I'm very lucky to have Jamie Ayres taking over my blog today. I have no idea what she has install for you, but considering it has something to do with her exciting new book, 18 Truths, it can only be awesome!!!
Jamie: Thank you so much for letting me visit today, Tania!
Dr. Judy, Olga and Nate’s therapist, let me borrow her office for this interview. *hears knock on the door* Come in! *At a little over six feet, Conner enters wearing a plain white T-shirt that reveals his muscled body quite well and gray swim trunks that hang dangerously low on his hips. His face is dominated by a well-groomed goatee and obnoxiously long lashes any girl would kill for, his shaggy surfer style blond hair pushed away from his forehead by a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses.* Hey, Conner. How are you today? I understand you’ve been having some . . . issues since the conclusion of 18 Truths. At any rate, I am so excited you agreed to answer a few questions for us! And no matter what happens, know I absolutely love you and that you’re my favorite.
(gets slightly distracted by his gorgeous blue eyes)
Conner: Really? I can read, ya know. I saw you said the same thing to Nate in your last interview.
Jamie: Umm, yeah, okay. You caught me. What can I say? I love both of you so much. I can see why Olga has such a hard time picking between the two of you. It’s like trying to pick a favorite between my two children. It can’t be done.
Conner: Shut the front door! Are you telling me you’re not gonna make her choose one of us by the end of the trilogy?
Jamie: Whoa, calm down, you little cantankerous monkey.
Conner: Don’t bring my band name into this. *laughs* It was a pretty ridiculous name, wasn’t it? Anyway, what’d you want to ask me tonight?
Jamie: Right, my first question is, what were your thoughts when you saw Olga for the first time in the Underworld? I mean, you hadn’t seen her in over a year, and you thought you’d never see her again, that you lost your chance of ever telling her you loved her. Now, I would remind you to be honest, because the book is called 18 Truths, but it seems you’re the one character I don’t have to say that to. You pretty much have that covered already.
Conner: Hahaha. Yeah, I’m good with the being truthful thing, but only because I learned the hard way. I mean, I previously spent a lot of time on Earth not being honest with Olga when I should have, so I wasn’t going to ruin my chance in the sequel. But, I can’t really say exactly what it is I thought when I first saw her. What is this? A PG or PG-13 audience?
Jamie: Just like Nate, a total g-u-y.
Conner: Huh? What’d that little punk say about my girl?
Jamie: Moving on! What’s the one thing you love most about Olga?
Conner: Again, is this a PG-13 audience? You told me to be honest, right?
Jamie: *swats him on his bicep, then awkwardly keeps my hand there for a minute before Conner clears his throat* Fair enough. Let me break this down for ya.
Conner: Oh, Hammertime! *yells “You Can’t Touch This” and proceeds to nail the trademark MC Hammer dance move*
Jamie: *gets up and tries to dance with Conner, who immediately sits down while I compose myself, whispering repeatedly I’m a married woman* Okay, so tell me, what do you love most about Olga’s personality?
Conner: Probably how selfless she is. She always puts everyone’s needs ahead of hers.
Jamie: Would that be your definition of what love is then?
Conner: Again, if I’m being honest, I don’t know exactly what love is. I know it’s not easily defined, has many different versions, and means different things to different people.
Jamie: Well, if you want my advice, I’d do some serious soul searching on the subject. Because my boy Nate is doing a stellar job with loving Olga.
Conner: You don’t think I know that? It’s not like I want to screw everything up all the time. And really, I don’t want to hear what Nate is doing. Olga and I have history. She’s been my best friend for thirteen years, and I still feel like I want to be around her 24/7. If that’s not love, then I just don’t know . . . .
Jamie: I have to admit, real looks sexy on you.
Conner: *winks* Come on, now. You know everything looks sexy on me.
Jamie: *clears throat and blushes slightly* Okay, I have to ask, cheerleaders? Really Conner? What is the deal with your obsession with dating cheerleaders, even in the Underworld? Ugh, I hated Julia from the moment I saw her.
Conner: What can I say? Old habits die hard. It’s not really something you’d understand unless you were a g-u-y, as you put it. But hey, don’t forget that you turned Olga into a cheerleader in the last book. Or did you file that little fact under “Woman’s Selective Memory Syndrome”?
Jamie: Okay, point taken and moving on. What scene from 18 Truths was your favorite?
Conner: That’s hard.
Jamie: That’s what she said.
Jamie: Sorry! You know I can’t resist!
Conner: Anyway, wouldn’t have been so hard to choose if you would’ve included one scene with Olga in her cheerleading uniform, but nooo! But I digress. I think my favorite scene was when we went sailing together again. We started a new chapter in our relationship with this book, and right now I’m doing a royal job of screwing it up in 18 Thoughts. You’ve got any tricks up your sleeve to help me out?
Jamie: Well, that’s actually why I asked you to meet me here in Dr. Judy’s office. She’s gonna help us out with something.
Conner: Olga’s shrink? Oh, great. Next she’ll be wanting to interview me about my journey over the past year and what lessons about life I’ve learned along the way and junk.
Jamie: Oh, that is a great last question!
Conner, the sooner you answer, the sooner we can be done with this.
Conner: Fine. I don’t want to give too much away or anything (I hear you get angry when we ‘spoil’ stuff), but I guess it’s not to give up so easily and to forgive more quickly. It’s hard for me to detach and let things go. When I get hurt, I react hastily and offend people. My tongue can work freakishly fast and inflict a ton of pain. Then I resent myself. None of that does anyone any good, but a clean slate is something hard to come by with me. I put up a good front, but it’s all an act, one that doesn’t work on Olga, I might add. I just feel too much emotion to be thinking straight sometimes. I guess it’s all part of the human experience or whatever. I’m doing the best I can with what I have. I know I’m not living up to Olga’s expectations right now, but I pray that by the end of this trilogy, I’ll be a man who can face himself in the mirror and find peace.
Jamie: I think that’s a very noble ending *wipes tear* Thank you for joining us today, Conner. Dr. Judy should arrive any minute now for your session. I’ll see you around, and remember, don’t be too hard on yourself.
Short Blurb: With the lessons the 18 Things life list taught her engraved on her heart, Olga embarks on a new adventure as a spirit guide, but nothing prepares her for the chilling truths she’s learning along the way.
Book Cover Blurb:
Lying is unbearable, betrayal is inevitable, and choosing which path to take is impossible.
Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the university of her dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident.
But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart.
Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined.
Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.
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Jamie Ayres writes young adult paranormal love stories by night and teaches young adults as a Language Arts middle school teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. Although she spent her youthful summers around Lake Michigan, she now lives in Florida with her prince charming, two children (sometimes three based on how Mr. Ayres is acting), and a basset hound. She really does have grandmothers named Olga and Gay but unlike her heroine, she's thankfully not named after either one of them. She loves lazy pajama days, the first page of a good book, stupid funny movies, and sharing stories with fantastic people like you. Her books include the first two installments of her trilogy, 18 Things and 18 Truths. Visit her online via Twitter, Facebook, or at www.jamieayres.com.