~Released: May 18th, 2015
~Length: 215 Pages
~Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Humor, Contemporary, Romance
From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis, writing as Kay Marie, comes a new adult romantic comedy about a girl who'll soon discover that some secrets can't be kept forever, especially those of the heart.
My name is Skylar Quinn. I just moved to New York with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!
Confession #1: I'm a sex columnist. Hold on, that's not really the confession. You see, I'm sort of a virgin...sex columnist.
Confession #2: I'm kind of in love with Bridget's older brother, Oliver. No, I was. No, I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap.
Confession #3: I've been avoiding Oliver for four years. Or I was until today, because he just moved in. Yes, you read that correctly. He's my new roommate. So that night we've both been pretending never happened, well, we might not be able to keep it a secret any longer.
And trust me, this is only the beginning.
~ Character Spotlight ~
By Kay Marie
Name: Bridget McDonough – Bridge to anyone brave enough to attempt it!
Occupation: Assistant at an art gallery in SoHo
Who Is She? The main character Skylar’s best friend, roommate, confidant, and all-around savior! She has a take-no-prisoners attitude, will defend the people she loves, but also has a soft spot for a good time! She’s the carefree artist who perfectly balances out Skylar’s neurotic tendencies :)
Loves: Skye, duh! Painting—a close second! The smell of a fresh canvas, the stained overalls hidden with her oil paints, her brother—as annoying as he can be, tossing death stares at anyone who warrants one, dancing until the sun comes up, and generally living life to it’s fullest.
Hates: Her brother’s overprotective gene, the fact that her father won’t reprimand him about it, anytime people she loves are fighting, Skylar’s asshole ex-boyfriend (and a few other people on her list), and, well, when she can’t seem to get the colors of the sky just right. Oh, and string cheese—something about it just seems, wrong…
Guilty Pleasures: Her ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ Christmas slippers and a good Long Island Iced Tea
If you want to read the rest of my character spotlights, just keep following the tour :)
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Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.
Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her--about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general--you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com
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Because we love books and their authors, we just had to share this author interview!! Kaitlyn is one of our favorite authors, and here's a little glimpse of her!
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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi everyone! I’m Kay Marie, Kaitlyn Davis, and just Kaitlyn to my friends :) Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! is my first contemporary romance and it’s the first book written by my alter-ego pseudonym Kay Marie! I have three young adult fantasy/paranormal series written under the name Kaitlyn Davis—Midnight Fire, A Dance of Dragons, and Once Upon A Curse!
I’ve always been one for a great romantic comedy—anything by Sophie Kinsella or Meg Cabot, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, You’ve Got Mail, Pretty Woman, Ever After, Failure to Launch, and many many more! I love a great happily ever after, and love it even more if the journey to get there makes me laugh out loud!
In five words or less, please describe your romance writing style.
Sweet, Steamy, Funny, Real, and HEA :) I cheated a little on the last one, but we all love a happy ending, right?!
Where do you get your ideas?
Anywhere and everywhere! I have a running list of crazy ideas in the notes section of my cell phone, and I’m constantly updating it! For my young adult fantasies, a lot of my ideas come from dreams or quotes or artwork I’ve found online. But for my contemporary romance, many more of the ideas were inspired by real life! My friends will definitely be able to call me out on a few scenes that I might have exaggerated just a bit :)
So some of your ideas are based on real life experiences? Can you tell us which ones?
Well, I don’t want to give too much away, but if you read Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! there’s a scene that takes place on a yacht cruising the Hudson River that was inspired by a real Halloween party I went to! Let’s just say a friend of mine has great connections, and it was still one of the most surreal nights of my life—once in a lifetime for sure!
There’s also a little comment about a girl being asked out via post-it note, and that really happened to one of my best friends :) Left on the laundry machine in our apartment building!
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Well, the last few chapters were definitely the most fun, but I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll go with a close second!
Before I started working on Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist!, I had just finished the second book in my YA epic fantasy series. I’d spent weeks writing some end of the world, dark and dire situations, so I had the best time writing the funny parts of my contemporary romance! Light and full of laughter—my favorite! And if you read it, one scene that stands out is the one where Skylar tests out some dating apps for first time :) Let’s just say it doesn’t quite go as planned…
Do you ever struggle against the label of romance novels being fluff, i.e. not “real” literature?
Why bother?! Everything I write is considered “fluff” by the literary elite—young adult and romance—but that’s what I love! And that’s what my fans love and what millions of other readers love, too. And that’s “real” enough for me!
Besides, just because something is action packed or full of romance, doesn’t mean there aren’t deeper issues at hand. Every one of my main characters is struggling inside in one way or another, that’s what makes them human and what makes them real. Skye for example, is battling her self-confidence, an unrequited love, and struggles with a father who was never present in her life. The fact that she does it in a funny way doesn’t diminish the struggle, at least I don’t think so :)
What kind of heroes do you like?
Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for the good guy! I know, I know—that’s not the normal response. Obviously, I love indulging in a bad boy or two (or three or four…). They’re so different from any man I would date in real life, and vicariously experiencing the dangers without any of the consequences is sort of awesome—unless there’s no happily ever after, and then my heart just feels ripped out for no reason!
Okay…back to the topic! But really, I have a soft spot for the good guys! Why can’t the knight in shining armor actually be a knight in shining armor? Sometimes, the nice guy who treats the girl right is sexy as hell—in real life for sure, but in literature too! But maybe I’m just biased because I’m about to get married to one :)
If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do?
Well, my fiancé right now does a pretty good job at that :) I’m all about European vacations and lavish gifts, but really, the little things count the most to me. Saying ‘I love you’ all the time and without hesitation. Buying me flowers for no reason. Cooking dinner and supplying some nice wine on a random Tuesday night. Folding my laundry because I fell asleep while they were drying and he didn’t want to wake me up. Small gestures add up to a lot more than one grand gesture could ever mean, at least to me!
What project are you working on now?
Too many! At least, if the many emails from fans demanding to know when the next book in one of my series comes out is anything to go by :) Over the summer, I’m working to finish my young adult epic fantasy series, A Dance of Dragons—one novel and two novellas to go! And then for NaNoWriMo, I’m going to tackle either the sequel in the Confessions Series—Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend!—or the sequel in my series of dystopian fairy tale retellings, Once Upon A Curse. There’s not enough time in the day to get all my ideas out as quickly as I’d like!
Last but not least, top ten snacks while writing!
Ooh, only ten? But snacking is one of my writer’s block reliefs… :) Okay, here goes!
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses
Frozen Pineapple Slices
Frozen Mango Slices
And, okay, coffee again! I’m a bit of an addict!
Thanks for stopping by.
Thank you so much for having me!!
She's cool, isn't she? ;)
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