Thursday, 24 October 2013

Blog Tour:The Three Month Plan by Kimberley Patterson {Review + Excerpt + Author Interview}


Author: Kimberley Patterson
Title: The Three Month Plan
Publication Date: September 1st 2013
Genre: Young Adult Romantic Comedy
Raring: 4 stars



Synopsis

Kelly Callahan had everything going for her. Everything that is, except for a relationship. It wasn’t for the lack of trying, it just seemed like she was a magnet for all the wrong ones. But all of that was about to change the minute she laid eyes on Jake.
On a dare from her close friend, Michelle, Kelly accepts a challenge to date and become Jake’s girlfriend within three months. The consequence of losing is global humiliation, and she refuses to lose.

Enlisting the help of her childhood friend and confidant, Brian, Kelly manages to catch Jakes attention. She also unknowingly hooks Brian who tries to sabotage the plan. Kelly finds herself with a dilemma; take the final step with Jake and win the plan or follow her heart and reveal her feelings for Brian.

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Review

The characters

Someone would think that Kelly Callahan has it all.She's young,pretty and ready for college.But the one thing she doesn't have is a boyfriend.She's been very unlucky in that department.Then all of a sudden,the perfect opportunity pops up.Her best friend Michelle challenges her into making the new surfer in town,Jake,her new boyfriend.But there's a catch.She has three months to accomplish that or else she will help Michelle's cousin by participating in a medieval weekend event,pretending to be the King's daughter.

In the beginning,she's very hesitant because she thinks that a popular guy like Jake won't even look at her but that's exactly what attracts him to Kelly.They start talking,meeting at parties,watching movies and getting to know each other.But they still don't talk about a relationship and Jake wants to move faster than Kelly prefers.

Moreover,there's Brian.He's been best friends with Kelly since they were little.He knows everything about her and vice versa.Kelly also supported and helped him when he went through a rough time with his family a few years ago.What Kelly doesn't really know is that Brian has been in love with her all this time.So,when he finds out about Kelly and Jake,he's devastated.This results in a fallout between him and Kelly that makes him pack his bags and leave Kelly behind.But can he really live without her?

Let's not forget Michelle,Kelly's best friend.She's everything Kally isn't. Spontaneous, adventurous,a party girl and she never had a steady boyfriend.She loves Kally as a sister and they support and advise each other. And then there's Paul,Brian's best friend.Brian believes that Michelle and Paul are meant to be together but Michelle never admits it.

Jake or Brian for Kelly?Will Michelle finally accept her feelings towards Paul?Read The Three Month Plan and find out! 

Verdict

The Three Month Plan is an easy and delightful read!The characters could be everyday people with ordinary problems and that's what makes this book unique!It also reminds us that no matter how much we like someone,we'll never going to change who we are for them because there is somebody out there that loves us more!

Excerpt

Chapter One - Kelly

The boardwalk wasn’t as crowded today, but it was still early, and the fog hadn’t yet cleared even though it was afternoon. San Diego fell victim to June gloom every year, and it always seemed to wait until summer had officially started. The patio on the Breakwater Café was the perfect place to sit and people watch and crush on the surplus of college students. It was an eclectic mix of teenagers and twenty-somethings flecked with small families here and there, not to mention this was the only restaurant in the area that had a man-made wave machine. When the sand was empty and the weather still cold, this was a popular hangout. It had only been two weeks since I graduated from high school and I was convinced now that it was summer I’d have more options for a boyfriend.

“I just don’t get it,” I complained. “Sara Jennings has a great guy and she is awful.”

“You just have to be patient, Kel. It’s not like you haven’t had your share of dates,” my friend Michelle assured me, “Besides, you’re only eighteen.”

Michelle was right. It wasn’t for the lack of trying; it just seemed all the wrong guys clung to me like lint on velvet. I went through all of the stereotypes: the jock focused only on his next score; the quiet boy that couldn’t open up; I even dated a nerd that spoke in sexual innuendos. I was ready for a real boyfriend, somebody I could be serious with.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Michelle said, pointing in the direction I was staring. “Him?”

“What?” I smiled, taking another sip from my soda.

