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LOVE IN B MINOR is out in the world! (and giveaway!)

The day is here. I woke up this morning singing “It’s release day”…I’m super nervous about Love In B Minor being out in the world. I want to hug my story one more time. I want to tell my characters they’ll be okay. I want to reassure my book that it’s going to be a crazy ride but a fun one.

And then yesterday, I got this picture by Books & Tea and this made me oh so happy. Paris plays such a big part in this story.

LOVEINBMINORNo promises. No fake tomorrows. That was the plan.

New city. New life. At least, that’s what nineteen-year-old Jen Harrison believes. On the surface, she’s living her dream: dancing in a prestigious dance company in Paris. But her sister’s death and the mistakes she’s tried to bury haunt her. She’s become a pro at hiding who she truly is, and she definitely doesn’t want a guy to derail her, but a one night-stand she can do. Nothing more. She definitely doesn’t plan to see the sexy stranger who made her laugh for the first time in years ever again.

Girls don’t walk away from Lucas Wills. Bad boy turned rock star, he’s got his share of groupies. Always upfront, he doesn’t promise fake tomorrows because love can destroy everything. Been there, done that. His ex not only lied to him, she stomped on his heart, used him to become famous, and almost ruined him. So, waking up alone after a night beyond his wildest imagination with a girl he just met shouldn’t upset him, shouldn’t inspire one of the saddest songs he’s ever written, shouldn’t make him want to chase after her.

When Jen, the one-night stand who got away, auditions to be a dancer in Lucas’ next music video, they can’t stop their growing attraction. But Jen’s secrets and his ex could shatter the careers they tried so hard to build and their hearts…they will have to decide what’s more important and if love is worth the fight.

Love in B Minor is the third standalone novel in Elodie Nowodazkij’s Broken Dreams series.

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THANK YOU SO SO MUCH ❤

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday

  • I received an email from someone saying they loved my books. I am always so grateful knowing people take a chance on my stories and this email made me smile oh so much!
  • Teaching German again.
  • Coming home super tired and cuddling with Plato The Dog and Peter The Cat and then watching Jane The Virgin with the hubby.
  • This tweet 🙂

  • Participating in #AuthorLifeMonth (brainchild of Dahlia Adler) on Instagram and sharing this quote from LOVE IN B MINOR (available for pre-order now for only $0.99) There are so many authors participating in this Instagram challenge, so much talent, it’s incredible! I’m looking forward to catching up on other people’s pictures this weekend.

So tell me, what made you smile this week?

The Chemical engineer is back…10 rules to follow when living with a “science” person

I’m glad to welcome The Chemical Engineer (aka my amazing husband) back on my blog. 

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That’s not my husband…but Einstein…:)

10 rules that will make it easier to leave with a “science person”

So, you read the exiting news and indeed I am back on here. I wish I could say it will now be more often that I will write posts, I am just not creative enough for that. Speaking on of which, I noticed (no true statistics involved here) that it is common for somebody with a creative background to be together with somebody with a more “sciency” background and since my last post was about the ten rules of living with a writer, let me now take the opportunity to write about 10 rules that will make it easier to live with a science person.

  1. Don’t ask a question you are not ready to hear the answer to. This goes for most things in life (dresses, hair cuts, etc.), but I am talking about questions that are related to science (and trust me there are a lot of them). Generally a science guy/girl will be excited about sharing some of his.her knowledge, so if you ask them about that, do pay attention and don’t start doing something else or drift off. Even better, ask questions if you don’t quite get something he is explaining (and yes, there will be a quiz afterwards).

 2. Everything can be related back to science. This goes right back to rule number one, so be aware of what you ask a question about. It can have a long answer (and yes, sometimes things are just not that simple).

Note from Elodie: sometimes, you don’t even need to ask a question to get to number 2)

3. Science people have cool jobs (at least the ones that stay in their fields). Sure, most of us don’t cure cancer or save the world, but we still get to do some pretty neat stuff. Now, we can’t communicate that fact most of the time (and you probably don’t want to know anyways), but without us you wouldn’t be able to do much of anything (including reading this right now). If you like your science guy/girl then ask him/her to describe to you what exactly he/she does at his work, and if you really want to make his/her day (this is a very special occasion) ask him if he/she can take you to work with him/her one day and give you a tour.

