Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Smash Into You by Shelly Crane: Interview, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Shelly Crane's latest release Smash Into You.  The tour is hosted by Inkslinger PR Blog Tours.  There is also a great giveaway going on, so be sure to check that out below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Smash Into You
by Shelly Crane
Published:  July 30, 2013
Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.

Never stop running…

Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.

Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.

Smash Into You is currently on sale for .99 cents on Amazon - 8/20/13)
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 Interview with Author Shelly Crane

Hi Shelly.  I am so glad to have you here today.  I am a huge fan. I am so excited about Smash Into You Shelly.  I know this book is a little different, since you wrote it from Jude’s POV.  Can you tell us a little about the book and what it was like to write from a male POV?

It's about a guy, Jude, who's had everything taken from him from the start. He spends his days and nights simply surviving, running from the guy that killed his mother. He doesn't think there's anything that can save him from his life and himself. When a girl hits his truck with her car one night, it starts a chain reaction. A road to redemption, love, and forgiveness that Jude never thought was possible.

Writing from the male's POV is always something I've loved. my very first book, Collide, had Merrick's POV and I really enjoyed being in his head. This book is different since the entire thing is his POV and it was really fun. It's of course, a little more 'crude' or 'gruff', especially in the beginning, since it's the guy's POV, but he definitely finds his sweet spot and learns that someone can become so important to you that they consume your entire being and save you along the way.

Where did you get your idea for Smash Into You?  Is it going to be part of a series?

It's a stand alone. I got the idea when writing Caleb's POV in Independence. I loved it so much, and Caleb is so sweet and really open and out there. I wondered what it would be like to write a guy that didn't have it all quite together yet and needed to find his peace.

Can you share one of your favorite scenes or quotes from Smash Into You with us?

"I lowered onto the sweetest mouth I'd ever tasted and I never wanted to taste another for, God, thank you, she was the only thing that kept me from falling over the edge to the end of me."

What was the most difficult part for you when writing Smash Into You?

Writing the parts that I don't like to read, let alone write. In the beginning, he wasn't such a nice guy. I love to write the mushy stuff, so writing about a guy that wasn't a one-woman-man wasn't as fun as the other stuff is.

You have written so many great books, Shelly.  Do you have a favorite?

Probably Collide. It was my first book and that series was the easiest. The ideas flowed and never stopped for that book. It's my longest at almost 140,000 words but it only took me about 3 or 4 weeks to write it. I literally did nothing but write. I loved it so much.

Which character in your books has been your favorite to write, and what character has been your most challenging?

Caleb was my favorite because I held nothing back with him. He was the absolute perfect man and I LOVED putting him to paper and experiencing him right along with Maggie. My most challenging was probably Clara from Devour. She was the most snarky girl I've ever written and it took her a little while to feel like she could be herself. I loved writing her, but I like to write really loveable characters more than anything and she started off a little rough.

I am so excited about your book Significance, which is currently being made into a movie.  Can you tell us a little bit about that? 

I'm very excited, too! To see the idea that I created on screen will be amazing. But honestly, I don't know much. I know they are trying to get things underway, but they still have lots of characters to cast and spots to fill in the production. So, I'm hoping things get underway soon right along with you! J

Who is your favorite book couple? 

Callum & Harper (Book title the same) by Fisher Amelie

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I hate cliffhangers (and I'm a hypocrite for that J)

What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?

Wide Awake Christmas story, Wide Spaces, and then the sequel, Wide Open.

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

About the Author
Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She loves paperbacks, coffee, and candy corn, and to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.


My Thoughts:  I am a big fan of Shelly Crane and I love her books.  She is most well known for her Significance Series, which is currently in the process of filming for a movie by the way - so exciting.  She has written several paranormal series, and has also delved into the contemporary with her Wide Awake Series.  Her latest release, Smash Into You, is a new adult contemporary romance that  also feels like a romantic suspense/thriller, and it is told from Jude's point of view, which I absolutely love.  Jude has been on the run most of his life, staying one step ahead of the man he calls Biloxi, who has been hunting him down since he murdered his mother when he was 10 years old.  He has lived a life on the run, moving from town to town, never forming relationships, because that just wasn't in the cards for him.  That is until he meets Marley, who literally smashes into his car.  Marley has lead a really hard life.  She has been in the foster system since she was 3 years old, and her experience was far from good.  Now at 18, she is on her own, and her living situation is still far from being ideal.  When circumstances throw these two together, they find that they have far more in common that they knew.  Both are scarred emotionally, physically, and mentally from circumstances beyond their control, and both have endured far more than anyone, especially at their age, should ever have to.

As the evil from Jude's past threatens to catch up to him, he and Marley realize that they have far more in common that they ever thought possible, and maybe they were meant to find one other.  I really loved both Jude and Marley.  I just wanted to hug them both because I felt so bad for them and all they had to deal with because of the circumstances that life had thrown at them.  Jude started out being a real jerk to her, but that was his coping mechanism and his way of protecting her, only Marley was not like any other girl he had ever known, and he couldn't help falling for her.  Underneath it all, he was a really great guy who was fiercely loyal and fiercely protective.  I really admired the fact that though they had to do certain shady things to survive, they both had a really strong work ethic and weren't afraid of hard work, and preferred to earn their keep rather than steal it.  Their relationship is far from conventional, and I loved watching them both become honest with themselves and with each other as they chose to reveal parts of themselves they had never allowed anyone else to see.  Then of course, there is the romantic element, which Shelly Crane always writes so well.

Danger threatens them on every side, closing in on them until they decide it's time to look it in the face. The answers they find when they do are beyond anything they could have imagined, and are so much bigger than just the two of them, and the conspiracy behind what is going on is mind boggling.  There are twists and turns that take place that you never expect as the story progresses.  The plot is original and creative, and I said above, has the romantic suspense/thriller aspect to it that I found really made the story exciting.  Is everything that happens to them realistic?  No, but then again, I think it is important to keep in mind that this is fiction, and with fiction, it doesn't have to be.  In fact, I think that the conspiracy and mystery made the story that much more thrilling.

Overall, I loved Smash Into You and Shelly Crane has written another wonderful novel that is different than any of her other books, yet still has her classic trademark of an awesome love story, and just continues to reveal what a talented lady she really is.

Quotes from Smash Into You:
“You took my soul and wiped all the dirt away, sweetheart. You cured me of all that ached.” 

“I lowered onto the sweetest mouth I'd ever tasted and I never wanted to taste another for, God, thank you, she was the only thing that kept me from falling over the edge to the end of me.”

“You don't deserve to be taken in a rush, you deserve to be worshiped.” 

“She kissed back, once again content to let me take her for a ride wherever I was going. "What a beautiful mess we're in," I murmured.” 

“Battle scars just remind us that we survived.” 

“She kissed back, once again content to let me take her for a ride wherever I was going. "What a beautiful mess we're in," I murmured.” 


  1. Great review Ellen. I love Shelly's books too. I've had this one on my radar for a long time. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Well, i read her book, Wide Awake, and I LOVED it
    Thanks for the awesome review
    Your reader,

  3. I love male POV books! So that's a huge draw for me. I hadn't heard much about this one yet.

  4. I am so glad I already picked this one up because it just sounds amazing!!

  5. Books from guys POV are hard to come by . Interesting interview will definitely check out the book ;)

  6. I have a lot of Shelly's books, but haven't read them. I love that Smash Into You has a male pov and is a stand alone. Great review!

  7. Great interview, and review. I think it sounds like a books I should definitely pick up.

  8. I love romantic suspense! And although I am usually not a fan of male POV I think I will give this one a shot! Great review!


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