea came to me while I was driving down the interstate one day.  It was a holiday weekend and I was reminiscing about certain people who weren’t able to be there.  Anyway, there was music playing softly in the background and after about 15 minutes, a lot of what happens between 60-90% came to me.  After that, I just started to build around it…I spent quite a bit of time on character development.
So, this book has seriously broken my heart, like ugly-cry, can’t see the screen…would you say that events in the book are inspired by real-life events or are they strictly imagination?  What about the love story?
This is hard to answer fully without spoiling some of the book but I will tell you that many of the situations in this book are close to my heart because people I love have gone through them.  When I feel passionate about something, I can write really fast with lots of emotion…I was definitely feeling that while writing this book.
Not much of what happens in the love story is inspired by true events but my husband is quite the romantic and he tries to work himself into my books often.
How has the support been from other Authors?  I’m curious to know if the world of writers is welcoming or if you have to gain respect in order to be considered part of it.
Thus far my fellow authors have been very helpful and accepting, whether it be helping me download my book to Amazon or answering my marketing questions.  I’ve been to a few signings this year and we all have a great time together.  I really think everyone is given respect and it’s up to him or her to lose it.
Do you have any weird writing rituals? You can tell us, we don’t judge. J
Well, I always sit down with at least three drinks…bottle of water, beer/wine and coffee.  Each of them serves a different purpose and together they create magic.

Do you have a playlist to go along with Kate’s story? Or something that kept your mind going during above questioned rituals?

Everything by Lifehouse
18th Floor Balcony by Blue October
I’m With You by Avril Lavigne
Rain by Breaking Benjamin
Could It Be Any Harder by The Calling
Give It All We Got Tonight by George Strait
Be Still by The Fray
The Cure for Pain by Jon Foreman
Hey Pretty Girl by Kip Moore
Cross That Line by Joshua Radin
Who You Are by Jessie J
Your Guardian Angel by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Learning to Breathe by Switchfoot
Let Her Go by Passenger
Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away by Cherbourg
Okay, if you were to cast a movie, who would play whom?
Kate – Nina Dobrev
Asher – Alex Pettyfer (I’m obsessed with him)
Beau – Matt Lanter
You have some RAVE reviews for When it Rains, which are well deserved…what’s next?
Right now I’m working on the Imperfect Series.  The first book, Always Imperfect, will be out in December and the second, Sometimes Imperfect, will be released in March.  This series is much more gritty than my previous work but after finishing When It Rains, I need a break from the emotional.
I’m also working on a novella to follow up When It Rains with.  I couldn’t let the characters go….
Quick Questions:
Next 5 books on your TBR pile:  Opal and Origin by Jennifer Armentrout, The Fault of Our Stars by John Green, The Great Gatsby and anything my critique partner sends me.
Most Anticipated Release this year: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
Favorite Ice cream Flavor:  Cookies N’ Cream
Country you’d like to visit: Italy

Author Information:

Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn’t change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.

For more information about Lisa and her books follow her at:
Twitter: @LisaDeJongBooks

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