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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Because of family problems Claire has made a vow, she won't date while she's in high school. Her two best friends Lindsey and Rose used to feel the same way, but now they both have steady boyfriends. That means there's a lot less time to spend with just the three of them. This makes Claire angry, especially because Lindsey's boyfriend is mean to her. Claire would love it if they'd split up. Can she find a way to make Lindsey see sense?

Claire is the person to ask for help when it comes to relationships, which is exactly what Gray does when he doesn't know how to make Lindsey notice him. He's had a crush on her for quite some time, but he isn't on her radar at all. Claire has a plan, a good one that will assure Lindsey finds out what a great guy Gray is. However, while spending time executing it she discovers she likes him a lot. Unfortunately Gray isn't interested in her and Claire has made a vow, but feelings can change and some promises should be broken. Can Claire deal with the most painful part of her past in exchange for a future with someone she loves?

Life in the No-Dating Zone is a wonderful romantic story. Claire is smart, capable and fiery. She's quirky and I adored her LEGO obsession. I also liked that she speaks her mind. She's a good plotter and comes up with incredible ideas to help the gentle, shy and handsome Gray with his crush. When sparks fly between them they both know they have a problem, but once a plan has been set into motion it isn't so easy to abandon it. That leads to all kinds of fabulous entertaining drama. I read Life in the No-Dating Zone with a big smile on my face, it's a fun, lighthearted feelgood story that I couldn't put down.

Patricia B. Tighe's writing has a nice easy flow, this makes her story a joy to read and perfect to devour in one sitting. She perfectly understands what falling deeply in love for the first time is like and explores every single feeling that comes with this scary, but possibly amazing situation. Claire has some growing up to do and each step of her journey is well thought through and natural. The result is a story that's endearing, charming and sweet. I absolutely loved Life in the No-Dating Zone and highly recommend it.

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If you love sweet lighthearted YA you don't want to miss Life in the No-Dating Zone.

About Patricia B. Tighe


The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.

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Writing What You Love
Guest post by Patricia B. Tighe

Thanks for having me on your blog, Suze and Anniek! It’s so fun to be here again.

Several years ago, when I was having trouble with the plot of the book I was working on, I had a mentor tell me, “Write what you love.” By this she meant to use things that I love, that I’m enthusiastic about, in my story. Not only did it help to fuel plot ideas, but I was more excited about what I was writing.

Since that time, I’ve practiced this advice with every book I’ve written, especially when it comes to my characters. Part of their personalities, interests, and hobbies are things that I enjoy. In my first published book with Swoon Romance, LIFE IN THE NO-DATING ZONE, my main character Claire loves LEGOs—just like I do. I was able to use details from my own experiences with LEGOs when I wrote the scenes where she is building her LEGO sets.

When I was eleven, I was in a bowling league and really enjoyed it. So I also gave that hobby to Claire. She loves to go bowling, which her friends think is pretty geeky. I used that to create story tension when her best friend’s boyfriend, who Claire already doesn’t like, disses her for it.

In my second book in the series, LIFE IN THE LUCKY ZONE, my character Berger sees the world in a pretty quirky way. I love finding the humor in life, and he’s been one of my favorite characters to write because I’ve been able to let my goofball flag fly. I never worried about things being too weird. I just let him be as off the wall as he wanted. And it never hurts to laugh while you write. Plus, I’ve heard that my readers enjoy him too. :D

My third book, LIFE IN THE DANGER ZONE, has a main character who loves reading mysteries—just like I do. Although she has the nerve to actually try to solve a mystery. I would never do that. I save my mystery solving for my books!

When I incorporate things I love into my books, I’m able to include details that I wouldn’t necessarily know if I didn’t already enjoy the activity. And the details can make a story and characters more real for a reader.

Giveaway



One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, a digital copy of Life in the No-Dating Zone and a LEGO keychain from Patricia B. Tighe. The winner can choose between the two LEGO keychains shown in the picture.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

42 comments:

  1. It sounds like the story of my high school years!Love it!

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  2. Life in the No-Dating Zone sounds like a sweet, contemporary YA romance with plenty of humour and lovable characters.

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  3. Cute book.. definitely reminds me of the good old day s

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  4. Love this! Thanks for,the chance to win!

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  5. Great review! I love when characters have quirky things about them :)

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  6. Sounds like a great book. I love the raccoon keyring!

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  7. Something for me (the book), my husband (the gift card), and my kid (the keychain). What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance, Patricia!

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  8. Thank you for telling me about this book.

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  9. Gotta love a pizza and coffee aficionado.
    jan

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  10. Nothing worse than being the odd girl out when your besties are attached.

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  11. Life in the no dating zone sounds like a good read. Thank you

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  12. I'm going to enjoy this thank you.

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  13. This sounds like a great read

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  14. I love the cover, thanks for the chance.

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  15. I'd love to win this giveaway, however I have no doubt that my son (41 yrs old) and an avid Lego fan would claim the keychain.

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  16. I love it when authors write about things they enjoy themselves, it makes the experience much more authentic.

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  17. Sounds really sweet.Thanks for sharing

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  18. Sounds like an amazing read. I love the cover! :-)

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  19. Sounds like a good read!

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  20. Hey Patricia, It's a pleasure meeting you. I'm also a fellow Texan. Your characters sound fun!

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  21. Sounds good, thanks for the review!

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  22. This sounds a really good book

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  23. This sounds a great book which will probably strike a cord with a lot of people, with high school crushes etc.

    A bit random but I was the only one of my friends who wasn't dating in high school. I did like someone but he never appeared to notice me. We met again a few years ago and THEN he decided to ask me out and said he'd always liked me. I was going out with a right idiot (as it turned out) so declined. Now wonder what would have happened.

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  24. Not dating in high school sounds to me like an excellent idea!

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  25. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  26. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Life in the No-Dating Zone. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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  27. Love triangles..... I love them!!

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  28. I loved the review and I really am looking forward to reading this. Good job! (jozywails@gmail.com)

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  29. Thanks for this giveaway! I've already chosen my new keychain in case I win. :)

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  31. I enjoyed this guest post, thank you for sharing. I love the idea of incorporating things you love into your books, I'm sure being knowledgeable about things helps when writing a novel and adds interest for the reader too.

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  34. Oh my goodness, those teenage years really were emotional, weren't they? Thank heaven's they don't last too long!

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