Friday, October 18, 2013

Blog Tour: The Grab Your Pole Series by Jenn Cooksey - Guest Post, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the Grab Your Pole Series by Jenn Cooksey.  The tour is hosted by AToMR Tours.  You can check out the rest of the great stops on the tour here.  There is also a great giveaway going on, so be sure to check that out below.  In addition to the giveaway, my stop today also features a guest post by Jenn Cooksey.  If you haven't read or heard of The Grab Your Pole Series, it is kind of like one of the best kept secrets out there.  It is so good and happens to be one of my favorite series.
Title: Grab Your Pole Series
Author: Jenn Cooksey
Age Group: Mature YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Links to the book:

Author’s Take On The Leading Man
by Jenn Cooksey
What you see is what you get does not apply to Tristan Daniels. He is a legend in his own time and has made himself the embodiment of what most every female desires, regardless of her age. Readers have called him a nautical god and a gorgeous behemoth with a penis, he’s rumored to be a man-whore by other characters in the series, and he himself has adopted the title of recently reformed promiscuous reprobate, although his mother believes him to be a consummate hopeless romantic. He’s capricious and admittedly egotistical, too, but he doesn’t show the masses what he’s really made of underneath his gloriously tanned and muscled hide. So while Tristan may appear completely unattainable and elusive, he is in truth, an inherently deep and complex individual who shares the coming of age journey that all people inevitably go on at some point in their lives.
In the Grab Your Pole series I write based off of what I know or have had some form of personal experience with, so growing up in San Diego as I did, I was either acquainted with or dated many a surfer and swimmer. Therefore, I’m able to speak from experience when I say that those activities more often than not lend guys the ability to have phenomenal bodies, so that’s where Tristan’s physical structure began. From there I just added elements belonging to my misspent youth that my memory was kind enough to provide me with, and if my memory was being stingy with details, I either reached out to old flames and friends or Googled the stats and pictures of people like actor, Taylor Kitsch and Olympic swimmer, Mark Foster, and I continued to add other physical traits that I personally find attractive until my mind’s eye had a complete picture of MY Tristan.
That being said though, when I began writing Tristan I didn’t consciously realize I was modeling him after someone I know personally. However, like many of my characters are, Tristan has proven to be a composite of several people I know, most of those people being guys from my formative teenage years and early twenties who unbeknownst to everyone including me; clearly had quite an impact on my life and had a hand in how I became the person I am today. One of those guys had eyes that, like Tristan’s, actually did change color according to his mood and what he was thinking about, and I was almost always able to discern his emotional state and sometimes even where his head was at based on what his eyes were doing and their depth of color. That same person also happened to have fantastic and incredibly open parents who I modeled Tristan’s parents after as well as my own parenting style, and again, like Tristan, he was a very intense individual who taught me what passion is by sharing his family as well as himself with me. And for that, I will be forever grateful to have known him. Not to mention that without that person’s influence in my life, the Tristan Daniels who readers and myself have come to know and love wouldn’t exist.

Shark Bait: Previously homeschooled Camie Ramsey is being shoved into the shark-infested waters of public high school, where even helium filled, penguin bespeckled arm floaties likely won’t help keep her inexperienced, fifteen-year old head above water in that rip current of hormones and emotions.

Camie’s worldly wisdom might be severely lacking (i.e., the closest she’s come to being kissed was sitting too close to the TV whilst Jake Ryan leaned in to give Samantha that fateful 16th birthday kiss), but she does understand her only hope for survival is if she’s thrown some kind of “social” life preserver before she sinks like a freaking rock. However, what will her fate be when she endeavors to flag down the only lifeguard on duty, the enormously popular and ridiculously beautiful Tristan Daniels? The most sought after and virtually most unattainable guy in school who not only makes Camie’s heart flatline on a recurring basis, he’s also the one guy who seemingly doesn’t know she exists. 

Feeling like an inept piece of chum that could ultimately be swallowed by Jaws, can Camie get Tristan to rescue her from floundering in the treacherous deep, or is she destined to be Shark Bait?
See my review for Shark Bait here.

The Other Fish in the Sea: In Shark Bait, readers everywhere met and fell in love with the new girl, Camie Ramsey, and swooned over her sure to be future husband, Tristan Daniels. Now, in the long awaited second installment of the Grab Your Pole series by Jenn Cooksey, The Other Fish in the Sea, Camie and Tristan are back, but so are their friends!

So, find a breathing apparatus and shimmy into your scuba gear, because it's finally time to dive deeper into the lives of the GYP gang, but be warned, it's a big world out there and an even bigger ocean where danger might be lurking around the next corner and realistically, anything could happen.

See my review of The Other Fish in the Sea here.
Shark Out of Water: With the Amazon Bestseller Shark Bait, the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, debut author Jenn Cooksey delivered a fun, snarky, and realistic beginning to a larger story that has found its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Thus, many were unprepared for what was coming in the second installment of the GYP series, The Other Fish in the Sea, when Cooksey took us on a runaway roller coaster ride of emotion and solidly landed hit after hit, including a brutal sucker punch that left readers around the globe reeling.
In Shark Out of Water, the highly anticipated third installment in this humorous yet honest and real coming of age story, we delve even further into the lives of the GYP gang and many questions are sure to be answered, however, are you really ready for what lies ahead in the continuation of their adventure? Well, grab your pole and let’s find out.
See my review of Shark out of Water here.

About the Author:

Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, however she's no longer a resident of heaven on earth, but instead she currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell with her husband, their three daughters, and a goodly number of pets. Aside from her husband, one cat, and three out of five fish, everyone living under the Cooksey's roof is female. She's sure her husband will not only be awarded sainthood when he kicks the bucket, but that Jesus will welcome him into heaven with a beer and a congratulatory high-five. Jenn is also of the belief that Bacon should be capitalized and that just being yourself is the best way to go. That is, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.
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~Kindle Paperwhite & $15 Amazon Gift Card
~3 ebooks-Choice of Shark Bait, The Other Fish in the Sea, or Shark Out of Water
~Print Copy (US/CA)-Choice of Shark Bait, The Other Fish in the Sea, or Shark Out of Water

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  1. LOOOOOOVE Tristan! I'm reading book 2 right now. Shark Bait was awesome :)

    1. You will be so glad that you have book three to start after book two - killer ending, but so good. I especially liked book 3.

  2. This series has been on my radar awhile, I can't wait to read them!

  3. Ha, what a fun post..and yes if possible one should always be Batman.

  4. I would love to read this series because It looks like a fun read, Thank you!

  5. I haven't read any books in this series but I have seen them on a lot of blogs. I finally took the time to read the description about what the books were about and think they'r be something I'ld like to read! Go figure...

  6. I have read alot of praise for Shark Bait so I'm really excited to start on this series.

    A great post! :-)


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