Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Very Bad Things Blog Tour and Interview

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Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy, #1)

Title: Very Bad Things (#1 Briarcrest Academy)

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Release date: September 13th 2013

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis

Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect…

Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.

Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.

When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about...until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.

As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.

As if he’d made a decision, he pulled me out into the quiet hallway. Once we were alone, he said, “Now, about last night—” he stopped, appearing stuck on what to say.


He took two steps away from me, like he needed some space between us, like what he was going to say was difficult. He ran his hand through his hair furiously, pulling on the ends a little. “Nora, look, I think you’re a pretty girl, but there won’t be anything between us.”

My face flushed because I had acted inappropriately last night. Like a slut, really. Yet I didn’t regret it. And then there was my bad list. I wanted him for my meaningless sex. Still.

“Because you think I’m too young.”

“Yes.” He blew out a breath. “I’m sorry if I come across as a prick here, but I don’t want you to get the wrong idea about me. I don’t do serious relationships ever, and you deserve something good, not just a quick fuck.”

I stared at his full lips, not holding back. “I like it when you say ‘fuck.’”


Barnes and Noble and Apple and Kobo to come.

About the Author

Ilsa Madden-Mills is a loving wife and mother, a loyal friend, and a teacher. When all that is done, she writes. Obsessively.

She spends her days with two small kids, a neurotic cat, and her Viking husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels.

When she’s not typing away at a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.

She loves to hear from from fans and fellow authors. Check her out on Facebook or her author website.

Hello and welcome to Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom

What inspired you to write your first book?I’ve always written, even when I was a kid. I entered every poetry and writing contest I could find.

Do you have a specific writing style? Not sure I’m the right person to ask that question. I know what I’m not. I’m not descriptive or wordy or literary. I guess I’m just real.

How did you come up with the title? I think the title came first…then the details of the book fell in line with it. That’s kinda weird, but it’s the truth.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? That we are all broken, but we can still move on and be happy.

How much of the book is based on your life experiences? NONE. haha

Are your novels based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Nope, just crazy people in my head that want to get out.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Although I don’t have a mentor, I love to read Tijan. I like her style and how it’s always in the moment.

What book are you reading now? Just writing at the moment.

What are your current projects? Working on Briarcrest #2.

Do you see your writing as a career? I hope. I pray.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Maybe I would clarify and couple of minor details. Several fans have asked about the “boot bet”. I would explain it better.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? It started when I was a kid.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? No, it’s top secret. :-)

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Just finding the time is hard. I have two kids and a family and a job to manage.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not yet.

Who designs your cover(s)? Toski Covey and Sommer Stein

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Accepting that I wasn’t going to write literary fiction. VBT is romance.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Be persistent and get to know the bloggers.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you for reading and loving VBT! ♥

I know with the tour under way you are incredibly busy so thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us.