14 June 2014

Meet Bax & Dovie: Better When He's Bad Tour!

Better When He's Bad will be out in a few days and I'm really excited to be hosting the blog tour (mainly because I got to interview Bax & Dovie)!

BETTER WHEN HE'S BAD is the first novel in Jay Crownover's new Welcome to the Point Series published by William Morrow (HarperCollins).

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover returns with a heart-stopping new series… Welcome to the Point.

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, awakening feelings she never thought she’d have for a guy like him. But it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize . . . some boys are just better when they’re bad.

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I was ├╝ber lucky and managed to get my greedy hands on an ARC of Better When He's Bad, which I reviewed a while ago. You can check out my 4.5 Star review here!

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Author Spotlight:
Jay Crownover
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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I was given the huge honour & awesome chance to interview Bax an Dovie together. Having read the book I was a little scared I'd either drool over Bax or run away in fear!

Anyway here's what they had to say:

Bax and Dovie, welcome to Zili in the Sky and thanks for stopping by!

Right, for those who haven’t already read Better When He’s Bad can you tell us a bit about yourselves?

*Bax looking absolutely bored out of his mind. Bax: What’s to tell?

*Dovie rolling her eyes. Dovie: You agreed to do this so play nice. But I agree there isn’t much to tell. We’re just two people from a pretty ugly place trying to get by. Bax has a far more interesting back story than I do but good luck getting him to open up. He’s not much of a talker.

*Bax looks at her with a lifted eyebrow. Bax: I talk to you in bed all the time.

For anybody who is unaware of The Point, what can you tell them about it?

Bax: It’s unlike any other place in the world. It’s alive like any city but the heartbeat is crime and the life blood is any bad thing you can think of. The Point is a place for bad people to do bad things.

Dovie: It’s home. It isn’t always an easy place to be but at the end of the day it really is home.

If I had to hide out in The Point what essentials should I bring?

*he’s laughing at this. Bax: If you’re trying to hide out the Point isn’t a place to do it. The junkies and rats on the street will sell you out in a heartbeat for a fix or a twenty dollar bill. The only essential you need to last for any amount of time in the Point is a stronger will to live than whoever or whatever might be trying to kill you.

* Dovie just nods in agreement.

What’s it like having Jay tell your life story?

*they share an intense look and it takes a minute before Dovie decides how she wants to answer. Dovie: I think we’re both just pretty grateful we managed to have a story to tell. Things could have gone in a different direction from the get go…I could have ended up somewhere else, Race might have never even heard about me and Bax…well like he said he never even thought he would last this long. The fact that there is a story at all is pretty remarkable in itself.

Do you have any other sneaky secrets Jay didn’t write about that you could share with us?

*Bax looks at Dovie and then snorts. Bax: I have zero interest in going back to jail so any secret I may or may not have can stay someplace where it does me the most good when I need it.

Bax, what is your biggest regret? And what are you most proud of?

Bax: Regret is stupid. It’s not like I can ever go back and undo any of the shit I’ve done. All I can do is learn from it and hope the lesson matters enough for me not to screw up in any major way again…but this is the Point…doing regrettable stuff is a day to day occurrence here.

I’m generally most proud of the fact I’m still here. We all know I should’ve been dead by now. That isn’t any kind of secret, but somehow I survived and I almost have a normal life with a normal girl to show for it. The Point hasn’t own yet and I think that’s something we can all be proud of.

Dovie, what was your first impression of Bax?

* With a helpless shrug Dovie: Look at him. My first impression is still what I think about him. He’s gorgeous and absolutely terrifying. It’s the eyes. At first when you see him you think they’re hollow and empty…like there is nothing left inside of him….and then after a minute you realize they are so dark because he has all the Point’s secrets in there. He knows all the tricks and his eyes are just full of the life he’s had to lead in the Point. I honestly was praying he wasn’t who I knew he was the minute he came through my door.

What’s the most important thing in your life and why? (*I’m expecting a certain car to be mentioned*). 

Dovie: The people I love are most important. I also think trying to give the next generation an opportunity to get out…to do better than we did is important and I would really like to finish school.

Bax: I love my cars…love the fact I have her to sit next to me in them even more. Keeping her and Race safe is important. Trying to keep my nose clean enough to stay out of jail and preventing my brother from having to be the one to lock me up again is important.

Dovie, Bax has a lot of tattoos, which is your favorite and would you change any of them if you could? 

* She reaches out and touches the star tattooed next to his eye. Dovie: This one is my favorite. I wouldn’t change anything about him.

Bax: I woulda figured you would pick the checker flags… (I swooned & nearly passed out)!

Dovie: Those are my favorite because of what we’re doing when I get to see them.

Describe each other in three words?

Dovie: He’s dangerous and fast…and protective.

Bax: She’s innocent and tough…she’s mine.

How is Race doing?

Bax: He’s doing. *shifts uneasily and cuts a hard look at Dovie.

Dovie: He’s got plans…I worry about him.

You both take care of people but in different ways. Is this something that draws you together?

Bax: We take care of our own. It’s just we do. Her loyalty is a major part of why I know I’m keeping her.

*she shakes her head at him. Dovie: He’s more of a “help those that help themselves” kind of guy. I want to help everyone. Not all of us get a choice about where we come from and I don’t think that has to determine who we’re ultimately going to be. He was the opposite of helpful when we met so I can absolutely say it was not something that drew me to him.

Most girls like the idea of a bad boy on paper, but they can’t necessarily handle one in real life. Dovie can you handle Bax, or can he handle you? 

*Bax starts to laugh and snorts in disgust. Bax: Bad boy? (He's SO much more than a bad boy)!

Dovie: Yeah that term is a little generic and kind of sissy for the type of guy Bax really is. He isn’t some broody hero that has a damaged heart and just needs love to save him. He’s actually pretty messed up and unrepentant…but I love him anyway. It’s just part of who he is…he doesn’t try and be bad…he was born into that life. And I think we handle each other…

Bax: Oh yeah we do…as often as possible.

Why is Bax better when he’s bad? 

*They stare at each other and start laughing… Bax: I guess you’re just gonna have to read and find out... (*No spoilers here*)!

Thanks guys! Remind me never to use the words bad boy around Bax ever again (runs off to change blog post label)!  Bax is kinda scary, extremely hot and doesn't give much away. Dovie is as sweet as I expected but she's got a boatload of strength and determination - so my kinda gal!


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