Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Twelve Steps Blog Tour - Interview & Giveaway



Title: Twelve Steps
Author: Veronica Bartles
Release Date: MArch 25, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Sixteen-year-old Andi is tired of being a second-class sibling to perfect sister Laina. There in Laina's shadow, Andi's only noticeable feature is her pretty awesome hair. And even that is eclipsed by Laina's perfect everything else.

When Andi’s crush asks her to fix him up with Laina, Andi decides enough is enough and devises a twelve-step program to wrangle the spotlight away from Laina. After all, great hair must count for something.

Step 1: Admit she’s powerless to change her perfect sister, and accept that her life really, really sucks. OK, maybe that's two steps in one.

Step 4: Make a list of her good qualities besides great hair. There have got to be at least three good qualities, right?

Step 7: Demand attention for more than just her shortcomings, and break out of her shell. Easier said that done, but worth the effort in the long-run.

When a stolen kiss from her crush ends in disaster, Andi finds that her prince isn’t as charming as she'd hoped, and realizes she may need a new program--perhaps with less steps!

As cracks in Laina’s flawless fa├žade begin to show, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine.


12 Questions with Andi Andersen
1. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
Are we talking a tropical island with palm trees and fruit growing and stuff, or an actual desert, with hot sun and no water? Because if it’s an actual desert, I’d want a working airplane, a competent pilot and enough airplane fuel to get me back to civilization. But if it’s one of those tropical paradise islands, I just want sunscreen, plenty of lip gloss and a certain yummy boy, who I’d love to have all to myself!
2. Describe your perfect day.
The stranded-on-a-tropical island with my dream guy thing sounds great to me!
3. What is your biggest fear?
I have no fears. 
Really? Not even one?
This is just between us, right? 
Sure. You can trust me.
Well, I sometimes worry that I might run out of milk before my stack of Oreos is gone. Cookies without milk? That would be a tragedy!
4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I can’t stand it when people refuse to accept my brilliance and beauty.
5. If you could fly or be invisible, which one would you choose and why?
I’d be invisible. Can you imagine? If you were invisible, you could go anywhere, do anything, and find out everyone’s deepest secrets.
6. Who is your hero? 
Okay, this is going to sound super-cheesy, but my sister, Laina, is kind of my hero. I mean, she’s probably everyone’s hero because she’s freaking awesome, but for me it’s more than just the fact that she’s perfect and beautiful. I remember when we were little, and I was trying to learn how to tie my shoes. My mom kept telling me to do some weird thing with a tree loop and a fox chasing a bunny down the rabbit hole or something, and it was all super-confusing. But when Mom got frustrated and gave up on me, Laina sat down on the floor beside me, and she spent the next hour teaching me how to tie my shoelaces. Laina might be freaking annoying sometimes, but I know she’s always got my back when it really matters.
7. Favorite movie?
27 Dresses – The sisters in that movie are just like me and Laina. Except Laina’s not a brat like the popular sister is in the movie.
8. Favorite song?
“Stepsisters’ Lament” from the musical Cinderella. 
9. Favorite book?
Machiavelli’s The Prince
10. Favorite food?
Oreos, of course. They’re so versatile. Perfect for any mood.
11. Favorite drink?
Milk. But only with cookies on the side.
12. Favorite cartoon character?
I love that little girl from that Disney movie, Wreck it, Ralph. She’s totally adorable, she knows exactly what she wants, and she’s not afraid to just go for it. And she drives a really cool car.


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About the Author

As the second of eight children and the mother of four, Veronica Bartles is no stranger to the ups and downs of sibling relationships. (She was sandwiched between the gorgeous-and-insanely-popular older sister and the too-adorable-for-words younger sister.) She uses this insight to write stories about siblings who mostly love each other, even while they’re driving one another crazy.   When she isn’t writing or getting lost in the pages of her newest favorite book, Veronica enjoys knitting fabulous bags and jewelry out of recycled plastic bags and old VHS tapes, sky diving (though she hasn’t actually tried that yet), and inventing the world’s most delectable cookie recipes.  TWELVE STEPS is Veronica Bartles's first novel.
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