Saturday, May 4, 2013

Come Back to Me by Coleen Patrick: Spotlight, Guest Post, Giveaway

Welcome to the Book Blitz for Come Back to Me by Coleen Patrick.  The Blitz is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.  You can check out a guest post by Coleen Patrick below, as well as enter to win an eBook of Come Back to Me.  Thanks for stopping by!

Come Back to Me 
by Coleen Patrick
Publication date: March, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.

She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.

Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.

So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.

When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.

But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.

As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.

Sometimes I get Tattoo Envy
by Coleen Patrick

There is a moment in my new YA novel, Come Back to Me, when Whitney realizes everything she’d ever assumed about Evan Foster could be wrong.
It’s when she gets a glimpse of his tattoo.
Whitney already didn’t want to like him, not because he was a typical bad boy, but because he was the opposite—the good guy who drove her home from a graduation party, after she’d passed out next to a ditch. The good guy who inadvertently got Whitney sent away for three weeks of trust falls, group therapy, and crafting.
The tattoo surprises her, makes her think about him in a different way.
Tattoos intrigue me too. I don’t have one (yet?), but there’s something about a tattoo that symbolizes a certain element of freedom, an ability to express yourself (almost) permanently.
Maybe I have tattoo envy.  
And I’m not alone. According to a recent poll on BuzzFeed, the number one question people with tattoos are sick of hearing is,
Can I touch it?
It’s not that I’m a stranger to them. My husband has one (fraternity letters). Both my sisters and my brother got tattoos. Even my dad.

My sister’s sleeve tattoo.

My mom is currently tattoo free. At least, I think. Although, when she finished reading Come Back to Me, the conversation started like this:
Mom: Who’s Evan?
Me: What do you mean?
Mom: Who did you base him on?
Me: Um, no one.  I made him up.
Mom: Oh. (sighing, disappointedly). I wanted to meet him.
Me: (trying not to laugh)
Mom: He’s just…oh….hmm, well…he has that tattoo!
Tattoos are intriguing, polarizing, fun (even funny, ever seen one spelled wrong?), mysterious, sexy, romantic, rebellious, dangerous, bad…a million reactions over ink on skin.


Coleen Patrick grew up in New Jersey, Virginia, Michigan, Louisiana, and Indiana. Always being the new kid, she learned that books and friends are precious—and dessert. She never met a dessert she didn’t like (except for flan).

When she’s not writing, reading (or avoiding flan), she enjoys TV, arts and crafts, quoting movies, and trying to take cool photos.

She lives in Virginia with her husband and two kids.
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  1. That is so cute that her mom wanted to meet Evan! How fun.

    What a great guest post!

    1. Thanks. I loved that her mom wanted to meet Evan to.

  2. I definitely have to agree, tattoos are sexy. My husband has them, my 19 years old daughter now has 2, and I have them. I am already planning my next one. :D Great Guest Post!!! Hopefully I get to read this one soon, it sounds so good.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

    1. I think tattoos or really sexy to. I don't have one, neither does my husband, but I have definitely thought about it.

  3. Oh I agree, I do think a tattoo makes you see a person just a little differently. I have tattoo envy, yet I'm not sure I could ever get one. I grew up in an ultra conservative family so its ingrained in me that its wrong that I would probably carry guilt around even though I don't believe there's anything wrong with it. Great post!

    1. I think "tattoo envy" is a great way to put it. My family would have died if I ever got one to. I have thought about it, but don't know if I would have to guts to go through with it.

  4. Sounds fantastic! Congrats to Coleen on the new release! I admit that tattoos can amp the sexy factor. My BF has some but I kinda rolled my eyes when he got them b/c they are game symbols... which means now he can't hide his geeky/nerdy status anymore :) But I'm too chicken to get myself... someday!

    1. LOL - I am always reminded that someone told me once to be careful about where you get a tattoo, because a cute dolphin when your 20 can look like a stretched out old whale when you 60....hmmmm. I don't know about that, but tats are definitely sexy on guys :)

  5. This sounds like a good book! I'm adding it to my TBR pile. I have 17 tattoos. I started getting them before it was super trendy, but now I wish I would have waited. I wish I could get half of them removed :/ Oh, well... live and learn.

    1. That is awesome that you have that many tattoos. I love to look at them. You are right about thinking it through. My nephew have them and they can't be visible for their jobs, so that have to wear long sleeved shirts even when it is stifling hot outside.

  6. Wow! I can't wait to read this. It sounds to very good. I don't have any tattoos but I think I have a little tattoo envy too. ;) I am fascinated by them to--and let's face it tattoos are very sexy....

    1. I am looking forward to reading this to. I am such a bad boy fan and the tats make them even hotter :).

  7. I personally don't have any tatoo's but my youngest daughter does.

  8. Love the interaction with mom and daughter!!

  9. I love this post! I am so intrigued by tattoos, and their significance to the person. Mine have meaning to me. I also really love Cat 's sister's sleeve tattoo!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. That is so true for so many people. There tattoos tell their story.

  10. Coleen, the story sounds really good. I'm looking forward to reading it. Loved the conversation excerpt between you and your mom. Too funny!

  11. love mother daughter interaction

  12. What a cute guest post, I love her mom!

  13. That is what many of us do... judge others by something surface. It sounds like a very good book.

  14. I love tattoos, too. My hubby has two and I have two. Love them!


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