4. Yes there is a clear order within the engineering fields: Chemical Engineering > Electrical Engineering > Air and Space Engineering > Mechanical Engineering > Civil Engineering > All other fringe fields of Engineering (ok, maybe some of ranking is debatable, but definitely not the first one).

5. Small things are can be very exciting. This might not seem that way to a regular person, but science people live a different world. Boiling water is a prime example of real thermo dynamics (have you ever noticed that putting salt into water makes it boil faster, there is a scientific reason for that; very exciting). Things flying is very exciting and all rests on one key assumption/boundary condition – Flow in = Flow Out. Ok, I guess I lost you now…look back to rule number one. And yes you did ask a question by starting to read this.

6. Overall Entropy is always increasing (or stays the same). Another fun thermodynamically principle/law (now I would like you to go to Wikipedia and search for Entropy, but you probably don’t want to get too bored so here is what I mean with it in just a few sentences). Entropy is a measure of disorder. Thermodynamics tells us that entropy can never decrease. I guess what I am trying to say with this, most science guys are pretty messy, but that is because we are trying to be law abiding people.

7. Fear better be proportional to the probability of occurrence. I know that fear is/was important for the survival of our species, but we are talking about ten-thousands of years ago when there was no internet, now twitter, no news channels. Nowadays we are bombarded with scary things all the time make it seem like they are imminent, but in reality they are statistically insignificant. I guess what I am trying to say is, yes Elodie sharks are scary, but they are just as deadly as vending machines, but I don’t hear you say that you will not walk next to one of those.

8. Yes, Math IS important. Don’t get me wrong it is not the ONLY thing that is important, but it is none-the less. Our world works because we can describe things mathematically. And yes, math is hard, but people shouldn’t dismiss it because they say it is not their strength. You have to put in the effort and it eventually will make you better at it. (Leaving my soap box now).

9. TV shows about science are interesting and entertaining. In many cases even more so than some movie about a writer trying to make it and finding love along the way (yes, go ahead, post your hateful comments below :))

10. Excel is the most crucial program in MS Office (I know, you are all shocked now that it is not Word). This program is one of the most crucial tools in an engineer’s tool box. It is so powerful and most people don’t realize it, which makes an engineer sad. So yes, go ahead don’t just teach kids how to spell and do math, but please, pretty please, teach them how do use excel as well and make the world a better place (this also applies to teaching writers/authors how to use this beautiful software).

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So I hope that these simple guidelines will promote a better understanding between two very different kinds of personalities (or were just fun to read, which I am not a big fan of hence the three years between my last two posts). I do love listening to audio-books. Maybe next time, I’ll do a podcast.

Engineer Out

A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER is here! And a giveaway!

A Summer Like No Other has stolen my heart and I cross my fingers it steals yours too ❤

Teaser ASLNO 3

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FINAL2 ASLNOA Broken Dreams Novella

She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.

They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

Sixteen-year-old Emilia Moretti’s goal for the summer is simple: forget her brother’s best friend—Nick Grawsky—ever existed. It should be easy: He’s spending his summer in the Hamptons, adding girls in tiny bikinis to his list of broken hearts. Guarantee he won’t be telling them they’re like his little sisters. This summer, Emilia won’t stay awake at night thinking about him. She’ll need flawless ballet movements to have a shot at next year’s showcase, and she’s finally ready to search for her birth parents. But when Nick decides to stay in the city, Emilia’s resolve disappears in a pirouette. Maybe it’s the spin they needed to be together. As long as she doesn’t get stuck believing in happily ever after…

Nick is tired of pretending to be the happy, let’s-have-fun guy. His father wants him to change his career from professional dancer to…lawyer. He needs to put all of his focus on dancing to prove to Daddy Dearest he’s good enough to make it big. And he may have a case of the bluest balls in history courtesy of Emilia. She’s off-limits: The bro code with Roberto even forbids the dirty thoughts he has about her. Besides, he’s not boyfriend material. He only has time for flings, for girls who don’t expect much, for girls he doesn’t want to kiss goodnight. He knows he should resist her, but he’s not sure he wants to…

At least for this summer.

