Backlist Broadcast: Joyride (+ Giveaway)

12:00 AM Serena 0 Comments

I've been thinking about blog features a lot lately, and, more specifically, blog features I see a lot of in the book blogging community. We've seen many debut author features and new release features floating around, and while I LOVE those (YAY, debut authors!) YAY, new books!), I wanted to try something different. 

And so, late on Tuesday night when I had a million other things to do, Backlist Broadcast was born! (This might already be a thing on someone's blog somewhere, and if it is and you're bothered by it, let a girl know. I thought I was original.)

With Backlist Broadcast, my goal is to spread the love for books that are over six months old. Because these books still exist in the months following their release dates when they're not talked about as much. 

My pick for my first Backlist Broadcast is Joyride by Anna Banks. 

About Joyride (June 2nd, 2015): 

A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh. 

Joyride was one of my most anticipated books of last year, and it ended up being one of my favorites. It's a sweet romance that provides a very real look into the lives of immigrants. It is a true celebration of diversity, and I loved it. If you want to read more of my gushing, you can check out my review here

Now, Anna was kind enough to send me a few swag packs to give away to you lovely readers. If you want one (it includes a signed bookplate and Joyride bookmark), enter the Rafflecopter below to enter to win. All the usual giveaway rules apply. May the odds be ever in your favor!