Thursday, May 2, 2013

COME BACK TO ME by Coleen Patrick Guest Post + Giveaway! #CFMonth

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I'm excited to have Author Coleen Patrick on the blog today 
to talk a little bit about her tattoo envy.
Stick around for the Giveaway at the bottom of the post! 


Come Back To Me by Coleen Patrick
Publish Date: March 4, 2013
238 Pages
Find it: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N 

Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.

She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.

Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.

So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.

When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.

But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.

As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.
-(from Goodreads) 


Sometimes I get Tattoo Envy.

There is a moment in my new YA novel, Come Back to Me, when Whitney realizes everything she’d ever assumed about Evan Foster could be wrong.

It’s when she gets a glimpse of his tattoo.

Whitney already didn’t want to like him, not because he was a typical bad boy, but because he was the opposite—the good guy who drove her home from a graduation party, after she’d passed out next to a ditch. The good guy who inadvertently got Whitney sent away for three weeks of trust falls, group therapy, and crafting.

The tattoo surprises her, makes her think about him in a different way.

Tattoos intrigue me too. I don’t have one (yet?), but there’s something about a tattoo that symbolizes a certain element of freedom, an ability to express yourself (almost) permanently.

Maybe I have tattoo envy.

And I’m not alone. According to a recent poll on BuzzFeed, the number one question people with tattoos are sick of hearing is,

Can I touch it?

It’s not that I’m a stranger to them. My husband has one (fraternity letters). Both my sisters and my brother got tattoos. Even my dad.

My sister’s sleeve tattoo.
My mom is currently tattoo free. At least, I think. Although, when she finished reading Come Back to Me, the conversation started like this:

Mom: Who’s Evan?
Me: What do you mean?
Mom: Who did you base him on?
Me: Um, no one. I made him up.
Mom: Oh. (sighing, disappointedly). I wanted to meet him.
Me: (trying not to laugh)
Mom: He’s just…oh….hmm, well…he has that tattoo!

Tattoos are intriguing, polarizing, fun (even funny, ever seen one spelled wrong?), mysterious, sexy, romantic, rebellious, dangerous, bad…a million reactions over ink on skin.

It's actually possible that a lot of us have tattoo envy. I probably do. 
The first tattoo that I'd get - were I to get one - would be a 
quote by Mark Twain that is special to me.
So, yeah, I guess I have the envy too Coleen! 

And now I'm super interested in finding out more about Evan Foster!! 


Coleen Patrick grew up in New Jersey, Virginia, Michigan, Louisiana, and Indiana. Always being the new kid, she learned that books and friends are precious—and dessert. She never met a dessert she didn’t like (except for flan).

When she’s not writing, reading (or avoiding flan), she enjoys TV, arts and crafts, quoting movies, and trying to take cool photos.

She lives in Virginia with her husband and two kids.

Find Coleen Patrick: Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


And now for the Giveaway!

Author Coleen Patrick 
is offering an ebook copy of 

This means this contest is open worldwide, friends! 

*Ends midnight Friday May 10, 2013*
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  1. I definitely get tattoo envy because my good friend has this absolutely gorgeous tattoo all over his back. It's got elements of Asian mythology and I find it really fascinating. :)

    I think I'm too chicken to get a tattoo because I really hate needles and I'm not really sure what I would get! :( All I know is that I would need to think it through. ;)

  2. Anytime I hear about a main character with a tattoo, a book goes on my wishlist! I've got seven and counting: two birds on my back; a triquetra between them; the quote "A reader lives a thousand lives before she dies. The man who never reads lives only one" right under those three; "Life is beautiful" across both wrists; a memorial tattoo on my foot for my Grandpa - his name (Leo) with filigree and clovers, since his birthday was St. Patrick's Day; and a best-friend tattoo on my thigh - a huge skull with forget-me-nots and music symbols with the lyrics from our song, "Can't Stop," - East side love is living on the west end. :) And in about a month and a half, I'll be getting #8 since the bestie & I have annual dates on both our birthdays to get inked together.

    Wow. That was a really long explanation...but I love talking about my tattoos! The only time I've ever had anyone ask me to touch them though is when they're fresh! Great post. I will definitely be checking into Come Back to Me. And also, love your sister's sleeve!

  3. Thanks for having me here, Asheley! :)

  4. I actually have a tattoo, but I still get tattoo envy at other people's sometimes:) Mine is on my ankle, btw, and I LOVE it. Just as much now as I did when I got it at age 23:) I've never been sorry about it and yes, I do think it expresses my individuality and freedom of expression.

    My mom flipped when she first saw it. But afterwards some time passed and she paid me the best compliment. She said "Heather, I raised you to be a headstrong, independent woman and I guess this is something that a headstrong, independent woman would do." Yeah, my mom rules:)

    1. Oh, and book boys with tattoos are the BEST!:)


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