Monday, December 2, 2013

BLOG TOUR INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Beautiful Broken Mess by Kimberly Lauren

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Jace Riley’s close connection with his identical twin brother, Jaxon, is put to the test when he tries to choose between keeping his promises and following his heart. Is this girl that still haunts his dreams, even after four years, really worth it? Jace can’t help but wonder if he made a huge mistake all that time ago when he let her walk into someone else’s arms, especially since that someone was his twin.
Audrey Mills often wonders at what point she should throw her hands up in defeat and allow all of the horrible circumstances of her life to overtake her. Despite the demons she has faced, however, something inside her won’t give in. When she leaves her small town in Texas to attend college in California, Audrey runs into the one guy who could make her or break her. But is the past they share too painful for them to overcome?

This is the second book in the broken series. While each book can stand on its own, it's recommended you read Beautiful Broken Rules before Beautiful Broken Mess.

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 18 and up.

Character Interview with Jace and Audrey

Three Chicks:  Audrey, Let’s start at the very beginning. You met Jace one time before going to the party that night. How did you fall in love with him so quickly?

Audrey: Love? No way, I wouldn’t say I loved him quickly. I was fascinated by him, yes. I’d never met someone so kind. And then of course, the attraction between us was intense.

Three Chicks:  Jace, how hard was it to know that Audrey was with your brother because of a case of mistaken identity?

Jace: (sighs) It honestly makes me want to punch myself. I was a stupid teenager. I shouldn’t have let any of that even begin in the first place. 

Three Chicks:  Audrey, didn’t anything about “Jace” seem a little off when you met him at the party? Didn’t he seem a little different than he had been earlier in the day?

Audrey: Of course, but I had just met the guy. I had no idea how he acted around his friends when it wasn’t just me. I just assumed he was really being the show-off jock-type guy.

Three Chicks:  Audrey, once you found out that it was Jax you were with, why did you stay with him?

Audrey: I kind of didn’t see the point in not being with him. Jace didn’t want me. (Jace shifts in his seat, uncomfortably) I’m sorry babe. I realize now how that hurt him, but at the time I just saw Jax as a way to escape my family and maybe it had a little to do with being able to see Jace every once in awhile.

Three Chicks:  Jace, after things fell apart for Jax and Audrey, were you tempted to go and look for her?

Jace: Off and on. I’d hop in my car, without thinking and would realize that I was driving to her house or her work. Then I’d have to pull over, calm down and then turn back around. I thought her and Jax were more serious than they were. So, to me she was still the girl that broke my brother’s heart.

Three Chicks:  Audrey, why was it so difficult to speak up when you came to Jax’s apartment?

Audrey: Because I was intimidated by all of them. Now they all seem so harmless and like giant teddy bears, but at the time you have to realize I was surrounded by these huge guys that were all alpha and growly. Any time they looked at me it was with disdain.

Jace: (growls in her ear) I’ll show you teddy bear.

Three Chicks:  Jace, why did you avoid Audrey the entire time she was at the apartment and made everybody think that you thought her voice was like nails on a chalkboard?

Jace: Ugh. This is starting to feel like a therapy session. Am I paying you by the hour? (Audrey nudges him) Okay fine. I was a first class asshole, okay? It was painful to have her there, thinking she came all the way there just to try and get Jax back. I kept thinking why the hell didn’t she try to fight for me like that? (Turns to look at Audrey) Why the fuck didn’t I just let you talk? I just couldn’t bear the idea of you asking me to fucking help you get him back or some shit.

Audrey: It’s the past babe. We’re here now. (Jace reaches over and rubs her bulging belly).

Three Chicks:  Audrey, how did you meet Lane and become so close to him?

Audrey: I was scouring the community board for a place to live on my first day on the campus. I didn’t have a dorm set up because I didn’t think I was going to actually come because... of the... baby. But then... yeah when I was able to go again, I didn’t have a housing plan. Lane was posting that he needed a roommate. Some how we clicked. (She shrugs her shoulders)

Three Chicks:  Jace, why do you think you pushed Audrey away at the hospital and why didn’t you go after her sooner?

Jace: Aw, come on! How come she gets the easy questions? You’re really busting my balls here. I was flustered and couldn’t handle everything all at the same time. I needed to separate everything. My new relationship with Audrey. Jaxon being hurt. My mom coming. All of that colliding at once, without a second of being able to prepare. It was too fucking much. And once again I was an asshole, I know...

Three Chicks:  Jace, why did you worry about Jax’s reaction to your relationship-why was is so hard to tell him?

Jace: When we were like twelve years old, I remember my dad trying to give us the ‘sex talk’ and then it kind of turned into a talk about girls and dating in general. Dad told Jax and I that we would come across girls we both liked. But it was never okay to go after your brother’s girl. He was a twin so him and Logan had been through this before. So we made a pact. Past or present – didn’t matter. That always stuck with me. I didn’t even realize that he wouldn’t give a shit, because he was so in love with Em.

Three Chicks:  Audrey, do you think you forgave Jace too quickly after the way he acted like an asshat at the hospital?

Audrey: Shit, did I forgive him too quickly?

Jace: (groans)

Audrey: (laughs) No I don’t think I did. At that point, I was past playing stupid games and wondering if he had hurt at least a portion of what I felt. I’m not a tit for tat kind of person. I could see in his eyes how sorry he was, (shrugs) so, really what was the point in making both of us suffer any longer?

