Blog Tour: Decked With Holly + Giveaway
Alright guys, prepare yourselves! Marni Bates is on my blog today celebrating the release of her newest book, Decked With Holly
– and just as I expected, she is absolutely hilarious. Be sure to check out her guest post where she talks about dreamy celebrities and enter to win a copy of Decked With Holly
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Read Chapter One | My ReviewSmartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, “Awkward”, with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.
Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn’t Holly’s idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she’s pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she’s greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly’s face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can’t risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend – just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be “fauxmantically” involved with a cute rock star? She’s about to find out…
Marni Bates, author of Decked with Holly
Tara: When I was a teenager, I would totally daydream all the time about all the male celebrities I would love to meet and date and what not. Hell, I still do! So, let’s discuss your top celebrities.
Marni: Why yes, I do tend to daydream about male celebrities. How did y’know? Oh, maybe my Twitter feed gave me away. But the truth is it’s a lot easier to swoon over pictures of guys than it is for me to tell you which ones I would actually like to meet. Because the truth is if our paths were ever to cross I would probably just do a very good imitation of a hyperventilating owl.
Yeah, and see what I’ve noticed is that most guys don’t find that attractive. At all. They prefer girls who can, y’know, formulate complete sentences around them. And if you’re thinking, Oh, Marni, I’m sure you’re not that bad, I can promise you that I am. I was recently trying to be a good wingwoman for one of my friends and Tyler Posey walked into the bar. I swear I just sat there for a good ten minutes asking myself, Is that Teen Wolf? Did Teen Wolf really just stroll into this thoroughly unglamorous bar? Should I say something?
Um, hellooo Teen Wolf!
I didn’t say anything. In fact, words completely failed me.
So I think we should call this list exactly what it is…
The Eight Guys That Would Make Marni Explode in Awkwardness if She Ever Met Them in Real Life.
Now that we’ve made that clear…
1. OK GO
I am a huge OK Go fan! To the point that I named my band ReadySet, in what I thought was a subtle homage to the group. Judging by the number of messages/tweets I’ve received about this I sort of failed at the whole subtle part of the plan. Regardless, I think the guys of OK Go create amazing music, spectacular music videos, and they seem like genuinely nice guys to be around.
2. Ian Super-smolder *Cough* I mean, “Somerhalder”
I think the two of us would get along really well because I care passionately about the environment and the humane treatment of animals and . . . sorry was I saying something?
3. Neal Caffrey
Now for those of you thinking, Um, Marni? He’s a fictional character. Y’know…not real? I get it. I have accepted the fact that my dreamy conman doesn’t exist. And yes, I know that Matthew Bomer is gay and has a very happy family life, which also includes three kids.
Now ask me if I care.
“For you, I would recreate the Manhattan skyline out of sand.”
Even if I can’t spend my time with the great Neal Caffrey, Matt Bomer seems like a really nice guy with a wonderful sense of humor. I have a feeling we’d have a great time hanging out together . . . and that he would make an amazing wingman.
4. Logan Lerman
I first saw Logan Lerman act in My One and Only and he really impressed me. He delivered such a solid performance I mentally began casting him in my books. I think he would do a stellar job with Logan Beckett or Dominic Wyatt.
“You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my…eye off of you!”
I would probably blurt out something awkward about how I want him to play the part of Logan. But then he would laugh it off and we’d go get a sandwich.
“Why yes, Marni. I am enjoying this meal with you.”
5. Barack Obama
I really admire our president. I think he is eloquent, intelligent, and highly principled. So it came as a huge relief for me when the polls closed and I knew he would be staying in the White House. When the results were announced, I slumped against the couch and felt like I could sleep for a month now.
So I would really love to speak to him.
Made of awesome.
6. Jon Stewart
Funny. Smart. Nice. Willing to point out the ridiculousness in the news. Um, yeah, I give him a big thumbs up!
7. Flight of the Conchords
This New Zealand-based comedy duo makes me feel inside…and stuff like that. (If you don’t get that joke, check out the YouTube video: Feel Inside (and stuff like that). It will make you laugh and maybe tear up a little. It’s amazing). I adore their music. I’ve actually been known to sing their stuff quite loudly at highly inappropriate moments. Good times!
8. Last but not least . . .
There is one guy that would make me completely lose it. I’m not exaggerating. I would weep. Possibly develop a stutter. Definitely declare my undying love and devotion–whether he wants to hear it or not.
“Really, Marni? Must you hyperventilate while discussing me? Again.”
I’ve been dreaming about what I would say to Gordon Korman since I was in elementary school. That’s when I picked up his book I Want to Go Home and completely fell in love with his work. See, Gordon Korman is the first author to make me laugh so hard I could barely breathe. He’s also one of my all-time favorite poets. He’s got this one poem about Monopoly in The D- Sports Poems of Jeremy Bloom that cracks me up every time I read it.
And he also responded to the letter I wrote him in 5th grade. That made quite an impact on me.
So on the off-chance that he sees this . . .
*Waves* Hi Gordon!
“I see you from behind my mountain of awesome!”
I hope everyone enjoys my list. I need to go explode with awkwardness now!
Giveaway of Decked With Holly
Okay, isn’t Marni hilarious? If you haven’t read her books, trust me, you need to! And one lucky US reader could win Decked With Holly! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below and you’re good to go!
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