Title: Turtle Bay
Author: Tiffany King
Release date: March 17, 2015
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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If you're a teenager in a small, rural area, how do you exist when your eccentric, free-spirited parents are the town freaks everyone laughs at?
For sixteen-year-old Rainbow Honeywell—or Rain, as she insists on being called—the answer was to become the queen of all pranks. She never wanted to be a troublemaker, but the label quickly stuck when everyone in Huntsville, Kansas, became a target. All she wanted was to deflect the negative attention off her parents, but Rain's plan backfired to the max, landing her in a heap of trouble with the local authorities and expelled from high school.
An unexpected inheritance offers Rain an opportunity for a new beginning when she and her family move across the country to the quaint beach community of Turtle Bay, Florida.
Determined to make the best of her second chance, Rain vows to walk the straight and narrow, hoping her parents will fly under the radar while she soaks up some fun in the sun, sandy beaches, and hot, tanned guys. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong new friends, and a late night party lands her back in the kind of trouble she had been hoping to avoid. As the newbie in town with a record, Rain takes the brunt of the punishment when an unforgiving judge chooses to make an example out of her and slaps her with enough community service hours to keep her busy until she is old and gray.
Facing the harsh reality of paying for the actions of others while atoning for her own past sins, Rain is paired up with Josh Shaw, a judgmental local lifeguard whose love for the beach and the environment is eclipsed only by his distaste for those who trash it. As far as Josh is concerned, Rain is guilty and got what she deserved, regardless of her side of the story. To make matters worse, a tropical storm sits in the Atlantic, threatening to wreak havoc on the small beach community.
Things slowly change as Rain begins to appreciate her surroundings through Josh's eyes, proving she is not the person he thinks she is. Their feelings for one another blossom as the tropical storm grows into a hurricane and bears down on Turtle Bay. With impending danger looming, the small beach community must come together in order to ride out the storm.
Welcome back to Books Over Boys, Tiffany! I’m so excited to have you here today to talk about your current release, Turtle Bay. You’ve mentioned before that Turtle Bay is your return to Young Adult. What captivates you the most about the Young Adult age group?
A funny thing happens when you get a group of adults together to talk about their teenage years. Almost unanimously, we all agree that we would not choose to relive that time in our lives because we like the freedom that being an adult provides. That being said, most adults speak of their teenage years with heartwarming fondness. Being a teenager is about working to figure out who you are. It's awkward, frustrating, and filled with drama, but think about how slow time moved back then. Sure, the school year dragged by, but summers lasted forever too. Our teen years make for a special time in a person's life to chronicle. That is why I enjoy reading and writing Young Adult.
Q. Your heroine in Turtle Bay is the Queen of Pranks. What’s the worst prank you’ve ever pulled or that was pulled on you?
I love having fun and joking around, but I'm the worst at pulling pranks. My facial expressions give me away every time. It wasn't really a prank, but one time my husband took advantage of my natural curiosity. He calls it being nosey, but whatever. Anyway, before our wedding anniversary one time, I knew he had bought me a gift, so I went hunting around the house, but couldn't find anything. (Don't judge me. We've all been there) When I snuck a peek inside his wallet for a receipt, I found a note from my husband saying something like "did you really think I would be stupid enough to leave evidence around for you to find?" It was like a kid being caught with her hand in the cookie jar.
Q. What can you tell us about your couple, Rain and Josh, that we won’t find in the book?
I guess Rain still hasn't gotten the pranking bug out of her system because one evening she talked Josh into skinny dipping in the ocean. When he walked into the water in front of her, she took his shorts and ran back to the truck. Don't judge her too harshly though. She let the poor guy off the hook before things could get truly embarrassing.
Q. Josh Shaw is a lifesaver. If he had a “theme song” that played whenever he walked into a room full of people, what would it be?
"My Hero" by Foo Fighters. A great song by a great band.
Q. Lastly, who would you bet on in a fight between Khal Drogo and The Mountain?
I've never read any of the Game of Thrones books, so my knowledge comes only from the TV show. From that perspective, it has always bothered me that a warrior as great as Khal Drogo died in such an unspectacular fashion. He deserved better than that. Of course I'm picking him over The Mountain. Besides, Oberyn Martell had The Mountain defeated before he let his emotions get the best of him. If he can do it, Drogo could for sure. And he's seriously hot!
Thanks so much for being here today, Tiffany, and congrats on the release of Turtle Bay!
About the author:
USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.
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