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My review of Unexpected Fate
Mine and Megan’s review of Bleeding Love
But the book that really stood out as unique and relatable is her newest, Perfectly Imperfect. You see Harper is plus sized (barely, but still). She has gorgeous bright purple hair, tattoos and wears crazy leggings. I look at her and wish I had the confidence to be out there and stand out like that. But Harper wasn’t always that way. She had body hate and insecurities. Perfectly Imperfect was her expressing that and gave us, as readers, a character to relate to, and help us love ourselves more along the way.
“I don’t want perfect. What so many see as perfect, to me, is fake. Perfect isn’t achievable naturally…There isn’t beauty in perfection…beauty is found in imperfection”
You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.”
#IamWillow. (Or I wish I was!) She was so relatable at the beginning. As a person who deals with body hate every day I totally got her. I am only now starting to accept myself more because I see the beautiful, confident curvy women in our reading community. My husband of 25 years and I had been going through a separation during the time I read this book, he has been trying so hard to get me back, and for the first time in 20 years, I believe him when he says he loves my body. But I don’t think I will ever be totally there. I think everyone has bad days, doubtful days. I would have loved to see a little more of that.
I love Harper even more than before for writing such a personal, relatable story, but I would have loved it even more if it wasn’t wrapped up in such a perfect bow in the end. Still, Perfectly Imperfect is a book I would recommend to everyone as a must read, especially if you have any body confidence issues.
I never thought the day would come when Greg and Maddox would be kicked out of my top seat. I still find it so hard to pick between my ‘babies’, but I would have to say Cohen is my favorite male. There’s a reason the Cage family has two books in the CS series…and that Cohen pops up A LOT in the other books. I just loved him so much as a wiener obsessed kid. But then I meet Cohen the adult and *fans self* yeah…he is hands down my favorite male character. My top female used to be Melissa, she is so much like me that she was effortless to write. But after releasing Perfectly Imperfect, a story that I never thought that I would release, Willow has taken that spot. For a lot of the same reasons, she is so much like me, but not the strong me that is represented through Melissa. Willow is someone that I used to be and sometimes, still am. She’s the very real fear and insecure feelings that I still struggle with.
God, that’s hard. It used to be so easy to answer this question, but I think the more books that I release, the harder it is to pick JUST ONE to love a little more. I guess it changes a lot. When I sit back and look at all 9 of the books I have out, I might love one set a little more than the other. I think today it’s Kane and Willow, I’ve been spending a little more time back in their world. But also a new couple that I’m currently writing has been dominating my thoughts. But I typically go back to Cohen and Dani. I just love watching them grow from the CS series with Cohen to the end of Locke and then finally with their own book.
Perfectly Imperfect – it’s a fresh release, so I think that has a lot to do with it, but also because of how personal the story is to me. Usually, my favorite tends to be the last one that I wrote, but for PI I think it’s going to remain that way for a long time to come. (I will say that I am SO in love with the current book that I’m writing.)
Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley. Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx. Still remain as my top two book loves. I’ve reread them both so many times that I’ve lost count. I added a few more to my top this year. A Lover’s Lament by KL Grayson and BT Urruela. KM Golland’s Temptation series. RK Lilley’s EVERYTHING and same with K Bromberg.
Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx, The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred (Ana’s note: The Sweet Gum Tree is 99¢ and one of my faves too!) and The Dark Light of Day by TM Frazier. <—This hasn’t changed. Still recommend all 3 of these for every reader.♥
I’m pretty open with my sex slang. I like to slip a moist in when someone isn’t expecting it. Also, cunt is one of my most favorite sex words. Some find it gross, I find it hot.♥
I’m a reality show junky. Anything on E or Bravo. I’m Game of Thrones obsessed and just recently discovered Orange is the New Black – and in that my new girl crush, Ruby Rose.♥.
What kind of music do you love/loathe. Who is your favorite band?
I don’t think there is anything music wise that I loathe. My writing playlist is currently 600 songs of everything from classic rock to country to Glee songs and One Direction. Oh…and the Biebs. Can’t leave him out.
Your favorite non-book related activity:
I love getting tattoos, spending time at the penny slots, hanging out with my bestie Felicia Lynn and pretending we have our own reality show – then seeing how long it would take for that episode to get cancelled.
The weirdest fun fact about you:
I can wiggle my ears. Is that weird?
Your favorite childhood holiday memory:
Being too excited to sleep on Christmas Eve, having to wait until everyone woke up and then the mad rush to see what Santa brought. After family time me and the group of kids i was close with in my neighborhood would all get together on our street and share our toys and such.
A new holiday tradition you started that you love:
We still do that stupid elf. Still. My oldest has joined the fun in hiding it since she stopped believing, but so far it’s still fun for the little ones. Decorating for the season is still something that we love to do together. We pull out each thing and talk about who made it, when it came to us, where it came from, etc. Just spending time together is amazing. One day these girls will be grown and with families of their own, so this time is all about making memories.
How do you spend your holidays?
We used to have a crazy day for Christmas. We would open EARLY, then leave our house by 930 for the inlaws for more opening and eating THEN lead to my parents house for more opening and eating. This year we moved from the house my husband and I bought pre children (and outgrew two kids ago) to our dream house. We’re about 2 hours away from our family so we made the decision to stay home for the first Christmas in 11 years. My inlaws are coming to spend the night on Christmas Eve and my parents will join us around lunch time. But…we will spend it together in our new home. I’m beyond excited for it. We’ve gone all out in decorating this year too so it’s SO FUN!
An embarrassing Holiday story:
I don’t think I have any. Lol. It’s hard to embarrass me. I’m sure I was drunk one time and did something stupid. <— This still applies, year in and year out. I will remain the one hard to embarrass but drunk Harper does some fun shit. Like hijack buses and take women to strip clubs. (<– Ana’s note: this happened at Wicked Book Weekend! And we had dicks in our drinks!)
The favorite gift you’ve ever given or received:
I love the things my kids make or pick out. Their school does a santa shop so they bring some money and buy us gifts. They’re usually cheap and ridiculous, but they thought we needed them and they get so much joy in us opening them.