Although Amanda loves it, she recognizes that life is much more complicated than ice cream and bubble gum.
She and Seth are a pair and have been forever. Along comes newcomer, Cory, who doesn’t act or look like them. Will he shake up their world? Cory wants only to finally be accepted by his peers. Seth longs for the courage to grab the one thing that he desperately wants.
And what does Amanda wish for besides ice cream and bubble gum? She craves what they all want—a special someone to love.
Release date July 27th!!! You can pre-order it here: http://mybook.to/BubbleGumCI
Q&A with author Rita Delude
In your own words, how would you describe your book?
Bubble Gum Love is a YA romance about more than just ice cream, bubble gum, and love. It’s a fast, fun read that touches on many things teens care most about.
What inspired this story?
As a school teacher and mother of four, I’ve witnessed much of what you’ll read in Bubble Gum love. I wanted to bring it to life in the story to show kids there are ways to handle these situations without fighting, running away, or committing suicide.
What can you tell us about the Ice Cream Shop series?
The Ice Cream Shop series is a brilliant concept. All stories must somehow involve ice cream, romance, and a happily ever after ending. From there, the diverse authors went in their own directions with very unique stories. None of the novellas contain erotica. I believe mine is the only YA tale.
Where does the book take place?
Bubble Gum Love takes place in the Laconia, NH area, which is one of the top summer tourist spots in New Hampshire.
What can you tell us about Amanda?
Amanda (Mandy) Pearson is almost sixteen and heading into her junior year of high school. She’s smart, popular with the kids who do things like yearbook, school newspaper, and school spirit (nerds). She works at the local ice cream joint called Rick’s Creamery, which the local teens have dubbed Rick Creams.
If you could place yourself in your book, which character would you be? What would you be doing?
I’d be Tara Sullivan, the drama queen. She’s literally the school’s best actress and dancer. She’s so much fun. She’s also a bit overweight as I am, but her personality is so bubbly that everyone wants to be with her. In fact, one of the main male characters falls for her, hard.
What surprised you most about your book as you were writing it?
The same thing that always surprises me. Once I really get into the characters and am about halfway through writing the characters, believe it or not, they start saying things I didn’t know they’d say. And I go with it. I just type what they say, what they’re feeling. Their words spill out. They take on a life of their own. For example, when Cory confesses how it felt to be a military brat and having had to move around so much from school to school, I could feel his pain. I only moved once in my school career. It was painful enough. Cory’s story broke my heart when he confessed it to Tara’s father.
Give us a Rita Delude fun and/or unusual fact.
I get most of my character names by reading the obits daily.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Why?
Chocolate chip. The more dark chocolate chips the better. I made up the dark chocolate chip with walnuts ice cream called Double Nut Double Dark for the book and hope someone will create it because I want a full tub of it.
Any future Rita Delude releases coming up?
I’ll be publishing more YA titles in the Donut Shop Series: (Lemon Yellow) and the Candy Shop Series (Lollipop Lure). An 18+ romance called Dracula’s Choice just released. A contemporary romance called Adam’s Anguish releases in December of 2019.
And because I’m a movie person, I have to ask, name a movie you could watch over and over and over again and still find merit in?
Because I’m a romantic and love Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, I’ll say Sleepless in Seattle.
But I love Finding Forrester, Good Will Hunting, Forrest Gump, Dead Poet’s Society, and Grand Torino.
You can pre-order Bubble Gum Love here: http://mybook.to/BubbleGumCI