Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sally Thorne is 100 percent fun...plus a book giveaway

We welcome Sally Thorne to CLC today during the publication week for her sophomore novel, 99 Percent Mine. We've been hearing some good buzz about this novel and are excited to check it out. William Morrow has one copy for a lucky reader!

Sally Thorne is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Hating Game. She spends her days climbing into fictional worlds of her own creation. She lives in Canberra, Australia with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions, a haunted dollhouse and the world’s sweetest pug.

Praise for Sally's debut:

"An addictive, dazzling debut. THE HATING GAME is bursting at the seams with love (and hate) and heart."
—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of My Favorite Half-Night Stand

"A brilliant, biting, hilarious new voice. THE HATING GAME will take the rom-com world by storm. One of the best I’ve read, ever."
—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck With That

"It was hard to believe this was a debut novel, as it was well-written and polished."
—Melissa Amster (from CLC review)

Visit Sally online:
Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram


Synopsis:
Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits—he’s been with the same perfect girl for years and Darcy will never be that girl. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and her brother inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that's inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.


What is something you learned from writing The Hating Game that you used toward 99 Percent Mine?
It was a lesson that took a long time for me to learn, but it was to just let go of expectations and enjoy myself. I was surprised by the success of THE HATING GAME- it was my first book and I didn’t even write it with the intention to publish.

When I began my second book, I had a big personal crisis of self-doubt and crippling writer’s block. I’d never had to follow up anything before, and I’d never had anyone wanting to read my writing. Lots of people were asking me when my next book was coming out. I admit I froze up for a long time and really doubted I could do it. I had a bad case of Second Book Syndrome.

Slowly, as I found my story and my confidence, I found myself enjoying writing again. It was a relief, because writing had become nothing but stressful. I realized that what readers respond to the most is authenticity, and I should be completely myself, and write what I like best.

What I like best is: sexual tension, lifelong love, primal animalistic attraction, tall guys with muscles, intense staring and pizza. The result is 99 PERCENT MINE, and I hope readers enjoy it. It’s different from my first book, because I’m a different person now, but I think of it as THE HATING GAME’s sexy, rebellious older sister.

Why did you decide to write rom coms?
It’s my favorite genre to read, and I like making people feel good. All I ever want to do is write books that bring comfort to the reader, and they want to reread their favorite parts when they’ve had a bad day.

If 99 Percent Mine were made into a movie, who would star in the leading roles?
I’d convince the singer Halsey to try her hand at acting, because she’d be an amazing Darcy Barrett. They both have the same tough-girl vibe that hides an inner fragility. Darcy’s twin brother Jamie is too handsome for his own good- maybe Alex Pettyfer could play him. The actor to play Tom Valeska is a little harder for me to decide on, but I’d be happy with Armie Hammer.

What is one word that will be your guiding force in 2019?
Breathe!

Who is your current celebrity crush?
My boy crush is Dylan Wang, who plays Dao Ming Si in Meteor Garden. My girl crush is Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist and beauty guru.

What is the last book you read that you'd recommend?
My favorite rom-com book of 2018 was Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. It’s pee-your-pants funny, with so much emotion and energy. It recharged my heart.

Thanks to Sally for chatting with us and to William Morrow for sharing her book with our readers.

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27 comments:

Anonymous said...

A great sense of humor--Carrie J

Suburban prep said...

He cares. He does things for you because he wants to not because you ask. Someone you can be yourself around. (I am fortunate as I have been married to him for 20 yrs).

traveler said...

Someone who is there for you all the time. When you are sick, when there are tough times he is devoted and dependable.

Rita Wray said...

He would have to be honest and have a good sense of humor.

Kelley B said...

Integrity is a must for me!

RD said...

A sense of humor is a must!

Linda May said...

Someone who is honest, loving, funny & just a terrific person. Thanks for your generosity.

Diana said...

A man who knows what he wants out of life and has the ambition to go after it and sense of humor.

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StephTheBookworm said...

I definitely think sense of humor!

Janine said...

He has to have a sense of humor and love cats. And most of all, he has to have a job.

jean602 said...

Honesty and loyalty are a must.

StoreyBookLover said...

My husband makes me laugh, every day and I love that about him! One of my favorite things is that we are both big readers and love to spend time (after the kiddos are in bed) just hanging out reading books. <3

Mary Preston said...

Respectful and intelligent.

Mary C said...

Intelligent, compassionate and a sense of humor

Dianne Casey said...

Honest, respectful thoughtful and fun to be with.

Melanie Backus said...

My man is honest and giving.

Linda Kish said...

Honest, loving, respectful and intelligent

Jilleen said...

I always said I would marry for money the second time around!!!
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Kate Vocke said...

HUMOR... if he can't make me laugh... bye!

Summer said...

A sense of humor and a sense of calm.

bn100 said...

caring

Grandma Cootie said...

Has to understand me, which is not easy. He does a very good job.

Kelly Rodriguez said...

Honesty and loyalty are really important to me!

dstoutholcomb said...

honesty and loyalty

Amber Kuehler said...

Loyalty, humor, honesty are all super important to me!

Julie said...

I think loyalty and kindness are musts.

Anonymous said...

Caring and sharing. Always there for me.