“No offense, but you do know he’s totally out of your league,” Michelle replied. I just ignored her and kept staring in his direction, admiring his short, dark hair. His eyes had a piercing blue quality that reminded me of the blue in the ocean. His casual demeanor showed in his flip flops, grey t-shirt and black and grey board shorts that hung low on his hips as he prepared to start the wave machine.

“Thanks for the vote of confidence,” I said, meeting Michelle’s gaze. “But, I bet he’d be interested if he knew my awesomely charming personality.” I grinned.

“Is that a challenge?” Michelle snickered. “You wanna make a bet?”

I just laughed and shook my head. “Um, no,” I said flatly. “I wouldn’t even know where to begin.”

“It’s not like you have anything to lose,” Michelle teased. “You don’t start your yoga training for another three months anyways.”

I replied wistfully, “But he doesn’t even know I exist.” I looked toward him as he continued to ready the machine and talk to the crowd that had gathered. He yelled for the people to form a line – his voice deep, sexy and made me flush at the sound of it.

“That is what it looks like, isn’t it?” Michelle said dryly, looking in the same direction as me.

“Besides,” I explained, “he probably has a ton of girls throwing themselves at him.” I sighed and looked down to my lap disappointed at my own lack of confidence.

“You can always ask Brian to introduce you.” Michelle grinned at me.

I felt the heat really fan my cheeks. “Nooo, I'd be way too embarrassed.”

Michelle looked at the guy again and said, “C’mon Kel, do you see how hot he is?” She lifted one of her perfectly shaped eyebrows. “Three months,” Michelle said, looking back towards me, smiling softly.

“Three months for what?” I asked, meeting her gaze.

“The bet. You have that much time to get him to date you,” Michelle replied smugly. “You can call it the three month plan.”

“You’re serious about that?” I laughed, but was cut short when I realized Michelle was serious. My expression quickly faded to a dull stare.

“I wish you could see your expression right now.” Michelle chuckled.

I paused at the silence, contemplating the challenge as I gazed in his direction. He was smiling to his latest customer who had entered the restaurant and climbed in line for the machine. Michelle had a point. I planned on making this a summer to remember. I wasn’t enrolled in college this fall since I had decided to take a year off before starting. And the yoga teacher training program didn’t begin until four months from now. “You know,” I replied with a newfound confidence, “I think that’s perfect.”

Michelle’s mouth fell open in surprise that all her prodding worked. “So in three months you will have landed him is what you are saying?” Michelle asked in disbelief.

“Yeah. One way or another,” I laughed. “I’m gonna’ do, wear, and say everything that I would imagine a guy like that would want me to do.”

Michelle grinned. “You’re crazy. A guy like that is gonna’ want you wearing nothing.”

“Very funny, Michelle.” I playfully slapped her hands from across the table. “But since you were so instrumental in creating this bet, I am going to need your help.”

“I was just kidding,” Michelle laughed. “Why am I getting dragged into this? You should ask Brian to help you.”

“Well, you certainly encouraged it,” I responded and looked at the guy again. “But you’re right, how else am I going to get into his head, without some guy’s input?”

“I’m sure his head isn’t the only place you want to get in to,” Michelle smiled. “Virginity is overrated anyways.”

My face flushed, “You’re a bad influence, and you know that, right? I’m not going to sleep with him.” I must admit my mind did have a tendency to drift to such things. I’d never allowed the guys I’ve dated get very far with me, but watching him had me fantasizing of pressing against his lean body.

“Of course. But you still love me anyways.” She grinned.

“Yes, yes I do. But that may change after this whole three month plan is over.” I cocked my head to the side sarcastically.

“Well, you had better get started then,” Michelle said. “And your first step might be getting rid of what looks like competition.” She lifted her head and looked behind me.

I turned my head slowly to see him casually talking with what looked to be a supermodel. She twirled her naturally curly long blonde hair around her perfectly manicured pink nails, while batting her lashes up at him. Her low cut, cleavage revealing top left little to the imagination as she pressed her chest against his. She was thin, leggy, and annoying already even though I had never met her. “Uhm,” Brian cleared his throat, startling me. “Do you want any more drinks?” He arched his eyebrow at me, and I realized I had been scowling. I swear he was meant to be a spy the way he seemed to sneak up on us. Brian was my oldest friend, and before we were friends I had a huge crush on him. He never knew, and I was too afraid to tell him and ruin our friendship. Now he was more like a brother to me, although a much cuter brother than I imagined I’d have. Brian worked here part time as a server. It was yet another reason we came here. He always gave us a great discount.

