Welcome to Refreshingly Riki’s stop on the Blog Tour for Stacey Wallace Benefiel’s novel CROSSING! I’m pleased to share lots of awesome things with you today, including a chance to win a copy of the book and a $100 Sephora Gift Card, and an interview with Stacey herself! Sit back and enjoy all the fun!
He stole her lipstick…and her heart.
Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back.
When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
Interview with Stacey Wallace Benefiel:
Describe yourself in five words.Loyal, tender-hearted, loud, happy, hopefulWhat is the best piece of advice have you ever received in your writing career?Always be writing the next book. Marketing is important, but don’t let it take over your life. The more books you have out the better.What was your favorite part of writing CROSSING?My favorite part of writing CROSSING was getting to rewrite an important event in my life. It was immensely cathartic. In a way, writing about who I was then, helped me figure out who I need to be now. It made me see that I hadn’t had much growth with regards to my self-esteem in the twenty years it has been since my relationship with my Liam. When Dani is at Chase’s grave and has the big epiphany about how she always valued the opinions of people who brought her down over those that loved her and lifted her up – yeah, that was me having that epiphany right then and there.Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character(s) from CROSSING?Dani: Tina Majorino all the way! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001499/ Or my friend Lindsay Dibben. She’s going to be in the book trailer.Liam: Even though he’s blond, Matt Lauria has been Liam from the beginning. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2809645/What is an unknown fact or fun trivia about CROSSING?The only reason Liam is a brunette in the book is because the guy in the cover photo has brown hair. Same with Dani wearing a polka-dot trench coat. 🙂All of the plays are made up. I was actually in shows with similar titles, but I didn’t want to mess with copyright stuff.In addition to covering the couch in bright blue fake fur, my Elizabeth and I had a chair covered in bright pink fake fur and our coffee table and end tables were made out of road signs that my Liam and I had stolen under cover of night. (Sorry, City of Eugene.)E-Books or Traditional Paper Books?I’m all about e-books. I hoard. It’s easier for everyone this way.What are you working on now?I’m working on the second book in the Penny Black trilogy, Frayed. It’s NA sci-fi romance. I’m also working on Diving In, a companion novel to CROSSING, about Liam’s sister, Brynn, and her first year post high school, living and working in Boise. It’s another unconventional romance. I’m not sure I can write a regular boy/girl romance.Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?I’d like to thank Riki for hosting me and for promoting my weird book. Cheers!Also, if any of you are close, personal besties with Ryan Murphy, I’d sure love to get a copy of CROSSING into his hands.
Enter here for your chance to win a copy of CROSSING along with a $100 Sephora Gift Card!
Thank you to Stacey for the opportunity to participate in the blog tour and for the awesome interview!