October 19, 2019

Guest Post and #TeaserTuesday – Bethany Lopez’s xoxoxo

I’m very excited to welcome YA contemporary author Bethany Lopez to the blog today! I first met Bethany through Twitter, and we developed a rapport over our equal love of YA literature. Now we’re also Triberr mates and fellow members of YALITCHAT, and Bethany was kind enough to write up a wonderful guest post to share with you all today.

Even more, Bethany has graciously offered to give away one copy of her book Ta Ta For Now! to one lucky reader (just comment for your chance to win), and she has shared the very first sneak peek at the second entry in her upcoming release, xoxoxo. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! If you missed the first entry, check it out on Bethany’s blog here.

For now, I’ll hand it over to Bethany. Please show her some love by letting her know what you think of the post and excerpt! Take it, Beth…

“First, I would like to thank Raine for inviting me to do a guest post. I am a fan of her work and consider her a friend. Funny, when I started on my writing journey, I had no idea how many friends and allies I would make, without ever having a face to face meeting. It is one of the many delightful surprises that I have encountered.

I have always loved to read and write. I used to make up stories for my friends and relate the tales with such conviction that my friends were truly scared. I remember one time in fifth grade; a parent told me that I was no longer allowed to sleep over at my friend Jessica’s house because she was afraid to sleep without the light on.

I was a pretty mature reader, and was reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz when other kids my age were reading Judy Bloom. There was one series that I read which was more age-appropriate, and that was Sweet Valley High. I was always fascinated with the idea of being a twin, and I loved the fact that the series was long. As soon as I would finish one, the next one was ready for me to begin.  These books were entertaining and they dealt with real issues that kids my age faced. I actually learned good life lessons, which stayed with me as I grew older.

When I decided to sit down and write a book, I wanted to write something that my teenage daughters would be able to find relatable. I wanted them to learn “lessons” without feeling like they were being lectured… So I started writing Ta Ta for Now!. I did not plan to write a series at that time… I didn’t even know if I would finish it, but the girls stayed interested, so I kept writing.

Once I completed Ta Ta for Now!, I decided to try sending queries to Agents. After about thirty-five rejections, I started to question my decision to try and write professionally… Then I found out about self-publishing. One thing I know about myself, is that I have very little patience and I can be a bit impulsive. Once I decided to self-publish, I just went for it. I should have waited…

Six months later I had learned so much by interacting with other writers through Twitter, goodreads, and various blogs. During those six months, I finished the second book in what became the Stories about Melissa Series, xoxoxo. I knew that I would take more time polishing this book and that I would work with my new network of writers and bloggers to do a blog tour to launch xoxoxo. I also decided that before xoxoxo was released, I wanted to re-edit and re-format Ta Ta for Now!, and release the book that I had always meant for it to be.

I am really happy with the way both of my books have turned out and I have started the third book in the series. Like Raine, I have a family and a full time job. Writing is my passion. It is what I do when I want to relax or take some time for myself. I don’t write because I think I will be rich and famous, I write because there is nothing like the rush I get when someone tells me they love my work; That what I wrote brought back a memory or a feeling for the reader or that they could really relate to my characters.

I am absolutely having the best time doing something I have always wanted to do, but never imagined I could. My advice to my children, and to anyone who will listen to me, is to follow your dreams. Even your imagination isn’t as wonderful as the real thing. (Oh… I am also a huge cornball!)

I released the First Entry (The Stories about Melissa are written in Journal form) of xoxoxo on my blog. Here is the Second Entry… Only available here!”

ENTRY TWO

 TGIF:

Okay, it’s the Friday before Spring Break, and I just wanted to write a little before school.

Now that I have a new journal, I want to make sure I am using it. I really enjoyed writing last time, I don’t know why I stopped, but I am eager to get back into writing.

We are gearing up for a fantastic Spring Break! It is still only about 60 degrees here in April, but compared to what it has been, it will feel like a heat wave! Jess, Jimmy, and I plan to hang out at each other’s houses (Jimmy’s is the best, because he is an only child, and they have a Wii, air hockey and a pool table in the basement), go to the movies, and hang out outside as much as possible. And maybe take some cool pictures for Yearbook.

I spent some time with my Mom last night. She was hungry, so I got her some Rocky Road ice cream and sat down in the den with her while she ate. We talked a little bit about the baby.

“I am sooo ready for this baby to come out!” She said as she spooned the ice cream into her mouth. “It feels like I have been pregnant forever and I am just so tired. I cannot wait to see my feet again!”

“You should be an old pro at this Mom.” I said with a smile. “It’s not exactly your first time!” I picked up her foot and began to rub it.

“Oh my gosh! That feels wonderful, Mis.” She sighed, closing her eyes a little. “This is nothing like any of my other pregnancies. It has been a lot harder. I was so sick the first few months, and now I am tired and everything aches. Since the baby is still breech, I have to go in Monday so the doctor can try to turn the baby. I am really not looking forward to that!”

“I know, but I am sure everything will be fine. And before you know it, we will have another rug rat running around the house.” I grabbed her other foot and started massaging it. I have gotten pretty good at this over the years. My Mom’s feet always swell and hurt when she is pregnant.

“This weekend Dad will finish putting the crib and changing table and stuff up in Monica’s room, so it will start to feel more like the end is near,” my Mom said with a slight smile. “Monica is not too happy about sharing her room, but the baby will be in the bassinet in our room for the first few months, so it shouldn’t be too much of a change for her right away.”

We talked a little while longer until my Dad came in and took over foot massage duty. It was nice talking to Mom for a bit; I know once the baby comes it will be hard for me to get any time alone with her. It has been like that every time, so I know what to expect, but I miss her during those first few months. It’s funny because we are in the same house together, and she is home on maternity leave, so you would think I would get to see her more, but that is never the case. Babies just take up so much time, and Mom is always exhausted. I know I will be expected to step up and do more around the house. I really do want to make life easier for her, but to be honest, it sucks!

xoxoxo

Comments

  1. Bethany Lopez says:

    Thank you so much for hosting me today!

  2. Great post,Bethany,TaTa For Now is on my TBR list,but a lil confused,are you goin’ ta re-release TaTa,along with xoxoxo?I was a an early reader myself,except not a very good writer,I’m just a babbler.(-: again,I enjoyed this post very much.

  3. Bethany Lopez says:

    Tina,
    Thanks! I re-released Ta Ta in Jan, so that version is already available. xo will be released on 2 March.
    Thanks for commenting! I hope you enjoy it!
    Bethany

  4. Emma says:

    Bethany like you I read The Stand at a pretty young age and I also loved the Sweet Valley books. I started off reading the middle school series before going on to the high school set which I never like as much. Best of luck with your books!

  5. Bethany Lopez says:

    Emma,

    My favorite was IT! Thank you so much and thanks for commenting!

    Bethany

  6. Claudia says:

    So good to get to know you better through your blog entry, Bethany! You and I have a lot in common. Can’t wait until we can spend more time together.

  7. Great post, thank you for sharing!

  8. Bethany Lopez says:

    Claudia,
    Thank you, I agree! It was great getting to meet you and can’t wait to meet up again!
    Bethany

  9. Bethany Lopez says:

    Thanks, Erica!