Title: Rival (Fall Away< /i>, #2)
Author: Penelope Douglas

Genre: NA | Contemporary Roman
Release Date: August 26, 2014

Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn

From the New Adult
sensation and New York Times bestselling author of
Until You
Madoc and Fallon.
Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the
boundaries between love and
For the three years
she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the
same house, she used to cut me down during the day
and then leave her door open for me at
I was stupid then,
but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…
Three years and I
can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.
But I won’t be
scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff an
d fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As
long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how mu
ch he affects me….
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Rival – Excerpt< /b> ~ 
Reaching around, he
twisted my chin towards the mirror, and I sucked in
a breath. “What do you see?!” he
“You and me!” I blurted
out. “Madoc and Fallon!”
My heart was
I looked at him through
the mirror. I sat on one side of his lap, so he could see from the other side, and we stared at each
other, my chest rising and falling more urgently.
“That’s not what I see,”
he said in a low voice. “Those names mean nothing t
o me. They’re simple and empty. When I’m
with you, I don’t see the daughter of a gold digging bitch and an Irish drug lord or the son of a
crooked lawyer and a vegan Barbie.”

I almost wanted to
laugh. Madoc had an ironic way of looking at the world.

But he wasn’t smiling.
He was scowling. He was dead serious, and I knew from experience that his genuine moments
were few and far between.
He reached up,
threading one hand into my hair while the other hand rested on the chair.
“I see everything I want
for as long as I can have it,” he continued. “I see
a woman that wears the cutest little scowl like
she’s two years old and was just told she couldn’t
have candy. I see a guy that went and got an
apadravya piercing, because he wanted to live in her world for even a little
I closed my eyes.
Don’t do this to
me, Madoc. Please.

Author QA with Read That


*In your opinion what is the best rivals turned lovers story?


Lovely Vicious. The whole series is fantastic!


*Your books always tend to turn toward the darker side of love.  Have you ever wanted to write a chipper, happy go lucky story?


No. LOL. I have a very healthy sense of humor, and I enjoy a laugh, but I can’t think of an entire story, dialogue, and characters centered around good humor and such. It doesn’t grab me, and it doesn’t interest me. If it’s a chipper story, the problems might not be deep enough for me to explore. There’s no challenge for me there.


*Have you ever considered writing in another genre?


EROTICA! My next project after this series is called CORRUPT. You can find it on Goodreads. I can’t wait. I’m also interested in mystery and horror, but I think romance always has to be the main element. I love romance.


*I know you probably get asked this question a lot, but how did this story come to life?


I was reading a lot of YA and New Adult. Abbi Glines, Tijan, Colleen Hoover, and I love edgy high school romance. Jared and Tate stepped into my head and after months of thinking about them, I started writing. I started out on historical romance, but it was New Adult that truly spoke to me. When those stories hit the scene, I was engaged!


*Let’s do some fun questions.  Who do you think makes the better Christian Grey? Charlie Hunnam or Jamie Dornan?


Charlie Hunnam. Hands down.


*What are some of your secret addictions?


Having my head rubbed, pepperoni pizza with green olives, pinot noir, and Mexican Coke


*Do you have a writing ritual (music must be on, etc)?


Hmmm…no, not really. I just need time. Some authors can whip out their laptops anywhere. I can’t. I need to know that I’m going to be left alone for a while once I sit down. Other than that, it just depends on my mood.


*Racing features heavily in your books. Are you a big racing fan?


Absolutely not. J But I love car movies. Fast and the Furious, Need for Speed, Days of Thunder…I love sports movies in general. They’re inspiring. Rudy still makes me cry.


*Who makes the more formidable rival? Men or women?


Women. Men react from the gut, women react from the mind. Generally speaking. I’m truly afraid of what some women are capable of when they’re pissed off.


*Give me 5 random books that are currently in your tbr pile.


Too Say Nothing of the Dog, Night Circus, Brutal Precious, Black Lies, and A Whole New Crowd


*Who is your ultimate man candy? Charlie Hunnam, of course!


book boyfriend? Mmmmm, Ripper from Unbeautifully.


*What are you currently working on? Finishing edits on Falling Away, then a small secret project I’m not allowed to announce yet, and then Corrupt!


*What are three random facts about yourself or your books that would totally surprise your readers?


  1. I wear winter clothes practically all year. I like long sleeves and dark colors. Which is why I rarely go outside during the Vegas heat.
  2. When I’m stressed out, I watch George Carlin or Ricky Gervais on Youtube.
  3. I hate sushi! Hate, hate, hate! You know how you can eat a food and kind of understand what some people see in it? Yeah, not me with sushi. I have no idea how people can eat that stuff.


*Any parting words?

Remember, you’re YOU for a reason. You have a purpose and cannot be replaced. Be yourself, and go for it!


Thank you for the interview!


~ Buy books 1 & 2 of the Fall
Bully (Fall Away,
#1) – Buy Links:
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Until You (Fall
Away, #1.5) – Buy Links:
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~ About Penelope ~
Penelope Douglas is a writer in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is
the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the
University of Northern Iowa, earning a
Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, because
her father told her to “just get the degree!”
She then earned a Masters of Science in Education a
t Loyola University in New Orleans, because
she hated Public Administration. One night, she got
tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where
she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the
bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter
named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The
Originals, and she shops at Target almost daily.
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  1. I really dont get why the title is Rival – they are not competing for anything? Fellon is revengin, but not competing against Madoc. o.O I really wished somebody asked her that -.-

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