“Brian, thank God you’re here,” Michelle hurriedly said, “Do you know who that guy is over there talking to that girl?”

“Who, the new guy?” Brian replied, motioning the direction of the hot guy as Michelle nodded. “Oh, that’s Jake; he just started two weeks ago.”

Michelle looked at me and smiled.

“Jake,” I mouthed, a slight smile turning up my lip on one side.

Brian just laughed, “Sorry, girls. You might wanna’ get in line for that one. You see that blonde girl he’s talking to? That’s his girlfriend.” He nodded toward the Amazon girl. “And you see all those other girls in line. Well, let’s just say they aren’t in line for the machine.”

Crap. This isn’t going to work. I mumbled under my breath.

Author Interview


Tell us a few things about The Three Month Plan.

The Three Month Plan is a YA romantic comedy that most dating age females can relate to. In addition, any guys or anyone who has ever had that "friend" they were secretly in love with can relate.

Did Kelly give you a hard time?

Kelly was actually very easy to write as a character. As an author sometimes you identify with one of your characters and Kelly is one of those characters for me. Having met my own fair share of Jakes in my dating experiences, I could fully appreciate the dilemmas and situations Kelly encountered.

Jake or Brian? :)

I think that ever girl secretly wants her very own Jake. The hot bad boy with issues that she can somehow change and live happily ever after with. But the reality is you can't change people, they can only change themselves. After experiencing this first hand, I would definitely have to say Brian. I would much rather be with someone who knows and accepts you for who you truly are and loves you for both your assets and your faults.

Your area of expertise is Young Adult books. Have you ever thought of writing an Adult or New Adult book?

Yes, initially The Three Month Plan started off as more of a New Adult book but based on the advice of other authors, they recommended I change it to young adult because I already have a young adult following.

And what genre would that be?

I would definitely write a new adult romance. I love romance novels, and am a hopeful romantic myself. So I love writing and reading those types of novels. 
Why read your novel? There are so many great books out there worth reading. I think The Three Month Plan is a great read because it's a very light read filled with humor, love, and a great message.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I definitely would have to go with two of the writers in my critique group. Jeffery Moore and Cindy Bennett. They have been instrumental in helping with both of my books and have great books of their own.

What are you currently reading?

I just recently finished "Off Course" by Sawyer Bennett and really enjoyed it. Definitely a great New Adult read.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am currently in Hawaii working on my newest novel, Burned. It is a paranormal thriller based on true events on my own personal life.

Any tips for aspiring authors?

Never give up. The hardest part of writing your story is editing. I highly recommend joining critique groups and editing your story multiple times. Perhaps even getting some beta readers so that any potential mistakes can be caught by others before your work is published. The other main thing to consider is that not everyone is going to like your work. Each reader has a different opinion. Some are good, while others aren't. As long as you are happy with your final story, that's really all that should matter.

Thank you for your time!

Author Bio

Horses were one of my first loves, and writing soon followed. As a child, I spent hours writing poems, and short stories (about horses). My parents realized that I was horse-obsessed and decided to buy me one after taking riding lessons for two years. I think they hoped that all of the hard work, and hours spent mucking stalls would help me give up this expensive hobby. They were wrong. Writing is still a passion of mine, although now I primarily write fiction. My first novel, Red Rock, was published in 2010, and big surprise, there are horses in it. My second novel, The Three Month Plan was released August 2013.
Other Loves: My family, yoga, skincare and makeup, sushi, and raising money for pediatric cancer. I have two rescue dogs and would have more if there weren't zoning restrictions. I’m always trying something new, as I tend to get bored very easily. Thankfully, my love of driving around with the gas light on fuels some excitement. I love novels with happy endings, and am a hopeful romantic. My latest obsession is browsing Netflix, and I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order in under 30 seconds. Do I feel a wager coming on?

To read more about Kimberley or to purchase her books please visit the following links:

Website/Wordpress/The Three Month Plan

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