8 May 2014

She Likes it Rough by GVR Corcillo

Lisa Flyte is determined to get herself a backbone. That freak fast-food accident with all of its glaring humiliation was the straw the finally really pissed off the camel. But how is daydreamer Lisa supposed to get bold all of a sudden after a lifetime of watching from the couch?
Jack Hawkins, that's how. When Lisa finds out that the outdoor extremist from her business school classes needs a clueless urbanite to test his top-secret line of adventure gear for beginners, she strikes a deal with him: she'll be his undercover test dummy if he'll help her become brave during their jaunts in the wild.
And they're off! Lisa proves to be more spastic than brazen during their adventures, but no worries: Jack can handle Lisa and her primal freak-outs as she works to be more daring.
But can Lisa use the moxie she develops in the great outdoors to become the alpha hero of her everyday life? She needs to find the grit to pursue a career she really wants and the nerve to finally stand up to her bullying family.
And will Lisa get gutsy enough to go after Jack? He's a man who's not afraid of anything...except maybe of falling for Lisa.

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Hi, Suzy! Thanks for making me a part of Fiction Dreams today. And you know, thinking about fiction dreams, I have to say, they come in all shapes and sizes...
Hi! Its such a pleasure to have you here today! :)

Last year, my husband Ron and I had just flown from Los Angeles to Connecticut to visit his family. When my father-in-law asked me if I had read anything on the plane, I immediately began gushing about the author I had just discovered, Jerry Spinelli.
“Oh,” my father-in-law said. “Cole likes those books, too.”
Okay, I was only SLIGHTLY mortified to have it pointed out to me that I was jazzed about the same books as my seven year-old nephew Cole!
But, my father-in-law, who I adore to pieces, wasn't meaning to embarrass me...so I stood my ground, espousing the delights and wonder of the novels for kids and young adults by Jerry Spinelli. Then I gave my in-laws the Spinelli books I'd finished on the plane to pass on to Cole: Crash, the story of a bully and the tentative bond he forms with the class wimp whom everybody picks on, and Loser, the tale of the clutzy kid who tries so hard but never gets anything right...until one night when he does something that will make your heart soar, something that no other kid even THOUGHT of doing. And if you've never read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, go read it right now!!!!!
And yeah, I'm 42 with an Ivy League education but I will shout it to the world – I revel in reading novels for kids...and for young adults, and for fanboys, and for chicks! Sure, I have my favorite genres, but I don't RESTRICT myself to genres. I would miss so much if I did that!
My two favorite books in the whole wide world, two books that I have read over and over, are the literary classic East of Eden by Nobel Prize-winning John Steinbeck and the Newbery Medal-winning children's novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. These book are worlds apart! You would not find them next to each other on any shelf in a bookstore or library. Yet I love them both, and first read them both at about the same time in my life. And I still re-read both to this day because every reading reaches my heart and broadens my perspective.
I don't so much genre surf as try to completely ignore genre – a good story is a good story is a good story. Today, with so many book out there, book stores and libraries and publishing companies quickly assign books into categories, which can be extremely helpful when you are looking for a good mystery or the latest in fantasy, but it can also be incredibly limiting because of pre-conceived notions we have about certain types of books. “Yeah, I don't really read those kinds of books...” If Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen were written today, would it be slid into the romance category and thus eschewed by legions of people who pooh-pooh romance? And what about Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger? If it were published today, would it be assigned to Young Adult and therefore ignored by more “serious” readers?
One of my favorite aspects of both the book and movie The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler is how the character Grigg eventually gets Jocelyn to appreciate that science fiction can be just as wonderful as any book that Jane Austen ever wrote. Like Grigg, I love giving a recommended or interesting-looking story a chance even if it “isn't my thing.” Doing just that led me to Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, one of the most profound and thought-provoking books I've read since college.
What discoveries have you made during your adventures in reading when, like Jocelyn, you've stepped off the trail you usually follow? And what eclectic jumble of books can you pull off your shelf? Or what mismatched books do you want to put on your shelf?

I look straight at Jack. “What?” I demand, trying to pretend I didn't just freak out because I thought a damn jellyfish was attacking me on the fourth floor of a building downtown.
“Interesting,” he muses. “Your first reaction to fear is to strip.” He nods thoughtfully. “Good to know.”
“That's it?” I ask. “That's your reaction, to make a joke? Your whole staff is going to think I'm your booty call. Don't you care?”
He slides me a look, then grabs a duffle off a shelf. “No one is going to think that.”
“Why?” I challenge. “Am I so out of your league that the idea would be crazy to anyone who knows you?”
He stops and looks at me. “Lisa, I don’t have sex in the office. It’s not a rule, exactly, but I just never do. And I don’t encourage it among my staff.” He starts to fill the pack with gear from his desk and cabinets. “But if it'll make you feel better, I'll tell Peg how crazy hot I think you are.”
I tighten my jaw and suck in my tummy. “You’re making fun of me.”
“That’s because you’re whacko.” Jack doesn’t even pause what he’s doing when he says this. He zips the duffle shut. “Let’s go.” He brushes past me on his way to the door.
“Jack,” I say. “This deal is never going to work if you get mad at me every time I ask a question or make a suggestion.”
“I’m not mad.”
“Then why are you so edgy?”
He turns to me, his hand on the doorknob. “Because I hope to God I’m doing the right thing.”
“Why?” I ask. “What are you doing?”
“I’m taking you on your first adventure.”

GVR Corcillo has lived in Pennsylvania, New York, England, Washington D.C., and California. She has worked about a million different jobs, including a ticket-taker at a movie theatre, a sachet-stuffer at a potpourri warehouse, a waitress at a very noisy bar, a radio-show host, a voice-over actress in an award-winning short film, and a high school teacher in South Central Los Angeles. Then, deciding she needed an even tougher job, she decided to become a writer.
Corcillo won a few writing contests, hit The New York Times Bestseller List with her first short story, and got a B-movie screenplay produced. She Likes It Rough is her first novel. The romantic comedy has won Best Indie Book 2013 and Best Humor Book 2013 from the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards, and the book has thus far advanced to the Quarter Finals of The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.
Today Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo lives in Los Angeles with her husband Ron, a guy who's even cooler than Kip Dynamite.
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  1. Thanks for hosting my guest post today, Suzy! It was a lot of fun to write, and it's about a topic - genre - that seems to follow writers and readers like a shadow. And thank you for so beautifully featuring my book!

  2. Its a pleasure GVR! You're welcome here any time :)

  3. Suzy, thank you for hosting Geralyn today.


  4. Hi Shaz! Thanks for setting this up and introducing me to Suzy's site :)

  5. Hi, GVR & Suzy! I love this post! I have such a bizarre range of books in my collection. :) I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie and Lucy Maude Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables). Those books were huge in my childhood. And while I have a huge place in my heart for Chick Lit, including your AWESOME book She Likes It Rough, I have found that my Kindle is full of Young Adult! Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Twilight, Beautiful Creatures, Divergent, Legend...the list goes on. I totally agree with you,GVR, it isn't about the genre, it's about the book! There are wonderful stories wherever you look. It is amazing!

  6. Hi Glynis Astie! Thanks for stopping by. I too grew up on a bloody diet of Agatha Christie - yum! And speaking of wonderful stories...I am so psyched that French Toast, the next in the series after your French Twist is out! Not only do I love mysteries, but when I am in the mood for hilarious madcap romance, I get my "French" fix!


  7. HA!! I sat down to use the computer just after my husband Ron and commented while I was still signed on as him! Glynis, my husband laughed out loud when I was telling him about your French Twist, but the above comment is actually mine :)


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