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Apr 16, 2014

Choose Us Blog Tour: Author Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Choose Us Blog Tour hosted by Just One More Romance Book Tours. For today's stop, I've got an awesome excerpt from Choose Us, a fun author interview with Caylie Marcoe and the epic tour wide giveaway to share with all of you, so stick around and don't miss a second of any of it!

About the book:

Title: Choose Us
Author: Caylie Marcoe
Publisher: Self
Release date: April 2, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Riley Logan and Travis Grayson have been best friends for the last fifteen years. She would do anything for him, go anywhere for him…and she has, countless times. Except now. Now he’s asking for too much. Their friendship has reached a breaking point and she doesn’t know how to go back. But as Travis’ personal assistant, Riley spends her every waking moment by his side.

When a fractured ankle puts Travis’ BMX career on hold he’s given more downtime than he knows what to do with. Always one for excitement, he agrees to become the bachelor on a televised dating show, but only if Riley goes in undercover to help weed through the girls.

What was supposed to be eight weeks of freedom has turned into eight weeks of hell surrounded by desperate girls all vying for Travis’ attention. He promised her the show would be smooth sailing. He promised he would listen to her advice on which girls should be eliminated. But now he’s breaking those promises and getting way too close to the girl Riley despises the most.

She shouldn’t care. Except she does. Much to her surprise there is one girl she wants Travis to choose...


Will she get what she wants, or will Riley lose her best friend along with getting her heart broken on national television?

Excerpt from Choose Us:

“Riles. Riles wake up!” My shoulder was being shaken so hard I thought it was going to dislocate.

“Mmm, five more minutes.” I groaned, rolling to get out of the horrible grasp.

“Riles, you don’t have five minutes! It’s 7:30. You need to get up and get back to the house!” This time I recognized Travis as the shoulder nudging culprit.

“Trav, go away.” I threw my arm out, hitting him in the jaw.

“Doll, I can’t go away when I have to be at the house in an hour!”

Wait, did he say an hour?

I shot up, rubbing my eyes against the bright light streaming through his bedroom windows.

Shit, I had fallen asleep in his bed. Now I had to find some way to sneak back into the house, with all the girls awake. Double shit.

“Trav, you weren’t supposed to let me fall asleep!” I whined, crawling out of bed. “How am I supposed to get back into the house undetected?” I walked over to his windows, throwing my hair up into a messy bun at the top of my head.

I peeked through his curtains and could see the main house just through the trees. People were moving about throughout the house. I turned to the other window which looked directly out to the pool.

“Nice view you have here.” My voice dripped with sarcasm. I could make out two figures drinking coffee out on the patio.

Crap, getting back there under the radar was going to be next to impossible.

“Trav, how am I going to get back there?” Groaning, I followed him into his kitchen.

“I don’t know. I uh…” Travis glanced around the kitchen trying to come up with a plan. His eyes landed on something and he broke into a smile. “That’s it.”

I looked down to what he was staring at and laughed. “My shoes? What genius plan did you come up with using my shoes?”

“You went for a morning run. You can go out my back door. There is a pathway that leads to the beach and isn’t seen from the house. You can run back up to the house on the beach. No one would know!” He was getting super excited about this plan, except there was one major flaw.

“Travis, I don’t run. You know this!” My arms were flailing wildly around, trying to make the point.

“The old Riley Logan didn’t run. The new Riley Logan, who all these girls know, does.” He popped that damn cocky grin on his face.

“I just want you to know, I hate you,” I mumbled, resigned to putting my shoes on. I really didn’t have an option and he knew it. He came up with the best plan we had, and I’d have to follow through.

“If by hate, you mean love. Then yes, yes I know.” Travis led me to the back door of the house and opened it, making sure the coast was clear.

I punched him in the arm before heading down the path to the beach.

“If I die from this thing you call running, it’s all on you,” I yelled lowly over my shoulder. Travis’ laugh followed me as I made my way down to the beach.

Welcome Caylie Marcoe, and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down with us at Books Over Boys. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Let’s see... I live in Wisconsin (as I have my whole life...). I love it here and would never want to leave, even though the winters are kind of ridiculous. I’ll be 29 in April. I’ve been married for 5 years and have one daughter (3 years old) and one son (1 year old). I’m a stay at home mom... which I love... but is the most exhausting job I’ve ever had.

Tell us about your work. What are you writing now?

Right now?? Well, I have three different ideas being tossed around my head. One is a NA college romance, with a slightly serious/heartbreaking undertone. Another is a contemporary romance... best friends go their separate ways after high school graduation, meet up again at 10 year reunion. The story mostly follows them after the reunion when they are trying to rekindle their friendship. There’s girlfriend drama, revenge, love, family drama... and baby drama. The last is a contemporary romance/mystery. I’m not sure on all the details of that one, but I have a pretty good outline worked out—you can blame that story on the Veronica Mars binge I had earlier this month.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Honestly? My dreams. Choose Us was a reoccurring dream for me, from the time I was 16 until right before I started writing it last June. Figured I needed to finally write it down. Same with the romance/mystery, came to me in a dream and I knew I needed to write the story.

