Sunday, August 12, 2012

Authors ARE Rockstars Tour: Kate Avelynn


Kate Avelynn. Where do I even start? I really love her name... It flows nicely and is super pretty isn't it?!  Well, many of you probably don't even know who she is... But you should! And believe me you will eventually be falling in love with her books, I just know it! Kate is also one of my queens of the best club in the world, aka the Dark Darlings.

 (clicky on the picture!)

Basically it's only the coolest group of darlings ever. We basically like dark books. Twisted books. Books that hurt our heart and our minds. Books with words so beautiful they're basically razors to our souls. And Kate, is one of those amazing leaders. And her book... I just KNOW will be like razors on my heart and soul. Something that I will absolutely adore but will also tear me to pieces and honestly... I cannot wait.

Speaking of her book, this amazing book that I've only seen snippets of but knew instantly that I was in love with it? Is called FLAWED. Here's some details:

by Kate Avelynn
Young Adult
Entangled Teen, October 2012
ISBN 13: 978-1-62061-232-3

Synopsis: Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago—James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been James’s best friend—and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on—for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realize James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact…

So basically that cover... is perfect. It's so eerie, yet beautiful. Almost bittersweet. A wishy.. something that gives you hope is half destroyed.  Plus the all black and the red terrifying letters. Just a cover MADE of win. But if Kate's cover and synopsis doesn't make her a Rock Star (which they totally do) her play list TOTALLY does. She's into brilliant music. Don't believe me? Well... GO HERE.. and listen to the playlist! The song "Lies" is my favorite and it's pure brilliance. I love Kate's mind too much.

Another reason Kate is my Rock Star is because she inspires me to go outside my house in front of who knows who and take pictures like these:

Why did I do this you may ask? Well Kate is SO freaken awesome that she sent me all this swag just because and it looked like this:

So OF COURSE I fell in love with the swag SO HARD that I had to make my own version of it. And yes, I've already worn the Tattoos and the dog tag. I love them SO hard.

Overall, even though I have yet to read her book... it really doesn't matter. Kate Avelynn is already a Rock Star to me. She's easy to talk to and oh so sweet in every e-mail or tweet I receive from her. Every excerpt I've ever read of Flawed just completely made me fall in love with her writing and already her story. When I tell people I love to read dark, and twisted books... I think sometimes they think I'm crazy. Or that my brain and heart is some place that there's isn't... and maybe it is. But Kate is one of the people that understands what my love of heart breaking books is all about. She wrote a book like that. And I honestly cannot. WAIT. To. Read. It.

Basically I adore Kate Avelynn already. She is already a Rock Star to me. An author who I've gotten close to in a short period of time before her book even hit shelves. And, I'm positive I will be raving like crazy about her book when it finally releases.


- Kate's Inspiration Post -

Thank you for having me here today, Jena!

  When I talk to people about FLAWED, I’m always asked why I write about
dark stuff. People think authors are strange enough without me answering
honestly—that I love villains way more than I probably should—so I
usually just shrug and smile.

 Now that I’ve slapped on a nametag that says, “Hello, I’m Kate.
No, I’m not crazy,” I’ll try to explain why loving villains is a
good thing. Have you ever read a book where you wound up rooting for the
bad guy because you totally get why they’re doing what they’re
doing? Or because they’re so deliciously broken you want to reach into
the book and fix them? I _love_reading about villains who have the best
intentions in the world, but carry them out in all the wrong ways. I
love it because I_get_ it. It’s so easy to make the wrong decision
when you think you’ve made the right one, and we all know how quickly
one bad decision can spiral your life into chaos. Books with complex
villains are always heartbreaking reads because the bad guy never wins,
no matter how good their intentions. No matter how badly I want them to

   Characters who’ve made bad decisions and lost control of their lives
are the “why” of FLAWED. I wanted to explore how love, of all
things, can lead a person down a dark and twisted path, and how
misplaced loyalty can destroy a person. While the story is told entirely
from Sarah’s point of view, this is James’ story for me. The
traumatic experiences he shares with his sister have warped his mind and
poisoned his ability to protect her from the very thing he’s
become—but he doesn’t see it. And while he’s the “villain” and
does horrific things in the name of love, James is has been Sarah’s
protector, their sole provider, and her emotional and physical rock
since they were kids. I hope reader get him, and that they maybe even
fall in love with him a little bit like Sarah and I have.

Shortie Says: SEE PEOPLE.... SEE! SHE UNDERSTANDS. This. This is how I feel too! No matter how much I want the bad guy to win, he never ever does. And, I love deliciously broken characters because I do want to reach right into the pages and help them... fix them.


- The Author -

Kate's Bio: Kate Avelynn lives in Central Oregon with her husband, whom she fell in
love with at eighteen after realizing he shared her obsession with
music, sports, and psychoanalysis. When not devouring Stephanie Perkins
and Jennifer Echols novels, holding down her editing gig, or attempting
to coax life out of the weed patch she calls a “garden,” Kate writes
dark, young adult romance that blends first love, betrayal, and
danger. FLAWED [1] is her debut novel.


