Monday, July 1, 2013

The Guys are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour: Interview, Review, Giveaway


The Guys are Props Club
by:  Ingrid Seymour
Published:  May 13, 2013
Publisher:  PenDreams
Source:  eARC provided by author for honest review.
During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.
The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.

What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.

*** Due to language and sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 17 and older.


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Hi Ingrid.  Thanks so much for being here today. 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
 Of course! Let me see . . . I’m a writer, a reader, a movie goer, a pizza and sushi lover, a music freak. I love my family. I have the best times with them. Though, writing is a close second. I enjoy all genres, but always prefer speculative fiction. If it’s about something that doesn’t really exist, it’s for me! Young adult and new adult fiction are my favorite. I’m a crazy fan girl of many awesome series. Don’t even get me started on that! J 

Can you tell us a little bit about your book, The Guys are Props Club?
 The Guys Are Props Club is my debut novel. It is a contemporary, new adult romance. It’s a sweet romance with a stalwart hero. I wanted it to stand out from all other new adult books out there by having a hero that was different. There are many bad boys out there, and—don’t take me wrong—they’re hot, but I think honest, and respectful, and trustworthy is also great. Sebastian is absolutely HOT. Even if he doesn’t have any tattoos ;)
  
Where did you get your idea for The Guys are Props Club and is it a stand alone, or do you plan to make it into a series?
The idea for this book simply assaulted me one day while I was trying to work, but was daydreaming instead *blush*.  I know all the details about this because it just happened a couple of month ago. I had the idea on April 25th, 2013. The concept possessed me. Literally. So much that I started writing it two days later, then completed the first draft in 22 days. I had never done that. It was a wild ride that I enjoyed tremendously.

I’m definitely planning to continue the series. As a matter of fact, as I write this, I’m planning to begin the first chapter of the next book shortly afterward. I’m very excited about getting a second book out there.

What is your favorite scene or quote from the book?
 I really enjoyed writing the scene with Maddie and Sebastian’s first date. I like that he’s such a gentleman and that he tells her he wants to know her inside out. This part contains my favorite scene and quote . . .

“So here’s what I know about you, Madison,” Sebastian started. “You’re beautiful, smart, dedicated. You have a huge heart, a killer bod.” He sighed and shook his head. The brush of his gaze on my breasts made my nipples pebble in response.
I blushed and started to fidget with the tab on my soda can, swiveling it around in circles.
“You’d think that with all of that,” he continued, “I wouldn’t need to know more, but I want to learn everything there is to learn about Madison Riley Burch. I want to know you . . . inside and out.”

 What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I speak both Spanish and French fluently. I simply love learning new language. If I had more time, I’d like to learn more.

I see that you have written quite a few books.  Which is your favorite genre to write, and which do you find most challenging?
Yes, I’ve written seven books, though only one is published to date. Undoubtedly, I prefer anything speculative: Urban fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi and even horror. But I can enjoy any book as long as it is well-written, has good characters and an engaging plot.

What books and/or authors have influenced your life most?
One of my favorite authors is Stephen King, and it wasn’t until I read his book “On Writing” that I was able to complete my first novel. His advice in that book was invaluable and crucial in my career as a writer.

What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?
I will be writing the next book in “The Guys Are Props Club” series, and I plan to have it available before the end of the year. I also have a YA paranormal romance that is currently being reviewed by an important editor at a major publisher. I hope that soon I can diversify my portfolio as an author by finding a traditional avenue for some of my books.

If you had to sum up The Guys are Props Club  in a tweet, what would it say? 
I’d say that the book is about:  Two heart-broken college girls start “The Guys Are Props Club” with the objective of playing guys and dumping them afterward #Revenge

 This or That:

E-books or print copies?
eBooks

Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter

Theater or DVD?
Theater

Horror or Romance?
Do I have to pick? Oh, okay. Romance.

Truth or Dare?
Dare.

Talk or Text?
Text

Thanks so much for stopping by today Ingrid.  It was great talking with you. 

My Review:  Madison Burch and her best friend Jessica met their freshman year in college are now roommates.  They bonded with one thing in common.....they were both burned by their former high school boyfriends, big time.  As a result of this, The Guys are Props Club, G.A.P., was founded by Jessica with the help of Madison.  What started out as a support group has now evolved into something else, thanks to Jessica, something that Madison really isn't sure she wants to be a part of.  Jessica has a challenge each semester for the girls in the club.  It's called "Plays."  What that means basically, is that each girl targets a guy and plays him, convincing them to fall in love with them, then dumping them in a bad way.  Jessica thrives off this, where as Maddie doesn't feel good about it at all.  As a matter of fact, she regrets the one play she has taken part in a lot.  Where as Jessica is outgoing, rich, outspoken, and flirty, Maddie struggles to make ends meet with her scholarship, is quiet, reserved, and focused on her career, but she doesn't want to desert Jessica, so she sticks it out with her, despite her reservations.  This year is different though.  Jessica targets the Latino hottie Sebastian Capello as one of her plays, but Sebastian isn't the player they think he is.  When Maddie starts to have real feelings for him, and he for her, it creates problems.....problems Maddie wasn't expecting and doesn't want to deal with.  Nonetheless their attraction is undeniable.  Can Maddie find true love again?  What will happen to her friendship with Jessica?  Worst of all, will things blow up in her face if Sebastian finds out the truth behind her past and what she has done?

I really enjoyed The Guys are Props Club.  I love college romances, so that drew me in immediately.  The premise for the story sounded intriguing to me, and I found it to be fun and interesting.  I liked Maddie's character and enjoyed watching her grow into her own person apart from Jessica and make choices regarding her life, her future, Sebastian, and the things that she truly wanted to stand for.  The chemistry between Maddie and Sebastian was off the charts hot, and Sebastian is the kind of guy who would just melt in your mouth.  He has the whole Latino thing going on, is sexy, knows how to dance, and is very sincere, up front, honest, and persistent with Maddie.  There relationship develops over the course of the book, and despite their intense attraction, they take things slowly, but Jessica proves to be a threat that they didn't see coming.  Maddie and Sebastian face many obstacles, with the truth being the biggest obstacle of all.  Jessica is one of those girls you like to dislike.  There were also a couple of other secondary characters that I enjoyed getting to know.  Overall, The Guys are Props Club is fun, entertaining, and romantic and I really did enjoy it.  If you are a fan of New Adult Contemporary Romance, then you may want to check this out.  

About the Author:
Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. Her favorite genres are Young Adult and New Adult. The idea for her debut novel "The Guys Are Props Club" assaulted her one day, and she just had to commit it to paper. She wrote it in record time and had incredible fun doing it. Now, she's enjoying hearing from her readers. It's a dream come true. Find her at www.IngridSeymour.com and share your thoughts!

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4 comments:

  1. This sounds like my kinda book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Awesome review too.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  2. I love that this is about a good guy! Thanks for bringing The Guys Are Props Club to my attention!

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  3. Oh gosh, another one I need to read! I really should stop visiting your blog Ellen, you are killing my TBR pile! :P

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  4. Ellen, I just wanted to thank you for hosting me on your blog and thanks to all your wonderful readers for stopping by!

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