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Friday, October 4, 2013

Good Blog Tour

Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake her junior year in high school which costs her ten months in juvenile detention. Now a senior, she’s lost everything: her best friend, the trust of her parents, driving privileges, Internet access. It’s a lonely existence.

But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her very cute, very off-limits 28-year-old calculus teacher. She falls hard for him—a ridiculous schoolgirl crush headed nowhere. She can’t help it. He’s the only good thing at Crestview High. She doesn’t expect him to reciprocate her feelings. How inappropriate, right? But he does. And he shows her.

And that’s when her life goes from bad to good.

(New Adult romance)

Good is Book ONE in the Too Good Series
Book 2 Better will be The FINAL book in the series

5 out of 5 Stars

Do you know that moment where you can lose it all? I spent most of Good waiting for that moment to come. Getting into a relationship with your teacher is never a smart choice, but sometimes its GOOD. I don;t want you to think this is anything like that "other" book where a girl gets involved with her teacher which is a perfectly good book, just Good is nothing like that.  Candace made ONE mistake 

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and now her parents have her under lock and key. This is where Candace grated on my nerves a wee bit, I mean don't get me wrong she is 17 so i totally understand her response but at the same time I'm a parent and can understand her being kept on a short leash THAT IS NOT TO SAY I agree with how her parents started acting and speaking towards her.  And when Avery a girl at school offers Candace an offer to GOOD to refuse she takes her up on it so she can start to have some freedom which she so desperately craves.  photo tumblr_mghd4x4Hqi1rjxfbno1_r2_500_zpsc9e642ce.gif

This is about the time all the innocent (bordering on inappropriate)  little gestures Mark has been making start to take a much "Friendlier" turn. 
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The relationship is not always easy, what relationship between a grown 28 year old man and still somewhat immature 17/18 year old is. I have to say after reading Going Under by S. Walden is was already sold on her writing hook line and sinker, I will blindly buy anything she puts out and she solidified that feeling with Good.  This is a tricky subject to try to tell a story about, it could go wrong so easily. Teacher/Student relationships are beyond taboo but Walden does such a remarkable job in Good that there were moments I forgot Mark was even her teacher, he was exactly what she needed, and possible she was also exactly what he needed.  Then all of sudden BAM out of no where stuff goes down and me and Candace are all

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Which leaves me all (Though I was this way the entire book)

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and then I was all

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And then BAM HAPPY BUBBLE BURST and I'm left 
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and then WTH at her DAD like really WTF!!
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And then the end, I was totally not expecting that!  It is not exactly a cliffhanger but a moment that will leave you dying to know what will happen next!!

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I'm seriously DYING to know what is going to happen next!! DYING!! But for reals S. Walden I can give you nothing but MAD PROPS for this books it is 
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Sometimes there is nothing to do but

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So do I think you should read Good?
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 a perfect world

