Molly McAdams | From failure to bestselling author ~ Exclusive Excerpt
May 7, 2013
One of the best questions I get from readers, bloggers, and other authors, is,
"Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?" Ha. No. If you even knew what I
was like growing up, the fact that I'm doing this now would blow your mind!
I was definitely one of those students that didn't read the books that were
mandatory reads in school, I was also one of those students that failed the
first half of one of their English classes in high school because I was ... err
... am absolutely awful at grammar! But the thing that makes everyone laugh the
most, is that I was one of those students that failed out of a Creative Writing
course in college.
It wasn't that I didn't do the homework, or that I didn't try, I was just
really terrible. The professor told me I wouldn't have a career in writing, and
I thought that was just fine because I didn't want to be a writer anyway. I'd
just needed that class for my major, unfortunately.
Needless to say, when I published my first novel, my entire family didn't
believe me. I got practically the same reaction from both sisters and my
parents. "You didn't write a book, you don't even read! You hated English.
Really? You really wrote a book? No, no you didn't." It wasn't until four years
ago at a job that had a lot of downtime, did I start reading. I fell in love
with love stories, and realized that's why I'd hated reading in the first place.
All the books that had been pushed on me didn't have my kind of love stories in
them. I was twenty years old and kept thinking, "Where have I been all my life?
Where have these books been?"
A year later I started writing out dreams I was having, and that led to
expanding them. I still didn't think I was writing a book, I was just having fun
with my dreams. Almost a year and a half ago I started TAKING CHANCES, the first
novel I published, and I haven't looked back since. I found that I love pouring
my soul into my writing just as much as I love getting fully caught up in these
love stories other authors have written. So it may have been my little secret
for a while, and I may have blown everyone in my family's mind since it was so
unlike me, but now my third book is about to be published and I can't wait for
y'all to read it.
Understanding grammar, or not. Being able to achieve someone else's idea of
"creative level", or not. I write what I know, and I write what I love. Don't
ever let anyone tell you what you can, or cannot, be.
Now for some cool news...
Molly McAdams will release e-book novella STEALING HARPER two weeks
early if we can reach the pre-order goal! Yes, you can read Chase's side of the
story A WHOLE TWO WEEKS EARLIER! If we can get the thermometer up to scene four,
Molly's publisher will release the e-book on May 21st (rather than June 4th)! Be
sure to order by the deadline May 12th!
And here you go, the exclusive excerpt for today...
"GOD," I GROANED and couldn't help it when my hand formed a fist in
her hair, urging her to continue - I was so close. She moaned around me and my
eyes shut as I lost it. From the way she jerked, I knew she hadn't been
expecting it. I probably should have warned her, but that was the last thing I'd
been thinking about just then.
As soon as she was done I let her pull away and looked around to see
if anyone had come to this side of the house as I put myself back in my
I froze momentarily, then huffed a short laugh and glanced at her as
she stood back up. She was thanking me? Usually I had to do something for them
first before they started thanking me, but I wasn't one to judge. "Uh, yeah.
Ready to go back in?"
She nodded enthusiastically and reached for my hand, so I quickly
draped my arm around her shoulder and led us through the backyard and into my
house. "Oh Chase, can we dance? I love this song! Pretty please?"
Pretty please? What are we, five? I tried not to groan and
forced a smile on my face. We walked toward the center of the mass of people
dancing in my living room and my hands went to whateverhernamewas's hips as she
ground her butt into me. Her back arched and I had an even better view of her
"I'm so glad we can start this before school starts, I was dying to
date you all last year," she whispered and I ground my teeth.
Date? Oh hell no. I tried to remove my hands from her hips at the
same time she pushed them tighter to her body, and someone knocked into us. My
already narrowed eyes looked up to see wide, terrified, gray eyes turn toward
me. I literally felt my heart skip a few painful beats before my pulse started
the next installment of awesome will be on May 8th at Bookalicious
Chase Grayson has never been interested in having a relationship that lasts
longer than it takes for him and his date to get dressed again. But then he
stumbles into a gray-eyed girl whose innocence pours off her, and everything
changes. From the minute Harper opens her mouth to let him know just how much he
disgusts her, he's hooked.
But a princess deserves a Prince Charming who can make her dreams come true.
Not a guy who can turn her life into a nightmare.
All good intentions go out the window when Harper starts to fall for the guy
Chase has come to view as a brother. He wanted to protect her by keeping her
away, but he can't stand to see her with anyone else, and he'll do anything to
make her his. But when it comes down to Harper choosing between the two, will
Chase have the strength to step back from the girl who has become his whole
world if it means she'll be happy?
Lines will be crossed. Friendships will be put to the test. And hearts will
30 comments posted.
Re: Molly McAdams | From failure to bestselling author ~ Exclusive Excerpt
Taking Chances and Stealing Harper both sound like really good stories. I will have to get myself a copy :) Thank you for this blog post.
(Aimee Robison 11:08am May 7, 2013)
Thank you. I have put these books on my TBR list. They sound like marvelous reads.
(Irene Menge 11:20am May 7, 2013)
I have a daughter who isn't very good at English. Maybe there is hope for her yet! Good luck!
(Sue Galuska 11:40am May 7, 2013)
both books sound very good i like to read both
(Denise Smith 12:57pm May 7, 2013)
Sounds like good reads. Thanks for a chance to win.
