Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Interview & Giveaway - Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola


 Just a Little Crush
By: Renita Pizzitola
Releasing October 21st, 2014



Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough. 

Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested? 

Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real. 

Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?


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 A little about Renita Pizzitola:
What is your writing environment?
I can (and will!) write anywhere. So I don’t really have a specific environment, but it typically involves somewhere comfortable with my ear buds in and playlist on!
Who is your perfect hero/heroine? Why?
My perfect hero changes depending on the story, but typically I like them to be a combination of protective, sweet and funny. I love a really hot, tough guy who can make you swoon and laugh!
Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
My two current I’ll-read-anything-they-write New Adult authors are Christina Lee and Sophie Jordan. Their books are the perfect blend of sweet and steamy! I also loved Deeper by Robin York.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
Romance, of course! But if I were to stray from my favorite genre and branch out with something totally different, I’d love to write a psychological thriller.
Top 3 things on your bucket list:
I’d love to visit Ireland, Greece, and Italy.
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
There’s this line in JUST A LITTLE CRUSH: “…it took me seven minutes to fall in love with him, and only seven seconds to fall out.” Well, that line popped into my head one day and I knew that was the story I had to tell. From there I wanted to create two characters who from the outside seemed very different, but really faced some of the same struggles. I combined that with a plot idea I’d been toying with (which I can’t share because it’s a bit of a spoiler) and the rest just fell into place.
What is your favorite scene in your newest release?
I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a scene where Brinley and Ryder are discussing tattoos and Ryder says one of my favorite lines: “Brinley Dawson, you, by far, are my most favorite thing.” Everything about that scene I love! It’s a sweet moment that also shows just how much the characters have grown with one another.
What is the last movie you watched and loved?
I rarely get a chance to go to the movies nowadays (unless it’s with my kids) so that’s hard to say! But I did see Guardians of the Galaxy with them and loved it!
What would you consider a “perfect date”?
Something casual like dinner and drinks or, hey, maybe I could finally see a movie! I know it probably seems unusual considering the genre I write in, but I’m not one for big over-the-top romantic gestures. I think true romance comes across better in subtle gestures. J
What are you currently working on?
I’m actually working on the third book in the series, which is Mason’s story. Book two, JUST A LITTLE FLIRT, is Fallon’s story and it will be released in Spring 2015. 
Author Info:
Renita Pizzitola is the author of New Adult contemporary romance and Young Adult fantasy. When not writing, she can be found feeding her caramel macchiato addiction and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children. 

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