Monday, November 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR & INTERVIEW: Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally

 Howdy! This is my stop on the RACING SAVANNAH Blog Tour!

 *hands you a horse cupcake* 
Fondant toppers inspired by RACING SAVANNAH
Be sure to check out the pre-order gift and the giveaway!

 About the Book
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publication: December 3, 2013
By: Sourcebooks Fire
5 Stars!
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*I need a pair of those yellow boots!*
*And a horse*
*And a Jack Goodwin Barbie* 

They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

Thank you Miranda Kenneally for another great addition to the Hundred Oaks Series! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'll read anything you write.

What I loved: The covers in the Hundred Oaks series are some of my favorites. They have clean, bright colors with clear images that accurately represent the story within. And by not showing the model's faces, it allows readers to imagine the heroine/hero anyway they want to!

Twelve Things I Loved About Racing Savannah

1. It's hard to go wrong with a story about horses. The relationship Savannah has with Star was so sweet and her back story broke my heart.

2. If GQ Cowboy were a thing I would be a lifetime subscriber. ;) 

3. Miranda Kenneally doesn't do "insta-love", but she does write "insta-attraction" and pretty freaking well, I might add. I enjoyed watching Savannah try to fight off her attraction to Jack. (I would've lasted about as long as it took him to say, "Hello.")

4. Savannah is a pint-sized bada*s full of sass, but she isn't a harda*s. I loved that she wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted despite the risks. I wanted to high five her when she stood up to Jack and I wanted to hug him when he finally stood up to her. (Also, I just kind of wanted to hug Jack, period.)

5. The fathers in this story are present and involved and even though the relationships aren't necessarily easy, they are positive.

6. The social class issue/differences felt believable.

7. I am a die hard Matt Brown fan ("Things I Can't Forget") but, SWEET BUTTERMILK BISCUITS Jack Goodwin is a close second. *fans self* He is a fantastic blend of swoon, swag and southern gentleman.

8. There is a scene in the middle of the book that ties in some of the characters from previous Hundred Oaks books and I got all choked up over seeing them again. I also wanted to go back and reread all of "their" stories again. 

9. I think everyone needs a Rory in their life! 

10. I'll admit, I thought I knew how this would end, but I was wrong and happily so. 

11. Lollipop addictions.

12. Star Wars sheets. That is all!

What Left Me Wanting More: Not a darn thing.

Final Verdict: Horses, hot guys and a girl with sass, RACING SAVANNAH is a winning combination and I couldn't put it down! 


I'm so excited to have Jack Goodwin with me on the blog today!  If you haven't had a chance to meet Jack yet, you will soon.  He's the resident heartthrob in RACING SAVANNAH. *cue the drooling*

Jack, I'm sure you get a lot of horse related questions, so I thought we'd talk about some other things instead.

Jen: Describe Savannah in three words. 
Jack: Feisty. Beautiful. Determined. 

Jen: If you had to plan the perfect date, where would you go and what would you do? 
 Jack: I have a thing for the County Fair that comes once every fall. I love grabbing cotton candy and then screaming on the Tilt-a-Whirl and then kissing on the Ferris wheel. The only problem is that if my little sister catches wind I'm going to the fair, she'll beg to go, too. And you can't bring a little sister on a date with you... Or can you? I bet girls would find it very sweet that I love my sister and take care of her. And maybe I'd get a kiss from my date. But then I'd be using my little sister. And my mom would find out and yell at me. Gah, dating is confusing!

Jen: Favorite lollipop flavor? *wink wink*
Jack: Cherry! (That's Savannah's favorite flavor too.)

Jen: What song do you have on repeat right now? (This can be on your iPod, in your truck or in your head.)
Jack: That Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" video has been seared into my brain. And I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Jen: Something you are afraid of? 
Jack: When my father retires, I'm supposed to take over Cedar Hills Farms, which has been in my family since the Civil War. I've been training my entire life for this, but what if I screw up the finances somehow and we lose the farm and all the people who work for us lose their jobs?   

Jen: Favorite Halloween costume growing up?
Jack: Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

Jen: Cupcakes or Pie?
Jack: What a silly question. Cupcakes, of course! Especially those cookie dough cupcakes made by Jen Cupcake Girly. Hers are the best.  <-- I heart you, Jack. To infinity and beyond!

Thanks Jack!

About Miranda
Me  Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

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From Sourcebooks
A Gift for You, for Pre-Ordering RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally

Sourcebooks has put together a fun campaign to thank readers for pre-ordering: send us your proof of pre-order and we’ll send you this fabulous horseshoe key chain!

We have a special offer for U.S. and Canada YA fans for the release of RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally in stores in a little over three weeks! If you pre-order the book, we will send you an exclusive horseshoe key chain—perfect for any busy teen on the go! You have until December 2 or until quantities run out. 

Here’s how to get your charm:

1. Pre-order the book (print or eBook) through any retailer (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, your local independent bookseller/Indiebound, Books-A-Million, Hastings, etc.)

2. Email your proof of purchase (receipt or picture of the receipt) to Put “Racing Savannah Pre-Order” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your home address (US & Canada only please) so we can send you the horseshoe key chain! If you’ve already pre-ordered this book—not a problem! Send us your receipt!

3. You will get an email back confirming when the items have been sent out.

4. Enjoy Racing Savannah when it comes out in December!

Optional: take a pic of you and your horseshoe key chain and share it with Miranda Kenneally or Sourcebooks Fire on Twitter! You can find Miranda @mirandakennealy and Sourcebooks Fire @sourcebooksfire.

1 Copy of RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally
*Must be 13 years old to enter
(as long as The Book Depository delivers to your country)

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