Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blog Tour: Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts (Author Interview + Giveaway)

Title: Playing the Player
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: September 14, 2015

Synopsis: The Good Girl Vs. The Player 
Round one begins... 

Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she - the most organized, prepared student in school - spend the summer as a nanny and partner with the biggest slacker ever? Now she's ready to tackle nannyhood with her big binder of research and schedules. Just don't ask her about the secret job of "fixing" the bad habits of a certain high school player...

Slade Edmunds prefers easy hook-ups, and Trina is definitely not his type. She's all structure and rules, while Slade wants to just have fun. Fortunately, Trina has no idea about the bet Slade made with his best friend that he can totally get her to unwind by the end of summer...

Then the weirdest thing happens. There's chemistry. A lot of it. But nothing gets between a boy and a girl like a big, fat secret...

About the Author: Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off her eyebrows and penciling them in for an entire school year. This and other painful memories inspire her to write books in which girls big on wit and heart earn happy endings with swoony guys...eventually. Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, four-­legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.

Author Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today! 

Thank you for having me!

1. Describe Playing the Player as a tweet (140 characters or less)!

What happens when the class party boy and the class perfectionist are thrown together for a summer nanny job? Chaos, chemistry, and kissing!

2. What inspired you to start writing?

I escaped into books from a young age, and writing novels was always my dream. I really fell in love with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and wanted to be like Jo, the protagonist who is a writer.

3. Do you use any of your personal high school experiences in your stories? 

Not exactly, but I definitely draw on the emotions from that time. It’s easy for me to remember the intense infatuations, the mortification over the smallest embarrassment, the giddiness, the feelings of excitement and fear about the future. Also, I saved all my high school journals, which are hilarious and dramatic, and great inspiration.

4. How important are the names of your characters in Playing the Player

Names are definitely important. I’ve been “saving” the name Slade for a long time, knowing I wanted to use it for a certain kind of hero, so it was fun to finally use it. Sometimes the names just drop into my mind, and sometimes I spend a lot of time looking at naming websites, reading about meanings and etymology. Trina was one that just came to me. I like the sound of it, and to me it fits with her personality and petite physique.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write? 

Several places, actually. I have a favorite corner window table in a public library, which is where I’m typing this right now! I also have a couple of local coffee shops that I like. I write at home early in the mornings, but that’s trickier because I share an office with my husband. I can’t focus at all if he’s in there at the same time I am because he’s noisy.

6. What are you reading right now? 

Several books- I usually juggle two or three at once. Currently I’m reading Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin, a fantastic YA with a lot of black humor and thriller undertones, and The Protector Project, a sci-fi YA by my friend Jenna Lincoln. Also I can’t wait to start Spellcasting in Silk by Juliet Blackwell, the latest book in one of my favorite cozy mystery series.

This or That... 

Ebook or Real book? 


Twitter or Facebook? 


Chocolate or Vanilla? 


Past or Future? 


And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now? 

Well, it’s not strange, but I do have an autographed photo of Johnny Depp that serves as inspiration. :)

That is so cool!! Thanks again for answering some of my questions.  

Nanny Survival Kit (nail polish, lip balm, journal, summer scrapbook stickers, love scrapbook stickers, love quote bookmark) for US winner or a $20 Amazon Gift Card if international

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-Kristen ♥


  1. Nice interview. Thanks for participating :)

  2. nice interview Lisa Brown Roberts is my best author i love the style of writing and enjoy reading books.

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