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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Guest Post ~ Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins (Blog Tour)

Stir Me Up
Release Date: 10/01/13
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….

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Guest Post 

1. The inspiration for Cami’s appearance, particularly her freckles, came from Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.

2. In one deleted scene, Julian’s ex-girlfriend comes for a visit and Cami gets jealous.

3. The inspiration for Julian’s appearance came from a picture I saw of a young David Beckham, reclining on his side.

4. The key song for Julian for me was “Sail” by AWOL Nation – even though he has PTSD not ADD, it still really works for me for him.

5. When Taryn says Cami’s father is hot, she’s right. He looks like a cross between Brad Pitt and Jeroen Krabbé.

6. The setting for Stir Me Up was inspired by the Vermont town where I was raised.

7. The midnight soup was by far the most difficult recipe I had to create.

8. I wanted to make Julian a Celtics fan, but my husband and son – both die-hard Lakers fans -- refused to allow it.

9. All the mistakes in the Indian meal Cami makes for her family are ones I’ve actually made myself --- for my fortunately very-forgiving family.

10. The most fun scene for me to write was the first kiss. Here’s a fantastic original illustration of that moment, drawn by artist Leonard Morgan:

About the Author
I am a former journalist who worked for the Los Angeles Daily Newsand other newspapers in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to this I worked in advertising, writing ad copy for corporate travel accounts and major motion pictures. My first job out of college was as an administrative assistant to an executive chef and a food & beverage director at a Four Seasons hotel. I also spent some time working as a prep cook for Spago in Beverly Hills.

I received my Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. While in graduate school, I had the privilege of studying fiction writing under renowned author Hubert Selby, Jr., and comedy writing under famed comedian Shelley Berman. I am a past participant of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Summer Writing Workshop.

Raised in the woods of Vermont, I now live in the greater Los Angeles area with my husband and three children. STIR ME UP is my first novel.

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