Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…
“Please don’t tell my mom that one. She doesn’t need any more bad puns to put on her cards,” Cat said as Alex’s cell phone buzzed. He read the text message before looking up.
“You could tell her yourself—or not tell her, as the case might be. She wants you to call her.”
“What?” Cat said in surprise before dragging out her own phone and staring at the dead screen. She’d obviously played one too many games on it during math. “How did she even get your number?”
He shrugged. “I guess Joe gave it to her.”
“Oh.” It seemed Cat wasn’t the only forgetting Alex wasn’t her real boyfriend.
The darkening afternoon sky was a spectrum of blues as he held up his cell. “You can use mine.”
“Thanks.” She took the handset. The screen was cracked, and there was a fine coat of grease on the keys. She grinned at his screen saver, which was of Snoopy dressed up as the Red Baron. “Frozen and now Snoopy? I always knew you had a marshmallow heart.”
“Yeah. I’m a total softie,” his voice was light, but his knuckles whitened. Cat winced. Franklin had tarred and feathered him with the same brush they’d used for his parents. The worst thing was he seemed to believe it, too. Frustration gnawed at her chest.
How I am the only one who can see how amazing he really is?
Her mom answered on the second ring and explained she’d been held up in a sales meeting and it was going to run for another two hours, which meant she couldn’t pick Cat from school.
“It’s fine. I’ll hitch a ride with Nikki,” Cat said, promising to charge up her cell phone, eat some vegetables with her dinner, and on no account throw a house party.
“You’ll never guess what just happened.” Nikki came running outside, her eyes glowing and her cheeks bright.
“Mackenzie fell into a vat of glitter?” Cat suggested. “Or glue?” Alex added.
“Wrong. Parker just asked me if I wanted to grab a burger with him. Well, he said you guys could come, but I told him you were busy. Right. Right?” Nikki narrowed her gaze so there could be no misunderstandings.
“Right,” she agreed with a smile before recalling her transport predicament. “Go, have fun, and don’t tell him about the time you beat your brothers up. It will only scare him.”
“Duh.” Nikki grinned and went racing over to Parker, who was nervously chewing his lip.
“I can give you a lift,” Alex said once they were alone.
“Are you sure? I feel like every day I impose on you more,” she said, achingly aware of how close they were standing.
“What kind of fake boyfriend would leave his girl stranded?” He shrugged.
She tested out the words like a new flavor. Her body trembled in response and she nodded. “Okay, great.”
Interview with Amanda Ashby
1.What inspired you to become a writer?
I always wish I could say I wanted to be a writer for an early age, but that’s so not the case! I grew up loving books and being great at creative writing but I literally had no idea that being a writer was even a thing a regular person could do! Bearing in mind this was pre-internet so there was no such thing as websites or social media, and we never had authors visit the school. It wasn’t until I was in my mid twenties that I even considered writing a book. Then, once the thought hit me I became determined to do it. I had a few wobbles along the way but the thought that kept me going was, “what if Jane Austen had never written her books?” The idea of living in a world where Pride and Prejudice didn’t exist was pretty scary and it helped push me forward. Not that I aspire to be Jane Austen (okay, maybe I do, because she’s awesome!) but she was definitely my inspiration!
- Coffee or tea?
Coffee!!!!! I try and be sensible with my coffee intake so once I’ve had my three cups for the day then I’ll switch to peppermint tea, but coffee is my first love!
- What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
Hehehe – I feel this question should actually be, “what do you like to do when you should be writing!” My favorite things in life are reading, watching great TV shows and vintage shopping. We’ve also just finished renovating our house and while I wouldn’t say that painting walls was on my list of things I love, I have done a lot of it in the last two years!
- What inspired you to write The Heartbreak Cure?
I never planned to write a YA romance but I was playing with ideas for another book when the image of a heartbroken girl sitting under a tree flashed into my mind. And when I realized she was writing a slash and burn story about the guy who broke her heart, I was all in! Not all stories have such a nice beginning, but the first couple of chapters of this book literally just fell onto the page!
- What’s up next for you?
I’ve got a middle grade book coming out next year under my pen name, Catherine Holt and I’m writing some small town romances for Entangled, which I’m very excited about it. Oh and I’m also moving town next month (all those renovations paid off!!!!) so life is pretty exciting right now!!!
About Amanda Ashby
Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.