Date Published: February 2015
Tori Albert is eighteen. Her confidence level is zero. A girl lost in the shuffle, hiding in the shadows craving attention, but no one ever seems to notice her. If only someone, anyone, would notice her, she’d be happy.
Grant Donavan is Tori’s older brother’s best friend. Suddenly he can’t stop noticing Tori, but that is not a good thing. She’s young, inexperienced and naïve. The best thing he could do is walk away. So why the hell is he not walking away?
Tori’s small boost of confidence gets torn down and she makes changes to build it back up. But maybe her new confidence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Unfortunately some things you just have to learn the hard way.
*Contains Mature Content*
“Look around the bar, Grant. Give us an idea of what your type is. We’ll help hook you up with the perfect girl.” My sister’s friend, Gabby, tossed a pretzel into her mouth, and chewed while talking.
I scanned a few of the girls seated closest to us. Fair skin, red hair, casually sipping a beer and chatting with her friends. She was pretty, but not for me. Moving along. Dark hair, exotic, confident, drinking a Martini. Her eyes connected with mine and she rolled them uninterestedly. Not a problem, the feeling was mutual. Next. Ponytail and glasses picking at the label on her bottle of beer. Cute, but once again, I wasn’t interested.
“Doesn’t look like you see anyone,” Gabby said, exchanging glances with my sister, Julie.
I gave another glance around the room at the pretty faces surrounding us, but still no one held my attention. All of the girls were attractive. Just none of them seemed to do it for me.
Not like her.
The dull ache forming in my chest stopped me from going down that road again.
Crowds and drinking were never my scene. I was eager to leave even though we hadn’t been there very long. No matter what part of Jersey you were in, the bars were always mobbed. I’d almost forgotten how crowded it could get; it’d been so long since I was home. Not that Jersey was my home anymore. We paid the tab and the three stools we vacated were immediately snatched up in the packed bar.
As we made our way through the hoard of people, my eyes fell on a girl with the most unnatural looking blonde hair I’d ever seen. Platinum locks so light her hair actually bordered on white and eyes an odd shade of blue that just didn’t look right. Even in the poor lighting of the bar, I could see her make-up was piled on thick. Her jeans were tight and her blouse was low cut. The heels on her boots were high and her boobs were…ginormous. Way too large for her small frame. She stood in a circle of laughing girls, but there was something familiar about the sweet sound of her laugh that stood out.
After passing the group of girls, I turned my head to catch one last glimpse of the busty blonde before being tugged from the bar into the fresh night air.
What was it about that girl? Did I know her? What was on her wrist?
“No. Way!” Julie and Gabby both stated dramatically in unison.
“No way what?” I asked, turning to face them.
“There is no way in hell we would ever let you go for a girl like that.” Julie laughed, patting me on the back.
“Like what?” I questioned, lifting my brow.
Gabby shook her head giggling and Julie answered for both of them.
“A desperate girl with big, fake boobs.”
Would you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
My name is Ryan Ringbloom. I’m a mom, wife, over-snacker, reader, writer and television watcher. My latest TV obsession is Empire.
Which project are you currently promoting?
Can you tell us what the book is about?
The book is about a girl with self-esteem issues. It gives the reader a glimpse into the contributors of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ girls can develop poor body image.
How did you come up with the title for this book?
It’s a title that at first might make you laugh, then once you read give you an understanding that sometimes there is nothing funny behind the reason some women get “fake boobs”.
What inspired you to write this book?
Every book I read, the “bad girl” or the “whore” has fake boobs. I wanted to change that up a little. Show a “good girl” with fake boobs and what made her feel she needed to make such a drastic change in her appearance. All the factors leading up to that decision.
What made you decide to become a writer?
I love to read and reading so many amazing stories inspired me to get lost in writing some stories of my own.
What genre do you generally write?
I usually write somewhere between Young Adult and New Adult.
What character out of your most recent work do you admire the most and why?
I would have to say Grant. Yes, he does walk away at one point, but he never lets Tori completely go. An extreme case of heart protection. His heart needed a little protecting, her heart needed a little protecting. Ah, the good guys…always trying to do the right thing.
What other projects are you currently working on?
I am trying for something different with my next project. Trying being the key word. It’s in the very early stages. Wish me luck.
When you begin a new MS, does it start with an idea, concept, or both?
Both, but both of those things usually change as I begin writing. Sometimes at the end of an MS I’m like, well, that turned out different than I planned.
What is your least favorite part about getting published?
The enormous amount of stress that comes in at the last minutes before hitting publish, usually brought on by an unexpected wave of doubt.
Was the road to publication a long one for you?
Not as long as some authors. Self-publishing does speed things up a bit.
Do you use a pen name? If so, why?
Yes, I do. If my family and friends knew my pen name and had access to my books, it would change the way I write. I want to be free to write the way I want without worrying if my mom will gasp at how many times I used the word ‘boner’ or my friends all wondering if there’s any reality behind some of my fiction. (And there usually is.)
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully, doing the same things I am now. Writing at my own pace, experimenting with new ideas and continuing to meet new readers and writers online. Some of the coolest people I know, I’ve met online over the last few years.
What is the best advice you can give to a new author?
Keep moving forward. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you.
Where can the readers find more information about you?
About the author:
Ryan Ringbloom is a YA/NA author who lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her six year old are the best part of her day.
You can follow her on Twitter: @RyanRingbloom or visit her website at www.RyanRingbloom.com Feel free to contact her, she would love it!