First Comes Love: Interview + Love in Bloom Giveaway!

This week, Making the Grade is taking part in the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop. As part of the Hop, we are giving away an ARC of First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky. In addition, we have an exclusive interview with Katie Kacvinsky right here on the blog for you to enjoy! To view the interview and to enter for your chance to win the giveaway please continue reading below:

This hop ends on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at midnight.

First Comes LoveFirst Comes Love
By Katie Kacvinsky
May 8, 2012
Ages 14 and up
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Reviewed: ARC (from publisher)
Author’s Website
Hardcover | Kindle

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Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what’s next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.

But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they’re going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you’re sorry.


Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m  a loner, but I’m also a people person. I’ve lived all over the place (my record is moving nine times in two years).  I love people watching. I love doing random things, like wearing a prom dress to go grocery shopping.  I like to keep people guessing.

Wow, sounds a lot like my life! What do you do when you’re not writing? (For fun, that is!)

When I’m not writing or reading or daydreaming, I’m usually outside. I live in Oregon, close to the coast, and close to rainforests and amazing hiking trails.  It’s a great place for loners because there are so many desolate spots to explore.

I also love sports. I’m a diehard NCAA basketball fan and an NFL fan, and in the summers I love going to minor league baseball games. Every morning my husband and I listen to sports talk radio. I was on the crew team in college, and I played sports growing up, so I have a huge respect for athletes and how hard they work to succeed.

What are you currently reading?

I just started Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Regarding First Comes Love: Are there any events in the book that you yourself have experienced?

Not really any specific events, but I have experienced how frustrating it is to fall in love with somebody when you know timing is going to get in the way. Since I’ve moved around so much, most of my relationships ended because of distance (not because I stopped caring). At some point, you need to say, “Okay, this guy is amazing and I’m not going to let him go.”  At some point you need to work to make a relationship last.

Which character do you find that you relate to more, Gray or Dylan or both? And why?

I relate to both of them equally; I can understand where each of them is coming from because I’ve been in both of their shoes.

What was your favorite chapter (or part of the book) to write and why? (Spoiler free, of course!)

I loved writing about Gray and Dylan’s “first time.” I especially loved writing it from the male perspective;  I was cracking myself up the entire time.  A lot of writers skip around the sex or just “infer” that it happens, maybe to avoid criticism, or because it’s simply awkward to write about, but I couldn’t do that in this book. I treated it as honestly and emotionally as I could.

If there is ONE THING you would like readers to know about First Comes Love, what would it be?

It’s a story about a relationship, pure and simple. If you’re looking for post apocalyptic zombie invasions, this is not the book for you.

Can you reveal anything about your next book, Middle Ground (the sequel to Awaken)? *eye wink*

I’m so excited for Middle Ground.  It’s darker than Awaken, but I think it’s more psychologically interesting, and I think the changes Maddie and Justin are forced to work through will make their characters really fun to write in the third (and final) book of the series.

Do you believe in “love at first sight”?

I would have to say no. I believe in “lust at first sight” (I’ve experienced that one many times) and I think you can instantly click with people, but love is trickier. You need to understand a person’s weaknesses as well as their strengths, you need to accept their flaws, you need to go though some hard times together to really love and appreciate them, and that takes time.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Mmm, both please.

Pepsi or Coke?

Neither. I’m a full out coffee girl.

Tom or Jerry?

Tom. He never gives up, even if Jerry plugs his tail into an electric outlet.

Is there anything more you would like to say to fans?

If you’re my fan, then I pretty much love you and I would love to pick you up and spin you around in circles. I once tweeted that writers need readers like fish need water. You keep us floating. So, if you’re my fan, then, THANK YOU.

Oh, one last thing, I am mailing people free autographed bookplates if they buy First Comes Love during the month of May (or if they preordered it before May). To find out how to get one, visit my blog post.

Thank you for visiting Making the Grade, Katie!

Enter to Win an ARC of First Comes Love!

This giveaway is OVER. Congratulations to Ashley Evans, who won the ARC of First Comes Love! You have been emailed. Please respond to the email within 72 hours or a new winner will be selected. Thank you to all who entered and commented below!


About Jenna (Does Books)

Working momma of a little pink princess and reader of all things YA. I'm an artist, writer and avid reader who swears that she's having a hard time letting go of the childish things... Let me read your latest YA book and let's see if it makes the grade!

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  1. I love relationship novels and this one sounds really good and honest. I look forward to reading it and really enjoyed the interview as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. What? A teen book that mentions love in the cover and ISN’T about love at first sight? Admiration, respect, and caring, and THEN love? Love you have to WORK at?

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    NINE times in TWO years :O :O I would love to meet Katie irl, especially when she’s in her prom dress xD and seriously, at this “A lot of writers skip around the sex or just “infer” that it happens, maybe to avoid criticism, or because it’s simply awkward to write about, but I couldn’t do that in this book. I treated it as honestly and emotionally as I could.” my respect for Katie has multiplied by 79375917056129760876926797191971!!!
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