I stood at his door before lunch straining to hear the rhythmic beats pulsing low and steady from his laptop. The song was mellow and monotonous—understated sophistication—and I thought I should be having an intellectual conversation with someone while it played. I wanted it to be with Mr. Connelly, but the 59 percent on my math test suggested the conversation would sound more like this:
“Cadence, there are special classes for students like you.”
“You need to be in a special class for math.”
“I don’t understand.”
I considered walking away. I was extra nervous to be near Mr. Connelly ever since the wet wipe incident. I still couldn’t figure out what he was doing. He had been just as remote and distant after the wet wipe incident as he was during the weeks that followed my lunch from Moe’s. Back and forth. Back and forth. He was giving me a headache.
In any case, I needed help. I could not fail math. I had to graduate, so I pushed through the door before I lost my nerve. He looked up from the stack of papers in front of him, throwing his pencil carelessly on the desk. Like everything he’d been working on was suddenly unimportant.
“What’s up, Cadence?”
“It’s obvious I don’t understand anything,” I said, slapping my test in front of him. “I’m not stupid, though. I mean, just because I don’t understand derivatives doesn’t mean I’m a freaking idiot.”
I shuffled my feet and hung my head low, biting nervously on my bottom lip.
“No one said you were an idiot,” Mr. Connelly replied, turning off the music.
I looked up and saw a slight grin on his face. Glad he found me amusing.
“Well, a 59 percent sure does look stupid,” I said sulkily.
“We’ll make it better,” he said.
“I’m starting tutoring sessions next week after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” he replied.
I bit my lower lip harder. How could I stay after school? I had no ride home and was not asking my parents to pick me up. They both worked anyway and wouldn’t be able to.
I shook my head and shrugged. “Oh well.” Again with the instant tears. I had a knack for being out-of-control emotional around this guy.
“What does that mean?”
“I can’t stay after school. I have no ride home.” My lower lip quivered.
“Hmm.” He swiveled in his chair and scratched his cheek. “Well, you can’t fail calculus or you won’t graduate. And I suspect you wanna graduate and get the hell out of here.” He looked up at me expectantly.
I nodded, fighting the tears. I thought about Oliver’s intramural soccer game this weekend and how boring it’d be. There. That seemed to work. I felt my eyes drying up.
“Don’t worry, Cadence,” Mr. Connelly said. “I’ll work something out.”
“Don’t worry about it. Just leave it to me,” he replied, then took a sip of his Orange Crush.
I smiled. “I’ve never seen anyone over the age of eleven drink Orange Crush.”
“Well, my friends in college gave me hell over it,” he replied. “Apparently in college you drink iced latt├ęs. That’s what you do.”
“Duly noted,” I said.
Mr. Connelly cleared his throat and looked down at the papers on his desk. I took it as a signal to leave. I turned around, then froze at his words.
“I’ve got something for you,” he said.
“You do?” I asked, turning back around to face him. He dug around in his messenger bag.
“Yeah. Just give me a second to find it . . .”
I stood nervously pulling on the buttons of my shirt. My girlish heart and brain thought it might be a flower or a box of chocolates. I was an idiot, okay?
“Here we go,” he said, and pulled out a CD. He handed it to me. “I remember you said you couldn’t get on the Internet. Thought you might wanna listen to ‘Midnight in a Perfect World’ since you were curious about it.”
I blushed, hanging my head so that he couldn’t see. This was way better than chocolates or a flower.
“I did,” I whispered. “In computer class.” I didn’t have to tell him that, but I wanted to. I wanted to hear his reaction.
“Oh? When you were supposed to be working?” The question came out as a flirty admonishment. And that’s the reaction I wanted.
I shook my head. “I finished my work first.” I looked up at Mr. Connelly.
“And what did you think?” he asked.
“I thought it was . . . perfect.”
His stare made me uncomfortable and extremely excited. I wanted to know what he was thinking, but I wouldn’t dare ask. It looked utterly private and off limits.
“Would you like to keep the CD for a while?” he asked.
“You won’t miss it?”
He shook his head. “I’ve got an iPod.”
“Okay. Thanks,” I replied, and tucked the CD securely in my bag. “Who were you listening to when I came in?”
“DJ Premier,” he replied.
“Another DJ?”
“Uh huh.”
“What’s the song called?”
“‘Teach the Children’,” he said with a smirk.
“You’ve gotta be kidding me.”
Mr. Connelly chuckled. “I’m really not. The song is called ‘Teach the Children’.”
“So what? Is that, like, inspiration for you when you’re planning out your lessons?”
He cocked his head slightly and considered me. “You’re funny. And yes, maybe it is inspiration.”
I swear his eyes burned holes into my face. He was so . . . intense. But a quiet, stable kind of intense, if such a thing could exist. I stood awkwardly, waiting for him to dismiss me.
“You should go to lunch, Cadence,” he said, a faint smile playing on his lips.
“I should?”
“Okay.” I turned to leave.
“I’ll see you tomorrow.”
“Mmhmm,” was all I could say.

For Gift a Friend Fridays Good will be $0.99 today!

 GRANDPRIZE includes: Signed paperback of Good, DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing… CD. the notes that Mark and Candace wrote to one another, Amazon Gift Card and an iTunes Gift Card (since music is a heavy theme in the novel)
·         2 winners will receive signed paperbacks of Good

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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.

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Find Mark Connelly Book Cover Contest

Fans, I need your help! I cannot find a picture of the perfect Mark Connelly to go on my cover of BETTER. I've given up and am handing the matter over to you. Here' the deal: find me a picture of Mark and you may win a signed copy of both GOOD and BETTER. Oh yeah, and you'll be acknowledged on the copyright page of BETTER, too!

The Rules:

1. ONE submission per person. Email me THE LINK to your perfect pic at (I gotta know where to purchase it)
2. The pic must be a stock photo with a model release (pics on sites like and have model releases. They actually say it.).

Contest will run from 9/30 – 10/21.  Make sure you get your submissions in before 12 A. M. on 10/21.

He's out there. I know it. Now someone find him for me! Emoji

Note: I reserve the right to cancel this contest at any time if I stumble across the perfect pic. I don't think that's gonna happen, though.

Follow the Tour Here
Good Blog Tour Schedule
September 30th – October 4th  

September 30th
Book Crush Review – Review and Excerpt
I Love Indie Books – Review and Playlist
Kindlehooked – Review and Excerpt
Love N Books – Review
Novel Seduction – Review and Excerpt
Romantic Book Affairs – Review and Excerpt

October 1st
Book Nerds Anonymous – Review and Playlist
Madison Says – Review and Author Interview
My Secret Romance – Review
Nicely Phrased Book Blog – Review and Author Interview
The Book Bellas – Review and Excerpt
Wine Relaxation and My Kindle – Review and Excerpt

October 2nd
Bookaholics Blog – Review
Fab Fun and Tantalizing Reads – Review and Character Interview
Rustys Reading – Review and Dream Cast
True Story Book Blog – Review and Alt POV

October 3rd
All Romance Reviews – Review
Life Becomes Me – Review
Love Those Books – Review
YA Book Addict – Playlist and Promo

October 4th
Book Reader Chronicles – Review and Guest Post
A Love Affair with Books – Revew and Guest Post
Becca the Bibliophile – Review and Excerpt
Book Addicts Not So Anonymous – Review and Excerpt
Rude Girl Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Who You Callin a Book Whore – Review and Excerpt
Shh Moms Reading – Review and Book 2 Teaser

1 comment:

  1. Nicole,

    LOVED your review! You had me laughing so hard. I think my faves are the ones with the gifs (is that what they're called? Gifs?) Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I can't tell you how happy I am that you enjoyed Good. Thank you, too, for participating in my tour and helping me spread the word about this book.

    xo Summer