Three Chicks:  There were several times during the past years that the air could have been cleared.  If you could have go back in time, what would you change?

Jace: I sure as hell would have picked her up for that party, instead of meeting her there.

Audrey: I would have been more persistent with Jace that morning after I realized my misunderstanding. Now, I’m almost positive I could have broken him down.

Jace: You sure as hell could of.

Three Chicks:  Jace, you seem really happy running your dad’s company. But we have to ask, how have you made so much money after only 1 year? You all seem to have huge houses and you got rid of all your furniture just so Audrey could start decorating from scratch. That’s pretty impressive after one year.

Jace: You ladies sure know how to make a guy uncomfortable. I’m not gonna lie, I got to skip ahead of the line with it being a family business in all. But the money we used to build our houses isn’t from the job. We were left a... pretty good sum of money when my dad... passed away. (Rubs his hands up and down his legs, uneasily).

Audrey: (reaches over to rub his hand comfortingly)

Three Chicks:  Audrey, does the house seem more like home now, are there clothes hanging in your closet?

Audrey: Yeah... it took more than just putting my own furniture in it though. I think it finally clicked when I started decorating the nursery. When I saw the room that will hold something that Jace and I both created, it was like a light bulb went off. This is my house and I belong here.

Three Chicks:  Jace, how do you feel about becoming a dad? Have you cut back your hours at the office?

Jace: I’ve definitely cut back on my hours.

Audrey: Jace...

Jace: My hours AT the office, I have. I still work a lot at home, but I’m getting there. Learning to delegate more. As for my baby, I’m climbing the walls. It takes way too damn long to make a baby. I can’t wait. I’m ready to knock her up all over again.

Three Chicks:  Audrey, have you gotten any more tattoos?

Audrey: I haven’t. I still want the one on my collarbone, but I’m not going to do it while I’m pregnant. Besides... I’d rather wait until Max comes out to Texas, so he can do it.

Jace: How long does it take to learn to tattoo? Shit... I think I’m gonna have to become a tattoo artist...

Three Chicks:  Audrey did you finish grad school? Are you working?

Audrey: Hell yeah, I finished! I wasn’t going to let anything mess that up. I am also working. I work for a firm downtown.

Jace: Not for long.

Audrey: I’m only taking maternity leave, Jace. I love it. I can take a lot of it home to work on, so hopefully I can still have a lot time with the baby.

Three Chicks:  Jace, of the three of you; Jax, Cole and you, who do you think has changed the most? Who is the most domesticated?

Jace and Audrey: Cole.

Jace: (Laughs) Definitely Cole. I think that I’ve always been a little domesticated; at least I wanted to be. Jax is still fighting it. Cole was the biggest partier out of all three of us. Now, he would totally choose a night in with his girls over anything else. But seriously, if you saw Chloe, you’d make the same choice.

Three Chicks:  Audrey, do you have a good relationship with Julia?

Audrey: It’s getting better. We’re not like her and Em, but everyday it gets a little better. She’s been helping me with the nursery.

Three Chicks:  Jace, has Jax changed his view on having kids after seeing you and Cole becoming fathers since he wanted to wait a while?

Jace: (Laughs) Hah... no. He’s scared shitless. Em’s breaking him down while he’s still trying to distract her with vacations and shiny objects. It’s not going to work though, when Em sets her sights on something, it’s really only a matter of time.

Three Chicks:  Jace, do you still have the motorcycle? Do you take Audrey on it with you? (when she’s not pregnant!)

Jace: Fuck yeah. It’s my favorite past time. Of course not while she’s pregnant, but I cant wait to have her wrapped around me again.

Three Chicks:  What do you think your life would be like had you not gotten back together?  

Jace: I’d be a pathetic, lonely workaholic. Audrey grounds me and reminds me to live life.

Audrey: Aw, that was sweet babe. I think I’d still be a little lost. Lane and I would have moved somewhere where we had no connections. And I would more than likely still be pestering Lane with my rambling about Jace.

We would like to thank Jace and Audrey for taking the time to sit down with us and answer the tough questions.  

About the Author

I'm a wanderer, an adventurer, a traveler. I want to see it all. I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list. "She travels the world & home is always in her heart." Lately if I'm not traveling or chasing a toddler, I'm writing. Which is weird because I hated writing in college. Oh wait, that's because that was boring. Who really wants to sit there and cite all your sources into APA format? Not this girl. Writing for yourself is enjoyable and cathartic. Please try it. Then tell me about because I love indie authors. When I was 19, I packed up and followed my high school sweetheart from Texas to California. We had a blast living it up in San Diego. Four years later we made a crazy decision and packed up again and moved to Germany. What? Yep, you read that right. Guess what? Best decision ever! We OWNED Europe. For three years we saw as much as we possibly could. We lived an hour outside of France, a couple from Switzerland and Italy. Most amazing time of my life. Please go out there and see the world, you won't regret it. After Europe we moved back to California, and for now we're just debating our next adventure. I earned a degree in Child Development. And now I write novels. Makes perfect sense! I write because I walk around all day with these stories in my head. It's nice to be able to get them out of my head in an organized fashion. I hope that someone out there enjoys them, because I have enjoyed so many others'.


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  1. I haven't read these yet, but I certainly will soon!!! I loved the character interview, it's what gave me the push :) Thank you!!


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