Thursday, January 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by: Samantha Young

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young. I am thrilled to be taking part in the tour as this series is one of my very favorites. Today I have an interview with Samantha to share, but first a little bit about Before Jamaica Lane.

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"One simple lesson in seduction between two friends can turn into so much more…

Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left broken-hearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever…"

My Thoughts:
Will there ever come a day when I don’t love a Samantha Young book? The answer to that question remains to be seen because it hasn’t happened yet. Before Jamaica Lane was another fantastic addition to this series. This is easily one of my favorite series and with each addition that fact is just cemented more and more. Check out my full review here.

Hi Samantha! Thank you so much for dropping by the blog today, it is an absolute pleasure to have you here! 
So to start us off, if you had to describe Before Jamaica Lane in a tweet, how would you do it?
Emotional, seductive, sexy, down-to-earth, relatable, relevant and funny. 

If you had to describe yourself in two words, what would they be and why?
Kaleidoscopic and compassionate. Why? I am definitely not a person who sees the world in black and white. I see all the shades and all the colors. I also inherited my mum and dad’s polar opposite qualities so my personality is all over the color spectrum :p 
I have faults and flaws and issues like everyone, and definitely am not perfect, but I do tend to feel other peoples (and animals—cannot watch animal rescue or nature shows!!!) pain quite deeply. 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? 
My dad told me he’d let opportunities pass him by because he was playing it safe. He told me to take a risk by turning down a job offer with a steady income to continue pursuing my writing career. I wouldn’t be living my dream as a full-time writer if it hadn’t been for that advice. Definitely the best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten. 

What is your favorite quote? 
Is by Bessie Anderson Stanley — “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.” 

Who or what is your biggest influence when it comes to your writing? 
It’s a toss up between music and the people around me. They both have a massive influence on my writing.

To date, which of your books has been the most difficult to write?
CASTLE HILL: A JOSS AND BRADEN NOVELLA. I believe novellas are harder to write than full-length novels, and I’m sure I’m not the only author who thinks so. While it might be assumed because it’s much shorter it must be easier to write, actually, technically the difficulty level is greater. Somehow, in a concise amount of words, I have to provide full character development, emotional depth, and a clear plot structure. That’s not easy. CASTLE HILL took me the same amount of time to write as my full-length novels do. 

If you were stuck on a deserted island, which book/series would you want to have with you? 
Ahh can I have two? The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. 

Now still on that island, which book boyfriend would you pick to keep you company? 
Jericho Barrons. He’s sexy and he’d get me off that freakin’ island in a heartbeat. Although… if I’m on an island with JZB I might not want to leave too soon… 

If you were not an author, what do you think you would be doing? 
I like to think I’d have somehow managed to get myself into Historic Scotland tourist industry and put my history degree to good use. 

What are you currently working on, if you can share? 
I’m currently working on OUT OF THE SHALLOWS (INTO THE DEEP #2) 

Favorite writing snack?
Chocolate buttons. 

This or That:
Hot or Cold? Cold.
Pink or Blue? Blue.
Wizards or Vampires? Vampires.
Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate.
Braden Carmichael or Jake Caplin? Ahhh…. But my instincts had me typing a B first so we’ll go with Braden Carmichael. 

Thank you so much for dropping by today!
Thank you for having me!

About The Author:
New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young is a 27 year old book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She lives in Scotland. Visit her online at: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


  1. Oh, I like the term "kaleidoscopic", nice one Sam! I'd have to disagree and say I prefer hot and wizards though, lol. Great interview Teresa!

  2. I still have to read tho series!!! I've been wanting to, but there are a lot of books I need to read to catch up! I loved the interview! My favorite answer was about how her dad told her he had missed out on a lot of opportunities by playing it safe. It's easy to let fear stop us from following our dreams, and her success story is a real inspiration. Thanks for sharing Teresa!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  3. Still need to get tot his series - sooner I hope.

  4. Cool interview, I think Castle Hill is awesome and I like too Vampire Academy and Fever saga too

  5. Oh, Wifey, this is fabulous!! Brilliant interview, ladies. I have so much love for this author and this book. This just made my day!! And Braden Carmichael FOREVER! lol *glomps*

  6. Loved! Take a risk, best advice ever!! Great interview and I so have to get to the rest of this series!! :D

  7. Great interview! I can only imagine how difficult writing Castle Hill was, but Sam did great.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh yay for this book! I just read the first one this month, so I've got th3 next 2 to read! Yay.

    YA Sisterhood

  9. Great interview, Teresa! I loved the advice her dad gave her. And I love the two series she'd have with her if stranded on a desert island. AND that Barrons is the one book boyfriend for her! She just better hope we're not stranded at the same time...I'd want Barrons with me! ;)


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