It gives me very great pleasure to welcome Jen Smith to Linda’s Book Bag today. My thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this blog tour and for arranging for Jen to stay in with me to chat about her debut book.
Staying in with Jen Smith
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Jen. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I have brought Falling for the Competition, a contemporary YA geeky swoonfest, my debut release (and it’s super pink).
It certainly is! Congratulations on your debut. So, what can we expect from an evening in with Falling for the Competition?
I hope you fall in love Quinn and Patrick! She’s a highly strung, ambitious girl and he’s a beautiful, confident, sunshiny boy. It’s a YA contemporary romance with a healthy dose of castles, medieval history, King John and, yes, competition. It’s long looks, academic rivals, shared proximity, enemies to lovers, and a beautiful swoony picnic or two. There’s a toxic relationship, difficult friendships, and a discovery that life isn’t just about achieving.
Crikey. It sounds pretty packed with romance!
I hope you adore it as much as me!
How have other readers reacted to Falling for the Competition?
They’ve said things like:
‘realistic and relatable characters’
‘rich, detail-filled world’
‘A thoroughly enjoyable read’
‘Their banter is delicious and their romance is so sweet you can’t help being drawn in. Jen Smith’s humor is front and center, but you will also find yourself swept away by her historical content, immersive descriptions and wonderfully human characters’
‘if you love YA romance and snarky sweet characters, you’ll breeze through this one’
What smashing responses. What else have you brought along and why?
As we’re staying in, I’ve brought my trusty blanket and an endless supply of the only true major food group: crisps (because who doesn’t love crisps).
Quite right. I hope there are some cheese and onion ones there!
I’ve brought Marc Morris’ book on King John because I spent a lot of time in it, checking that I had my facts straight and, quite frankly, I love King John. Poor guy, has such a bad reputation which I don’t think is entirely deserved. Okay, enough about John. I’m a medieval history geek, and I’m not afraid to admit it. My parents took me to Warwick Castle when I was 11 and that was that, I’ve never looked back. The castle in the book isn’t based on Warwick (it’s too big!), but it’s a smorgasbord of all the castles I’ve dragged my family to (which is a lot).
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of castle visiting Jen. I’m very partial to Conwy myself!
I’ve brought my trusty bullet journal, because I’m super organised and how else will I know what my day consists of (mainly scrolling Twitter and adding to my TBR).
I think we all know that Twitter scrolling. Thanks so much for staying in with me to chat about Falling for the Competition. I think you should open some more crisps whilst I give readers a few more details:
Falling for the Competition
It’s going to be the best summer ever for ambitious, overachieving Quinn. A huge history buff, not only has she landed her dream job interning in the archives department of the local castle, but her best friend will be working there too.
However, Quinn isn’t the only one to be working in Archives this summer; Quinn’s academic rival, Patrick, is sharing her office in Muniments. They’re competing for the Letter of Recommendation (singular) from the research historian that Quinn needs to get her dream future placement.
Their emotionally-loaded and competitive rivalry turns into a reluctant friendship, as they spend every day working together in silence (and sharing the occasional Twix). Until the Re-Enactors arrive. Between Patrick and Harry – the Golden Knight of the jousting team – Quinn’s carefully planned summer is thrown into complete disarray. Meanwhile, her best friend’s relationship may look perfect on the outside, but Quinn is starting to realise that there’s more going on than there seems.
Although Quinn is determined and single minded about planning every detail of her sparkling future, she comes to discover that the best things in life are the spontaneous ones – and that some people are more important than any Letter of Recommendation (singular) could ever be.
About Jen Smith
Jen lives in the Midlands with her husband and two children. With a Masters Degree in Medieval History, Jen loves castles and King John a little too much. Strangely un-British, she does not like tea, oranges or marzipan, but adores French cheese, guava juice and Chinese food (not together).
When not writing, Jen can often be found pointing out historical inaccuracies in period dramas, being a Lady that Lunches with close friends and playing board games with her family. Note: her handbags are always heavy due to multiple books (just in case she needs them).
For further information, follow Jen on Twitter @jensmith950.
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