Otherwise life events. Some things that happen in the NA college novel I’m working on are adapted from real life experiences.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was 16 I read way too many fan fics and figured I could write one too. So I sat down at the computer and started writing. It started as a fan fic, but halfway through I switched it over to your basic YA novel with no celebrity name-drops. When I finished, the writing bug was gone.

Years later, I became a SAHM and had tons of time on my hands. Ideas just started flowing through my mind. Self-publishing became the huge thing and I was reading books and thinking, “I could write this!” So I sat down and pounded out chapter one of three different books. That’s when I realized I may actually have a chance at this whole author thing.

What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?

Um... any YA book I could get my hands on at my local library. And I quickly read all of them, since our library was so tiny, so I turned to the adult romance novels. Oh jeez... let’s just say, I didn’t realize people wrote stuff like that. And that’s coming from someone whose mom had an entire floor to ceiling bookshelf full of Harlequin romance novels.

What do you do while you write? Do you listen to music, watch TV, eat snacks, etc.?

I usually write while my kids are playing in the living room with PBS cartoons on the TV. Nothing like writing to Clifford, Peg + Cat and Sesame Street. And when I write after they are in bed, I usually try to listen to music, or hubby is watching TV and it’s my background noise.

And I always have a cup of coffee or tea, or my water bottle next to me.

Tell us three surprising things about yourself.

  1. I have an unhealthy addiction to chapstick. To the point, that one year for my birthday a friend bought me one of those display boxes of Burt’s Bees lip balm... that was like fifty tubes!
  2. I graduated college with a graphic design degree, but I am terrified to design things for other people.
  3. I am a total introvert, so writing a book, putting myself out there and doing all this promoting, is giving me slight anxiety.

What’s the last movie you watched and loved?

We got my daughter Frozen for her birthday... I am pretty sure I loved it much more than she did. Before that... the Veronica Mars movie. LOVED IT!

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

I’m a pretty low-key girl. So I’m perfectly happy with a night out alone with my hubby. Dinner, wondering around downtown... maybe bowling, if I’m up for it.

Or... you know... going to a Packers game is always amazing.

If you could take a romantic trip anywhere, where would it be?

I would love to go to Europe. Mostly Ireland, Great Britain and France. Just spending the days exploring with the hubs would be the best. We’re not overly romantic people, so this would be perfect for us.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I believe there can be a connection. Love? Maybe not. But this is coming from a girl who keeps her feelings locked up. Ask my hubby... it took me forever to admit that I loved him.

Top three things on your bucket list:

  1. Visit all 50 states (14 so far, more to come in October)
  2. Buy a house (hopefully in the next 2 years! Apartment living sucks)
  3. Publish my next novel by the end of the year.

Boxers or briefs? Boxer briefs...

Alpha or beta? Alpha

Tattoos or piercings? Tattoos... oh yes... tattoos...

Brains or muscles? How big of muscles are we talking here? I don’t like them bulky... but I do like brains too...

Planner or wing it? Me?? I’m a little of both. I like to plan out big things, but I can wing it too.

Favorite feel good drink? A hard cider (preferably Ciderboys, but I’m not picky). Harder than that? Anything with Malibu (coconut) rum. I’m a big fan of that stuff... or if we go non-alcoholic (because, let’s face it, I don’t drink that often) a hot drink would be a chai latte, cold drink... either a rosewater lemonade or a passion tea lemonade.

Wow... apparently I like beverages.

Vanilla or chocolate? Depends on the day.

Laptop or desktop? Laptop

Beach or mountains? Hmm... I like the scenic views of the mountains and the trees... but the beach would mean warmth and no.freaking.snow...

Winter or summer? Refer to the previous question... NO.FREAKING.SNOW! I’m so over this Wisconsin... SO OVER THIS! (But my favorite season is Autumn!)

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us interview you, Caylie, and we look forward to having you back again very soon!

Thanks so much for having me!

About the author:

Born and raised in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, Caylie fell in love with reading at a young age. With her lively imagination, she created numerous stories in her head throughout her childhood and teenage years. Finally at 16 she sat down at the computer and wrote out her first full length novel. That pacified her for a time. However, the stories kept swimming through her mind. Finally in 2013 she typed out chapter one of three different novels and sent them off to a close friend for review. At her friends advice, she started exclusively writing Choose Us.

When she isn’t slaving away at the keyboard, Caylie is an avid reader, and lover of coffee… copious amounts of coffee. She also has an unhealthy addiction to tv shows—binge watching is her favorite.

She chases her two kids around the house all day, and has a husband whom she adores.

Connect with Caylie Marcoe: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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