27 Aug 2014

Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks

Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks
(Starstruck #2)
Publication date: Summer 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself…
When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.
Joshua’s different to everyone she’s ever known – a traveller, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she’s left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret – one he won’t risk anyone finding out.
Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose – a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits.

˃˃˃ “Becky does it again, delivering a searingly hot, emotionally intense and brilliantly written book. I loved it.” – Sarah Alderson (author of Hunting Lila, Fated, The Sound)

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

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I asked Becky - How have your travels influenced your writing?
Thanks for having me on the blog! It’s funny you should ask about my travels because I think maybe I was a gypsy in a past life. If I don’t have some kind of travel plan on the horizon I get pretty anxious – like, riddled with FOMO!
Fear Of Missing Out rules my life. It keeps me moving, but then I guess it also keeps me inspired.
In 2011 I got a three-book deal with HarperCollins to write a travel memoir in Dubai, then Bali and then South America, so for three years I travelled and wrote and met some totally awesome, exponentially crazy, inevitably inspiring people. My travels have one hundred percent influenced everything I write! For example, you never know who’s going to be snoring beside you on a bus from Cusco to Lima – one time I had a lady carrying a lamb in a sack next to me for 12 hours. That thing bleated the whole way while she slept and I sat there wishing I hadn’t left my iPod headphones in a locker with a stolen feather party headpiece and some Christmas lights (long story).
Another time in Cambodia I had a stowaway child sleeping on the floor under my feet. Other times in hostels I’ve dealt with Australians pissing on the floor, French people having sex on the bunk below me, old men flicking their braces by my face, weird hippies and absolute hotties starting conversations which lead to dinners, drinks and sometimes amazing friendships!
As a writer I do think it’s important to travel as much as you can, if you can, or at least to get out there and interact with people who are different to you.
There’s no way I’d be able to write about the U.S, or Bali, or Dubai, or Africa (like author Sarah Alderson did in The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft) if I hadn’t been to those places and literally soaked up those cultures like a sponge. I imagined the island in Before He Was Gone to be one of the Gili Islands, here in Indonesia where I currently live… only with less creature comforts (and you don’t have to kill anything to eat on the Gilis, thank god).
Travelling through writing non-fiction has opened my eyes to all kinds of characters and things I can draw from when I write fiction, so I guess I’ve been pretty lucky in that respect, but there’s so much more left to write about. At this rate I’ll be single forever though, because it’s also pretty hard to have a relationship when you move around so much. But for now I write the hot men into my books and I figure it’s only a matter of time before I scribble one into existence, right?
Right?! ☺

Becky Wicks lives in Bali and scribbles books, and she’s mostly powered by coffee. Her first book in the Starstruck Series, Before He Was Famous recently reached #1 in Amazon’s Coming of Age and New Adult & College categories, and her three travel books, published by HarperCollins are online to make feet nice and itchy. Mostly though, she loves to write love stories. She blogs most days at beckywicks.com and always welcomes distractions on Twitter @bex_wicks. Especially if you have photos of cats.

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
--50$ Amazon gift card
--A character named after the winner in book 3 - Before He Was a Secret
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1 comment:

  1. Great post, ladies! I love to travel but I don't often - work and having a kid kind of takes some freedom away >.< I have been to a few places, though, NYC, Jamaica, Boston. Nowhere too exotic yet but I so wanna visit Greece! Sounds like you had quite the adventures though, wow!!


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