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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Guest Post, Book Review & Giveaway - All Shook Up by Chelsey Krause

About Chelsey Krause

Chelsey Krause has a thing for thrift stores and used bookshops. A nurse, wife, Starbucks addict, and mom to two children, she can often be found repurposing other people’s junk or considering whether the library would let her move in. The rest of the time, she’s reviewing for Chicklit Club or writing. All Shook Up is her second novel.

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Guest Post

Sexy Pirates and Irish Firemen: How My Character Came to Life
by Chelsey Krause

Have you ever met a character on tv, or in a book, and absolutely fell in love with them? You think to yourself, “She’s awesome” or “I could TOTALLY be best friends with him” or similar?

Well, that’s what happened to me when I watched Once Upon a Time and encountered Captain Hook (played by Colin O’Donoghue).

Hook isn’t perfect, by any stretch. His eyebrows are thick and bushy. He isn’t subtle AT ALL when he flirts. He wears more eyeliner than I do. And, I imagine that he’s really sweaty, from wearing all that black leather.

But I don’t care. His Irish accent and flirty smile captured my imagination, and as I wrote my second novel, All Shook Up, he became the inspiration for the hero: Casey Nolan.

Well, that isn’t entirely true. Some of Casey’s character also comes from Rhett Butler, the swarthy, dashing lead man from Gone With the Wind. I read it while I was writing All Shook Up. I LOVE Rhett’s one liners. He’s light hearted and funny, charming and suave, and is often compared to a pirate. I wanted to give Casey the same sharp mind and witty banter (which I hope came through in the novel).

But more importantly, in addition to being adorable and funny, I had a three goals in mind when I wrote Casey:

He had to be different from the heroes in my previous work, which basically means that he couldn’t be a strong, silent type, shy in social situations, or brooding and dark. And thus, lighthearted, approachable, “I’ll try anything once” Casey came to be.

He couldn’t be perfect. So often in books, the hero is stunningly, flawlessly sexy. They might have character flaws, but they rarely have physical flaws. I wanted to give Casey balance. He’s tall, muscular, and charming. But he also has a big nose and bushy eyebrows. His left arm is covered in scars, which he’s tried to cover up with tattoos.

I wanted readers to fall in love with Casey, not just his body. I tried to convey that his personality, charm, and confidence were the qualities that made him most attractive.

And with that character skeleton to work with, I fleshed him out, and gave me some more details to make him interesting.

Like me, Casey loves classic cars, 50s music, and can play the guitar (though, he can play MUCH better than I can). He has an Irish accent because I love Irish accents. I mean really, who doesn’t? And, he’s a firefighter because, well, that’s just hot, lol.

I hope my readers enjoy Casey as much as I have. And who knows? Maybe the character I’ve invented will inspire someone else.

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Review by Suze

Natalie works at a thrift shop. One day she receives a box that contains a dress and an old photo of someone who looks exactly like her. Natalie is adopted and might have found a clue about her birth mother. She decides to do some research and her first stop is the house of the person who brought the box to the thrift shop. His name is Casey and he’s a gorgeous women magnet. Casey is a firefighter with a passion for music. He plays the guitar and sings for small crowds from time to time. He’s also a nice guy and offers to help Natalie with her search.

Natalie and Casey become best friends, but that’s all they can ever be. Casey has told her he isn’t marriage and family material and Natalie is looking for someone she can trust and depend on. Her past was tumultuous and she isn’t going to make the mistake to fall for an unreliable guy again. She can’t deny she has feelings for Casey though, but things can never work out between them or can they?

All Shook Up has the most wonderful unique main characters. Casey is a gorgeous firefighter who loves music, good food and movies. Natalie is trying to become the person she’s supposed to be. She loves Lucy and she likes dressing up in the most stunning outfits. She’s incredibly strong and determined, which I liked a lot. She constantly works on her flaws and when things go wrong she picks herself up again and decides to do better next time. I loved the friendship between Natalie and Casey. It was heartwarming to read about. They’re close, they have much in common and their dialogue is really cute. They are special and that makes this story amazing.

Chelsey Krause has a light and fun writing style. She doesn’t stay away from dark and serious topics though. She describes them with humor and compassion, which makes them easy to understand. I felt I had the chance to get to know the main characters through and through and I thoroughly enjoyed knowing what’s going on in Natalie’s head. She’s quirky and funny and I loved that Chelsey Krause has made her fantastic thoughts a vital part of the story. All Shook Up is a fabulous colorful creative story and I admire the author’s imagination. I enjoyed reading this sweet original story very much and highly recommend it.


Tryst Books is offering one lucky winner a Kindle loaded with the following titles: All Shook Up, Sweet Bliss, Drawn Through You, Ms. Conception, & Lessons in Pure Life!

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