(Linda Hall 1:00pm May 7, 2013)
Love the cover and looks like I would really enjoy so hope I win
(Shelly Itkin 1:04pm May 7, 2013)
(Kent Cook 2:05pm May 7, 2013)
Would love to get a chance to win your book. And Congratulations on the e-book release
of, "Stealing Harper" =)
(Xoun J. Phetchamphone 2:40pm May 7, 2013)
I absolutely loved Taking Chances!!! Actually found out about it through a review while I searching for new books to read. I was so intrigued about it because everyone was commenting on how it was so amazing BUT better have tissues on hand because your gonna literally cry your eyes out lol. Boy were they right! lol. Pass the sobbing and tears though, the book was exactly what they said it would be AMAZING! Molly's writing was just perfect, loved the story. I can't wait to read Stealing Harper! Thanks for the giveaway :)
(Cindy M. 4:13pm May 7, 2013)
Taking Chances sounds like a good read. Thanks for sponsoring
this giveaway and for the opportunity to participate.
(Alexa Nernberg 4:19pm May 7, 2013)
I have practically always been a reader. My Dad took me to the library before I started to school. I learned to write my name so that I could have my own library card. What a heritage!
(Marjorie Carmony 5:12pm May 7, 2013)
I think the reason you never read books is because the mandatory reads really didn't interest you. When you found a genre you enjoyed, then you started to really get into it. After that, you're ready to explore more to see what's out there and what you've been missing. I'm sure the more you read is what led you to writing. It's interesting that you weren't good in grammar, also. It doesn't take long to pick it up, when you're a reader. Sounds like you did an excellent job with Taking Chances (according to Cindy M.). I'm anxious to read it, and it would be great to win a copy. Best wishes with your books!
(Linda Luinstra 5:28pm May 7, 2013)
I did become a reader,but never became a writer, and never will. Enjoyed your blog. Sounds like my school years.
(Sheila True 6:04pm May 7, 2013)
Oh that totally sounds like my kind of boo! Thank you for sharing your story with us and thank you for just being you!
(Liberty Ann Ireland 6:21pm May 7, 2013)
Molly is a great writer. Love her books & can't wait for
"Stealing Harper"!! Great blog & def pre-ordered!! =)
(Corinne Bridges 7:00pm May 7, 2013)
I love the plots of both Taking Chances and Stealing Harper, summer is coming and that means reading on the beach and around the pool
(Shirley Younger 7:15pm May 7, 2013)
I'd love to win these, they sound like good reads.
(Wilma Frana 8:33pm May 7, 2013)
The excerpt has me hook. I want to know if Chase will be dating or did he learned anything about girls.
(Kai Wong 9:05pm May 7, 2013)
All I can say is after reading the excerpt, and the synopsis, I am totally in love with the book, and need to get my hands on a copy of it!! What a unique story line!! I would have never guessed that you didn't like English in school, by the way you came up with a story like this!! Congratulations on your latest book, and I know this is one book that I'll be looking forward to reading this Spring!! It should be on everyone's TBR list!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:18pm May 7, 2013)
Interesting excerpt, looking forward to finding out things turn out!
(Tracie Travis 9:20pm May 7, 2013)
Both sound like really good reads. Thank you for the giveaway.
(Aimee Robison 9:31pm May 7, 2013)
Wow, the STEALING HARPER Excerpt was so fantastic a reading
and I am so happy that You started a writing career too. I
also want to become a writer one day soon. May God Bless You
with success at writing and your books seem like fantastic
reads. Thanks for the great contest. Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 11:22pm May 7, 2013)
Loved the story! I was never that great with grammar also
until later on in life when I started reading and it took me
to many worlds that I have dreamed about and took up my time
and fed me in many ways than none. Thank you so much!
(Christina Bodden 11:40am May 8, 2013)
Wow, I am guessing this is the first time he meets her. I am so excited and hopeful for the early release.
(Amy Shonk 11:53am May 8, 2013)
OGM that's so awesome to know, I love Molly's books and she is
now my favorite author ever since that afternoon I picked up
my kindle and read Taking Chances.
(Ginny Woodmansee 12:38pm May 8, 2013)
Everyone has different reading interests. If you were made to read Bleak House and Lord Jim and Titus Groan, yes that could put you off creative writing all right. Glad you came back to the writing you love.
(Clare O'Beara 6:02pm May 8, 2013)
Powerful writing that I can't wait to get my hands on!
(Sandie White 12:43pm May 9, 2013)
Such an awesome story!! I've always loved reading, but my man was like Molly and hated it all through school. I found him some books about topics he's interested in and now he really enjoys reading...maybe not as much as I do, but at least he gets it now ;)
(Megan Myers 3:39pm May 13, 2013)
Okay, I'm reading through some of the excerpts and the blog
posts on the tour and it hits me like lightning...BAM!!... I
haven't read Taking Chances yet and if I continue on I might
spoil it for myself. So I just got to stop. One thing I do
know from what I've read so far is that I REALLY REALLY
REALLY NEED to read Taking Chances! Now I'm bookmarking all
the tour stops to come back and read after I've read Taking
(Kamla Layne 5:25am May 19, 2013)
I just love Molly McAdams books. She's a great author and I'm about to start reading Taking Chances. Can't wait.
(Melissa Crisp 9:59am May 20, 2013)
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