Friday, May 9, 2014

BLOG TOUR: That's a Lie by Victoria Klahr

That's A Lie
Author: Victoria Klahr
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Add It: Goodreads

Seth is back.

When he walked back into my life, it almost felt like the pieces of my broken heart could be fixed. I thought we could go back to being best friends, but then I started to feel what I had been blocking out for years. I tried. Boy, did I try! But once I started to let him in, I wanted nothing more than to cross that line from friendship into something more…

Just when I think I can move on and let myself be happy, an ugly reminder from my past comes storming in and threatens to destroy the sliver of hope that's been growing since Seth came back.

Do I even deserve to be loved?

“I’m not asking to fix your heart. I’m not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I’m asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”

I came back for Josie.

I knew I'd have to fight for her, but with the loss of her dad and the truth about what happened with her and Blake, I quickly realized that making her mine was going to be a lot harder than I first thought. The problem is, I can’t pretend like she’s just my best friend. I can’t pretend I don’t want more.

I'm willing to do anything to get her to admit she has the same passionate feelings for me, because I know once she opens up and stops lying to herself, I can show her what it really means to be loved. It's a battle of wills, but my love for her is stronger than her will to stop me.

So I fight for her. I fight because I know she deserves it.

From That's A Lie
© 2014 Victoria Klahr

“You lied to me,” he said gruffly, sitting on the barstool at my counter. His blonde hair flopped in front of his eyes, and my hands itched to push it back. To get to touch him again the way I want to would satisfy only a millimeter of the need I have, but it would relieve some of the pain. I turned around to hide my thoughts.

“Ugh… I need coffee,” I said vacantly, reaching for my coffee maker. I didn’t even hear Seth move, but his hand grabbed mine and he turned me around, placing his hands beside me on the countertop to trap me. My breath caught, and I was almost positive he could hear my heart pounding in my chest.

His blue green eyes were angry, but I didn’t even care about him being mad. All that mattered was the charge that thumped between us. I was very aware of him.

“You lied, Josie. You’re not supposed to lie to me.”

“Seth… come on,” I said, turning my face away, unable to look at the raw emotion in his expression. His hand dashed out and grabbed my chin.

“How long, Josie?” he asked. I closed my eyes, not wanting to admit anything. “Open your damn eyes, Jos. Stop fucking hiding.” His voice was hard, but it was also full of desperation. I opened my eyes and narrowed them at him.

He doesn’t understand that I need to keep him away from me. My life is tainted by darkness, and he doesn’t need that. “It doesn’t matter, Seth. I’m fine.”

“Like fucking hell it doesn’t matter. I haven’t heard you scream like that since after everything that happened.”

He was referring to when I would have nightmares after I was raped. He or one of my dads would come lay with me to help me fall asleep. Every day that Seth wasn’t in school, he was there with me, trying to make the nightmares go away.

“Since the engagement party,” I whispered, looking down. I don’t know why I admitted it, but I think there was a part of me that realized I couldn’t hold onto all this pain anymore.

That’s when my resolve started to break. How long can I go on fighting the feelings that I have for Seth? How long can I act like nothing hurts me?

“Fuck, Jos…,” he whispered back, placing his forehead against mine. I was able to smell the mixture of hay and apple pie on his skin, and I almost lost my footing from wanting him so badly. “You should have told me.”

“I didn’t want you to worry,” I admitted.

“I worry about you every second you’re not with me, Pussy Cat. Every second that you hide behind that wall you’ve built, I wonder when you’re going to crack.” His hand reached up to caress my face, and I started to lean into his touch. It was only a minute movement, but I still heard Seth’s breath hitch. My lapse in self-control made him bold. He brought his mouth to the side of mine, and kissed me. I couldn’t stop the whimper before it escaped my mouth.

“There you are,” he whispered hoarsely against my lips. I wanted to bask in the moment, but I had already opened up to him too much. I pushed through the barricade he had made, and ran back to my room.

Where to Buy
That's A Promise (Promises Promises #1)
Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

That's A Lie (Promises Promises #2)
Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

When Seth left in That's a Promise (the first in this series), I thought "good riddance." But when he returned in That's a Lie, he turned up the an inferno! I thought I wanted Josie with Blake. I even wrote an entire blog post about why she should choose him. And then Seth showed the error of my ways and convinced me that he was Josie's soul mate, her true love, her hero. And Blake turned out to be a total disappointment. Not just a disappointment, but a grade A, first class, JERK! How could I have been so wrong about him? Seth will melt your heart, especially when he tells Josie, "You're my chocolate!" (That will make so much more sense once you read it.) Victoria Klahr, you earned 5 stars, if for not other reason than you made me want to read the final chapter twice!!


