Crushed by a tragedy
Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.
Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.
And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.
When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.
But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.
She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.
Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.
Italian or Chinese?
CHINESE! My background is Italian and I’m much more likely to get excited with Chinese food laid out in front of me.
The Great Gatsby or Oz the Great and Powerful?
I’ve only read The Great Gatsby, but that fact aside, it’s also one of my top fav books ever. ♥
Fall or Summer?
Summer. I’m quite thin, and tough as I try to be, I feel I complain 150% more in fall.
Can you tell us about your book, Drowning in You?
Drowning in You is an emotional journey between two people secretly crushing on each other for years, suddenly connected by a tragedy. It’s a story of loss and love from the heart.
New adult has been a popular and much talked about genre lately. In your opinion, how much do new adult and regular YA books differ?
Considering there’s a crossover where 17- to 18-year-old characters can be both YA or NA depending on the type of book, the difference is surprisingly massive.
YA is about growing up from a child to a young adult. These books are about significant events at that time: first kisses, perhaps even first time making out; realizing parents aren’t embarrassing, evil creatures (if they’re alive—most authors make the parents both dead for some reason); and feeling accepted in a group or part of society.
NA goes all out and touches many taboo subjects including assault, although it’s an extension of YA characters. These NA characters can discover true love; sex; deal with the truthfulness and full force of death; responsibility; discovering who they really are as people.
Will readers get to see a sequel to Drowning in You?
Ummmmm, yes! I only announced this weeks after Drowning in You was published because I had planned for it to be a standalone. But readers wanted more and mentioned such similar pleas for a sequel that I caved in and announced I’d write book #2.
What was your favorite scene to write about?
It’s a spoiler because it happens midway, but yeah…the scene that changes the book midway was my favorite to write. So vivid and exciting.
What was the most difficult scene to write?
I’m so gonna get killed by you…but it’s another spoiler.
OMG, it ripped my heart out to write. My writing method involves picturing myself as the characters and guessing what I’d do as them so my heart was ripped out and crushed and I was teary writing that bit. I’m sure readers know which bit that was!
What was your inspiration behind Drowning in You?
It was from brainstorming, actually. I love writing, so I am always thinking of an idea that can turn into a story, and this one made me fall in love with it instantly.
When you finally get a chance to do some luxury reading, what will be next?
I have gaps in my writing and publishing schedule and that’s when I jump on my TBR list. One anticipated book I’m yet to get to is The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.
What is currently on your To-Be-Read pile?
Um, almost 100 books? LOL. Many are romances, although recently I’ve been trying to broaden my range with some other genres. Some books I’m excited to get to include The Last Hour by Charles Sheehan-Miles, Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy, This Girl by Colleen Hoover, and Epilogue by C.J.Roberts.