Interview: Courtney Cole & Giveaway!

24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole.


He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.

But he’s got his reasons.

His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.

As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect façade.

So he slipped far, far from it.

Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right?


And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila.

Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he’s got to figure it out because he needs her to breathe.

When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.

But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.

He knows that. And he’s working on it.

But is that enough to make her stay?

**Warning -Contains sex and violence**

My thoughts: This book hooked me in with the first few pages and didn't let me go until the end. I laughed, and I cried, and I remembered a person in my life who dealt with similar addiction issues. Unlike Pax, my POI was addicted. A full-blown alcoholic who sometimes used other things to numb whatever he was trying not to feel. I worried about Mila and whether or not she'd be in the "game" to try and fix Pax or if their relationship would be a co-dependent type situation. It was, just a teensy bit, but it worked for them both. Mila was gutsy and not afraid to do things that should have terrified her. Through it all, it was her love for Pax and the beautiful person she knew was there, buried beneath all of the chemicals that won out in the end. This book is not for those who are afraid to read about sex, love and drugs. If you've ever loved someone unconditionally, in spite of their problems, read this book.

Author Bio:

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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SRNA: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions!
CC: Thank you so much for having me.  It’s a pleasure!

SRNA: If You Stay is the first book in the Beautifully Broken series, what's next up for this series?
CC: IF YOU LEAVE is book two, it will follow Mila’s sister Madison, but you’ll see quite a lot of Pax and Mila, too.  

SRNA: How long did it take you to write If You Stay?
CC: I was like a woman possessed.  Pax’s story came flowing out of me. I think it only took two weeks or so to write the first draft.  Of course, editing took a lot longer.

SRNA: Where did you come up with the idea for If You Stay?
CC:  I wrote If You Stay because someone close to me used drugs as a coping mechanism.  As I was pondering what might make a person do that, I remembered a news story I'd heard years ago about a mother, a son and an intruder.  In real life, the mother and son got away, but I started to wonder what would've become of the son if his mother had died in front of him.  I decided that he would want to live in oblivion.  And this is how Pax's story was born.

SRNA: Has anyone told you how much your books have touched them personally? (Because I could!)
CC: Yes.  I was completely floored after If You Stay came out and emails came flooding in from readers—telling me how they could relate to Pax because they've been there before- or that they’d had a family friend or brother or sister, etc, who struggled with drugs. I've had people tell me that Pax gave them hope- that if he could change, so could they.   It was so surreal to hear that my little story has touched people like that. 

SRNA: What are you working on right now?
CC: I just finished up some edits for If You Leave.  Very shortly, I’ll begin book three in that series.  I also have the sequel to Of Blood and Bone to write.   And I just had a great idea for a new New Adult book  Soooo, I’ll be busy for a while.
SRNA: How long have you been writing?
CC: I’ve been writing in one form or another, my whole life.  I've only been writing novels for a  few years. 

SRNA: Are you a panster or a plotter?
CC: I used to be a total pantser.  But over time, I've developed into a bit of a plotter.  I’m to the point now where I start out with a concept and the characters are fully developed.  I know how the story is going to start and end, but I plot the middle parts as I go along, a couple chapters at a time.
SRNA: I ask everyone this same question -- just for fun, what's your sign? 
CC: I'm a Virgo. 

Wow! What fabulous answers. I for one can't wait for book two! 

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