Sunday, 11 November 2012

Review: The Game changer by Marie Landry (Giveaway & Interview)

Title: The Game Changer
Author: Marie Landry
Author Info: Website|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Romance
Source: Author
Publication Date: 13th November 2012

Tell Me About It
Melody Cartwright has never had a problem with change, but for the first time in her life the changes are beyond her control—she suddenly has a niece she never knew, but has to prove herself to; her best friend is making huge life changes of her own; and she has to deal with her ex and his crazy new girlfriend who has stalker tendencies.

When Melody meets confident, sexy Julian, she’s not interested in a relationship. He tells her it’s possible for a man and a woman to just be friends, and despite his ultra-charming ways there’s something about him that makes Melody believe he could be right.

During a time of change and turmoil, it doesn't take long for Julian to become everything Melody never knew she needed in her life. But is it possible for them to remain ‘just friends’ or will Melody be a game changer for Julian the playboy?

My Thoughts
Anyone who has followed my blog knows I am a big fan of Marie Landry and I loved and devoured her previous book, Blue Sky Days. When she posted looking for people to read her newest release, The Game Changer, I jumped at the chance and quickly sent an email her way. When I received the book I did have to wait before starting it to get through a few books before hers, and I doubted I would get to hers in time for publication. But with some fast reading and the incentive to get to her book I managed to make it.
The Game Changer introduces us to Melody, in the middle of a dinner date with her boyfriend. While she expects a proposal he only has big news about his work. Realising the past few years have been a waste of time, and with no future in store with him, Melody calls it quits. Pretty soon her best friend Olivia, comes to her rescue and moves into Melody's apartment. What ensues is a lot of fun, girly times, girls nights out and home truths revealed.

From the minute I began reading The Game Changer I was instantly drawn into Melody's world. She is an average person who thought she had something special with Rick, and when reality falls down around her she is strong enough to make a break and walk away from Rick. I love how her best friend moves and comes back to live with Melody, its one of the most inspiring display of real and true friendship I have ever read about. I instantly loved Olivia and everything about her made me laugh, she is completely opposite Melody in all aspects, outgoing, confident and I loved getting to see her draw Melody out of her own shell. This duo are so supportive of each other, whether is Olivia supporting Melody in her times of need, or Melody supporting Olivia's daily change of career choice.

When Cameron and Julian finally arrive on the scene I enjoyed getting to see them interact with their respective partner, either as a friend or something more and I really enjoyed seeing their friendships blossom. Yes its not all roses and sunshine for everyone involved, there are disagreements and heartache and times when I wanted to grab Melody and Olivia and give them a shake. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Game Changer, and anyone looking for a quick read with some romance, friendship and some cute boys, this is the perfect book.


Marie very kindly took some times out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for me as well as offer up a giveaway to win an ecopy of The Game Changer

1. You have written three published books so far, Blue Sky Days, The Game Changer and Undressed, which one has been your favourite to write and which was your hardest, and why?
I've loved writing all three of my books, but I guess if I had to choose, my favourite to write would be The Game Changer. I learned so much while writing Blue Sky Days, and I feel like I became a better writer, so when it came time to write The Game Changer, I think I enjoyed the process a lot more. The hardest was Blue Sky Days, because it was so personal and so emotional. It was very draining, but it was cathartic too.

2. The friendship between Melody and Olivia is pretty strong, have you had friendships that stood the test of time and distance?
I have, and I feel very fortunate to say that. One of my closest friends in the world is a girl I've known since I was four. We've been through so much together - we’ve travelled together, we've been through deaths, births, relationships, terrible fights - but no matter what happens, and no matter how much time passes, I love her like a sister and she’ll always have a special place in my heart.

3. We meet Melody at a meal gone very wrong with a huge misunderstanding. What has either been your worst meal, or worst misunderstanding?
Oh man, that’s tough…but also a really fun question. The first thing that comes to mind actually involves the friend I just mentioned. When we were 17, we went on a school trip to France with a group of kids from another high school. There was this horrible, nasty girl on the trip, and she seemed to live for making other people feel bad. One night in Paris we were all having dinner together in this fancy restaurant and we were served veal. For most of the trip, the majority of the kids had turned their noses up at the food we were served, but my friend and I were determined we would eat what was put in front of us and not go to McDonald’s like the other kids. We were there for a cultural experience, not to go to a fast food place we could go to any day back home. Somehow we got seated near this girl, and all throughout dinner, she kept asking us if we knew what veal was and saying how there’s no way she’d eat it and it was inhumane and we were disgusting and on and on and on. I was 17, I didn't really know or care what I was eating, but it sure made for an awkward meal!

4. Olivia changes her mind about what she wants to do constantly during The Game Changer, when did you know you wanted to be an author and how many previous decisions came before it?
I always knew I wanted to be an author, but my road wasn't exactly smooth or straight. I knew I had to go to college, but I didn't want to take journalism, so I chose Early Childhood Education. At the time, I didn't think I’d be able to make a career out of writing, so I thought I’d work with kids since I love kids. During my second year of college, I took a correspondence course with a writing school in the States and that’s how I got into writing articles. When I graduated from college, I worked as a nanny for several years and did a bit of freelance writing on the side. It wasn't until I quit my last nanny job that I decided to try writing full time, and that’s what I've been doing every since.

5. Are the characters from The Game Changer based on anyone you know?
More than any other book I've written, The Game Changer has the most similarities to real life people. Melody has a lot of me in her, and although Olivia is very different from my best childhood friend, I drew on our relationship for the book. There are a few other characters who were loosely based on real people, but that’s all I'm going to say since they’ll be appearing again in the future. Julian, unfortunately, wasn't one of them, although I wish he were!

6. Twitterise your answer, using only 140 characters tell us about The Game Changer.
The Game Changer: a story about friendship, love, family, difficult life transitions, and overcoming your fears.

7. The artwork on your book is amazing, do you do this yourself or does someone make it for you?
Thank you so much! I've done the artwork myself for all three of my books - I've bought the images, and luckily I have a bit of a background in graphic design, so I was able to create covers I was happy with. That’s one of the great things about indie publishing - I'm the boss!

8.What 3 books would you recommend for others to read and why. They can be any book that has ever been published, except your own. :D
Another tough one! Even though I'm a total romance junkie, I love books about friendship, so I’d have to say Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (since I can’t choose all seven or that’d be cheating), Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery…and…Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It’s one of my favourite YA contemporaries, and I think it’s a perfect example of what the genre should be.


Now for the giveaway. Just enter the rafflecopter form below to enter to win an ecopy of The Game Changer by Marie Landry.

Giveaway is international and starts 11th November and ends 26th November.

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  1. This sounds like a really fun read, so thank you for sharing because I hadn't heard of it before! Great review. :)

  2. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing The Game Changer, and for the interview, Michelle! I loved your questions, they were a lot of fun to answer. :-)


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