For What It's Worth

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Heartbreakers Blog Tour: Day 4– Judith Tewes & D.G. Driver

Who can resist a heartbreaker?


Welcome to day 4 of the Heartbreakers Blog Tour - hosted by the lovely Judith Tewes, who is also one of my guests today!

Check out the previous interviews here

New to the Heartbreakers Tour? All this week I’m featuring YA/NA authors – from self-published and small press to traditional publishers, debut authors to bestsellers. Get swept away with these tales of first love, melting kisses and of course – heartbreak.

I hope you’ve had a chance to discover new authors! There’s been a little bit of everything on this tour.

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Judith Tewes: My Soon To Be Sex Life (Bloomsbury Spark, 2014)

There isn't a cover for Judith's upcoming title yet - so let's go with a picture of her beautiful dogs!

Charlie is down to her absolute. Total. Last. Resort. Despite a thoroughly comprehensive list of potential cherry poppers, er…suitors, and careful plotting, Charlie is three weeks into her devirginzation campaign, still untouched, and getting desperate. In the movie of her life, this aspiring screenwriter is giving herself a PG, for please, get some. Her project goes into freeze frame when her mom checks herself into rehab and packs Charlie off to live with her estranged, or just plain strange, grandfather, Monty. How is she supposed to get a date when she has to go pick up his Depends? 

Enter Eric, a hot rehab grad on the road to redemption, and the only one who can make Charlie rethink her strategy. The more she gets to know him, the more convinced she becomes that is the one, and not just another to add to the list of people who will abandon her. In this hilarious and heartbreaking story of one girl’s detoured road to womanhood, Charlie’s list develops a life of its own – right when she realizes there’s so much more to lose.

Judith Tewes

Karen: Thank you for organizing and hosting the Heartbreakers Tour Judith. Let's talk heartbreak!
The love of your life has left you heartbroken. What BIG gesture can he do to win you back?

Judith: Contrary to what we see a lot of in fiction, I don’t believe in grand gestures that earn instant forgiveness and which may (as all too true in real life) ultimately mean nothing. To me, love and relationships are about what people do on a day-to-day basis, rather than what they say to win you back after they’ve broken your trust or hurt you in some way.

So…if I were heartbroken, it would take a lot of little, every day things. And chocolate.

Karen: Chocolate is not a bad place to start! You could always eat it and then say go away after lol

Karen: Do you think heartbreak is necessary to grow as a person?

Karen: Yes. How else can we truly appreciate what it means to be happy? To have our health? To be loved? Those are huge big deals in this life and sometimes the only way to really “get” just how important they are – is to lose them for a while, to feel the absence of joy, the pain of heartbreak, the sorrow of death.

I wish it weren’t so, but I’m afraid we’re creatures of experience, and life is one crazy, heartbreaking, inspiring, maddening ride. So hold on!

Thanks so much for hosting us!

Karen: Judith Tewes also writes Paranormal YA under the pen name Judith Graves. You can check out her books here


D.G. Driver: Cry of the Sea (Fire & Ice Young Adult Novels, 2014)


Juniper Sawfeather is choosing which college to attend after graduation from West Olympia High School next year.  She wants to go to San Diego to be far away from her environmental activist parents.  They expect her to think the way they do, but having to be constantly fighting causes makes it difficult to be an average 17 year old high school student.  Why do her parents have to be so "out there?"

Everything changes when she and her father rush to the beach after a reported oil spill.  As they document the damage, June discovers three humans washed up on the beach, struggling to breathe through the oil coating their skin.  At first she thinks they must be surfers, but as she gets closer, she realizes these aren't human at all.

They're mermaids!

Now begins a complex story of intrigue, conspiracy and manipulation as June, her parents, a marine biologist and his handsome young intern, her best friend, the popular clique at school and the oil company fight over the fate of the mermaids.

Karen: Who is your author crush and how have they inspired you?

D.G.: Stephen King.  I’ve read most of his books, and I was a huge reader of him back in high school.  I admire the way the action never stops in his books.  The inner thoughts of his characters are always quirky and unique.  When he describes a setting is always while something is happening.  His books never stop.  That’s why I hate most of the movies based on his books.  80% of the story is missing if you can’t get into the thoughts.  When I first started writing, I wanted to be a horror novelist.  I wrote a horror novel and lots of “scary” stories in college.  Eventually I realized that wasn’t going to be my forte, but I still love to read it.

Karen: I remember when I was 18 reading Pet Sematary. I was scared to death but couldn’t stop reading. I brought the book with me everywhere and made other people drive so that I could keep reading.

Karen: Who are your top 5 romantic couples in literature or movies?


YA novels:
Katniss and Peeta – Hunger Games
Harry and Jenny – Harry Potter
Patch and Nora from the Hush, Hush series
Cassia and Xander from the Matched series
Gemma and Kartik from The Sweet Far Thing series
Katherine and Gale from A Dark Unwinding

Romeo and Juliet
Elizabeth and Darcy – Pride and Prejudice
Elinor and Edward – Sense and Sensibility
Madge and Hal – from the play Picnic
Guenevere and Lancelot – from the musical Camelot

Scarlett and Rhett – Gone With the Wind
Buttercup and Westley – The Princess Bride
Noah and Aliie – The Notebook
Ellie and King – It Happened One Night (Clark Gable classic must-see)
George and Mary – It’s a Wonderful Life

Karen: Fantastic list D.G.! There are few couples there that I still need to discover.


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Participating Authors:

B.A. Binns: Minority of One (All The Colors Of Love, 2014)
Tina Bustamante: As Waters Gone By (Leap Books, 2013)
Eileen Cook: The Year of Mistaken Discoveries (Simon Pulse, 2014)
D.G. Driver: Cry of the Sea (Fire & Ice Young Adult Novels, 2014)
Christine Duval: Positively Mine (Bloomsbury Spark, 2013)
Laurie J. Edwards: writing as Erin Johnson. Grace and the Guiltless: Wanted Book 1 (Curious Fox, 2014)
Janet Gurtler: 16 Things I Thought Were True (Sourcebooks Fire, 2014)
Sara Hantz: In the Blood (Entangled Teen, 2013)
Brenda Hiatt: Starstruck (Createspace, 2013)
Denise Jaden: Never Enough (Simon Pulse, 2012)
Jenny Kaczorowski: The Art of Falling (Bloomsbury Spark, 2013)
Jen McConnel: The Secret of Isobel Key (Bloomsbury Spark, 2013)
Jeri Smith-Ready: This Side of Salvation (Simon Pulse, 2014)
Judith Tewes: TBA (Bloomsbury Spark, 2014)

Participating Bloggers:

For What It's Worth
Judith Tewes
A Life Bound By Books
Ashley Poston
A Simple Love of Reading
Little Library Muse


  1. Chocolate is a salve to many, many wounds. They even help me get through Stephen King novels without biting my nails!

    1. Chocolate really does cure a lot of things doesn't it? Or at least make you forget for a little while lol

  2. Lol yes I wondered about the dogs ;)

    1. I would buy a book with that cover! haha

      I once bought a Nicolas Sparks book just because it had a sheltie on it. lol

  3. Right now it's Passenger Let Her Go. And One Direction The Story Of My Life. Both great breakup songs:))

    1. Love both those songs!

      I saw Passenger live last year and he's amazing. He tells great stories too.

  4. MERMAID book! I always love a good mer book. :)

    Btw, that one dog looks a lot like a weim... :)

    1. You are correct! Bad vet tech/dog person!!