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Friday, May 17, 2013

I *heart* Ryan Going Under Blog Tour

Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

(This is a New Adult fiction book with mature themes. It contains graphic sex and language and a description of sexual violence.)

Easy 5 out of 5 Hearts

Going under isn't exactly for the faint of heart. 
Make sure you are prepared for what this book entails. Now if you still want to read it (and I really think you should) know that you are in for an extremely emotional journey.  
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Brooke was simply amazing, strong, courageous maybe a little naive but that only made her that much better of a character.  She has to overcome her guilt for what happened to her best friend as well as grieve for her lost friend. When Brooke decides to enroll at a new school she never believed she'd come face to face with the person who had caused her best friend such a crushing blow. She is determined to get revenge for her friend but that isn;t going to be easy , especially when she never met to meet someone like Ryan who is making her FEEL things.
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Ok yes some of her feelings is sexual tension but it is so much more then that. But Brooke is making head way on her revenge and Ryan may only get in the way, yet she can't stay away from him. The more she digs the more disturbing it becomes. She never thought she'd find some strange sex game. Just when you think things are looking like maybe Brooke is going to be okay, she let go of her "idea" for revenge. And then we are hit and HIT BIG!
I had to stop and take a break it was that emotional!
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and then I was all 
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and I was like...

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and then Brooke was all
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I really could go on and on about how perfect not only the story is but the characters that are going to seep into your heart with out you even realizing it . My thoughts are grab a box of tissues and settle in for an emotional roller coaster.
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I left the bathroom in a hurry, turning the corner for the foyer and slamming into him. The force of the hit was so great that I stumbled backwards, nearly falling on my bottom if not for his outstretched hand. I grabbed it before going down and wobbled on my too-high heels, clutching him as I worked to regain my balance.
“God, I’m sorry!” he exclaimed.
I looked at his face then, unprepared to see something so beautiful. I think I gasped. And then I averted my eyes out of sheer embarrassment.
“I really should watch where I’m going,” he said.
He still held my hand, and I let him. I couldn’t remember who I was or where I was going. I couldn’t remember where I had just been. I only knew that a very cute boy . . . no, he was more than cute. He was gorgeous. This very gorgeous boy was holding my hand, and I had only one thought. I wanted to make our handholding more intimate. I wanted to lace my fingers with his.
“I think I should,” I mumbled.
I chanced another look at him. I made a conscientious effort not to gasp as I took in his light blue eyes. I’d never seen eyes that color. Jared Leto had nothing on this guy’s eyes, and Jared’s eyes were the color of the Mediterranean. No, the eyes I looked into now were so light blue they looked translucent. I thought if I stared a little longer I could see right inside his head, to his brain, and I don’t know why that turned me on so much. I wanted to witness the workings of his mind, the firing synapses, information traveling safely inside neurons to different parts of his body. A few made it to his hand, and they must have told him to keep holding mine because he didn’t let go.
I stared shamelessly, licking my lips at one point. He stared back just as boldly. I wanted him to like what he saw. I wanted him to think I was sexy. I wanted him to feel the same instant attraction I did. I’d never felt it before. Not really. Not even with Finn. It was unsettling, and I wondered how people functioned after being smacked upside the head with it. Instant. Physical. Chemical.
Just rip my clothes off, I thought. Just rip my clothes off and do me right here in the hallway!
He smiled and released my hand. I thought he did it reluctantly, like his brain ordered him to and he finally acquiesced. I smiled back, a flirty grin. I pulled my ponytail forward over my shoulder and played with the strands. I bit my lower lip. And then reality came crashing down like a hailstorm, large lumps of ice banging my head and screaming at me in unison.
I looked at the gorgeous guy, and my face went white.
“Oh my God,” I whispered.
He stared at me for a moment before saying, “Are you okay?”
I shook my head and started towards the sanctuary doors. He followed behind.
“I’m awful, I’m awful, I’m awful,” I whispered over and over. I didn’t care if he could hear.
What the hell was I doing? Trying to flirt with a guy at my best friend’s funeral? How could I even forget for a second that I was at a funeral? I was supposed to be carrying around heavy, black sorrow to match my black dress and black heart, not batting lashes and fantasizing about sex with a stranger. Was I so ridiculous that a hot guy could make me forget to have any kind of decency? Or shame?
I rounded the corner and saw my mother waiting for me. And then I ran to her, threw myself into her arms, and burst into a fit of tears.
“Brooklyn,” she whispered, holding me in a tight hug. “It’s okay,” she cooed as she stroked my hair.
“I’m a terrible friend!” I wailed. I saw the fuzzy outline of a boy walking past us tentatively through the doors.
“No, you aren’t,” my mother replied.
“Yes, I am! I don’t even know why I’m here! Beth hated my guts! She wouldn’t talk to me all summer!”
“Brooke,” Mom said. “I want you to calm down. Now, we talked about this. You knew it would be hard, but she was your best friend for all those years. Do you think she wouldn’t have wanted you here?”
“No, I don’t!” I cried.
“Yes, she would,” Mom said. “Now we have to go in.”
“I can’t!”
“Brooke, Beth was your best friend,” Mom said, trying for patience.
“No she wasn’t! Not after what I did! I ruined everything! I’m a freaking slut!” I sobbed, shaking my head from side to side.
“Sweetheart, don’t say words like ‘freaking’ and ‘slut’ in a church,” Mom replied.
I only sobbed louder.
“You can do this,” Mom encouraged.
I stood my ground, shaking my head violently, refusing to go in.
“Brooklyn Wright!” Mom hissed, pushing me away and grabbing my upper arm. She squeezed too tightly, and I squeaked in discomfort. There was no more tenderness in her voice. “Get yourself together. This isn’t about you. So stop making it about you. You’re going into that sanctuary and you’re going to pay your respects to your friend, and you’re going to make it about Beth. Do you understand me?”
I swallowed hard and wiped my face.
“Do you understand me?” Mom repeated.
I nodded grudgingly, and she took my hand, leading me through the doors.

