Monday, August 6, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: NEVER SAY NEVER by Kailin Gow + Interview

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by Kailin Gow
Publication Date: August 13, 2012
Publisher: The EDGE Books
Pages/Format: Paperback & e-book
Genre: YA Mature/New Adult
Source: ARC from author

What girl wouldn't want to be surrounded by the sexy guys from the hottest teen rock sensation in the country? 18-year-old Never "Neve" Knight, not only is surrounded by the hottest boys to hit the music charts, but she is the band's lead singer. As the band's lead singer and manager, Never formed and shaped the band to where it is today, a band on the rise and on the brink of being signed by a label. As one of the guys, she knew each of the band members since they were all snot-nose ten-year-olds. While her boys were the cutest guys and they would protect her like knights, she couldn't date any one of them and ruin the chance at being signed with the record label of her dreams.

That changes when one of the band members suddenly drops out of the band, and in walks Danny Blue, with his dreamy blue eyes, hot body, and British accent. Suddenly, Never's solid world has turned to mush, and her rule for not dating one of her band members is seriously challenged. Can she keep her head straight and get her band signed with a label without losing her heart?
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Kailin Gow rocks the world with her latest contemporary novel, Never Say Never! Intense is the only way to describe how she so easily captures the audience's attention with Neve's passion for music and life with famous parents. This determined college freshman will not only incite inspiration in all musical and artsy readers, but she will give all Gow fans what they know and love: an entertaining and strong female lead.

Never Knight is reluctant to love someone more than her love for music, so it's a big deal when the issue of dating versus casual sex pops up among the band she manages and plays for, the Never Knights. All throughout the jealousies and almost major setbacks, Never somehow manages to stay true to herself without breaking most of her own rules. There's a lingering feeling that the little red bow this novel's romance has been wrapped in will unravel as Never navigates her rising fame and fends off crazed fans. It's exciting to see Kailin venture into this world and there is no telling what to expect other than sheer brilliance!

Never Say Never has all of Kailin's usual flare and more. Love interests galore, a witty protagonist, and unexpected outcomes. The Never Knights series has a strong beginning and will only get even better from here! The deep emotional scars underlying the actions and words of the very real characters forebodes that the band's dynamic will change and that Neve's life in the spotlight is set for a rocky course.

The fast approaching sequel, Never Land will make quite the appearance on reader wishlists after a taste of Never Say Never's rocking plot!

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A very unique fact about your books is that most were inspired by personal experiences, are there any that can be attributed to Never Say Never’s plot?

Yes! Back in college, as an undergraduate, I executive produced and hosted a few radio shows that were a combination of talk radio and music. From there, I got to know a few bands and celebrities. One of my co-hosts was a tour promoter for a few of the indie bands and got involved with some band members as well. I’ve always been involved in music in some way or another. I played the violin in high school orchestra, and have always played the piano. In college, I took up drums and played keyboard, and played a little bit of guitar. It wasn’t a surprise that I started a band in college, as well, which was short-lived but fun at the same time.

I really enjoyed writing from a college-age heroine’s perspective in Never Say Never, too, since it gives me a chance to explore more issues of growing up than I can for a younger audience. Things that are complicated (especially with relationships) can be explored, career choices, friendships and the boundaries between friendships and “friends with benefits”, and identity can be explored. When I was an undergrad, I worked at as a paid peer adviser, and part of what I did at the Women’s Center was to put on programs for the college community and community at large that dealt with all and any women’s issues. There were many, and I think because college is such a huge milestone and stage in a woman’s life…the stage when they are no longer a child, but a “new” adult, there is a lot of confusion and questions that come up during this time period. I love exploring all this in Never Say Never as well as any YA-Mature/New Adult books I have.

Your newest female lead has one of the most unique names around; it literally just rolls right off the tongue! How did you decide on ‘Never Knight’?

I love playing with the name “Never” because it’s poetic and the kind of name a rock star would name his child. Never is the child of a rock star and a swimsuit model, so her name has to be unique like that, but still be playful.

Your female protagonists are usually the most level minded, headstrong, and endearing characters in young adult fiction. How would you characterize Never?

A natural born leader (she’s the only child of a rock legend so she has this amazing confidence), and very loving, big hearted, generous, and she constantly wants to do what’s right. She’s independent, bold, and charismatic. In Never Say Never, she’s a young woman who is also coming into her own – identity and becoming a woman.

Can you tell us a little about the guys in the band with Never?

All the guys in the band are childhood friends of Neve’s. Except Danny Blue, who she meets in college. There’s Steve, who used to be a scrawny kid who was bullied as a kid, but got mad enough to bulk up and become a tough guy no one wants to mess with. He’s very loyal to Neve and is roommates/best friends with Lucas (Luc), who is dark-haired and dark-eyed, the son of a police officer and teacher. Luc comes from a warm big family that is opposite of Neve’s upbringing. Luc and Neve met at music camp as kids. Kyle is the golden boy who practically grew up in the same house as Neve. He’s the nephew of Neve’s father’s housekeeper, and basically grew up hanging around Neve. Then there’s Geoff, who met Neve at music camp a while back, but isn’t as close to Neve as the others. He’s more Steve’s friend.

Of course, there’s Danny Blue, who is British, hot, talented, and very seductive. He’s a little bit older than Neve and the other guys, and worldly, sophisticated, and has more to him than meets the eye.

Never Say Never will be your third foray into the contemporary genre, following Saving You, Saving Me and Loving Summer. Can you tell us what to expect from the novel and whether there are any sequels in the works?

You can expect a lot more mature themes, because this is the rock world and college life. Having worked at a women’s center, I know firsthand about some of the issues college women experience - identity, self-awareness, body image consciousness, asserting independence, sexual experiences, and more.

What has influenced your decision to write these contemporary novels geared toward the more mature edge of the young adult audience?

All the memories of college life that came pouring out of me during a visit to the university of my undergraduate years. I was very involved in college, worked as a peer adviser at a Women’s Center, counseled young women and peers on many issues including sexual relations, held workshops and seminars on all kinds of topics that related to young women and women in general, had a radio show on those topics. That was when I was 19,20, and 21. Now I’m older, married, have a child, and a whole lot more experience with those topics so it gives me a broader and deeper perspective than before.

Inquiring minds (mostly mine =P) want to know: how innocent or naughty will you allow your characters to be, especially since your contemporary novels have mature themes?

I will tailor the intensity of maturity based on the story, the characters, and the themes. It’s to preserve the integrity of the story being told. In Never Say Never, I intentionally chose to include more mature scenes because Never is in college and there is a certain level of maturity you come across during college or when you hit 18 and up. Suddenly you’re an adult, and with that, comes more adult experiences.

Thank you so much for stopping by Lovey Dovey Books Kailin! Any parting words for your loyal fans and the much welcomed newbies?  

My pleasure! Thank you for having me :D

About Kailin . . .

Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are: The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more. A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film. She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and had traveled extensively around the world.
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