About the Author
Victoria Klahr (pronounced like “Claire”) lives in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Stephen and Alexis. She loves her chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bandit, and three year old to pieces. She loves to stay home and take care of them, even if they do drive her insane at times. She is a huge and proud book nerd who looks at her bookshelf in admiration daily. She has her Associate’s degree in Business Administration, but her passion has always been the stories that talk to her in her head. One day she decided to take a chance and let the voices write her story. She has never felt more certain or comfortable about who she is than when she writes.

Roc n’ Read Interview  

1.   Where did the idea for the Promises, Promises series come from?
a.      So for the Promises, Promises series, I really started out with the idea of having a character who had two dads. It started from there, and it formed into Josie and her story. For about two months, I would stay up every night and think of this girl, and created a story. Eventually I worked up the courage to write it down. It was extremely important that things were not easy for her. I wanted her to have a tough time, but I also needed her to be strong, selfish, and realistic. I wanted angst, so I tried to write that.

2.  What made you decide to make Josie the daughter of a same-sex couple?
a.      Like I said, the idea was originated with wanting a story about a girl with two dads. I don’t want to write books that had no controversial topics. I wanted something that is prevalent in society- something scandalous and maybe something that not everyone agrees with. I am a huge advocate for gay rights, so it was a no brainer to come up with a story that shows how a same-sex couple can raise a child together and have her turn out to be okay. I hate hearing people say that same-sex couples will ruin the values of a family, because I know it’s not true. I could really go on forever with this question, but it really just boils down to the fact that I want to always write a story that has something the reader may not agree with. It’s my own little defiant act against my dad, if you really want to know…

3.  How would you say you and Josie are alike?
a.      I would say there are certainly some similarities. Josie is a book nerd who loves Harry Potter, and that’s definitely me! But more than that, Josie is selfish and insecure, and that’s also something I relate to as a woman. I think a lot of women would agree that they just want to feel loved and accepted, and that’s where a lot of Josie’s decisions stem from.

4.  I know that the plan is that the next book will be the end of the series, do you know what you’ll be doing after you finish with Josie, Seth and Blake?
a.      Yes there are three books in the Promises, Promises series. I will announce to you that I do have plans to write a series about Brody Porter- and a girl that will be revealed in book three. I’m so excited to get started on this series. I fell in love with him as soon as I wrote him into That’s a Lie, so it was clear I needed to write his story.

5.  Name one thing about each of your characters that you absolutely love.
a.      Josie Sommers- her strength. Her ability to always go forward with life is so inspirational to me.
b.     Blake Porter- his anger and inability to forgive. I know people didn’t like where his character went in TAL, but I loved it. I felt like it was real and raw. He was angry, and he has every right to feel like he can’t move on from Josie’s “betrayal.”
c.      Seth Montgomery- (everything!) his child-like personality. I love writing him because I ALWAYS smile during his scenes. Also, he’s hot as FUCK!!!!!
d.     Alice- her bitchiness.
e.     Brandon- his loyalty. I feel like I showed a little more about how loyal he is to his friendship with Seth. I would love to explore his character some more.
f.       Brooke- her secret brokenness. She’s a confident woman, but secretly, she hurts over what her family has put her through.

6.  Are there any authors who influenced your desire to write?
a.      Of course! When I first got the courage to write, it was KA Linde and Taryn Fisher who influenced me. I loved their ability to write angst, so that was what I wanted to do too. I’m always influenced by writing, though, and recently Tahereh Mafi has inspired me more than any author before. I finished her Shatter Me series, and I instantly went to write, because I had never felt so moved before.

7.  I’m not a fan of having my favorite books made into movies.  But if they were to make a movie about your life, who would you want to play the part of you?
a.      I think it’s pretty obvious someone like Kate Upton would play me…. LMAO just kidding!!!! I personally would love Kerri Washington to play me, but I don’t think that would be very accurate, so I would have to pick someone else. Maybe if I was skinnier I would say Drew Barrymore. Growing up, I had people tell me all the time that I looked like her, so she would probably be my best pick. (I wish!)

8.  What was your favorite book as a child?
a.      As a child… I’m still young, so it would be the Harry Potter series. My dad and grandparents wouldn’t let me read these books growing up, so I would sneak them from friends and read the books under my covers at night when my dad was asleep. I got caught a couple of times, but I loved the books so much, that I kept doing it!

9.   I know you have one, so name the top 3 songs (including artist), on your Promises, Promises playlist.
a.      Angels by Mayday Parade
b.     Hold onto Me by Mayday Parade
c.      If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn by Sleeping with Sirens

10.   You’re stuck inside for days due to a freak snowstorm that dumped 3 feet of snow outside your door.  Tell me what 3 books you’re going to read, what 3 movies you’re going to watch and what you’ll be eating while you wait for some hottie to come rescue you.

a.      FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay… Three books: Shatter Me, Unravel Me, and Ignite Me. Three movies: Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids, and Role Models. I will be eating popcorn with chocolate chips, Oreos and peanut butter, and pizza (sausage and peppers/ stuffed crust). And the hottie (even though you didn’t ask) is obviously Theo James…. There’s no one else for me! 

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