Plus here's some fun facts I pulled off of her website. Because I may or may not slightly stalk her... ;)
  1. I met/fell in love with Resident Hottie when I was eighteen. He took me to see Phantom of the Opera, then followed it up with a dinner of Wendy’s frosties and french fries in the middle of a park at midnight. Effective, cheap, and only mildly terrifying once I got past the Rodents of Unusual Size (okay, so they were nutria) that come out at night. Who says teens can’t find true love?

  2. I collects pens, notebooks, and binder clips. Not intentionally, but they’re all over the house anyway. My grandmother once sent me eighty pens and a dozen three-subject spiral notebooks for Christmas. Best. Gift. Ever.
    (I collect pens too! Pens and sharpies!)

  3. I may have the world’s largest collection of mismatched knee socks and arm warmers. I’m not sure why one of every pair disappears or where they’re going, but wearing things that match screws with my creativity, so it’s probably for the best.

  4. Before Titanic came out and gave me an irrational fear of sinking boats, I wanted to be a marine biologist. Obsessed over the Scripps Institute of Oceanography summer program for teens and everything. Since then, I’ve considered careers in genetics, photography, film editing, psychology, music, hockey groupie, and whatever you call those girls that squirt water in the college football players’ mouths during the game. I’ve only accomplished two of these so far, but don’t count me out. I’m tenacious.

 Kate's Website || Twitter

Goodreads || Amazon || Barnes And Noble


- Giveaway -

Because I heart Kate. I'm going to give one lucky reader a Pre-Order of Kate's book FLAWED.

- International (I will get a hard copy and personally ship it to who ever wins)

Good luck! :)


  1. I don't know Kate, but her book looks AMAZING!!! I can't wait for it to be released!!! Awesome post :)

    1. Well get to know her! ;) haha just kidding. Well not really... But thnk you!! :) and I can't wait either!!

  2. Hmm.. this sounds creepy but interesting!

    1. Agreed! I'm going to go with heartbreaking and beautiful. :)

  3. I really liked this post. This books sounds very interesting and very dark. I like to see authors who aren't afraid to touch on dark subjects. A must read for me :)

  4. I can't wait for this book! Been looking forward to this book for ages now! :) I just know it will be amazing!!

  5. Oh I can't wait to read this book, it sounds so awesome! I am always rooting for the flawed, broken, damaged, dark characters. I always want to fix what's broken, or hope that someone else does.

    I love how much you think this author is a rockstar, and just from your words I totally think so too. Though judging from the book's description and her post, she is an absolute rockstar. :)

    Thank you so much for being a stop on this tour. And for donating a copy of the book for giveaway. You rock too Jena! <3

    1. Thank you so much Rachel!! :) and thank you for choosing me to be a part of it!!!

  6. I SO WANT THIS BOOK!! The synopsis is so awesome and intriguing and the story sound - like Fiktshun says - damaged and twisted. I am definitely reading this book!

  7. I love the post! I don't know Kate, but I sure know I will enjoy reading her works! :) Thanks! :)

  8. I don't know Kate but the book looks awesome! I will be reading it and I enjoyed the post for learning about someone new!


  9. The book sounds really good. Thanks so much for the chance and for making it International :)

  10. Great post! Kate is a new author to me, but I can't wait to read her books!

  11. Jena luff you and luff your post! Thanks so much for being a stop on the tour.


    1. I luff you too!! <3 and thank you for choosing me to be a part of it :)

  12. I really enjoyed your stop. She is new to me but sounds awesome and yes I will be reading her book.

  13. This book sounds really good. I love all the swag pics, too.

    Great job with this post!! :D


    1. Thank you Patricia!! Thanks for choosing me too!! :)

  14. I don't know Kate. I DO want to read the book. Sounds like a really good read :)

  15. This book sounds great!!! I'll definitely check it out!

  16. I will definitely read Kate's book.

  17. I am looking forward to reading FLAWED. It looks amazing.

  18. I'll definitely read ms. Avelynn's book. I've had it on my TBR pile for months, months I tell you! :). I just really want to read it. So happy with this giveaway. Thank you so much for it, you're very generous.

    Btw, I loved your own version of the swag :D

  19. YEAAAAAHH! Much love for Kate <33 AHH. I love both of you guys and I totes can't wait to read FLAWED! Dang it, where is a favorite button when you need it?!

    1. Faaaavoriteee button yeah! I need one of those.

  20. I have actually never heard about this book until now. Love all those swag items! also the cover is really interesting, and I would love to check it out.


  21. DUDE. I loved everything about this post. And especially the fact that I can tell that you are for seriously stoked for this book which makes me just as stoked!

    ALSO. I loooooooooooove that picture of you blowing that flower--so gorgeous! And I TOTALLY get the dark stuff. Reminds me of Dia Frampton's The Broken Ones. We just always want so badly to fix 'em!

    Amazing post and thanks SO much for the giveaway, love! <333

  22. Flawed sounds like an amazing book. I totally want to read it :)

  23. Love the post. Kate is so awesome!!! Thanks for the chance to win :D


  24. I loved this post and will DEFINITELY read Kate's amazing new book!! <3 :D

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