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May 14, 2014

All Lined Up Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the All Lined Up Blog Tour hosted by InkSlinger PR. I'm so honored to be one of the very many blogs on this enormous tour because Cora Carmack is amazing and her books are even more so. ;p

For today's stop, I've got an awesome interview with Cora that I can't wait to share with all of you as well as the tour wide giveaway, so stick around and don't miss a second of any of it! ;p

About the book:

Title: All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release date: May 13, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.
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Author interview with Cora Carmack:

Welcome to Books Over Boys, Cora! I’m so excited to have you on the blog today! In just a few short days, All Lined Up will be released into the wild. How is this release different from the Losing It series? More excitement? Less anxiety? More nerves? Less nerves?

It’s more everything! More excitement because I can really see myself digging into this series for a long while and doing more than three books with it. And reviews have been great so far, so that always amps everything up. More nerves because it’s something new, and you never know if readers are going to follow you from one project to the next.

Q. What can you tell us about your couple, Carson and Dallas, that we won’t find in the book?

That’s a great question. I actually think we get to know them as a couple really well in the book. They become friends before they really start a relationship, so there’s a lot of development. They’re both incredibly stubborn. And for the most part, you don’t really see them get into it in the book. But, of course, in my head their relationship goes on after this story, and I see them as one of those couples that give each other a hard time and tease, but it comes from a really tender place because they both know each other so well. They know which buttons to push for fun and which to leave alone.

Q. All Lined Up has an amazing cast of characters. In high school, which yearbook superlatives would they have won? (Ex: Most Likely to go to Jail for a Night, Most Likely to be a Reality TV Star, Most Likely to Become a Superior Court Judge, etc.)

  • Dallas- Most Likely to Succeed. Definitely. I would not want to get in that girl’s way.
  • Carson- Most Talented or Most Friendly. He’s one of those guys that’s super popular, and you want to hate him because of it, but you just can’t because he’s so damn nice.
  • Stella- Most Likely to Show Up Late for Graduation. Or Most Likely to be a Reality TV Star. That girl would be prime entertainment!
  • Silas- Mostly like to Spend a Night in Jail. In fact... that may or may not be similar to the beginning of the next book, All Broke Down. *cough*
  • Ryan- Most Likely to Become Famous. Ryan is nerdy and fun, and I see him as this really charismatic guy that you can’t help but like. Granted... I can’t promise his fame would be for something that you’d want to be famous for. He definitely has the potential to be a viral meme or youtube video that’s less than flattering. ☺

Q. What is it about the Rusk University series that captivates you the most?

Mostly, I think that it’s a piece of home. I grew up in Texas, and I have a lot of emotions, good and bad about the way I grew up. This series allows me to explore the good and the bad. It makes me a little homesick too.

And lastly,

Q. If Beanie Boy had a “theme song” that played whenever he walked into a room full of people, what would it be?

HAHA. Oh Beanie Boy. I love that he has this TINY role in the book but he’s sort of become so much bigger than that. I kinda hear the song “I Put a Spell on You.” Like he’s bewitched everyone with his magical beanie, curly hair, and long eyelashes.

Thanks so much for being here today, Cora! It’s been a blast and I hope you have an amazing ALU release day!

About the author:

Photo credit: Matt Tolbert
I'm Cora Carmack, a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. I've done a multitude of things in my life—boring jobs (like working retail), fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). I enjoy placing my characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. I'm a New York Times and USA Today bestseller... and a nerd (mostly the nerd part).

Represented by the fabulous Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary.

Connect with Cora Carmack: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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1 comment:

  1. Umm, well they tend to be in awesome shape. I love that they also seems to be very generous as far as helping others too.


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