Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published by Evernight Teen
Release Date: 26th May 2017
Ellie Foster lives and breathes normal. She’s the responsible one, the girl everyone depends on.
Jason Holden doesn’t know the word normal. Star of the hit Planet Gazers films, his every move is watched by millions.
A chance encounter between the pair leads to a deal that will change their lives.
Ellie needs money for her family. Jason needs a girlfriend for the world tour of the final Planet Gazers movie. It’s a match made in Hollywood heaven.
But what happens when the lines between their act and reality become blurred? Can they figure out what is real and what’s fake?
About the Author:
Bridie Blake lives, daydreams and writes in Melbourne, Australia. She’s happiest at her computer, coffee in hand, Tim Tams on standby and her furry companions Poppy and Mac at her feet. When not writing she’s usually found with a book in her hand or playing with her tribe of nieces and nephews.
Bridie is the author of the YA fantasy novel, THE JEWEL OF KAMARA, and YA contemporary novels A DISTANT VOICE and UNTIL YOU.
Read Below for an excerpt from the book:
I pulled my head back. “You’re not sleeping in here,” I mumbled as I tried to keep my lips as close together as possible.
He grinned slowly, his dark eyes fixing on mine as he inched his face closer. “What happened to me nursing you?” The trace of alcohol on his breath made my stomach roll.
“That was all Lacey. Go to your own room.” I placed my hands on his chest and pushed, but it was such a weak attempt he didn’t seem to notice.
“What are we watching?” He pulled my laptop closer toward him. “Oh, it is Friends? Great, I haven’t watched this in years.” He rolled onto his back and crossed his hands behind his head with a wink. His shirt had ridden up, and my eyes traveled down to the smooth patch of skin showing. Was it still as soft as the last time he was shirtless? Not that he was shirtless now. He’d only revealed a tiny patch of skin. And no way was I touching him to see how soft it was. “Just a couple of episodes and then I’ll go back to my room. Deal?”
I dragged my eyes away from his stomach. “Fine. But no touching.”
His nose wrinkled as shifted away from me. “And risk you throwing up on me? No, thank you. I’ll stay on my side.”
I pushed a pillow between us as a barrier. “If you so much as put a hair over this line you’re in big trouble.”
“You’re the one we should worry about. Don’t think I’ve forgotten how much you ogled me that night in your kitchen.”
“Ogled?” I stammered. “Who even says that?”
“Don’t try to change the subject. You’re attracted to me, and you know it,” he slurred, a slow smile taking hold of his face.
“I bet you think every girl in the world is attracted to you.”
He laughed and rolled onto his side again, his eyes drilling into me. “Not every girl. Just you.”
“You’re drunk.” I gently nudged his shoulder, hoping he’d roll back over and quit staring at me. Of course, I was attracted to him. I had eyes, didn’t I? But I wasn’t stupid enough to fall for his act. I knew guys like him. I’d dated guys like him. One minute I was the most important person in the world, the next he chose girls like Natalie Miller.
“Just a little,” he whispered and settled onto his back. “I don’t need every girl to be attracted to me. Just you, fake girlfriend.”
“Be quiet and let me watch Friends, fake boyfriend,” I said, desperate to end this conversation before it headed into dangerous territory.
“Your wish is my command. From now on I’ll be the best fake boyfriend you’ve ever had.”
“Shh,” I hissed and pointed at my laptop. I rolled my eyes as he mimicked zipping his mouth closed and tossing away the key. We’d see how long his promise of being committed to our “relationship” lasted.
Can you tell us about your book, Until You, in 45 words or less?
College student Ellie Foster meets Hollywood superstar Jason Holden moments before his career is rocked by a scandal. Needing to clean up his image, he hires Ellie to be his girlfriend and they embark on a world tour to promote his latest blockbuster movie.
What was your favorite scene to write?
The moment where Ellie and Jason meet for the first time. That scene is told from Ellie’s POV and her moments of awkwardness were just so endearing to write. She is someone who speaks without thinking first, or when the conversation lulls and she begins to feel awkward, blurts something out. She is terrible at flirting and on picking up when someone is flirting with her and I love that about her. This whole scene shows how awkward she is (and adorably so, I hope!). And I think it is relatable to any girl out there who meets a cute guy while they’re doing something so completely unsexy like throwing out trash in a creepy alley while singing a song from Annie. Really, how many of us would be able to throw out cute, flirty lines if we bumped into the hottest guy on the planet? If you could, I bow down to you. And need lessons from you, stat (just in case I bump into Jake Gyllenhaal one day).
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
There was a scene I’d written that involved a trip to Comic-Con, a wookie costume and a public spectacle. It was fun to write and I really loved how it played out but in the end it just didn’t suit where the characters were at that point. I edited it out, wrote it back in, edited it out again and them ummed and ahhed over it for a few weeks. In the end I had to leave it out, but if I ever write a book that needs a scene at Comic-Con, I’ve got one ready to go!
What theme song would you give Until You?
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
There’s a scene in the book where they talk about the kind of love they hope to find and this song reminds me of that moment every time I hear it.
Is this a standalone or part of a series?
Until You is a standalone book, but you never know what the future holds. I might decide to pick up their story a few years down the track. Or write something based on one of the secondary characters.
What else are you currently working on?
I have a few different books on the go, all at different stages, but the one that is screaming the loudest to be written at the moment is a YA Contemporary that follows a group of estranged friends who spend their final summer before college together working as counsellors at summer camp. There’s a bit of a mystery thrown in, a lot of self-discovery and of course romancesJ It has a tentative title of Our Last Summer and I’m currently living, breathing and dreaming this book. And pondering ways to squeeze a few more hours in the day so I can work on it!
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
Entwined by Heather Dixon. It’s a book about twelve sisters who are forbidden from dancing for a year when their mother, the queen, passes away. They live in a palace that has old, forgotten magic and find a secret passageway to a room where they can dance to their hearts content. But there’s a catch, and that comes in the form of the super creepy Keeper. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that once you get started on this, it’s impossible to put down. Heather Dixon does a brilliant job of giving the twelve sisters such distinct personalities that you find yourself falling in love with all their little quirks. And the love interests for the three older princesses were pretty cool!
What top 3 books are in your TBR pile?
Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6) by Morgan Rhodes – I’m waiting ever so impatiently for this to come out. Only 6 months to go…
The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King – this book keeps popping up everywhere. I’m taking it as a sign!
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – who doesn’t love a story about a female assassinJ