All About Ryan

“Ryan, why are you so gorgeous and strange?”

My sister told me she laughed her butt off at that part in the book—the part where Brooke gets drunk. I wanted it to be silly and lighthearted to take away from some of the heaviness in the novel. I mean, good grief. If the entire novel were like Chapter 20, who on earth would read it??

But back to gorgeous and strange Ryan. It’s official. The ladies love him, and many of you were a little mad you didn’t get more of him in the book. In my defense, I will say that Going Under was not meant to be primarily a romance. In fact, I purposely wrote the romance as a side item. This did not make for completely happy fans. You were semi-happy, but not all-the-way happy. J So here’s me making it up to you. I’m giving you a little inside information on our leading man that hopefully will allow you to forgive me in some way for not featuring him on every page. xo

Full name: Ryan James Foster
Born: September 27 in Raleigh, North Carolina at WakeMed
Astrological Sign: Libra
Stats: 6’2”; 180 lbs; brown hair; blue eyes
Favorite food: Steak fajitas
Favorite music: The Smashing Pumpkins, specifically their Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness album. (His older cousin turned him on to ‘90s alternative rock.)
Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones
Activities: surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding (he’s really hot when he snowboards), swimming, making out with Brooke
Favorite book: The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Favorite movie: Snatch (Hey, what do you want me to say?)
College degree: B.S. Business Finance
Current job: Finance manager for a chain of local skateboard and skateboard supplies stores in Chapel Hill, NC

Idiotic move in college: Hosted a “hurricane party” at a friend’s place half a mile from the beach. These are popular parties during hurricane season in Wilmington, NC, and they really piss off the local authorities. No one was hurt, but a lot of college students got wasted and then naked. Ryan only got partially naked.

Biggest regret about Brooke: Not getting out of the car. He drove to NC State to see Brooke her freshmen year. He sat in the car in front of her dorm. He waited for hours and finally saw her walking towards the dorm entrance. And he wanted to go to her, but he was afraid. So he watched her swipe her key card, open the door, and disappear from view. He wouldn’t see her again for two years.

Sweetest Moment: Marrying Brooke. Simple. No fuss. A courthouse. The important people. A beautiful woman in a little white dress. Saying “I do.” And the next installment in their great big adventure.

