Thursday, November 29, 2012

EASY by Tammara Webber Giveaway and Blog Tour!

Easy by Tammara Webber
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: November 6, 2012
Rating: I liked it!
Purchase Easy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at Indiebound
In EASY, 19-year-old Jacqueline Wallace grapples with both the aftermath of a sexual assault and the excitement of a new love interest. Set on a college campus in the Midwest, her experiences mirror those of many young women. After a mysterious stranger comes to her rescue, Jacqueline is both intrigued and distracted by his baffling behavior. As Jacqueline and her friends struggle with the serious repercussions of an attack, a budding romance may save her life.

More than 150,000 copies of the self-published e-book sold in the U.S. 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Over 35,000 ratings on GoodReads and climbing.

Have you read EASY by Tammara Webber? It is a great story, and I definitely recommend it. One of the best parts of the book is the rawness of the emotions that are described. With such an interesting storyline, Tammara really knows how to draw in readers and make them experience emotions right alongside her characters. Many of you may have heard of an emerging trend called “New Adult,” which documents the stories of characters on the cusp of adulthood. Easy is a story that takes this trend and turns it on its head. By including sexual assault, Tammara added a layer of complexity that readers will enjoy. It is certainly one of the most interesting stories that I have read this year, and I encourage you to read it!

Berkley has graciously offered to give 1 US reader a copy of EASY!
Please fill out the Rafflecopter to enter.
Good luck! I really hope you win!

Tammara was kind enough to answer a few questions.

If you could take over the life of any literary character and live in that book, who would you select and why?
See, here’s where you almost trick me into saying, “Elizabeth Bennet! Elizabeth Beeeennnnnnetttt!!!” But then I remember how extremely nearsighted I am. Ohthankgod I wasn’t born in the early nineteenth century, as much as I might lust for Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. He would have to stand very, very close for me to see him clearly at all. (On second thought…) The thing is, books are based on conflict. If I were to choose a character to hijack—like Elizabeth Bennet—I’d  want to step into her shoes at the end of the book, when she became Mrs. Darcy and moved to Pemberly. (Is it hot in here?? Somebody pass me a fan.)

What is the best experience you have had since becoming a writer?
The emails from readers telling me that what I wrote touched them. I’ve cried over so many emails since Easy. It was such a difficult book to write, but the responses I’ve gotten from girls and women who’ve gone through the hell of sexual assault and emerged as survivors on the other side made it so worth it. I love the “OMG (Lucas, Graham or Reid) is so hot!” emails and posts, too, of course. I write romantic stories, and it’s so fantastic to have people connect with my characters like that. But there’s something just…humbling and overwhelming about having written something that helped someone along the path to healing, or let her know that what happened to her wasn’t her fault.

What books have most influenced your work and your life?
I was a little oddball in high school. Nearly everyone in my freshman class bemoaned the tediousness of having to read Great Expectations (Charles Dickens), complete with lots of pretend snoring from the football players sitting in back. I mumbled the expected heh-heh, but I couldn’t have disagreed more. Mrs. Powell’s assigned schedule for reading the book over the six weeks was impossible for me. I finished in days, and then went back and read along with the class. I took that as confirmation that literature meant something to me that it didn’t mean to other people, and also, that I was weird.

I fell in love with classics again after reading Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) in my later twenties. I think every romance novel written since has been influenced by it, whether the author is aware of that or not. The book that made me begin writing again was You Can’t Go Home Again (Thomas Wolfe). For me, it was one of those books you read and feel as though it was written for you. The Truth About Forever (Sarah Dessen) is a seamless love story, and is the book that made me want to write Young Adult romance. Leaving Paradise (Simone Elkeles) is my most-read book. The storyline is perfect YA, unputdownable, and every time I’ve read it, I’ve found something new.

How much does research play a role in your writing process?
It depends. I did less research for Easy than I have before, but I was on familiar ground with this one, in too many ways. I worked on a university campus from nineteen to twenty-three, and went back to college part-time in my later twenties and again in my thirties to complete a degree in English. I began working at the university shortly thereafter, and worked as an academic advisor until earlier this year. There’s research in everything fictional, of course, but it’s easier to miss minor details when you don’t write what/where you know.

What is your next project?
I’m working on a fourth installment to my Between the Lines series, which will be published by Razorbill in the UK/Commonwealth, and indie-published in the US/Canada.


  1. That is just too difficult a question...I mean according to Goodreads I have read 157 book so far this year alone and I am nearly done with 2 more. I just can't begin to pick a favorite because usually I am absolutely in love with the book I am reading while reading it!

  2. I have read so many good books! One that really sticks with me though is Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens!

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  4. This is difficult but if I had to pick one it would be Slammed by Colleen Hoover.

  5. Congrats on the Feature with the blog hop and became a new follower. PageGirlsPageofBookReviews

  6. Hi! I'm a new follower to your blog thanks to the Easy blog tour :) One of my fav books this year is Easy! My friend loaned me her ebook and I really love it! It's such a beautiful story and I totally adore Lucas <3 Since then I've been wanting a paperback copy of the book, but my bookstore doesn't stock it! I must have called them almost every other day to enquire when they will stock the book, so much so that they even recognize my voice! Haha! I bet they are so annoyed with me...

    Thanks for the interview and the giveaway! I really hope to win this so that I can finally have my very own copy of Easy to have, hold and treasure! I love this book and Tammara is an amazing writer! :)


  7. I'm choosing When We Collide by A L Jackson, because I just finished it, but there were so many good books that I loved! It's just hard to remember!
    Beth :D

  8. I read so many really good ones, but the best I read was Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. I haven't read Easy yet.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  9. My favorite book this year was Something Like Normal by Trish Doller.

  10. there's a lot! hmmm.. one of them is Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout...

  11. Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout, loved it!!!

  12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green!