It’s going to be a summer like no other.

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Giveaway Time

ASLNO Giveaway

To celebrate the release of A Summer Like No Other, I have set up a giveaway with pretty special prizes

(including a leather bracelet from Chloe + Isabel)

You have mannnnny ways to enter and you have an entire month to do so!

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Five Reasons To Fall in Love with My Life Next Door

 Summary from GoodreadsA gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another. “One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.” The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

In an interview with YA Bound, the author – Huntley Fitzpatrick – summarised her book in ten words. I think they also fit perfectly:

A girl who watches and a boy who knows it.

There are many reasons to read this book: the story is compelling, the writing flows and the voice is mostly natural. Some may say that it feels slow at times and maybe rushed at others. But isn´t it how life sometimes is? Slow, rushed and everything in the middle? Everybody always stayed in character. I could have come up with even more reasons to fall in love with My Life Next Door but I tried to contain myself.

1- George: One of Jase´s little brother. This child is ADORABLE. He is neurotic, granted but his worries and his wit make him so real and so cute and just a little child you want to protect to make sure that he doesn´t find additional reasons to worry about every single thing.

 “His bed´s really comfortable and he never pees in it”

George gives me a smile, the same dazzling sweet smile as his big brother, although at this point, with green teeth. “I might marry you,” he allows. “Do you want a big family?” 

I like that. You look like Sailor Supergirl.

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2. Jase: There are not enough words to describe Jase. He is…confident, honest, mature, sexy, funny, smart, driven, athletic, real. He is the type of guy you can lean on, talk to, make a fool out of yourself with, have fun, laugh, do daring things. Yep. Quite a character.

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3. Jase and Sam: For those two, I´m just going to put four quotes from the book. I think it pretty much says a lot about them.

“So now you’ve met my mother,’ I say to Jase that night, leaning back on the roof. 
‘I sure have. That was awesome. And completely uncomfortable.

“You have to kiss me,” I find myself saying.
“Yeah.” He leans closer. “I do.” 

But I like being Sam. I like being Jase´s Sam. It sounds relaxed, easygoing, competent. I want to be that person (Page 184)

And the way he does look at me makes me feel absolutely beautiful.

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4. Jase´s parents, all of the Garrett family: What really amazed me in this book was how I could picture each and single one of the members of the Garrett family. The little one who says “boob” and “poop”  a lot, Alice the angry one who´s actually quite tender, the other hot brother and I could continue but I will leave you with another of my favorites i.e. Andy:

Andy spends all her time on Facebook and reading, rereading Twilight again and again.

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5. Tim: The way he speaks about Hot Alice, the way he messes a lot of things but he´s actually not that messed up, the way he was there for Sam when she was young and is still around and because he says things like this:

“Why do all the hot girls want the jocks and the good boys? We losers are the ones that need you.”

When to pick up this book?

  • Great Summer Read (but really you could cuddle with it in all seasons)
  • If you like Sarah Dessen or Jennifer Echols. Plus some of the first time moments did remind me of Judy Blume (!)
  • When you’re in the look for a great set of characters
  • If you want something which makes your heart feel warm
  • As a writer: The Life Next Door shows how to handle many many characters while giving them all a different personality and something which stands out. They don’t fall flat.
  • The kisses and the steamy sexy scenes

I am already anticipating Ms Fiztpatrick’s next book especially after getting a glimpse on what she’s working on (see below excerpt from an interview with YABound)

My next book, now tentatively titled, WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE, takes place in the same region as MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, but features a very different couple—one who have had a rocky history. Gwen Castle has come from a long line of fisherman and cleaning women on her small, exclusive Island. Cass Somers is heir to a boat-building business, and Gwen’s Biggest Mistake Ever. Now that he’s spending the summer slumming it on “her” Island, can they get beyond their rocky past and find common ground.
I even dared to contact the author on Twitter (overcoming my shyness and all :-)) and she was so kind to answer my question!
  
So tell me, did you have good relationships with your neighbors as teenager?
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