Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Boyfriend from Hell Blog Tour and Giveaway

Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together. 

“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes? Of course not…” 

The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again. She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago. 

Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando. Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships. 

But neither of the handsome pair is quite what he seems. In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride. Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him. If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.

Boyfriend from Hell by E Van Lowe
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: ECopy from Author
Series: Yes, Book Number One
Other Books: Earth Angel 

     Boyfriend from Hell very different than typical YA fiction.  There are several things I didn’t like about it, along with several things that I did like.  I found the writing to be both strange and juvenile.  Juvenile is my way of saying that the book didn’t seem like it was professionally edited, nor did it have good writing quality.  E Van Lowe didn’t really have much of a writing style throughout the book, which was kind of confusing.  He would use childish words like “Righteoo” and then very advanced words.  One example of this strange writing style would be “Tentacles of dread tickled at my belly.”  For some reason, that sentence in particular really bothered me.  There were also quite a few mistakes throughout the book, but they didn’t bother me much.  E Van Lowe over explained some parts of the story that were obvious to the reader.  Then again, some parts of the story were unexplained.  For Example, one minute Armando was sitting at his desk and it seemed as though the next minute Megan was sitting there.  That being said, much of the book was confusing.  I also found the story to be very slow paced.  I was more than halfway through the book and I hadn’t hit the climax yet.  
      Thankfully, It did eventually pick up.  I really enjoyed the end of the book with all of its twists, turns, and surprises!  Unfortunately, I can’t tell you exactly why I liked it (I’m trying to avoid spoilers) but, I will probably be checking out the sequel, Earth Angel, sometime soon! 
     I definitely found some of the characters a bit strange.  In short, I really liked Guy’s character, although he could’ve had a better name.  On the other hand, Megan seemed to overreact about many things, and I don’t think that her character was explained enough in the beginning regarding her physical features.  She also seemed quite gullible to me and definitely had a bit of a mixed personality but, one thing I did really like about Megan was her love for her mother.  There really aren’t a lot of books where there is a good Mother and Daughter/ Mother and Son relationship.  Usually there are several problems between parents and children in YA but, Boyfriend from Hell was a breath of fresh air!
     Overall, I felt that Boyfriend from Hell was a good story but, the writing wasn’t high quality but, don’t make your decision without trying it for yourself!  Enter to win an eBook below!

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I would like to introduce E. Van Lowe!  His Guest Post is Bellow!

Do You Want To Be Rich or Do You Want To Be Happy?
There’s a simple answer to that question.  We want both.  Why not?  I deserve it, and I’m sure you do, too.  A month before my first YA hit the shelves my editor at Tor called me.  She had good news.  Never Slow Dance With A Zombie had been chosen as a selection of the Scholastic Book Club. The size of the order was mind-blowing, especially for a first time author. My editor told me it was the second largest order they had ever received from Scholastic.
When I hung up the phone I was elated.  I had arrived.  I envisioned Harry Potter type crowds surrounding me, along with Stephanie Myer type paychecks.  When the book came out it was everywhere.  It sold well, but nothing near what I was anticipating.
Never Slow Dance With A Zombie did not make it onto the best seller list.  As the months passed it lost momentum.  As the books sales dwindled I became obsessed with trying to regenerate interest in the book.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I lost weight.  I was sinking into depression.  I’m a happy person.  I rarely get depressed.  One day I asked myself “Did you write the book because you wanted a career as an author, or did you write the book to get rich?” When I wrote the book I wasn’t even sure I could sell it.  I hoped it would get published and have good sales for a first time author.  I had achieved all that.
Somehow I was able to reason through the fog in my mind and realize my happiness was not tied to how well the book did.  The book was a hit, but not a big enough hit for me.  Had the book not been selected by Scholastic and received such a big order, I would have been content selling a few thousand copies.  Suddenly I needed to sell a few hundred thousand.  It’s funny how easily we can lose sight of things.  That’s what makes us human.
I realized then, if I wanted to be happy, I had to adjust my thinking.  It was hard—but I did it.  When you read this post my second YA novel, Boyfriend From Hell will have been out for a few days.  I’m not with a major publisher on this one, so I don’t have those visions of grandeur.  I can’t tell you how well the book is doing.  But I can tell you this, I am happy—happy to be sharing this story with you, happy that when I get up in the morning and go to work, my job is the job I’d dreamed of having since I was a kid.  I am a writer.   It doesn’t get much better than that.
The first four chapters (pdf) of Boyfriend From Hell are available for free on my website. I’d like you to check them out. You can go to  and click on the Boyfriend From Hell Sample link to get it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Peace. 

Thanks to E.Van Lowe for offering up an eBook of his latest YA novel, Boyfriend from Hell!  Enter to win Here

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