New Adult Blog Tour: The Perfect Game (The Perfect Game #1) by J. Sterling ~ Author Interview, Ava''''s Review and Giveaway
Hi Jenn, thanks for stopping by Biblio Belles today!
From The Perfect Games series, is it safe to assume you are a huge fan of baseball? Did you always plan to integrate this into the story?
I am a huge baseball fan! Born and raised on the Dodgers… So yes, when it came to The Perfect Game, baseball was always supposed to be a part of it. The story really revolved around Jack for me- and Jack is a ball player… the 2 go hand in hand. :-)
What do you think it is about Jack F’n Carter that has all the ladies swooning?
I DON’T KNOW!!!!! Lol I wish it was a simple answer, but maybe it’s the fact that he screwed up so royally and was genuinely sorry. I think that for any woman who has ever been done wrong, that’s all we’d really want- for the guy to be so damned sorry that he’d move heaven and earth to PROVE IT to us. I know it’s what I would want (well, if I wanted the guy back that is). And I think that Jack putting Cassie first in a major career move… I think it doesn’t get bigger than that in terms of apologizing, trying to right a wrong, going the distance, etc
You released the final book, The Sweetest Game on Christmas Day, how did this compare to other release days? It must have been exciting; do you ever take time off? ;-)
It turned out to be a horrible time for me to release the book. Sales have been insanely slow- and I sometimes wonder if fans of the series even know there’s a third book out? DO YOU? Lol But really, it was really sad. And it’s very very very hard to shut down and not work.
Was it hard to say goodbye to Jack and Cassie?
Oh heck yes! My gosh, it was SO hard to say goodbye, BUT on the flip side- I love this last book so incredibly much…. I feel like it was SO fulfilling, answered every question, skipped through so much of their time together… that it just FELT good by the end. I was okay. Like there was almost nothing more left to say about them, you know? So while it’s definitely hard, it’s bittersweet because I love this ending so much. I love their story and them. <3
If your readers can take one thing away from the series, what do you hope it would be?
There are life lessons/themes that I’ve tried to incorporate in each of the books, but I think the overall thing is how much true love matters. And how some people are worth fighting for- and some are worth forgiving.
You have mentioned before about believing in instant connections and things happening for a reason and you started writing after you got fired from your job, so do you believe in fate?
Do I believe in fate?! HAHAHHAHAHAHA YES! 1000000 percent yes! I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, how it’s supposed too, etc. I’ve never been more thankful for getting fired than I am right now. : )
Can you share any info on what you are currently working on?
YES! I’m currently working on a Celebrity based series. They’re all stand alones (in theory), but they take place in the same world (the entertainment industry in LA). I’m almost finished with the first book and I’m super excited about it. It’s a really sweet, fun, light-hearted, fantasy type story (not fantasy like harry potter, but fantasy like…. I WANT THIS TO HAPPEN TO ME type of thing). I am really excited about giving these books life, so I hope they’re well received.
Ava and Derna were lucky enough to meet you at the London Author Signing, and you were the sweetest person ever! What is your favourite part of the signings? Do you have any planned for this year?
Awww, thank you so much! My favourite part hands down is meeting my readers! There’s nothing greater than connecting with those who have enjoyed something I wrote. You all are the freaking best! : ) And yes, I have about 6-7 signings planned this year (Houston, Nashville, New York, Atlanta, St. Louis and Australia)
Thanks so much for answering our questions today :-)
“I’m not ready to give him my heart. What if he breaks it?”
Jack F’kn Carter had quite the reputation so of course I had to read about this guy. Sometimes if there is a lot of hype, my expectations are set high. So it’s not that I didn’t enjoy the perfect game, it was just a little different from what I was expecting.
Jack Carter is notoriously known as a player, that is of course until that ‘one girl’ comes along and seems different from the rest. Cassie caught Jack’s attention and he wouldn’t stop until he got the girl.
Cassie is a strong girl. She tries her best not to fall for the hot baseball player, but of course, she’s only human and soon enough they are falling for each other. But dating Jack means drama and jealous fan girls are part of the package deal. Jack and Cassie’s love is tested but maybe, just maybe they will be all the more stronger for it.
The beginning of the book started out with Jack trying to win over Cassie and when he finally got Cassie to go out with him, the story jumped ahead to one month later. So we missed out on Jack and Cassie getting together. I missed all the butterflies, and little looks and touches. I missed what made their relationship work. So straight away, I struggled to connect with Jack and Cassie as I felt the beginning of their story was such a crucial part.
The Perfect Game is on the lower end of New Adult, a YA crossover really, the characters felt a little immature at times but they were just at the beginning of their growth journey and I have no doubt they will continue to develop over the follow up books.
Just when things seemed to be going well, Jack’s baseball career is going from strength to strength but that requires lots of travelling and this is when his relationship with Cassie is tested. I did feel Jack gave up a little too easily and that’s when his swoon worthy bubble burst for me.
Even though I was disappointed with Jack’s actions, I actually liked the fact the author went there and took us through the process. Usually readers are always on the outside looking in, so even though I didn’t like what Jack had done and yes I may have fallen out of love with him for a bit, I thought it was ballsy that we saw the whole thing from beginning to end. I’m a stickler for holding grudges so I hadn’t completely forgiven him by the end but I was glad to see both him and Cassie happy.
I liked the inclusion of baseball and Cassie’s photography, it brought out the passionate sides of the characters. I wasn’t a fan of Jack’s nickname kitten for Cassie and the main storyline was a little on the predictable side. I knew what was happening long before Cassie and Jack did, so it was a little frustrating waiting on them catching up.
This was my first book by J. Sterling, and although the writing didn’t grab me and make me want to devour the book and the characters, The Perfect Game made for some easy reading. I’m not a fan of time jumps in a book, especially when I feel I miss out on things in between. With that being said, I would definitely check out more of the author’s work.
For lovers of baseball, bad boys and romance you will eat this book up and fall head over heels for the one and only Jack F’kn Carter. Check this one out for yourself today.
He exhaled. “You’re my game changer, you know that?”
“Game changer?” I shook my head, unsure of his meaning.
“The one girl who changes everything. The one you’d give it all up for.”
“Our scars don’t point us in the direction we’re headed, Cass, they simply remind us of where we’ve been.”
“Sometimes letting go is the only way to find out who you’re meant to hold on to.”
I got fired from my last job.
I know you're sitting there thinking, "Jenn, how could anyone in their right mind fire someone as amazing and awesome as you are???" And i'd love to give you a good reason, but the truth is... being This! Awesome! is clearly very scary to other less awesome people. :)
So I said screw them and started writing my first book. And you know what I realized? Writing books that mean something to me is a million times better than working my ass off for someone who doesn't really care about anything other than the bottom line.
My soul feels more satisfied.
My heart, more full.
So thank you for reading, loving and recommending the stories I write.
I think you're awesome- and not only am I not scared of other awesome people, I want them on my team!
Click HERE to read a post where I talk about how you all have changed my life. :-)
xoxo J(enn). Sterling
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