The story of Abby Abbernathy and Travis Maddox, a girl running from her past and a ‘walking one night stand’.
Travis is the colleges infamous underground boxer, known in the boxing circle as Mad dog. After meeting her in a setting way out of her comfort zone Travis quickly bestows the name Pigeon onto Abby and though she has no idea why, It becomes how she is affectionately known to him.
Abby has a good girl act going on – keep her head down, get good grades and escape her former life. Former life I hear you ask? Well I’m not going to tell you that! Go read the book. Travis on the other hand works hard and parties harder. Well does a lot of things harder, truth be told.
Instantly drawn to Abby, Travis makes his play. He finds himself in unfamiliar territory when he is immediately shot down. Abby’s best friend America is dating Travis’ cousin and room-mate Shepley, meaning that whether she likes it or not – there is no avoiding Travis Maddox. Then the two become friends, and by losing a simple bet Abby finds herself living in Travis’ apartment for a month. The lines become blurred and hearts are on the line. Throw in another guy fighting for Abbys heart and we are sure to have fireworks.
The past comes back to bite Abby in the ass and she finds herself right back in the place she is trying to forget, with the people who have the power to ruin everything she has worked so hard for.
Can a Mad dog and Pigeon ever be together or will he inevitably savage her heart?
Jamie McGuires Beautiful Disaster is No1 in my all time best reads. It has everything you could need, the beautiful girl the hot hot hot boy, a great story line – which isn’t run of the mill and just the right amount of angst to make sure you are never long parted from the book. There is a magical quality about it. I am sure her legion of Facebook followers (In excess of 30,000!) will agree.
While there is no sequel planned for Beautiful Disaster there are two things even better! Firstly – Walking Disaster, The story from Travis’ point of view. One of the most eagerly anticipated books of 2013. I have read the prologue and all I can say is Oh sweet divine!!! Secondly, Warner Brothers have optioned Beautiful Disaster. That’s right, the gorgeous Travis and Abby are going to be brought to life on the big screen. I only hope they do justice to Jamie’s wonderful story.
You can find out more about Jamie on her website, her Facebook page
Follow her on twitter @JamieMcGuire_
Beautiful Disaster is available on paperback at all good bookstores, or any outlet that sells books and as an e-book.
You can get the e-book at the following:
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I couldn’t believe my luck when i asked Jamie if she would do an interview with me and not only did she oblige, but she had the answers sent back to me within hours of receiving them. I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did.
Who is Jamie McGuire?
Jamie McGuire is a mother of three, a cowboy’s wife, the daughter of a retired administrative assistant and a former song writer, a radiographer and New York Times bestselling author. Jamie is a red head who has overcome many years of being bullied and laughed at through perseverance, hard work, and maybe a little bit of luck. Jamie is a small town girl with a big imagination. Jamie finds it odd to talk about herself in third person.
When you self published did you ever expect to have the kind of success that you are having?
I hoped for it, but where I landed far surpasses anything I had hoped for.
You are a mother first and foremost, with the arrival of your new baby last year do you find it is more difficult than ever to find the time to write?
I’ve had to adjust, yes, but like everything else it’s a balance. I have a lot of help, and a husband who doesn’t mind if I stay up until 3 a.m. writing and then sleep in. I’ve learned that I truly am a writer, because I said I would take a year off, and it was more like 3 months. I had to write. I thought about all the time, and I missed it. It’s a part of me now.
I like many other people, read Beautiful Disaster in less than 24 hours (and more than once). I immediately went to Kobo, typed in your name and bought Providence. I didn’t read the blurb. I don’t do paranormal, but by the time I realised it, I was already hooked. I read all three of the Providence series in less than a week. It was phenomenal. Which genre do you prefer to write?
I just like to tell stories. Whatever genre they happen to be in is irrelevant.
Who was your favourite character in firstly Beautiful Disaster and secondly the Providence series? Travis was fun, of course. My favorite character to write in Providence was definitely Claire.
You are currently doing a book tour with two more of my favourite authors of the moment, Tammara Webber and Colleen Hoover. Do you find there is a good support network among writers?
We’re not exactly doing a tour. It’s just one group signing that we planned on the fly. And yes, I am extremely lucky to have friends who understand exactly what I go through on a daily basis. Writers are generally very supportive of each other, and with the popularity of social networking, it’s a great time to be a writer.
You are coming to Ireland in June, I can’t begin to tell you how excited i am about that. Did you ever imagine yourself to be doing international promotions and book signings?
I’ve been to Dublin before, and it was always the plan to return with my children some day. I’m very lucky we are able to do that, and I’m excited to meet fans while I’m there.
There is huge excitement regarding your upcoming book, Walking Disaster, The story of Abby and Travis from Travis’ point of view. I have read the prologue and went through a box of tissues in the process. Are we to expect more of the same?
Following the prologue, readers will be reminded very quickly of their favorite asshole. Travis’s personality comes out swinging in chapter one. The great things about Walking Disaster is how much we discover when Travis and Abby aren’t around each other, which is actually quite a bit. Walking Disaster is everything you loved about Beautiful Disaster, with a double dose of Travis.
Does Walking Disaster bring us any further into the future?
The reader will follow Travis and Abby beyond where Beautiful Disaster left off. I knew readers wanted a sequel, so I worked very hard to be sure fans were satisfied.
Your Facebook page has over 30,000 fans, do you ever get overwhelmed with your fame?
I am very, very blessed with such amazing, loyal fans, and I love interacting with them.
What three things do you believe you need to succeed in life?
Faith, passion, and guts.
What three things can you not live without?
(excluding family) Writing, my cell phone, and chapstick.
Beautiful Disaster has been picked up by Warner Brothers and movement has been made towards making the movie, does this seem surreal to you or is it simply a dream come true?
Just the other day, [Beautiful Disaster’s] screenwriter Julia Hart posted pics on Twitter of her research trip to Las Vegas for “the third act”. I clicked on the link and saw a picture of her standing in an empty arena. That was when it hit me: Holy shit. This is real.
Finally, for those reading this that have yet to read Beautiful Disaster or the Providence series what would you like to say to them?
Download the sample. Try it for free. Especially Providence. That series really gets overshadowed by Beautiful Disaster because it’s paranormal. Providence has richly developed characters, an edge-of-your-seat plot, all with an intense love story. So many people tell me that they read Providence without reading the description and were very surprised that it was paranormal, because they normally don’t read paranormal, but that they loved it just as much. I’ve grown a lot as a writer since writing Providence, but I still believe in that story. I hope you give it a chance. 🙂
What a fantastic review Tanya. I loved all your interview questions, and through them we have gotten a great insight into the author. I’m off to have a look at Providence now!
Great review. I love the cover of this book – I’d probably pick it up based on that alone!
Tanya your reviews and interviews make me want to go read the books!!! I guess thats what success is all about! Well done you.
Thanks Tanya ur making it so much easier to pick what books to read with ur reviews, keep up the good work xx