K – Kind of Off Topic

a-to-z-letters-kI’m taking a topic break to share a special Tattoo Tuesday post.  I know it’s Friday, but this couldn’t wait. It’s that good. I conducted a cool character interview to celebrate Magan Vernon’s new release, The Only Exception.

Allow me to introduce you to Monica Remy.


1. Tell me a little about your background. Where are you from and what was your childhood like?

Well, just getting right into it, aren’t we? Um, okay, where to start? I’m originally from Central Illinois and lived there most of my life besides a brief stint at Taylor college in the Chicago suburbs. My parents are still together (shocking I know) and I have a brother in high school who only seems to talk in one word sentences. I think my childhood was pretty normal, I wasn’t like a cheerleader or an honor student or anything, but I went to school football games, graduated, went to college, joined some student organizations and all that jazz.

2. I run a feature on my blog called Tattoo Tuesday and I would love for you to answer my 3 Tattoo Questions: 

  • How old were you when you got your first tattoo?  Eighteen
  • Tell me your tattoo story? It was right after I decided to transfer out of Taylor and I wanted something uplifting. I didn’t want a Phoenix, but something with the same “rise from the ashes” message. I found out about the princess flower that grows in volcanic soil and to have something so beautiful come from such destruction was very uplifting.
  • Tattoos on significant others, like or dislike and why? I never mind a bad boy with some tattoos, but I’m really starting to prefer the more clean cut and polished guys, no tats, no piercings, and maybe they wear dress shirts all the time…maybe.

3. You recently transferred to Central, why did you leave your old school and why Central?
(This is a big spoiler so I’m going to dance around it). I had many reasons for leaving Taylor. Sometimes it’s just nice to be closer to my family and sometimes we all just need to escape. My family is less than an hour from Central and I know if I need them, they’ll be there.

4. What is your major? 
Political Science and Women’s Studies.

5. You are partnered with Trey Chapman in debate class, what’s it like working so close with the Governor’s son? 
Ugh, Trey Chapman is a pain in my ass. Seriously. Did you know when I met the guy he immediately asked if I wanted literature on his dad’s campaign? *Sigh* On the other hand, the guy knows his stuff. He isn’t one of those headline readers, but really knows what he is talking about and I cannot lie; there is something very attractive about a guy that knows what he wants and goes for it.

6. Any chemistry there? Has he seen your tattoos? 
He likes to comment on my eyebrow piercing every chance he gets. As far as chemistry, well I’ll openly admit that a guy has a way of getting under my skin in a good and bad way.

7. If you don’t mind me getting personal, what do you look for in a man? 
And the tattoo question wasn’t personal? I kid, I kid. Um, I like someone that likes me for me. A guy that doesn’t expect me to be something that I’m not or fit into a perfect box. It doesn’t hurt for him to have a brain, either. I like actually having a conversation with someone. And I like brunettes with green eyes…and dimples *daydreams* WHAT? Okay sorry to drift off there. Thanks for having me and I hope I answered all of your questions!

Blurb:  Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor’s son, Trey Chapman.
No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.
A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.
Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.
Author Bio:
Magan Vernon started out by writing olympic fan fiction and now writes YA and New Adult fiction. She lives with her husband and kids in the insurance capital of the world and still dreams of winning an olympic gold medal for most books read in a single sitting. You can find her online at www.maganvernon.com


Listen, Watch, Read . . .Repeat – Mike_Reverb

I saw this great post by at Mike_Reverb.

These are the books, song and movie that over and over again make me feel how I felt the first time I experienced them.

Non Fiction Book – Marriage of the Sun and the Moon – non fiction – I read it in college at a time when college was almost over and I couldn’t get any stimulation from my surroundings any longer. I just couldn’t wait to get out and see what life had in store for me. Every time I need that jolt again, I revisit this book.

Fiction Book – The Regulators by Stephen King – The first book that sucked me completely into the world and life’s of the people in the book. The book still scares me.  One of the only books that I re-read once every couple of years.

Song – Dangerously in Love Part 2 – It is how I hope to feel about someone someday. Love never gets old.

Film – Goodfellas – I own the DVD, and have it on the hard driver of both of my computers. Even when it comes on TV, with commercials, all the dubbed over cuss words and violent scenes deleted I still sit and watch it. I am also 100% into every emotion of the movie even though I know what is coming next.

What does it for you?