by Kate Avelynn
Entangled Teen, October 2012
ISBN 13: 978-1-62061-232-3
Synopsis: Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago—James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.Sam Donavon has been James’s best friend—and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on—for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realize James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact…
Thank you for having me here today, Jena!
When I talk to people about FLAWED, I’m always asked why I write about
dark stuff. People think authors are strange enough without me answering
honestly—that I love villains way more than I probably should—so I
usually just shrug and smile.
Now that I’ve slapped on a nametag that says, “Hello, I’m Kate.
No, I’m not crazy,” I’ll try to explain why loving villains is a
good thing. Have you ever read a book where you wound up rooting for the
bad guy because you totally get why they’re doing what they’re
doing? Or because they’re so deliciously broken you want to reach into
the book and fix them? I _love_reading about villains who have the best
intentions in the world, but carry them out in all the wrong ways. I
love it because I_get_ it. It’s so easy to make the wrong decision
when you think you’ve made the right one, and we all know how quickly
one bad decision can spiral your life into chaos. Books with complex
villains are always heartbreaking reads because the bad guy never wins,
no matter how good their intentions. No matter how badly I want them to
Characters who’ve made bad decisions and lost control of their lives
are the “why” of FLAWED. I wanted to explore how love, of all
things, can lead a person down a dark and twisted path, and how
misplaced loyalty can destroy a person. While the story is told entirely
from Sarah’s point of view, this is James’ story for me. The
traumatic experiences he shares with his sister have warped his mind and
poisoned his ability to protect her from the very thing he’s
become—but he doesn’t see it. And while he’s the “villain” and
does horrific things in the name of love, James is has been Sarah’s
protector, their sole provider, and her emotional and physical rock
since they were kids. I hope reader get him, and that they maybe even
fall in love with him a little bit like Sarah and I have.
Shortie Says: SEE PEOPLE…. SEE! SHE UNDERSTANDS. This. This is how I feel too! No matter how much I want the bad guy to win, he never ever does. And, I love deliciously broken characters because I do want to reach right into the pages and help them… fix them.
– The Author –
Kate’s Bio: Kate Avelynn lives in Central Oregon with her husband, whom she fell in
love with at eighteen after realizing he shared her obsession with
music, sports, and psychoanalysis. When not devouring Stephanie Perkins
and Jennifer Echols novels, holding down her editing gig, or attempting
to coax life out of the weed patch she calls a “garden,” Kate writes
dark, young adult romance that blends first love, betrayal, and
danger. FLAWED  is her debut novel.
Plus here’s some fun facts I pulled off of her website. Because I may or may not slightly stalk her… 😉
- I met/fell in love with Resident Hottie when I was eighteen. He took me to see Phantom of the Opera, then followed it up with a dinner of Wendy’s frosties and french fries in the middle of a park at midnight. Effective, cheap, and only mildly terrifying once I got past the Rodents of Unusual Size (okay, so they were nutria) that come out at night. Who says teens can’t find true love?
- I collects pens, notebooks, and binder clips. Not intentionally, but they’re all over the house anyway. My grandmother once sent me eighty pens and a dozen three-subject spiral notebooks for Christmas. Best. Gift. Ever.
(I collect pens too! Pens and sharpies!)
- I may have the world’s largest collection of mismatched knee socks and arm warmers. I’m not sure why one of every pair disappears or where they’re going, but wearing things that match screws with my creativity, so it’s probably for the best.
- Before Titanic came out and gave me an irrational fear of sinking boats, I wanted to be a marine biologist. Obsessed over the Scripps Institute of Oceanography summer program for teens and everything. Since then, I’ve considered careers in genetics, photography, film editing, psychology, music, hockey groupie, and whatever you call those girls that squirt water in the college football players’ mouths during the game. I’ve only accomplished two of these so far, but don’t count me out. I’m tenacious.
– Giveaway –
Because I heart Kate. I’m going to give one lucky reader a Pre-Order of Kate’s book FLAWED.
– International (I will get a hard copy and personally ship it to who ever wins)
Good luck! 🙂