Random Stuff:
~Broke his arm three times when he was in elementary school and middle school.
~Had braces twice: once in fourth grade and then again in seventh because he never wore his retainer.
~Played center forward in soccer until he messed up his knee.
~Pledged a fraternity in college and then quit.
~Turned down a make-out session with a girl in his freshmen composition class. Told her he was already committed to someone else.
~Became inseparable friends with Alyssa from philosophy. She was the only one who could stomach his incessant talk about Brooke.
~Wears one contact in his right eye to give him monovision (one eye sees distance and one eye reads up close).
~Does pushups every day.
~Tried vegetarianism for a week at the insistence of his friend, Charlie. Missed his steak fajitas too much to commit for life.
~Wants to give Brooke babies as soon as possible.

Okay fans. If that didn’t placate you, I will be collecting questions about Ryan during the tour that I will answer at the end. You have to email me at to ask a question (please limit them to two), and I will post all the questions and answers by June 9. Sound good?

Authors Character Inspirations

About S. Walden

S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at and follow her blog at where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects.


I *heart* Ryan Giveaway 

1. signed paperback copy of Going Under
2. $20 Game Stop gift card
3. Lana Del Rey’s single “Video Games”
4. Playstation 4 decals
5. Skateboard stickers
6. “Gamers Embrace” T-shirt
7. Ryan’s love letter to Brooke

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Tour Schedule

May 15
She Reads New Adult - Promo/Excerpt
Seeking Book Boyfriends - Promo/Excerpt

May 16
BookLYSS Book Blog – Review

May 17
Literati Literature Lovers – Promo/Playlist

May 18

May 19
Say It With Books – Review
Love N. Books - Review

May 20

May 21
A Love Affair with Books – Author Interview

May 22
Sab The Book Eater – Guest Post

May 23
Nose Graze - Promo/Excerpt

May 24
Devoured Words – Review

May 25 
Choo Choo Tre - Review

May 26
Just Bookin' Around – Guest Post
The Book Avenue - Promo/Excerpt

May 27
Rainy Day Reads - Promo/Excerpt

May 28
Vilma's Book Blog – Review

May 29
SinfulReads Blog – Review
Enticed by Books – Guest Post

May 30
Ana's Attic Book Blog – Guest Post

May 31
Fab fun and tantalizing reads – Character Interview (Ryan)

June 1
Bean Counting Mommy – Review
SMIBookClub – Review

June 2
Confessions From Romaholics – Character Interview (Brooke)
Book Crush – Review

June 3
The Shadow Realm – Author Interview

June 4
Tiffany Talks Books – Author Interview
Infected Loser – Review

June 5
Cocktails and Books – Promo/Excerpt
Romance Addict Book Blog – Character Interview (Cal)


  1. I would read it....The excerpt made it sound messed up and interesting at the same time so that just screams "read me!!!" Thank you for the chance to enter!!!

  2. Hey Nicole,

    I just have to say, "Wow." Your post is ridiculously AWESOME. Thank you so much for the time you spent putting it together. And thank you for your review of GOING UNDER. Nothing is more exciting than when an author can feel a reader's excitement from a review. Gives me butterflies. Really. I hope your followers take a chance on GOING UNDER. I know it's not an easy one, but I do believe there is a reward for them at the end if they can make it through :)

    xo Summer

    1. Thanks you so much! I'm so glad you liked it!

  3. Going Under sounds good. I definitely will be reading it.

  4. Great review post! I actually laughed, quite loudly, at your gifs :)
    I loved Going Under, definitely not for the faint of heart - though I'm personally not fazed by many things, but certainly recommend it to those open to reading it.

  5. Great review! I love Going Under. It was NOT was I expected! But these are the best books right :D ?!

  6. Its been on my TBR, just need to find time to read it.

  7. This book was so freakin GOOD!!! I couldnt put it down!! The writing was amazing the storyline was so original. It has stayed with me for days after finishing it!

  8. Yes! I want to read it like right now!

  9. It sounds good to me. I'd love to read it.

  10. Definitely look forward to reading this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  11. Wow! I can't WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
    I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list immediately!
    I wonder what kind of events or people in the author's life inspired them to write this book!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com