Series: Addicted #2.5
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: July 18th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Also by this author: Kiss the Sky, Hothouse Flower
Two years will change them forever.
When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?
Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.
And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.
A full-length New Adult Romance that bridges the gap between the second and third books. Thrive must be read before Addicted After All if you have not read the Calloway Sisters spin-off
Thank you so much ladies for coming by and chatting me with! I am such a huge fan of the series and am on pins and needles waiting for Thrive!!!
- Describe THRIVE in 5 words or less.
Krista: Two years of madness.
Becca: Crazy fun and emotional times. (Krista totally outdid me on this!)
- What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Krista: It has to be a tie between discussing our books and characters with readers and being able to write and brainstorm with Becca. I love bouncing ideas of one another and creating worlds. It’s so much fun J
Becca: The same! Discussing our books with readers and each other. I don’t think there’s anything better. We love hearing people talk about the series, and it’s the most rewarding part of writing. Being able to collaborate with Krista is such a gift too. This series wouldn’t be as good without those 2 a.m. chats.
- Considering your novels are a collaborative effort, have there ever been moments where one of you vetoed what the other wrote? If not, how do you handle conflicts during the writing process?
Krista: Oh yes! We have vetoed plenty of things and many times we will try to defend our scenes to the other person. Usually, whoever is doing the defending, will lose in the end. If one of us isn’t 100% happy, then we have to let it go. And also call upon our inner-Elsa 😉
Becca: Definitely. What Krista said, most of the time if one of us is unhappy with a scene, it either has to be rewritten or tossed out. We’ve both been on the end where we’ve seen a huge chunk of our day’s writing deleted, but it just makes the book better in the end. Sometimes it takes that “mistake” or “wrong turn” to find the right path.
- I am a huge fan of the personal arcs and growth of these characters. I find inspiration with Lily’s courage and Lo’s determination. They compliment each other perfectly. How have your characters inspired you in your own lives?
Krista: I think they’ve inspired me in different ways. Whenever we’re writing Lo and Lily, I think about how I could have more confidence in myself because I see it’s something they lack. And Daisy inspires me want to try new things. I’m such a creature of habit!
Becca: I feel the same as Krista. I think Lily, in general, is such an inspiring character. You really see her begin to love herself in Ricochet, and she’s a constant reminder that it’s okay to be yourself, even if you feel all awkward sometimes. I have to remember that because I feel super awkward a lot, and sometimes I shy away instead of embracing my inner-self.
- I know Lily and Lo are HUGE comic book fans but besides comics, if they could ever crossover into any other genre (YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, etc.) where would they go and what would they do?
Krista: Such a fun question! I think that Lo would definitely want to be in a Science Fiction. Somewhere that he could have powers. Maybe like the movie Push. Or in a Fantasy like Merlin where he could have magic and be one of the people in hiding, fighting for his beliefs.
Becca: I agree with the movie Push. Lily would rather be in a science fiction too—not dystopian, apocalyptic—but maybe a place where everyone has powers or immortality. Though Loren would probably not want to live forever, unless Lily was with him 🙂
- Favorite Author?
Krista: So hard! I love so many authors. But I’d have to say Wendy Higgins.
Becca: This is pretty difficult. I’m going to say Rachel Caine since I’m currently in the midst of the Morganville Vampire series and each book is a morsel of vampiric heaven. It has one of my all-time favorite couples too.
- Favorite Movie?
Krista: Dead Poets Society. I even named our book blog after a DPS reference. It was one of those movies that moved me at such a young age and opened me up to films with deeper themes.
Becca: I’d say the same, but for the sake of not copying, I’m going to go with Peter Pan (2003 version). It’s probably the best adaptation and most faithful of J.M. Barrie’s original story. I love it to pieces.
- Favorite Song?
Krista: Another hard one! I think it would have to be “Death” by White Lies. It’s such a powerful song, and we’ve seen White Lies a few times in concert. Believe me, it’s just as powerful (if not more) live.
Becca: “Trembling Hands” by The Temper Trap. I love this song so much, and every time I listen to it, the power of the lyrics and melody still resonate with me.
- Favorite Word?
Krista: I don’t have a true favorite. But I like obliterate.
Becca: Captivate. When I was younger, I returned to my middle school to talk to the students about writing, and they asked me this off-handedly. I didn’t have an answer prepared, and to this day I remember that I said “captivate” off the top of my head—so it’ll always be my favorite word after that.
- Favorite Quote?
Krista: It’s kind of long, but it’s from Dead Poets Society (and most recently from the iPad air commercial) “The human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
Becca: Mine is from the series finale of One Tree Hill: “It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re seventeen and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And that someday is yesterday. And this is your life.”
Big thanks to Krista and Becca for visiting with us today!